Places for People: Apprenticeships DPS

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Notice Summary
Title: Apprenticeships DPS
Notice type: Contract Notice
Authority: Places for People
Nature of contract: Not applicable
Procedure: Restricted
Short Description: Places for People are seeking to appoint a number of providers for the supply and training of apprentices that consistently meet the standards required. The providers will need to be able to provide a range of services to meet the varying requirements of Places for People and other organisations. As such, Places for People wish to form and let an Apprenticeship Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) which will be utilised and owned by Places for People Procurement Hub. It is intended that this DPS will be capable of being used by other Procurement Hub members and contracting authorities in the United Kingdom.
Published: 07/06/2019 13:22

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UK-Preston: Education and training services.
Section I: Contracting Authority
      I.1) Name and addresses
             Places for People Group Limited
             Group Support Centre, 4 The Pavilions, Port Way, Preston, PR2 2YB, United Kingdom
             Email: purchasing@placesforpeople.co.uk
             Main Address: www.placesforpeople.co.uk, Address of the buyer profile: www.placesforpeople.co.uk
             NUTS Code: UK
      I.2) Joint procurement
      The contract involves joint procurement: No.
      In the case of joint procurement involving different countries, state applicable national procurement law: Not provided       
      The contract is awarded by a central purchasing body: Yes.
      I.3) Communication
      The procurement documents are available for unrestricted and full direct access, free of charge, at: http://www.delta-esourcing.com/tenders/UK-UK-Preston:-Education-and-training-services./88M8RYM7CD
      Additional information can be obtained from: the abovementioned address
      Tenders or requests to participate must be sent electronically via http://www.delta-esourcing.com/tenders/UK-title/88M8RYM7CD to the abovementioned address       
      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: Not provided
      I.4) Type of the contracting authority
            Body governed by public law
      I.5) Main activity
            Housing and community amenities

Section II: Object
II.1) Scope of the procurement
      II.1.1) Title: Apprenticeships DPS       
      Reference Number: Not provided
      II.1.2) Main CPV Code:
      80000000 - Education and training services.

      II.1.3) Type of contract: SERVICES
      II.1.4) Short description: Places for People are seeking to appoint a number of providers for the supply and training of apprentices that consistently meet the standards required. The providers will need to be able to provide a range of services to meet the varying requirements of Places for People and other organisations. As such, Places for People wish to form and let an Apprenticeship Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) which will be utilised and owned by Places for People Procurement Hub. It is intended that this DPS will be capable of being used by other Procurement Hub members and contracting authorities in the United Kingdom.       
      II.1.5) Estimated total value:
      Value excluding VAT: Not Provided       
      Currency: Not Provided
      II.1.6) Information about lots:
      This contract is divided into lots: No       
   
II.2) Description
      
      II.2.2) Additional CPV codes:
      Not Provided       
      II.2.3) Place of performance:
      UK UNITED KINGDOM
      
      II.2.4) Description of procurement: In May 2017 the system for the funding and procurement of apprenticeship training changed with the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy, which will require public sector employers with a pay bill over £3 million each year to make an investment in apprenticeships (0.5% of their annual pay bill).

Employers will access the funds through a Digital Apprenticeship Account (DAA) controlled by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA). The DAA will be hosted on a system known as the digital Apprenticeship Service (AS). Each levy-paying employer will have a virtual account equivalent in value to its contribution, minus an amount equivalent to the notional contribution for its employees that live in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, plus a government top-up of 10%.

Funds in the Digital Account can only be used to cover the cost of apprenticeship training and end point assessment for apprenticeships undertaken in England. To access the funds employers will need to show, through the AS, that it has a contract for the delivery of a recognised apprenticeship, by a registered provider. For these purposes a registered provider is a training provider that appears on the ESFA Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers (RoATP).

This procurement is being undertaken by Places for People Procurement Hub the contracting authority for itself and as lead authority for the benefit of other organisations that will be set out in the contract notice. Accordingly, it is the intention that these other UK public organisations should be able to rely on this procurement to purchase such goods and services without the need for any further procurement process. The Hub can be joined by Contracting Authorities and stream-lines processes for members of the Hub, reducing time and expense incurred in such procurement processes.

The principle of the Apprenticeship DPS is to group the provision of Apprenticeships training services that Procurement Hub and other contracting authority clients require under the new Apprenticeships Levy provisions and market the services ensuring quality and value for money allowing a range of contracting authorities to join the Hub and get best value services. The core DPS will be owned by Procurement Hub.
Apprenticeship spend that will be managed through this agreement will be grown organically. The successful suppliers will be expected to work with Procurement Hub to develop it and encourage its growth. In addition to being available to other Procurement Hub Members, Places for People have several departments and subsidiaries that have a requirement for Apprenticeship training services who may use this DPS as a vehicle to procure their demand.

This agreement will therefore provide an OJEU compliant platform which the Procurement Hub members (including Places for People Group) can procure a range of Apprenticeship training services via the subsequent tender process.

The DPS will be not be divided into defined Lots. Instead contractors are asked to follow this link http://dpsapplication.procurementhub.co.uk?d=Apprenticeships DPS and enter your organisation’s details and the areas/services you are able to undertake. Suppliers can apply for as many Apprenticeship types as they wish. The scope will include all of the new current (and future) apprenticeship standards, and a selection of some of the outgoing apprenticeships frameworks.

In addition to providing details on the work that can be provided, contractors are also asked to provide details of the post code areas in which these works can be provided. Invitations to tender will be on a project by project basis and all suppliers who pass this SQ and meet the Client’s requirement in terms of apprenticeship type and geographical coverage will be invited to tender. Although the opportunity is not divided into defined Lots, the skills and postcode matrix will in effect create multiple virtual Lots.
      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:
      Value excluding VAT: Not provided       
      Currency: Not provided       
      II.2.7) Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system:
      Duration in months: 120       
      This contract is subject to renewal: No       
      Description of renewals: Not provided
      II.2.9) Information about the limits on the number of candidates to be invited:
             Envisaged minimum number: 1
             
      Objective criteria for choosing the limited number of candidates: Not provided
      II.2.10) Information about variants:
      Variants will be accepted: No
      II.2.11) Information about options:
      Options:       No             
      Description of options: Not provided
      II.2.12) Information about electronic catalogues:
      Tenders must be presented in the form of electronic catalogues or include an electronic catalogue: No
      II.2.13) Information about European Union funds:
      The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: No       
      Identification of the project: Not provided             
      II.2.14) Additional information: To respond to this opportunity please click here: https://www.delta-esourcing.com/respond/88M8RYM7CD

For details of the nationwide public sector eligibility list, including public sector bodies who are able to use this framework agreement without limitation, please follow the below link:
https://www.procurementhub.co.uk/eligibility-criteria/       


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:          
      Not Provided       
      III.1.2) Economic and financial standing          
      Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents       
      List and brief description of selection criteria:       
      Not Provided    
      Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required (if applicable) :       
      Not Provided    
      III.1.3) Technical and professional ability    
      Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents
      List and brief description of selection criteria:       
      Not Provided      
      Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required (if applicable) :          
      Not Provided   
      III.1.5) Information about reserved contracts (if applicable)   
      The contract is reserved to sheltered workshops and economic operators aiming at the social and professional integration of disabled or disadvantaged persons: No       
      The execution of the contract is restricted to the framework of sheltered employment programmes: No    
      
   III.2) Conditions related to the contract
      III.2.1) Information about a particular profession    
      Reference to the relevant law, regulation or administrative provision:          
      Not Provided    
      III.2.2) Contract performance conditions          
      Not Provided          
      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: No

Section IV: Procedure
   IV.1) Description RESTRICTED
      IV.1.1) Type of procedure: Restricted   
   
   IV.1.3) Information about a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system    
         The procurement involves the establishment of a framework agreement - NO        
         The procurement involves the setting up of a dynamic purchasing system       
         The dynamic purchasing system might be used by additional purchasers           
         In the case of framework agreements justification for any duration exceeding 4 years: Not Provided    
   
   
   IV.1.6) Information about electronic auction:
      An electronic auction will be used: No
      Additional information about electronic auction: Not provided
   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:
         Notice number in the OJ S: 2017/S 195 - 400638       
      IV.2.2) Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate
       Date: 27/11/2027 Time: 16:00
      IV.2.3) Estimated date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates: Not Provided       
      IV.2.4) Languages in which tenders or requests to participate may be submitted: English,       
      IV.2.6) Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender: Not Provided      
      

Section VI: Complementary Information
   VI.1) Information about recurrence
   This is a recurrent procurement: No    
   Estimated timing for further notices to be published: Not provided
   VI.2) Information about electronic workflows
   Electronic ordering will be used No       
   Electronic invoicing will be accepted No       
   Electronic payment will be used No       
   VI.3) Additional Information: The contracting authority considers that this contract may be suitable for economic operators that are small or medium enterprises (SMEs). However, any selection of tenderers will be based solely on the criteria set out for the procurement.
For more information about this opportunity, please visit the Delta eSourcing portal at:
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To respond to this opportunity, please click here:
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   VI.4) Procedures for review
   VI.4.1) Review body:
             High Court of England and Wales
       Royal Courts of Justice, Strand, London, WC2A 2LL, United Kingdom
   VI.4.2) Body responsible for mediation procedures:
             High Court of England and Wales
          Royal Courts of Justice, Strand, London, WC2A 2LL, United Kingdom
   VI.4.3) Review procedure
   Precise information on deadline(s) for review procedures:    
    Not Provided    
   VI.4.4) Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained:
          Crown Commercial Services
       1 Horse Guards Road, London, SW1A 2HQ, United Kingdom
   VI.5) Date Of Dispatch Of This Notice: 07/06/2019

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