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Grant for NHS Apprenticeships Senior Leadership Engagement


Apprenticeships are a key feature of the Government's educational policy, with specific ambitions to increase apprenticeships within the NHS. The Apprenticeship Benefits Realisation Strategy includes objectives to:
• meet the skills needs of employers;
• create progression for apprentices;
• widen participation and social mobility; and
• create more quality apprenticeships.
To deliver these benefits within the NHS, Trusts and Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STPs) need support to become informed apprenticeship customers and to develop apprenticeship strategies that meet the needs of their workforce strategies.
If the NHS were treated as a single employer, it would be the biggest employer in England. It is a major contributor to both the apprenticeship levy and public sector apprenticeship target. It is expected to deliver over a third of all public sector apprenticeships. The NHS has an estimated annual public sector target of around 28,000 new apprentice starts.
The ESFA is looking to award a grant to a delivery organisation who will engage with senior leaders within NHS Trusts and STP's.
In particular we are looking for the following outcomes to be achieved:
• Engage senior leaders within NHS Trusts, e.g. Finance Directors, HR Directors and Chief Executives
• Secure their active support as apprenticeship champions within their organisations, ensuring operational staff have the necessary leadership and resources.
• 'Open doors' for our account managers to reach decision-makers.
The successful bidding organisation will need to be able to demonstrate that they are a not-for-profit (e.g. voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations), impartial organisation, with national reach across England and have:
o an understanding of apprenticeships;
o an understanding of and experience with working with the NHS;
o proven experience of senior stakeholder management and influence; and
o experience in activities that are aligned with the purpose of the grant.

About the buyer


Cheylesmore House South
Quinton Road


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Please note this PIN is for information only and is not a call for competition. It is intended as an awareness, communication and information-gathering exercise offering an opportunity for potential providers to help understand commissioning intentions The Department reserves the right not to enter a formal procurement process and not award contract(s). Accordingly, the Authority will not be liable for any bid cost, expenditure, work or effort incurred by a supplier in acting on the basis of this Prior Information Notice.
The competition will be run via the DfE / ESFA eTendering Portal. We recommend any current providers of similar services, providers who may be interested in applying in the future, or other stakeholders who may have an interest in applying to register on the eTendering Portal. Access to the eTendering Portal is via where the details of how to register and the terms of free registration are presented.
All information included in this notice is indicative and subject to change.
The Department requests that you register your interest to this PIN by emailing with your company and contact details. The title of your email must be 'NHS Engagement'.

How to apply

Please apply directly to the buyer using the contact details provided, or follow the instructions given in the notice description or information section.

Location of contract

Any region

Value of contract

£1 - £147k

Published date

12 September 2019

Approach to market date

20 September 2019

Contract start date

04 November 2019

Contract end date

31 March 2020

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