A new Crown Commercial Service (CCS) framework will invest more than £360 million in developing the next generation of public servants.
The Apprenticeship Training and Related Services agreement has 16 suppliers, six of whom are small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), continuing the government;s aim to make it easier for SME providers to win places in their own field of expertise.
Most public bodies are now required to have some kind of apprenticeship programme. The new CCS framework will help organisations set up their own programmes without having to do multiple, lengthy procurement exercises to access Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA)-registered training providers.
It is hoped that this will deliver annual savings of up to £8 million.
Peter Lawson, strategic category director, People Pillar at CCS, said: “This agreement supports the government to train the next generation of public servants, who will eventually be responsible for delivering efficient, effective services that meet the needs of citizens.”