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Social Workers: Training

Department for Education written question – answered on 23rd January 2019.

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Photo of Emma Lewell-Buck Emma Lewell-Buck Shadow Minister (Education) (Children and Families)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to his Department's press release Funding announced to train 900 new children’s social workers dated 8 January 2019, how many applications his Department’s tender 142495-2018 received.

Photo of Emma Lewell-Buck Emma Lewell-Buck Shadow Minister (Education) (Children and Families)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to his Department's press release Funding announced to train 900 new children’s social workers dated 8 January 2019, when the supplier information day was for the tender 142495-2018; and what the attendance at that event was.

Photo of Nadhim Zahawi Nadhim Zahawi The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

Engagement events were held in London and Manchester in June last year, these events were attended by approximately 16 organisations.

Three bidders expressed an interest in submitting a tender; however, one bidder withdrew their interest prior to submitting an initial bid.

Following a robust and thorough commercial process Frontline were selected to run a fast-track programme that will see an additional 900 social workers join the profession by 2022.

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