Army Educational and Training Services Officer Professional Development

Army Educational and Training Services Officer Professional Development

PGCE (60 Level 7 CAT Points). The provider is to develop and deliver a blended programme leading to the award of a Post Graduate Certificate of Education set against a context of post-compulsory military education.

United Kingdom-Andover: Education and training services

2015/S 067-119728

Contract notice


Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name, addresses and contact point(s)

Ministry of Defence, C&C
Ramilies Building, IDL 437, ARMY HQ, Marlborough Lines, Monxton Road, Hampshire
Contact point(s):
For the attention of: Proc2b-C2
SP11 8HT Andover
Telephone: +44 1264381962

Further information can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)

Specifications and additional documents (including documents for competitive dialogue and a dynamic purchasing system) can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)

Tenders or requests to participate must be sent to: The above mentioned contact point(s)

I.2)Type of the contracting authority

Ministry or any other national or federal authority, including their regional or local sub-divisions

I.3)Main activity


I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities

The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: no

Section II: Object of the contract


II.1.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:

The Provision of Army Educational and Training Services Officer Professional Development.

II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance

Service category No 24: Education and vocational education services

NUTS code UK

II.1.3)Information about a public contract, a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system (DPS)

The notice involves a public contract
II.1.4)Information on framework agreement

II.1.5)Short description of the contract or purchase(s)

Education and training services. The Educational and Training Services (ETS) Branch of the Adjutant General’s Corps (AGC) is an is an all-officer, all-graduate organisation, which directly supports the Directorate of Educational Capability (D Ed Cap), direct and develop Army education, instructor development, cultural and language capabilities. Officers in the ETS deliver education, training development, qualification opportunities and specialist advice to soldiers and officers across the British Army both in barracks and on operations.
To ensure that the Branch has suitably qualified and experienced officers all AGC (ETS) officers follow a bespoke academic progression comprising of a PGCE, PG Dip and culminating in a Master’s degree. This pathway takes place alongside their routine duties but is fully supported by the chain of command. Delivery of the programme is achieved through a blend of residential courses, integration with the AGC (ETS) Brach Training Course (a nine week young officers course held at the Army School of Education, Worthy Down near Winchester), and distance learning.
A broad outline of the requirement is shown below:
PGCE (60 Level 7 CAT Points). The provider is to develop and deliver a blended programme leading to the award of a Post Graduate Certificate of Education set against a context of post-compulsory military education. The current format sees officers complete this with two years of commissioning from the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst.
PG Diploma (60 Level 7 CAT Points). The provider is to develop and deliver a blended programme which builds on the PGCE and leads to the award of a Post Graduate Diploma in Education. The provider should be able to link modules from the PG Dip to the employment requirements of AGC (ETS) officers. This is currently delivered through a series of residential courses and is completed in just less than two years.
Research Project (60 Level 7 CAT Points). The provider is to develop and deliver a programme which builds on the PG Dip and leads to the award of a Masters degree. The programme should comprise a distance learning course on research methodology followed by a tutor-supported research project into an Army training or education related topic or issue. Officers aim to complete their dissertation in their fifth year of study as the Master’s degree provides evidence of an ETS officers ability to undertake employment in a number of ETS specialist appointments in the rank of Major.

II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)


II.1.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): no


This contract is divided into lots: no

II.1.9)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no
II.2)Quantity or scope of the contract

II.2.1)Total quantity or scope:

Contract Volumes
Estimated contract volumes will be based on manning targets stipulated by the Directorate of Manning (Army) and this currently sees an annual intake of approximately 25 officers a year. An indication of the number of officers on the programme is that the AGC (ETS) has 35 officers completing a PGCE, 50 officers on the PG Dip programme and a further 50 officers working towards their Master’s level dissertation. The information given above is based on historic figures, is indicative only, and cannot be guaranteed.
Estimated value excluding VAT: 1 600 000 GBP

II.2.2)Information about options

Options: no

II.2.3)Information about renewals

This contract is subject to renewal: yes
In the case of renewable supplies or service contracts, estimated timeframe for subsequent contracts:
in months: 48 (from the award of the contract)

II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion

Duration in months: 48 (from the award of the contract)

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract
III.1.1)Deposits and guarantees required:
III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:
III.1.3)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:

III.1.4)Other particular conditions

The performance of the contract is subject to particular conditions: no
III.2)Conditions for participation

III.2.1)Personal situation of economic operators, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: The Authority will apply all the offences listed in Article 45(1) of Directive 2004/18/EC (implemented as Regulation 23(1) of the Public Contract Regulations (PCR) 2006 in the UK) and all of the professional misconducts listed at Article 45(2) of Directive 2004/18/EC (see also Regulation 23(2) in the PCR 2006) to the decision of whether a Candidate is eligible to be invited to tender.

A full list of the Regulation 23(1) and 23(2) criteria are at

Candidates will be required to sign a declaration confirming whether they do or do not have any of the listed criteria as part of the pre-qualification process. For candidates who are registered overseas, you will need to declare if you have any offences/misconduct under your own countries laws, where these laws are equivalent to the Regulation 23 lists.
Candidates who have been convicted of any of the offences under Article 45(1) are ineligible and will not be selected to bid, unless there are overriding requirements in the general interest for doing so.
Candidates who are guilty of any of the offences, circumstances or misconduct under Article 45(2) may be excluded from being selected to bid at the discretion of the Authority.

III.2.2)Economic and financial ability

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: (a) Appropriate statements from banks or, where appropriate, evidence of relevant professional risk indemnity insurance
(b) The presentation of balance-sheets or extracts from the balance-sheets, where publication of the balance-sheet is required under the law of the country in which the economic operator is established
(c) A statement of the undertaking’s overall turnover and, where appropriate, of turnover in the area covered by the contract for a maximum of the last three financial years available, depending on the date on which the undertaking was set up or the economic operator started trading, as far as the information on these turnovers is available.

III.2.3)Technical capacity

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
(a) a list of the works carried out over the past five years, accompanied by certificates of satisfactory execution for the most important works. These certificates shall indicate the value, date and site of the works and shall specify whether they were carried out according to the rules of the trade and properly completed. Where appropriate, the competent authority shall submit these certificates to the contracting authority direct
(b) a list of the principal deliveries effected or the main services provided in the past three years, with the sums, dates and recipients, whether public or private, involved. Evidence of delivery and services provided shall be given: – where the recipient was a contracting authority, in the form of certificates issued or countersigned by the competent authority, – where the recipient was a private purchaser, by the purchaser’s certification or, failing this, simply by a declaration by the economic operator
(c) an indication of the technicians or technical bodies involved, whether or not belonging directly to the economic operator’s undertaking, especially those responsible for quality control and, in the case of public works contracts, those upon whom the contractor can call in order to carry out the work
(d) A description of the technical facilities and measures used by the supplier or service provider for ensuring quality and the undertaking’s study and research facilities
(e) Where the products or services to be supplied are complex or, exceptionally, are required for a special purpose, a check carried out by the contracting authorities or on their behalf by a competent official body of the country in which the supplier or service provider is established, subject to that body’s agreement, on the production capacities of the supplier or the technical capacity of the service provider and, if necessary, on the means of study and research which are available to it and the quality control measures it will operate
(f) The educational and professional qualifications of the service provider or contractor and/or those of the undertaking’s managerial staff and, in particular, those of the person or persons responsible for providing the services or managing the work
(g) For public works contracts and public services contracts, and only in appropriate cases, an indication of the environmental management measures that the economic operator will be able to apply when performing the contract
(h) A statement of the average annual manpower of the service provider or contractor and the number of managerial staff for the last three years
(j) An indication of the proportion of the contract which the services provider intends possibly to subcontract
Questions in Part 2 of the PQQ will be evaluated using the following matrix 0 = No Answer – No evidence, or evidence provided is misleading or evidence is not relevant to the question asked. 1 = Poor – The evidence fails to address key parts of the question and/or lacks credibility and/or evidence gives cause for concern on the Respondent’s ability to meet the requirements. 2 = Satisfactory – Response fails to address some parts of the question and/ or the evidence lacks credibility to a small extent which may require Authority support to successfully meet the requirement. 3 = Good – Response fails to address some parts of the question and/ or the evidence lacks credibility to a small extent, but it is considered that the Contractor would be able to resolve themselves. 4 = Very Good – Response addresses all parts of the question, evidence is credible and gives confidence that the Respondent has ability to successfully meet the requirement. 5 = Excellent – Provides a high level of detailed evidence that addresses all parts of the question, is credible and gives a higher level of confidence than 4. A minimum score of 2 is required against questions with a weighting of 20% and 10%. Applications that do not achieve these minimum scores will not be invited to tender for this requirement.
Minimum Level(s) of standards possibly required: Should there be more than 6 applications that scored above the minimum levels set out above, the Authority reserves the right to invite the 6 highest scoring suppliers to Tender for the requirement.
III.2.4)Information about reserved contracts
III.3)Conditions specific to services contracts

III.3.1)Information about a particular profession

Execution of the service is reserved to a particular profession: no

III.3.2)Staff responsible for the execution of the service

Legal persons should indicate the names and professional qualifications of the staff responsible for the execution of the service: no

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Type of procedure

IV.1.1)Type of procedure


IV.1.2)Limitations on the number of operators who will be invited to tender or to participate

Envisaged minimum number 5: and maximum number 6
Objective criteria for choosing the limited number of candidates: Criteria as set out in the dynamic PQQ and within this advert.
IV.1.3)Reduction of the number of operators during the negotiation or dialogue
IV.2)Award criteria

IV.2.1)Award criteria

The most economically advantageous tender in terms of the criteria stated in the specifications, in the invitation to tender or to negotiate or in the descriptive document

IV.2.2)Information about electronic auction

An electronic auction will be used: yes
Additional information about electronic auction: A Reverse Auction, conducted using electronic means, may be used as part of the procurement process for this requirement. Specific relevant information on Reverse Auction usage will be given in the Invitation to Tender.
IV.3)Administrative information

IV.3.1)File reference number attributed by the contracting authority:


IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract


IV.3.3)Conditions for obtaining specifications and additional documents or descriptive document

Time limit for receipt of requests for documents or for accessing documents: 13.4.2015 – 12:00
Payable documents: no

IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

1.5.2015 – 00:00

IV.3.5)Date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates


IV.3.6)Language(s) in which tenders or requests to participate may be drawn up

IV.3.7)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender
IV.3.8)Conditions for opening of tenders

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: yes
Estimated timing for further notices to be published: 48.
VI.2)Information about European Union funds

VI.3)Additional information

The contracting authority considers that this contract may be suitable for economic operators that are small or medium enterprises (SMEs). However, any selection of tenderers will be based solely on the criteria set out for the procurement, and the contract will be awarded on the basis of the most economically advantageous tender. Suppliers interested in working with the Ministry of Defence should register on the MOD Supplier Information Database (SID) Register, available at The MOD SID is a database of active and potential suppliers available to all MOD and UK Defence procurement personnel, and is the main supplier database of MOD Procurement organisations. Please note: the registration and publication of a company profile on the MOD SID does not mean or imply that the supplier has in any way been vetted or approved by the MOD. Suppliers wishing to compete for advertised MOD contracts must respond to any specific call for competition by submitting a separate expression of interest in accordance with the instructions of the purchasing organisation.

From 2.4.2014 the Government is introducing its new Government Security Classifications Policy (GSC) to replace the current Government Protective Marking Scheme. A key aspect of this is the reduction in the number of security classifications used. All suppliers to the Department are encouraged to make themselves aware of the changes as it may impact on this Requirement. The link below to the website provides information on the new GSC.

The Authority reserves the right to amend any condition related to security of information to reflect any changes in national law or government policy. If any contract documents are accompanied by instructions on safeguarding classified information (e.g. a Security Aspects Letter), the Authority reserves the right to amend the terms of these instructions to reflect any changes in national law or government policy, whether in respect of the applicable protective marking scheme, specific protective markings given, the aspects to which any protective marking applies, or otherwise.

Advertising Regime OJEU: This contract opportunity is published in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU), the MoD Defence Contracts Bulletin and GO Reference: GO-2015331-DCB-6484808.

VI.4)Procedures for appeal

VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures

Ministry of Defence, C&C

Body responsible for mediation procedures

Ministry of Defence, C&C

VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals

VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained

Ministry of Defence, C&C

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:


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