The highly anticipated and controversial T-levels tender process has now been launched by the Department for Education.
Awarding organisations can bid for an “exclusive license” to develop and deliver the new qualifications, in a contract worth £17.5 million.
Three separate tenders have been launched – one for each of the first pathways to be delivered from 2020, in digital (digital production, design and development); childcare and education; and construction (design, surveying and planning).
“We will make sure that our changes to technical education enable young people to have the very best choices about how to build their career,” said skills minister Anne Milton.
“It is really important that we select the organisations with the right vision, to get the best for the young people taking new T Levels. They will be key to upholding the quality of our reforms and making T Levels a success.
“Since we started developing T Levels we have taken an open and collaborative approach, including sharing the draft procurement documents with the sector to give potential bidders a genuine opportunity to influence how this procurement works.
“We want to continue working closely with them every step of the way so we get this once in a lifetime opportunity right.”
The closing date for bids is October 26, and the contract start date is March 4 2019.