United Kingdom-Leeds: Education and training services
Section I: Contracting authority
Main address: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-work-pensions
Section II: Object
Dynamic Purchasing System for Employment and Health Related Test and Learn Provision
The Government and specifically the Department for Work and Pensions have a challenging agenda to help people, many of whom have complex barriers to employment, to be able to move into work and sustain that employment. As part of this the Government has committed to a goal of seeing one million more disabled people in employment by 2027.
As set out in the Policy Paper “Improving Lives: the Future of Work, Health and Disability”, published in October 2016, the Authority and Authorised Buyers are looking to deliver a number of new Proof of Concepts (PoC), trials etc. to improve the support that it can offer and to understand what works best.
This presents opportunities for businesses, with a focus on innovation and local specialist support, to support and test the development of new approaches for employment support. This provision will be key to building evidence to support the delivery of future provision at both national and local level.
This is a Contract Notice for social and specific services in accordance with Directive 2014/24/EU Article 24. The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) intends to establish a Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) to procure these activities in in England, Scotland and Wales. The DPS is for the procurement of social and other services referred to in Regulation 74 of the Public Contracts Regulations (2015) and as such, the intention is to use a light touch regime, rather than the full regime described in Regulation 34 (Dynamic Purchasing System).
This DPS will present opportunities for organisation, with a focus on innovation and local specialist support, to be involved and test the development of new approaches for employment and health related activity. This will be key to building evidence to support the delivery of future provision at both national and local level.
At this stage we cannot confirm or guarantee any future business through the DPS but it is anticipated that there will be some limited numbers of proof of concepts in specific parts of the country in the next 6-12 months. However, it is expected that as the DPS develops the activity will increase involving most, if not all, parts of the country.
The T&L DPS will commence on the first date that DWP signs the first DPS Contract, expected to be in November 2018. The T&L DPS will be open ended, but can be terminated by the Authority with twenty (20) Working Days’ notice. The expectation is that it will run for 4 years.
The expected total value of all Call-Off contracts for the DPS will be approximately 2 000 000 GBP for 2018-19. Thereafter funding for DPS procurement will be annually agreed (amounts to be confirmed), and may include monies from other funding streams.
This DPS Contract will be for the use of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and other contracting bodies (listed below), their Executive Agencies and those Non-Departmental Public Bodies (NDPBs) sponsored by them. Further information including a list of such Agencies and Public Bodies can be viewed by selecting “Ministerial Departments (link is external)” on the Departmental website (link is external):
— The Department for Work and Pensions,
— Ministry of Justice,
— Department of Health and Social Care,
— The Department for Education,
— Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government,
— Home Office,
— Scottish Government,
— Welsh Government,
— Local Authorities in England, Scotland and Wales.
Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information
Section IV: Procedure
Section VI: Complementary information
How to Express Interest in this Tender:
1) Register on the eSourcing portal (this is only required once):
— https://dwp.bravosolution.co.uk and click the link to register,
— accept the terms and conditions and click “continue”,
— enter your correct business and user details,
— note your chosen username and click “Save”. You will receive an email with your password (keep this secure).
2) Express an Interest in the tender:
— login to the portal with the username/password,
— click the “PQQs/ITTs Open To All Suppliers” link. (These are Pre-qualification Questionnaires or Invitations to Tender open to any registered supplier),
— click on the relevant exercise to access the content,
— click the “Express Interest” button at the top of the page,
— this will move the PQQ /ITT into your “My PQQs/ My ITTs” page. (A secure area reserved for your projects only),
— you can now access any attachments by clicking “Buyer Attachments” in the “PQQ/ ITT Details” box;
3) Responding to the tender:
— click “My Response” under “PQQ/ ITT Details”, you can choose to “Create Response” or to “Decline to Respond” (please give a reason if declining),
— you can now use the “Messages” function to communicate with the buyer and seek any clarification,
— note the deadline for completion. Follow the onscreen instructions to complete the PQQ/ ITT,
— there may be a mixture of online and offline actions to complete (detailed online help available). To submit your reply use the “Submit Response” button (top of the page).
For further assistance please consult the online help, or the eTendering help desk.
DWP expressly reserves the rights:
(i) to use a reverse auction;
(ii) to cancel this procurement at any stage;
(iii) to not award any contract as a result of the procurement process commenced by publication of this notice;
(iv) and in no circumstances will DWP be liable for any costs incurred by potential suppliers.