RDPE Training Framework

RDPE Training Framework

The objectives of the Framework are to provide a mix of one-to-few on-farm vocational and advanced skills training, plus workshops and seminars delivered both on-and off-farm by trainers/experts. Department of the Enviroment, Food and Rural Affairs.

UK-London: specialist training services

2012/S 36-058407

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

Department of the Enviroment, Food and Rural Affairs
17 Nobel House
Contact point(s): https://defra.bravosolution.co.uk
SW1P 3JR London
UNITED KINGDOM

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority: www.defra.gov.uk

Address of the buyer profile: https://defra.bravosolution.co.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

Environment
Other: Food and Rural Affairs
I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities

The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: yes

Section II: Object of the contract

II.1)Description
II.1.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:

RDPE Training Framework.
II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance

Services
Service category No 27: Other services
Main site or location of works, place of delivery or of performance: UK.
NUTS code UK

II.1.3)Information about a public contract, a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system (DPS)

The notice involves the establishment of a framework agreement
II.1.4)Information on framework agreement

Framework agreement with several operators
maximum number of participants to the framework agreement envisaged: 122
Estimated total value of purchases for the entire duration of the framework agreement

Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 0 and 20 000 000 GBP

II.1.5)Short description of the contract or purchase(s)

This opportunity relates to the Authority’s procurement for the RDPE Skills Framework. The objectives of the Framework are to provide a mix of one-to-few on-farm vocational and advanced skills training, plus workshops and seminars delivered both on-and off-farm by trainers/experts. The aim of the training is to enhance the skills of those attending by adding to their knowledge in order to improve their performance in their current work through providing courses, workshops, seminars and conferences.
For further details on the scope, please refer to the PQQ a copy of which can be obtained from Defra eTendering Service.
(https://defra.bravosolution.co.uk).

The Contracting Authority reserves the right to amend the PQQ and ITT solely at its discretion in order to ensure greater efficiency savings.
This Framework Agreement is available to the entire Defra Family which includes all Arms Length Bodies (Executive Agencies and NDPB’s).

II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

80510000

II.1.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): yes
II.1.8)Lots

This contract is divided into lots: yes
Tenders may be submitted for one or more lots
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:

This opportunity relates to the Authority’s procurement for the RDPE Skills Framework. The objectives of the Framework are to provide a mix of one-to-few on-farm vocational and advanced skills training, plus workshops and seminars delivered both on-and off-farm by trainers/experts. The aim of the training is to enhance the skills of those attending by adding to their knowledge in order to improve their performance in their current work through providing courses, workshops, seminars and conferences. The services will be provided in 6 Lots listed below:
Business management, leadership and ICT skills for agriculture, horticulture & forestry;
Knowledge transfer, innovation and technical skills for agriculture, horticulture & forestry;
Agricultural animal health and welfare;
Marketing and supply chain efficiency for agriculture, horticulture & forestry;
Resource use efficiency in agriculture, horticulture and forestry;
Traditional rural skills and rural tourism.
II.2.2)Information about options
II.2.3)Information about renewals
II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion

Duration in months: 48 (from the award of the contract)

Information about lots

Lot No: 2 Lot title: Knowledge Transfer, Innovation and Technical Skills for Agriculture, Horticulture & Forestry

1)Short description

Knowledge transfer, innovation and technical skills for agriculture, horticulture & forestry.
(For further details on the scope please refer to the PQQ a copy of which can be obtained from Defra eTendering Service.
(https://defra.bravosolution.co.uk).

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

80510000

3)Quantity or scope

Knowledge transfer, innovation and technical skills for agriculture, horticulture & forestry.
(For further details on the scope please refer to the PQQ a copy of which can be obtained from Defra eTendering Service.
(https://defra.bravosolution.co.uk).

Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 0 and 5 000 000 GBP

4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots

The Contracting Authority intends to use an eTendering system in this procurement exercise and reserves the right to use a reverse auction.
Lot No: 1 Lot title: Business Management, Leadership and ICT Skills for Agriculture, Horticulture & Forestry

1)Short description

Business management, leadership and ICT skills for agriculture, horticulture & forestry. (For further details on the scope please refer to the PQQ a copy of which can be obtained from Defra eTendering Service.
(https://defra.bravosolution.co.uk).

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

80510000

3)Quantity or scope

(For further details on the scope please refer to the PQQ a copy of which can be obtained from Defra eTendering Service.
(https://defra.bravosolution.co.uk).

Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 0 and 4 000 000 GBP

4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots

The Contracting Authority intends to use an eTendering system in this procurement exercise and reserves the right to use a reverse auction.
Lot No: 3 Lot title: Agricultural Animal Health and Welfare

1)Short description

Agricultural animal health and welfare.
(For further details on the scope please refer to the PQQ a copy of which can be obtained from Defra eTendering Service.
(https://defra.bravosolution.co.uk).

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

80510000

3)Quantity or scope

Agricultural animal health and welfare.
(For further details on the scope please refer to the PQQ a copy of which can be obtained from Defra eTendering Service.
(https://defra.bravosolution.co.uk).

Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 0 and 4 000 000 GBP

4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots

The Contracting Authority intends to use an eTendering system in this procurement exercise and reserves the right to use a reverse auction.
Lot No: 4 Lot title: Marketing and Supply Chain Efficiency for Agriculture, Horticulture & Forestry

1)Short description

Marketing and supply chain efficiency for agriculture, horticulture & forestry.
(For further details on the scope please refer to the PQQ a copy of which can be obtained from Defra eTendering Service.
(https://defra.bravosolution.co.uk).

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

80510000

3)Quantity or scope

Marketing and supply chain efficiency for agriculture, horticulture & forestry.
(For further details on the scope please refer to the PQQ a copy of which can be obtained from Defra eTendering Service.
(https://defra.bravosolution.co.uk).

Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 0 and 3 000 000 GBP

4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots

The Contracting Authority intends to use an eTendering system in this procurement exercise and reserves the right to use a reverse auction.
Lot No: 5 Lot title: Resource Use Efficiency in Agriculture, Horticulture and Forestry

1)Short description

Resource use efficiency in agriculture, horticulture and forestry.
(For further details on the scope please refer to the PQQ a copy of which can be obtained from Defra eTendering Service.
(https://defra.bravosolution.co.uk).

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

80510000

3)Quantity or scope

Resource use efficiency in agriculture, horticulture and forestry.
(For further details on the scope please refer to the PQQ a copy of which can be obtained from Defra eTendering Service.
(https://defra.bravosolution.co.uk).

Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 0 and 2 500 000 GBP

4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots

The Contracting Authority intends to use an eTendering system in this procurement exercise and reserves the right to use a reverse auction.
Lot No: 6 Lot title: Traditional Rural Skills and Rural Tourism

1)Short description

Traditional rural skills and rural tourism.
(For further details on the scope please refer to the PQQ a copy of which can be obtained from Defra eTendering Service.
(https://defra.bravosolution.co.uk).

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

80510000

3)Quantity or scope

Traditional rural skills and rural tourism.
(For further details on the scope please refer to the PQQ a copy of which can be obtained from Defra eTendering Service.
(https://defra.bravosolution.co.uk).

Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 0 and 1 500 000 GBP

4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots

The Contracting Authority intends to use an eTendering system in this procurement exercise and reserves the right to use a reverse auction.

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract
III.1.1)Deposits and guarantees required:

The Authority reserves the right to require deposits, guarantee, bonds and/or other forms of appropriate security.
III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:

Details will be provided in the PQQ document, copies of which can be obtained from Defra eTendering Service.
(https://defra.bravosolution.co.uk).

III.1.3)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:

No special legal form is required. If the service provider is a consortium, each member of the consortium will be jointly and severally liable for the performance of the contract or shall select from amongst themselves a lead contractor acceptable to the Authority.
III.1.4)Other particular conditions

The performance of the contract is subject to particular conditions: yes
Description of particular conditions: The Authority’s Conditions of Contract will apply to this contract.
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: Suppliers Instructions How to Express Interest in this Tender:
1. Register your company on the eSourcing portal (this is only required once):
— browse to the eSourcing Portal: https://defra.bravosolution.co.uk and click the link to register,

— accept the terms and conditions and click ‘continue’,
— enter your correct business and user details,
— note the username you chose and click ‘Save’ when complete,
— you will shortly receive an email with your unique password (please keep this secure).
2. Express an Interest in the tender:
— login to the portal with the username/password,
— click the ‘PQQs / ITTs Open To All Suppliers’ link. (These are Pre-Qualification Questionnaires or Invitations to Tender open to any registered supplier),
— click on the relevant PQQ/ ITT to access the content,
— click the ‘Express Interest’ button at the top of the page,
— this will move the PQQ /ITT into your ‘My PQQs/ My ITTs’ page. (This is a secure area reserved for your projects only),
— you can now access any attachments by clicking ‘Buyer Attachments’ in the ‘PQQ/ ITT Details’ box.
3. Responding to the tender:
— click ‘My Response’ under ‘PQQ/ ITT Details’, you can choose to ‘Create Response’ or to ‘Decline to Respond’ (please give a reason if declining),
— you can now use the ‘Messages’ function to communicate with the buyer and seek any clarification,
— note the deadline for completion, then follow the onscreen instructions to complete the PQQ/ ITT,
— there may be a mixture of online & offline actions for you to perform (there is detailed online help available).
You must then submit your reply using the ‘Submit Response’ button at the top of the page. If you require any further assistance please consult the online help, or contact the eTendering help desk.

III.2.2)Economic and financial ability

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: Tenderers’ will be assessed in accordance with Part V of the Public Contracts Regulations 2006 (SI 2006/5) which implement Title 2 Chapter 7 Section 2 of the 2004/18/EC Directive on the basis of information provided in response to the invitation to tender.
Completed responses to the Pre Qualification Questionnaire and Invitation to Tender must be returned via the Defra eTendering Service (further details of which are available at Section III.2.1 of this OJEU Notice) before the deadline for receipt of responses as notified in Section IV.3.4 of this OJEU Notice.
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required: 1. Financial statements or other information to demonstrates that the tenderer has the requisite financial capacity to provide the service. Tenderers will be required to demonstrate a minimum turnover in each of the last 2 consecutive years of:
100 000 GBP or equivalent in the reporting currency or equivalent proof of financial standing.
In the case of a consortium bid, the combined annual turnover of the Tenderer and the Relevant Companies in each of the last 2 consecutive years must be no less than that specified in the paragraph and above the minimum annual turnover of at least one of the parties must be no less than 50 000 GBP or equivalent financial performance in reporting currency or equivalent proof of financial standing.
2. Tenderers will be required, at the commencement date of the Contract, to have adequate level of relevant insurance cover in respect of all risks arising out of the Contractor’s performance of its obligations under the Contract.
III.2.3)Technical capacity

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
Evaluation information required from Tenderers will be stated in the Pre Qualification Questionnaire (PQQ) and Invitation to Tender (ITT) which are available only at https://defra.bravosolution.co.uk.

Tenderers are required in delivering the contract to comply with the Authority’s policies, strategies and 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: no
III.3.2)Staff responsible for the execution of the service

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 18: and maximum number 96
Objective criteria for choosing the limited number of candidates: As stated in Section 4 of the PQQ document a copy of which can be obtained from the Authority e-Tendering Service (details of which can be found at Section III.2.1 of this OJEU Notice).
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:

RMP 6230
IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract

no
IV.3.3)Conditions for obtaining specifications and additional documents or descriptive document

Time limit for receipt of requests for documents or for accessing documents: 20.3.2012 – 12:00
Payable documents: no
IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

20.3.2012 – 12:00
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 tenders

Date: 20.3.2012 – 13:00
Place:

Nobel House, Westminster.

Persons authorised to be present at the opening of tenders: yes
Additional information about authorised persons and opening procedure: Two (2) representatives from the Authority’s Procurement and Commercial Function.

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: no
VI.2)Information about European Union funds
VI.3)Additional information

The Contracting Authority intends to use an eTendering system in this procurement exercise and reserves the right to use a reverse auction. The Authority reserves the right not to award a Contract or to award part of a Contract only. There will be no reimbursement of bid costs. Tenders and all supporting documents must be priced in pounds sterling.
Any Contract or agreement resulting from the Tender will be entered into under English law. All discussions and meetings will be conducted in English.
The Authority reserves the right to terminate the procurement process (or part of it) to change the basis of and the procedures for the procurement at anytime.
VI.4)Procedures for appeal
VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures

High Court
Royal Courts of Justice
WC2A 2LL London
UNITED KINGDOM
Internet address: http://www.hmcourts-service.gov.uk

VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals

Precise information on deadline(s) for lodging appeals: Economic operators are referred to the Public Contracts Regulations 2006 and in particular regulations 47D and 47E which are set out as follows:
47D General time limits for starting proceedings:
(1) This regulation limits the time within which proceedings may be started where the proceedings do not seek a declaration of ineffectiveness.
(2) Subject to paragraphs (3) and (4), such proceedings must be started promptly and in any event within 3 months beginning with the date when grounds for starting the proceedings first arose.
(3) Paragraph (2) does not require proceedings to be started before the end of any of the following periods:
(a) where the proceedings relate to a decision which is sent to the economic operator by facsimile or electronic means, 10 days beginning with:
(i) the day after the date on which the decision is sent, if the decision is accompanied by a summary of the reasons for the decision;
(ii) if the decision is not so accompanied, the day after the date on which the economic operator is informed of a summary of those reasons;
(b) where the proceedings relate to a decision which is sent to the economic operator by other means, whichever of the following periods ends first:
(i) 15 days beginning with:
(aa) the day after the date on which the decision is sent, if the decision is accompanied by a summary of the reasons for the decision; or.
(bb) if the decision is not so accompanied, the day after the date on which the economic operator is informed of a summary of those reasons;
(ii) 10 days beginning with:
(aa) the day after the date on which the decision is received, if the decision is accompanied by a summary of the reasons for the decision; or
(bb) if the decision is not so accompanied, the day after the date on which the economic operator is informed of a summary of those reasons;
(c) where sub-paragraphs (a) and (b) do not apply but the decision is published, 10 days beginning with the day on which the decision is published.
(4) The Court may extend the time limits imposed by this regulation (but not the limits imposed by regulation 47E) where the Court considers that there is a good reason for doing so.
(5) For the purposes of this regulation, proceedings are to be regarded as started only when the claim form is served in compliance with regulation 47F(1) 47E Special time limits for seeking a declaration of ineffectiveness (1) This regulation limits the time within which proceedings may be started where the proceedings seek a declaration of ineffectiveness.
(2) Such proceedings must be started:
(a) where paragraph (3) or (5) applies, within 30 days beginning with the relevant date mentioned in that paragraph;
(b) in any other case, within 6 months beginning with the day after the date on which the contract was entered into.
(3) This paragraph applies where a relevant contract award notice has been published in the Official Journal, in which case the relevant date is the day after the date on which the notice was published.
(4) For that purpose, a contract award notice is relevant if, and only if:
(a) the contract was awarded without prior publication of a contract notice; and (b) the contract award notice includes justification of the decision of the contracting authority to award the contract without prior publication of a contract notice.
(5) This paragraph applies where the contracting authority has informed the economic operator of:
(a) the conclusion of the contract; and
(b) a summary of the relevant reasons, in which case the relevant date is the day after the date on which the economic operator was informed of the conclusion or, if later, was informed of a summary of the relevant reasons.
(6) In paragraph (5), “the relevant reasons” means the reasons which the economic operator would have been entitled to receive in response to a request under regulation 32(9).
(7) In this regulation, “contract award notice” means a notice in accordance with regulation 31(1).
(8) For the purposes of this regulation, proceedings are to be regarded as started only when the claim form is served in compliance with regulation 47F(1).
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained

High Court
Royal Courts of Justice, The Strand
WC2A 2LL London
UNITED KINGDOM

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:

17.2.2012