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Contract Notice

TC1141 - Apprenticeship Training and Assessment Providers

  • First published: 01 March 2024
  • Last modified: 01 March 2024

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Published by:
Manchester City Council
Authority ID:
Publication date:
01 March 2024
Deadline date:
02 April 2024
Notice type:
Contract Notice
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Further details are set out in the procurement documents.

Full notice text

Contract notice

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1) Name and addresses

Manchester City Council

Floor 5 (Mount Street Elevation), Town Hall Extension, Albert Square


M60 2LA


Contact person: Ms Mavis Kiang

Telephone: +44 1612192577



Internet address(es)

Main address:

Address of the buyer profile:

I.3) Communication

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 sent electronically to:

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

II.1.1) Title

TC1141 - Apprenticeship Training and Assessment Providers

Reference number: DN713462

II.1.2) Main CPV code



II.1.3) Type of contract


II.1.4) Short description

- To provide a route to buying Apprenticeship training and assessment that complies with Public Contract Regulations (2015).

- To provide a route that aligns with the Department for Education (DFE) funding requirements.

- To ensure only those providers who meet the standards expected by Manchester City Council building on the minimum standards set by the Apprenticeship Provider and Assessment Register (APAR) deliver apprenticeships.

- To create a system that allows the authority easy and speedy access to Apprenticeship training and assessment providers.

- To create a system that allows additional Apprenticeship training and assessment providers to join at any time as the authority’s requirements change

II.1.5) Estimated total value

Value excluding VAT: 1 800 000.00  GBP

II.1.6) Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: No

II.2) Description

II.2.3) Place of performance

NUTS code:


II.2.4) Description of the procurement

Further details are set out in the procurement documents.

II.2.5) Award criteria

Criteria below:

Quality criterion: Social Value / Weighting: 20

Quality criterion: Environment / Weighting: 10

Cost criterion: Quality / Weighting: 70

II.2.6) Estimated value

Value excluding VAT: 1 800 000.00  GBP

II.2.7) Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system

Duration in months: 24

This contract is subject to renewal: No

II.2.9) Information about the limits on the number of candidates to be invited

II.2.10) Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: No

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

The Council is using the e-business portal known as the Chest. Applicants will need to register their details at the following link Applicants will need to electronically submit their completed tender documents, including the online questionnaire, via the online portal by 11 am on 2nd April 2024 as referred to in IV.2.2.

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

The procurement involves the establishment of a framework agreement with several operators.

Justification for any framework agreement duration exceeding 4 years:

IV.1.8) Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: Yes

IV.2) Administrative information

IV.2.2) Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

Date: 02/04/2024

Local time: 11:00

IV.2.4) Languages in which tenders or requests to participate may be submitted


IV.2.7) Conditions for opening of tenders

Date: 02/04/2024

Local time: 11:00

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1) Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: No

VI.3) Additional information

The Council is using the e-business portal known as the Chest. Applicants will need to register their details at the following link Once registered, applicants will be emailed a log-in and password which will allow them to gain access to the documentation relating to this opportunity. Applicants will need to electronically submit their completed tender documents, via the online portal by 11 am on 2nd April 2024 as referred to in IV.2.2. Any clarification queries must also be submitted via the Chest website by the date referred to in the tender documentation.

The contracts will be for 2 years, expected to commence on 22nd May 2024 with an option to extend for up to an additional 2 years.

The successful supplier will be required to actively participate in the economic and social regeneration of the locality of, and surroundings of, the place of delivery of the contract. Therefore, selection and award criteria, specification requirements and contract performance conditions may relate in particular to social and environmental considerations as relevant to the subject matter of this project.

The Council reserves the right not to award the framework, as a result of this Contract Notice. The Council shall not be liable for any costs or expenses incurred by any organisation in responding to this notice or in tendering for the proposed framework.

All submissions must be in English, with any clarifications or discussions conducted in English. Tenders and supporting documents must be priced in pounds sterling and all payments under the proposed contract will be made in pounds sterling.

VI.4) Procedures for review

VI.4.1) Review body

Manchester City Council



VI.4.3) Review procedure

Precise information on deadline(s) for review procedures:

The Council will incorporate a minimum 10 calendar day standstill period at the point information on the award of the framework is communicated to tenderers prior to entering the framework. If an appeal regarding the award of a framework has not been successfully resolved, the Public Contract Regulations 2015 provide for aggrieved parties who have been harmed or are at risk of harm by a breach of the rules to take action in the High Court (England, Wales and Northern Ireland).

VI.5) Date of dispatch of this notice



Commodity categories

ID Title Parent category
80500000 Training services Education and training services

Delivery locations

ID Description
100 UK - All

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