Digital Skills Training – Virtual Supplier Event 21 July 2020
We aim to award up to 3 contracts (1 per area) to partner organisations consisting of local employers, digital/ICT training providers, local authorities and the FE sector to evidence digital skills shortage vacancies and design and deliver approximately 12 week training courses.
United Kingdom-London: Education and training services
Prior information notice
This notice is for prior information only
Section I: Contracting authority
I.1)Name and addresses
Postal address: Sanctuary Buildings, 20 Great Smith Street
NUTS code: UK UNITED KINGDOM
Postal code: SW1P 3BT
Country: United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 3700002288
I.4)Type of the contracting authority
Section II: Object
Digital and Technical Skills Training
II.1.2)Main CPV code
II.1.3)Type of contract
DfE is considering procurement of organisations including employers, local authorities and providers in Leeds City Region, Heart of the South West and D2N2, to test the delivery of a new training model to provide specialist digital skills training in the first instance to fill digital skills shortage vacancies. The partnerships should design and deliver approximately 12 week training courses to provide a pipeline of individuals linked to guaranteed interviews with employers. As part of the proposal, employers will be expected to show what cash or in-kind contribution (including guaranteed interviews as a minimum) they will make. We anticipate that at least 75 % of all trainees will move into a new job or role. A virtual supplier event will be held on 21 July to provide more detail and a chance to ask questions about the opportunity.
‘Important’ The procurement will be run using DfE’s Education and Children’s Social Care (ECSC) Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS).
II.1.5)Estimated total value
II.1.6)Information about lots
II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)
II.2.3)Place of performance
II.2.4)Description of the procurement:
We aim to award up to 3 contracts (1 per area) to partner organisations consisting of local employers, digital/ICT training providers, local authorities and the FE sector to evidence digital skills shortage vacancies and design and deliver approximately 12 week training courses to provide a pipeline of individuals to fill those roles (when possible we will expand to include other technical skills).The partnership will be linked into local networks and intelligence; if these links are not demonstrated bids will not be successful.
A successful bid will show how:
• employers are represented and leading on what training is delivered;
• employers have set out their recruitment needs;
• guaranteed interviews are secured as an outcome;
• there is cash and/or in-kind support from recruiting employers;
• how underrepresented groups and those with protected characteristics will be engaged and recruited to the training programmes;
• participants recruited will be adults 19+ in work or recently unemployed;
• proposed costs of training are determined, including how costs could be reduced through scaling up, whilst maintaining quality;
• % alignment with apprenticeship occupational standards where available;
• training will be delivered flexibly around other commitments including work, job seeking and caring;
• participating organisations and individuals will commit to participate in user research and evaluation.
Bids must detail the cash and/or in-kind contribution that employers will make, examples could include work experience or support with CVs, interview skills and other interpersonal skills — we are interested in ideas around this.
This model will deliver training that meets employer’s immediate needs in a pre-employment phase, de-risking the recruitment process for them. We are interested in partnerships that have expertise and experience across all the following qualifying criteria:
— building and maintaining employer networks;
— designing training solutions that meet employer requirements (expected level 3-5 equivalent);
— able to demonstrate a track record of high-quality training delivery;
— track record of recruiting suitable trainees using open, transparent and fair methods;
— flexible delivery to suit individual needs and current conditions;
— management practises to track and report trainee destination at various time points for evaluation purposes;
— management practises to co-ordinate employer’s guaranteed interviews and report on outcomes for evaluation purposes.
We will not accept bids from organisations where both of the following are true:
(a) they do not have experience across all of these essential areas individually;
(b) they are unwilling to form a partnership or consortia to cover all of these essential areas collectively.
We are keen to understand how these training courses align with occupational standards where available and encourage bids to describe the alignment. We anticipate that any successful provider(s) will deliver from December/January 2020 expect delivery to last approx. 12 weeks.
The funding available to each area will depend on proposals from bidders, it will be calculated on how many people they would train to meet the demand they have identified. We anticipate that at least 75 % of all trainees will move into a new job or role.
We wish to invite potential service providers to a market engagement online event on 21 July 2020. We are keen to explore market potential, appetite, and best practice. At the event, DfE will outline its aims and objectives for employer demand led digital training. The event will be an opportunity for potential service providers to share their opinion and expertise on how we could deliver the model and to help DfE to understand how its aims could be achieved. We would encourage organisations of any size with the necessary expertise to join in. The event will include an information session and a Q&A session and will be recorded and made available for a limited time.
To pre-register for the supplier event (or for copies of the presentations if you cannot make it) please email: ELIPT.MAILBOX@education.gov.uk with the name of your organisation, name of attendees (maximum 2), and confirming you meet the qualifying criteria by 5 p.m. on 17 July.
II.3)Estimated date of publication of contract notice:
Section IV: Procedure
IV.1.8)Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
Section VI: Complementary information
‘Important’ the procurement will be run using DfE’s Education and Children’s Social Care (ECSC) Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS). Please ensure that you are fully registered on the Redimo2 system and accepted onto the DPS in order to see the opportunity. Registration may take up to two weeks. If you are not FULLY registered onto the DPS and have selected your category codes by the publication date you will not be able to bid.
We anticipate that the opportunity will be launched on the Redimo2 system in Aug 2020.
• DFE registration/ECSC DPS application process: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-education/about/procurement#redimo2
Redimo 2 portal: https://supplierlive.proactisp2p.com/Account/Login/?cid=DFE
Now more than ever, investment in skills is vital to boosting productivity and driving social mobility, which means that more of us will need to retrain at different points throughout our lives. Education and skills are vital in giving people the opportunity to upskill and reskill to progress into higher wage employment. We will ensure the fund increases skills, productivity and individuals’ resilience, to better respond to a changing labour market.
Over the course of this Parliament, we are providing GBP 2.5 billion (GBP 3 billion when including Barnett funding for devolved administrations) for the National Skills Fund. The conservative manifesto 2019 announced that a new National Skills Fund (NSF) would be launched. The fund will help businesses find and hire the workers they need; as well as supporting adults to flourish and fulfill their potential. The manifesto also stated that the NSF would support high quality training.
These employer-led training initiatives will help us test what works, in a small and manageable way, therefore lowering the level of risk of securing value for money. Insights from this initiative will help inform the development of the National Skills Fund. They also aim to secure benefits for adults by giving them access to in-demand skills training and a guaranteed interview for a more sustainable, higher-skilled job and higher wages over time. The benefits for employers include helping them fill skills shortage vacancies enabling them to become more productive, more quickly.
Government plan to consult widely on the National Skills Fund, at a time when those who have an interest are better able to engage with the consultation.
We will use the insights we gain from research and our planned consultation to build an understanding of how to target the Fund, which groups will benefit and what types of training it should cover, to ensure we can provide the best return on investment.
VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: