Ministry of Defence Finance Higher Apprenticeship Training Tender
A contractor is required to provide a service to deliver academic and vocational training.
United Kingdom-Bristol: Specialist training services
Section I: Contracting authority
I.1)Name and addresses
DES TECH-COMRCL-CP1, Elm 1.c, #4135, MOD Abbey Wood
Contact person: Mrs A Day
Telephone: +44 3067935865
NUTS code: UKK1
Telephone: +44 3067935865
NUTS code: UKK1
I.4)Type of the contracting authority
Section II: Object
Finance Higher Apprenticeship (Level 4) Training.
II.1.2)Main CPV code
II.1.3)Type of contract
The DE&S Finance Higher Apprenticeship (Level 4) Scheme (FHAS) exists to train apprentices over an eighteen month programme involving the attainment of qualifications typical of CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accounting) certificate in Business Accounting. It includes training, assessment and practical accounting experience in a working environment assisting experienced accountants operating within MOD Project / Delivery Teams and Operating Centres. The on the job training is predominantly based at MoD Abbey Wood, Bristol.
For 2017 the intention is to recruit up to 15 apprentices and to be based at DE&S HQ Abbey Wood. The Apprentices shall be fixed term employees of the MOD, DE&S.
A contractor is required to provide a service to deliver academic and vocational training (see below for specific qualifications), to support and contribute toward the management of Apprentices throughout their 18 months of training.
II.1.5)Estimated total value
II.1.6)Information about lots
II.2.3)Place of performance
Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Bristol/Bath area.
II.2.4)Description of the procurement:
DE&S Finance Higher Apprenticeship (Level 4) Scheme (FHAS) exists to train apprentices over an 18 month programme involving the attainment of qualifications typical of CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accounting) certificate in Business Accounting. It includes training, assessment & practical accounting experience in a work environment assisting experienced accountants operating within MOD Delivery Teams & Operating Centres. The on the job training is predominantly based at MoD Abbey Wood, Bristol.
For 2017 the intention is to recruit up to 15 apprentices to be based at DE&S HQ Abbey Wood. The Apprentices shall be fixed term employees of the MOD.
A contractor is required to deliver academic & vocational training (see below for specific qualifications), to support & contribute to the management of Apprentices throughout their 18 months training. Key services will include the contractor’s expert verification & moderation of apprentices training efforts & achievements. This includes formally verifying individual Apprentice learning logs, conducting assessments, monitoring progress & providing guidance.
The Training Programme broadly follows the new Accounting Framework for CIMA certificate Framework Level 4 FR03797 & each roughly equating to one year covering, but not limited to the basic qualifications as follows:
Phase 1 — 4 weeks basic introduction to Accounting & the remaining 17 months to complete CIMA certificate level 4 Diploma in Business Accounting technical knowledge whilst also completing a Diploma in Business & Accounting practice.
Frameworks may be replaced by a new Trailblazer Standard from April 2017 up to 2020. The contractor will work with the Authority to adopt the new standards as & when available. The Authority is currently working with the relevant trailblazer group to confirm exact requirements & obtain approval for a new standard to replace existing frameworks, if applicable.
Training & tuition for the above qualifications must take place within a 5 mile radius of MOD Abbey Wood, whether in temp or permanent facilities. CIMA certificate assessments will be conducted primarily at Abbey Wood.
The contractor will deal with all administration for the drawdown of any Government subsidies such as Skills Funding Agency (SFA) funding. And/or Work with the Authority in transfer to any new funding/student loan arrangements that may be imposed by future gov’t regulation or legislation.
The Contract duration is expected to be from July 2017 until March 2019 (dates approximate).
The Contract budget is stated in the CN. Bidders should be aware that the following criteria will be used in evaluation. Any government subsidies, such as SFA funding, will be utilised by the contractor as a means of covering his costs. For this reason, the Authority must evaluate the bids on the basis of 100 % technical, where pricing is determined by SFA banding & cannot be used in evaluation. However the Authority still requires confirmation from bidders that they share our understanding of how this is applied.
The competition is being conducted under the PCR 2015Open Procedure. Bidders must respond directly to this Invitation to Tender as published on contracts finder website. There will be no further release of any ITT. Tenderers must note that this CN is the single source of information & they must complete the online SAQ with this CN, download the published ITT schedules from contracts finder and complete and submit postal tenders through the MOD Abbey Wood Tender Board by the due date/time. All required information is given in this documentation.
The criteria include: location, focus on development, provision of suitable academic & vocational training, familiarity in changes/updates in AAT and academic curricula, flexibility, staff /apprentice ratio, SFA registration and overall value for money.
Bidders outside the Bristol area should describe how they would deliver the services at the locations given.
II.2.7)Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system
II.2.10)Information about variants
II.2.11)Information about options
II.2.13)Information about European Union funds
Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information
III.1.1)Suitability to pursue the professional activity, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers
Current OFSTED report, Skills Funding Agency registered.
III.1.2)Economic and financial standing
III.1.3)Technical and professional ability
III.2.2)Contract performance conditions:
Potential suppliers must note the mandatory requirement for electronic trading using the Contracting Purchasing and Finance electronic procurement tool. All payments for contractor deliverables under the contract shall only be made via CP&F. You can find details at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/mod-contracting-purchasing-and-finance-e-procurement-system. Until notified otherwise this will be the payment mechanism.
III.2.3)Information about staff responsible for the performance of the contract
Section IV: Procedure
IV.1.1)Type of procedure
IV.1.8)Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
IV.2.2)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate
IV.2.4)Languages in which tenders or requests to participate may be submitted:
IV.2.6)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender
IV.2.7)Conditions for opening of tenders
The Tender Board, Commercial Project Enabling Team, Defence Equipment & Support, The Central Gatehouse/VCP, MOD Abbey Wood South, Bristol BS34 8JH.
MOD Abbey Wood Tender Board personnel. 10:00 on due date (DEFFORM 28ABW tender return label must be used).
Section VI: Complementary information
VI.1)Information about recurrence
VI.2)Information about electronic workflows
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. The Authority reserves the right to amend any condition related to security of information to reflect any changes in national law or government policy. If any contract documents are accompanied by instructions on safeguarding classified information (e.g. a Security Aspects Letter), the Authority reserves the right to amend the terms of these instructions to reflect any changes in national law or government policy, whether in respect of the applicable protective marking scheme, specific protective markings given, the aspects to which any protective marking applies, or otherwise. The link below to the Gov.uk website provides information on the Government Security Classification.
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VI.4.2)Body responsible for mediation procedures
Telephone: +44 3067935865
VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: