HMRC Staff Development Services

HMRC Staff Development Services

Equal opportunities consultancy services.

United Kingdom-Salford: Staff development services

2015/S 102-185948

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

HMRC
5th Floor West Ralli Quays, 3 Stanley Street
For the attention of: James Power
M60 9LA Salford
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 3000587827
E-mail: james.power@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority: www.hmrc.gsi.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

Ministry or any other national or federal authority, including their regional or local sub-divisions

I.3)Main activity

Other: Direct and Indirect Taxes

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:

Diversity Outreach Services.

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

Services
Service category No 27: Other 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)

Staff development services. Equal opportunities consultancy services. Other community, social and personal services. Part of Civil Service Resourcing (CSR) role is the management of the Civil Service Fast Stream (FS) and Fast Track (FT), the aim of which is to deliver a talent management programme through the recruitment of graduates and school leavers to join the Civil Service as a talent pipeline.
HM Revenue and Customs in conjunction with CSR wish to procure the services of multiple suppliers to assist in the recruitment of candidates from a diverse range of groups who have the potential to pass the Civil Service Fast Stream (FS) and Fast Track (FT) selection processes. The aim is to build sustainable strategic partnerships with the successful Contractors.

II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79633000, 98200000, 98000000

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: yes
II.2)Quantity or scope of the contract

II.2.1)Total quantity or scope:

HM Revenue and Customs in conjunction with CSR wish to procure the services of multiple suppliers with the expertise, specialist contacts and networks to assist with increasing the recruitment of candidates from a diverse range of groups who have the potential to pass the Civil Service Fast Stream (FS) and Fast Track (FT) selection processes. The aim is to build sustainable strategic partnerships with the successful Contractors.
The diversity groups targeted are:
— Black, Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME);
— Low Socio Economic;
— Disabled;
— Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender;
— FT Apprenticeship Programme — Schools and Colleges.
The intention is to allocate a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 5 suppliers to each group, conditional on the outcome of the tender exercise. The successful Contractors for each group will be expected to work co-operatively together and with the Authority for the provision of the services. The themes of the service delivery will include Raising Awareness of the Fast Track (FT) and Fast Stream (FS) programmes among the targeted groups, Influencing the groups to increase applications to FT/FS and Skills Development of the potential applicants.
As part of the tender exercise Tenderers will be required to submit a proposal detailing how they would meet the core service requirements within the allocated budget over the 3 year term of the contract. In addition to the core services tenderers will have the opportunity to provide details of any innovative concepts outside of the core requirement which may add value to the project for consideration as part of their tender submission. Following award and should any unforeseen or ad-hoc requirements not referred to in the tender documentation or tender proposals arise, the Authority will request proposals, firstly on a joint, cross Work Group basis, but if this is not possible on an individual contractor basis and award the assignment on the basis of the best value for money proposal received.
Estimated value excluding VAT: 900 000 GBP
II.2.2)Information about options

II.2.3)Information about renewals

This contract is subject to renewal: no

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

Duration in months: 36 (from the award of the contract)

Information about lots

Lot No: 1Lot title: Black, Asian Minority Ethnic

1)Short description

The Fast Stream team intends to significantly increase the proportion of BAME Fast Stream applications and successes over the next 3 years. Although the rate of successful BAME Fast Streamers has recently increased this is unfortunately not at the required rate to ensure this group is truly reflective of society.
The Contractor must have the requisite expertise, specialist contacts and networks in recruiting undergraduates/graduates from within the under-represented group as outlined in the separate Group Number detailed in this specification.
The Contractor must work with the Contracting Authority to fully understand the target audience it requires from each of the target groups (undergraduates/graduates) across each of the specified under-represented groups.
The Contractor must develop a candidate attraction solution which is specifically designed to appeal to the candidate profile for the relevant target demographic Black, Asian, Minority Ethnics Groups (undergraduates/graduates).
During the course of the contract, the Contractor will be required to outline and deliver the services requested by the Authority as outlined in the tender documentation as ‘Core Requirements’. In addition to the ‘Core’ requirements the Contract will be required to deliver services on ad-hoc/innovative basis during the course of the contract.

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79633000, 98200000, 98000000

3)Quantity or scope

The intention is to allocate a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 5 suppliers to the BAME Work Group, conditional on the outcome of the tender exercise. The successful Contractors will be expected to work co-operatively together and with the Authority for the provision of the services. The themes of the service delivery will include Raising Awareness of the Fast Track (FT) and Fast Stream (FS) programmes among the targeted groups, influencing the groups to increase applications to FT/FS and Skills Development of the potential applicants.
As part of the tender exercise Tenderers will be required to submit a proposal detailing how they would meet the core service requirements within the allocated budget over the 3 year term of the contract. In addition to the core services tenderers will have the opportunity to provide details of any innovative concepts outside of the core requirement which may add value to the project for consideration as part of their tender submission. Following award and should any unforeseen or ad-hoc requirements not referred to in the tender documentation or tender proposals arise, the Authority will request proposals, firstly on a joint, cross Work Group basis, but if this is not possible on an individual contractor basis and award the assignment on the basis of the best value for money proposal received.
Estimated value excluding VAT: 225 000 GBP

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

Duration in months: 36 (from the award of the contract)

5)Additional information about lots

The budget for the BAME Work Group is 225 000 GBP in total over the 36 month contract, the proportion available for the ‘Core Services’ annually (52 500 GBP) will be allocated equally between the successful contractors, the remaining amount to be used for the ad-hoc services will be allocated to the Work Group/contractor providing a successful proposal.

Lot No: 2Lot title: Low Socio Economic

1)Short description

The Fast Stream intends to significantly increase the proportion of lower socio economic Fast Stream applications and successes over the next 3 years. Although the rate of successful lower socio economic Fast Streamers has recently increased, this is unfortunately not at the required rate to ensure this group is truly reflective of society.
The Contractor must have the requisite expertise, specialist contacts and networks in recruiting undergraduates/graduates from within the under-represented group as outlined in the separate Group Number detailed in this specification.
The Contractor must work with the Contracting Authority to fully understand the target audience it requires from each of the target groups (undergraduates/graduates) across each of the specified under-represented groups.
The Contractor must develop a candidate attraction solution which is specifically designed to appeal to the candidate profile for the relevant target demographic of lower Socio Economic background Groups (undergraduates/graduates).
During the course of the contract, the Contractor will be required to outline and deliver the services requested by the Authority described in the Tender Documentation as ‘Core Requirements’. In addition to the ‘Core’ requirements the Contract will be required to deliver services on ad-hoc/innovative basis during the course of the contract.

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79633000, 98200000, 98000000

3)Quantity or scope

The intention is to allocate a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 5 suppliers to the Low Socio Economic Work Group, conditional on the outcome of the tender exercise. The successful Contractors will be expected to work co-operatively together and with the Authority for the provision of the services. The themes of the service delivery will include Raising Awareness of the Fast Track (FT) and Fast Stream (FS) programmes among the targeted groups, influencing the groups to increase applications to FT/FS and Skills Development of the potential applicants.
As part of the tender exercise Tenderers will be required to submit a proposal detailing how they would meet the core service requirements within the allocated budget over the 3 year term of the contract. In addition to the core services tenderers will have the opportunity to provide details of any innovative concepts outside of the core requirement which may add value to the project for consideration as part of their tender submission. Following award and should any unforeseen or ad-hoc requirements not referred to in the tender documentation or tender proposals arise, the Authority will request proposals, firstly on a joint, cross Work Group basis, but if this is not possible on an individual contractor basis and award the assignment on the basis of the best value for money proposal received.
Estimated value excluding VAT: 225 000 GBP

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

Duration in months: 36 (from the award of the contract)

5)Additional information about lots

The budget for the Low Socio Economic Work Group is 225 000 GBP over the 36 month contract, the proportion available for the ‘Core Services’ annually (52 500 GBP) will be allocated equally between the successful contractors, and the remaining amount to be used for the ad-hoc services will be allocated to the Work Group /contractor providing a successful proposal.

Lot No: 3Lot title: Disabled

1)Short description

The Fast Stream team intends to significantly increase the proportion of disabled Fast Stream applications and successes over the next 3 years. Disability figures in the Fast Stream are at their lowest for the first time in around 10 years. There have been no interventions to recruit disabled people in to the Fast Stream in the last 10 years.
The Contractor must have the requisite expertise, specialist contacts and networks in recruiting undergraduates/graduates from within the under-represented group as outlined in the separate Group Number detailed in this specification.
The Contractor must work with the Contracting Authority to fully understand the target audience it requires from each of the target groups (undergraduates/graduates) across each of the specified under-represented groups.
The Contractor must develop a candidate attraction solution which is specifically designed to appeal to the candidate profile for the relevant target demographic Groups with a Disability (undergraduates/graduates).
During the course of the contract, the Contractor will be required to outline and deliver the services requested by the Authority as outlined in the Tender Documentation as ‘Core Requirements’. In addition to the ‘Core’ requirements the Contract will be required to deliver services on ad-hoc/innovative basis during the course of the contract.

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79633000, 98200000, 98000000

3)Quantity or scope

The intention is to allocate a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 5 suppliers to the Disabled Work Group, conditional on the outcome of the tender exercise. The successful Contractors will be expected to work co-operatively together and with the Authority for the provision of the services. The themes of the service delivery will include Raising Awareness of the Fast Track (FT) and Fast Stream (FS) programmes among the targeted groups, influencing the groups to increase applications to FT/FS and Skills Development of the potential applicants.
As part of the tender exercise Tenderers will be required to submit a proposal detailing how they would meet the core service requirements within the allocated budget over the 3 year term of the contract. In addition to the core services tenderers will have the opportunity to provide details of any innovative concepts outside of the core requirement which may add value to the project for consideration as part of their tender submission. Following award and should any unforeseen or ad-hoc requirements not referred to in the tender documentation or tender proposals arise, the Authority will request proposals, firstly on a joint, cross Work Group basis, but if this is not possible on an individual contractor basis and award the assignment on the basis of the best value for money proposal received.
Estimated value excluding VAT: 135 000 GBP
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion

5)Additional information about lots

The budget for the Disabled Work Group is 135 000 GBP over the 36 month contract, the proportion available for the ‘Core Services’ annually (31 500 GBP) will be allocated equally between the successful contractors, and the remaining amount to be used for the ad-hoc services will be allocated to the Work Group /contractor providing a successful proposal.

Lot No: 4Lot title: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender

1)Short description

The Fast Stream intends to significantly increase the proportion of LGBT Fast Stream and Fast Track applications and successes over the next 3 years. Historically in the Fast Stream we have not captured data on sexual orientation or gender identity but there is a clear need of such data.
The Contractor must have the requisite expertise, specialist contacts and networks in recruiting undergraduates/graduates from within the under-represented group as outlined in the separate Group Number detailed in this specification.
The Contractor must work with the Contracting Authority to fully understand the target audience it requires from each of the target groups (undergraduates/graduates) across each of the specified under-represented groups.
The Contractor must develop a candidate attraction solution which is specifically designed to appeal to the candidate profile for the relevant target demographic Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Groups (undergraduates/graduates).
During the course of the contract, the Contractor will be required to outline and deliver the services requested by the Authority as described in the Tender Documentation as ‘Core Requirements’. In addition to the ‘Core’ requirements the Contract will be required to deliver services on ad-hoc/innovative basis during the course of the contract.

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79633000, 98200000, 98000000

3)Quantity or scope

The intention is to allocate a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 5 suppliers to the LGBT Work Group, conditional on the outcome of the tender exercise. The successful Contractors will be expected to work co-operatively together and with the Authority for the provision of the services. The themes of the service delivery will include Raising Awareness of the Fast Track (FT) and Fast Stream (FS) programmes among the targeted groups, influencing the groups to increase applications to FT/FS and Skills Development of the potential applicants.
As part of the tender exercise Tenderers will be required to submit a proposal detailing how they would meet the core service requirements within the allocated budget over the 3 year term of the contract. In addition to the core services tenderers will have the opportunity to provide details of any innovative concepts outside of the core requirement which may add value to the project for consideration as part of their tender submission. Following award and should any unforeseen or ad-hoc requirements not referred to in the tender documentation or tender proposals arise, the Authority will request proposals, firstly on a joint, cross Work Group basis, but if this is not possible on an individual contractor basis and award the assignment on the basis of the best value for money proposal received.
Estimated value excluding VAT: 90 000 GBP

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

Duration in months: 36 (from the award of the contract)

5)Additional information about lots

The budget for the LGBT Work Group is 90 000 GBP over the 36 month contract, the proportion available for the ‘Core Services’ annually (21 000 GBP) will be allocated equally between the successful contractors, and the remaining amount to be used for the ad-hoc services will be allocated to the Work Group /contractor providing a successful proposal.

Lot No: 5Lot title: FT Apprenticeships Programme — Schools and Colleges

1)Short description

The Contractor must have the requisite expertise, specialist contacts and networks in recruiting candidates aged 16 and above from diverse backgrounds (BAME, Low-Socio Economic, Disabled and LGB(T) students).
The Contractor must work with the Contracting Authority to fully understand the target audience it requires from the target group (students aged 16 and above) across each of the specified under-represented student groups (BAME, Low-Socio Economic, Disabled and LGB(T).
The Contractor must develop a candidate attraction solution which is specifically designed to appeal to the candidate profile for the relevant target demographic (BAME, Low-Socio Economic, Disabled and LGB(T) students).
During the course of the contract, the Contractor will be required to outline and deliver the services requested by the Authority as described in the Tender Documentation as ‘Core Requirements’. In addition to the ‘Core’ requirements the Contract will be required to deliver services on ad-hoc/innovative basis during the course of the contract as per paragraph A5 — Service B — Ad-hoc/Innovative requirements.

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79633000, 98200000, 98000000

3)Quantity or scope

The intention is to allocate a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 5 suppliers to the Schools & Colleges Work Group, conditional on the outcome of the tender exercise. The successful Contractors will be expected to work co-operatively together and with the Authority for the provision of the services. The themes of the service delivery will include Raising Awareness of the Fast Track (FT) and Fast Stream (FS) programmes among the targeted groups, influencing the groups to increase applications to FT/FS and Skills Development of the potential applicants.
As part of the tender exercise Tenderers will be required to submit a proposal detailing how they would meet the core service requirements within the allocated budget over the 3 year term of the contract. In addition to the core services tenderers will have the opportunity to provide details of any innovative concepts outside of the core requirement which may add value to the project for consideration as part of their tender submission. Following award and should any unforeseen or ad-hoc requirements not referred to in the tender documentation or tender proposals arise, the Authority will request proposals, firstly on a joint, cross Work Group basis, but if this is not possible on an individual contractor basis and award the assignment on the basis of the best value for money proposal received.
Estimated value excluding VAT: 225 000 GBP

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

Duration in months: 36 (from the award of the contract)

5)Additional information about lots

The budget for the Schools and Colleges Work Group is 225 000 GBP over the 36 month contract, the proportion available for the ‘Core Services’ annually (52 500 GBP) will be allocated equally between the successful contractors, and the remaining amount to be used for the ad-hoc services will be allocated to the Work Group /contractor providing a successful proposal.

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:

HMRC operates an Enterprise Resource Planning (electronic trading/ordering) system and has a Purchase Order Mandatory Policy. Successful tenderers will be required to provide information so that they can be adopted onto the system. Payment will be made by BACS within 30 days of receipt of a valid invoice.
If a collaborative tendering exercise is being undertaken, there may also be a need to specify particular requirements on the part of the other participants.

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

Joint and several liability.
No special legal form is required, but each supplier will be required to become jointly and severally liable for the contract before acceptance.

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: As stated in Section VI.3, HMRC is using an e-sourcing (eTendering) tool or application for this procurement. Tenders will normally not be fully considered or evaluated unless Tenderers have first demonstrated that they have the necessary personal standing and are eligible and suitable to be awarded a public contract. Tenderers will therefore be required to provide a statement within an online ‘selection questionnaire’ as to whether any of the circumstances (relating to mandatory and discretionary grounds for exclusion) described in Regulation 57 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 apply. Revenue compliance will be considered and checks will be undertaken throughout the tendering exercise, using, as applicable, information from HMRC’s own records. UK applicants will be required to provide their tax reference numbers: i.e. Value Added Tax registration number, PAYE collection reference and Corporation Tax or Self-Assessment reference, as applicable. Overseas or non-UK Tenderers will be required to submit a certificate of tax compliance obtained from the country in which they are resident for tax purposes. If a company is a subsidiary, a member of a group or a consortium, the above details may also be required in respect of the parent company, other group members or each consortium member as appropriate. Information may also be required in respect of sub-contractors who will prospectively be performing core or major elements of the requirement.

III.2.2)Economic and financial ability

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: As stated in Section VI.3, HMRC is using an e-sourcing (eTendering) tool or application for this procurement. Tenders will normally not be fully considered or evaluated unless Tenderers have first demonstrated via an online ‘selection questionnaire’ that they have the necessary economic or financial capacity to perform the contract. Actual requirements will vary depending on the particular requirement or contractual opportunity, but, as a minimum, the questionnaire will request the following information:
1) audited accounts (to include balance sheet and statement of profit and loss) and/or similar financial statements or information;
2) statement of turnover in respect of the required goods and/or service only; and
3) details of Public Liability and Employers Liability Insurance (as applicable) and other relevant insurances.
If a company is a subsidiary, a member of a group or a consortium, the above details may also be required in respect of the parent company, other group members or each consortium member as appropriate.

III.2.3)Technical capacity

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
As stated in Section VI.3, HMRC is using an e-sourcing (eTendering) tool or application for this procurement. Tenders will normally not be fully considered or evaluated unless Tenderers have first demonstrated via an online ‘selection questionnaire’ that they have the necessary technical capacity to perform the contract. Actual requirements will vary depending on the particular requirement or contractual opportunity, but, as a minimum, the questionnaire will request the following information:
1) details of the principal business areas(s) in which the company is engaged and its structure, site locations and facilities;
2) evidence of previous relevant experience in the last 3 years, demonstrating capacity and ability to provide the required goods and/or services, inclusive of dates, size/value of contract and customer address/contact names for reference purposes;
3) details of quality systems in place, including (if applicable) details and copy certification relating to formal accreditation held, such as BS, ISO or equivalent;
4) information relating to compliance with Health and Safety, Equalities and Environmental legislation; and
5) a list of professional associations or trade bodies to which the organisation or individuals in the organisation belong.
If a company is a subsidiary, a member of a group or a consortium, the above details may also be required in respect of the parent company, other group members or each consortium member as appropriate.
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

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 below

1. Social, environmental and innovative. Weighting 5

2. Service requirements. Weighting 65

3. Management activity. Weighting 5

4. Security plan. Weighting 5

5. Cost proposal. Weighting 20

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:

15-PSCR-953-Outreach Services-OJEU-Open

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: 17.6.2015 – 12:00
Payable documents: no

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

25.6.2015 – 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

in days: 30 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)

IV.3.8)Conditions for opening of tenders

Date: 25.6.2015 – 12:00

Section VI: Complementary information

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

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.
To view this notice, please click here:

https://www.delta-esourcing.com/delta/viewNotice.html?noticeId=144931331

GO Reference: GO-2015526-PRO-6629678.

VI.4)Procedures for appeal

VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures

Body responsible for mediation procedures

HMRC
5W Ralli Quays
WN6 9LA Manchester
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 1618270898

VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals

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

HMRC
5W Ralli Quays
WN6 9LA Manchester
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 1618270898

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:

26.5.2015

Enjoyed this post? Share it!