Remploy Employment Services – including Work Choice Contract

Remploy Employment Services – including Work Choice Contract

The Department for Work and Pensions wishes to help establish the existing Remploy Employment Services including its assets and infrastructure as a commercial business that continues to transform the lives of disabled people.

United Kingdom-Sheffield: Education and training services

2014/S 142-255455

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name, addresses and contact point(s)

Department for Work and Pensions
7 Pear Street
For the attention of: David Grimstone
S11 8JF Sheffield
UNITED KINGDOM

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: The above mentioned contact point(s)

I.2)Type of the contracting authority

Ministry or any other national or federal authority, including their regional or local sub-divisions

I.3)Main activity

Social protection
Other: Employment Related Training

I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities

The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: no

Section II: Object of the contract

II.1)Description

II.1.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:

Remploy Employment Services – including Work Choice Contract.

II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance

Services
Service category No 27: Other services
Main site or location of works, place of delivery or of performance: Locations within the UK.

NUTS code UK

II.1.3)Information about a public contract, a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system (DPS)

The notice involves a public contract
II.1.4)Information on framework agreement

II.1.5)Short description of the contract or purchase(s)

The Department for Work and Pensions wishes to help establish the existing Remploy Employment Services including its assets and infrastructure as a commercial business that continues to transform the lives of disabled people. This opportunity will provide the freedom and flexibility for the business to continue to grow and expand its mission by helping even more disabled people find sustainable employment.
The Department is seeking an innovative Partner / Investor to acquire a significant stake of the business and invest in the continued growth and development of Remploy Employment Services in the private sector. This includes the delivery of a national Work Choice contract from April 2015 that spans three years. This contract comprises two years of new referrals with an option to extend at the end of this period and one additional year of earning potential.
The Partner / Investor will need to demonstrate the involvement of employees in the governance and strategic direction of the company (including the potential for shareholdings held on the employees’ behalf in an employee benefit trust). The Partner / Investor is also expected to demonstrate the capability to create and grow new business, support and drive innovation, develop effective growth strategies and financial strength including ability to provide / raise capital.
The specific structure and governance arrangement linked to the creation of a company (e.g. in instances where a Joint Venture or other legal models were created, including shareholding arrangements) will be subject to the negotiation undertaken as part of this process and the Department is interested in any proposals which will deliver the key objectives of this transaction.
The Department will have a contractual arrangement with the new company (in whatever legal form is agreed as part of this process) to continue the national delivery of Work Choice and other Departmental contracts and agreements which are expected to be transferred as part of this process. The Partner/ Investor will need to demonstrate a commitment to delivery with respects to the national Work Choice contract and any other business taken on as part of this process and will need to demonstrate the capacity and capability to do so.
Work Choice Aims and Objectives.
The Department will have a contractual arrangement with the business to continue ES’s national delivery of Work Choice from April 2015 that spans three years of support. Other ES commercial agreements are expected to be transferred as part of this process.
Work Choice is a specialist disability employment programme launched in October 2010. It provides tailored support to help disabled people find sustained employment and, where it is appropriate for the individual, move into unsupported employment. The programme is delivered nationally across 28 contract package areas.
The Work Choice programme better equips disabled people to move into, retain and progress in employment. The programme is aimed specifically at those customers who, by reason of significant disability, cannot be helped into employment through Jobcentre Plus mainstream programmes. It includes a flexible, easy to use service that is better at enabling Jobcentre Plus frontline staff and our external partners to meet the needs of individual disabled people and their employers. The requirements of this Work Choice contract are consistent with the requirements placed on current prime providers of Work Choice.
The key principles to be observed for Work Choice are:
— a strong focus on those who need specialist support;
— less prescription and greater flexibility;
— strong links between elements of provision;
— consistency and quality of provision;
— provision for all types of disability;
— effective and appropriate opportunities for the customer to exercise choice and control;
— a strong focus on job entries;
— effective support for people in either employment or self employment;
— progression to unsupported employment;
— a strong emphasis on achieving potential within longer-term supported employment.
Overall Key Requirements:
Interested parties will need to demonstrate how they will:
— Build the commercial and financial strength of the exiting business, including how that will underpin and strengthen the delivery of Work Choice and other contracts.
— Support employee engagement and involvement in the governance of the exited business, including potential for an Employee Benefits Trust (EBT).
— Demonstrate consistency with the ES mission to transform the lives of disabled people by supporting and increasing the number of sustainable employment opportunities.
— Maintain and improve good working relationships with key stakeholders.
— Deliver consistent performance across those contracts that are included in the exit of ES, including the Work Choice contract.
— Position the business as a strong bidder for future Government contracts as and when current Work Choice / Work Programme contracts come to an end.
DWP will manage the procurement through our e-procurement solution. The Pre Qualification Questionnaire and Business Overview Document will be published via the e-procurement solution. It will be available to download to those who have expressed interest and registered in accordance with instructions at III.2.1 of this Notice.
DWP plan to hold an information event in London on 13.8.2014 to further explain the requirement and answer questions from interested organisations. If you are interested in attending this event, you can register your interest at the same time as you register your interest in the competition. Please use the messaging facility within Bravo to e-mail details of your organisation and the names of up to three attendees for the event.

II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

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II.1.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): yes

II.1.8)Lots

This contract is divided into lots: no

II.1.9)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no
II.2)Quantity or scope of the contract

II.2.1)Total quantity or scope:

We will run one Remploy Employment Services (including Work Choice Contract) procurement and we expect to award 1 national contract. The contract duration will be 2 years with the option to extend at the end of this period and with an additional year of earning potential.
Bidders should note access to working capital in the range of GBP 3-6 million may be required to deliver this contract and support the initial working capital requirement of the new company. This will be further discussed should you proceed to the ItN stage where you will be required to provide evidence to demonstrate you have access to this funding.
Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 50 000 000 and 100 000 000 GBP

II.2.2)Information about options

Options: no
II.2.3)Information about renewals

II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion

Duration in months: 24 (from the award of the contract)

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract

III.1.1)Deposits and guarantees required:

Parent Company Guarantees or equivalent, performance bonds or deposits may be required in appropriate circumstances.
Bidders should note access to working capital in the range of GBP 3-6 million may be required to deliver this contract and support the initial working capital requirement of the new company. This will be further discussed should you proceed to the ItN stage where you will be required to provide evidence to demonstrate you have access to this funding.

III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:

The funding and payment model will include a substantial element of outcome funding and full details will be set out in the Invitation to Negotiate.
III.1.3)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:

III.1.4)Other particular conditions

The performance of the contract is subject to particular conditions: yes
Description of particular conditions: The terms and conditions of the contract will be set out in the invitation to negotiate. Under this contract economic operators and their supply chain will be required to actively participate in the achievement of social and/ or environmental policy objectives relating to such matters as recruitment, training and sustainability. Accordingly contract performance conditions may relate in particular to social and environmental considerations.
III.2)Conditions for participation

III.2.1)Personal situation of economic operators, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: Any supplier may be disqualified if any of the circumstances listed in Article 45 of the Public Procurement Directive 2004/18/EC (Regulation 23 of the UK Public Contracts Regulations 2006) apply to their organisation and suppliers will be asked to complete an appropriate declaration. This declaration is embedded within the Pre Qualification Questionnaire (PQQ).
Suppliers Instructions How to Express Interest in this Tender: 1. Register your company on the eSourcing portal (this is only required once):

— browse to the eSourcing Portal: https://dwp.bravosolution.co.uk and click the link to register,

— accept the terms and conditions and click ‘continue’,
— enter your correct business and user details,
— note the username you chose and click ‘Save’ when complete,
— you will shortly receive an email with your unique password (please keep this secure).
2. Express an Interest in the tender:
— login to the portal with the username/password,
— click the ‘PQQs / ITTs Open To All Suppliers’ link. (These are Pre-Qualification Questionnaires or Invitations to Tender open to any registered supplier),
— click on the relevant PQQ/ ITT to access the content,
— click the ‘Express Interest’ button at the top of the page,— this will move the PQQ/ITT into your ‘My PQQs/ My ITTs’ page. (This is a secure area reserved for your projects only),
— you can now access any attachments by clicking ‘Buyer Attachments’ in the ‘PQQ/ ITT Details’ box.
3. Responding to the tender:
— click ‘My Response’ under ‘PQQ/ ITT Details’, you can choose to ‘Create Response’ or to ‘Decline to Respond’ (please give a reason if declining),
— you can now use the ‘Messages’ function to communicate with the buyer and seek any clarification,
— note the deadline for completion, then follow the on screen instructions to complete the PQQ/ ITT,
— there may be a mixture of online and offline actions for you to perform (there is detailed online help available).
You must then submit your reply using the ‘Submit Response’ button at the top of the page. NB for Remploy Employment Services Exit (Including Work Choice Contract) purposes the Invitation to Negotiate (ItN) is being used instead of a standard ItT. But will be available from the ItT pages within Bravo. If you require any further assistance please consult the online help, or contact the eTendering help desk on +44 8003684850.

III.2.2)Economic and financial ability

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: DWP’s requirements will be set out in the PQQ, copies of which are available on Bravo Solutions (DWP’S e tendering platform) from 29.07.2014. Completed PQQ’s must be returned to DWP no later than 10:00 am 3.9.2014, in accordance with the Instructions to Bidders document.
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required: DWP’s requirements will be set out in the PQQ Form and Instructions to Bidders document, copies of which are available on Bravo Solutions (DWP’S e tendering platform) from 29.7.2014.
III.2.3)Technical capacity
III.2.4)Information about reserved contracts
III.3)Conditions specific to services contracts

III.3.1)Information about a particular profession

Execution of the service is reserved to a particular profession: no
III.3.2)Staff responsible for the execution of the service

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Type of procedure

IV.1.1)Type of procedure

Negotiated
Some candidates have already been selected (if appropriate under certain types of negotiated procedures) no

IV.1.2)Limitations on the number of operators who will be invited to tender or to participate

Envisaged number of operators: 4
Objective criteria for choosing the limited number of candidates: The pre-qualification criteria as set out in the PQQ documentation.

IV.1.3)Reduction of the number of operators during the negotiation or dialogue

Recourse to staged procedure to gradually reduce the number of solutions to be discussed or tenders to be negotiated no
IV.2)Award criteria

IV.2.1)Award criteria

The most economically advantageous tender in terms of the criteria stated in the specifications, in the invitation to tender or to negotiate or in the descriptive document

IV.2.2)Information about electronic auction

An electronic auction will be used: no
IV.3)Administrative information

IV.3.1)File reference number attributed by the contracting authority:

UI_DWP_101387

IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract

no

IV.3.3)Conditions for obtaining specifications and additional documents or descriptive document

Time limit for receipt of requests for documents or for accessing documents: 3.9.2014 – 10:00
Payable documents: no

IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

3.9.2014 – 10:00
IV.3.5)Date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates

IV.3.6)Language(s) in which tenders or requests to participate may be drawn up

English.

IV.3.7)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender

Duration in months: 24 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)

IV.3.8)Conditions for opening of tenders

Date: 3.9.2014 – 10:00

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: no

VI.2)Information about European Union funds

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

VI.3)Additional information

The Contracting Authority intends to use an eTendering system in this procurement exercise.
DWP expressly reserves the rights:
(i) to use a reverse auction.
(ii) to cancel this procurement at any stage;
(iii) to not award any contract as a result of the procurement process commenced by publication of this notice;
(iv) to make whatever changes it may see fit to the content and structure of the tendering competition;
(v) and in no circumstances will DWP be liable for any costs incurred by potential suppliers.
This is a procurement for Part B services and DWP will not be bound by Public Contracts Regulations 2006 (as amended) except as such Regulations are applicable to Part B services. This contract(s) for Part B services is being advertised in OJEU
voluntarily. The Remploy Employment Services Exit (including Work Choice Contract) will be procured using a two stage tendering approach. For the first stage of the process potential suppliers will complete a Pre Qualification Questionnaire. Potential suppliers successful at this stage will then be
invited to negotiate at the second stage. Interested organisations wishing to tender are invited to register on Bravo Solutions (DWP’s e tendering platform) from 29.7.2014 to view the PQQ documents. Following PQQ, shortlisted potential suppliers will be invited to submit full proposals in the Autumn, with contract awarded in early 2015. As part of this process, an information event will be held in August to provide additional information on the competition:
PQQ open for initial applications: 29.7.2014.
Supplier information event – London: 13.8.2014.
Shortlisted potential suppliers invited to submit full proposals: Autumn 2014.
Contracts awarded: Early 2015.
I.1) Name, addresses and contact point(s)
General address of the contracting authority:

Suppliers Instructions How to Express Interest in this Tender: 1. Register your company on the eSourcing portal (this is only required once):https://dwp.bravosolution.co.uk and click the link to register – Accept the terms and conditions and click ‘continue’ – Enter your correct business and user details – Note the username you chose and click ‘Save’ when complete – You will shortly receive an email with your unique password (please keep this secure) 2. Express an Interest in the tender – Login to the portal with the username/password – Click the ‘PQQs / ITTs Open To All Suppliers’ link. (These are Pre-Qualification Questionnaires or Invitations to Tender open to any registered supplier) – Click on the relevant PQQ/ ITT to access the content. – Click the ‘Express Interest’ button at the top of the page. – This will move the PQQ /ITT into your ‘My PQQs/ My ITTs’ page. (This is a secure area reserved for your projects only) -You can now access any attachments by clicking ‘Buyer Attachments’ in the ‘PQQ/ ITT Details’ box 3. Responding to the tender – Click ‘My Response’ under ‘PQQ/ ITT Details’, you can choose to ‘Create Response’ or to ‘Decline to Respond’ (please give a reason if declining) – You can now use the ‘Messages’ function to communicate with the buyer and seek any clarification – Note the deadline for completion, then follow the onscreen instructions to complete the PQQ/ ITT – There may be a mixture of online and offline actions for you to perform (there is detailed online help available) You must then submit your reply using the ‘Submit Response’ button at the top of the page. If you require any further assistance please consult the online help, or contact the eTendering help desk.

VI.4)Procedures for appeal

VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures

Department for Work and Pensions
Commercial Directorate Employment Category Team, Level 5, Caxton House, Tothill Street
SW1H 9NA London
UNITED KINGDOM

Body responsible for mediation procedures

Department for Work and Pensions
Commercial Directorate Employment Category Team, Level 5, Caxton House, Tothill Street
SW1H 9NA London
UNITED KINGDOM

VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals

Precise information on deadline(s) for lodging appeals: DWP will incorporate a minimum of 10 calendar day standstill period at the point of information on the award of the contract is communicated to tenderers. The Public Contracts Regulations 2006 (SI 2006 No 5) (as amended) provide for aggrieved parties who have been harmed or are at risk of harm by a breach of the rules to take action in the High Court (England, Wales and Northern Ireland). You may also care to note the information provided via the following web links: The DWP commercial complaints process –http://www.dwp.gov.uk/supplying-dwp/purchasing-in-dwp/dwp-commercialcomplaints/.

VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained

Department for Work and Pensions
Commercial Directorate Employment Category Team, Level 5, Caxton House, Tothill Street
SW1H 9NA London
UNITED KINGDOM

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:

22.7.2014

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