Apprenticeships Tender Norfolk

Apprenticeships Tender Norfolk

Norfolk County Council wishes to enter into contracts with apprenticeship providers to create 400 new apprenticeships in Small and Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs) with no more than 250 employees, for a targeted group of 16-24 year olds resident in Norfolk.
UK-Norwich: vocational training services.

2012/S 87-143142

Contract notice

Services
Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority
I.1)Name, addresses and contact point(s)

Norfolk County Council
Room 701, County Hall, Martineau Lane
For the attention of: Mrs Claire Dawson
NR1 2DH Norwich
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 1603223945
E-mail: sourcingteam@norfolk.gov.uk

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority: www.norfolk.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
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:
NCCT40072 Apprenticeships.
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: Norfolk, UK.

NUTS code UKH13
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
Framework agreement with several operators
maximum number of participants to the framework agreement envisaged: 4

Duration of the framework agreement
Duration in years: 4
II.1.5)Short description of the contract or purchase(s)
Norfolk County Council wishes to enter into contracts with apprenticeship providers to create 400 new apprenticeships in Small and Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs) with no more than 250 employees, for a targeted group of 16-24 year olds resident in Norfolk.
The chosen providers will secure eligible employers to move young people into apprenticeships across Norfolk and contribute to an increase in the number of available Apprenticeship frameworks in accordance with the specification as outlined in the Invitation to Tender together with the documents making up the Contract. These apprenticeships should be delivered across the whole county and reflect the rural nature of the county in terms of distribution. We welcome consortium bids which reflect providers with different specialisms working together to provide support to the target groups identified in the tender documents.
Additionally providers will develop, in partnership with Norfolk County Council, a robust programme of pre-apprenticeship support with clear pathways into an apprenticeship for young people who are not yet ready to access apprenticeships.
Apprenticeship providers must hold current contracts with the Skills Funding Agency.
II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

80530000 – EA03 – EA08, 80531000 – EA03 – EA08, 80521000 – EA08 – EA03, 80540000 – EA08 – EA03, 80561000 – EA08 – EA03, 79632000 – EA08 – EA03
II.1.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): no
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:
Period of contract is for 2 years and at the Council’s discretion an additional 2 years, subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funding.
II.2.2)Information about options
Options: no
II.2.3)Information about renewals
This contract is subject to renewal: no
II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information
III.1)Conditions relating to the contract
III.1.1)Deposits and guarantees required:
III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:
III.1.3)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:
The Council recognises that Applicants may wish to work together to bid for and, if successful, deliver the contract. However, the Council will only contract with a single organisation, which must take contractual responsibility for all aspects of service delivery. This may be either: (i) a prime contractor, which may use sub-contractors to deliver aspects of the service; or (ii) an entity formed especially to contract for and deliver the service. In the latter case, the entity may be formed after contract award. The Council will require appropriate financial and performance guarantees from the entity’s parent organisations.
III.1.4)Other particular conditions
The performance of the contract is subject to particular conditions: no
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: Please refer to the Invitation to Tender and associated documents.
III.2.2)Economic and financial ability
Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: Please refer to the Invitation to Tender and associated documents.
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required: Please refer to the Invitation to Tender and associated documents.
III.2.3)Technical capacity
Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
Please refer to the Invitation to Tender and associated documents.
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required:
Please refer to the Invitation to Tender and associated documents.
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
Legal persons should indicate the names and professional qualifications of the staff responsible for the execution of the service: no

Section IV: Procedure
IV.1)Type of procedure
IV.1.1)Type of procedure
Open
IV.1.2)Limitations on the number of operators who will be invited to tender or to participate
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:
NCCT40072 Apprenticeships
IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract
no
IV.3.3)Conditions for obtaining specifications and additional documents or descriptive document
Payable documents: no
IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate
13.6.2012 – 14:00
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
in days: 90 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)
IV.3.8)Conditions for opening tenders
Persons authorised to be present at the opening of tenders: yes
Additional information about authorised persons and opening procedure: The Head of Democratic Services for Norfolk County Council.

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
This is a procurement for services specified in Part B of Schedule 3 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2006 (“Part B services”). Accordingly, and notwithstanding the advertising of this procurement exercise in the Official Journal, the Public Contracts Regulations 2006 (as amended) only apply in part. The procurement exercise will be conducted in accordance with the information contained in the Invitation to Tender and associated documents.
The Authority has voluntarily advertised this procurement exercise in the Official Journal solely in order to reach as wide an audience as possible. The Authority has been constrained by the forms used by the Publications Office to describe the procurement procedure as “Open”. This will be a single stage procurement process, but the Authority does not bind itself to conduct the procurement process in accordance with the Open procedure, as described in the Regulations, nor to abide by any other part of the Regulations which does not expressly apply to procurements for Part B services.
Tenderers’ attention is drawn to section 11 of the Invitation to Tender: the instructions therein must be followed precisely.
VI.4)Procedures for appeal
VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures
VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals
Precise information on deadline(s) for lodging appeals: Norfolk County Council will incorporate a voluntary standstill period at the point information on the proposed award of the contract is communicated to tenderers. 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 in to. Aggrieved parties who have been harmed or are at risk of harm by a breach of the Council’s obligations can take action in the High Court (England, Wales and Northern Ireland).
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained
VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:
2.5.2012