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Services - 609378-2019

23/12/2019    S247

United Kingdom-London: Education and training services

2019/S 247-609378

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
Official name: Infrastructure and Projects Authority (IPA) and Crown Commercial Services (CCS) acting as its agent
Postal address: 1 Horse Guards Road
Town: London
Postal code: SW1A 2HQ
Country: United Kingdom
Contact person: Lyle Anderson
Telephone: +44 7926509433
Internet address(es):
Main address:
I.2)Information about joint procurement
The contract is awarded by a central purchasing body
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
General public services

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement

Major Projects Leadership Academy

Reference number: MPLA - RM1631 - 2020
II.1.2)Main CPV code
80000000 Education and training services
II.1.3)Type of contract
II.1.4)Short description:

IPA is undertaking market engagement activity ahead of its intention to formally re-procure the Major Projects Leadership Academy, a development programme run for the most senior project delivery leaders in government. We expect to issue an ITT in 2020. The current contract ends in early 2021.

II.1.5)Estimated total value
Value excluding VAT: 16 500 000.00 GBP
II.1.6)Information about lots
This contract is divided into lots: no
II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)
72000000 IT services: consulting, software development, Internet and support
72220000 Systems and technical consultancy services
75000000 Administration, defence and social security services
75121000 Administrative educational services
80420000 E-learning services
80500000 Training services
80510000 Specialist training services
80511000 Staff training services
80520000 Training facilities
80521000 Training programme services
80522000 Training seminars
80530000 Vocational training services
80531000 Industrial and technical training services
80531200 Technical training services
80570000 Personal development training services
80590000 Tutorial services
II.2.3)Place of performance
II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

Government projects are complex and delivered under intense political and public scrutiny, often in volatile and uncertain contexts. They can be of significant scale and uniqueness. Of critical importance to the IPA is to build project delivery capability through enhancing project leadership. To this end the IPA has established 2 key project leadership development programmes, 1 of which is the Major Projects Leadership Academy (MPLA).

MPLA was launched in 2012. It is aimed at leaders who hold the most senior delivery roles on projects in the Government’s Major Project Portfolio (GMPP). The programme is currently delivered by Oxford Saïd Business School, University of Oxford.

The programme since inception has enrolled over 680 leaders from across government departments and launched 23 cohorts. From 2016, it has delivered 2 to 3 cohorts a year of up to 34 participants per cohort.

The current MPLA is based on 4 key senior leadership competencies: leadership of self, leadership of major projects, commercial leadership and technical leadership. Its content combines expert academic theory with insights from experienced practitioners. Its format currently includes 3 residential modules, master classes, an assurance review of a major project, assignments and online tools such as bespoke 360 °C feedback and a dedicated programme portal.

The current contract is due to expire in January 2021 and it is the intention of the IPA to re-procure the programme.

This PIN does not however constitute a commitment by the IPA to commit to any procurement activity or award a contract but is to alert the market to some market engagement activity.

The estimated value in this notice is subject to the final requirements identified so constitutes a guide only.

The anticipated date of publication of the formal notice may also be subject to change.

The information in this PIN sets out the cabinet office’s current thinking in respect of this opportunity. The cabinet office reserves the right to change any of the information given in this PIN or at the proposed market engagement event at any time. Accordingly, economic operators shall not be entitled to rely on such information.

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:

The purpose of this PIN is to give notice that the IPA is intending to undertake a tendering exercise in 2020 to set up a new contract for the delivery of the Major Projects Leadership Academy and to advise that the IPA intends to engage and consult potential market suppliers ahead of the formal procurement process.

The engagement and consultation undertaken will be for the purpose of explaining the business and learning requirements and the context of how HM Government works on building project and programme professional capability. It will give suppliers the opportunity to ask questions, seek feedback, explore the scope for innovation and change and to input to the contracting approach.

To register interest in the procurement and to receive invitations to events or documents for the engagement activities please email by Wednesday 8.1.2020

Please use ‘Supplier Registration MPLA-RM1631-2020’ as the subject title and provide full contact details including company name, address, the name of a primary contact person with direct telephone number and email.

The IPA methods of engagement will include an initial paper consultation and may include further paper consultation, a supplier day and/or 1-2-1 discussions but these will be scheduled subject to levels of interest and procurement process considerations.

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: