Ministry of Defence Contract for Degree Engineering Apprentice Training

Ministry of Defence Contract for Degree Engineering Apprentice Training

Companies are invited to register their interest in tendering for a Standardised Contract for the provision of Degree Engineering Apprentice Training to include academic, vocational training and support.

United Kingdom-Bristol: Technical training services

2016/S 241-439311

Contract notice


Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses

Ministry of Defence, Agencies/Misc, Other
DES TECH-COMRCL-Grad2, Elm 1.c, #4135, MOD Abbey Wood
BS34 8JH
United Kingdom
Contact person: Miss K Morton
Telephone: +44 3067931551
NUTS code: UKK1
Internet 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


Degree Engineering Apprentice Training.

Reference number: DTEC/239

II.1.2)Main CPV code


II.1.3)Type of contract


II.1.4)Short description:

Companies are invited to register their interest in tendering for a Standardised Contract (SC3) for the provision of Degree Engineering Apprentice Training to include academic, vocational training and support for the Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S) Apprentices. The Degree Engineering Apprenticeship Scheme exists to train Apprentices over a five year programme involving the attainment of qualifications typical of a Degree level apprenticeship. It includes training, assessment and practical project engineering experience in a working environment assisting experienced engineers operating within the MOD Project/Delivery Teams and Technical Support Groups. The on-the-job training is predominantly based at MOD Abbet Wood, Bristol and other MOD and Defence Contractor sites around the UK.

II.1.5)Estimated total value

Value excluding VAT: 1.00 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:

The DE&S Degree Engineering Apprenticeship Scheme exists to train apprentices over a five year period involving the attainment of qualifications typical of a Degree level apprenticeship. The intention for Degree Level Apprentice Apprentices is to recruit up to 20 apprentices per annum, to be based at DE&S HQ MOD Abbey Wood, with the final intake finishing in 2024. There is also an option for further intakes in 2020 and 2021 which will complete in 2025 and 2026. The Apprentices shall be fixed term employees of the MOD.

A Contractor is required to provide a service to deliver academic and vocational training (see below for qualifications), to support and contribute towards the management of Apprentices throughout their five years of training. Key services will include the Contractor’s expert verification and moderation of apprentices’ efforts and achievements. This will include, but not be limited to, formally verifying individual Apprentice learning logs, conducting NVQ assessments, monitoring progress and providing guidance. Degree Apprentices are currently trained in accordance with the Nuclear Scientist and Nuclear Engineer standards and the Authority intends to develop new standards and expand the intake to accommodate other specialist areas, notably weapons, munitions and aerospace.

Phase 1 (Academic Year 1) — The start of an appropriate Foundation Degree in Engineering Basic Engineering Skills BTEC National Diploma Engineering (various) and National Vocational Qualification NVQ L2 Performing Engineering Operations PEO Functional skills Level 2 if required by trailblazer standards.

Phase 2 (Academic Years 2 and 3) — Completion of the Foundation Degree Development of engineering and project management skills and NVQ L4 Engineering Manufacturing.

Phase 3 (Academic Years 4 and 5) — Completion of Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering linked with defence specific specialised modules delivered by the Authority.

All apprentices shall complete Phases 1 and 2 and a decision shall then be made as to whether the Apprentice shall continue to Phase 3. Not all Apprentices may be taken forward to the degree course.

Training and tuition for the above qualifications must take place within a reasonable travelling distance of MOD Abbey Wood, Bristol. NVQ L4 assessment during Phase 2 will be conducted at Abbey Wood and other MOD or Defence Partner locations within the UK mainland.

The Contractor is to deal with all administration associated with the drawdown of any Government subsidies such as the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) funding and/or work with the Authority in the transfer to any new funding/student loan arrangements that may be imposed by future government regulations or legislation. It is not yet known how the SFA shall be applied. Potential tenderers must be registered with the Skills Funding Agency.

Other elements of the requirement include:

A costed option of a personal developments training course (previously delivered in the form of an outdoor activity week).

An element will be included for Ad Hoc Tasking to cover any additional modules, additional workshop time or additional tasks as required by the Authority’s Project Manager.

Companies from outside the Bristol area should also give thought as to how they would deliver the services required at the locations described above, All criteria are listed within the Dynamic Pre-Qualification Questionnaire attached which must be competed as part of your expression of interest.

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: 1.00 GBP

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

Start: 04/04/2017
End: 31/08/2026
This contract is subject to renewal: no

II.2.9)Information about the limits on the number of candidates to be invited

Envisaged minimum number: 3
Objective criteria for choosing the limited number of candidates:

As stated in the DPQQ.

II.2.10)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no

II.2.11)Information about options

Options: yes
Description of options:

An optional fourth and fifth intake of Apprentices, in Years 2020 and 2021, subject to business demand and contractor performance.

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

The Authority is tendering for Advanced Engineering Apprentice Training at the same time. Candidates are encouraged to apply separately for both if possible and identify any savings to be made in overall costs if the two requirements could be combined. All bids would be evaluated on their individual scores before any such advantages would be taken into consideration.

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:

Candidates must be OFSTED registered. Accredited to BS EN ISO 9001:2000. Registered with SFA. See also DPQQ.

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:

Electronic Trading: Potential suppliers must note the mandatory requirement for electronic trading using the Contracting, Purchasing and Finance (CP&F) electronic procurement tool. All payments for Contractor Deliverables under the Contract shall only be made via CP&F. You can find details on CP&F at

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

Restricted 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: 13/01/2017
Local time: 23:55
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

Tender must be valid until: 31/03/2017
IV.2.7)Conditions for opening of tenders

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: no

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 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.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.

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GO Reference: GO-2016129-DCB-9212811.

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
Telephone: +44 3067931551
VI.4.3)Review procedure

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

Ministry of Defence, Agencies/Misc, Other
United Kingdom

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:



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