Learning and Skills Services – South Wales – Market Engagement 27 May 2021

Learning and Skills Services – South Wales – Market Engagement 27 May 2021

Ministry of Justice is retendering the Learning and Skills provision for HMP and YOI Parc, Bridgend South Wales.

Market Engagement – HMP and YOI Parc Learning and Skills Provision

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  • Services related to the detention or rehabilitation of criminals – 75231200
  • Education and training services – 80000000
  • Adult and other education services – 80400000

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Published date

11 May 2021

Closing date

25 May 2021

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Ministry of Justice (MoJ) is retendering the Learning and Skills provision for HMP and YOI Parc, Bridgend South Wales.

HMP & YOI Parc opened in November 1997, with a maximum capacity of 2057 individuals, though we initially intend to contract to a capacity of 1639 adult prisoner places as well as 60 places in the children’s’ unit (sometimes referred to as the young person’s unit or YPU). HMP Parc plays a fundamental part in the prison system. For the bulk of the adult population, the regime predominantly aims to prepare individuals for release and resettlement into the community through building, maintaining or improving family and community ties and providing access to local community services.

HMP and YOI Parc’s vision is “to be the best performing prison education and training facility in Wales”. Their ethos represents a commitment to supporting the learner through their sentence, understanding that learning and resettlement support extends throughout the learners offending journey and beyond into the community. This positively aligns with the strategic objectives of the Welsh Government and MoJ.

The purpose of this engagement is to secure wider market involvement in development of the learning and skills provision in HMP Parc, and to assess the level of appetite from different education providers in the delivery of such provision, as well as test with the market the potential delivery and procurement models.

The Authority plans to hold a market engagement event via MS Teams on the 27th May 2021 from 10:00 – 12:30. This will include more specific information on the learning and skills objectives and requirements.

At the Market Engagement event we will present information on specific issues e.g. payment & performance mechanism/incentivisation, procurement process, risk allocation, learning environment ownership and planned YOI changes.

Suppliers interested in participating should confirm their interest by 3pm on 25th May 2021 by email to the Prison Education commercial team at ccmd_education_retender@justice.gov.uk clearly stating HMP and YOI Parc Learning and Skills Retender in the subject line. The form of response should be limited to the provision of a single point of contact (full company name, contact name, job title, e-mail address and telephone number). The Authority will then issue invitations to all interested parties, confirming the timings and MS Teams link to the event.


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Suppliers should be able to provide a flexible curriculum within the hours available for education provision. Learning should be flexible in its use of space, time and resources to provide the best possible opportunities for both adults and children and fully embrace the key objectives of the learning and skills provision including:

– Allowing for the delivery of a ‘Whole Prison Approach’ to ensure the service provided is joined-up, streamlined and supports the integration of the industries, custody, education and health services;

– Providing prisoners with employability skills which better prepare them for employment and thereby contribute to the rehabilitative culture of HMP & YOI Parc and support the reduction of re-offending;

– Delivering high quality learning and the vision for the prison;

– Embedding Learning and Skills within the prison through a delivery model that is engaging and motivational and removes barriers to learning;


– We are keen to hear from a range of suppliers and would be interested to hear of any specific perceived barriers to participation in this market.

– What if any are the barriers to providing high quality learning and skills to both the adult and youth prison population.

– How best to manage performance to maximise the learning and skills delivery.

– We are keen to hear from all interested parties in relation to the types of data you will require in the data room to assist you in your solution development

Please note: Response to the questions above is not required until after the event.

We would we welcome your thoughts on the content of these questions above and any other areas to cover, in your return back to us requesting an invitation to the Market Engagement event.

We reserve the right to supplement and vary the conduct of the prior engagement process. Where we do this, we will act transparently and treat all suppliers who have expressed an interest equally.

Please note that the MoJ and its advisors give no warranty in respect of the accuracy, permanence or completeness of any information provided. Reliance on, or use of, any such information is entirely at the risk of the person so doing and, save in the case of fraud, under no circumstances will the MoJ or any of its advisors be liable for or accept any responsibility for any cost, expense or liability incurred by any person relying upon or using such information.


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