Skills Framework Agreement London

Skills Framework Agreement London

Royal Borough of Greenwich wish to establish a framework agreement for the procurement of skills and training services in relation to adult learning, for provision of skills, learning and training for local residents aged 19 and over.

United Kingdom-London: Education and training services

2015/S 139-256880

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

Royal Borough of Greenwich
Woolwich Centre 35 Wellington Street, Woolwich
For the attention of: Shaun Fortune
SE18 6HQ London
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 2089215606
E-mail: procurement@royalgreenwich.gov.uk

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority: www.royalgreenwich.gov.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: The above mentioned contact point(s)

I.2)Type of the contracting authority

Regional or local authority

I.3)Main activity

General public services
Education

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:

Skills Framework Agreement.

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

Services
Service category No 24: Education and vocational education services
Main site or location of works, place of delivery or of performance: Royal Borough of Greenwich.

NUTS code UKI21

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

The notice involves the establishment of a framework agreement

II.1.4)Information on framework agreement

Duration of the framework agreement

Duration in years: 4

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

Royal Borough of Greenwich wish to establish a framework agreement for the procurement of skills and training services in relation to adult learning, for provision of skills, learning and training for local residents aged 19 and over.
The proposed skills framework will last for 4 years from 2016-2020 and will contain 2 lots:
— Lot 1: Community Learning — non accredited — the provision of non-accredited adult learning and skills provision which improves the softer skills of Greenwich residents.
— Lot 2 — Adult Skills: employment specific, vocational and accredited learning — the provision of learning and skills projects that prepare Greenwich residents for the world of work. The provision may or may not lead to a formal skills qualification.
It is anticipated all call off contracts that may be activated through this framework will not exceed beyond the life of the framework for longer than a maximum period of 1 year to 2021.
Please note the date provided at section IV.3.4) is the Pre-Qualification questionnaire submission deadline. The closing date for expressions of interest is Monday 17.8.2015.

II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

80000000, 80400000

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: yes
Tenders may be submitted for one or more lots

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:

The Royal Borough of Greenwich (‘RBG’) is seeking expressions of interest from appropriately qualified skills and training organisations. Using anticipated funding from the Royal Borough’s own resources and the Skills Funding Agency, Royal Greenwich is intending to develop a four year Framework Agreement with appropriate providers for the procurement of skills and training services.
The Royal Borough of Greenwich has a strong strategic vision for adult skills provision in order to reduce unemployment and deprivation and ensure local residents benefit from the employment opportunities created through regeneration and improved transport links. Key strategic priorities for the Council include: reducing poverty; and supporting regeneration and growth. The provision under the Skills Framework Agreement contributes to these strategic priorities through a broad offer which includes:
— provision for employability;
— family learning;
— supporting development and progression for individuals
— improving skills for specific employment opportunities
— learning for general interest.
Such provision helps residents to improve their skills, confidence and employability and contributes to a range of positive outcomes, including improvements in health and well-being, engaged and active citizens, family and community cohesion. A significant part of our provision is Community Learning and Adult Skills.
The Skills Framework could potentially have an annual spend of between 1 400 000-2 000 000 GBP per academic year, for a period of up to 4 years which equates to a potential spend over the lifetime of the framework to 5 600 000-8 000 000 GBP. The values given are for indicative purposes only and the Royal Borough (The Council)
cannot guarantee any or future volumes of business. All Community Learning and Adult Skills funding is subject to confirmation annually by the Skills Funding Agency; all other sources of funding are subject to availability; there can be no guarantee of available funding therefore no guarantee of work. The Council reserves the right of procuring services, that are not able to be identified at a particular date, to be procured outside the Framework if such a requirement will not have been articulated and no provider on the Framework will be able to demonstrate the capacity and capability to deliver the unarticulated requirement.
The provision will be procured through two lots. Potential providers will not be required to bid to deliver under both lots, though they are free to bid for both lots if preferred. Please note that no sub-contracting of provision is permitted. Any provider commissioned through the Skills Framework Agreement must directly deliver any contracts commissioned by the Royal Borough of Greenwich through the Agreement.
The lots are:
— Lot 1: Community Learning — non accredited — the provision of non-accredited adult learning and skills provision which improves the softer skills of Greenwich residents.
— Lot 2 — Adult Skills: employment specific, vocational and accredited learning — the provision of learning and skills projects that prepare Greenwich residents for the world of work. The provision may or may not lead to a formal skills qualification.
It is envisaged that the framework will be for 4 years in duration from the date on which the contract becomes operational. It is envisaged that a number of providers will provide the services required and through the framework agreement a provider will have the opportunity to bid for the specific category of learning.
Once the framework is established Royal Greenwich will have the options of either calling off a single provider through direct award or conduct a mini competition. It is anticipated all call off contracts that may be activated through this framework will not exceed beyond the life of the framework for longer than a maximum period of 1 year to 2021.
Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 5 600 000 and 8 000 000 GBP

II.2.2)Information about options

Options: yes
Description of these options: The provision will be procured through 2 lots. Potential providers will not be required to bid to deliver under both lots, though they are free to bid for both lots if preferred.

II.2.3)Information about renewals

This contract is subject to renewal: no

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

Duration in months: 48 (from the award of the contract)

Information about lots

Lot No: 1Lot title: Community Learning — non accredited

1)Short description

— Lot 1: Community Learning — non accredited — the provision of non-accredited adult learning and skills provision which improves the softer skills of Greenwich residents.

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

80000000, 80400000

3)Quantity or scope

The provision of non-accredited adult learning and skills provision which improves the softer skills of Greenwich residents.
Skills and learning objectives:
— Learn a new skill
— Develop an existing skill
— Reconnect with learning
— Improve literacy, numeracy and digital skills
— Prepare to progress to a formal course
— Support their children/ family by learning together
— Gain confidence/ improve self- esteem and/ or independence
— Develop skills for work
— Improve their health and well being
Target groups
— Aged 19 plus
— New Learners
— Learners from disadvantaged groups ( Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic, people with disabilities/health conditions, the over 60’s)
— Learners from disadvantaged areas
— Learners with no or low skills
— Workless residents.
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion

5)Additional information about lots

Please note that no sub-contracting of provision is permitted.

Lot No: 2Lot title: Adult Skills: employment specific, vocational and accredited learning

1)Short description

— Lot 2 — Adult Skills: employment specific, vocational and accredited learning — the provision of learning and skills projects that prepare Greenwich residents for the world of work. The provision may or may not lead to a formal skills qualification.

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

80000000, 80400000

3)Quantity or scope

The provision of learning and skills projects that prepare Greenwich residents for the world of work. The provision may or may not lead to a formal skills qualification.
Skills and Learning objectives:
— Flexible and responsive provision for learners and employers in the workplace and through classroom learning.
— Apprenticeships and traineeships.
— Bespoke pre-employment training around the needs of specific local employers, to prepare workless residents for jobs created through major developments in the borough.
— Improving employability through work preparation courses.
Target groups
— 19 plus SFA funded Adult Skills Budget
— NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) young people 16-18 (non Adult Skills Budget funded)
— Workless residents
— Learners with no or low skills
— Learners in need of literacy, numeracy or English as a Secord or Additional Language support.
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion

5)Additional information about lots

Please note that no sub-contracting of provision is permitted.

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract

III.1.1)Deposits and guarantees required:

Details of any deposits and guarantees required will be set out in the contract documents.

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

Details of any payment arrangements required will be set out in the contract documents.

III.1.3)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:

Expressions of interest may be submitted by a single candidate or a consortium. In the event of a successful consortium bid, the Council reserves the right to require the consortium to establish a separate legal entity to enter into the contract or for all consortia members of the consortium to accept joint and several liability under the contract.
Please note that no sub-contracting of provision is permitted. Any provider commissioned through the Skills Framework Agreement must directly deliver any contracts commissioned by the Royal Borough of Greenwich through the Agreement.

III.1.4)Other particular conditions

The performance of the contract is subject to particular conditions: yes
Description of particular conditions: Further information can be found in the tender documentation.
Please note that no sub-contracting of provision is permitted. Any provider commissioned through the Skills Framework Agreement must directly deliver any contracts commissioned by the Royal Borough of Greenwich through the Agreement.
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: Further information can be found in the tender documentation.
Applicants who express an interest in the procurement will be required to complete a Pre-Qualification Questionnaire which the Council will use to assess tenderers’ economic and financial standing, technical or professional ability to ensure they meet the Council’s minimum requirements.

III.2.2)Economic and financial ability

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: Further information can be found in the tender documentation. As set out in the pre-qualification questionnaire available from the address in section I.1.
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required: As set out in the Pre-Qualification Questionnaire available from the address in section I.1.

III.2.3)Technical capacity

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
Further information can be found in the tender documentation. As set out in the pre-qualification questionnaire available from the address in section I.1.
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required:
As set out in the Pre-Qualification Questionnaire available from the address in section I.1.
III.2.4)Information about reserved contracts
III.3)Conditions specific to services contracts
III.3.1)Information about a particular profession
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

Restricted

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

Envisaged minimum number 20
Objective criteria for choosing the limited number of candidates: Please refer to the Pre-Qualification Questionnaire available from the address in section I.1.
IV.1.3)Reduction of the number of operators during the negotiation or dialogue
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:

SPS0883

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

no
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

24.8.2015 – 12:00
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
IV.3.8)Conditions for opening of tenders

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 Council reserves the right not to award any contract pursuant to this procurement exercise and / or to abandon this procurement exercise at any time and / or award a contract for a part of the services at its sole discretion. The council shall have no liability whatsoever to any applicant or tenderer as a result of it exercise of that discretion. For the avoidance of doubt, all costs incurred by any applicant and / or tenderer before signature of any contract with the Council shall be incurred entirely at the applicant’s / tenderer’s risk.
We encourage applications from all sections of the skills and training market, including the voluntary and community sector and social enterprise, (VCSE) organisations, including community interest companies and charities, the private sector and Further / Higher Education Colleges. However, in the case of Skills Funding Agency (SFA) funded provision, providers will need to have the capacity to understand and comply with SFA rules and be prepared for potential inspection by Ofsted.

To register your interest, please email procurement@royalgreenwich.gov.uk quoting Ref: SPS 0883 to receive the Pre-Qualification Questionnaire (PQQ) documents, and ensure inclusion to any future correspondence relating to the tendering of this framework or have any questions about this opportunity.

Tenderers are to note the closing date for expressions of interest is Monday 17.8.2015. The date provided at section IV.3.4) is the Pre-Qualification questionnaire submission deadline which is 12:00 on Monday 24th August.

VI.4)Procedures for appeal

VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures

High Court of England and Wales, Royal courts of Justice
Strand
WC1A 2LL London
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 2079476000
Internet address: http://www.justice.gov.uk

Body responsible for mediation procedures

High Court of England and Wales, Royal Courts of Justice
Strand
WC1A 2LL London
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 2079476000
Internet address: http://www.justice.gov.uk

VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals

Precise information on deadline(s) for lodging appeals: The Council will observe a standstill period following the award of inclusion to the framework and notification to unsuccessful applicants of the award decision and conduct itself in accordance with the Public Contracts Regulations 2015.

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

Cabinet Office
70 Whitehall
SW1A 2AS London
UNITED KINGDOM
E-mail: publiccorrespondence@cabinetoffice.gsi.gov.uk
Telephone: +44 2072763000
Internet address: http://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/cabinet-office

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:

17.7.2015

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