Functional Skills Tender Literacy and Numeracy Education

Functional Skills Tender Literacy and Numeracy Education

The Authority has a requirement for the provision of Functional Skills Literacy and Numeracy education in support of the Infantry Training Centre Catterick.

United Kingdom-Andover: Education and training services

2014/S 064-109325

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

C&C, C&C
DES Army HQ – CC – Comrcl, ARmy HQ Marlborough Lines, IDL 437, Ramillies Bldg, Monxton Road
Contact point(s): Clive Raymer
SP11 8HJ Andover
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 1264381326
E-mail: DES-Comrcl-CC-ArmyHQ-Proc2b-D@mod.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

Ministry or any other national or federal authority, including their regional or local sub-divisions
I.3)Main activity

Defence
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:

Functional Skills Education Provision in support of the Infantry Training Centre – Catterick.
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
NUTS code UKE2
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)

Education and training services. The Authority has a requirement for the provision of Functional Skills (FS) Literacy and Numeracy education in support of the Infantry Training Centre (ITC) Catterick.
The requirement is to deliver full time course based FS leading to nationally assessed qualifications up to Entry Level 3 (EL3). Courses typically consist of 2 working weeks (9 days) of Literacy, followed immediately by 1 working week (5 days) of Numeracy. Learners are drawn from all male intakes of newly arrived Infantry recruits who have been Initially Assessed at Entry Level 2 (EL2), or at EL3 but do not hold any formal qualifications. Learners will be aged 17-33, and from all parts of the UK and those countries from which the British Army recruits (excluding Gurkhas). Class sizes are not normally expected to exceed 16 students per teacher.
The Service Provider will develop and deliver an appropriate FS programme, based on the Adult Core Curriculum in order to achieve EL3 in both subjects. The syllabus is to be contextualised to military training in conjunction with the ITC Functional Skills Development Manager.
Provision is to be inclusive for all educational abilities, including Special Educational Needs up to those with statutory assessment. FS courses are scheduled in line with ITC recruit intakes which typically start every 2-3 weeks throughout the year. Provision is to be flexible to support variable numbers of learners dependent upon the educational standards of those joining the ITC, with an anticipated throughput of no more than 400 learners per annum. There are no minimum guaranteed numbers of learners or courses per annum.
Service Provider teaching staff are to be current in practice, including evidenced Continuing Professional Development, hold a nationally recognised teaching qualification, and a minimum of a Level 4 specialist award in Literacy and/or Numeracy as appropriate to courses taught. Staff must have an in-date enhanced DBS (previously CRB) check. Teaching will take place within normal working hours for up to 50 weeks of the year (Mon-Fri 0830-1630 as required, including Bank Holidays).
All costs, unless otherwise agreed, will be met by the Service Provider through the routine draw down of funding from UK Governmental sources (Skills Funding Agency).
Provision is to be compliant with standard MOD policies for Equality and Diversity, Health and Safety, Safeguarding, Information Management, and Security.
The Service Provider will ensure the quality of teaching and learning is maintained through conduct of an appropriate Quality Assurance (QA) processes, in conjunction with Authority policies on QA (including OFSTED visits). The Service Provider is required to attend regular review meetings, collate statistics on learner achievement, and attend Authority training, induction and education programme development activities.
The Service Provider will have access to suitable teaching facilities within the ITC, including maintained classrooms. The service is required for 3 years until 31.8.2017, with an option to extend by 1 year.
To be considered to be invited to tender for this requirement economic operators must complete the Pre – Qualification Questionaire.
Advertising Regime OJEU/DCB.
Responses to all questions in Part 1 of the PQQ and section 6.1 – Funding within Part 2 are to be marked on a Pass/Fail basis. Economic Operators that are assessed as having failed any of these questions will not be invited to tender for this requirement.
Questions in Part 2 of the PQQ will be evaluated using the following scoring matrix:- 0-No Answer,1-Poor,2-Satisfactory,3-Good, 4 -Very Good, 5-Excellent. A minimum score of 2 is required against Section 11.1; 14.1; 15.1; 16.1; 17.1; 19.1; 21.1; 22.1; and a minimum score of 3 is required against 7.1; 8.1; 9.1; 10.1; 12.1; 13.1 and 20.1. Economic Operators that do not achieve theses minimum scores will not be invited to tender for this requirement.
II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

80000000

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:
II.2.2)Information about options

Options: yes
Description of these options: This is a 3 year contract with a further 1 year option (or part thereof).
II.2.3)Information about renewals
II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion

Starting 1.9.2014. Completion 31.8.2017

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:
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

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: The Authority will apply all the offences listed in Article 45(1) of Directive 2004/18/EC (implemented as Regulation 23(1) of the Public Contract Regulations (PCR) 2006 in the UK) and all of the professional misconducts listed at Article 45(2) of Directive 2004/18/EC (see also Regulation 23(2) in the PCR 2006) to the decision of whether a Candidate is eligible to be invited to tender.
A full list of the Regulation 23(1) and 23(2) criteria are at http://www.contracts.mod.uk/delta/project/reasonsForExclusion.html#dsprCandidates will be required to sign a declaration confirming whether they do or do not have any of the listed criteria as part of the pre-qualification process. For candidates who are registered overseas, you will need to declare if you have any offences/misconduct under your own countries laws, where these laws are equivalent to the Regulation 23 lists.
Candidates who have been convicted of any of the offences under Article 45(1) are ineligible and will not be selected to bid, unless there are overriding requirements in the general interest for doing so.
Candidates who are guilty of any of the offences, circumstances or misconduct under Article 45(2) may be excluded from being selected to bid at the discretion of the Authority.

III.2.2)Economic and financial ability

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: (a) Appropriate statements from banks or, where appropriate, evidence of relevant professional risk indemnity insurance.
(b) The presentation of balance-sheets or extracts from the balance-sheets, where publication of the balance-sheet is required under the law of the country in which the economic operator is established.
(c) A statement of the undertaking’s overall turnover and, where appropriate, of turnover in the area covered by the contract for a maximum of the last three financial years available, depending on the date on which the undertaking was set up or the economic operator started trading, as far as the information on these turnovers is available.
III.2.3)Technical capacity

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
(a) a list of the works carried out over the past five years, accompanied by certificates of satisfactory execution for the most important works. These certificates shall indicate the value, date and site of the works and shall specify whether they were carried out according to the rules of the trade and properly completed. Where appropriate, the competent authority shall submit these certificates to the contracting authority direct.
(b) a list of the principal deliveries effected or the main services provided in the past three years, with the sums, dates and recipients, whether public or private, involved. Evidence of delivery and services provided shall be given: – where the recipient was a contracting authority, in the form of certificates issued or countersigned by the competent authority, – where the recipient was a private purchaser, by the purchaser’s certification or, failing this, simply by a declaration by the economic operator.
(c) an indication of the technicians or technical bodies involved, whether or not belonging directly to the economic operator’s undertaking, especially those responsible for quality control and, in the case of public works contracts, those upon whom the contractor can call in order to carry out the work.
(d) A description of the technical facilities and measures used by the supplier or service provider for ensuring quality and the undertaking’s study and research facilities.
(e) Where the products or services to be supplied are complex or, exceptionally, are required for a special purpose, a check carried out by the contracting authorities or on their behalf by a competent official body of the country in which the supplier or service provider is established, subject to that body’s agreement, on the production capacities of the supplier or the technical capacity of the service provider and, if necessary, on the means of study and research which are available to it and the quality control measures it will operate.
(f) The educational and professional qualifications of the service provider or contractor and/or those of the undertaking’s managerial staff and, in particular, those of the person or persons responsible for providing the services or managing the work.
(g) For public works contracts and public services contracts, and only in appropriate cases, an indication of the environmental management measures that the economic operator will be able to apply when performing the contract.
(h) A statement of the average annual manpower of the service provider or contractor and the number of managerial staff for the last 3 years.
(i) A statement of the tools, plant or technical equipment available to the service provider or contractor for carrying out the contract.
(j) An indication of the proportion of the contract which the services provider intends possibly to subcontract.
(k) With regard to the products to be supplied: (i) samples, descriptions and/or photographs, the authenticity of which must be certified if the contracting authority so requests; (ii) certificates drawn up by official quality control institutes or agencies of recognised competence attesting the conformity of products clearly identified by references to specifications or standards.
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: yes
Reference to the relevant law, regulation or administrative provision: Qualified providers of Education services to a minimum of Level 4 specialist award in literacy and/or numeracy appropriate to the courses taught.
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

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

Envisaged minimum number 2: and maximum number 6
Objective criteria for choosing the limited number of candidates: Responses to all questions in Part 1 of the PQQ and section 6.1 – Funding within Part 2 are to be marked on a Pass/Fail basis. Economic Operators that are assessed as having failed any of these questions will not be invited to tender for this requirement.
Questions in Part 2 of the PQQ will be evaluated using the following scoring matrix:- 0-No Answer,1-Poor,2-Satisfactory,3-Good, 4 -Very Good, 5-Excellent. A minimum score of 2 is required against Section 11.1; 14.1; 15.1; 16.1; 17.1; 19.1; 21.1; and 22.1 and a minimum score of 3 is required against 7.1; 8.1; 9.1; 10.1; 12.1;13.1 and 20.1. Economic Operators that do not achieve theses minimum scores will not be invited to tender for this requirement.
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:

ARMYHQ2/00016
IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract

no
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

6.5.2014 – 16:00
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
IV.3.8)Conditions for opening of tenders

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence
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

The contracting authority considers that this contract may be suitable for economic operators that are small or medium enterprises (SMEs). However, any selection of tenderers will be based solely on the criteria set out for the procurement, and the contract will be awarded on the basis of the most economically advantageous tender.Suppliers interested in working with the Ministry of Defence should register on the MOD Supplier Information Database (SID) Register, available at www.contracts.mod.uk. The MOD SID is a database of active and potential suppliers available to all MOD and UK Defence procurement personnel, and is the main supplier database of MOD Procurement organisations. Please note: the registration and publication of a company profile on the MOD SID does not mean or imply that the supplier has in any way been vetted or approved by the MOD. Suppliers wishing to compete for advertised MOD contracts must respond to any specific call for competition by submitting a separate expression of interest in accordance with the instructions of the purchasing organisation.

From 2.4.2014 the Government is introducing its new Government Security Classifications Policy (GSC) to replace the current Government Protective Marking Scheme. A key aspect of this is the reduction in the number of security classifications used. All suppliers to the Department are encouraged to make themselves aware of the changes as it may impact on this Requirement. The link below to the Gov.uk website provides information on the new GSC.
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 http://www.contracts.mod.uk/delta. 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: RE8CHUK9N6. Please ensure you follow any instruction provided to you here.
The deadline for submitting your response(s) is 4.3.2015 16:00. Please ensure that you allow yourself plenty of time when responding to this invite 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 – support@contracts.mod.uk or call +44 8452707099.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/government-security-classifications

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

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 http://www.contracts.mod.uk.

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: RE8CHUK9N6.
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 support@contracts.mod.uk or Telephone +44 8452707099.

GO Reference: GO-2014327-DCB-5562253

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

C&C, C&C

Body responsible for mediation procedures

C&C, C&C

VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained

C&C, C&C

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:27.3.2014