Communities First National Support Contract

Communities First National Support Contract

Communities First (CF) was launched in 2001 as the flagship Welsh Government Programme to tackle poverty in the most disadvantaged communities in Wales.

UK-Merthyr Tydfil: education and training services

2012/S 165-273969

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

Welsh Government on behalf of the Welsh Ministers
Communites Division, Communities FIrst Unit, welsh Assembly Government, WG DSJLG – Communities Division, Rhydycar, Business Park
Contact point(s): Paul Dear or Laura Evans
For the attention of: Laura Evans
CF48 1UZ Merthyr Tydfil
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 3000628210
E-mail: laura.evans@wales.gsi.gov.uk
Fax: +44 3000628622

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority: http://https://etenderwales.bravosolution.co.uk

Address of the buyer profile: http://wales.gov.uk/?lang=en

Further information can be obtained from: Internet address: http://https://etenderwales.bravosolution.co.uk

Specifications and additional documents (including documents for competitive dialogue and a dynamic purchasing system) can be obtained from: Internet address: http://https://etenderwales.bravosolution.co.uk

Tenders or requests to participate must be sent to: Internet address: http://https://etenderwales.bravosolution.co.uk

I.2)Type of the contracting authority
Other: Welsh Government
I.3)Main activity
Economic and financial affairs
Education
Environment
General public services
Health
Housing and community amenities
Public order and safety
Recreation, culture and religion
Social protection
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:
Communities First National Support Contract.
II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance
Services
Service category No 27: Other services
Main site or location of works, place of delivery or of performance: Communities First Areas.
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)
Communities First (CF) was launched in 2001 as the flagship Welsh Government Programme to tackle poverty in the most disadvantaged communities in Wales.
The current Minister for Local Government and Communities, Carl Sargeant AM, announced in November 2011 that from April 2012, CF will be a Community Focussed Tackling Poverty Programme and will support the Welsh Government’s Tackling Poverty Agenda. The delivery of improved outcomes for families living in poverty (through the new CF Outcomes Framework) will focus on three strategic aims: Prosperous Communities, Learning Communities and Healthier Communities.
The Welsh Government on behalf of the Welsh Ministers wish to let the following contracts:
Lot 1: Training and Support.
This element of the contract will provide a flexible and responsive support and training to CF clusters, in order to support the new CF programme:
— the training and support element will need to be clearly focused around enabling Clusters to achieve the aims of the new programme set out by the Welsh Government,
— the training provision will need to take account of the workforce development element to ensure that training provided directly by the programme does not duplicate other provision but addresses the specific needs of CF,
— the support will remain flexible to meet a variety of needs but will include some support for Regional Programme Boards and Community Involvement.
Lot 2: Workforce Development.
This element will ensure continued development of a framework to develop the CF workforce as well as the Welsh community development workforce more widely. This will include working with HE & FE providers to develop and sustain accredited training for the programme, ensuring that the National Occupational Standards for Community Development are implemented consistently, and maintaining an overview of the training needs of the programme.
The Welsh Assembly Government, on behalf of the Welsh Ministers, will be conducting this procurement exercise through the etenderwales portal https://etenderwales.bravosolution.co.uk Tender documents and other information must be downloaded from and returned through this portal. If you require any further assistance the BravoSolution helpdesk is available on:

email: help@bravosolution.co.uk / phone: +44 8003684850 / fax: +44 2070600480.

Full information in accessing the portal is found in Section VI.3.
Community Benefits do not apply to this contract.

II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

80000000, 98000000, 85322000, 85323000

II.1.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): yes
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:
II.2.2)Information about options
II.2.3)Information about renewals
II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion
Starting 1.2.2013. Completion 31.3.2015

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract
III.1.1)Deposits and guarantees required:
The awarding authority reserves the right to request parent company and/or other guarantees of performance and financial liability.
III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:
Payment terms will be indicated in the contract documents. Tenders to be priced in Sterling. Payment to be made in Sterling only.
III.1.3)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:
No special legal form required but joint and several liability to be assumed by all group bidders before acceptance.
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.
Details to be provided will be listed in the prequalification questionnaire.
III.2.2)Economic and financial ability
Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: Details to be provided will be listed in the prequalification questionnaire.
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required: Details to be provided will be listed in the prequalification questionnaire.
III.2.3)Technical capacity
Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
(b) a list of principal deliveries effected or services provided in the last 3 years and evidence of delivery;
(e) educational and professional qualifications of the supplier and staff responsible for performing the contract;
(i) details of any intended sub-contracting arrangements.
Details to be provided will be listed in the prequalification questionnaire.
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required:
Details to be provided will be listed in the prequalification questionnaire.
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
Restricted
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 8
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:
C26-2012/2013
IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract
no
IV.3.3)Conditions for obtaining specifications and additional documents or descriptive document
IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate
28.9.2012 – 14:00
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.
Other: Welsh.
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 tenders

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: no
VI.3)Additional information
The Authority reserves the right to consider variant bids.
The Authority reserves the right to split the requirement into lots.
The Authority is committed to contributing to the social, economic and environmental well-being of the wider community. Accordingly, while the requirement to do so will not be mandatory, the successful contractor will be expected to consider opportunities to recruit and train long term economically inactive persons as part of the workforce delivering this project.
The Contract will have an option to extend the duration up to a period of a further 12 months.
If you require documentation in an alternative format, please contact the named contact point in this document who will be able to provide a more suitable format. For example, Braille, large print, Word document or audio format.
You may find it helpful to contact your regional business advisory network to seek general advice and guidance if you are considering tendering for this and future public sector contracts. Potential bidders in Wales can access services at http://www.fs4b.wales.gov.uk/supplierdevelopmentservice.

The Client is not obligated to commission any work under this arrangement.
E-tender information:
— Go to https://etenderwales.bravosolution.co.uk,

— The first person from your Organisation to use the Platform will be required to register on behalf of the Organisation,
— Registration involves accepting a User Agreement, and providing basic information about your Organisation and about the User performing the Registration,
— The User who performs the Registration becomes the Super User for the Organisation,
— On registering on the Platform the Super User will select a Username and will receive a password,
— The Password will be sent by e-mail to the email address that was specified in the User Details section of the Registration page,
— In order to log-in to the Platform please enter your Username and Password,
— Note: If you forget your Password then visit the homepage and click “Forgot your password?”,
— Registration should only be performed once for each Organisation,
— If you think that someone in your Organisation may have already registered on this Platform then you must not register again,
— Please contact the person who Registered (i.e. the Super User) in order to arrange access to the Platform,
— Contact the Helpdesk immediately if you are unable to contact the Super User (for example if they have left your Organisation),
— Note: If your Organisation is already registered on the Platform then you must not make any additional registration. Please contact the Helpdesk to gain access to the Platform,
— Tenders must be uploaded to the BravoSolution portal by 2pm.
How to find the PQQ:
— Once logged in you must click on ‘PQQs Open to all Suppliers’,
— The etender references for this contract are: Project_23754 and PQQ_30524,
— Click on the title to access summary details of the contract. If you are still interested in expressing an interest, click the ‘Express an Interest button’. This will move the PQQ from the ‘Open to all Suppliers’ area to the ‘My PQQ’s’ on the home page,
— You will then see the full details of the PQQ in the qualification and technical envelopes along with any relevant documents in the ‘Attachments’ area,
— Should you have any questions on the PQQ, please use the ‘Messages’ area to contact the buyer directly – Please do not contact the named person at the top of this notice.
Buy4Wales Reference Number: 31557.

VI.4)Procedures for appeal
VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures
VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:24.8.2012

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