Tender for Apprenticeship Management and Upskilling Services

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

2017/S 068-129083

Contract notice – utilities


Directive 2014/25/EU

Section I: Contracting entity

I.1)Name and addresses

Thames Water Utilities Limited
Procurement Support Centre — 3rd Floor East, C/O Mail Room, Rose Kiln Court
United Kingdom
E-mail: procurement.support.centre@thameswater.co.uk
NUTS code: UKJ11
Internet address(es):Main address: www.thameswater.co.uk

I.2)Joint procurement


Access to the procurement documents is restricted. Further information can be obtained at: https://www.thameswater.co.uk/welcome
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted electronically via: https://www.thameswater.co.uk/welcome

I.6)Main activity


Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement


Apprenticeship Management and Upskilling Services.

Reference number: FA1341

II.1.2)Main CPV code


II.1.3)Type of contract


II.1.4)Short description:

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

Value excluding VAT: 3 000 000.00 GBP

II.1.6)Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: no

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)


II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UKI
NUTS code: UKJ
Main site or 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.2.5)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: 3 000 000.00 GBP

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

Duration in months: 96
This contract is subject to renewal: yes
Description of renewals:

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

Envisaged number of candidates: 30

II.2.10)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: yes

II.2.11)Information about options

Options: yes
Description of 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.2.12)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

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.1.4)Objective rules and criteria for participation

List and brief description of rules and criteria:

As detailed in the PQQ Documentation.

III.1.5)Information about reserved contracts

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.

III.2)Conditions related to the contract
III.2.1)Information about a particular profession
III.2.2)Contract performance conditions:
III.2.3)Information about staff responsible for the performance of the contract

Section IV: Procedure


IV.1.1)Type of procedure

Negotiated procedure with prior call for competition

IV.1.3)Information about a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system

The procurement involves the establishment of a framework agreement
Framework agreement with a single operator

IV.1.4)Information about reduction of the number of solutions or tenders during negotiation or dialogue

Recourse to staged procedure to gradually reduce the number of solutions to be discussed or tenders to be negotiated
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: 19/04/2017
Local time: 12:00
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:


IV.2.6)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender

Duration in months: 9 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)
IV.2.7)Conditions for opening of tenders

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

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

Between 3 and 8 years.

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:

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

VI.4)Procedures for review

VI.4.1)Review body

Thames Water Utilities Limited
United Kingdom
VI.4.2)Body responsible for mediation procedures

VI.4.3)Review procedure

Precise information on deadline(s) for review procedures:

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.4.4)Service from which information about the review procedure may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:



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