Employment Services Wirral – Narrow the Gap

Employment Services Wirral – Narrow the Gap

This programme is aimed at young people aged 17 who have recently left A Level provision or are at risk of leaving provision, and who have an interest in progressing in to a full time Level 3 apprenticeship.

United Kingdom-Birkenhead: Education and training services

2014/S 174-307830

Contract notice


Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

Wirral Borough Council
Corporate Procurement, Municipal Building, Cleveland Street
CH41 6BU Birkenhead

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:

Narrow the Gap.

II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance

Service category No 24: Education and vocational education services
Main site or location of works, place of delivery or of performance: Within Wirral.

NUTS code UKD5

II.1.3)Information about a public contract, a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system (DPS)
II.1.4)Information on framework agreement

II.1.5)Short description of the contract or purchase(s)

Wirral Council’s 14-19 service are looking for a partner to design and deliver the Narrowing the Gap Programme, which is a programme aimed at young, This programme is aimed at young people aged 17 who have recently left A Level provision or are at risk of leaving provision, and who have an interest in progressing in to a full time Level 3 apprenticeship.
National and Local figures indicate that the gap between Level 2 achievement and Level 3 is widening. Historically there is also evidence that suggests that 16 and 17 year olds are more at risk of becoming NEET. Year on year we have seen a trend concerning a particular cohort of young people who commence “A” Level courses only to drop out of further education after a few months, realising that FE wasn’t the right decision for them and leaving them with limited options as to what to do next. There is also a reduction nationally in the number of apprenticeship starts for 16-19 year olds. This has seen a steady decrease of 26 % over the past 3 years for this age group as employers are opting to recruit older members of staff stating that many young people are not work ready, often the older age range have better employability skills and therefore are more employable.
Other challenges faced by Wirral LAC may include:
— Lack of employability skills
— Knowledge of apprenticeships
— Knowledge of the local labour market
— Lack of resilience skills
— Non work ready attitude
— Lack of practical/life skills.

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

Variants will be accepted: no
II.2)Quantity or scope of the contract

II.2.1)Total quantity or scope:

This is a 2 year contract however it is dependent on future funding allocation.
Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 94 500 and 200 000 GBP

II.2.2)Information about options

Options: no
II.2.3)Information about renewals

II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion

Duration in months: 24 (from the award of the contract)

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 reserves the right to require groupings of service providers to take a particular legal form or to require a single service provider to take primary liability or to require each party to undertake joint and several liability, if relevant. Further details will be set out in the tender documents.
III.1.4)Other particular conditions
III.2)Conditions for participation
III.2.1)Personal situation of economic operators, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers
III.2.2)Economic and financial ability
III.2.3)Technical capacity
III.2.4)Information about reserved contracts
III.3)Conditions specific to services contracts
III.3.1)Information about a particular profession
III.3.2)Staff responsible for the execution of the service

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
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

22.10.2014 – 12:00
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 of tenders

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence
VI.2)Information about European Union funds

VI.3)Additional information

Further information relating to this contract can be downloaded from “The Chest” www.the-chest.org.uk.

To take part in any tender exercise and to express an interest in a contract opportunity, you must register on The Chest and Express your Interest (please do not contact officers directly as you will be re-directed to register your interest on The Chest).

On the Opportunities portal home page there is an option to “Register Free” in the top right hand corner of thescreen. If your organisation is already a registered user, you should read the supplier guides available on The Chest. To express your interest in this contract, log on to The Chest and go to “Search Latest Opportunities”. All questions relating to this tender must be raised via the Chest. If you experience any technical problems using The Chest, please email nwsupport@due-north.com or telephone: +44 8452930459. ‘ Tenderers are advised to read the ‘Instructions to Tenderers’ document before completing their submission.

VI.4)Procedures for appeal
VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures
VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: