Language Training Tender for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Language Training Tender for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office is the lead department for an HM Government requirement for the provision of language training including language delivery, administration services and the provision of premises.

United Kingdom-London: Education and training services

2017/S 105-210004

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses

Foreign and Commonwealth Office
King Charles Street
London
SW1A 2AH
United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 02070081467
E-mail: craig.wormleighton@fco.gov.uk
NUTS code: UK

Internet address(es):Main address: www.gov.uk/fco

Address of the buyer profile: https://fco.bravosolution.co.uk

I.2)Joint procurement

I.3)Communication

The procurement documents are available for unrestricted and full direct access, free of charge, at: https://fco.bravosolution.co.uk
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted electronically via: https://fco.bravosolution.co.uk
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted to the abovementioned address

I.4)Type of the contracting authority

Ministry or any other national or federal authority, including their regional or local subdivisions

I.5)Main activity

General public services

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement

II.1.1)Title:

The Provision of Language Training.

Reference number: CPG/1641/2016

II.1.2)Main CPV code

80000000

II.1.3)Type of contract

Services

II.1.4)Short description:

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office is the lead department for an HM Government requirement for the provision of language training including language delivery, administration services and the provision of premises.

II.1.5)Estimated total value

Value excluding VAT: 16 000 000.00 GBP

II.1.6)Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: yes
Tenders may be submitted for all lots
Maximum number of lots that may be awarded to one tenderer: 2
The contracting authority reserves the right to award contracts combining the following lots or groups of lots:

Evaluation criteria for each lot applies. However, if the leading bidder for Lot 3 (Examinations) also emerges as the leading bidder on either Lot 1 or Lot 2 due to the risk of conflict of interest in having the same language training and examinations supplier, we will reserve the right to award the Lot 3 tender to the second placed bidder.

II.2)Description

II.2.1)Title:

The Provision of Language & Examinations Services

Lot No: Lot 1 — Prime Provider

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

80500000
80510000

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UK
Main site or place of performance:

LONDON.

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

To identify and contract a ‘Prime Provider’ to provide a managed service language ‘school’ training provision, responsible for a range of UK based language training (for all languages except French). To provide full administration services including the central management of the FCO’s Language Centre, the provision and upkeep of IT software to facilitate on-line Management Information (MI) portals and a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) to support face-to-face training and other services as part of a cross-Government requirement to train staff in foreign languages in support of delivering HMG’s objectives. Use experience in language training delivery, methodology and best practice to deliver beneficial change to the provision of language training across HMG. Work with the Authority and other key stakeholders to drive quality in language provision whilst ensuring best value for money.

The appointed Prime Provider will have full responsibility for delivering all language training in the UK (except French), all day-to-day administration, student learning planning and management and full service reporting and evaluation. Working in partnership with the Authority, Other Government Departments (OGDs) and as required, suppliers on the other tender opportunities (Lot 2 — French Language and Lot 3 — Examinations), the Prime Provider will support HMG’s objective of delivering excellence in language training within a culture of continuous improvement and value for money.

The Authority is tendering for a contract based on continuous improvement and innovation. Therefore the Prime Provider will need to work with the Authority, other supplier(s) and other authorised bodies to continuously review and refresh their offer to meet the demands of HMG and to ensure quality delivery, balanced against the financial constraints of the Authority.

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All Tender documentation has been published, and all substantive communication between the Authority and bidders will be conducted via the FCO’s eProcurement portal BravoSolution. URL: https://fco.bravosolution.co.uk/ (requires registration and is free).

II.2.5)Award criteria

Price is not the only award criterion and all criteria are stated only in the procurement documents
II.2.6)Estimated value

II.2.7)Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system

Duration in months: 36
This contract is subject to renewal: yes
Description of renewals:

1 x optional 24 month extension.

II.2.10)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no

II.2.11)Information about options

Options: no
II.2.12)Information about electronic catalogues

II.2.13)Information about European Union funds

The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no

II.2.14)Additional information

All Tender documentation has been published, and all substantive communication between the Authority and bidders will be conducted via the FCO’s eProcurement portal BravoSolution. URL: https://fco.bravosolution.co.uk/ (requires registration and is free)

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II.2)Description

II.2.1)Title:

The Provision of Language Training & Examination Services

Lot No: Lot 2 — Centre of Excellence for French

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

80500000
80510000

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UK
Main site or place of performance:

LONDON.

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

To identify and contract a Centre of Excellence for French. To provide UK based training in its own facilities that support face-to-face training and other services as part of a cross-Government requirement to train staff in foreign languages in support of delivering HMG’s objectives. To provide full administration services including the provision and upkeep of IT software to facilitate on Line Management Information Portals and a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). To use experience in language training delivery, methodology and best practice to deliver beneficial change to the provision of French language training across HMG. Work with the Authority and other key stakeholders to drive quality in language provision whilst ensuring best value for money.

The appointed Centre of Excellence will have full responsibility for all day-to-day administration, student learning planning and management and full service reporting and evaluation for French. This will need to be administered and run in facilities provided by the Centre of Excellence. Working in partnership with the Authority, Other Government Departments (OGDs) and, as required, other suppliers (Lot 1 — Prime Provider (all other languages) and Lot 3 — Examinations). the Centre of Excellence will support HMG’s objective of excellence in language training within a culture of continuous improvement and value for money.

The Authority is tendering for a contract based on continuous improvement and innovation. Therefore the Centre of Excellence will need to work with the Authority, other supplier(s) and other authorised bodies to continuously review and refresh delivery to meet the demands of HMG and to ensure quality delivery, balanced against the financial restraints of the Authority.

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All Tender documentation has been published, and all substantive communication between the Authority and bidders will be conducted via the FCO’s eProcurement portal BravoSolution. URL: https://fco.bravosolution.co.uk/ (requires registration and is free).

II.2.5)Award criteria

Price is not the only award criterion and all criteria are stated only in the procurement documents
II.2.6)Estimated value

II.2.7)Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system

Duration in months: 36
This contract is subject to renewal: yes
Description of renewals:

1 x optional 24 month extension.

II.2.10)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no

II.2.11)Information about options

Options: no
II.2.12)Information about electronic catalogues

II.2.13)Information about European Union funds

The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no

II.2.14)Additional information

All Tender documentation has been published, and all substantive communication between the Authority and bidders will be conducted via the FCO’s eProcurement portal BravoSolution. URL: https://fco.bravosolution.co.uk/ (requires registration and is free)

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itt_1693, itt_1748.

II.2)Description

II.2.1)Title:

The Provision of Language Training & Examinations

Lot No: Lot 3 — Examinations Provider

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

80000000
80510000

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UK
Main site or place of performance:

London.

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

To identify and contract an Examinations Supplier to provide managed professional examination provision, responsible for a range of UK and overseas based examinations, diagnostic assessments and Milestones Tests at a variety of levels for a number of languages. These tests and examinations will be carried out in the UK and overseas. To provide full administration services including the provision and management of IT software to facilitate online Management Information (MI) portals and other services as part of a cross-Government requirement to provide exams and tests at different levels required to meet HMG’s foreign language needs.

The appointed supplier will have full responsibility for staging and running formal examinations at C1 and C2 Level and Milestone Tests at A2, B1 and B2, levels (according to the CEFR framework) for HMG staff in oral, listening, reading, writing and translation skills in up to 85 languages, between 2012 to 2017 examinations were only required for approximately 41 languages. Examinations must be available to students based both in the UK and overseas; Milestone Tests will principally be UK based. The Examinations Supplier will also need in some cases to supply diagnostic assessments to test an officer’s existing language ability prior to beginning language training (if appropriate). Milestone Tests will be conducted monthly and examinations five times a year throughout the year.

The Examination Provider’s role will include (but not be limited to) administering students’ applications, timetabling, provision of examination/test materials and papers, marking and moderation of examinations and tests, notification of results, feedback to students and the Authority. Additionally the Examinations Supplier will have responsibility for the maintenance, review and refresh of the bank of exam and Milestone Test materials, to be developed using authentic texts in the target language.

The Authority is tendering for a contract based on continuous improvement and innovation. The Examinations Supplier will need to work with the Authority, training provider(s) and other authorised bodies to continuously review and refresh the model and delivery of tests and examinations to meet the demands of HMG and to ensure best in class delivery by the service provider, balanced against the financial constraints of the Authority.

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All Tender documentation has been published, and all substantive communication between the Authority and bidders will be conducted via the FCO’s eProcurement portal BravoSolution. URL: https://fco.bravosolution.co.uk/ (requires registration and is free).

II.2.5)Award criteria

Price is not the only award criterion and all criteria are stated only in the procurement documents
II.2.6)Estimated value

II.2.7)Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system

Duration in months: 36
This contract is subject to renewal: yes
Description of renewals:

1 x optional 24 month extension.

II.2.10)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no

II.2.11)Information about options

Options: no
II.2.12)Information about electronic catalogues

II.2.13)Information about European Union funds

The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no

II.2.14)Additional information

All Tender documentation has been published, and all substantive communication between the Authority and bidders will be conducted via the FCO’s eProcurement portal BravoSolution. URL: https://fco.bravosolution.co.uk/ (requires registration and is free)

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itt_1693, itt_1749.

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions for participation
III.1.1)Suitability to pursue the professional activity, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers

III.1.2)Economic and financial standing

Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents

III.1.3)Technical and professional ability

Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents
III.1.5)Information about reserved contracts
III.2)Conditions related to the contract
III.2.1)Information about a particular profession
III.2.2)Contract performance conditions:
III.2.3)Information about staff responsible for the performance of the contract

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Description

IV.1.1)Type of procedure

Open procedure
IV.1.3)Information about a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system
IV.1.4)Information about reduction of the number of solutions or tenders during negotiation or dialogue
IV.1.6)Information about electronic auction

IV.1.8)Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: yes
IV.2)Administrative information

IV.2.1)Previous publication concerning this procedure

Notice number in the OJ S: 2017/S 056-103687

IV.2.2)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

Date: 17/07/2017
Local time: 10:00
IV.2.3)Estimated date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates

IV.2.4)Languages in which tenders or requests to participate may be submitted:

English

IV.2.6)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender

Duration in months: 3 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)

IV.2.7)Conditions for opening of tenders

Date: 17/07/2017
Local time: 12:00
Place:

London, United Kingdom.

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: no
VI.2)Information about electronic workflows

VI.3)Additional information:

This requirement is designed to benefit Central Government Departments, their Executive Agencies and their Non Departmental Public Bodies (NDPDs) and any successors. Without limiting the forgoing, an indicative list of the Central Government bodies which will have access to use the contract resulting from this procurement can be found in Attachment 6 (Lot 1), Attachment 6 (Lot 2) and Attachment 6 (Lot 3) of the tender documentation.

VI.4)Procedures for review

VI.4.1)Review body

Foreign & Commonwealth Office
London
United Kingdom
VI.4.2)Body responsible for mediation procedures
VI.4.3)Review procedure
VI.4.4)Service from which information about the review procedure may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:

31/05/2017

 

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