Defence Commercial Higher Apprenticeship Training Programme

Defence Commercial Higher Apprenticeship Training Programme

Contract for the provision of academic, vocational training and support for the Defence Commercial Apprenticeship Programme.

United Kingdom-Bristol: Specialist training services

2017/S 098-194009

Contract notice


Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses

Ministry of Defence, Agencies/Misc, Other
Elm 1c #4135, Abbey Wood
BS34 8JH
United Kingdom
Contact person: Chelcie Brewer
Telephone: +44 3067989507
NUTS code: UKK1Internet address(es):Main address:

I.2)Joint procurement


The procurement documents are available for unrestricted and full direct access, free of charge, at:
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted to the abovementioned address

I.4)Type of the contracting authority

Ministry or any other national or federal authority, including their regional or local subdivisions

I.5)Main activity


Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement


Defence Commercial Higher Apprenticeship (Level 4) Training Programme.

Reference number: DTEC/277

II.1.2)Main CPV code


II.1.3)Type of contract


II.1.4)Short description:

Companies are invited to tender for a Contract for the provision of academic, vocational training and support for the Defence Commercial Apprenticeship Programme based at DE&S, MOD Abbey Wood, Filton, Bristol.

II.1.5)Estimated total value

Value excluding VAT: 135 000.00 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: UKK1
Main site or place of performance:

Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Bristol/Bath area.

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

Companies are invited to tender for a Contract for the provision of academic, vocational training and support for the Defence Commercial Apprenticeship Programme based at DE&S, MOD Abbey Wood, Filton, Bristol.


The Defence Commercial Apprenticeship Programme (DCAP) exists to train apprentices over an 18-20 month programme involving the attainment of qualifications typical of a Public Sector Commercial Level 4 apprenticeship aligned to the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS). It includes training, assessment and multiple department placements in a working environment assisting experienced commercial officers operating within MOD Project / Delivery Teams and Operating Centres. The on the job training is predominantly based at MoD Abbey Wood, Bristol.

For 2017 the intention is to recruit up to 15 apprentices and to be based at DE&S HQ Abbey Wood. The Apprentices shall be limited term employees of the MOD, DE&S.

Description of Work.

A Contractor is required to provide a service to deliver academic and vocational training (see below for specific qualifications), to support and contribute towards the management of Apprentices throughout their 18-20 month period of training. Key services will include the Contractor’s expert verification and moderation of apprentices training efforts and achievements. This will include but not be limited to formally verifying individual Apprentice learning logs, conducting in-year and end-point assessments, monitoring progress and providing guidance.

The contractor will be expected to work with the authority to adopt the new.

Pulic Sector Commercial Professional Standard Level 4 which comprises, but is not limited to:

CIPS Diploma in Procurement and Supply Operations (Level 4).

Training and tuition for the above qualification must take place within a 5 mile radius of MOD Abbey Wood, Filton, Bristol whether in temporary or permanent facilities. End-point assessments will be conducted at Abbey Wood, where practicable.

The contractor is to deal with all of the administration associated with the draw down of any Government subsidies such as the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) Government Levy funding. And/or Work with the authority in the transfer to any new funding arrangements that may be imposed by future government regulation or legislation.


The Contract duration is expected to be from July 2017 until 31.7.2019.


Firm prices are sought for all work under the Contract. Companies wishing to tender should be aware that it is anticipated that the programme can be delivered within the (SFA) maximum core government contribution for it’s banding.


The criteria includes, but is not limited to: SFA/ROATP registered training provider, focus on Apprentice development, provision of suitable academic & vocational training, familiarity in changes/updates in CIPS and academic curricula, flexibility of approach, ratio of staff to apprentices and overall value for money. Companies from outside the Bristol area should also describe how they would deliver the services required at the locations described above.

The competition is being conducted under the PCR 2015 Open Procedure. Bidders must respond directly to this Invitation to Tender as published on contracts finder website. There will be no further release of any ITT. Tenderers must note that this CN is the single source of information & they must complete the online SAQ with this CN, download the published ITT schedules from CONTRACTS FINDER & complete & submit postal tenders through the MOD Abbey Wood Tender Board by the due date/time. All required information is given in this documentation.

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: 135 000.00 GBP

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

Start: 07/07/2017
End: 31/07/2019
This contract is subject to renewal: yes
Description of renewals:


II.2.10)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no

II.2.11)Information about options

Options: no
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

List and brief description of conditions:

Current OFSTED Report, Skills Funding Agency/ROATP registered.

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.1.5)Information about reserved contracts
III.2)Conditions related to the contract
III.2.1)Information about a particular profession

III.2.2)Contract performance conditions:

Potential suppliers must note the mandatory requirement for electronic trading using Contracting Purchasing & Finance electronic procurement tool.All payments for contractor deliverables under the contract shall only be made via CP&F. You can find details at . Until notified otherwise this will be the payment mechanism.

III.2.3)Information about staff responsible for the performance of the contract

Obligation to indicate the names and professional qualifications of the staff assigned to performing the contract

Section IV: Procedure


IV.1.1)Type of procedure

Open procedure
IV.1.3)Information about a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system
IV.1.4)Information about reduction of the number of solutions or tenders during negotiation or dialogue
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: 27/06/2017
Local time: 10:00
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: 3 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)

IV.2.7)Conditions for opening of tenders

Date: 27/06/2017
Local time: 10:00

The Tender Board, Commercial Project Enabling Team, Defence Equipment & Support, The Central Gatehouse/VCP, MOD Abbey Wood South, Bristol, BS34 8JH.

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

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


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:

The Authority reserves the right to amend any condition related to security of information to reflect any changes in national law or government policy. If any contract documents are accompanied by instructions on safeguarding classified information (e.g. a Security Aspects Letter), the Authority reserves the right to amend the terms of these instructions to reflect any changes in national law or government policy, whether in respect of the applicable protective marking scheme, specific protective markings given, the aspects to which any protective marking applies, or otherwise. The link below to the website provides information on the Government Security Classification.

Advertising Regime OJEU:- This contract opportunity is published in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU),the MoD Defence Contracts Bulletin and

Suppliers must read through this set of instructions and follow the process to respond to this opportunity.

The information and/or documents for this opportunity are available on

You must register on this site to respond, if you are already registered you will not need to register again, simply use your existing username and password. Please note there is a password reminder link on the homepage.

Suppliers must log in, go to your Response Manager and add the following Access Code: 5F33Y6X862.

Please ensure you follow any instruction provided to you here.

The deadline for submitting your response(s) is detailed within this contract notice, you will also have visibility of the deadline date, once you have added the Access code via DCO as the opening and closing date is visible within the opportunity.

Please ensure that you allow yourself plenty of time when responding to this opportunity prior to the closing date and time, especially if you have been asked to upload documents.

If you experience any difficulties please refer to the online Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) or the User Guides or contact the MOD DCO Helpdesk by emailing or Telephone 0800 282 324.

GO Reference: GO-2017519-DCB-10242076.

VI.4)Procedures for review

VI.4.1)Review body

Ministry of Defence, Agencies/Misc, Other
United Kingdom

VI.4.2)Body responsible for mediation procedures

Ministry of Defence, Agencies/Misc, Other
Abbey Wood
BS34 8JH
United Kingdom
VI.4.3)Review procedure
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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