Highland Council Employability Support Services Framework

Highland Council Employability Support Services Framework

The Purchasing Authority proposes to create a Framework of Employability Support Service Providers to assist individuals or groups, experiencing barriers, to progress towards sustainable employment.

United Kingdom-Inverness: Education and training services

2016/S 076-134327

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

The Highland Council
Town House, High Street
Contact point(s): Procurement Section, Finance, FM Contracts Team
IV1 1JJ Inverness
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 1463758157
E-mail: procurement.unit3@highland.gov.uk

Internet address(es):

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

Address of the buyer profile: http://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/search/Search_AuthProfile.aspx?ID=AA00045

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

Electronic submission of tenders and requests to participate: 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 Support Services Framework Agreement.

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
Main site or location of works, place of delivery or of performance: Highland.

NUTS code UKM6

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: 99

Duration of the framework agreement

Duration in years: 4

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

The Purchasing Authority proposes to create a Framework of Employability Support Service Providers to assist individuals or groups, experiencing barriers, to progress towards sustainable employment.
Activity will be distinguished between short-term and long-term provision, dependent on the assessed needs of the client. Providers can bid for either or both Lots and the Call-Off Contracts from the Framework will be as demand requires with no guarantee of particular volumes of clients.
Please note the Purchasing Authority views this requirement as a Part B Service as defined by Public Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2012, Regulation 5, hence the timetable not complying fully with the minimum requirements and further that the Purchasing Authority will however be voluntarily follwoing the mandatory standstill period prior to award.
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 5902 under ITTs 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 ITT it will move to your My ITTs 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)

80000000, 80510000, 80530000

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

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

Options: yes
Description of these options: Provision to extend the Framework Agreement by up to 12 months.

II.2.3)Information about renewals

This contract is subject to renewal: no

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

Starting 1.7.2016. Completion 30.6.2020

Information about lots

Lot No: 1 Lot title: Lot 1 — Short-Term Employability Support Activities

1)Short description

Short-term employability support, on a ‘self-help’ basis, for individuals or groups to encourage them to engage in positive employability activity. This will help address barriers to employment and enable clients to acquire new skills to enable them to improve their competency level in the labour market.

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

80000000, 80510000, 80530000

3)Quantity or scope

Both Lots will consist of 6 Geographic Sub-Lots:
Caithness — Sutherland — East Ross — Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey — Lochaber — Skye and Lochalsh and Wester Ross.
Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 1 000 000 and 1 500 000 GBP

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

Starting 1.7.2016. Completion 30.6.2020
5)Additional information about lots

Lot No: 2 Lot title: Lot 2 — Co-Investment Programme

1)Short description

Longer-term, more sustained assistance for individuals assessed as having more complex histories of disengagement. Clients will benefit from intensive, integrated support to address a range of issues across multi-stages of the pipeline. This will be a Co-investment programme which will require the provider to identify match funding resources.

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

80000000, 80510000, 80530000

3)Quantity or scope

Both Lots will consist of 6 Geographic Sub-Lots:
Caithness — Sutherland — East Ross — Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey — Lochaber — Skye and Lochalsh and Wester Ross.
Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 7 000 000 and 8 000 000 GBP

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

Starting 1.7.2016. Completion 30.6.2020
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:

N/A.

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

Delivery Payment as agreed for individual Call-Off Contracts.

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

Jointly and Severlly liable.

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: (1) All candidates will be required to produce a certificate or declaration demonstrating that they are not bankrupt or the subject of an administration order, are not being wound-up, have not granted a trust deed, are not the subject of a petition presented for sequestration of their estate, have not had a receiver, manager or administrator appointed and are not otherwise apparently insolvent.
(2) All candidates will be required to produce a certificate or declaration demonstrating that the candidate, their directors, or any other person who has powers of representation, decision or control of the candidate has not been convicted of conspiracy, corruption, bribery, or money laundering. Failure to provide such a declaration will result in the candidate being declared ineligible and they will not be selected to participate in this procurement process.
(3) All candidates will be required to produce a certificate or declaration demonstrating that they have not been convicted of a criminal offence relating to the conduct of their business or profession.
(4) All candidates will be required to produce a certificate or declaration demonstrating that they have not committed an act of grave misconduct in the course of their business or profession.
(5) All candidates must comply with the requirements of the State in which they are established, regarding registration on the professional or trade register.
(6) Any candidate found to be guilty of serious misrepresentation in providing any information required, may be declared ineligible and not selected to continue with this procurement process.
(7) All candidates will have to demonstrate that they are licensed, or a member of the relevant organisation, in the State where they are established, when the law of that State prohibits the provision of the services, described in this notice, by a person who is not so licensed or who is not a member of the relevant organisation.
(8) All candidates will be required to produce a certificate or declaration demonstrating that they have fulfilled obligations relating to the payment of social security contributions under the law of any part of the United Kingdom or of the relevant State in which the candidate is established
(9) All candidates will be required to produce a certificate or declaration demonstrating that they have fulfilled obligations relating to the payment of taxes under the law of any part of the United Kingdom or of the relevant State in which the economic operator is established.

III.2.2)Economic and financial ability

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: Service Providers will require to evidence they have minimum 5 000 000 GBP Public Liability Insurance cover.

III.2.3)Technical capacity

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
(1) An indication of the proportion of the contract which the services provider intends possibly to subcontract.
The Service Provider will ensure that all personnel involved in the provision of the Services shall have Protecting Vulnerable Group (PVG) Scheme registration prior to their delivery of any Services under a call-off contract.
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

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:

HC/DIS/Employability/042016

IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract

Prior information notice

Notice number in the OJEU: 2016/S 049-081469 of 10.3.2016

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: 5.5.2016

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

12.5.2016 – 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: 4 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)

IV.3.8)Conditions for opening of tenders

Date: 12.5.2016 – 14:00

Place:

IV1 1JJ.

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): The Scottish Government, as Managing Authority for the 2014 — 2020 EU Programme, has given an indicative allocation of European Social Fund (ESF) Grant available for the Highlands in the period to 2020.

VI.3)Additional information

The implementation of a Strategic Skills Pipeline aims to strengthen the economic development of the Highlands through enabling residents to realise their potential by engaging in employability activities. This service will help tackle skills shortages across the Highlands to ensure a more competitive supply of labour for current and prospective employers.
The five stage pipeline aims to facilitate client progression towards and into sustainable employment and will be delivered by a mix of service providers. The provision to be commissioned is intended to complement other publicly funded services which are currently positioned at various stages along the pipeline.
(SC Ref:433423).
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:

14.4.2016

 

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