Department for Education Social Work Fast Track Entry Programme

Department for Education Social Work Fast Track Entry Programme

The Department intends to procure a fast-track entry programme that recruits and provides participants with a 2 year regulator-approved training course, leading to a postgraduate social work qualification within 14 months and an MA within 2 years.

United Kingdom-Sheffield: Social work and related services

2015/S 190-344443

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

Department for Education
Social Work Reform Unit, Floor 5, 2 St Paul’s Place, 125 Norfolk St
S1 2JF Sheffield
UNITED KINGDOM
E-mail: sw.fasttracktender@education.gsi.gov.uk

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority: http://www.education.gov.uk

Electronic access to information: http://www.gov.uk/contracts-finder

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

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:

Social Work Fast Track Entry Programme.

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

Services
Service category No 25: Health and social 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)

The Department intends to procure a fast-track entry programme that recruits and provides participants with a 2 year regulator-approved training course, leading to a postgraduate social work qualification within 14 months and an MA within 2 years. The contract will run for 3 years initially with the option to extend for a further 2 years based on performance. The contract will run from early 2016 to end March 2019 (in the first instance), with the first cohort of the programme starting training in summer 2017. It should produce at least 1100 outstanding qualified social workers over 3 cohorts of participants.
Funding for this programme is subject to the outcomes of the Spending Review 2015. A contract will only be issued once the available funding has been confirmed. The Department reserves the right to end the procurement process at any time.

II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

85300000

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

The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): yes
II.1.8)Lots
II.1.9)Information about variants
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

Duration in months: 36 (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
III.2)Conditions for participation
III.2.1)Personal situation of economic operators, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers

III.2.2)Economic and financial ability

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: See invitation to tender letter.

III.2.3)Technical capacity

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
See invitation to tender letter.
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: yes

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
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

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

18.11.2015 – 17:30
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
IV.3.8)Conditions for opening of tenders

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence
VI.2)Information about European Union funds

VI.3)Additional information

Start and end dates of the contract: Start early 2016 and end March 2019 with the option to extend for a further 2 years.
The contract will cover the recruitment and training of 3 cohorts.

We will be running supplier surgery sessions on Wednesday 14.10.2015 at Piccadilly Gate, Store Street, Manchester. Any potential providers who are interested in attending should request further information by sending an email to the Social Work Reform Unitsw.fasttracktender@education.gsi.gov.uk by Monday 10.10.2015.

Funding for this programme is subject to the outcomes of the Spending Review 2015. A contract will only be issued once the available funding has been confirmed. The Department reserves the right to end the procurement process at any time.
All correspondence in relation to these requirements must be sent to the email address shown in Section 1.

The invitation to tender letter and any other relevant documents are available on Contracts Finder — https://www.gov.uk/contracts-finder

VI.4)Procedures for appeal

VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures

To the address in 1 in the first instance

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:

28.9.2015

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