29.11.10

DWP Announces Successful Framework Bidders

The Department for Work and Pensions has announced the list of preferred suppliers it has chosen as a result of its Employment Related Support Services Framework exercise.

A total of 36 organisations have qualified to be considered as ‘prime’ providers, and they are now preparing to submit bids in the tendering process for the delivery of the Government’s new Work Programme.  Although the Department had previously estimated that between three and eight organisations would be invited to bid for each of the regional ‘lots’ to deliver employment support services in that region, the published Framework shows that there are actually between nine and 17 qualifying organisations per region.

It is understood that the Department capped the number of lots in which any single bidder could qualify to a maximum of seven and thirteen bidders managed to achieve this maximum; A4e, Atos Origin, Avanta, BBWR (Balfour Beatty WorkPlace Remploy), G4S, Ingeus Deloitte, JHP Group, Maximus, Newcastle College, Reed in Partnership, Seetec, Serco, and Working Links.

The Framework list is dominated by private sector firms, although some voluntary sector organizations, such as the Careers Development Group, Groundwork and BTCV, did manage to make it on .

Employment Minister Chris Grayling, commented:

 “We are delighted that we received so much interest in the framework and we had strong competition from the market. The providers we have selected represent the very best of organisations from both the private and voluntary sectors. There is a good mix of existing suppliers and new entrants to the market, including innovative partnerships.”

For the full framework see here. 

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