Tender for Research into the Non-Domestic Supply Chain – Training and Standards

Tender for Research into the Non-Domestic Supply Chain – Training and Standards

Contract value: £35,000 – £45,000. The current availability, quality and accessibility of renewable heat related training, focussing on the content of such training, and specifically where this covers the technologies supported by the non-domestic RHI, the RHI scheme and application process.

Reference number:938/11/2014

Deadline date:02/01/2015

This deadline is for…1700 hours

Contract value: £35,000 – £45,000

Location where the contract is to be carried out:LondonRemote, this will include desk based work and mostly secondary research with some qualitative primary interview fieldwork

Is this suitable for smaller suppliers?Yes

Is this contract suitable for a voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations?Yes

Name of the buying organisation:Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC)

Description of the contract

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (“DECC”) wishes to appoint a supplier(s) to undertake evidence gathering on: • the current availability, quality and accessibility of renewable heat related training, focussing on the content of such training, and specifically where this covers the technologies supported by the non-domestic RHI, the RHI scheme and application process, and heat-metering. • the various industry standards that exist encompassing both renewable heat and associated standards where these are essential to the correct installation of renewable heating technologies particularly those technologies supported by the RHI. For example, standards on heat metering, plumbing, planning and construction. This should include an examination of how established markets in other countries/regions have achieved success through standards. The supplier(s) will be expected to establish a working group with industry, trainers and the education sector to determine the current situation. The supplier(s) will be asked to consider whether there is a rationale for Government and / or industry-led intervention to improve the training offer and standards across the non-domestic renewable heating sector and, if appropriate, to recommend a range of options for potential intervention together with a likely timeframe for delivering these. A full list of research questions and requirements is presented in the ITT. In summary, the key questions we are seeking to answer through this research are: • What training currently exists for renewable heat and specifically for the technologies supported by the non-domestic RHI? Also, what training currently exists for the RHI scheme and application process and heat-metering? What is the quality, availability and accessibility of the training? • What standards exist in relation to renewable heat and specifically for the technologies supported by the non-domestic RHI? Also, what associated standards exist which address aspects that are essential to the correct installation of renewable heating technologies, particularly those technologies supported by the RHI? For example, heat metering, pipe insulation, plumbing, planning and construction. In looking at standards, we are interested in learning how established markets in other countries/regions have achieved success through these. • Where do gaps exist, either in the overall provision, or content of, renewable heat training and standards so far as these relate to renewable heat in general, RHI technologies, heat metering and associated areas? • What are the options for potential intervention in this area to improve or enhance the existing situation relating to training and standards, and who is best placed to deliver this? We would also be interested in options that go beyond training and standards and which DECC might consider to support the supply chain as it develops its skills base. • What are the options for the types of activities that could be undertaken to facilitate the sharing of knowledge and information relating to renewable heating, the RHI and application process and heat metering amongst those in the supply chain and also with RHI scheme participants? The research findings should be presented in draft by 31 March 2015 and finalised thereafter. We would also like contractors to present their findings to us.

 

Classification of the contract

73300000Design and execution of research and development

73000000Research and development services and related consultancy services

80531100Industrial training services

80531000Industrial and technical training services

Additional information

Contract type:Services – Unspecified

Is it a framework agreement?No

Is this contract related to a programme of funding?No

Contract will be awarded based on:Most economically advantageous tender in terms of: The criteria stated in the contract documents

Estimated length of contract:05/01/2015 – 31/03/2015

Who to contact

Contact nameAlan Boyd / Andrew.Cowdrill

Organisation nameDepartment of Energy and Climate Change (DECC)

Address3, Whitehall Place, London, United Kingdom, SW1A 2AW

Telephone0300 068 5896 / 6608

Extension number:

Fax

Web addresswww.decc.gov.uk

How to apply

If you wish to take part in this procurement please see the attached Tender documents attached to this Notice for instructions. Tenders should be no more than 15 pages plus draft products/example reports where these are required (excluding declarations). We require 3 hard copies (one of which must be signed) to be submitted to DECC by 02 January 2015. 17:00 hours. Electronic versions of your bids should also be sent to Alan.Boyd@decc.gsi.gov.uk and Andrew.Cowdrill@decc.gsi.gov.uk. Any late submissions will not be considered. Interviews, if deemed necessary, will be held on 14 January 2015 (suppliers will be notified of this by 14 January). If successful and upon contract signature, the supplier is expected to attend a kick-off meeting taking place in mid-late January. DECC reserves the right to halt the procurement process and to not award a contract. DECC will not be held liable for recovery of costs from unsuccessful bids if a contract is not awarded. All costs will be borne by the bidding organisations. If a contract is created it will be upon DECC Standard Terms and Conditions, which are available on contracts finder.

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