Bradford Careers Information Advice and Guidance Service

Bradford Careers Information Advice and Guidance Service

The City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council.

UK-Bradford: career guidance services

2012/S 33-053551

Contract notice


Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

The City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council
Department of Children’s Services, EET (Education, Employment and Training) Team, 1st Floor, Future House, Bolling Road
For the attention of: Kathryn loftus
BD4 7EB Bradford
Telephone: +44 1274436833

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority:

Address of the buyer profile:

Further information can be obtained from: Bradford Metropolitan District Council

Specifications and additional documents (including documents for competitive dialogue and a dynamic purchasing system) can be obtained from: Bradford Metropolitan District Council

Tenders or requests to participate must be sent to: Bradford Metropolitan District Council

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.1.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:

Bradford Careers Information, Advice and Guidance Service.
II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance

Service category No 22: Personnel placement and supply services
Main site or location of works, place of delivery or of performance: Bradford District.
NUTS code UKE41

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

The notice involves a public contract
II.1.4)Information on framework agreement
II.1.5)Short description of the contract or purchase(s)

The City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council (the Council) is seeking a suitably experienced and qualified supplier to to provide a Careers Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) Service that fulfils requirements of The Education Act 2011, which inserts a new duty, section 42A, into Part VII of the Education Act 1997, requiring schools to secure access to independent careers guidance for pupils.
The CEIAG service will be provided to those schools and FE colleges that have chosen to participate in these arrangements. Currently this stands at 22 schools and 3 FE colleges. The contract is also to meet the requirements under section 68(1) of the Education and Skills Act (2008) for Local Authorities to make available such services as it considers appropriate to encourage, enable or assist the effective participation of young people and relevant young adults in education or training. This covers all 13-19 year olds and those aged 20 and over but under 25 with an assessment of a learning difficulty and/or disability under section 139a of the Learning and Skills Act 2000.
NEET young people assessed as requiring intensive support will be supported by the local authority youth service and will not be within the scope of this contract.
The contract will run from September 2012 for a period of 3 year with the option to extend by a further 2 x one year periods subject to the Council’s discretion. The figures quoted are indicative only as the Council can not guarantee future levels of need against this requirement.
Further details of the requirements will be specified within the tender documents which are available via the regional tendering website The details of how to access these are contained within section VI.3 of this contract notice and any queries regarding this procurement should be made only after reading these documents.

The requirements of this contract are considered to be a part B service and are being advertised on a voluntary basis.

II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)


II.1.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): yes

This contract is divided into lots: no
II.1.9)Information about variants
II.2)Quantity or scope of the contract
II.2.1)Total quantity or scope:
II.2.2)Information about options
II.2.3)Information about renewals
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:

A group guarantee will be required where applicable.
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:

Joint & several liability.
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: Organisations will be required to complete a Pre Qualification Questionnaire (PQQ) document. This is available from the e-tendering website used by the Council at together with other information which provides more explanation of the Council’s requirements along with instructions for completion and return of the PQQ prior to the closing date of the PQQ.

III.2.2)Economic and financial ability

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: As detailed in the PQQ documents.
III.2.3)Technical capacity

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
As detailed in the PQQ 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

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

Envisaged minimum number 5: and maximum number 10
Objective criteria for choosing the limited number of candidates: Assessment of economic and financial standing and technical ability on the basis of the responses to the PQQ.
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:

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

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

1.3.2012 – 17:00
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

IV.3.7)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender
IV.3.8)Conditions for opening 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

This contract is being advertised on a voluntary basis as the subject of the contract is considered to be services that fall within the scope of category 22 which is a part B services category as listed in schedule three of the Public Contracts Regulations 2006 (SI2006/5) (as amended) and Annex IIb of EC Directive 2004/18/EU.
The City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council reserves the right to use e-procurement technologies, including e-tendering in this procurement exercise. Interested bidders should be prepared to submit responses and bids using the internet.
Therefore the tender documents are to be downloaded from the Bulletin Board on using the following search criteria:

Keyword or contract ID: BMDC/25207.
Current / awarded: current.
Display tenders: all.
Council: Bradford Metropolitan District.
Matching categories: all.
And completed and returned following the instructions provided in the documents.
Although documents will be available for download up to the closing time and date for submissions, it is the bidders responsibility to ensure that they download the documents in ample time to ensure that they can be completed and returned, along with all supporting documentation called for, prior to the closing time and date of this stage of the process.
If this is your first time using the system, please refer to the online user guide, available under the Help tab, to assist you to register and download the document(s). To access Bradford MDC documentation, you must register for Bradford MDC under the “councils” tab. If you require any assistance with the website, please contact the SCMS help desk on +44 1132474001 or email:

VI.4)Procedures for appeal
VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures

See VI.4.2 below

VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals

Precise information on deadline(s) for lodging appeals: The City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council will incorporate a voluntary minimum ten calendar day standstill period at the point information on the award of the contract is communicated to tenderers. This period allows unsuccessful tenderers to seek further debriefing from the contracting authority before the contract is entered into and to start proceedings where such action is necessary. Such additional information should be requested from the person stated in the contact details in section I.1 of this document.
If an appeal regarding the award of a contract has not been successfully resolved the Public Contracts Regulations 2006 (SI 2006/5 (as amended)) provide for aggrieved parties who have been harmed or at risk of harm by a breach of the rules to take action in the High Court (England, Wales and Northern Ireland). Any such action must be brought promptly and within the time limits as defined in the above regulations. Where a contract has not been entered into the court may order the setting aside of the award decision or order the contracting authority to amend any document and may award damages. If the contract has been entered into the court has the options to award damages and/or to shorten or order the contract ineffective.
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained

See VI.4.2 above

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:14.2.2012