Building a Sustainable Training Infrastructure for the Built Environment

Building a Sustainable Training Infrastructure for the Built Environment

Asset Skills will build on the experience gained in the delivery of our previous SPFP project to enhance the capacity of the infrastructure in place to ensure the sustainable delivery of apprenticeships and Green Deal/Energy Efficiency qualifications.

UK-Exeter: Education and training services

2013/S 012-015564

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

Asset Skills
2 The Courtyard, 48 New North Road
Contact point(s): Project Manager
For the attention of: Allen Williams
EX4 4EP Exeter
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 7736438047
E-mail: awilliams@assetskills.org

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority: http://www.assetskills.org

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: Asset Skills
Internet address: http://www.assetskills.org/Wales/SPFP2013/SPFP2Tender.aspx

Tenders or requests to participate must be sent to: Asset Skills
2 The Courtyard, 48 New North Road,
For the attention of: Zena Smith
EX4 4EP Exeter
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: 01392423399
E-mail: zsmith@assetskills.org

I.2)Type of the contracting authority
Body governed by public law
I.3)Main activity
Education
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)Description
II.1.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:
Building a Sustainable Training Infrastructure for the Built Environment.
II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance
Services
Service category No 24: Education and vocational education services
Main site or location of works, place of delivery or of performance: Wales.
NUTS code UKL
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)
‘Building a sustainable infrastructure for the Built Environment’. A Sector Priority Fund Pilot Project managed by Asset Skills and sponsored by the Welsh Government with additional support from the European Social Fund.
Project summary
Asset Skills will build on the experience gained in the delivery of our previous SPFP project to enhance the capacity of the infrastructure in place to ensure the sustainable delivery of apprenticeships and Green Deal/Energy Efficiency qualifications. We will, through the project, establish a sustainable network of providers who will become ‘Centres of Excellence’ as part of our UK Academy in Wales and who will deliver the qualifications in the Asset Skills sector post project through main stream funding.
To achieve this goal the project will:
– Recruit employers, learning providers and candidates to the programme
– Implement an effective procurement process through which providers will tender for funding to deliver the pilot programmes
– Develop partnerships with training providers to promote and provide long term solutions for training demand via mainstream funding after the conclusion of the SPFP funding
– Monitor and manage the delivery partners to ensure maximum successful completions by candidates
– Produce an evaluation report to inform on lessons learnt and sustainable routes for future delivery
Key learning points from the previous project have been:
– the positive impact of employer engagement
– the importance of contract management of the training providers
– the need for induction programmes and workplace support for candidates to increase the number of successful apprenticeships and qualifications achieved.
This project will also monitor performance, assess progress and report on outcomes with recommendations to inform training providers and the Welsh Government on the nature and content of employer demand.
The impact of the project will be significant in that it will create a sustainable delivery infrastructure for a new range of apprenticeships and qualifications, and produce a measureable benefit to employers by raising the skills levels of employees in the built environment and business services sectors, and influencing providers to incorporate these qualifications into mainstream provision.
Tender documents are available on line and can be downloaded at the Asset Skills website.
http://www.assetskills.org/Wales/SPFP2013/SPFP2Tender.aspx

To apply please complete the SPFP 2 Tender Document and submit:
– 1 electronic hard copy, in Microsoft Word Format, to SPFP2@assetskills.org, PLUS

– 3 identical hard copies to Zena Smith, 2 The Courtyard, 48 New North Road, Exeter, EX4 4EP
All documents, in email and hard copy form, must be received by 5pm on Friday the 1st March 2013
All tenders received after this date and time will be deleted and destroyed.
Community Benefits do not apply to this contract

II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

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II.1.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): no
II.1.8)Lots
This contract is divided into lots: yes
Tenders may be submitted for one or more lots
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:
Service Required Total PlacesSouth WalesNorth Wales
Deliver Foundation Apprenticeship in Pest Control, Level 2 29 19 10
Deliver Controlling Parking Areas, Level 2, (2916) 50 38 12
Deliver Award for Parking Enforcement Officers, Level 2, (1950) 71 50 21
Delivery of Level 1 Award in Promoting energy efficiency
to potential customers 204 160 44
Bids for smaller numbers of learners than those listed in the lots will be considered particularly where the bid offers regional coverage that might not otherwise be achieved.
II.2.2)Information about options
Options: no
II.2.3)Information about renewals
II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion
Starting 1.3.2013. Completion 31.12.2014

Information about lots

Lot No: 2 Lot title: Controlling Parking Areas (2916), Level 2

1)Short description
2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

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3)Quantity or scope
Deliver Controlling Parking Areas (2916), Level 2
Delivery Required
Qualification
Deliver Controlling Parking Areas,
Level 2, (2916)
Total Places 50
South Wales 38
North wales 12
Price Range: £600 to £800
Evidence
Prior to the economic downturn there was a known recruitment and retention problem and the apprenticeship was considered vital to recruit new people into the industry. Since the economic downturn has created a new stability in employment the qualification will be used to ensure that staff retention levels remain stable once the employment market recovers.
The British Parking Association (BPA) report ‘Parking Sector Apprenticeships – Researching the Need and Scope’ (March 2010) recommends an apprenticeship in parking as a way for employers to establish a pool of people who are ambitious and ready to advance within the Welsh parking sector because they will have developed the right skills for the job. Until a Parking Apprenticeship can be developed this qualification is to be delivered bringing additional skills to those in the industry. According to the British Parking Association (BPA) workforce survey (2011) the skills most lacking within the sector were written and verbal communication skills and knowledge of the parking sector – all areas to be covered by the apprenticeship and addressed in this qualification..
For further information please refer to the Sector Skills Assessment for the Parking Sector (Asset Skills, 2011) found at: http://www.assetskills.org/Research/SectorSkillsAssessment2010.aspx
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots
Lot No: 1 Lot title: Foundation Apprenticeship in Pest Control, Level 2
1)Short description
2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

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3)Quantity or scope
Deliver Foundation Apprenticeship in Pest Control, Level 2
Delivery Required
Qualification
Deliver Foundation Apprenticeship in Pest Control, Level 2
Total Places 29
South Wales 19
North wales 10
Price range: £1600 to £2000
Evidence
Pest control provides protection from the risks of pest related contamination and damage that can result in a loss of reputation and business as well as a significant fine. The UK pest control industry practices self-regulation. As a result there are significant differences in the way services are delivered by each company, ranging from the unskilled and liberal spraying of insecticides to the use of best practice.
The provision of this apprenticeship will provide employers with the opportunity to raise standards and ensure that personnel have an understanding of legal requirements relating to the safe use of pesticides and in particular green pest control methods. The apprenticeship will also help to develop important skills such as communication, customer service and numeracy skills
Research carried out by the British Pest Control Association shows that staff qualified to level 2 generate almost £260 a week more business for their employer and therefore receive better wages (BPCA, 2012); however, 36% of pest controllers have no qualifications or a qualification below Level 2 (Annual Population Survey 2010).
For further information please refer to the State of the Sector Report for the Cleaning Sector (Asset Skills, 2012) found at: http://www.assetskills.org/Research/LabourMarketInformation/LabourMarket.aspx
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots
Lot No: 3 Lot title: Award for Parking Enforcement Officers (1950) Level 2
1)Short description
2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

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3)Quantity or scope
Deliver Award for Parking Enforcement Officers (1950) Level 2
Delivery Required
Qualification
Deliver Award for Parking Enforcement Officers, Level 2, (1950)
Total Places 71
South Wales 50
North wales 21
Price Range: £200 to £250
(N.B. This qualification requires an Employer Contribution at 30%, for SMEs or 50% for large companies e.g. Cost of course delivery £210. Asset Skills pay the provider £210 and will invoice SMEs £70 and Large Companies £105)
Prior to the economic downturn there was a known recruitment and retention problem and the apprenticeship was considered vital to recruit new people into the industry. Since the economic downturn has created a new stability in employment the qualification will be used to ensure that staff retention levels remain stable once the employment market recovers.
The British Parking Association (BPA) report ‘Parking Sector Apprenticeships – Researching the Need and Scope’ (March 2010) recommends an apprenticeship in parking as a way for employers to establish a pool of people who are ambitious and ready to advance within the Welsh parking sector because they will have developed the right skills for the job. Until a Parking Apprenticeship can be developed this qualification is to be delivered bringing additional skills to those in the industry. According to the British Parking Association (BPA) workforce survey (2011) the skills most lacking within the sector were written and verbal communication skills and knowledge of the parking sector – all areas to be covered by the apprenticeship and addressed in this qualification..
For further information please refer to the Sector Skills Assessment for the Parking Sector (Asset Skills, 2011) found at: http://www.assetskills.org/Research/SectorSkillsAssessment2010.aspx
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots
Lot No: 4 Lot title: Level 1 Award in Promoting energy efficiency to potential customers
1)Short description
2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

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3)Quantity or scope
Delivery of Level 1 Award in Promoting energy efficiency to potential customers
Delivery Required
Qualification
Deliver Level 1 Award in Promoting energy efficiency to potential customers
Total Places 204
South Wales 160
North wales 44
Price range: £200 to £250
(N.B. This qualification requires an Employer Contribution at 30%, for SMEs or 50% for large companies e.g. Cost of course delivery £210. Asset Skills pay the provider £210 and will invoice SMEs £70 and Large Companies £105)
Evidence
The introduction of Government legislation, public awareness surrounding sustainability and the rising demand from businesses for greater operational efficiency has increased demand for energy assessment across the commercial and residential property sectors. These qualifications have been developed to provide the skills and knowledge to implement the government’s domestic Green Deal policy including: communications skills; observational skills; the ability to measure, record and report accurately; and knowledge of construction methods, materials and heating systems.
Green Deal is the British Government’s initiative which aims to encourage homeowners to install energy efficient devices within their homes. Green Deal is based on the principle that many energy efficiency related changes to properties will pay for themselves. To ensure that real savings can be made, the energy saving measures recommended for properties will need to be both appropriate to the age and construction of the property and correctly installed.
Research undertaken by Pye Tait Consulting (January 2012) indicated that the Green Deal is expected to offer scope for job creation as well as the safeguarding of existing energy assessor jobs. The government predicts that the energy supply chain could support 100,000 jobs, throughout the UK, within five years.
For further information please refer to the findings of our green skills survey (Asset Skills, 2012) found at: http://www.assetskills.org/Research/LabourMarketInformation/LabourMarket.aspx
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots

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
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: (a) is bankrupt or is being wound up, whose affairs are being administered by the courts, who has entered into an arrangement with creditors or who is in any analogous situation arising from a similar procedure under national laws and regulations;
(b) is the subject of proceedings for a declaration of bankruptcy, for an order for compulsory winding-up or administration by the courts or for an arrangement with creditors or is the subject of any other similar proceeding under national laws or regulations;
(c) has been convicted of an offence concerning his professional conduct by a judgement which has the force of res judicata;
(d) has been guilty of grave professional misconduct proven by any means which the contracting authorities can justify;
(e) has not fulfilled obligations relating to the payment of social security contributions in accordance with the legal provisions of the country in which he is established or those of the country of the contracting authority;
(f) has not fulfilled obligations relating to the payment of taxes in accordance with the legal provisions of the country in which he is established or those of the country of the contracting authority;
(g) is guilty of serious misrepresentation in supplying the information required under the provisions of the Directive on the criteria for qualitative selection.
III.2.2)Economic and financial ability
Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: (a) bank statement and/or evidence of professional risk indemnity insurance;
(b) balance sheets or extracts of balance sheets;
(c) statement of turnover for a maximum of the last three years.
III.2.3)Technical capacity
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

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Type of procedure
IV.1.1)Type of procedure
Open
IV.1.2)Limitations on the number of operators who will be invited to tender or to participate
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: no
IV.3)Administrative information
IV.3.1)File reference number attributed by the contracting authority:
SPFP21.
IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract
no
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: 22.2.2013 – 17:00
Payable documents: no
IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate
1.3.2013 – 17:00
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
English.
IV.3.7)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender
in days: 90 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)
IV.3.8)Conditions for opening of tenders
Date: 4.3.2013 – 09:00
Place:

Asset Skills, Exeter.

Persons authorised to be present at the opening of tenders: no

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence
This is a recurrent procurement: no
VI.2)Information about European Union funds
The contract is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: yes
Reference to project(s) and/or programme(s): Welsh Government, Sector Priority Fund Pilot.
VI.3)Additional information
Buy4Wales Reference Number: 32610.
VI.4)Procedures for appeal
VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures
VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals
Precise information on deadline(s) for lodging appeals: Asset Skills will incorporate a minimum 10 calendar day standstill period at the point information on the award of the contract is communicated to tenderers. This period allows unsuccessful tenderers to seek further debriefing from the contracting authority before the contract is entered into. Applicants have 2 working days from the notification of the award decision to request additional debriefing and that information has to be provided a minimum of 3 working days before the expiry of the standstill period.
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:11.1.2013

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