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Apprenticeship DPS solutions from ESPO

Apprenticeship DPS solutions from ESPO


Apprenticeships are a great opportunity for people to gain work experience, learn a range of different skills and get hands-on training that can be put into practice in a skilled working environment.  

The apprenticeship might include learning from colleagues across all levels of the organisation, or working closely with a senior colleague who reviews the apprentice’s progress and coaches them along the way.


At ESPO, to help support your organisation we offer users a quick, simple and competitive route to purchasing apprenticeship training services through our 554 Apprenticeship Dynamic Purchasing System (ADPS). With different types of apprenticeships training available covering a wide range of areas for learning, we have you covered!

To help you find the best solution for your organisation, the ADPS is divided into 16 categories based on the UK regions, and further divided into sub-categories based on the technical areas of learning for apprenticeships.

We understand the procurement process can be daunting and the importance of having a real person on hand if you need them, so rest assured our team of procurement experts are here to help when you need them. What's more, we can provide FREE template documents and guides to further support you and your organisation through the procurement process.

Why use the ESPO ADPS?


Future-proof solution
Service providers can apply to be a part of the ADPS at any time throughout the duration, future-proofing the solution as the market develops and new apprenticeship standards are introduced over time.
Save valuable time
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.
Wide range of service providers
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.
Employer incentives
The incentive payments for hiring a new apprentice has been extended to 31 March 2021, this includes recruiting apprentices who have been made redundant. Find out more here.
Broad range of technical areas of learning
The solution covers 15 technical areas of learning for apprenticeships from Agriculture, Environmental and Animal Care to Business and Administration, there is a wide range of apprenticeship training available. What’s more, you are also able to include more than one technical area and/or apprenticeship standard in further competitions.
ESPO support
If your organisation already uses the Proactis ‘ProContract’ eProcurement system you can use your own portal to run a further competition via the ADPS. If not, ESPO can act as a ‘postbox’ on your behalf whereby we host the customer’s further competition on ESPO’s ProContract portal.
Easy to use
We understand the process can be dauting, so to help make your procurement journey easier we have further competition template documents, outcome of competition letters and call-off terms and conditions freely available to help. Get in touch to find out more!
Ofsted ratings monitored by ESPO
The Ofsted ratings and presence on the RoATP (Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers) are regularly monitored by ESPO to help you ensure quality of service.

Find out more

We’ve put together some useful documents to help you find out more about the ADPS and how to access the solution. Click the links below to get more information and guidance:

554 ADPS FAQs (153.28 kB)

You can download the ADPS user guide here to find out further information or get in touch with our dedicated team on 0116 294 4072 or email