Department for Education T Levels Planning and Delivery Support – Virtual Supplier Event 29 November 2022

3 Lots. Lot 1: Support with planning and delivering T Levels.

Planning and Delivery Support for Providers of T Levels, including the T Level Transition Programme and Industry Placements

Contract summary

 

Industry

  • Technical and vocational secondary education services – 80210000

Location of contract

North East, North West, Yorkshire and the Humber, East Midlands, West Midlands, East of England, London, South East, South West

Procurement reference

tender_311782/1144373

Published date

8 November 2022

Closing date

31 December 2022

Contract is suitable for SMEs?

Yes

Contract is suitable for VCSEs?

Yes

 

Description

This PIN is for the purpose of initiating the direct engagement with the market with regards to the supply of a support package for providers of T Levels, including the T Level Transition Programme (TLTP) and Industry Placements.

This PIN is for market engagement only. It does not signify the commencement of any procurement process and does not constitute any commitment by the Department for Education. If the Department for Education decides to commence any procurement process as contemplated by this notice, a separate notice will be published at the relevant time.

We will be holding a virtual supplier event on 29th November 2022. Please see below for details.

The delivery of the support package will begin in September 2023. The contract will cover support until 31 August 2025, with the possibility of 2 x 1-year extensions to 31 August 2026 and 31 August 2027 respectively.

The Department will continue to monitor interest in T Levels and update assumptions on volumes (including number of eligible providers).

Required services:

The purpose of the support package is to ensure that providers of T Levels and TLTP are able to deliver high quality programmes, including sourcing suitable T Level Industry Placements and TLTP work experience for each learner. The package includes 3 strands of support. Each will be let as a separate lot:

Lot 1: Support with planning and delivering T Levels, including:
– provision of long-term support structures, including high-quality guidance resources and peer networks
– a point of contact for each provider
– development and delivery of events
– industry placements support
– monitoring of and reporting on providers’ progress, including industry placement sourcing

Lot 2: Support with industry placement employment engagement strategies, including:
– development of effective employer engagement strategy toolkits
– guidance on implementing successful employer engagement strategies
– direct hands-on support to embed engagement strategies using the toolkits

Lot 3: Support with planning and delivering TLTP, including:
– provision of long-term support structures, including high-quality guidance resources and peer networks
– regular contact for each provider preparing and delivering TLTP for the first time, and an ad hoc support facility for all providers
– development and delivery of events
– monitoring of and reporting on providers’ progress

 

More information

 

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Additional text
Background:
T Levels are 2-year technical qualifications launched in September 2020. They are taken after GCSEs and are broadly equivalent in size to three A Levels. They have been developed in collaboration with employers and education providers and combine classroom-based learning with a substantial industry placement. T Levels provide an opportunity for learners to gain the knowledge and skills they need to enter university, higher apprenticeships, or skilled employment. The first cohort graduated in August 2022 with a pass rate of 92%.

The rollout of T Levels has been gradual to ensure the quality of the programme, but from September 2023 we expect that more than 350 providers will be delivering T Levels, with 23 T Levels available.
Alongside the development of T Levels, we have rolled out the T Level Transition Programme (TLTP), which provides a high-quality route onto T Levels for students who would benefit from the additional time and preparation before embarking on their preferred T Level.

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We will be holding a virtual supplier event on 29th November 2022, 09:00-10:30, via Microsoft Teams. The purpose of the event is to give you more information about our expectations for each of the three lots in this contract and give you the opportunity to ask questions. The Department would encourage the attendance of interested suppliers at the market engagement event as we are keen to speak to as many organisations as possible.

All communication and information will be released through Jaggaer. All information from the day, including Q&A, will be made available via Jaggaer to those who are unable to attend.

Please register for Jaggaer using the URL link below: https://education.app.jaggaer.com/web/login.html
Once registered, the supplier event area can be accessed by clicking “View Opportunities” on the main page. Event joining instructions will be issued following an expression of interest via the Messaging function. Please register no later than 24 hours before the event commences. The Jaggaer reference is ssq_323.

Suppliers wishing to do business with us should understand our expectation that they support and endorse our commitment to Equality & Diversity and take positive steps in their own organisation to demonstrate this, in compliance to the Equality Act 2010.

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This PIN is for market engagement only. It does not signify the commencement of any procurement process and does not constitute any commitment by the Department for Education. If the Department for Education decides to commence any procurement process as contemplated by this notice, a separate notice will be published at the relevant time.

 

How to apply

 

Follow the instructions given in the description or the more information section.

 

About the buyer

 

Address

Sanctuary Buildings, 20 Great Smith Street
London
SW1P 3BT
England

Email

commercialdelivery.skills@education.gov.uk