Education and Employment Services – Youth Engagement Fund

Education and Employment Services –  Youth Engagement Fund

The Youth Engagement Fund will pay for positive education and employment outcomes achieved by projects that support disadvantaged young people between the ages of 14 and 17 across areas of England, excluding those geographical areas covered by the Round 2 Innovation Fund Contracts.

United Kingdom-Sheffield: Education and training services

2014/S 125-222721

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

Department for Work and Pensions
Porterbrook House, Pear Street
For the attention of: Emily Allen
S11 8JF Sheffield
UNITED KINGDOM

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority: https://dwp.bravosolution.co.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

Social protection
Other: Employment Related Training

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:

Youth Engagement Fund.

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

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)

On 30 April, the Deputy Prime Minister announced a package of measures to help address youth unemployment and homelessness. These include a new Youth Engagement Fund of over GBP 16 m over three years to tackle the attainment gap and reduce the number of young people who become NEET (not in education, employment or training) using social impact bonds (SIBs).
The new Youth Engagement Fund will build on the existing DWP Innovation Fund to bring together evidence of effective practice alongside external social investment to fund innovative preventative interventions that will improve outcomes for young people. The Fund will test the extent to which a payment by results approach involving social investors can drive improved outcomes for young people. It will also engage local stakeholders through local financial contributions to projects; support the development of the social investment market by building the capacity of social enterprises and charities; and contribute to the evidence base for the increased use of social impact bonds.
The Youth Engagement Fund will pay for positive education and employment outcomes achieved by projects that support disadvantaged young people between the ages of 14 and 17 across areas of England, excluding those geographical areas covered by the Round 2 Innovation Fund Contracts.
Vulnerable young people are a diverse group with a variety of different needs. A range of factors are associated with a greater risk of becoming NEET, including low attainment, truancy, exclusion, teenage parenthood and having a learning difficulty and/or disability. It is expected that Youth Engagement Fund bids will focus on the most disadvantaged young people rather than those who spend a short time NEET whilst in transition between other activities.
We are seeking Youth Engagement Fund proposals from Social Investment Partnerships comprising one or more Investor, one or more Delivery Body and one or more Local Contributor. In some cases, an Intermediary may also be involved. We fully expect proposals under the Youth Engagement Fund to demonstrate engagement with local stakeholders and include a financial contribution from at least one other source. Local stakeholders could include schools/academies, local authorities, Youth Offending Teams or others interested in supporting projects that improve outcomes for young people. (For example Clinical Commissioning Groups or Police and Crime Commissioners.)
The Fund will pay the Investors or Intermediaries solely on basis of outcomes achieved. The Delivery Bodies will receive funding from the Investors or Intermediaries to cover their full delivery costs so they do not have to take the outcome risk.
We are interested in testing a range of different investment models including Social Impact Bonds as well as single investment arrangements. The authority wishes to test different models, and this may be a factor in the final selection of bids.

Further details about the Youth Engagement Fund procurement and DWP’s requirements will be available in the Specification and Initial Application Form, available to download from 3.7.2014, via Bravo Solutions (DWP’s tendering platform) see the link below;https://dwp.bravosolution.co.uk/web/login.shtml These are Part B services and the DWP will not be bound by the Public Contracts Regulations 2006 (as amended) except as such Regulations are applicable to Part B services. This contract(s) for Part B services is being advertised in OJEU voluntarily.

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): yes

II.1.8)Lots

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:

We will run one Youth Engagement Fund bidding round and we expect to award between 4 and 10 contracts in total. This will depend on the quality of bids, the financial liability of the outcome payments and the level of local contributions from schools, local authorities and/or other local funders who have an interest in preventing young people from becoming NEET.
There is no lower limit on the value of bids but they must be of sufficient size and scale that a proper evaluation of their overall impact can be considered. As we want to run a number of projects in order to test different arrangements, bids must not have a financial liability to the Fund (subject to all outcomes being met) that exceeds an average of GBP 2 million per year (inclusive of VAT). The local contribution can be in addition to this figure, but should not account for more than 49 % of the overall contract value. Each project will run for up to three years.
Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 0 and 13 370 000 GBP

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

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:

Parent Company Guarantees or equivalent, performance bonds or deposits may be required in appropriate circumstances.

III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:

Requirements will be sent out in the Invitation to Tender documents.

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 is required but if a contract is awarded to a consortium, DWP may require the consortium to form a legal entity before entering into, or as a term of, the contract. DWP’s specific requirements are to be determined but DWP may require that any contract(s) awarded be entered into by a single legal entity on the part of the successful supplier(s).

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: to Express Interest in this Tender:
1. Register your company on the eSourcing portal (this is only required once):

— browse to the eSourcing Portal: https://dwp.bravosolution.co.uk and click the link to register,

— accept the terms and conditions and click ‘continue’,
— enter your correct business and user details,
— note the username you chose and click ‘Save’ when complete,
— you will shortly receive an email with your unique password (please keep this secure).
2. Express an Interest in the tender:
— login to the portal with the username/password,
— click the ‘PQQs / ITTs Open To All Suppliers’ link. (These are Pre-Qualification Questionnaires or Invitationsto Tender open to any registered supplier),
— click on the relevant PQQ/ ITT to access the content,
— click the ‘Express Interest’ button at the top of the page,— this will move the PQQ /ITT into your ‘My PQQs/ My ITTs’ page. (This is a secure area reserved for your projects only),
— you can now access any attachments by clicking ‘Buyer Attachments’ in the ‘PQQ/ ITT Details’ box.
3. Responding to the tender:
— click ‘My Response’ under ‘PQQ/ ITT Details’, you can choose to ‘Create Response’ or to ‘Decline to Respond’ (please give a reason if declining),
— you can now use the ‘Messages’ function to communicate with the buyer and seek any clarification,
— note the deadline for completion, then follow the on screen instructions to complete the PQQ/ ITT,
— there may be a mixture of online and offline actions for you to perform (there is detailed online help available).
You must then submit your reply using the ‘Submit Response’ button at the top of the page. NB for Youth Engagement Fund purposes the Initial Application Form (IAF) is being used instead of a standard PQQ. But will be available from the PQQ/ItT pages within Bravo. If you require any further assistance please consult the online help, or contact the eTendering help desk on +44 8003684850.

III.2.2)Economic and financial ability

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: DWP’s requirements will be set out in the Initial Application Form, copies of which are available on Bravo Solutions (DWP’S e tendering platform) from 3.7.2014. Completed Initial Application Forms must be returned to DWP no later than 10:00 am 18.8.2014, in accordance with the Instructions to Potential Suppliers document.
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required: DWP’s requirements will be set out in the Initial Application Form and Instructions to Potential Suppliers document, copies of which are available on Bravo Solutions (DWP’S e tendering platform) from 3.7.2014.
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

Restricted

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

Envisaged number of operators: 30

Objective criteria for choosing the limited number of candidates: An assessment of the response given in the Initial Application Form will be undertaken to ensure innovation, that proposals do not duplicate existing provision, existing Innovation Fund 2 geographical areas, or other proposals and that there is a suitable mix of delivery concepts. Bids must not have a financial liability to the Fund (subject to all outcomes being met) that exceeds an average of GBP 2 million per year (inclusive of VAT) as we want to run a number of projects to test different approaches. The local contribution can be in addition to this figure but should not account for more than 49 % of the overall contract value. Further details on the evaluation criteria will be provided in the Instructions to Potential Suppliers document which will accompany the Initial Application Form. The Initial Application Form and supporting documents will be available via Bravo Solutions (DWP’s e tendering platform) from 3.7.2014 and can be accessed via https://dwp.bravosolution.co.uk

IV.1.3)Reduction of the number of operators during the negotiation or dialogue
IV.2)Award criteria
IV.2.1)Award criteria

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:

UI_DWP_101330
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: 18.8.2014 – 10:00
Payable documents: no

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

18.8.2014 – 10:00
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

Duration in months: 6 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)

IV.3.8)Conditions for opening of tenders

Date: 18.8.2014 – 10:00

Place:

Uploaded to Bravo Solutions as per Instructions to Potential Suppliers.

 

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: no

VI.3)Additional information

The Contracting Authority intends to use an eTendering system in this procurement exercise.
DWP expressly reserves the rights:
(i) to use a reverse auction;
(ii) to cancel this procurement at any stage;
(iii) to not award any contract as a result of the procurement process commenced by publication of this notice;
(iv) to make whatever changes it may see fit to the content and structure of the tendering competition; and in no circumstances will DWP be liable for any costs incurred by potential suppliers.
This is a procurement for Part B services and DWP will not be bound by Public Contracts Regulations 2006 (as amended) except as such Regulations are applicable to Part B services. This contract(s) for Part B services is being advertised in OJEU voluntarily. The Youth Engagement Fund will be procured using a two stage tendering approach. For the first stage of the process potential suppliers will complete an Initial Application Form. Potential suppliers successful at this stage will then be invited to submit a tender for the second stage. Interested organisations wishing to tender are invited to register on Bravo Solutions (DWP’s e tendering platform) from 3.7.2014 to view the IAF documents.
Following initial application, shortlisted potential suppliers will be invited to submit full proposals in late summer, with contracts awarded in early 2015. As part of this process we will hold at least two information events in July to provide additional information on the Fund:
YEF open for initial applications: 3.7.2014.
YEF initial application information event – London: 14.7.2014.
YEF initial application information event – Leeds: 17.7.2014.
Shortlisted potential suppliers invited to submit full proposals: Early Autumn 2014.
Contracts awarded: Early 2015.

Suppliers Instructions How to Express Interest in this Tender: 1. Register your company on the eSourcing portal (this is only required once):https://dwp.bravosolution.co.uk and click the link to register – Accept the terms and conditions and click ‘continue’ – Enter your correct business and user details – Note the username you chose and click ‘Save’ when complete – You will shortly receive an email with your unique password (please keep this secure) 2. Express an Interest in the tender – Login to the portal with the username/password – Click the ‘PQQs / ITTs Open To All Suppliers’ link. (These are Pre-Qualification Questionnaires or Invitations to Tender open to any registered supplier) – Click on the relevant PQQ/ ITT to access the content. – Click the ‘Express Interest’ button at the top of the page. – This will move the PQQ /ITT into your ‘My PQQs/ My ITTs’ page. (This is a secure area reserved for your projects only) -You can now access any attachments by clicking ‘Buyer Attachments’ in the ‘PQQ/ ITT Details’ box 3. Responding to the tender – Click ‘My Response’ under ‘PQQ/ ITT Details’, you can choose to ‘Create Response’ or to ‘Decline to Respond’ (please give a reason if declining) – You can now use the ‘Messages’ function to communicate with the buyer and seek any clarification – Note the deadline for completion, then follow the onscreen instructions to complete the PQQ/ ITT – There may be a mixture of online and offline actions for you to perform (there is detailed online help available) You must then submit your reply using the ‘Submit Response’ button at the top of the page. If you require any further assistance please consult the online help, or contact the eTendering help desk.

VI.4)Procedures for appeal

VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures

Department for Work and Pensions
Department for Work and Pensions Employment Category Team, Level 3 Block B, Porterbrook House, 7 Pear Street
S11 8JF Sheffield
UNITED KINGDOM

Body responsible for mediation procedures

Department for Work and Pensions
Department for Work and Pensions Employment Category Team, Level 3 Block B, Porterbrook House, 7 Pear Street
S11 8JF Sheffield
UNITED KINGDOM

VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals

Precise information on deadline(s) for lodging appeals: DWP will incorporate a minimum of 10 calendar day standstill period at the point of information on the award of the contract is communicated to tenderers. The Public Contracts Regulations 2006 (SI 2006 No 5) (as amended) provide for aggrieved parties who have been harmed or are at risk of harm by a breach of the rules to take action in the High Court (England, Wales and Northern Ireland). You may also care to note the information provided via the following web links: The DWP commercial complaints process –http://www.dwp.gov.uk/supplying-dwp/purchasing-in-dwp/dwp-commercial-complaints/.

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

Department for Work and Pensions
Department for Work and Pensions Employment Category Team, Level 3 Block B, Porterbrook House, 7 Pear Street
S11 8JF Sheffield
UNITED KINGDOM
Internet address: www.dwp.gov.uk

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:

30.6.2014

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