Tender for Apprenticeship Management and Upskilling Services
Thames Water delivers a dual-skilled apprenticeship programme in either Mechanical, Electrical and ICA for 65 apprentices across both Wholesale Waste and Wholesale Water.
United Kingdom-Reading: Vocational training services
Contract notice – utilities
Section I: Contracting entity
I.1)Name and addresses
Procurement Support Centre — 3rd Floor East, C/O Mail Room, Rose Kiln Court
NUTS code: UKJ11
Section II: Object
Apprenticeship Management and Upskilling Services.
II.1.2)Main CPV code
II.1.3)Type of contract
Thames Water (TWUL) delivers a dual-skilled apprenticeship programme in either Mechanical, Electrical and ICA for 65 apprentices across both Wholesale Waste and Wholesale Water. Our current service requires a supplier to manage and deliver the TWUL ME&I apprenticeship and to complete delivery. We support 32 employees through upskilling programmes to achieve a Level 3 NVQ, therefore there will be a need for the supplier to deliver future upskilling training. The TWUL Engineering Apprenticeship must be mapped to Trailblazer standards by 2018.
The service provider must be approved by the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) and be accepted onto the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers (RoATP).
With the introduction of the new apprenticeship levy funding TWUL will be introducing upskilling and apprenticeship programmes across the business. The service provider must have the capability to support and deliver a wide range of programmes that are mapped to the new trailblazer standard.
II.1.5)Estimated total value
II.1.6)Information about lots
II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)
II.2.3)Place of performance
Whole of Thames Water Region.
II.2.4)Description of the procurement:
The service provider will manage the TWUL apprenticeship scheme within Wholesale Waste and Wholesale Water. The supplier will work with apprentices to achieve qualifications in either Mechanical, Electrical or ICA qualifications:
— Year 1 Classroom full time with regular visits from the contractor to check quality of learning.
— Year 2 Classroom 1 day a week with site visits to the learner every 6 weeks to begin assessment process.
— Year 3-4 workplace Level 3 NVQ Assessments carried out in the workplace.
We are expecting a new intake of 36 apprentices from September 2017, therefore the supplier is required to support new yearly intakes. The TWUL Engineering Apprenticeship must be mapped to Trailblazer standards by 2018.
II.2.7)Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system
The agreement is to be awarded for an initial term of 3 years with options to extend for 2 periods of 2 years and 1 period of 1 year.
II.2.9)Information about the limits on the number of candidates to be invited
II.2.10)Information about variants
II.2.11)Information about options
Any agreement awarded would be for an initial duration of 3 years with options to extend for 2 periods of 2 years and 1 period of 1 year.
II.2.13)Information about European Union funds
Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information
III.1.2)Economic and financial standing
III.1.3)Technical and professional ability
III.1.4)Objective rules and criteria for participation
As detailed in the PQQ Documentation.
III.1.6)Deposits and guarantees required:
Bonds and -or parent company guarantees of performance and financial standing may be required.
III.1.7)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:
Specified in the Invitation to Negotiate.
III.1.8)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:
Consortia may be required to form a legal entity prior to award.
Section IV: Procedure
IV.1.1)Type of 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.1.8)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
Section VI: Complementary information
VI.1)Information about recurrence
Between 3 and 8 years.
VI.2)Information about electronic workflows
All suppliers who wish to respond to this notice must request a pre-qualification questionnaire (PQQ) by using the link in Section I.3) of this notice, i.e. https://www.thameswater.co.uk/welcome
Thames Water Utilities Limited will incorporate a standstill period at the point information on the award of the contract is communicated to tenderers. That notification will provide full information on the award decision. The standstill period, which will be for a minimum of 10 calendar days, provides time for unsuccessful tenderers to challenge the award decision before the contract is entered into.
The Utilities Contracts Regulations 2016 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).
VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: