Knowledge Transfer Programme Associate Training

Knowledge Transfer Programme Associate Training

To secure the services of a highly professional and service orientated training supplier to deliver high quality learning experiences for participants in the KTP programme.

United Kingdom-Swindon: Training services

2019/S 223-547214

Contract notice


Legal Basis:

Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses

Official name: United Kingdom Research and Innovation (UKRI)
Town: Swindon
NUTS code: UKK14
Postal code: SN2 1FL
Country: United Kingdom
Contact person: Professional Services
Internet address(es):Main address:

I.2)Information about joint procurement

The contract is awarded by a central purchasing body


The procurement documents are available for unrestricted and full direct access, free of charge, at:
Additional information can be obtained from another address:
Official name: UK Shared Business Services
Town: Swindon
NUTS code: UKK14
Country: United Kingdom
E-mail: address(es):Main address:

Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted electronically via:

I.4)Type of the contracting authority

Body governed by public law

I.5)Main activity

Other activity: Research Councils

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement


Knowledge Transfer Programme Associate Training

Reference number: CS19116

II.1.2)Main CPV code


II.1.3)Type of contract


II.1.4)Short description:

Scope of the requirement

To secure the services of a highly professional and service orientated training supplier to deliver high quality learning experiences for participants in the KTP programme. The KTP programme seeks to demonstrate the delivery of value for money for all our funding partners.

The key objective of the provision of the training package for KTP Associates is to facilitate the development of an appropriate level of management and leadership skills to help Associates deliver successful KTP projects.

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II.1.5)Estimated total value

Value excluding VAT: 3 000 000.00 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: UK
Main site or place of performance:

UK Nationwide.

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) is an Innovate UK led government-funded programme which aims to enable businesses to access the technology, knowledge and skills which are available in UK universities, colleges and research and technology organisations, to undertake collaborative projects for the strategic development of the business. More information can be found at and

KTPs involve the formation of a partnership between the business enterprise and an academic institution, with the collaborative project delivered by one or more recently qualified individuals (KTP Associates), transferring the required skills and expertise from academia into the business. KTP projects are partly grant funded by Innovate UK or one of its funding partners and SMEs are expected to contribute a third of the project costs, while for a large organisation, it would be around half.

The KTP programme is broadly based and therefore encompasses a wide range of businesses and organisations, a wide variety of project needs and a wide spectrum of Associate backgrounds, in terms of academic disciplines and experience. Content of the training provision needs to accommodate the needs of a broad base of KTP projects and Associates. The core training package must cover at least the following:

A. Business Management Skills development;

B. Leadership and Innovation skills;

C. Personal Skills development.

KTP expects the supplier to undertake research into the KTP programme and the key role that the associate plays and develop an appropriate curriculum around the ‘core’ elements. Once appointed the KTP programme will support the supplier in fine tuning the programme to ensure that it fully meets the programme’s needs. Through the evaluation process and continual improvement, if a topic is not well received, then it can be revised or replaced in consultation with the contracting authority.

The appointed contractor must also be able to provide:

— a blended learning approach including elements of residential training,

— management of ‘onboarding’ participants to the training programme, whilst UKRI will provide the names of the associate the supplier will be required to manage the seamless onboarding of the associates onto the training sessions in alignment with their proposed methodology for delivery,

— detailed programme evaluation reports delivered quarterly, with annual summary,

— a high-quality venue that provides a unique experience, the venue should be close to good rail, road and air links as participants will be travelling from all parts of the UK,

— all meals and accommodation for the attendees,

— all materials needed to deliver the course(s),

— a strategy to support those working flexibly,

— where a supplier is providing training that enables associates to develop and gain additional qualifications as part of the package this should be detailed in the response.

All submissions will be assessed in accordance with the Public Contracts Regulations 2015, for procurement values that exceed Regulation 5 (Threshold amounts). This procurement will be managed electronically via the eSourcing portal Delta.

The contracting authority shall utilise the Delta eSourcing Procurement Tool available at to conduct this procurement. All enquiries with respect to problems or functionality within the tool may be submitted to Delta eSourcing on 0845 270 7050. Please utilise the messaging system within the e-sourcing tool at the above link. Please note this is a free self-registration website and this can be done by completing the online questionnaire at

II.2.5)Award criteria

Criteria below
Quality criterion – Name: Quality / Weighting: 70
Quality criterion – Name: Interview / Weighting: 10
Price – Weighting: 20

II.2.6)Estimated value

Value excluding VAT: 3 000 000.00 GBP

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

Start: 03/03/2020
End: 02/03/2023
This contract is subject to renewal: yes
Description of renewals:

1 + 1.

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

If the contracting authority decides to enter into a contract with the successful supplier, this does not mean that there is any guarantee of subsequent contracts being awarded.

Any expenditure, work or effort undertaken prior to contract award is accordingly a matter solely for the commercial judgement of Bidders.

See Section I.3) for access to procurement documentation.

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

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:
III.2.3)Information about staff responsible for the performance of 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: 23/12/2019
Local time: 13:00
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: 23/12/2019
Local time: 14:00


Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: no
VI.2)Information about electronic workflows

VI.3)Additional information:

UK SBS is managing this procurement process in accordance with the Public Contracts Regulations 2015(as may be amended from time to time) (the ‘Regulations’).

The contracting authority expressly reserves the right:

(i) not to award any contract as a result of the procurement process commenced by publication of this notice; and

(ii) to make whatever change it may see fit to the content and structure of the procurement and in no circumstances will the contracting authority be liable for any costs incurred by any supplier.

VI.4)Procedures for review

VI.4.1)Review body

Official name: UK Shared Business Services Ltd
Town: Swindon
Postal code: SN2 1FL
Country: United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1793867005Internet address:

VI.4.2)Body responsible for mediation procedures

Official name: UK Shared Business Services Ltd
Town: Swindon
Postal code: SN2 1FL
Country: United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1793867005Internet address:
VI.4.3)Review procedure

VI.4.4)Service from which information about the review procedure may be obtained

Official name: UK Shared Business Services Ltd
Town: Swindon
Postal code: SN2 1FL
Country: United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1793867005Internet address:

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: