Supply of Higher Apprenticeships to the Welsh Legal Services Sector
The aim of the project is to develop and pilot innovative and sustainable delivery mechanisms to support the implementation of the Higher Level Apprenticeship framework for the Welsh Legal Services sector.
UK-Cardiff: education and training services
Section I: Contracting authority
Skills for Justice
1 Caspian Point, Pier Head Street,
For the attention of: Tender Team
CF10 4DQ Cardiff
General address of the contracting authority: http://www.skillsforjustice.com/About-us/Invitations-to-Tender
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)
Section II: Object of the contract
Service category No 24: Education and vocational education services
Main site or location of works, place of delivery or of performance: Wales, United Kingdom.
NUTS code UKL
maximum number of participants to the framework agreement envisaged: 5-7
Duration of the framework agreementDuration in months: 20
Justification for a framework agreement, the duration of which exceeds four years: N/A.
Estimated total value of purchases for the entire duration of the framework agreement
Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 150 000 and 1 000 000 GBP
Community Benefits do not apply to this contract.
The Sector Priorities Fund Pilot Programme (SPFP Programme) is a Welsh Government and European Social Fund initiative managed by the Department for Education and Skills (DfES). The Programme aims to pilot strategic project activity with Sector Skills Councils (SSCs) in order to inform recommendations that will ensure the delivery of post-16 skills provision is more responsive and aligned to the needs of employers. All projects must end by December 2014, including all project reporting and financial returns therefore all delivery must be completed by the end of November 2014.
A Legal Services Higher Apprenticeship is already in development in England and will provide a basis for a Higher Apprenticeship in Wales. We expect the English framework to be available in December 2012 and will issue detailed guidance on the qualifications within the framework, the size, credits, assessment strategy and other information to Suppliers successful at the PQQ stage when the ITT is published in early 2013. We will also confirm which Awarding Organisation(s) will be offering the Apprenticeship’s qualifications and any Provider requirements in relation to this.
The aim of the project is to develop and pilot innovative and sustainable delivery mechanisms to support the implementation of the Higher Level Apprenticeship framework for the Welsh Legal Services sector. We anticipate the majority of delivery to take place in the South West region due to the high concentration of legal practices in Cardiff and the expansion in recent years of Swansea based legal practices.
The Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship (L4 HA) in Legal Services will build on the recent creation of National Occupational Standards for the Legal Services sector, a L4 HA in England, and expected further developments in England at Levels 2 and 3.
The HA will contribute to maintaining a world class Legal Services sector. The growth and success of the legal services sector in Wales is highly dependent on cost efficiency and client confidence in the quality of services and the competence of those delivering them. By providing a cost effective non-graduate entry route and a clear, nationally recognised training pathway, HA’s provide opportunities for talented people from diverse backgrounds and increase accessibility to jobs in the legal services sector.
Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information
Description of particular conditions: All Apprenticeship delivery MUST have been completed by end November 2014 and all funding claims MUST also have been submitted by this date.
The Provider must demonstrate their ability to deliver the programmes and provide materials in both Welsh and English.
(b) is the subject of proceedings for a declaration of bankruptcy, for an order for compulsory winding-up or administration by the courts or for an arrangement with creditors or is the subject of any other similar proceeding under national laws or regulations;
(c) has been convicted of an offence concerning his professional conduct by a judgement which has the force of res judicata;
(d) has been guilty of grave professional misconduct proven by any means which the contracting authorities can justify;
(e) has not fulfilled obligations relating to the payment of social security contributions in accordance with the legal provisions of the country in which he is established or those of the country of the contracting authority;
(f) has not fulfilled obligations relating to the payment of taxes in accordance with the legal provisions of the country in which he is established or those of the country of the contracting authority;
(g) is guilty of serious misrepresentation in supplying the information required under the provisions of the Directive on the criteria for qualitative selection;
(b) balance sheets or extracts of balance sheets;
(c) statement of turnover for a maximum of the last three years.
(d) a description of technical facilities and measures used to ensure quality;
(e) educational and professional qualifications of the supplier and staff responsible for performing the contract;
(f) where appropriate, an indication of the environmental management measures that would be applied when performing the contract;
(g) a statement of average annual manpower and number of staff in the last 3 years;
(j) where appropriate, samples, descriptions and photographs of products and quality assurance certificates.
Section IV: Procedure
Justification for the choice of accelerated procedure: This is a voluntary notice for Part B services. The services required for this project have to keep to short timescales.
Other previous publications
Notice number in the OJEU: 347694-2012 of 26.10.2012
Section VI: Complementary information
Reference to project(s) and/or programme(s): The Sector Priorities Fund Pilot Programme (SPFP) is a Welsh Government and European Social Fund initiative managed by the Department for Education and Skills (DfES).