Providing apprenticeship training

Provider panel for the provision of apprenticeship training

Cheshire East Borough Council and Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council have developed an approved panel of training providers for apprenticeship schemes across both Councils.  

Defining an apprenticeship

An apprenticeship is paid employment which involves both on the job training and study towards a related qualification and is open to anyone aged 16 and above.

Changes made by the Government in April 2017 mean Cheshire East Borough Council, Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council (and other public sector organisations), now pay a levy to fund the training of apprenticeships across the organisation, including maintained schools and our ASDVs .

An apprenticeship can take one to four years to complete, depending on the level chosen and leads to a recognised qualification. There are several levels to an apprenticeship from level 2 (GCSE standard) to level 7 (postgraduate standard) and also include degree apprenticeships.

Both Councils are committed to offering high quality apprenticeships to staff and young people that want an opportunity to develop, earn and learn.

Apprenticeship training provider panel contract

Cheshire East Borough Council (CEBC) and Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council (SMBC) have worked together to form a consortium to deliver apprenticeship schemes for both Councils. This has created a contract for an Adult and Community Learning: Provider Panel.

Cheshire East Borough Council has procured the initial provider panel. We will procure all potential subsequent Provider Panel re-openings on behalf of both Councils.

The procuring officer responsible for this tender process should be contacted via the Chest Portal’s (Pro-actis) messaging facility, which is available under the relevant Chest reference.

Further detail regarding Chest references is provided in Table 1 below.

How to become a provider of apprenticeships to the Councils

The contracts awarded from the initial round of tendering, commenced in January 2018.

This tender process is Round 3 of the apprenticeship training provider panel and each round that the Councils may decide to run, subject to requirement, will be given a new Chest reference.

The Chest reference will be updated and shown within this ongoing advert, at Table 1 below as soon as the tender is live.

The provider panel may re-open, up to three times a year subject to the councils and central government activity and requirements.

Any subsequent call-off contracts will be awarded as per the original call-off criteria detailed further below and within the tender documentation. 

The provider panel contract will be used as a compliant vehicle for the placing of business on an ad-hoc basis in response to both of the council’s and central government activity. This will be done by the councils following the call-off process which is detailed within the tender documents available on the Chest.

Successful tenderers will gain a place as a member of the provider panel only. This award will not guarantee any volume of work or any service delivery commitments by the councils.

Once the provider panel contract is in place, all subsequent decisions using the said Call-off criteria, will be made by both Cheshire East Borough Council and/or Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council.

The approval of any business awarded as a result of following the call off procedure, whether a direct award or mini-competition, will be treated as a separate call-off contract award, against the over arching provider panel contract in the form of a call off contract and a tripartite commitment statement as per the funding requirements, between CEBC / SMBC , the apprentice and the training provider.

The councils reserve the right to re-open the procurement process periodically during the provider panel contract term, subject to the needs of the councils, the local area and central government funding allocations/activity, and this may be up to a maximum of 3 times year. 

The councils now have 62 providers on the panel and therefore currently there is no intention to conduct any further rounds following Round 3. As and when the councils decide to re-open the provider panel this will be published via the Chest using a new Chest reference if necessary.

Process flow

The Council will collate and review compliance for all response documents submitted by the stated Tender Deadline stated in the Tender Guidance Document.

The Council will review all compliant tenders using the chosen Evaluation Panel in line with the criteria set out in the Tender Guidance Document.

Successful Tenderers will be accepted onto the Provider Panel (‘Contract Award’) this will be communicated by Debrief Letter, a copy of the final Provider Panel Tripartite contract will be distributed for signing and returning by CEBC, SMBC and Provider. You will now be a member of the Provider Panel.

The approval of any business awarded as a result of following the Call off Procedure, whether a direct award or mini-competition, will be treated as a separate call-off contract award, against the over arching provider panel contract in the form of Tripartite Commitment Statement. The Council/Provider/Apprentice.

You the provider will nominate a contract/account manager and the Council will nominate an Apprenticeships Training officer to manage the contract. The signed tripartite call-off contract will specify the roles of both.

Payment Terms and conditions agreed once Commitment statement is signed and in place according to Appendix A in your contract, digital account (government website).

This tender process is to contract with providers and for them to become a member on the apprenticeship training provider panel.

The consortium cannot guarantee any quantities or volumes, (and it is not an exclusive arrangement) but the anticipated spend will be between £3,000,000 and £6,500,000 for the four years during the aggregated contract term.

Table 1

Anticipated tender timetable for providers of apprenticeships
Advertise tenderAppoint new suppliers

1 February 2018

DN318091 – Round 2 Tender closing date: Friday 23 February 2018 at 12 noon

1 April 2018

1 July 2018

DN351652– Round 3 Tender closing date: Wednesday 8 August at 12 noon

September 2018

Call-off process

The majority of contracts will be awarded on the basis of a direct award. However the consortium reserves the right to hold a mini competition when appointing a provider to deliver a course, particularly if the consortium forms a cohort. The consortium will approach all providers of the course in question for a price and will offer the opportunity to better the offer they have made in their tender submission.
 
The consortium reserve the right to negotiate on provision and price to ensure value for money and that learners needs are met.

Re-opening of the provider panel

The councils (Consortium ) reserves the right to re-open this opportunity in joining the Provider Panel periodically during the provider panel contract term, subject to the needs of the Councils, the local area and central government activity, requirements and funding allocations; this will be up to a maximum of 3 times per year.

If tenderers do not meet the eligibility criteria described within the specification, they will not be appointed to the provider panel. If the councils (Consortium) decide to re-open the provider panel, it will capture any new providers that have been appointed to the governments RoATP and/or did not previously meet the criteria; it may allow the opportunity to the providers to update previous submission detail reference to maximum funding brackets in line with any justified changes in the market/central government activity; also for providers and the councils in adding any additional courses to an existing Lot when business needs arise, and adding of new lots within scope if required.

Providers who have been successful in their submission to be appointed to the provider panel will also be able to use the opportunity of re-openings to refresh their bids with up to date information, for example to reflect an improved OFSTED rating, offer pricing for additional courses or improve the competitiveness of their prices. Providers are requested to submit a statement of any changes as part of their tender response, if reapplying, so the changes can be considered and updated with ease and clarity.

All documents must be returned via the CHEST at www.the-chest.org.uk, and must be compatible with Microsoft Office or Acrobat/PDF formats.

Please note: do not express an interest or try to return documents to the ongoing Chest advert Ref: DN318144. You must use the latest Chest Ref for the round appropriate e.g. for 16 188 Round 3 starting July 18, you should use Chest Ref DN351652– (as shown in table 1 once tender is live.)

Provider panel – list of category areas and name of providers as at April

  • Aspire Achieve Advance Ltd
  • BC Arch Ltd
  • Babington Business College Limited
  • Barnsley College
  • Blackburn College
  • Chesterfield College Trading as Learning Unlimited
  • CILEx Law School
  • Damar Limited
  • Macclesfield College
  • PM Training
  • Rochdale Training
  • Seetec Business Technology Centre Limited
  • South Cheshire College
  • The Growth Company
  • Total People Limited (2nd award)
  • Trafford College
  • Acorn Training
  • Barnsley College
  • PM Training
  • Acorn Training
  • Activ First Ltd
  • Aspire Achieve Advance Ltd
  • Axia Solutions
  • BC Arch Ltd
  • Babington Business College Limited
  • Barnsley College
  • Bespoke Professional Development and Training Ltd (BePro)
  • Blackburn College
  • BlackRock (London) Ltd
  • Care Assessment Training Services Ltd
  • Chesterfield College Trading as Learning Unlimited
  • CILEx Law School
  • Damar Limited
  • Essential Learning Company Limited
  • FLM Training Ltd
  • GP Strategies Training Limited
  • HIT Training Limited
  • Learning Curve Group Limited
  • Lifetime Training Group Limited
  • Liverpool John Moores University (2nd award)
  • London College of Apprenticeship Training (LCoAT)
  • Macclesfield College
  • Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Mantra Learning
  • MBKB Training
  • North Lancashire Training Group
  • Norton Webb Limited
  • Organisation Development Ltd
  • Paragon Education and Skills Limited
  • Pathway First Limited (CE Only)
  • People Plus Group
  • PM Training
  • Premier People Solutions
  • Progress to Excellence Ltd
  • QA Limited
  • Remit Group
  • Rochdale Training
  • Seetec Business Technology Centre Limited
  • Serco Ltd
  • SHL Training Solutions
  • Skills Training UK
  • Solo Vir
  • South Cheshire College
  • The Care Learning Centre
  • The Growth Company
  • Total People Limited (2nd award)
  • Trafford College
  • Training Event Safety Solutions Ltd (The TESS Group)
  • TRN (Train) Ltd
  • University of Chester
  • Vision West Nottinghamshire
  • Axia Solutions Limited
  • Barnsley College
  • Blackburn College
  • Macclesfield College
  • North of England Training Limited
  • PM Training
  • Seetec Business Technology Centre Limited
  • Skills Training UK
  • Sheffield Hallam University
  • South Cheshire College
  • The Growth Company
  • Total People Limited
  • Trafford College
  • Acorn Training
  • Alder Training Limited
  • Ashley Hunter Training Academy
  • Barnsley College
  • Bespoke Consultancy and Education Limited
  • Blackburn College
  • Care Assessment Training Services Ltd
  • Chesterfield College Trading as Learning Unlimited
  • Dawn Hodge Associates Limited
  • Essential Learning Company Limited
  • Expanse Group Limited
  • GP Strategies Training Limited
  • Learning Curve Group Limited
  • Lifetime Training Group Limited
  • Macclesfield College
  • MBKB Training
  • Norton Webb Limited
  • Paragon Education and Skills Limited
  • Pathway First Limited (CE Only)
  • Progress to Excellence Ltd
  • Remit Group
  • Rochdale Training
  • Serco Ltd
  • Skills Training UK
  • South Cheshire College
  • The Big Life Company
  • The Care Learning Centre
  • The Growth Company
  • Total People Limited (2nd award)
  • TRN (Train) Ltd
  • University of Chester
  • Vision West Nottinghamshire
  • Acorn Training
  • Activ First Ltd
  • Barnsley College
  • Blackburn College
  • Chesterfield College Trading as Learning Unlimited
  • HIT Training Limited
  • Learning Curve Group Limited
  • Lifetime Training Group
  • Macclesfield College
  • North Lancashire Training Group
  • Norton Webb Limited
  • Paragon Education and Skills Limited
  • Pathway First Limited (CE Only)
  • Remit Group
  • South Cheshire College
  • Total People Limited (2nd award)
  • Trafford College
  • Vision West Nottinghamshire
  • Acorn Training
  • Axia Solutions Limited
  • BC Arch Ltd
  • Blackburn College
  • Chesterfield College Trading as Learning Unlimited
  • Macclesfield College
  • Rochdale Training
  • South Cheshire College
  • Total People Limited (2nd award)
  • Acorn Training
  • Barnsley College
  • Blackburn College
  • Liverpool John Moores University (2nd award)
  • Manchester Metropolitan University
  • QA Limited
  • Rochdale Training
  • Serco Ltd
  • Sheffield Hallam University
  • South Cheshire College
  • The Growth Company
  • University of Chester
  • Axia Solutions Limited
  • Barnsley College
  • BC Arch Ltd
  • Blackburn College
  • Chesterfield College Trading as Learning Unlimited
  • Macclesfield College
  • Mantra Learning
  • North Lancashire Training Group
  • Pathway First Limited (CE Only)
  • Rochdale Training
  • Sheffield Hallam University
  • South Cheshire College
  • Total People Limited
  • Trafford College
  • Acorn Training
  • Aspire Achieve Advance Ltd
  • Axia Solutions Limited
  • Babington Business College Limited
  • Baltic Training Services
  • Barnsley College
  • BC Arch Ltd
  • Blackburn College
  • Chesterfield College Trading as Learning Unlimited
  • Essential Learning Company Limited
  • GP Strategies Training Limited
  • Macclesfield College
  • Manchester Metropolitan University
  • North Lancashire Training Group
  • Pathway First Limited (CE Only)
  • PM Training
  • QA Limited
  • Remit Group
  • Rochdale Training
  • Seetec Business Technology Centre Limited
  • Skills Training UK Limited
  • South Cheshire College
  • Total People Limited (2nd award)
  • Trafford College
  • Training Synergy

For further information and/or queries during time of ‘no live tender’ please email: procurement@cheshireeast.gov.uk.

During time of Live Tender please contact the procuring officer via the Chest Portals’ Messaging facility under the relevant Chest Advert Reference.