Community Learning and Adult Skills Services Framework

Community Learning and Adult Skills Services Framework

SOUTHAMPTON CITY COUNCIL invites applications from suitably experienced organisations for the delivery of a range of high quality Community Learning and Adult Skills Services. The Services will be provided under a multiple provider framework agreement which will be divided into two Lots.

Reference number:EC09/01/2136

Deadline date:17/11/2014

This deadline is for…PQQ Submissions

Contract value:£1,000,000 – £5,000,000

Location where the contract is to be carried out:Southampton

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:Procurement Services

Description of the contract

SOUTHAMPTON CITY COUNCIL invites applications from suitably experienced organisations for the delivery of a range of high quality Community Learning and Adult Skills Services. The Services will be provided under a multiple provider framework agreement which will be divided into two Lots. The Framework will be used to provide adult skills and community learning courses in Southampton. The Council’s current annual budget for adult skills is £113,000 and for community learning services is £260 000. Additional grant income received from the Skills Funding Agency could bring the total budget to £3,000,000 over 4 years but is not guaranteed. Applicants may bid for one or both of the Lots. The council anticipates awarding a maximum of 20 service providers to each framework. Lot 1 – Community Learning – the service will be required to provide learning opportunities across a variety of interest areas to a broad range of learners, some of whom may need to meet specific criteria. The range of learning activities required will include: ? Targeted family learning activities to increase parent skills and ability to support their child’s learning; ? Learning opportunities and support activities for people living in disadvantaged neighbourhoods; ? Innovative and accessible learning opportunities delivered directly in specified local communities; ? Neighbourhood, civil renewal and active citizenship skills, knowledge and behaviours; and ? Support for residents returning to learning, particularly at Entry and Level 1, enabling them to progress to achieve Functional Skills and Level 2/3 qualification outcomes, and helping to re-engage learners within the context of social inclusion. Lot 2 – Adult Skills Budget – the service will be required to deliver accredited courses to eligible learners. Currently the funding is being targeted at learners who are unemployed and seeking work. The service aims to fill gaps in provision within the City and to respond to local labour market needs. Service Providers will need to meet qualification requirements across all Lots within the Framework. It is anticipated that the Framework Agreement will commence in August 2015 and will be for a period of four years with possible extension of up to a further three years. Please note that the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 (TUPE) may apply. Further details will be included in the invitation to tender documentation. In the interests of efficient public procurement, the contracts will be accessible (by agreement) to other Local & Regional Authorities within Hampshire and other neighbouring counties, members of the Central Buying Consortium (CBC) as listed at http://www.cbconline.org.uk/index.htm and members of Improvement and Efficiency South East listed here http://www.southeastiep.gov.uk/homep.asp? Whilst every effort has been made to consider the full scope of the requirement the Council does not guarantee the volume of service required resulting from this tender or that it will accept any tender on completion of the tender exercise. The services will be provided under a multiple provider framework agreement which will be divided into two Lots. The Framework will be used to provide services funded by the Skills Funding Agency. Providers may bid for either of the Lots, or both of the Lots. An indicative first year budget and numbers of learners is provided against each Lot to assist potential providers in deciding whether to express an interest.

 

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Classification of the contract

80400000Adult and other education services

Additional information

Contract type:Services – Unspecified

Is it a framework agreement?Yes

Framework agreement details:setting up a framework agreement

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:84 Months

Who to contact

Contact nameChris May

Organisation nameProcurement Services

AddressOne Guildhall Square, Southampton, SO14 7FP

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How to apply

The tender process will be a two stage process with the first stage being the completion of a Pre-Qualification Questionnaire. This will allow the Council to select a shortlist of potential service providers who will be invited to tender at the second stage of the tender process. Applicants will be required to apply via the “Supply Southampton” website which can be accessed via, http://www.southampton.gov.uk/supplysouthampton where you can register your details and access the pre-qualification documentation “PQQs open to all suppliers” link. Pre-qualification questionnaires must be completed and submitted by no later than the time/date indicated in Section 10 above. Please use the messaging system within the e-tendering portal at http://www.southampton.gov.uk/supplysouthampton to raise any queries or seek any additional information. The Council undertakes to use reasonable endeavours to hold confidential any information provided in the proposal submitted, subject to the Council’s obligations under law, including the Freedom of Information Act 2000. If the applicant considers that any of the information submitted in the application should not be disclosed because of its sensitivity then this should be stated with the reason for considering it sensitive. The Council will then consider the sensitivity statement before replying to any request received under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.