Services - 142495-2018

31/03/2018    S64    - - Services - Prior information notice without call for competition - Not applicable 

United Kingdom-Sheffield: Health and social work services

2018/S 064-142495

Prior information notice

This notice is for prior information only

Services

Legal Basis:

Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses
Department of Education
2 St. Paul's Place, 125 Norfolk Street
Sheffield
S1 1FJ
United Kingdom
Contact person: Social Work Reform
E-mail: FastTrack.SOCIALWORK@education.gov.uk
NUTS code: UKE

Internet address(es):

Main address: https://www.gov.uk/Department-for-Education

I.2)Information about joint procurement
The contract is awarded by a central purchasing body
I.3)Communication
Additional information can be obtained from 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
Education

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement
II.1.1)Title:

Employment-based fast-track social work education

II.1.2)Main CPV code
85000000
II.1.3)Type of contract
Services
II.1.4)Short description:

The Department for Education will seek provision of initial qualifying social work education through an employment-based, fast-track route. The contractor will:

1. train 700 – 900 social workers through 2 cohorts, starting in 2020;

2. promote the programme to high performing graduates;

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

4. design and deliver training allowing accelerated qualification as a social worker and ultimately leading to a Masters degree;

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

II.1.5)Estimated total value
Value excluding VAT: 50 000 000.00 GBP
II.1.6)Information about lots
This contract is divided into lots: no
II.2)Description
II.2.1)Title:
II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)
85000000
II.2.3)Place of performance
NUTS code: UK
II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

The contractor will:

1. promote the programme, attracting applications from high performing graduates with leadership potential who might not otherwise have considered a career in social work;

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;

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 (ie, in roles involving work on s17 or s47 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. gain a qualification sufficient for them to seek registration through an accelerated training route;

c. 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;

d. gain a Masters degree in social work on conclusion of the training.

4. secure and manage sufficient training and employment placements to support 700 – 900 trainees across two cohorts, starting in 2020 and 2021.

Start and end dates of the contract:

Start date: 1.11.2018. End date would be dependent on course timings agreed with the contractor.

The contract may include options to extend the contract for the delivery of one or two further cohorts.

II.2.14)Additional information

The Department for Education will be running a supplier information day on 27.4.2018 (11:00 — 15:00) at the Department for Education, Sanctuary Buildings, Great Smith Street, London, SW1P 3BT in advance of issuing the formal contract notice.

If you are interested in attending one of these events, please email FastTrack.SOCIALWORK@education.gov.uk

II.3)Estimated date of publication of contract notice:
30/04/2018

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Description
IV.1.8)Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: yes

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.3)Additional information:

The Department for Education will be running a supplier information day on 27.4.2018 (11:00 — 15:00) at the Department for Education, Sanctuary Buildings, Great Smith Street, London, SW1P 3BT in advance of issuing the formal contract notice.

If you are interested in attending one of these events, please email FastTrack.SOCIALWORK@education.gov.uk

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:
29/03/2018