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Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council (Herein after referred to as the ‘Council’), is acting as procurement lead for this project on behalf of the Welsh European Funding Office (WEFO) and invites tenders for the provision of research services to ...

Contract notice


Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses
Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council
Anvil Court, Church Street
NP13 1DB
United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1495311556
NUTS code: UKL16

Internet address(es):

Main address:

Address of the buyer profile:

I.2)Joint procurement
The procurement documents are available for unrestricted and full direct access, free of charge, at:
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted electronically via:
I.4)Type of the contracting authority
Regional or local authority
I.5)Main activity
General public services

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement

Research appointment to evaluate ESF regional approaches to Youth Employment and Attainment.

Reference number: ITT_59721
II.1.2)Main CPV code
II.1.3)Type of contract
II.1.4)Short description:

Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council (Herein after referred to as the ‘Council’), is acting as procurement lead for this project on behalf of the Welsh European Funding Office (WEFO) and invites tenders for the provision of research services to provide a critical assessment of the 6 regional approaches to identifying those most at risk of becoming not in employment, education or training (NEET) and their programmes of support to reduce that risk.

Broadly the evaluation can be categorised into five areas of interest that are relevant for each operation and will form the basis of the evaluation. These five core areas of interest concern the management and implementation of the operations, the suitability and effectiveness of the assessment tools used to identify, monitor and assess reductions in a participants' risk of becoming NEET, the effectiveness of the delivery of the operation, the impact of the interventions for participants and the cross cutting themes.

II.1.5)Estimated total value
Value excluding VAT: 300 000.00 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: UKL
II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

The aim of this appointment, is to provide a critical assessment of the six regional approaches to identifying those most at risk of becoming NEET and their programmes of support to reduce that risk. As part of this the evaluation should examine issues to do with the planning, implementation and management of the six regional operation teams, including the effectiveness of the operations and the early identification tools in identifying and monitoring those participants considered most at risk, and the suitability of the interventions offered to the needs of the participants.

In addition to an assessment of the management and administration of the operations, the evaluation should also provide an assessment of the short and medium term outcomes of the operation and, if possible, the longer term impact of the operations for the participants and their employment or engagement within education. As part of this the evaluation should examine if there were any differences for demographic groups in achieving these outcomes and impacts.

II.2.5)Award criteria
Price is not the only award criterion and all criteria are stated only in the procurement documents
II.2.6)Estimated value
Value excluding VAT: 300 000.00 GBP
II.2.7)Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system
Start: 01/09/2017
End: 30/04/2020
This contract is subject to renewal: no
II.2.10)Information about variants
Variants will be accepted: no
II.2.11)Information about options
Options: no
II.2.12)Information about electronic catalogues
II.2.13)Information about European Union funds
The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: yes
Identification of the project: European Social Fund.
II.2.14)Additional information

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions for participation
III.1.1)Suitability to pursue the professional activity, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers
III.1.2)Economic and financial standing
Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents
III.1.3)Technical and professional ability
Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents
III.1.5)Information about reserved contracts
III.2)Conditions related to the contract
III.2.1)Information about a particular profession
III.2.2)Contract performance conditions:
III.2.3)Information about staff responsible for the performance of the contract

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1.1)Type of procedure
Open procedure
IV.1.3)Information about a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system
IV.1.4)Information about reduction of the number of solutions or tenders during negotiation or dialogue
IV.1.6)Information about electronic auction
IV.1.8)Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: yes
IV.2)Administrative information
IV.2.1)Previous publication concerning this procedure
IV.2.2)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate
Date: 06/07/2017
Local time: 12:00
IV.2.3)Estimated date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates
IV.2.4)Languages in which tenders or requests to participate may be submitted:
English, Welsh
IV.2.6)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender
Duration in months: 6 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)
IV.2.7)Conditions for opening of tenders
Date: 06/07/2017
Local time: 14:00

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence
This is a recurrent procurement: no
VI.2)Information about electronic workflows
VI.3)Additional information:

Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council is administering this procurement opportunity electronically via the Etenderwales portal.

All documentation has been uploaded to enable direct access following registration.

NB: You must download all documentation directly from the portal, tender documents will not be communicated by any other means.

- Tender responses must be uploaded to the Etenderwales / Bravo Solution portal by no later than 12:00 noon Thursday 6.7.2017.

E-Tender access information:

- Go to

- The first person from your Organisation to use the Platform will be required to register on behalf of the Organisation.

- Registration involves accepting a User Agreement, and providing basic information about your Organisation and about the User performing the Registration.

- On registering on the Platform the User will select a Username and will receive a password.

- The Password will be sent by e-mail to the e-mail address that was specified in the User Details section of the Registration page.

- In order to log-in to the Platform please enter your Username and Password.

- Note: If you forget your Password then visit the homepage and click ‘Forgot your password?’.

- Registration should only be performed once for each Organisation.

- If you think that someone in your Organisation may have already registered on this Platform then you must NOT register again.

- Please contact the person who Registered (i.e. the Super User) in order to arrange access to the Platform.

- Contact the Helpdesk immediately if you are unable to contact the Super User (for example if they have left your Organisation).

Please contact the Helpdesk to gain access to the Platform.

- The Help desk is available Monday-Friday: 8:00-18:00.

Telephone: +44 8003684852 e-mail:

How to find the ITT:

- Once logged in you must click on ‘ITT's Open to all Suppliers’.

- The etender references for this contract are: Project_35366 and ITT_59721.

- Click on the title to access summary details of the contract. If you are still interested in submitting a tender, click the ‘Express an Interest button'. This will move the ITT from the "Open to all Suppliers' area to the ‘My ITT's’ on the home page.

- You will then see the full details of the ITT in the qualification, technical and commercial envelopes along with all relevant documents in the ‘Attachments’ area.

- Should you have any questions on the ITT, please use the ”Messages’ area to contact the buyer directly.

- Do not contact the named person at the top of this notice.

- Tenders must be uploaded to the Etenderwales / Bravo Solution portal by no later than 12:00 noon Thursday 6.7.2017.

Note: the authority is using eTenderwales to carry out this procurement process. To obtain further information record your interest on Sell2Wales at

(WA Ref:66948)

The buyer considers that this contract is suitable for consortia.

VI.4)Procedures for review
VI.4.1)Review body
Head of Legal and Corporate Compliance Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council
Steelwork Road
Ebbw Vale
United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1495311556

Internet address:

VI.4.2)Body responsible for mediation procedures
VI.4.3)Review procedure
VI.4.4)Service from which information about the review procedure may be obtained
VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: