Procurement

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) wants to hear your views, thoughts and comments on how they procure programmes. They have issued a survey to help them develop a number of initiatives and to give providers the opportunity to tell them the aspects of procurement that they do well and the things they still have room to improve.   The survey is in 3 parts and covers:

  • Section A - 2020 DWP Employment Category Supplier Survey
  • Section B - Commercial Agreement for Employment and Health-Related Services (CAEHRS) – Feedback on the recent competition 
  • Section C - Market Engagement: Tier 3 and Flexible Support Fund (FSF) Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) 2


Your feedback and input is valuable to the future design of Tier 3 and FSF DPS 2 and how DWP develops and improves what they deliver and how. Please access the background document attached below prior to completing the survey.

DWP has cconfirmed the organisations that have successfully tendered to be included in the Commercial Agreement for Employment and Health-Related Services (CAEHRS). The agreement goes live on 5 October and replaces the existing Umbrella Agreement.

In total DWP received submissions from 61 organisations with a total of 171 compliant submissions across the 7 regional lots. Overall this has resulted in a total of 28 organisations being awarded a place on CAEHRS, 21 of which have multiple places and 7 have single awards. DWP is able to offer further places should they become available.

DWP has been holding market engagement events about two new proposed programmes and slides/notes are attached below for each of them.

Following the publication of the government’s Plan for Jobs which included a £111 million investment to triple the number of traineeships available, the ESFA are planning a procurement opportunity so providers can access funding to deliver 19 to 24 adult education budget (AEB) funded traineeships.

DWP is making changes to the Test & Learn Dynamic Purchasing System (T+L DPS). The existing T+L DPS will close on 23 March and from 27 March 2020 the T+L DPS will be transferred to be run through PQQ_28831. A guidance note is attached explaining the changes. Organisations currently registered on the T+L DPS will have their details automatically transferred to the new system.

DWP has announced that it is postponing publication of the tender for the Local Supported Employment trailblazer. This is due to the coronavirus and its impact on services.

The tender had beeen due to go live this week. We'll update you when we hear more.

The DWP Local Supported Employment trailblazer will be listed on the Test & Learn dynamic purchasing system (DPS) on 16 March. The opportunity will be open for expressions of interest until 7 April. The new programme is scheduled to go live in early August. The trailblazer follows on from the Proof of Concept that ran during 2018-19.

The Welsh Government has confirmed that it will not be continuing with the planned new Job Support Wales Programme. The programme was due to begin delivery in April and aimed to amalgamate the five Welsh Government Employability initiatives into a single tailored offer.

Topics: 
Supply chain contracting, Procurement
Year of Publication: 
2019
Type: 
Guidance

The Employment & Health Related Services Umbrella Agreement (EHRSUA) is a framework-style agreement for the provision of employment and health related services. The objective of the agreement is to provide employment and health related support services helping people who are unemployed, disabled, have a health condition or barrier to work to select, train for, obtain and retain employment. Only providers accepted onto the umbrella framework are permitted to bid for high value DWP contracts.

DWP has advertised details of a market engagement event on 30 October. This early engagement event means that a procurement idea is currently active and DWP is in the early stage of development and judging interest from potential suppliers. Though the event is advertised through the Employability and Health Related Services Umbrella Agreement, DWP have stressed that the opportunity is open to SMEs and the voluntary sector.

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