DfE plans £5m upgrade to digital apprenticeship platform

Written by Sam Trendall on 23 April 2020 in News

Department floats contract notice

Credit: PA

The Department for Education is planning a two-year £5m project to improve the capacity and functionality of its digital Apprenticeship Service.

The service has been in operation since 2017 and allows employers to register for an account, where they can manage funding applications, as well as finding and recruiting apprentices themselves. Over the last three years, the DfE has “continued to add new capabilities to the service… connected through personalised user-outcome, AI-based, real-time data model”.

During the coming two years, the department plans to continue making significant upgrades and has published a contract notice seeking a commercial partner to support a 24-month programme of work. The deal will be worth between £4m and £5m to the winning bidder, whose overarching objective will be to enable the service to “transition to an employer led-model”.

Related content​

Newly added functionality will include giving organisations that conduct assessments of apprentices the ability “to receive payment direct from government”. The DfE will also seek to add “capabilities that improve quality of the apprentices experience”.

Organisations supplying apprentices, meanwhile, should “have visibility of real-time employer demand and can explore opportunities to fill gaps and meet employers’ skills needs”.

Improvements to the platform will, the DfE said, be ultimately geared to “making the service easy to use – so that smaller employers can meet their business needs, [and] scaling the service so that this holds true at significant volumes”.

Another target is increasing levels of personalisation so that users can access “the right information, at the right time, through the right channel that suits their situation and that will help them decide if, and which apprenticeships are best for their business”.

Bids for the project are open until 6 May, ahead of a scheduled contract start date of 1 June.


About the author

Sam Trendall is editor of PublicTechnology

Share this page




Please login to post a comment or register for a free account.

Related Articles

Home Office taps UK firm for third-party Oracle support in potential £8.6m deal
16 May 2022

Department awards two-year deal to Berkshire-based specialist

Digital is ‘essential’ to civil service job cuts plan, departments told
13 June 2022

Memo to finance and HR chiefs advises ministries to work with CDDO to assess potential tech projects

DVLA signs £4m automation deal to help address pandemic backlog
8 June 2022

Agency will deploy software to bring implement robotics as part of key online services

GDS adds two suppliers to help fulfil ‘urgent’ digital projects in £7m deals
6 June 2022

In the last two years the digital agency has retained six firms to provide on-demand personnel