Delivery of Apprenticeships to Ministry of Defence

Delivery of Apprenticeships to Ministry of Defence

The delivery of Apprenticeships to soldiers of The Royal Corps of Signals and Associated Infantry; The Royal Logistics Corps; The Royal Armoured Corps and Associated Infantry, and The Royal Army Veterinary Corps; and The Royal Military Police.

United Kingdom-Andover: Education and training services

2015/S 014-021309

Contract notice

Services

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, Monston Road
For the attention of: Proc2b
SP11 8HT Andover
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 1264381962
E-mail: defcomrclcc-armyhq-proc2b-c2@mod.uk

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

Defence

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:

The delivery of Apprenticeships to soldiers of The Royal Corps of Signals and Associated Infantry; The Royal Logistics Corps; The Royal Armoured Corps and Associated Infantry, and The Royal Army Veterinary Corps; and The Royal Military Police.

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

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. Under an agreement held with the Skills Funding Agency (SFA), the Army receives a grant towards the provision of Apprenticeships to soldiers. The apprenticeship qualifications build upon the trade training and are a part of the soldiers’ continuing professional development.
This requirement covers the delivery of components of selected Apprenticeship Qualifications to personnel of the Royal Corps of Signals (R SIGS) and Associated Infantry; the Royal Logistics Corps (RLC); the Royal Armoured Corps (RAC) and Associated Infantry, and the Royal Veterinary Corps (RAVC); and the Royal Military Police (RMP).
The requirement covers the delivery of components of the selected Apprenticeship qualifications that are not delivered by military staff or through mandatory military training.
The Authority is seeking to select a Contractor or Contractors to deliver part of, or all of the requirements stated. Because SFA funding is provided on an annual basis, any Contract would be let on the basis of 1 year certain with 4 optional 1 year periods or parts thereof commencing 1.8.2015.
As eligibility for SFA funding and the funding process may change as at the commencement of any funding year or on the implementation of new apprenticeship standards, the Authority reserves the right to review the contractual funding methodology. It should be noted that delivery of these requirements shall be wholly dependent upon the continuing availability of SFA funding. Bidders are to note there are expected to be fundamental changes which may require the Authority to re-let these contracts in one year’s time (2016).
The methodology and location for delivery of each of these apprenticeships varies according to the requirements of each Arm or Service. In general, delivery commences during a soldier’s Phase 2 Trade Training and continues into their service in the Field Army.
Potential Contractors will be required to ensure that their proposals for delivery allow for incorporating emerging Government initiatives. The Authority also reserves the right to review the delivery in response to the implementation of new apprenticeship standards/formats, regulations governing delivery/assessment or new funding regulations arising from the Government’s apprenticeship reform process. The Contractor will be required to comply with all current and future Government regulations and Army requirements in areas such as eligibility, safeguarding of learners and protection of data. In addition, the Contractor will be required to adhere to current and future Army Apprenticeships quality standards, processes and Standard Operating Procedures.
Outline details of the 4 separate Apprenticeship requirements are set out below. Suppliers are invited to express an interest in tendering for any, or all, of these requirements.
The information given below is based upon historic figures, is indicative only, and cannot be guaranteed. ‘Average in learning’ includes those learners who are on an agreed break in learning, which is largely due to individual learners being on operational deployments or career courses. Specific Apprenticeships are described in the lots below.

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:

Delivery of 4 x Apprenticeships.
Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 2 000 000 and 19 000 000 GBP

II.2.2)Information about options

Options: yes
Description of these options: SFA funding is provided on an annual basis, any contract would be let on the basis of 1 year with 4 subsequent optional 1 year periods or part thereof commencing 1.8.2015, subject to annual confirmation of each option year period.
Provisional timetable for recourse to these options:
in months: 12 (from the award of the contract)

II.2.3)Information about renewals

This contract is subject to renewal: yes
Number of possible renewals: 4
In the case of renewable supplies or service contracts, estimated timeframe for subsequent contracts:
in months: 60 (from the award of the contract)

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

Duration in months: 60 (from the award of the contract)

Information about lots

Lot No: 1Lot title: The delivery of apprenticeships to soldiers of The Royal Military PolicE (RMP)

1)Short description

RMP soldiers commencing Phase 2 Trade Training at the Defence College of Policing and Guarding at Southwick Park are enrolled onto an apprenticeship in Policing. Delivery commences during Phase 2 training and continues into Field Army service in accordance with the RMP Whole Life Development Strategy. Time has been allocated in Phase 2 training for the delivery of Functional Skills but the Army cannot guarantee that this will continue and the contractor may be required to complete the delivery of Functional Skills during Field Unit service. Delivery in the field can be structured as courses or more informal in evenings and spare time.
The information given below is based upon historic figures, is indicative only and cannot be guaranteed.
RMP soldiers, completing Phase 2 training, may be posted to 3 Regiments based throughout the UK, Germany and Cyprus with a number of detachments in locations such as Canada and the Falkland Islands. Soldiers may also be deployed on operations or to training locations such as Kenya where assessment opportunities may be available, however, travel to these locations would be at the expense of the contractor.
Soldiers are inducted onto their apprenticeship programmes during Phase 2 Training at the DCPG. In addition to the delivery of the Technical knowledge component of the apprenticeship, the Phase 2 training may include opportunities for the Contractor to assess aspects of the competence component of the apprenticeship.

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

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3)Quantity or scope

For 2015 the estimated delivery is based upon a profile of 150 starts at Level 3 with an approximate carry in figure of 240.
Estimated value excluding VAT: 1 200 000 GBP

4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion

Duration in months: 60 (from the award of the contract)

5)Additional information about lots

Contracts for delivery of Apprenticeships will be renewable annually for up to 5 years depending on continued SFA funding. As eligibility for SFA funding and the funding process may change as at the commencement of any funding year or on the implementation of new apprenticeship standards, the Authority reserves the right to review the contractual funding methodology. It should be noted that delivery of these requirements shall be wholly dependent upon the continuing availability of SFA funding. Bidders are to note there are expected to be fundamental changes which may require the Authority to re-let this contract in one year’s time (2016).

Lot No: 2Lot title: The delivery of apprenticeships to soldiers of The Royal Logistic Corps (RLC)

1)Short description

Depending upon their Career Employment Group (CEG), RLC soldiers entering Phase 2 Training at the Defence College of Logistics at Deepcut may be enrolled onto apprenticeships in Warehousing and Storage or Mail Services. Delivery commences during the Phase 2 training and continues into Field Army service in accordance with the RLC Whole Life Development Strategy.
Depending upon their CEG, RLC soldiers entering Phase 2 Training at the Defence School of Transport (DST) at Leconfield may be enrolled onto apprenticeships in Driving Goods Vehicles, Professional Competence for IT or Telecommunications Professional. Delivery commences during the Phase 2 training and continues into Field Army service in accordance with the RLC Whole Life Development Strategy.
Time may be allocated in Phase 2 training for the delivery of Functional Skills but in some cases the Contractor may be required to complete the delivery of Functional Skills during Field Unit service. Delivery in the field can be structured as courses or more informal in evenings and spare time.
RLC personnel are based throughout the UK, Germany and Cyprus. Soldiers may also be deployed on operations or to training locations such as Canada and Kenya where assessment opportunities may be available. However, travel to these locations would be at the expense of the Contractor.

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

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3)Quantity or scope

Estimated Contract Volumes are as follows, although the information given below is based upon historic figures, is indicative only and cannot be guaranteed. As a guide, the forecast delivery in 2015 is based upon a profile of 1230 starts at Level 2 with a carry in figure of 2 150.
Soldiers are inducted onto their apprenticeship programmes during Phase 2 Training at the DCL in Deepcut and DST in Leconfield. In addition to the delivery of the Technical knowledge component of the apprenticeship, the Phase 2 training may include opportunities for the Contractor to assess aspects of the competence component of the apprenticeship. For 2013/14 the estimated delivery is based upon a profile of approximately 1 350 starts at Level 2.
Estimated value excluding VAT: 17 600 000 GBP

4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion

Duration in months: 60 (from the award of the contract)

5)Additional information about lots

Contracts for the delivery of Apprenticeships will be renewable annually for up to 5 years depending on continued availability of SFA funding. As eligibility for SFA funding and the funding process may change as at the commencement of any funding year or on the implementation of new apprenticeship standards, the Authority reserves the right to review the contractual funding methodology. It should be noted that delivery of these requirements shall be wholly dependent upon the continuing availability of SFA funding. Bidders are to note there are expected to be fundamental changes which may require the Authority to re-let this contract in one year’s time (2016).

Lot No: 3Lot title: The delivery of apprenticeships to soldiers of The Royal Armoured Corps (RAC), Associated Infantry and Royal Army Veterinary Corps (RAVC)

1)Short description

RAC.
Delivery commences during Phase 2 Trade Training, at the Armour Centre (ArmCen) at Bovington and continues into Field Army service in accordance with the RAC Whole Life Development Strategy. RAC Crewmen are enrolled onto a Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship in Engineering Maintenance and Installation and those soldiers selected for the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment (HCMR) are enrolled onto a Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship in Work Based Horse Care whilst undertaking Phase 2 training at Knightsbridge and Windsor. In addition to the delivery of the technical knowledge component of the apprenticeship, the Phase 2 training for RAC may include opportunities for the Contractor to assess aspects of the competence component of the apprenticeship. All apprenticeships are completed in the Field Army Units.
The Army cannot guarantee that time can be allocated in Phase 2 training for the delivery of Functional Skills (FS) and the Contractor will be required to deliver FS during Field Unit service. Delivery in the field can be structured as courses or more informal in evenings and spare time.
On completion of their Phase 2 training RAC soldiers are posted to 1 of the 10 RAC Regiments based throughout the UK and Germany. Soldiers may also be deployed on operations or to training locations such as Canada and Kenya where assessment opportunities may be available, however, travel to these locations would be at the expense of the contractor.
The contract also covers the delivery of Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeships in ICT, Engineering, Work Based Horse Care and Logistics for those soldiers selected for specialist employments within the RAC.
Infantry:
Delivery commences when an Armoured Infantry battalion holds a Driver Maintenance Course. Infantry soldiers employed as drivers or gunners in Armoured Infantry Battalions are enrolled onto a Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship in Engineering Maintenance and Installation during Field Army service in accordance with the Infantry Whole Life Development Strategy. In addition to the delivery of the technical knowledge component of the apprenticeship, the Driver Maintenance Course may include opportunities for the Contractor to assess aspects of the competence component of the apprenticeship. The Contractor will be required to deliver FS in Field Unit locations and structured as formal courses. All apprenticeships are completed in Field Units.
The 9 Armoured Infantry battalions are located in the UK and Germany. Soldiers may also be deployed on operations or to training locations such as Canada and Kenya where assessment opportunities may be available. However, travel to these locations would be at the expense of the Contractor.
RAVC
Delivery commences during the Phase 2 Trade Training at the Defence Animal Centre (DAC) in Melton Mowbray and continues into the Field Army in accordance with the RAVC Whole Life Development Strategy. RAVC Military Working Dog Handlers are inducted onto a Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship in Work Based Animal Care during Phase 2 training at the DAC. Time may be allocated in Phase 2 Training for the delivery of FS but in some cases the contractor will be required to complete the delivery of FS during Field Unit service. Delivery in the field can be structured as courses or more informal in evenings and spare time. In addition to the delivery of the technical knowledge component of the apprenticeship, the Phase 2 training may include opportunities for the Contractor to assess aspects of the competence component of the apprenticeship. All Apprenticeships are completed in Field Units.
The RAVC units are based in the UK, Germany and Cyprus with soldiers being primarily posted to the DAC and 1 Military Working Dog Regiment. Soldiers may also be deployed on operations or to training locations such as Canada and Kenya where assessment opportunities maybe available. However, travel to these locations would be at the expense of the Contractor.
The contract also covers the delivery of a Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Work Based Animal Care and delivery of FS takes place at the DAC although some delivery may take place in the field army.

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

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3)Quantity or scope

The information given below is based upon historic figures, is indicative only and cannot be guaranteed. There will be no carry in learners as this is a new requirement.
As a guide, the forecast delivery in 2014/15 is based upon a profile of 610 starts at Level 2 and 350 starts at Level 3 with a carry in figure of approximately 1 700 learners.
Estimated value excluding VAT: 14 200 000 GBP

4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion

Duration in months: 60 (from the award of the contract)

5)Additional information about lots

Contracts for delivery of Apprenticeships will be renewable annually for up to 5 years depending on continued availability of SFA funding. As eligibility for SFA funding and the funding process may change as at the commencement of any funding year or on the implementation of new apprenticeship standards, the Authority reserves the right to review the contractual funding methodology. It should be noted that delivery of these requirements shall be wholly dependent upon the continuing availability of SFA funding. Bidders are to note there are expected to be fundamental changes which may require the Authority to re-let this contract in one year’s time (2016).

Lot No: 4Lot title: The delivery of apprenticeships to soldiers of The Royal Corps Of Signals and The Associated Infantry

1)Short description

Royal Signals:
Delivery commences during the Phase 2 Trade Training at 11 (Royal School of Signals) Signal Regiment, Blandford and continues into Field Army service in accordance with the Royal Corps of Signals Whole Life Development Strategy. Depending upon their trade specialisation, learners undertake a Level 2 Intermediate or Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship programmes in ICT, Electrical Engineering or Logistics. In addition to the delivery of the technical knowledge component of the apprenticeship, the Phase 2 training may include opportunities for the Contractor to assess aspects of the competence component of the apprenticeship. All Apprenticeship frameworks are completed in Field Army Units.
The Army cannot guarantee that time can be allocated in Phase 2 training for the delivery of Functional Skills (FS) and the Contractor will be required to deliver FS during Field Unit service. Delivery in the field can be structured as courses or more informal in evenings and spare time.
On completion of their Phase 2 training R SIGNALS soldiers are posted to 11 Regular and 4 Reserve Regiments based throughout the UK, Germany, Nepal, Cyprus and the Falkland Islands. Soldiers may also be deployed on operations or to training locations such as Canada and Kenya where assessment opportunities may be available. However, travel to these locations would be at the expense of the contractor.
Infantry:
Delivery commences during the Bowman Users Course for the Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship in ICT and the Signals Detachment Commanders Course for the Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in ICT, which are both delivered at the CIS Wing, Land Warfare Centre in Warminster. The apprenticeships continue into Field Army service in accordance with the Infantry Whole Life Development Strategy. In addition to the delivery of the technical knowledge component of the apprenticeship, the Bowman Users Course and Signals Detachment Commanders Course may include opportunities for the Contractor to assess aspects of the competence component of the apprenticeship. All apprenticeships are completed in Field Units.
The Army cannot guarantee that time can be allocated at the CIS Wing Warminster for the delivery of FS and the Contractor will be required to deliver FS during Field Unit service. Delivery in the field can be structured as courses or more informal in evenings and spare time.
On completion of their respective training course the Regimental Signallers return to 1 of 36 Infantry Battalions or units based throughout the UK, Germany and Cyprus. Soldiers may also be deployed on operations or to training locations such as Canada and Kenya where assessment opportunities may be available, however, travel to these locations would be at the expense of the contractor.

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

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3)Quantity or scope

The information given below is based upon historic figures, is indicative only and cannot be guaranteed. As a guide, the forecast delivery in 2014/15 is based upon a profile of 650 starts at Level 3 and 110 starts at Level 2 with a carry in figure of approximately 1 575 learners (total at both Levels 2 and 3).
Estimated value excluding VAT: 18 600 000 GBP

4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion

Duration in months: 60 (from the award of the contract)

5)Additional information about lots

Contracts for delivery of Apprenticeships will be renewable for up to 5 years depending on continued availability of SFA funding. As eligibility for SFA funding and the funding process may change as at the commencement of any funding year or on the implementation of new apprenticeship standards, the Authority reserves the right to review the contractual funding methodology. It should be noted that delivery of these requirements shall be wholly dependent upon the continuing availability of SFA funding. Bidders are to note there are expected to be fundamental changes which may require the Authority to re-let this contract in one year’s time (2016).

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 http://www.contracts.mod.uk/delta/project/reasonsForExclusion.html#dspr

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 3 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.
Responses to all questions in part 1 of the PQQ are to be marked on a Pass/Fail basis.
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required: The Potential Provider’s financial ability to meet this requirement will be assessed on a risk basis and the financial information provided by the Potential Provider in response to Part 1 Form D question 2.1 will be evaluated by the Authority. Factors that will be taken into consideration when evaluating financial information include:
a. Turnover;
b. Profitability;
c. Liquidity and Working Capital;
d. Debt;
e. Cash Flow.
The Authority will also examine the financial health of the immediate and ultimate parent of the Potential Provider where it is part of a group.
When assessing the financial health of an organisation the Authority will also take into consideration any Auditor’s opinion, for example Qualifications or Emphasis of Matter Statements.
The Authority’s opinion may be validated using credit agencies such as Company Watch.
If examination of the financial information exposes the potential for a Potential Provider to experience financial difficulty in performing the contract, then the Authority will determine the level of risk that it is willing to bear in fulfilling the requirement. Evaluation of the financial information will attract a Pass or Fail risk marking.
PASS: A low or medium financial risk assessment as evaluated by the Authority.
FAIL: A high unacceptable level of financial risk as evaluated by the Authority.

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 5 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 3 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 3 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 15 %. 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.
The Potential Provider’s financial ability to meet this requirement will be assessed on a risk basis and the financial information provided by the Potential Provider in response to Part 1 Form D question 2.1 will be evaluated by the Authority. Factors that will be taken into consideration when evaluating financial information include:
a. Turnover;
b. Profitability;
c. Liquidity and Working Capital;
d. Debt;
e. Cash Flow.
The Authority will also examine the financial health of the immediate and ultimate parent of the Potential Provider where it is part of a group.
When assessing the financial health of an organisation the Authority will also take into consideration any Auditor’s opinion, for example Qualifications or Emphasis of Matter Statements.
The Authority’s opinion may be validated using credit agencies such as Company Watch.
If examination of the financial information exposes the potential for a Potential Provider to experience financial difficulty in performing the contract, then the Authority will determine the level of risk that it is willing to bear in fulfilling the requirement. Evaluation of the financial information will attract a Pass or Fail risk marking.
Pass: A low or medium financial risk assessment as evaluated by the Authority.
Fail: A high unacceptable level of financial risk as evaluated by the Authority.
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 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: no
IV.3)Administrative information

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

ARMYHQ2/00025

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: 2.2.2015 – 23:59
Payable documents: no

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

23.2.2015 – 23:55

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

2.3.2015

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
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: 5 years.

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 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 www.contracts.mod.uk 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 www.Gov.uk website provides information on the new GSC.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/government-security-classifications

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.

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VI.4)Procedures for appeal

VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures

Ministry of Defence, C&C
Ramilies Building, IDL 437, Monxton Road, Hampshire
SP11 8HT Andover
UNITED KINGDOM
E-mail: defcomrclcc-armyhq-proc2b-c2@mod.uk
Telephone: +44 1264381962

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:

16.1.2015

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