Integral to our assessment of value for money in all sourcing and procurement of goods or services, we consider the alignment of potential suppliers’ values and ethics with our own. We are committed to diversity and inclusion within our organisation, and across all our projects and programme. We recognise that a diverse supplier base is integral to the organisation’s achievement of our diversity and inclusion strategic objectives, and building and maintaining a community of diverse suppliers increases our opportunity to hear new ideas, apply different approaches, deliver innovation, and continue to deliver our world-class competitions programme.

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Current tenders

Young person competing in IT software solutions for business competition

Competition alumni tracking research

Each year between 2,000 to 3,000 young people register to take part in our national programme of skills competitions.  After competing in Passive, National Qualifier and National Finals competitions, biennially, around 100 of the National Finalists are then invited to take part in Squad UK. After a programme of training and development around 30 to 40 of Squad UK are selected to represent Team UK at the biennial WorldSkills and EuroSkills international skills competitions.  As part of our aim to provide evidence of the longer-term impact of our activities, WorldSkills UK would like to commission a third party to carry out a quantitative longitudinal study of the effects of taking part in WorldSkills UK skills competitions. Using longitudinal education outcomes (LEO) data held by the Department for Education, the project would compare the outcomes achieved by young people who participated in skills competitions between 2012 and 2019 with a suitable control group of their peers.

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Competition standards research

The study is in two parts:

  • our evaluations of skills competitions show that, as a result of participation, competitors report improved technical skills as well as improved personal and employability skills. The study would seek to understand whether these individual positive outcomes are reflected in a college’s performance data. The analysis would look at the association between college attainment data in specific subject areas to those connected competition skills that colleges have participated in
  • previous analysis indicates that there is a potential benefit gained from an Ofsted inspection by participation in WorldSkills UK competitions. This part of the study would seek to understand, via case studies, how colleges are using their involvement in WorldSkills UK activities to improve their Ofsted ratings. We are also seeking the development of guidance for colleges on how to align WorldSkills UK quality improvement activities with the current Ofsted framework.

In order to achieve the best possible value, WorldSkills UK is committed to:

  • building cost reductions into contractual agreements

  • pursuing savings and discounts at all times

  • undertaking competitive tendering wherever possible

  • choosing effective and innovative methods of provision

  • evaluating suppliers experience, financials and management

  • setting clear deliverables, KPIs, timescales and outcomes

  • developing robust evaluation criteria and contract management

  • converting existing suppliers into value-in-kind partnerships

  • securing efficient and effective services during COVID-19

  • maintaining and upgrading assets whilst reducing obsolescence

  • continually improving procurement models and processes

  • ethical and environmentally sustainable procurement

  • working with a diverse range of suppliers from all backgrounds

  • robust spend management and an emphasis on accountability

  • tiered levels of authorisation and delegated responsibility

  • strenuous prevention of fraud, corruption, theft and bribery

  • fostering honesty, safeguarding, whistleblowing and integrity

  • accuracy, transparency and objectivity, free of personal interest

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