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Bid to supply Skills Bootcamps


Skills Bootcamps are free courses for adults typically lasting up to 16 weeks, available across a range of sectors. They help people develop priority skills that are in demand at both local and national level.

They are developed by training providers in partnership with employers.

Significant investment has been committed by the government to scale up Skills Bootcamps from 2022 to 2025.

Who can apply

Skills Bootcamps can be delivered by suppliers who have qualified onto the dynamic purchasing system (DPS), including:

independent training providers (ITPs)
further education (FE) colleges

You can only deliver Skills Bootcamps if you’re successful in winning a contract as part of a commerical procurement. You’ll need to apply to qualify onto the DPS and then bid for a contract.

As part of this process, you’ll need to demonstrate your previous experience of working closely with employers.

What’s involved

Skills Bootcamps provide flexible training. This is typically at levels 3 to 5 or equivalent (medium to higher level technical skills) and level 2 in some sectors.

You can offer them online, face-to-face or through a blended approach.

Currently Skills Bootcamps are available in areas such as:

digital, for example, digital marketing or coding
logistics (HGV driving)
green skills, for example, solar energy or agriculture technology

We may award contracts for Skills Bootcamps in additional sector categories in the future.

Responsibilities include:

working with employers to develop the training
making sure each learner typically receives a minimum of 60 teaching hours
securing learners a new job, responsibilities or work
submitting monthly performance management information
completing an Individual Learner Record (ILR) for each learner
securing learners a job interview at the end of the course

Application process

We use a competitive procurement process to award contracts for Skills Bootcamps. To win a contract you’ll first need to apply to qualify onto the DPS. Once on the DPS, you’ll need to bid for a contract to deliver a specific Skills Bootcamp.

We’ll score your bid on its quality and on the price you will charge.

If you’re successful, you’ll get payments at set milestones during your contract. Your contract will show the payment milestones and how much you’ll get.

How to apply

You’ll need to apply to qualify onto the dynamic purchasing system (DPS). This system will allow suppliers to compete for Skills Bootcamps contracts.

The first competition will be for digital. Sign up for alerts to find out when you can apply or when competitions for other sectors open.

Before joining the Skills Bootcamps DPS

Register on the Department for Education (DfE) eTendering Portal website Jaggaer. To be able to access the DPS, you’ll need to be registered on Jaggaer. Make sure you register your organisation as a supplier.

Once you’re registered as a supplier, you’ll be able to access the DfE Skills Bootcamps DPS market engagement material. This includes guidelines for joining the DPS and information on timelines. To access, log into Jaggaer and search for ‘Project_6939’.

Sign up for the Skills Bootcamps DPS market engagement event on 14 November 2022 to find out more about what’s involved in supplying Skills Bootcamps.

To find out more information about supplying Skills Bootcamps email [email protected].

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