Apprenticeship Dynamic Purchasing System (ADPS)

Apprenticeship Dynamic Purchasing System (ADPS)

Framework 554_18
Status: Active

The Apprenticeship Dynamic Purchasing Solution (ADPS) provides a compliant route to market procuring apprenticeship training providers for apprenticeship schemes within a geographical area.

The ADPS is divided into 16 categories based on the UK regions as follows:

  • Lot 1 North East
  • Lot 2 North West
  • Lot 3 Yorkshire and Humber
  • Lot 4 East Midlands
  • Lot 5 West Midlands
  • Lot 6 East of England
  • Lot 7 South East
  • Lot 8 South West
  • Lot 9 Central London
  • Lot 10 North London
  • Lot 11 East London
  • Lot 12 South London
  • Lot 13 West London
  • Lot 14 Wales
  • Lot 15 Scotland
  • Lot 16 Northern Ireland

These categories have been further divided into sub-categories based on the technical areas of learning for apprenticeships, as set out below:
  • Agriculture, Environmental and Animal Care
  • Business and Administration
  • Catering and Hospitality
  • Childcare and Education
  • Construction
  • Creative Design
  • Digital
  • Engineering and Manufacturing
  • Hair and Beauty
  • Health and Science
  • Legal, Finance and Accounting
  • Protective Services
  • Sales, Marketing and Procurement
  • Social Care
  • Transport and Logistics

The DPS will be available for use nationally by any public sector body in the UK including, but not limited to…

  • Schools & Academies
  • Local Authority Establishments
  • Police & Emergency Services
  • NHS & HSC Bodies
  • Central Government Departments & their agencies
  • Registered Charities

Full details of the classification of end user establishments and geographical areas are available on:

What are the benefits of using this framework?

  • This ADPS is compliant with UK/EU procurement legislation - we’ve done the work, so there’s no need for you to run a full EU procurement process.
  • Service providers listed on the ADPS are assessed and monitored during the procurement process for their financial stability, track record, experience and technical & professional ability. In addition, elements such as Ofsted ratings and presence on the RoATP are monitored by ESPO accordingly.
  • Service providers can apply to be a part of the ADPS at time throughout the duration, future-proofing the solution as the market develops and new apprenticeship standards are introduced over time.
  • Pre-agreed terms & conditions to underpin all orders so no need to worry.
  • The award of individual further competitions within the ADPS can be quicker than direct procurement procedures, with the minimum time limit for the return of tenders being 10 days.
  • Local and SME service providers are encouraged to become part of ADPS, given that the application process is simplified for all and that any provider can join at any time during the life of the ADPS.


For the most updated service provider matrix please see the downloadable documents below (please note this is subject to continuous change and customers should ensure they have the latest version prior to any further competition).

  • Quick start guide
  • ProContract User Guidance
  • Non ProContract User Guidance
  • Confirmation of Award
  • FAQs
  • Show more

Please login or register to download the following:

  • User guide
  • Access Agreement – ProContracts Users
  • Access Agreement – nonProContracts Users
  • Call-off Terms
  • Service Provider Matrix
  • Further Competition Template Part A
  • Further Competition Template Part B
  • Show more
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Apprenticeship Dynamic Purchasing System (ADPS)

Key facts


Start date
31 Jul 2018

End date
30 Jul 2021

Up to

OJEU Contract notice

OJEU award notice

Last updated
18 Nov 2020

This framework is available for use nationally

Further help

Melanie Tuff
07584 158137

Quote reference
Framework 554_18

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