• Procurement proposals could shake up how colleges go to tender

    There are many more freedoms – but also more scrutiny – in the government’s new procurement proposals that would affect how colleges go to tender, write Ben McGirr and Toshif Vally You’d be forgiven for not noticing that in December, the Cabinet Office published a green paper called Transforming Public Procurement. The three-month open consultation

    5.00 Feb. 7th, 2021 | Opinion

  • T-levels tender launched by Department for Education

    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

    11.01 Sep. 3rd, 2018 | News

  • On the eve of the controversial T-level tender - when, how and why?

    On the eve of the launch of the government’s first ever tender for a single awarding organisation for a qualification, FE Week takes a look at the twists and turns of the tangled T-levels procurement process to date. The controversial full tender process to find awarding organisations to offer the first T-levels qualifications is due

    16.42 Aug. 31st, 2018 | News

  • The new prime providers who struck gold in the first AEB tender

    There were many winners to emerge from the AEB procurement, including two new prime providers which each received more than £1 million. Top of the list of first-time primes is London-based Free to Learn, which has £2 million for November to July next year. Its chief commercial officer was bullish about the company’s ability to

    12.08 Nov. 17th, 2017 | News

  • Non-levy tender: It will take over 8 hours just to read the current ‘clarifications’

    The ESFA’s latest attempt at a non-levy apprenticeships tender now has over 100,000 words of ‘final’ clarifications. FE Week’s editor Nick Linford explores some of the reasons and pitfalls ahead of this Friday’s deadline The level of interest in the £650 million non-levy tender should come as no surprise. Around 800 colleges and providers will

    11.56 Sep. 6th, 2017 | Opinion

  • Exclusive: Election delay for results of first adult education budget procurement

    The announcement of results of the first ever procurement process for the adult education budget has been delayed until after the general election, FE Week can reveal. An email seen by FE Week was sent to providers earlier today via FASST, the online services hub for organisations working with the Education and Skills Funding Agency,

    22.00 May. 9th, 2017 | News