The Crown Commercial Service (CCS) (which brings together policy, advice and direct buying; providing commercial services to the public sector and saving money for the taxpayer) has backed the Prime Minister’s range of measures to support an increase in the number of apprentices and improve people’s skills.
Incorporating apprenticeships and wider skills development into the government’s own contracting activities is integral to achieving this goal.
From 1 September, departments, their executive agencies and non-departmental public bodies will be required to consider the opportunity for apprenticeships and skills development in their contracting requirements.
These changes apply to contracts with a full life value of £10 million or more with duration of 12 months and above.
Businesses bidding for relevant contracts will need to propose the number of apprenticeships they expect to create in fulfilling the contract. This projection will be reviewed as part of the tender evaluation process and written into the ensuing contract. The contracting authority will take action if the supplier does not meet its commitment.
The CCS has published a Procurement Policy Note to encourage skills development and help deliver the government’s pledge to support 3 million apprenticeships over the next five years.
You can read the CCS guidance here.
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