Ministry of Defence Finance Higher Apprenticeship Training Tender

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

2017/S 092-181766

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses

Ministry of Defence, Agencies/Misc, Other
DES TECH-COMRCL-CP1, Elm 1.c, #4135, MOD Abbey Wood
Bristol
BS34 8JH
United Kingdom
Contact person: Mrs A Day
Telephone: +44 3067935865
E-mail: DESTECH-COMRCL-CP1@mod.uk
NUTS code: UKK1
Internet address(es):Main address: www.mod.uk
I.2)Joint procurement

I.3)Communication

The procurement documents are available for unrestricted and full direct access, free of charge, at: www.contractsfinder.service.gov.uk
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted to the following address:
Ministry of Defence, Agencies/Misc, Other
Abbey Wood
Bristol
BS34 8JH
United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 3067935865
E-mail: DESTECH-COMRCL-CP1@mod.uk
NUTS code: UKK1
Internet address(es):Main address: www.mod.uk

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

Defence

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement

II.1.1)Title:

Finance Higher Apprenticeship (Level 4) Training.

Reference number: DTEC/243

II.1.2)Main CPV code

80510000

II.1.3)Type of contract

Services

II.1.4)Short description:

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

Value excluding VAT: 135 000.00 GBP

II.1.6)Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: no
II.2)Description
II.2.1)Title:
II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UKK1
Main site or 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.2.5)Award criteria

Price is not the only award criterion and all criteria are stated only in the procurement documents

II.2.6)Estimated value

Value excluding VAT: 135 000.00 GBP

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

Duration in months: 20
This contract is subject to renewal: no

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

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

List and brief description of conditions:

Current OFSTED report, Skills Funding Agency registered.

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:

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

Obligation to indicate the names and professional qualifications of the staff assigned to performing 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: no
IV.2)Administrative information
IV.2.1)Previous publication concerning this procedure

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

Date: 15/06/2017
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: 15/06/2017
Local time: 10:00
Place:

The Tender Board, Commercial Project Enabling Team, Defence Equipment & Support, The Central Gatehouse/VCP, MOD Abbey Wood South, Bristol BS34 8JH.

Information about authorised persons and opening procedure:

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

This is a recurrent procurement: yes
Estimated timing for further notices to be published:

Annually.

VI.2)Information about electronic workflows

Electronic ordering will be used
Electronic invoicing will be accepted
Electronic payment will be used

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. 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.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/government-security-classifications

Advertising Regime OJEU:- This contract opportunity is published in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU), the MoD Defence Contracts Bulletin and www.contracts.mod.uk

Suppliers must read through this set of instructions and follow the process to respond to this opportunity.

The information and/or documents for this opportunity are available on http://www.contracts.mod.uk.

You must register on this site to respond, if you are already registered you will not need to register again, simply use your existing username and password. Please note there is a password reminder link on the homepage.

Suppliers must log in, go to your Response Manager and add the following Access Code: 5785XPMK64.

Please ensure you follow any instruction provided to you here.

The deadline for submitting your response(s) is detailed within this contract notice, you will also have visibility of the deadline date, once you have added the Access code via DCO as the opening and closing date is visible within the opportunity.

Please ensure that you allow yourself plenty of time when responding to this opportunity prior to the closing date and time, especially if you have been asked to upload documents.

If you experience any difficulties please refer to the online Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) or the User Guides or contact the MOD DCO Helpdesk by emailing support@contracts.mod.uk or Telephone 0800 282 324.

GO Reference: GO-2017511-DCB-10193209.

VI.4)Procedures for review

VI.4.1)Review body

Ministry of Defence, Agencies/Misc, Other
Bristol
United Kingdom

VI.4.2)Body responsible for mediation procedures

Ministry of Defence, Agencies/Misc, Other
Abbey Wood
Bristol
BS34 8JH
United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 3067935865
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:

11/05/2017

 

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