Employability and Skills Pipeline Procurement Framework

Employability and Skills Pipeline Procurement Framework

North Ayrshire Council wishes to procure business partners to deliver an employability and skills framework to support the Council tackle the enduring issue of high unemployment, worklessness and low skills in North Ayrshire.

United Kingdom-Irvine: Training services

2015/S 017-027259

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

North Ayrshire Council
Cunninghame House, Friars Croft
Contact point(s): Corporate Procurement
For the attention of: Category Manager
KA12 8EE Irvine
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 1294324015
E-mail: procurement@north-ayrshire.gov.uk
Fax: +44 1294324054

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority: http://www.north-ayrshire.gov.uk

Address of the buyer profile: http://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/search/Search_AuthProfile.aspx?ID=AA00337

Electronic access to information: http://www.publictendersscotland.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/

Electronic submission of tenders and requests to participate: http://www.publictendersscotland.publiccontractsscotland.gov.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

Regional or local authority

I.3)Main activity

General public services

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:

Employability and Skills Pipeline Procurement Framework.

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: North Ayrshire.

NUTS code UKM33

II.1.3)Information about a public contract, a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system (DPS)

The notice involves the establishment of a framework agreement

II.1.4)Information on framework agreement

Framework agreement with several operators
maximum number of participants to the framework agreement envisaged: 4

Duration of the framework agreement

Duration in years: 5
Justification for a framework agreement, the duration of which exceeds four years: The framework will cover a period of 3 years with the option of a further 2, 1 year extensions subject to funding availability.

Estimated total value of purchases for the entire duration of the framework agreement

Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 7 500 000 and 9 000 000 GBP

II.1.5)Short description of the contract or purchase(s)

North Ayrshire Council wishes to procure business partners to deliver an employability and skills framework to support the Council tackle the enduring issue of high unemployment, worklessness and low skills in North Ayrshire. These issues clearly have an impact on the performance of the local economy and are therefore an important priority in the overall economic regeneration of North Ayrshire. This framework approach will allow the Council to be more responsive in the way it procures services, ensuring effective better targeted support to both individuals and businesses.
North Ayrshire Council, through European Social Funding and the Council’s own funding, has identified a possible funding package of between 7 500 000 GBP-9 000 000 GBP for the employability and skills framework.
Please note: this funding package is not guaranteed and is subject to allocations from various funding sources including European Social Fund. North Ayrshire Council also reserves the option to deliver some of these services in-house.
There will be 4 Lots delivered within this framework:
Lot 1: Engagement and barrier removal.
Lot 2: Vocational Training/transitional employment opportunities.
Lot 3: Employer engagement/job brokerage/aftercare.
Lot 4: Modern apprenticeship programme.
Bidders should note that the above groups have been split into Lots 1, 2, 3 and 4 and the council will accept bids for 1 or all lots. Lots will be awarded either single supply or between 3-5 bidders. Specific commissions are likely to be on an annual or project by project basis. Tenderers should note that that these values cannot be guaranteed.
Note: The buyer is using PCS-Tender to carry out this procurement process. Please note this is a separate website and if you are not already registered, registration will be required.

To access PCS-Tender, record your interest in this notice and access the tender documentation please visithttps://www.publictendersscotland.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk and search for project Code project_3023 under s Open to All Suppliers. Please use the Search/Filter function, then select Project Code from the drop-down. Please note that once you have expressed interest in the it will move to your My s area.

For further information on using PCS-Tender, please read the Supplier Response Guide:https://www.publictendersscotland.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/esop/pts-host/public/pts/supplierhelppage/PCS-TSupplierResponseGuide.pdf

If you have already registered on Public Contracts Scotland and PCS-Tender and paired your accounts you can access PCS-Tender through your Public Contracts Scotland Control Panel.

II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

80500000, 80510000, 80000000, 79414000

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:

Refer to tender.

II.2.2)Information about options

Options: yes
Description of these options: The framework will cover a period of 3 years with the option of a further 2, 1 year extensions subject to funding availability.
Provisional timetable for recourse to these options:
in months: 36 (from the award of the contract)

II.2.3)Information about renewals

This contract is subject to renewal: yes
Number of possible renewals: 2
In the case of renewable supplies or service contracts, estimated timeframe for subsequent contracts:
in months: 12 (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: Engagement and barrier removal

1)Short description

Engagement and barrier removal.

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

80500000, 80510000, 80521000, 80530000

3)Quantity or scope

Refer to tender.
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots

Lot No: 2Lot title: Vocational Training/transitional employment opportunities

1)Short description

Vocational Training/transitional employment opportunities.

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

80500000, 80510000, 80521000, 80522000, 80530000

3)Quantity or scope

Refer to tender.
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots

Lot No: 3Lot title: Employer engagement/job brokerage/aftercare

1)Short description

Employer engagement/job brokerage/aftercare.

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

80500000, 80510000, 80520000, 80530000

3)Quantity or scope

Refer to tender.
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots

Lot No: 4Lot title: Modern apprenticeship programme

1)Short description

Modern apprenticeship programme.

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

80500000, 80510000, 80530000

3)Quantity or scope

Refer to tender.
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:

As per the ITT document.

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

As per the ITT document.

III.1.3)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:

As per the ITT document.

III.1.4)Other particular conditions

The performance of the contract is subject to particular conditions: yes
Description of particular conditions: North Ayrshire Council is committed to maximising Community Benefits from its procurement activities. Under this procurement, the successful applicant, and its supply chain, are required to support the Councils social objectives relating to participation in skills development, training, employment initiatives, education initiatives, community initiatives, supporting sme’s and third sector organisations. Accordingly, contract performance conditions may, where appropriate, relate in particular to social, economic and environmental considerations and Community Benefits requirements may, if appropriate, be included as a minimum requirement.
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: As per the ITT document.

III.2.2)Economic and financial ability

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: As per the ITT document.
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required: As per the ITT document.

III.2.3)Technical capacity

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
As per the ITT document.
III.2.4)Information about reserved contracts
III.3)Conditions specific to services contracts
III.3.1)Information about a particular profession

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

An electronic auction will be used: no
IV.3)Administrative information

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

NAC/1030
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: 24.2.2015

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

3.3.2015 – 12:00
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: 3.3.2015 – 12:00

Place:

Cunninghame House, Irvine, KA12 8EE.

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

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): Funding package is not guaranteed and is subject to allocations from various funding sources including European Social Fund.

VI.3)Additional information

(SC Ref: 334434).
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: North Ayrshire Council 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.
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:

21.1.2015

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