Learning and Skills Service in the Scottish Prison Service

Learning and Skills Service in the Scottish Prison Service

Provision of prison based Learning and Skills Services throughout Scotland in the public prisons operated by the SPS.

United Kingdom-Edinburgh: Education and training services

2016/S 177-317854

Social and other specific services – public contracts

Contract notice


Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses

Scottish Prison Service
Calton House, 5 Redheughs Rigg
EH12 9HW
United Kingdom
Contact person: Mr David Wares
Telephone: +44 1313303768
E-mail: david.wares@sps.pnn.gov.uk
NUTS code: UKM25
I.2)Joint procurement


Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted electronically via: www.publiccontractsscotland

I.4)Type of the contracting authority

Regional or local agency/office

I.5)Main activity

Public order and safety

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement


Learning and Skills Service (Prisoners) in the Scottish Prison Service.

Reference number: 01313

II.1.2)Main CPV code


II.1.3)Type of contract


II.1.4)Short description:

Provision of prison based Learning and Skills Services throughout Scotland in the public prisons operated by the SPS. The services will be provided to adults with varying degrees of pre-existing educational engagement; disadvantaged learners; ‘young offenders’ in custody (18-24); and occasionally ‘young persons’ in custody (16-17). SPS envisage 1 main provider arranging delivery of the Services. Delivery may however include use of sub-contractors or training partners to deliver parts of the curriculum, and to respond to changing (prisoner) needs or work to support vocational skills or employability.

II.1.6)Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: no

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)


II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UKM
Main site or place of performance:

There are 13 SPS prisons in Scotland; see the SPS website. The SPS Learning budget is 4 500 000 GBP; bidders should note this financial ‘affordability’ issue.

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

The services will incl. delivery of a varied curriculum of learning and skills in prisons; learning needs screening of persons following admission to custody; specialist screening (e.g. dyslexia) where required; and working with SPS to ensure progress against the SPS Learning and Skills Strategy. The curriculum provided will address prison learner needs and reflect a mixture of core skills (literacy and numeracy); embedded learning incl. life skills; project themed learning; vocational skills (delivered directly or supporting the SPS’s own activities). Delivery against Scottish Qualification Authority (SQA) from SCQF 3 to 6, plus other relevant awarding bodies for vocational activities (e.g. REHIS, etc.). Support will also be required for higher education students or distance learning at level 7 or above. Provision of a managed learning environment (IT suite) in each prison and ensuring a range of appropriate learning materials associated with service delivery.

II.2.6)Estimated value

Value excluding VAT: 23 000 000.00 GBP

II.2.7)Duration of the contract or the framework agreement

Duration in months: 84

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

The contract is for period of up to 84 months; a 60 month initial term with the SPS having the option to extend the contract term by up to a further 24 months. Economic operators may be excluded from this competition if they are in any of the situations referred to in regulation 58 of the Public Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2015.


Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions for participation

III.1.4)Objective rules and criteria for participation

List and brief description of rules and criteria:

Bidders must pass the minimum standards sections of the ESPD Scotland. These will be evaluated on a pass/fail basis.

Bidders will be required to have a minimum yearly turnover of 10 000 000 GBP for the last 2 years in the business areas covered by the proposed contract. There must be no qualifications or contraindications from any evidence provided in support of the bidders economic and financial standing.

Bidders must have Employers Liability insurance in accordance with any legal requirements in force for full time of any contract and Public Liability insurance of 5 000 000 GBP.

III.1.5)Information about reserved contracts
III.2)Conditions related to the contract

III.2.1)Information about a particular profession

Execution of the service is reserved to a particular profession
Reference to the relevant law, regulation or administrative provision:

The selected Service Provider will be required to ensure that persons delivering prisoner learning or developing materials for this hold a recognised teaching qualification (e.g. TQFE; GTC PgCert; Adult Learning MSc).

III.2.2)Contract performance conditions:

The bidder will be able to deliver and award Scottish Qualification Authority (SQA) from SCQF 3 to 6 plus other relevant vocational qualifications. Bidder staff working in SPS premises will be subject to employer led vetting with Disclosure Scotland at Enhanced level and/or as required by the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007 in respect of regulated work. The bidder will comply with the Data Protection Act 1998 in respect of the appropriate handling of personal data and records relating to learners using the Services. Parties working in SPS premises will be required to comply with prison Security regulations incl. the provisions about Prohibited Items. SPS will seek assurances regarding workforce matters (including Living Wage) in respect of those engaged to provide the Services (this assurance will include any sub-contractor or training partner staff used to provide Services within SPS premises).

III.2.3)Information about staff responsible for the performance of the contract

Section IV: Procedure


IV.1.1)Form of procedure

Procedure involving negotiations
IV.1.3)Information about framework agreement
IV.1.10)Identification of the national rules applicable to the procedure:

IV.1.11)Main features of the award procedure:

Competitive procedure with negotiation (to reduce the No of bidders and parties engaged in any negotiation in successive stages). The parties progressed to the final stage (following negotiations) will be required to submit a final offer tender. Contract Award criteria will reflect 60 % Quality and 40 % Price; sub-criteria will be reflected in the Tender. SPS reserves the option to award a contract following application of the Award Criteria and without engaging in a negotiation or final offer stage.

IV.2)Administrative information

IV.2.1)Previous publication concerning this procedure

Notice number in the OJ S: 2014/S 244-429963

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

Date: 21/10/2016
Local time: 14:00

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


Section VI: Complementary information

VI.2)Information about electronic workflows

Electronic payment will be used

VI.3)Additional information:

Note: To register your interest in this notice and obtain any additional information please visit the Public Contracts Scotland web site at:http://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/Search/Search_Switch.aspx?ID=454555

The buyer has indicated that it will accept electronic responses to this notice via the Postbox facility. A user guide is available at:http://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/sitehelp/help_guides.aspx

Suppliers are advised to allow adequate time for uploading documents and to dispatch the electronic response well in advance of the closing time to avoid any last minute problems.

Community benefits are included in this requirement. For more information see: http://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/info/InfoCentre.aspx?ID=2361

A summary of the expected community benefits has been provided as follows: Community Benefits, see the Tender.

(SC Ref:454555).

VI.4)Procedures for review

VI.4.1)Review body

Scottish Prison Service
Calton House, 5 Redheughs Rigg
EH12 9HW
United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1313303790
E-mail: SPSProcurementCDT@sps.pnn.gov.ukInternet address:http://www.sps.gov.uk
VI.4.2)Body responsible for mediation procedures

VI.4.3)Review procedure

Precise information on deadline(s) for review procedures:

Bidders seeking a review should contact the Head of Procurement at the above SPS address or e-mail (see para VI.4.1)).

VI.4.4)Service from which information about the review procedure may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:



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