Second T-levels tender for awarding bodies launched

The tender process for the second wave of T-levels has been launched by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

From today, awarding organisations can bid for an “exclusive license” to develop and deliver the next seven T-levels, which will be taught from September 2021.

They will be split across six separate contracts worth over £30 million, with the bidding lots being:

.               LOT 1 Construction: Building Services Engineering and Construction: Onsite Construction (£5.83 million)

.              LOT 2 Digital: Digital Business Services (£4.78 million)

.              LOT 3 Digital: Digital Support Services (£4.65 million)

.              LOT 4 Health & Science: Health (£5.78 million)

.              LOT 5 Health & Science: Healthcare Science (£5 million)

.              LOT 6 Health & Science: Science (£4.87 million)

The bidding window is open until May 10.

The awarding organisations that will develop, deliver and award the first three T-levels from 2020 were announced in February.

NCFE has been awarded a contract to deliver the education and childcare pathway, and Pearson has been awarded contracts to deliver T-levels in design, surveying and planning as well digital production, design and development.

Sir Gerry Berragan, chief executive of the institute, said: “The launch of this second invitation to tender is an exciting milestone and shows that the Institute is well on track for the delivery of T-levels.

“These seven new pathways – split across six separate contracts – will provide high quality, stretching and engaging new qualifications for young people.

“We’ve involved employers and businesses of varying sizes throughout this process, ensuring that T-levels will be fit for purpose and relevant to the world of work.”

He added: “We were very happy with the level of interest for the first set of contracts and have worked hard to prepare awarding organisations for this second wave, through in-depth pre-market engagement. We encourage awarding organisations of all sizes to be part of this exciting new procurement process.”

The full suite of procurement documents can be found through the Institute’s online procurement platform Proactis,

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