Step Up to Social Work Cohort Seven – Support Contractor

Step Up to Social Work Cohort Seven – Support Contractor

Information, coordination and administrative support will be provided to local authorities grouped in regional partnerships to assess an anticipated application pool of c.6 000 — 8 000 and recruit 700 applicants to the seventh cohort of the step up to social work programme.

United Kingdom-London: Social work and related services

2020/S 144-355987

Contract notice


Legal Basis:

Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses

Official name: Department for Education
Postal address: Sanctuary Buildings, 20, Great Smith Street
Town: London
Postal code: SW1P 3BT
Country: United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 0000000

Internet address(es):Main address:

I.2)Information about joint procurement


The procurement documents are available for unrestricted and full direct access, free of charge, at:
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted electronically via:
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted to the abovementioned address

I.4)Type of the contracting authority

Ministry or any other national or federal authority, including their regional or local subdivisions

I.5)Main activity

General public services

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement


Step Up to Social Work Cohort Seven — Support Contractor

II.1.2)Main CPV code

85300000 Social work and related services

II.1.3)Type of contract


II.1.4)Short description:

To meet the business objectives described in the tender specification and support this programme of work, the DfE requires a fully managed service where:

• information, coordination and administrative support will be provided to local authorities grouped in regional partnerships to assess an anticipated application pool of c.6 000 — 8 000 and recruit 700 applicants to the seventh cohort of the step up to social work programme.

• support will be provided to regional partnerships in planning the recruitment of applicants, via an IT-based application data capture system that will be designed and hosted, with administrative support and staffing function for both stage one application assessment and stage two regional partnership assessment centres.

• the contractor shall perform a dual role in respect of applicants to the programme, namely:

— an ongoing quality assurance function to regional partnerships and DfE on applications and applicant tracking at all stages of the process from ap

II.1.5)Estimated total value

II.1.6)Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: no
II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

II.2.3)Place of performance


II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

Step up to social work complements our reform programme and our commitment to raising the quality of social work practice, with a particular focus on the practice of child and family social workers undertaking statutory social work.

Local authorities (and trusts or other organisations delivering statutory children’s social care services on behalf of local authorities) are invited to bid to participate in the seventh cohort as part of a regional partnership.

Previously, step up was delivered by 136 Local Authorities (LAs), working together via 22 regional partnerships. We expect similar numbers of LAs and regional partnerships to participate in cohort 7, offering up to 700 places between them. Trainees are based within LAs/regional partnerships which contract with HE providers of social work education to deliver the training element and accredit qualifications. We expect all regional partnerships to take part in cohort 7.

II.2.5)Award criteria

Price is not the only award criterion and all criteria are stated only in the procurement documents
II.2.6)Estimated value

II.2.7)Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system

Duration in months: 14
This contract is subject to renewal: yes
Description of renewals:

There is scope to extend for a further cohort.

II.2.10)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no

II.2.11)Information about options

Options: no
II.2.12)Information about electronic catalogues

II.2.13)Information about European Union funds

The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
II.2.14)Additional information

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions for participation
III.1.1)Suitability to pursue the professional activity, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers
III.1.2)Economic and financial standing
III.1.3)Technical and professional ability
III.1.5)Information about reserved contracts
III.2)Conditions related to the contract
III.2.1)Information about a particular profession
III.2.2)Contract performance conditions:
III.2.3)Information about staff responsible for the performance of the contract

Section IV: Procedure


IV.1.1)Type of procedure

Open procedure
Accelerated procedure

25 day bid period due to Covid related delays. We have completed a PIN and Market Engagement meeting in accordance with the regs.

IV.1.3)Information about a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system
IV.1.4)Information about reduction of the number of solutions or tenders during negotiation or dialogue
IV.1.6)Information about electronic auction

IV.1.8)Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: no
IV.2)Administrative information
IV.2.1)Previous publication concerning this procedure

IV.2.2)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

Date: 18/08/2020
Local time: 12:00
IV.2.3)Estimated date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates

IV.2.4)Languages in which tenders or requests to participate may be submitted:

IV.2.6)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender

IV.2.7)Conditions for opening of tenders

Date: 18/08/2020
Local time: 12:01

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: yes
Estimated timing for further notices to be published:

Not known at this stage

VI.2)Information about electronic workflows
VI.3)Additional information:
VI.4)Procedures for review

VI.4.1)Review body

Official name: Department for Education
Town: London
Country: United Kingdom
VI.4.2)Body responsible for mediation procedures
VI.4.3)Review procedure
VI.4.4)Service from which information about the review procedure may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: