Framework information

YPO has created a framework that gives you the ability to procure all apprenticeship standards, end point assessment and associated training in a variety of ways.
The framework gives contracting authorities access to both regional and national providers.
The framework is structured into three tiers:
• Regions
YPO has created a solution that will be flexible and allow for new standards and providers to be added on a quarterly basis. We’ve created a four year timetable to give both providers and contracting authorities an understanding of the YPO activity timeline for this framework. You can view the document here:

Apprenticeship four year timetable

You can download useful framework documents below: 

Download the framework userguide Apprenticeship lot breakdown download link Apprenticeship specification download link
Start date – 1 August 2018
End date – 31 July 2020

Extension opportunities
2 x 12month options to extend. 
Potential framework end date: 31 July 2022

Contracting authority call-off period
We haven’t set a minimum or maximum length for any call-offs created by contracting authorities. Contracting authorities can create an agreed call-off based on the term they believe will suit their requirements.

Value of the framework 
The apprenticeship market place is constantly changing due to the changes in the apprenticeship levy. The spend in this area is difficult to predict due to the market conditions, and is anticipated to be between approximately £100m and £8Bn across apprenticeships and associated training. 

Contracting authorities can carry out a direct award or further competition through the framework.
Please see the below guidance and template documents:

Direct award guidance download iconDirect award template a Further competition template 

Individual pricing and standard specifications can be requested from YPO at [email protected].

Framework terms and conditions
YPO has agreed a set of framework terms and conditions; these are between YPO and the provider. These framework terms and conditions can not be amended by with the contracting authority or the provider.
To supplement the framework terms and conditions, YPO has created call-off terms and conditions for contracting authorities to put in place with the provider.
The call-off terms and conditions can be utilised to ensure they fit your requirements and if both parties agree, they can be amended to support the delivery of the service.
Once the call-off terms and conditions are completed you will need to complete the order form to finalise your agreements and requirements with the provider. The order form is for the contracting authority and provider to tell the story of the service they require.
The contracting authority and provider are required to both sign the call-off terms and conditions and advise YPO of the award.

Please note
that if you are completing the direct award or further competition process online, the call-off terms and conditions and order form can be done electronically and the process is much quicker and easier.

Apprenticeship terms and conditions Call-off terms and conditions  Order form download icon
The YPO apprenticeship website  
Due to the size of the market, YPO have developed a search portal to deliver the procurement of apprenticeship standards. The search functionality allows contracting authorities to search and procure apprenticeship, associated training and end point assessment organisations. 

Contracting authorities will have the ability to:
Search for an apprenticeship via regions
Search for an apprenticeship via the route
Search for a specific standard
Filter providers through a range of sub-criteria
Direct award through the portal
Carry out a further competition through the portal
Download all provider framework responses
Download all provider framework pricing
Download provider information sheets

All information that YPO received as part of the tender process can be viewed by contracting authorities. This information is commercially sensitive, so contracting authorities will be required to log into the portal. 
To utilise the search functionality and view documents please click here.  
We’ve created a framework that engages on a regular basis with the market, with the aim of developing the supply base to ensure successful delivery of apprenticeships within the public sector.
Providers can bid for the framework on a quarterly basis and all tender documentation can be found at
Contact YPO at [email protected] for any queries.