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United Kingdom-Glasgow: Education and training services
Social and other specific services – public contracts
Contract award notice
Section I: Contracting authority
Main address: www.skillsdevelopmentscotland.co.uk
Address of the buyer profile: https://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/search/Search_AuthProfile.aspx?ID=AA12862
Section II: Object
Employability Fund 2020-21
Skills Development Scotland (SDS) will contract on behalf of The Scottish Government for the Employability Fund (EF) Programme for 2020/21 with two further optional 1 year extension periods for 2021/22 and 2022/23, and includes funding for those participants who started prior to 1 April 2020. The interventions offered through EF continue to map to stages 2 to 4 of the strategic skills pipeline (SSP), and aim to assist unemployed individuals to progress towards and into employment.
Please note the value of GBP 52.5 m is an indicative value based on annual value of GBP 17.5 m. The GBP 52.5 m is only if the optional two plus 1 year extensions is requested at SDS discretion.
The scope of the tendered EF services covers provision of the progression of participants along the Strategic Skills Pipeline (SSP) (Stage 2-4) into sustainable employment. EF Services should be differentiated to meet the needs of individual Participants and the job opportunities available and should complement other publicly funded provision available within the Local Employability Partnership (LEP). It should reflect the stage of the SSP that an individual is referred to.
Please refer to EF Activity Rules for further information on the scope of services.
The estimated value is for the value including optional extension periods.
Economic operators may be excluded from the competition if they are in any of the situations referred to in regulation 58 of the Public Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2015.
Section IV: Procedure
The scope of services to be provided under this contract falls within the definition of social and other specific services in Schedule 3 to the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (‘the regulations’) and therefore the procurement process shall be in accordance with Regulation 74 and subject to the requirement of section 7 of the Regulations. By virtue of Regulation 76(3) of the Regulations, bidders in any of the situations listed in Regulation 58 of the Regulations may be excluded.
Section V: Award of contract
Section VI: Complementary information
Part 2 award criteria: delivery 70 %, fair work practices 15 % and equality and diversity 15 %
Award criteria scoring methodology will be scored on 0-4 as provided in the ITT document.
SDS in allocating volumes will take into account the bids received and the priorities for the programme and may allocate to the estimated value specified, or less, if appropriate for year 1 and optional extension periods.
SDS reserves the right throughout the year to re-allocate/re-distribute delivery places as required to meet our requirements.
Fair work practices
SDS is committed to the delivery of high quality public services, and recognises that this is critically dependent on a workforce that is well-motivated, well led, has appropriate opportunities for training and skills development and is engaged in decision making. These factors are also important for workforce recruitment and retention, and thus continuity of service. Public Bodies in Scotland (SDS) have adopted fair work practices, which include:
— a pay policy that includes a commitment to supporting the Living Wage;
— being a living wage accredited employer;
— developing a workforce which reflects the diversity of population of Scotland in terms of age, gender, gender identity, change ethnicity.
Sexual orientation and disability
— a strong commitment to modern apprenticeships;
— support for learning and development;
— no usage of zero hours contracts, unless there is a legitimate business requirement, must be proportionate and reasonable to the services being procured;
— flexible working (including for example practices such as flexi-time and career breaks) and support for family friendly working and wider work life balance;
— effective Voice:Trade Union recognition and representation where possible; otherwise alternative arrangements to give staff an effective voice;
— gender balance and wider representative workforce;
— promoting workplace innovation;
— respect: treat each employee with respect and value diversity within the workforce.
It is expected that in order to ensure the highest standards of service quality in this contract contractors should take a similarly positive approach to fair work practices as part of a fair and equitable employment and reward package.
The estimated value is GBP 52.5 m over the duration of the contract including extension periods
Internet address: www.skillsdevelopmentscotland.co.uk