Modern Apprenticeships Tender – Scotland

Modern Apprenticeships Tender – Scotland

Skills Development Scotland, on behalf of Scottish Government invites bids to deliver Modern Apprenticeship services for starts for year 2021-22, plus optional two 1 year extensions for 2022-23 and 2023-24.

United Kingdom-Glasgow: Education and training services

2020/S 202-492265

Social and other specific services – public contracts

Contract notice

Services

Legal Basis:

Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses

Official name: Skills Development Scotland Co. Ltd
Postal address: Monteith House, First Floor, 11 George Square
Town: Glasgow
NUTS code: UKM SCOTLAND
Postal code: G2 1DY
Country: United Kingdom
E-mail: Procurement@sds.co.uk
Telephone: +44 412256710
Internet address(es):
Main address: www.skillsdevelopmentscotland.co.uk
Address of the buyer profile: https://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/search/Search_AuthProfile.aspx?ID=AA12862

I.3)Communication

Additional information can be obtained from another address:
Official name: Skills Development Scotland via Public Contracts Scotland
Postal address: www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.,uk
Town: Glasgow
NUTS code: UK UNITED KINGDOM
Postal code: G2 1DY
Country: United Kingdom
E-mail: support@publiccontractsscotland.go.uk
Telephone: +44 8002229003
Internet address(es):
Main address: https://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted electronically via: https://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk

I.4)Type of the contracting authority

Other type: Non Departmental Public Body

I.5)Main activity

Education

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement

II.1.1)Title:

Modern Apprenticeships 2021-22 — Training Provider and Employer

 

Reference number: P20-032

II.1.2)Main CPV code

80000000 Education and training services

II.1.3)Type of contract

Services

II.1.4)Short description:

 

Skills Development Scotland, on behalf of Scottish Government invites bids to deliver Modern Apprenticeship (MA) services for starts for year 2021-22, plus optional two 1 year extensions for 2022-23 and 2023-24, at SDS discretion. Such services will continue to be delivered for the duration of the apprenticeship (in-training). The dual purpose of the MA Programme is to support individuals to learn while in work; and economic growth across Scotland. MAs are a joint investment between employers/public funding. Employers invest through wage costs and on-going support and public funding contributes towards the costs or training. There are 4 Lots available to bid for:

Lot 1 Providers Lowlands and Uplands;

Lot 2 Providers Highlands and Islands;

Lot 3 Providers South of Scotland;

Lot 4 Employers.

Please note the value of GBP 243 million is an indicative value based on annual value of GBP 81 million. The GBP 243 million is only if the optional 2 + 1 year extensions is requested at SDS discretion.

 

II.1.5)Estimated total value

Value excluding VAT: 243 000 000.00 GBP

II.1.6)Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: yes
II.2)Description

II.2.1)Title:

Lot 1 — MA Services — Provider — Highlands and Islands

 

Lot No: 1

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

80000000 Education and training services
80400000 Adult and other education services
80500000 Training services

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UKM SCOTLAND

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

SDS is inviting bids from providers for MA starts for the duration of 12 months from 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2022. MAs already in training shall continue for the duration of the individual’s apprenticeship.

 

II.2.6)Estimated value

Value excluding VAT: 24 600 000.00 GBP

II.2.7)Duration of the contract or the framework agreement

Duration in months: 36

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

Bidders cannot bid for Lots 1-3 and Lot 4. Bids will only be accepted for a Provider (Lots 1-3) or an Employer Lot (Lot 4).

 

II.2)Description

II.2.1)Title:

Lot 2 — MA Services — Provider — Lowlands and Uplands

 

Lot No: 2

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

80000000 Education and training services
80400000 Adult and other education services
80500000 Training services

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UKM SCOTLAND

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

SDS is inviting bids from Providers for MA starts for the duration of 12 months from 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2022. MAs already in training shall continue for the duration of the individual’s apprenticeship.

 

II.2.6)Estimated value

Value excluding VAT: 196 200 000.00 GBP

II.2.7)Duration of the contract or the framework agreement

Duration in months: 36

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

Bidders cannot bid for Lots 1-3 and Lot 4. Bids will only be accepted for a Provider (Lots 1-3) or an Employer Lot (Lot 4).

 

II.2)Description

II.2.1)Title:

Lot 3 — MA Services — Provider — South of Scotland

 

Lot No: 3

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

80000000 Education and training services
80400000 Adult and other education services
80500000 Training services

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UKM SCOTLAND

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

SDS is inviting bids from Providers for MA starts for the duration of 12 months from 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2022. MAs already in training shall continue for the duration of the individual’s apprenticeship.

 

II.2.6)Estimated value

Value excluding VAT: 8 700 000.00 GBP

II.2.7)Duration of the contract or the framework agreement

Duration in months: 36

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

Bidders cannot bid for Lots 1-3 and Lot 4. Bids will only be accepted for a Provider (Lots 1-3) or an Employer Lot (Lot 4).

 

II.2)Description

II.2.1)Title:

Lot 4 — MA Services — Employer

 

Lot No: 4

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

80000000 Education and training services
80400000 Adult and other education services
80500000 Training services

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UKM SCOTLAND

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

SDS is inviting bids from Providers for MA starts for the duration of 12 months from 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2022. MAs already in training shall continue for the duration of the individual’s apprenticeship.

 

II.2.6)Estimated value

Value excluding VAT: 13 500 000.00 GBP

II.2.7)Duration of the contract or the framework agreement

Duration in months: 36

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

Bidders cannot bid for Lots 1-3 and Lot 4. Bids will only be accepted for a Provider (Lots 1-3) or an Employer Lot (Lot 4).

 

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions for participation

III.1.4)Objective rules and criteria for participation

List and brief description of rules and criteria:

 

Suitability Criteria is not applicable for the procurement exercise.

It is a requirement of this contract that bidders hold, or can commit to obtain prior to the commence of any subsequently awarded contract, the types and levels of insurance indicated below:

Employer’s (compulsory) liability insurance = GBP 5 000 000

Public liability insurance = GBP 1 000 000.

It is mandatory that you provide evidence of managing 2 contracts which provide evidence of your experience in delivering the same/ similar services to that described in Instructions to Tenderers If you cannot provide the required 2 examples then your submission will be a fail and therefore excluded.

Quality assurance — Q1 and Q2 are pass/fail and Q3a and 3b are scored pass/fail, you must obtain a score of 2 or more to pass.

Environmental standards — not applicable for this procurement as a Selection Criteria.

 

III.2)Conditions related to the contract

III.2.2)Contract performance conditions:

 

Bidders shall be required to pass the following pass/fail questions contained within the ITT Response Doc Part 1. All bids who pass Part 1 will be taken forward to Part 2 and their submission evaluated.

Section 5 — Exclusion Grounds

Section 6 — Policies – Insurance

Section 7 — Equal Opportunities

Section 8 — Health and Safety

Section 9 — Conflict of Interest

Section 10 — Quality Assurance

Section 11 — Contract Examples — Two per bidder.

 

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)Description

IV.1.1)Form of procedure

Open procedure
IV.1.3)Information about framework agreement
IV.1.10)Identification of the national rules applicable to the procedure:

IV.1.11)Main features of the award procedure:

The scope of services to be provided under this contract falls within the definition of social and other specific services in Schedule 3 to the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (‘the Regulations’) and therefore the procurement process shall in accordance with Regulation 74 of the Regulation be subject to the requirement of Section 7 of the Regulations. By virtue of regulation 76(3) of the regulations, bidders in any of the situations listed in regulation 58 of the Regulation may be excluded.

 

IV.2)Administrative information

IV.2.2)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate / Time limit for receipt of expressions of interest

Date: 16/11/2020
Local time: 12:00

IV.2.4)Languages in which tenders or requests to participate may be submitted:

English

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.2)Information about electronic workflows

Electronic payment will be used

VI.3)Additional information:

 

Part 2 Award Criteria: Delivery 70 %, Equality, Diversion and Inclusion 15 % and Fair Work Practice 15 %

Award scoring methodology will be used for each of the award criteria of 0-3 (Sect 1 and 2) or 0-4 (Sect 3) as stated in the ITT document.

SDS in allocating volumes will take into account the bids received and the priorities for the programme and may allocate to the estimated value specified or less, as appropriate.

Fair Work Practices — SDS is committed to the delivery of high quality public services, and recognises that this is critically dependent on a workforce that is well-motivated, well led, has appropriate opportunities for training and skills development and is engaged in decision making. These factors are also important for workforce recruitment and retention, and thus continuity of service.

Note: to register your interest in this notice and obtain any additional information please visit the Public Contracts Scotland Web Site at https://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/Search/Search_Switch.aspx?ID=601696

The buyer has indicated that it will accept electronic responses to this notice via the Postbox facility. A user guide is available at https://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/sitehelp/help_guides.aspx

Suppliers are advised to allow adequate time for uploading documents and to dispatch the electronic response well in advance of the closing time to avoid any last minute problems.

The contracting authority does not intend to include a sub-contract clause as part of community benefits (as per Section 25 of the Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2014) in this contract for the following reason:

Sub-contracting is not specified but will occur as indicated as being required to deliver the training services by the bidders.

The contracting authority does not intend to include any community benefit requirements in this contract for the following reason:

Community Benefits was considered, however, even though aggregated value is over GBP 4 million, each individual contract will be lower than GBP 4 million

(SC Ref:601696)

Note: to register your interest in this notice and obtain any additional information please visit the Public Contracts Scotland Web Site at https://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/Search/Search_Switch.aspx?ID=633144

The buyer has indicated that it will accept electronic responses to this notice via the Postbox facility. A user guide is available at https://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/sitehelp/help_guides.aspx

Suppliers are advised to allow adequate time for uploading documents and to dispatch the electronic response well in advance of the closing time to avoid any last minute problems.

The contracting authority does not intend to include a sub-contract clause as part of community benefits (as per Section 25 of the Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2014) in this contract for the following reason:

We do not include sub-contract clause, however, the contract allows for SME and sub-contracting opportunities.

The contracting authority does not intend to include any community benefit requirements in this contract for the following reason:

Community benefits were considered for this contract though not included as Modern Apprenticeships relate to employability, skills, recruitment and training.

(SC Ref:633144)

 

VI.4)Procedures for review

VI.4.1)Review body

Official name: The Sheriff Clerk’s Office
Postal address: 1 Carlton Place
Town: Glasgow
Postal code: G5 9DA
Country: United Kingdom
E-mail: Procurement@sds.co.uk
Telephone: +44 1414185248
Internet address: https://www.scotcourts.gov.uk/the-courts/court-locations/glasgow-sheriff-court-and-justice-of-the-peace-court

VI.4.2)Body responsible for mediation procedures

Official name: Skills Development Scotland Co. Ltd
Postal address: Monteith House, First Floor, 11 George Square
Town: Glasgow
Postal code: G2 1DY
Country: United Kingdom
E-mail: Procurement@sds.co.uk
Telephone: +44 1412256710
Internet address: https://www.skillsdevelopmentscotland.co.uk/

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

Official name: Skills Development Scotland Co. Ltd
Postal address: Monteith House, First Floor, 11 George Square
Town: Glasgow
Postal code: G2 1DY
Country: United Kingdom
E-mail: Procurement@sds.co.uk
Telephone: +44 1412256710
Internet address: https://www.skillsdevelopmentscotland.co.uk/

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:

13/10/2020