Services - 400609-2019

26/08/2019    S163    - - Services - Prior information notice without call for competition - Not applicable 

United Kingdom-London: IT services: consulting, software development, Internet and support

2019/S 163-400609

Prior information notice

This notice is for prior information only


Legal Basis:

Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses
Department for Education
Sanctuary Buildings, 20, Great Smith Street
United Kingdom
Contact person: Jacqueline Cunliffe
NUTS code: UK

Internet address(es):

Main address:

I.2)Information about joint procurement
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
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

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement

0 to 21 000 000

II.1.2)Main CPV code
II.1.3)Type of contract
II.1.4)Short description:

The purpose of the PIN is to initiate market engagement. It is not being used as a call for competition. The PIN is intended as an information-gathering exercise. This PIN is intended to:

1) Inform the market of a potential future procurement exercise to appoint a number of digital agile delivery partners (maximum 6, minimum to be determined) to implement digital requirements for the NRS programme product pipeline. This would mean working with DfE and other appointed digital partners to design, prototype, build, and test and deliver the NRS digital pipeline of requirements to meet user needs;

2) Inform suppliers that we will be hosting a market engagement event and invite suppliers to attend;

3) This event will be held on 5.9.2019 from 11.00 a.m. to 15.45 in Central London. [Note: Further information will be communicated with suppliers who have expressed their interests via the email address provided].

II.1.5)Estimated total value
Value excluding VAT: 21 000 000.00 GBP
II.1.6)Information about lots
This contract is divided into lots: no
II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)
II.2.3)Place of performance
NUTS code: UK
Main site or place of performance:

DfE's London and Manchester offices, with other DfE offices if required.

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

The National Retraining Scheme is the government’s new programme to help adults retrain into better jobs and be ready for future changes to the economy, including those brought about by automation.

By helping adults to retrain into better jobs, the scheme will also help to meet the needs of businesses for a multi-skilled workforce in the future.

To support the development of the scheme, the Government announced 100 000 000 GBP in the Autumn Budget 2018. This is for the continued testing and development of the scheme, as well as delivering the first parts of the scheme to the public.

This scheme is available to people and businesses in England.

Further background on the scheme is available at:

The digital delivery partners will have the capability to research, test, design, build, release, iterate, support or retire a digital service.

Digital delivery partners must meet the following outline criteria (further details and specific criteria will be defined later):

— comply with the technology code of practice (,

— work according to the government service design manual (,

— have the experience and capability to work on all or a number of discovery, alpha, beta, live or retirement phases outlined in the government service design manual (,

— capability and experience of digital assessments across all or a number of phases of discovery, alpha, beta and live,

— the ability to work at either of DfE’s London or Manchester offices. Other DfE offices may be used if required at the time of bringing products on stream.

The indicative estimated value of the NRS product pipeline (see table below for current product assumptions) including discovery, alpha, beta and live phases is estimated to be up to 21 000 000 GBP throughout the duration of the contract. This is an estimate and is subject to governance and budget approvals, including future spending review processes, as well as changes driven by further iterations for the product roadmap.

The purpose of the market engagement event is to engage with suppliers that are interested in and consider themselves as capable of delivering the services and to provide information about the expected procurement process and the high-level commercial and financial principles applicable to the services.

To book a place for the supplier event (or for copies of the presentations if you cannot attend) please email: with the following information by 05.00 p.m. on Tuesday 3rd September:

(a) name of your organisation;

(b) name of attendees (maximum 2)/or indicate you could not attend but would like to receive the market event materials;

(c) contact details;

(d) confirmation that your organisation meets the qualifying criteria; and

(e) confirmation of your interest in a 10-15 minutes one to one session during the event.

The morning session will be a plenary session at which representatives from the contracting authority will provide information about the scope of the services and how they will be commissioned and information about the procurement process envisaged. The afternoon session will comprise one-to-one sessions with individual suppliers. A limited number of slots are available therefore allocation will be on a first come first served basis and will be limited to 1 slot per supplier. Interested parties are therefore encouraged to register for the event at the earliest opportunity. All information used on the day will be made available to all those unable to attend.

The publication of this notice does not signify the commencement of any procurement process and does not constitute any commitment by the Department for Education to undertake any procurement exercise.

II.2.14)Additional information
II.3)Estimated date of publication of contract notice:

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1.8)Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: yes

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.3)Additional information:
VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: