Workforce development programme tender

Workforce development programme tender

The WDP is a framework programme that provides an integrated package of products and services that meet the developmental needs of businesses and organisations.

UK-Newtown: education and training services

2012/S 66-108076

Contract notice


Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

WG DCELLS – Skills,HE and Lifelong Learning
Ground Floor, Ladywell House
Contact point(s):
For the attention of: Mel Matthews
SY16 1JB Newtown

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority:

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

I.2)Type of the contracting authority

Body governed by public law
I.3)Main activity

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

Workforce development programme tender.
II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance

Service category No 11: Management consulting services [6] and related services

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
Number of participants to the framework agreement envisaged: 100
Duration of the framework agreement

Duration in years: 3 plus option to extend for a further 1
Estimated total value of purchases for the entire duration of the framework agreement

Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 8 000 000 and 15 000 000 GBP

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

This invitation to tender (ITT) has been prepared for the tendering of the workforce development programme, (WDP), in Wales.
The WDP is a programme of tailored advice and support to enhance the skills of the workforce, leading to improved business performance.
To support the delivery of the WDP this ITT will award contracts for 3 specific roles:
— Workforce development advisor, (WD Advisor),
— Investors in people specialist, (IiP Specialist),
— Specialist development coach, (SD Coach).
The WDP is a framework programme that provides an integrated package of products and services that meet the developmental needs of businesses and organisations. All activity covered by the WDP contract is based on a daily rate of 400 GBP and payment is claimed against outputs as stated in the programme specification. The daily rate is inclusive of all overheads, travel and administration costs.
The Welsh Assembly Government, on behalf of the Welsh Ministers, will be conducting this procurement exercise through the Etenderwales portal Tender documents and other information must be downloaded from and returned through this portal. If you require any further assistance the BravoSolution Helpdesk is available on:

E-mail: Phone: +44 8003684850 / fax: +44 2070600480.

Full information in accessing the portal is found in Section VI.3.
Community benefits do not apply to this contract.

II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

80000000, 79000000, 79411100, 73220000, 79414000, 80500000

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

The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): yes

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 tender specification sets out information for organisations that wish to submit a tender for the provision of the:
— Workforce development (WD) advisor role, (lot 1, as referred to in OJEU notice),
— Investors in people, (IiP), specialist role, (lot 2 as referred to in OJEU notice),
— Specialist development, (SD), coach role (lot 3, as referred to in OJEU notice).
Lot 1 – WD Advisors will work with private sector businesses to discuss and identify workforce development needs and provide advice and guidance regarding provision options that will meet those needs. WD Advisors will assist businesses review their development needs and act as “honest brokers” in supporting businesses select appropriate training provision to meet identified needs. Each WD Advisor will be expected to manage a caseload of businesses, the majority of which will be self generated. Self generated businesses will need to be assessed by the Welsh Government, against the eligibility criteria in force at the time, before any WD Advisor support is approved for funding under this contract. Welsh Government approval is required before any WD Advisor services are delivered under this contract.
Lot 2 – IiP Specialists will work with organisations from all sectors to raise awareness of the benefits of investors in people as a business improvement tool and provide advice, guidance and assessment services tailored to meet the needs of each organisation. IiP Specialists will also provide advice, guidance and assessment services for the Wales Leadership Award, (WLA) that seeks to recognise organisations for excellence in leadership. Each IiP Specialist will be expected to manage a caseload of organisations, the majority of which will be self generated, but occasionally leads will be provided by the Welsh Government. Welsh Government approval is required before any IiP Specialist services are delivered under this contract.
Lot 3 – SD Coaches will already be registered IiP Specialists and will work with a group of IiP Specialists, allocated by the Welsh Government, to facilitate and support their continuous development regarding the skills, knowledge and behaviours necessary to undertake the role of an IiP Specialist. Welsh Government approval is required before any SD Coach services are delivered under this contract.
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: 36 plus option to extend for a further 12 months (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:

The awarding authority reserves the right to request parent company and/or other guarantees of performance and financial liability.
III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:

Payment terms will be indicated in the contract documents. Tenders to be priced in Sterling. Payment to be made in Sterling only.
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 required but joint and several liability to be assumed by all group bidders before acceptance.
III.1.4)Other particular conditions

The performance of the contract is subject to particular conditions: no
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: Details to be provided will be listed in the invitation to tender documents.
III.2.2)Economic and financial ability

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: Details to be provided will be listed in the invitation to tender documents.
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required: Details to be provided will be listed in the invitation to tender documents.
III.2.3)Technical capacity

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
Details to be provided will be listed in the invitation to tender documents.
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required:
Details to be provided will be listed in the invitation to tender documents.
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

Legal persons should indicate the names and professional qualifications of the staff responsible for the execution of the service: no

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Type of procedure
IV.1.1)Type of procedure

IV.1.2)Limitations on the number of operators who will be invited to tender or to participate

Envisaged number of operators: 100
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:

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

IV.3.3)Conditions for obtaining specifications and additional documents or descriptive document

Payable documents: no
IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

10.5.2012 – 14:00
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

Other: English or Welsh.
IV.3.7)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender

Duration in months: 3 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)
IV.3.8)Conditions for opening tenders

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: yes
Estimated timing for further notices to be published: 2016.
VI.2)Information about European Union funds

The contract is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
VI.3)Additional information

The Authority reserves the right to split the requirement into lots.
If you require documentation in an alternative format, please contact the named contact point in this document who will be able to provide a more suitable format. For example, Braille, large print, Word document or audio format.
You may find it helpful to contact your regional business advisory network to seek general advice and guidance if you are considering tendering for this and future public sector contracts. Potential bidders based in Wales can access services at

This contract will be available for use by other Assembly Government Sponsored Bodies (listed below) with prior written approval of the Authority:
Arts Council of Wales, Care Council for Wales, Countryside Council for Wales, Environment Agency Wales, Higher Education Funding Council for Wales, Local Government Boundary Commission, National Library Wales, National Museum Wales, Royal Commission for Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales, Sports Council for Wales, Wales Centre for Health, Welsh Language Board.
Suppliers should note that inclusion on a framework does not constitute a guarantee of employment.
The Client is not obligated to commission any work under this arrangement.
E-Tender information:

— 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 e-mail to the e-mail 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 2pm.
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_22236 and ITT_34953,
— 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.
Buy4Wales Reference Number: 29378.

VI.4)Procedures for appeal
VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures
VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:30.3.2012