Organise and Run UKTI Assessment Centres
UKTI wishes to appoint a contractor under a framework to organise and run Assessment Centres to assist UK Trade and Investment’s Delivery Partners to recruit international trade advisers to a consistent standard.
United Kingdom-Swindon: Assessment centre services for recruitment
Section I: Contracting authority
I.1)Name, addresses and contact point(s)
UK Shared Business Services Ltd
North Star House
For the attention of: Joanne Thatcher
SN2 1FF Swindon
General address of the contracting authority: www.uksbs.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: via Emptoris web portal
Internet address: http://ccs.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/i-am-supplier/respond-tender
I.2)Type of the contracting authority
I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities
The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: yes
UK Trade and Investment
1 Victoria Street
SW1H OET London
Section II: Object of the contract
II.1.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:
II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance
Service category No 27: Other services
NUTS code UKI
II.1.3)Information about a public contract, a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system (DPS)
II.1.4)Information on framework agreement
Framework agreement with a single operator
Duration of the framework agreement
Duration in months: 48
Estimated total value of purchases for the entire duration of the framework agreement
Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 750 000 and 900 000 GBP
II.1.5)Short description of the contract or purchase(s)
UKTI, the Government Department that helps UK-based companies succeed globally and assists overseas companies to bring investment to the UK, has teams in each of the nine English Regions, which are responsible for the provision of high quality international trade advice and support to client companies throughout the region to help firms internationalise. This support is delivered through UKTI’s Delivery Partners, who are responsible for employing International Trade Advisers (ITAs), to deliver international trade advice to companies at the regional and local level. UKTI requires a common standard in the recruitment of ITAs and Trade Team Leaders by UKTI’s Delivery Partners. Attendance at a UKTI Assessment Centre is a mandatory and key part of the recruitment process.
An Assessment Centre is typically one day of exercises and activities designed to test a candidate’s ability to carry out the ITA or Trade Team Leader job, by assessing potential performance of candidates across a set of agreed key competencies. Once completed the Assessment Centres provide a pool of good-quality candidates from which the Regional Delivery Partners can make a final selection when filling vacancies.
To maximise use of resources individual Assessment Centres will be available to all of the Regional Delivery Partners that need to recruit. Flexibility will be required to enable Assessment Centres to be run for a single region or on a multiple region basis depending on numbers and timing.
II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)
II.1.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
II.1.9)Information about variants
II.2.2)Information about options
II.2.3)Information about renewals
II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion
Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information
III.1.4)Other particular conditions
III.2.1)Personal situation of economic operators, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers
This procurement will be managed electronically via the Crown Commercial Service’s e-Sourcing Suite. To participate in this procurement, participants must first be registered on the e-Sourcing Suite.
If Bidders have not yet registered on the eSourcing Suite, this can be done online at https://gpsesourcing.cabinetoffice.gov.uk by following the link ‘Register for CCS eSourcing’.
Please note that, to register, Bidders must have a valid Duns number (as provided by Dun and Bradstreet) for the organisation which you are registering, who will be entering into a contract if invited to do so.
Full instructions for registration and use of the system can be found at
Once you have registered on the eSourcing Suite, a registered user can express an interest for a specific procurement. This is done by firstname.lastname@example.org
Your e-mail must clearly state:
— the name and reference for the procurement you wish to register for;
— the name of the registered supplier;
— the name and contact details for the registered individual sending the e-mail.
Crown Commercial Service (CCS) will process the e-mail and then enable the Bidder to access the procurement online via the e-Sourcing Suite.
The registered user will receive a notification email to alert them once this has been done.
As a user of the e-Sourcing Suite you will have access to Emptoris email messaging service which facilitates all messages sent to you and from you in relation to any specific RFX event.
Please note it is your responsibility to access these e-mails on a regular basis to ensure you have sight of all relevant information.
For technical assistance on use of the e-Sourcing Suite please contact Crown Commercial Service (CCS) Help desk: Free phone: +44 3450103503.
Training support to respond to a requirement is available to bidders at
Responses must be published by the date in IV.3.4).
III.3.1)Information about a particular profession
III.3.2)Staff responsible for the execution of the service
Section IV: Procedure
IV.1.1)Type of procedure
IV.1.3)Reduction of the number of operators during the negotiation or dialogue
IV.2.2)Information about electronic auction
IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract
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
IV.3.6)Language(s) in which tenders or requests to participate may be drawn up
IV.3.8)Conditions for opening of tenders
Section VI: Complementary information
VI.1)Information about recurrence
VI.2)Information about European Union funds
VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: