Supply of Higher Apprenticeships to the Welsh Legal Services Sector

Supply of Higher Apprenticeships to the Welsh Legal Services Sector

The aim of this process is to identify a suitable contractor to deliver the new Level 4 Legal Services Apprenticeship once developed to 50 apprentices by the end of November 2014.

UK-Sheffield: education and training services

2012/S 211-347694

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

Skills for Justice
Distington House, 26 Atlas Way
For the attention of: Tender Team
S4 7QQ Sheffield
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 1142611499
E-mail: tenders@skillsforjustice.com

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority: http://www.skillsforjustice.com

Further information can be obtained from: Skills for Justice
Distington House, 26 Atlas Way
For the attention of: Tender Team
S4 7QQ Sheffield
UNITED KINGDOM
E-mail: tenders@skillsforjustice.com
Internet address: http://www.skillsforjustice.com

Specifications and additional documents (including documents for competitive dialogue and a dynamic purchasing system) can be obtained from: Skills for Justice
Distington House, 26 Atlas Way
For the attention of: Tender team
S4 7QQ Sheffield
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 1656750133
E-mail: tenders@skillsforjustice.com
Internet address: http://www.skillsforjustice.com/About-us/Invitations-to-Tender

Tenders or requests to participate must be sent to: The above mentioned contact point(s)

I.2)Type of the contracting authority

Other: Charity
I.3)Main activity

Education
I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities

The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: no

Section II: Object of the contract

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

Supply of Higher Apprenticeships to the Welsh Legal Services Sector.
II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance

Services
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

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: 10
Duration of the framework agreement

Duration 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

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

Skills for Justice has secured funding to develop and pilot a new Higher Apprenticeship framework in Legal Services, where non-graduates can meet the growing need for ‘paralegals’. The aim of this process is to identify a suitable contractor to deliver the new Level 4 Legal Services Apprenticeship once developed to 50 apprentices by the end of November 2014.
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.
Community Benefits do not apply to this contract.
II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

80000000, 80400000, 80500000

II.1.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
II.1.8)Lots

This contract is divided into lots: no
II.1.9)Information about variants
II.2)Quantity or scope of the contract
II.2.1)Total quantity or scope:

See PQQ for details. A total of fifty individuals will be required to complete the qualification.
II.2.2)Information about options

Options: no
II.2.3)Information about renewals
II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion

Duration in months: 20 (from the award of the contract)

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract
III.1.1)Deposits and guarantees required:
III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:
III.1.3)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:
III.1.4)Other particular conditions

The performance of the contract is subject to particular conditions: yes
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.
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: (a) is bankrupt or is being wound up, whose affairs are being administered by the courts, who has entered into an arrangement with creditors or who is in any analogous situation arising from a similar procedure under national laws and regulations;
(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.
III.2.2)Economic and financial ability

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: (a) bank statement and/or evidence of professional risk indemnity insurance;
(b) balance sheets or extracts of balance sheets;
(c) statement of turnover for a maximum of the last three years.
III.2.3)Technical capacity

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
(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.
III.2.4)Information about reserved contracts
III.3)Conditions specific to services contracts
III.3.1)Information about a particular profession
III.3.2)Staff responsible for the execution of the service

Legal persons should indicate the names and professional qualifications of the staff responsible for the execution of the service: yes

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 number of operators: Minimum of 6
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:

L251012
IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract

no
IV.3.3)Conditions for obtaining specifications and additional documents or descriptive document
IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

26.11.2012 – 17:00
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

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

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

The contract is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: yes
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).
VI.3)Additional information

Buy4Wales Reference Number: 32433.
VI.4)Procedures for appeal
VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures

Skills for Justice
Distington House, 26 Atlas Way
S4 7QQ Sheffield
UNITED KINGDOM
E-mail: tenders@skillsforjustice.com
Telephone: +44 1142611499
Internet address: http://www.skillsforjustice.com

VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals

Precise information on deadline(s) for lodging appeals: Skills for Justice will incorporate a minimum 10 calendar day standstill period at the point information on the award of the contract is communicated to tenderers. This period allows unsuccessful tenderers to seek further debriefing from the contracting authority before the contract is entered into. Applicants have 2 working days from the notification of the award decision to request additional debriefing and that information has to be provided a minimum of 3 working days before the expiry of the standstill period. Such additional information should be required from tenders@skillsforjustice.com.

If an appeal regarding the award of a contract has not been successfully resolved the Public Contracts Regulations 2006 (SI 2006 No 5) provide for aggrieved parties who have been harmed or are at risk of harm by a breach of the rules to take action in the High Court (England, Wales and Northern Ireland). Any such action must be brought promptly (generally within 3 months). Where a contract has not been entered into the Court may order the setting aside of the award decision or order the authority to amend any document and may award damages. If the contract has been entered into the Court may only award damages. [The purpose of the standstill period referred to above is to allow parties to apply to the Courts to set aside the award decision before the contract is entered into].

VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained
VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:

26.10.2012