Invitation to Tender: Management Development Training Programme

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Invitation to Tender: Management Development Training Programme

December 19th, 2019

In October 2019, WFD signed off on a new organisational learning and development strategy, which identified a number of core priority learning needs for the organisation. One of these areas was in core management training.

The core aim of the management development programme is to equip our managers with the skills and knowledge to be able to demonstrate the required behaviours under each of the relevant core WFD competency areas and to apply a management style that aligns with our culture and organisation values.

We are therefore seeking to procure an L&D partner to design and deliver a module based management development training programme to our managers. Due to our international workforce, the programme will need to be delivered virtually by a live facilitator. Programme design and coordination will be finalised throughout February – March 2020, with the first workshops kicking off in April 2020. The programme will then run between April and December 2020.

Information on how to bid for this tender, including full specification, terms and conditions, and supplier questions and answers can be found on the tender notice and instructions can be found below.

Invitation to Tender
WFD’s Organisational Values
WFD’s Organisational Chart
WFD’s Competency and Skills Framework

Supplier Q&A

The government contracts finder website has fields to state a ‘low’ and ‘high’ contract values. This is an error and in fact the ‘low’ contract value should be set at £15k, which is in line with WFD’s procurement threshold for conducting an open tender process. The ‘high’ contract value however should  have been left blank, as we are not wanting to restrict potential proposals by establishing an upper limit on cost. This is largely because following delivery on the initial programme, WFD will offer a further assignments in 2021 and 2022 to run the management development programme. This will be for a minimum of one cohort in each year, but could be more depending on demand (e.g. staffing growth and turnover). We have therefore updated the contract values fields on the Government contracts finder website to reflect the above.

We currently have 54 manager positions that we would be aiming to put through the management development programme in 2020. This number of programme participants may be subject to some slight changes due to vacant roles or new positions being created.


We are looking for a training provider to deliver a single development (training) programme to all of our current line managers. Our expectation is that this will be delivered to cohorts of 6-10 managers in a series of training modules over a period of 5-8 months.

All of our line managers have a competent level of English (written and oral) and therefore we would expect that the course and materials be delivered in English.

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