Apprenticeship Training Dynamic Marketplace DPS

Access an extensive range of apprenticeship training programmes from Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) registered suppliers.


This agreement allows buyers to access their apprenticeship levy funds to support their workforce planning strategies and meet their statutory apprenticeship targets. It is available to central government departments and all other UK public sector bodies.

The framework uses a Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) which helps customers find relevant suppliers through a filtering system.

Users have access to a wide range of Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) registered apprenticeship training and end-point assessment suppliers which offers a variety of supplementary services including:

  • delivery of apprenticeship training and management
  • sourcing, selection and assessment, recruitment and administration of the apprentices
  • tailored apprenticeship learning to suit the specific
    needs of the apprentice
  • other relevant training to support the development of the apprentice.

The agreement runs for 4 years. We may extend the agreement up to a maximum of 2 years from when the initial agreement is due to end.



  • a compliant public procurement route, also compliant with ESFA funding rules
  • an automated, electronic process, reducing administration time for both buyers and suppliers
  • option for suppliers to update their offering as and when new standards are added
  • opportunity for suppliers to apply to join at any time (throughout the life of the agreement).
  • more choice through an increased scope/scale of service offerings and access to public sector business.
  • flexibility of contract – buyers can choose between Rapid Selection and Standard Selection, according to their needs (read the How to Buy section below for more details)
  • option for appointed suppliers to bid for business either locally, regionally or nationally.

Products and suppliers

Please read the 'How to buy' tab below for detailed instructions on how to find out which suppliers are on this agreement.

Lot 1: Apprenticeship Training Dynamic Marketplace


How to buy

1. Choose your requirements.
2. Choose the ‘Access as a buyer’ option via – the Supplier Registration Service (SRS) on the CCS website and sign in or register.
3. You must accept and confirm at each log in your acceptance of the customer access agreement.
4. Create a new category portfolio to begin your supplier selection
5. Before going any further you must select the “Rapid” or “Standard” selection (definitions below)
6. At the beginning of the procurement/customer journey you must confirm and record your Statement of Requirements within the auto generated free text box
7. You can search for relevant suppliers from a range of filters and in accordance with your Statement of Requirements
8. Filters consist of a full range of services and delivery models. Suppliers can be filtered on locations and delivery methods including:

  • classroom based
  • workplace based
  • blended delivery
  • location (depending on relevant delivery method)

Rapid selection – allows the buyers to use the service filters along with the suppliers prospectus and pricing in order to make a Rapid award(s) to a supplier(s) who meets their service requirement.

Standard selection – allows buyers to use the customer apprenticeships standards and/or frameworks service filters to select their specific service requirements. Following which, buyers will export a supplier list and invite the selected suppliers to undertake a capability assessment and/ or to a further competition within 2 working days of receipt of the export file.

Watch the customer tutorial for our apprenticeship training DPS . 

Enhancement to the system includes: