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Tender description

The Department for education is seeking the provision of initial qualifying social work education through an employment-based, fast-track route. We are looking to secure a contractor to:

1) Train 700 — 900 social workers through 2 cohorts, starting in 2020;

2) Attract high performing graduates to the programme;

3) Assess candidates so that trainees display the highest aptitude for child and family social work;

4) Design and deliver training allowing for accelerated qualification as a social worker;

5) Deliver training and employment placements through partnership with English providers of statutory children’s social care services.

Indicative value of the contract is estimated to be between 35 000 000-50 000 000 GBP.


Notice number in the OJ S
2018/S 110-251407

Complementary information

Date of dispatch of this notice
Additional information

The Department will be running a supplier engagement event on Wednesday 20 June from 14:00 — 16:00 in London; and on Thursday 21 June from 13:30 — 15:30 in Manchester. Please contact us at the email address in 1 for further information and to request a copy of the Selection Questionnaire (SQ). This document will form your initial tender.

You will be required to request the SQ by contacting: [email protected]

An electronic copy of your SQ must be received by email no later than 12:00 on Tuesday 10.7.2018. Late tenders will not be considered.

Review body

Department for Education

Sanctuary Buildings, 20 Great Smith Street



Main CPV code 85000000

Bidding information

Bidding deadline

15 Mar 2019

0 days remaining

Total estimated value

GBP 45.0 million


United Kingdom, Sheffield



GBP 45.0 million

The contractor will be expected to:

1) Promote the programme nationally, attracting applications from high performing graduates with leadership potential who might not otherwise have considered a career in social work and, in turn, contribute to raising the status of the profession;

2) Manage candidate assessment to ensure those entering the programme have the right skills, behaviours and resilience to succeed as child and family social workers, as well as being representative of the diverse communities they serve;

3) Design and deliver training, approved by the relevant regulator, such that participants will:

(a) be embedded within a team delivering statutory child and family social work (i.e. in roles involving work on s.17 or s.47 cases and requiring case records to be updated by the student, under appropriate supervision) at an English local authority, or children’s trust that delivers services on behalf of a local authority;

(b) be taught through a curriculum that is fully and comprehensively aligned with the Chief Social Workers’ Knowledge and Skills Statements (KSS);

(c) gain a qualification sufficient for them to seek registration with the social work regulatory body through an accelerated training route; and

(d) progress at the point of qualification to an ASYE (Assessed and Supported Year of Employment) social work role within the employer to which they are attached;

4) Secure and manage sufficient training and employment placements to support 700 — 900 trainees across England and across 2 cohorts, starting in 2020 and 2021.

Main site or place of performance

England only.


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