Information and Guidance Services for Young People

Information and Guidance Services for Young People

Targeted Information, Guidance and Advice (IAG) services for young people 13-19 (25).

UK-Leeds: education and training services

2012/S 152-254552

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

Leeds City Council
Procurement Unit 4th Floor West, Civic Hall, Calverley Street
For the attention of: Edwige Moutault
LS1 1UR Leeds
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 7891270329
E-mail: edwige.moutault@leeds.gov.uk
Fax: +44 1133952452

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority: www.leeds.gov.uk

Address of the buyer profile: http://scms.alito.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
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:
LCC26699 Targeted Information, Guidance and Advice (IAG) services for young people 13-19 (25).
II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance
Services
NUTS code
II.1.3)Information about a public contract, a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system (DPS)
II.1.4)Information on framework agreement
II.1.5)Short description of the contract or purchase(s)
Targeted Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) service that will raise the aspirations of young people and better support our obsession to reduce the number of young people not in education, employment or training (NEET). This service will ensure we can meet our statutory duties with regard to the Raising of the Participation Age (RPA).
The new service will be a young person’s progression support service delivering advice and guidance to young people who require additional, targeted support to participate in learning and progress. The ultimate aim of the service is that young people enter employment as young adults.
The young people in receipt of the service will be young people who require additional support to overcome barriers to their participation in learning. The delivery of the service will ensure Leeds City Council meets its statutory duty to “make available to young people below the age of 19 and relevant young adults (i.e. those aged 20 and over but under 25 with learning difficulties) support that will encourage, enable or assist them to participate in education and training”. (Education and Skills Act 2008, Section 68).
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: yes
Tenders may be submitted for all 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:
Leeds City Council is seeking to commission a new kind of high quality targeted Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) service that will raise the aspirations of young people and better support our obsession to reduce the number of young people not in education, employment or training (NEET). This service will ensure we can meet our statutory duties with regard to the Raising of the Participation Age (RPA). The new service will underpin the Leeds Education Challenge ensuring we meet the Leeds Guarantee that all young people aged 16-19(25) will receive the appropriate support to enable them to overcome the barriers to access learning or employment (with training up to the age of 18).
The new service will be a young person’s progression support service delivering advice and guidance to young people who require additional, targeted support to participate in learning and progress. The ultimate aim of the service is that young people enter employment as young adults.
The service provider (lead organisation) must hold the matrix Standard for advice and support services. http://www.matrixstandard.com/. Any subcontractors or partner organisations must either hold the matrix Standard, or be actively working towards it and achieve the standard during the first year of the contract. Tenderers should note that any application from the Lead organisation failing to meet this standard will result in the application not being considered further and therefore will not be invited to the tendering stage.

The young people in receipt of the service will be young people who require additional support to overcome barriers to their participation in learning. The delivery of the service will ensure Leeds City Council meets its statutory duty to “make available to young people below the age of 19 and relevant young adults (i.e. those aged 20 and over but under 25 with learning difficulties) support that will encourage, enable or assist them to participate in education and training”. (Education and Skills Act 2008, Section 68).
The Service will work across a network of partners, including learning providers, and deliver a negotiated and planned programme of guidance and support interventions to ensure that young people:
— achieve social and economic well-being through appropriate progression pathways,
— have clear aspirations and are challenged on stereotypical or fixed thinking about the opportunities open to them,
— are enabled to make their own decisions when approaching and managing transition points in their lives,
— have a positive sense of their own identity and are encouraged to recognise and celebrate their abilities,
— receive appropriate support from staff with a well-grounded understanding of the ethnic, cultural, economic and personal contexts of young people,
— are supported in the acquisition of personal, decision-making and career-management skills,
— are supported to access comprehensive, impartial information about learning and career opportunities,
— are enabled to set and reach personal goals, and to understand that achievement is life-long, with different routes to, and definitions of, success,
— are aware of the career opportunities that are available to them, make appropriate judgements about their future and understand their responsibilities,
— develop employability skills, the ability to form good relationships, and understand the need to work well with other people,
— receive services which work in close partnership with other organisations to ensure that all specific needs e.g. disability, ethnic, cultural and health related issues are fully met,
— are supported through key transitions in learning and in to employment / apprenticeships.
The Service is expected to:
— develop and contribute to partnership working arrangements to deliver high quality, co-ordinated services to young people and families in Leeds,
— work in a range of settings as needs demand,
— use a restorative practice approach to the delivery of services for young people and families,
— take a solution focussed approach to assist young people to find an appropriate route to overcome barriers,
— be flexible, delivering according to need,
— deliver services which are of the highest quality and are in line with the aims and aspirations of the Directorate of Children’s Services, Leeds City Council and the City of Leeds.
The service will be part of the provision in place to maximise the number of young people in Education, Employment and Training in Leeds, as part of the targeted support offer.
Priority groups of young people include, but are not limited to:
— teenage mothers,
— teenage fathers,
— young people under the supervision of the youth offending service and young people with an offending history,
— young people with SEND (special educational needs and/or disabilities) including young people identified at school action and school action plus,
— school persistent absentees,
— young people “educated other than at school”, including off-site learners,
— young people in the care of the local authority and those leaving authority care,
— young people from specific BME groups,
— young carers,
— young people with multiple barriers to engagement in education, employment or training (EET),
— young people in pupil referral units.
Leeds City Council will award a single contract for the delivery of Targeted IAG services, known as Connexions.
Leeds City Council recognises that current Connexions services are delivered by a range of organisations, including specialist contracts to deliver to target groups of young people, many of whom are Voluntary Community and Faith Sector (VCFS) organisations. Leeds City Council continues to value the involvement of the VCFS in the delivery of Connexions services and would positively encourage the submission of a lead agency model which includes either partnership/consortia or sub-contracting delivery. The most appropriate model of delivery will consist of a strong leadership and management structure and at the same time will be able to demonstrate an integrated approach to service delivery.
There are 2 lots available in this contract. The service provider must be able to deliver Lot 1 and Lot 2.
Lot 1 will be contracted for 2 years (1.4.2013 – 31.3.2015) with an option to extend for three separate 1 year periods. The total amount of funding available is 2 653 500 GBP per annum.
Lot 2 will be contracted for 1 year (1.4.2013 – 31.3.2014) with an option to extend for a further year. Lot 2 is conditional on the receipt of Youth Contract funding for work with 16 and 17 year olds from the Education Funding Agency. The total amount of funding available is 531 971 GBP per annum.
Tenderers should be aware that Lot 2 is conditional on Leeds City Council receiving funding from the Education Funding Agency (EFA). This will be dependent on the achievement of the funding objectives between September 2012 and March 2013. The level of funding indicated above is based on historical information and there is not guarantee that these amounts will remain the same after March 2013. For the purpose of this tender please use the value above to formulate your proposal for Lot 2.
Under this contract the contractor will be required to actively contribute to the achievement of social objectives. These include: skills development; employment and training opportunities within the locality of where the contract will be delivered; and other added value initiatives throughout the supply chain to support community programmes promoted by the council. Accordingly contract performance conditions may relate in particular to secondary considerations.
Applicants should be aware that TUPE (Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 may apply to this contract and you are advised to seek your own independent legal advice.

II.2.2)Information about options
Options: no
II.2.3)Information about renewals
This contract is subject to renewal: yes
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: 1

1)Short description
2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

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3)Quantity or scope
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots
Lot No: 2
1)Short description
2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

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3)Quantity or scope
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:
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
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: Minimum requirement to hold the matrix standard for advice and support services.
III.2.2)Economic and financial ability
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
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
Restricted
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:
LCC26699
IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract
no
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
4.9.2012 – 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
IV.3.8)Conditions for opening tenders

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence
This is a recurrent procurement: no
VI.2)Information about European Union funds
VI.3)Additional information
Tenderers should note that if the council wish to carry out new services at the end of this contract, which are a repetition of the services detailed in this notice, then those additional services may be awarded using the negotiated procedure without publication of a notice in accordance with regulation 14 (1) (d) (ii) of the Public Contracts Regulations 2006.
VI.4)Procedures for appeal
VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures

The High Court of Justice
The Strand
WC2A 2LL London
UNITED KINGDOM

VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals
Precise information on deadline(s) for lodging appeals: Where necessary in order to comply with the Public Contracts Regulations 2006 this authority will incorporate a minimum 10 calendar day standstill period at the point information on the award of the contract is communicated to tenderers. This period allows unsuccessful tenderers to seek further debriefing from the contracting authority before the contract is entered into. Such additional information should be requested from the addressee found in 1.1. If an appeal regarding the award of a contract has not been successfully resolved the (for Public Sector) Public Contracts Regulations 2006 (SI 2006 No 5) 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). Any such action must be brought promptly (generally within 3 months). Where a contract has not been entered into the court may order the setting aside of the award decision or order the authority to amend any document and may award damages. If the contract has been entered into the court may only award damages. Following the 10 day standstill period, if no further debriefing has been requested, the court may only award damages once the contract has been entered into.
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:6.8.2012

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