Decision details

Award of Apprenticeship programme for Social Work (Degree) apprenticeships.

Decision Maker: Chief executive

Decision status: For Determination

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


The University of Kent have submitted the most financially advantageous tender and have complied with all other elements of the tender procedure.

The University of Kent scored the highest during the moderated panel tender evaluation process.

The council has a skills gap and challenge in recruiting qualified social workers, this is a challenge mirrored nationally. The council therefore has a plan to ‘Grow Our Own’ social workers in both Adults’ and Children’s directorates to address this issue. The increase in the number of social workers will lead to improved service provision for service users

As a large employer the council makes mandatory contributions to the government apprenticeship levy pot. The University of Kent will draw down the funding directly from the government Apprenticeship levy fund.

The University of Kent is registered on the Register of Approved Training Providers to deliver an approved apprenticeship leading to a degree-level qualification in social work.

The council has conducted a compliant procurement process and an outcome has been identified based on the results of the evaluation carried out by a panel.

Contact: Tracey Sampson, Assistant director, people Email: Tel: 01432 383715.

Publication date: 08/10/2020

Date of decision: 17/09/2020

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