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United Kingdom-Liverpool: Education and training services
Section I: Contracting authority
Main address: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/crown-commercial-service
Section II: Object
Learning and Development
We are running this competition using the ‘open procedure’. The procurement is being conducted under the Light Touch Regime (‘LTR’) therefore subject to limited regulation and will be conducted in accordance with regulations 74 to 76 PCR 2015.
Crown Commercial Service (CCS) is seeking to establish a framework contract to support delivery of learning and development on behalf of the Minister for the Cabinet Office. The framework agreement will be available for use by UK public sector bodies as described in the customer list.
The framework consist of the following lots:
Lot 1: Service Integrator and Cross Civil Service Curriculum;
Lot 2: Commodity Learning;
Lot 3: Combined Lot 1 and Lot 2;
Lot 4: Learning Design and Delivery;
Lot 5: Subject Matter Expertise and Coaching;
Lot 6: Combined Lot 4 and Lot 5.
Suppliers will be required to to provide the deliverables (good and services) set out in the specification, the full specification is set out in the ITT.
The combination of lots that a bidder can be awarded is detailed in the ITT. Bidders have to inform CCS at selection of their preference should they be successful on a number lots. Please refer to paragraph 3 of Attachment 1 — about the framework.
Service Integration and Cross-Civil Service Curriculum
Primarily in the UK with some limited requirements overseas. NUTS code UK.
This lot covers the provision of a service integrator who will act as the first point of contact for CSHR customers (from the individual learner to departmental and profession leads) and the design and delivery of a curriculum contextualised for the civil service. The cross-civil service curriculum will be commissioned by CSHR and designed in conjunction with departmental and profession leads to ensure that the learning meets the common needs across the civil service. The supplier shall deliver, through a range of training providers, a central provision including and not limited to the following key curriculum areas:
— leadership, line management and change leadership,
— personal effectiveness — including mandatory learning, well-being, diversity and inclusion,
— introductory learning on professions topics for non-professionals e.g. finance, commercial, digital, project delivery.
The requirement is for the provision of a comprehensive service that enables access at scale to a diverse, modern central learning provision for civil servants across departments, professions, functions, grades and geographies.
This is a single supplier lot.
The framework term is for an initial period of 36 months, with the option to extend by 1 further period of 12 consecutive months.
Lot 1: Service Integration and Cross Civil Service Curriculum Service Integrator scope, which is for CSHR purposes only and
cross civil service curriculum products, which on a case by case basis, can individually be made available to other contracting authorities under this framework agreement, with the agreement of CSHR.
This lot covers the requirement for a supplier to manage, administer and maintain a service to provide access to commodities learning. ‘Commodities’ is defined as an existing learning product that will include qualifications or a standardised learning solution that is already in existence and where the content stands alone. The requirement will include the provision of a catalogue of ‘off the shelf’ courses/qualifications and products delivered through a flexible supply chain. The supplier shall note learning solutions that require civil service contextualisation will be part of Lot 1’s cross-civil service curriculum, or Lot 4’s learning design and delivery’.
Service Integration, Cross Civil Service Curriculum and Commodity Learning
This lot covers the requirement for a high-quality, flexible and value for money combined Lot 1 Cross Civil Service Curriculum and Lot 2 Commodity Learning provision and the authority expects to see the benefits of the increased economies of scale reflected in the pricing.
Learning Design and Delivery
This lot covers the requirement for a supplier to provide access to a dynamic pool of best in class learning design and delivery specialist resource to work on targeted learning interventions to meet specific or bespoke business requirements. The supplier shall work with a range of expert learning design and delivery specialists that can support customers access to the design, facilitation and technical expertise needed to meet their specific learning needs. The range of support may vary from supporting the scoping and strategy to support transformational change programmes to providing excellent facilitation alongside internal experts.
Subject Matter Expertise and Coaching Provision
This lot covers the requirement for a supplier to manage, administer and maintain a centrally managed access to a dynamic pool of best in class subject matter experts who can deliver the following services:
— executive coaching,
— thought leaders to speak at events,
— experienced facilitators to support the delivery of customer learning events.
Learning Design and Delivery, Subject Matter Expertise and Coaching
This lot covers the requirement for a high-quality, flexible and value for money combined Lot 4 Learning Design and Delivery and Lot 5 Subject Matter Expertise and Coaching. The authority expects to see the benefits of the increased economies of scale reflected in the pricing.
Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information
We will use a credit reference agency (Dun and Bradstreet) to obtain a financial risk score (D&B Failure Score) for you and any members of your consortium or any nominated guarantor(s).
Bidders will be assessed in accordance with the invitation to tender (ITT), The financial risk score associated with this framework is:
Lot 1 — 70
Lot 2 — 55
Lot 3 — 70
Lot 4 — 70
Lot 5 – 55
Lot 6 — 70 or more or if there is an equivalent international score, you will receive a pass for this question.
If the score for Lots 1, 3, 4 and 6 is less than 70 or for Lots 2 and 5 less than 55 or no financial risk score is available then we will ask for copies of your financial statements, audited if applicable, for the 2 most recent years. If there are no financial statement available then the authority may take into account the following information:
— a statement of turnover, profit and loss account/income statement, balance sheet/statement of financial position and statement of cash flow for the most recent period of trading,
— forecast financial statements and cash for the current year and a bank letter outlining the current cash and credit position, and/or
— an alternative means of demonstrating financial status.
Bidders will be assessed in accordance with Section 5 of the 2015 Public Contract Regulations(implementing the Directive) on the basis of information provided in response to an Invitation to Tender (‘ITT’).
The authority may take into account the following information:
Lot 1: 2 Certificates of past performance and 2 suitable contract examples which cover similar requirements to those sought under this procurement;
Lot 2: 2 Certificates of past performance and 2 suitable contract examples which cover similar requirements to those sought under this procurement;
Lot 4: 2 Certificates of past performance and 2 suitable contract examples which cover similar requirements to those sought under this procurement;
Lot 5: 2 Certificates of past performance and 2 suitable contract examples which cover similar requirements to those sought under this procurement.
The contract examples for Lot 1, Lot 2, Lot 4 and Lot 5 can be from the public or private sector and must describe comparable contract examples where similar requirements to those sought under this procurement have been performed and how its performance demonstrates the technical and professional requirements.
Contract examples must have been performed during the 3 years prior to publication of the OJEU contract notice. Customer contacts must be warned they may be contacted by crown commercial service to verify the accuracy of the information provided at any time.
Bidders responses to part 8 Cyber Plus Scheme and ISO 27001:2013, part 8 Security Governance (Lot 1 and Lot 2 Only), solution architecture data flows and cloud security principals will be evaluated pass/fail
Section IV: Procedure
Section VI: Complementary information
As part of this contract notice the following documents can be accessed at:https://www.contractsfinder.service.gov.uk/Notice/15bae177-f91c-4544-8c7a-c625e6def29e
1) Contract notice transparency information for the agreement;
2) Contract notice authorised customer list;
3) Rights reserved for CCS framework;
4) Additional information (includes details of how the authority may seek to increase value of work place under this framework agreement).
The authority considers the transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 will not apply at framework level. We encourage bidders to take their own advice on whether TUPE is likely to apply at call-off contract and carry out due diligence accordingly.
On 2.4.2014 Government introduced its Government Security Classifications (GSC) scheme which replaced Government Protective Marking Scheme (GPMS). A key aspect is the reduction in the number of security classifications used. All bidders should make themselves aware of the changes as it may impact this requirement. This link provides information on the GSC at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/government-security-classifications
Cyber Essentials is a mandatory requirement for Central Government contracts which involve handling personal information or provide certain ICT products/services. Government is taking steps to reduce the levels of cyber security risk in its supply chain through the Cyber Essentials scheme. The scheme defines a set of controls which, when implemented, will provide organisations with basic protection from the most prevalent forms of threat coming from the internet.To participate in this procurement, bidders must be able to demonstrate they comply with the technical requirements prescribed by Cyber Essentials, for services under and in connection with this procurement.
Registering for access:
This procurement will be managed electronically via the BravoSolution eSourcing tool. This will be the route for sharing all information and communicating with potential providers. If you have recently registered on the BravoSolution portal for another CCS procurement you can use the same account for this new procurement. If not, you will first need to register your organisation on the portal.
To register, you will need to:
1) Go to the URL: https://crowncommercialservice.bravosolution.co.uk
2) Select the link ‘I am a new supplier user’;
3) Read and agree to the portal user agreement;
4) Complete the registration form, providing information including:
— the full legal name of your organisation,
— your company registration number,
— your DUNS number — a unique 9-digit number provided to organisations free of charge by Dun and Bradstreet,
— user and contact details.
Once you have registered on the BravoSolution eSourcing tool, you will be able to express your interest in this specific procurement. Your registered user will receive a notification email to alert them once this has been done.
Note: If you require additional users from your organisation to see the invitation to tender ITT, Do not repeat the above process as this will create a new separate organisation account; instead the registered user can add additional users to the existing supplier organisation account via ‘User Management’ > ‘Manage Users’ > ‘Users’ > ‘Create’
Expressing an interest:
To express your interest in this procurement:
1) Login to the BravoSolution eSourcing Suite portal: https://crowncommercialservice.bravosolution.co.uk
2) On the dashboard select the link ITTs open to all suppliers;
3) On the ‘ITTs Open to All Suppliers’ webpage you will see 1 or more procurements listed, click on the procurement name you wish to access;
4) Click on Express Interest at the top of the next screen;
5) You can now access the published documents in the BravoSolution portal.
For assistance please contact the eSourcing Help-desk operated by BravoSolution by email at email@example.com or call 0800 069 8630.