The government is seeking bidders for a contract to establish a “new approach” to the Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE) for children’s social workers.
The tender, published this week, is worth £1.6 million and would see the successful bidder bring together the national management of the programme and ensure participants “receive a good-quality experience and are effectively supported and assessed against the [Knowledge and Skills Statement]”.
At the same time the government wants bidders to develop and deliver a Practice Supervisor Development Programme (PSDP), for newly accredited practice supervisors.
The total value of the contract is £4.7 million but is split across the two lots, £1.6m for ASYE and £3.1m for the PDSP, and bidders can apply for both or one.
A contractor for the ASYE programme would be expected to:
– Develop and manage a system to administer approximately £5.6 million in payments to employers per financial year and associated administrative activity
– Support employers to develop and implement best-practice in the delivery of the ASYE programme
– Establish a programme/mechanise that will provide greater assurance of effective local delivery and that participants receive the support expected for the receipt of funding.
The tender document said the successful contractor would need “a combination of technical and logistical expertise as well as experts with a social work background, and be able to work within a flexible context”.
The PSDP will support practice supervisors, social work managers who have been accredited under the government’s new accreditation tests which are currently being rolled out, but it would not be a universal programme. The supplier would be expected to deliver “high-quality continuous professional development to approximately 350 newly promoted practice supervisors each year”.
The programme would include candidate selection by local authority, use the knowledge and skills statement to identify candidates’ development needs and then match those needs to high-quality professional development.
Submissions for the contract end on 12 March, with work to begin 2 April.