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The Wales Audit Office seeks to engage a training provider for the provision of professional ACA training to its graduate accountancy trainees over a 4 year programme, with option to extend for an additional 2 years.

Contract award notice

Results of the procurement procedure

Services

Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses
Wales Audit Office
24 Cathedral Road
Cardiff
CF11 9LJ
United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 2920320500
E-mail:
Fax: +44 2920320600
NUTS code: UKL22

Internet address(es):

Main address: www.audit.wales

Address of the buyer profile: http://www.sell2wales.gov.wales/search/Search_AuthProfile.aspx?ID=AA0519

I.2)Joint procurement
The contract is awarded by a central purchasing body
I.4)Type of the contracting authority
Body governed by public law
I.5)Main activity
Other activity: audit services

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement
II.1.1)Title:

Provision of ACA Training Services.

Reference number: 64608
II.1.2)Main CPV code
80500000
II.1.3)Type of contract
Services
II.1.4)Short description:

The Wales Audit Office seeks to engage a training provider for the provision of professional ACA training to its graduate accountancy trainees over a 4 year programme, with option to extend for an additional 2 years.

II.1.6)Information about lots
This contract is divided into lots: no
II.1.7)Total value of the procurement (excluding VAT)
Lowest offer: 269 630.00 GBP / Highest offer: 373 650.00 GBP taken into consideration
II.2)Description
II.2.1)Title:
II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)
80511000
80520000
80521000
80531200
II.2.3)Place of performance
NUTS code: UKL22
Main site or place of performance:

South Wales - predominantly at supplier venue (or supplier sourced venue) and small proportion at Wales Audit Office's Cardiff office.

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

The Wales Audit Office is looking for a supplier to be appointed for the provision of professional training to graduate trainees to support the Auditor General for Wales. The successful supplier will provide financial audit ACA (ICAEW) training. The training will consist of, but is not limited to, face-to-face training of 6-12 trainees (per annual cohort)progressing through professional stages of study, leading induction meetings, administration of and supply of all training materials, examinations and associated fees, and any e-learning as appropriate. The training provider must be a recognised ICAEW Partner in Learning to participate in this procurement.

II.2.5)Award criteria
Quality criterion - Name: Course structure, training methods and location suitable to specification of requirements / Weighting: 10
Quality criterion - Name: Evidence of suitably qualified and experienced staff / Weighting: 10
Quality criterion - Name: Evidence of technical and administrative systems to deliver the programme effectively / Weighting: 10
Quality criterion - Name: Suitable data protection and continuity arrangements in place / Weighting: 5
Quality criterion - Name: Ability to fulfil obligations under the Welsh Language Scheme relevant to this contract / Weighting: 5
Quality criterion - Name: Evidence of effective quality assurance, accessibility and ability to respond effectively to reasonable adjustments / Weighting: 10
Quality criterion - Name: Effective communication in resolving issues and concerns, effective liaison and contract management / Weighting: 5
Quality criterion - Name: Evidence of proven track record through effective ICAEW partnership and/or similar relevant experience / Weighting: 10
Quality criterion - Name: Evidence of proven track record through previous exam success rates / Weighting: 10
Cost criterion - Name: Total cost of training and all associated costs, inclusive of trainers' travel and subsistence, training premises and certificate level exam fees / Weighting: 25
II.2.11)Information about options
Options: no
II.2.13)Information about European Union funds
The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
II.2.14)Additional information

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Description
IV.1.1)Type of procedure
Open procedure
IV.1.3)Information about a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system
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
Notice number in the OJ S: 2017/S 066-124451
IV.2.8)Information about termination of dynamic purchasing system
IV.2.9)Information about termination of call for competition in the form of a prior information notice

Section V: Award of contract

Contract No: ACA Training Services
A contract/lot is awarded: yes
V.2)Award of contract
V.2.1)Date of conclusion of the contract:
12/07/2017
V.2.2)Information about tenders
Number of tenders received: 3
Number of tenders received from SMEs: 3
Number of tenders received from tenderers from other EU Member States: 0
Number of tenders received from tenderers from non-EU Member States: 0
Number of tenders received by electronic means: 0
The contract has been awarded to a group of economic operators: no
V.2.3)Name and address of the contractor
Kaplan
Baskerville House, 2 Centenary Square
Birmingham
B1 2ND
United Kingdom
NUTS code: UKG
The contractor is an SME: yes
V.2.4)Information on value of the contract/lot (excluding VAT)
Lowest offer: 269 630.00 GBP / Highest offer: 373 650.00 GBP taken into consideration
V.2.5)Information about subcontracting

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.3)Additional information:

The value of the contract is estimated based on a range dependent on the number of graduate trainees undertaking professional study. The value includes for third party examination fees applicable and all associated training costs. The extent of this range is estimated to be from 250 000 to 450 000 GBP (up to a maximum 750 000 GBP if extended and subject to review). The range reflects a number of inherent uncertainties, such as achieving recruitment targets; the extent of trainee exemptions from professional examinations; loss of trainees following exam failures or for other reasons; and, additional examination resit fees.

(WA Ref:68963).

VI.4)Procedures for review
VI.4.1)Review body
Wales Audit Office
24 Cathedral Road
Cardiff
CF11 9LJ
United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 2920320500
Fax: +44 2920320600

Internet address:www.audit.wales

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:
20/07/2017