Welsh Language Sabbatical Scheme – Invitation to Tender

Welsh Language Sabbatical Scheme – Invitation to Tender

Improve the Welsh language skills of practitioners and enable them to teach Welsh as a subject or to teach through the medium of Welsh.

United Kingdom-Cardiff: Training services

2019/S 239-586856

Contract notice

Services

Legal Basis:

Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses

Official name: Welsh Government
Postal address: Corporate Procurement Services, Cathays Park
Town: Cardiff
NUTS code: UKL
Postal code: CF10 3NQ
Country: United Kingdom
E-mail: CPSProcurementAdvice@gov.wales
Telephone: +44 3000623300

I.2)Information about joint procurement

The contract is awarded by a central purchasing body

I.3)Communication

The procurement documents are available for unrestricted and full direct access, free of charge, at: https://etenderwales.bravosolution.co.uk/web/login.shtml
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted electronically via: https://etenderwales.bravosolution.co.uk/web/login.shtml
Electronic communication requires the use of tools and devices that are not generally available. Unrestricted and full direct access to these tools and devices is possible, free of charge, at: https://etenderwales.bravosolution.co.uk/web/login.shtml

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

General public services

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement

II.1.1)Title:

Welsh Language Sabbatical Scheme

Reference number: C139/2019/2020

II.1.2)Main CPV code

80500000

II.1.3)Type of contract

Services

II.1.4)Short description:

The aim of the contract is to:

— improve the Welsh language skills of practitioners and enable them to teach Welsh as a subject or to teach through the medium of Welsh, more effectively, and

— make a strategic contribution to developing the skills of the education workforce in the context of the new curriculum and to meeting the objectives of Cymraeg 2050.

This ITT has been issued under the provisions of the light touch regime, implemented through regulations 74-77 as applied to Schedule 3 services of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (PCR 2015) for the procurement of the contract.

II.1.5)Estimated total value

Value excluding VAT: 14 000 000.00 GBP

II.1.6)Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: yes
Tenders may be submitted for all lots
II.2)Description

II.2.1)Title:

Course Delivery – North Wales

Lot No: 1

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

80580000
80430000
80500000

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UKL
Main site or place of performance:

North Wales.

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

The client wishes to set up the contracts for all 4 Lots by 1.4.2020. Lots 1 to 3 are regional lots to provide courses for the Welsh Language Sabbatical Scheme (WLSS). Lot 4 is an all Wales lot to provide information and resources to support Lots 1 to 3 of the contract. There will be 1 successful bidder appointed for each of the 4 lots.

The Welsh Language Sabbatical Scheme contracts have a central role in continuing to develop practitioners’ Welsh-language skills and their ability to teach through the medium of Welsh in both English-medium and Welsh-medium settings. Under the new contract from 2020, the Wales-wide Scheme will continue to offer intensive, accredited Welsh-language and teaching methodology courses on a range of levels:

Entry level — for teaching assistants working in English-medium primary schools (5-week full-time course);

Foundation level — for teachers working in English-medium primary schools (11-week full-time course);

Intermediate level — for teachers working in English-medium primary schools (8 week full-time course) (piloted during 2019 summer term);

Higher level – for teachers, teaching assistants and working in Welsh-medium settings (a range of part-time courses for specific cohorts, from 18-20 days);

Welsh in a year — for teachers working in English-medium primary schools (full-time year-long course).

The Welsh Government funds WLSS and courses are available free of charge to practitioners at a number of venues across Wales. The client also funds the backfilling of the posts of practitioners who attend WLSS courses.

Practitioners will be specifically targeted for this professional learning by the regional education consortia in order to develop the necessary skills and capacity to deliver the curriculum.

The new contracts places additional emphasis on strategic targeting of the most suitable practitioners — in relation to the needs of individuals, their schools and local authorities as well as their regions – as a strategic contribution to meeting Welsh policy objectives in Cymraeg 2050.

The client and suppliers will work closely with local authorities, consortia and schools throughout the duration of the contract to ensure delivery of contractual arrangements. This will include ensuring that communication and awareness-raising of WLSS provision, recruitment and selection of practitioners and the process of releasing and supporting their attendance are undertaken effectively.

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

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

Duration in months: 40
This contract is subject to renewal: yes
Description of renewals:

There is an extension option of up to 24 months.

II.2.10)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no

II.2.11)Information about options

Options: yes
Description of options:

As per the tender documents.

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 potential contract value of all 4 lots is max 9 500 000 GBP, including the extension option. If additional budget becomes available during the lifetime of the contract the scope of requirement may increase; more courses may need to be provided for Lots 1 to 3. If additional budget becomes available the max contract value for all Lots will be 14 000 000 GBP, including the contract extension option.

II.2)Description

II.2.1)Title:

Course Delivery – South-West and Mid Wales

Lot No: 2

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

80580000
80430000
80500000

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UKL
Main site or place of performance:

South-West and Mid Wales.

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

The client wishes to set up the contracts for all 4 lots by 1.4.2020. Lots 1 to 3 are regional lots to provide courses for the Welsh Language Sabbatical Scheme (WLSS). Lot 4 is an all Wales lot to provide information and resources to support Lots 1 to 3 of the contract. There will be 1 successful bidder appointed for each of the 4 lots.

The Welsh Language Sabbatical Scheme contracts have a central role in continuing to develop practitioners’ Welsh-language skills and their ability to teach through the medium of Welsh in both English-medium and Welsh-medium settings. Under the new contract from 2020, the Wales-wide Scheme will continue to offer intensive, accredited Welsh-language and teaching methodology courses on a range of levels:

Entry level — for teaching assistants working in English-medium primary schools (5-week full-time course);

Foundation level — for teachers working in English-medium primary schools (11-week full-time course);

Intermediate level — for teachers working in English-medium primary schools (8 week full-time course) (piloted during 2019 summer term);

Higher level — for teachers, teaching assistants and working in Welsh-medium settings (a range of part-time courses for specific cohorts, from 18-20 days);

Welsh in a year — for teachers working in English-medium primary schools (full-time year-long course).

The Welsh Government funds WLSS and courses are available free of charge to practitioners at a number of venues across Wales. The Client also funds the backfilling of the posts of practitioners who attend WLSS courses.

Practitioners will be specifically targeted for this professional learning by the regional education consortia in order to develop the necessary skills and capacity to deliver the curriculum.

The new contracts places additional emphasis on strategic targeting of the most suitable practitioners – in relation to the needs of individuals, their schools and local authorities as well as their regions – as a strategic contribution to meeting Welsh policy objectives in Cymraeg 2050.

The client and suppliers will work closely with local authorities, consortia and schools throughout the duration of the contract to ensure delivery of contractual arrangements. This will include ensuring that communication and awareness-raising of WLSS provision, recruitment and selection of practitioners and the process of releasing and supporting their attendance are undertaken effectively.

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

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

Duration in months: 40
This contract is subject to renewal: yes
Description of renewals:

There is an extension option of up to 24 months.

II.2.10)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no

II.2.11)Information about options

Options: yes
Description of options:

As per the tender documents.

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 potential contract value of all 4 Lots is max 9 500 000 GBP including the extension option. If additional budget becomes available during the lifetime of the contract the scope of requirement may increase; more courses may need to be provided for Lots 1 to 3. If additional budget becomes available the max contract value for all lots will be 14 000 000 GBP, including the contract extension option.

II.2)Description

II.2.1)Title:

Course Delivery – South Wales Central and South-East Wales

Lot No: 3

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

80580000
80430000
80500000

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UKL
Main site or place of performance:

South Wales Central and South-East Wales.

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

The client wishes to set up the contracts for all 4 lots by 1.4..2020. Lots 1 to 3 are regional lots to provide courses for the Welsh Language Sabbatical Scheme (WLSS). Lot 4 is an all Wales lot to provide information and resources to support Lots 1 to 3 of the contract. There will be 1 successful bidder appointed for each of the 4 lots.

The Welsh Language Sabbatical Scheme contracts have a central role in continuing to develop practitioners’ Welsh-language skills and their ability to teach through the medium of Welsh in both English-medium and Welsh-medium settings. Under the new contract from 2020, the Wales-wide Scheme will continue to offer intensive, accredited Welsh-language and teaching methodology courses on a range of levels:

Entry level — for teaching assistants working in English-medium primary schools (5-week full-time course);

Foundation level — for teachers working in English-medium primary schools (11-week full-time course);

Intermediate level — for teachers working in English-medium primary schools (8 week full-time course) (piloted during 2019 summer term);

Higher level — for teachers, teaching assistants and working in Welsh-medium settings (a range of part-time courses for specific cohorts, from 18-20 days);

Welsh in a year — for teachers working in English-medium primary schools (full-time year-long course).

The Welsh Government funds WLSS and courses are available free of charge to practitioners at a number of venues across Wales. The Client also funds the backfilling of the posts of practitioners who attend WLSS courses.

Practitioners will be specifically targeted for this professional learning by the regional education consortia in order to develop the necessary skills and capacity to deliver the curriculum.

The new contracts places additional emphasis on strategic targeting of the most suitable practitioners – in relation to the needs of individuals, their schools and local authorities as well as their regions – as a strategic contribution to meeting Welsh policy objectives in Cymraeg 2050.

The client and suppliers will work closely with local authorities, consortia and schools throughout the duration of the contract to ensure delivery of contractual arrangements. This will include ensuring that communication and awareness-raising of WLSS provision, recruitment and selection of practitioners and the process of releasing and supporting their attendance are undertaken effectively.

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

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

Duration in months: 40
This contract is subject to renewal: yes
Description of renewals:

There is an extension option of up to 24 months.

II.2.10)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no

II.2.11)Information about options

Options: yes
Description of options:

As per the tender documents.

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 potential contract value of all 4 lots is max 9 500 000 GBP, including the extension option. If additional budget becomes available during the lifetime of the contract the scope of requirement may increase; more courses may need to be provided for Lots 1 to 3. If additional budget becomes available the max contract value for all lots will be 14 000 000 GBP, including the contract extension option.

II.2)Description

II.2.1)Title:

Supporting Resources — All wales

Lot No: 4

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

80420000
80430000
80500000

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UKL

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

The client wishes to set up the contracts for all 4 lots by 1.4.2020. Lots 1 to 3 are regional lots to provide courses for the Welsh Language Sabbatical Scheme (WLSS). Lot 4 is an all Wales lot to provide information and resources to support Lots 1 to 3 of the contract. There will be 1 successful bidder appointed for each of the 4 lots.

The Welsh Language Sabbatical Scheme contracts have a central role in continuing to develop practitioners’ Welsh-language skills and their ability to teach through the medium of Welsh in both English-medium and Welsh-medium settings. Under the new contract from 2020, the Wales-wide Scheme will continue to offer intensive, accredited Welsh-language and teaching methodology courses on a range of levels:

Entry level — for teaching assistants working in English-medium primary schools (5-week full-time course);

Foundation level — for teachers working in English-medium primary schools (11-week full-time course);

Intermediate level — for teachers working in English-medium primary schools (8 week full-time course) (piloted during 2019 summer term);

Higher level – for teachers, teaching assistants and working in Welsh-medium settings (a range of part-time courses for specific cohorts, from 18-20 days);

Welsh in a year — for teachers working in English-medium primary schools (full-time year-long course).

The Welsh Government funds WLSS and courses are available free of charge to practitioners at a number of venues across Wales. The Client also funds the backfilling of the posts of practitioners who attend WLSS courses.

Practitioners will be specifically targeted for this professional learning by the regional education consortia in order to develop the necessary skills and capacity to deliver the curriculum.

The new contracts places additional emphasis on strategic targeting of the most suitable practitioners – in relation to the needs of individuals, their schools and local authorities as well as their regions – as a strategic contribution to meeting Welsh policy objectives in Cymraeg 2050.

The client and suppliers will work closely with local authorities, Consortia and schools throughout the duration of the contract to ensure delivery of contractual arrangements. This will include ensuring that communication and awareness-raising of WLSS provision, recruitment and selection of practitioners and the process of releasing and supporting their attendance are undertaken effectively.

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

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

Duration in months: 40
This contract is subject to renewal: yes
Description of renewals:

There is an extension option of up to 24 months.

II.2.10)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no

II.2.11)Information about options

Options: yes
Description of options:

As per the tender documents.

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 potential contract value of all 4 lots is max 9 500 000 GBP, including the extension option. If additional budget becomes available during the lifetime of the contract the scope of requirement may increase; more courses may need to be provided for Lots 1 to 3. If additional budget becomes available the max contract value for all lots will be 14 000 000 GBP, including the contract extension option.

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:

As stated in the tender documents.

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

Execution of the service is reserved to a particular profession
Reference to the relevant law, regulation or administrative provision:

As stated in the tender documents.

III.2.2)Contract performance conditions:

As stated in the tender documents.

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)Type of procedure

Open 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: yes
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: 29/01/2020
Local time: 14:00
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:

English, Welsh

IV.2.6)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender

Duration in months: 6 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)

IV.2.7)Conditions for opening of tenders

Date: 29/01/2020
Local time: 14:00

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: yes
Estimated timing for further notices to be published:

The contract period is 3 years with an option to extend for up to an additional 2 years.

VI.2)Information about electronic workflows

VI.3)Additional information:

ETender information:

https://etenderwales.bravosolution.co.uk

— the first person from your organisation to use the platform will be required to register on behalf of the organisation,

— registration involves accepting a user agreement and providing basic information about your organisation and about the user performing the registration,

— the user who performs the registration becomes the super user for the organisation,

— on registering on the platform the super user will select a username and will receive a password,

— the password will be sent by email to the email address that was specified in the user details section of the registration page,

— in order to log-in to the platform please enter your username and password,

— note: if you forget your password then visit the homepage and click ‘Forgot your password?’,

— registration should only be performed once for each organisation,

— if you think that someone in your organisation may have already registered on this platform then you must not register again,

— please contact the person who registered (i.e. the super user) in order to arrange access to the platform,

— contact the helpdesk immediately if you are unable to contact the super user (for example if they have left your organisation),

— note: if your organisation is already registered on the platform then you must not make any additional registration. Please contact the helpdesk to gain access to the platform,

— tenders must be uploaded to the BravoSolution portal by 2 p.m.

How To Find The ITT:

— once logged in you must click on ‘ITT’s Open to all Suppliers’,

— the eTender references for this contract are: project_43273, itt_78539, 78540, 78541, 78542, 79197,

— click on the title to access summary details of the contract. If you are still interested in submitting a tender, click the ‘Express an Interest button’. This will move the ITT from the ‘Open to all Suppliers’ area to the ‘My ITT’s’ on the home page,

— you will then see the full details of the ITT in the qualification and technical envelopes along with any relevant documents in the ‘Attachments’ area,

— should you have any questions on the ITT, please use the ‘Messages’ area to contact the buyer directly – please do not contact the named person at the top of this notice.

Note: the authority is using eTenderwales to carry out this procurement process. To obtain further information record your interest on Sell2Wales at https://www.sell2wales.gov.wales/search/search_switch.aspx?ID=97859

Under the terms of this contract the successful supplier(s) will be required to deliver community benefits in support of the authority’s economic and social objectives. Accordingly, contract performance conditions may relate in particular to social and environmental considerations. The community benefits included in this contract are:

Community benefits will be treated as non-core

(WA Ref:97859)

The buyer considers that this contract is suitable for consortia.

VI.4)Procedures for review

VI.4.1)Review body

Official name: Welsh Government
Postal address: Corporate Procurement Services, Cathays Park
Town: Cardiff
Postal code: CF10 3NQ
Country: United Kingdom
E-mail: CPSProcurementAdvice@gov.wales
Telephone: +44 3000623300Internet address: http://wales.gov.uk/?skip=1&lang=en
VI.4.2)Body responsible for mediation procedures
VI.4.3)Review procedure
VI.4.4)Service from which information about the review procedure may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:

09/12/2019