Published date: 25 September 2020

Open opportunity - This means that the contract is currently active, and the buying department is looking for potential suppliers to fulfil the contract.

Closing: 28 October 2020, 2pm

Contract summary


  • Education and training services - 80000000

Location of contract

South East

Value of contract

£150,000 to £300,000

Procurement reference


Published date

25 September 2020

Closing date

28 October 2020

Closing time


Contract start date

11 January 2021

Contract end date

10 January 2023

Contract type

Service contract

Procedure type

Open (non-OJEU)

Any interested supplier may submit a tender in response to an opportunity notice.

Non-OJEU (Official Journal of the European Union) procedures are valued below a certain financial threshold.

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The final date and time for the submission of bids is Wednesday 28th October 2020 at 14:00.

DO NOT apply directly to the buyer.

All tender information MUST be submitted through the Delta eSourcing Portal.

Brief Description of Requirement

UKRI-STFC employs 2000 specialist technical, scientific and engineering staff across 5 sites in the UK. Our employees range from those in their early careers (graduates, students and apprentices) to more experienced managers and leaders.

The UKRI-STFC Corporate Strategy demands an agile and sustainable workforce with the necessary knowledge, behaviours and skills to lead UKRI-STFC into the future. Graduates and apprentices are part of the early careers skills strategy and a key part of the UKRI-STFC careers pipeline.

As part of the development of our apprentices and graduates, each year the latest intake from all sites are invited to attend an outward bound residential based learning programme to develop core skills, including but not limited to team working, leadership and communication.

Four days are planned away from the normal workplace to provide a personal development programme for:

• Apprentices to spend time exploring the behavioural elements of the apprenticeship standards; and
• Graduates to provide a leadership and personal development programme linked to CRISTAL competencies (Communication, Responsibility, Integrity, Solution focus, Teamwork, Awareness and Leadership).

The residential courses are aligned to UKRI values and the overall aims of each course are to:
• Provide real and practical opportunities to practice team and/or leadership skills in a safe environment
• Help develop an understanding of the behaviours required within UKRI-STFC whilst emphasising the link to the apprenticeship standards and graduate programme
• Regularly review the learning process in order to continually improve personal performance
• Develop interpersonal skills

The emphasis of this course is on practising and developing skills using activities and exercises through experiential learning in a non-work environment using both wet (i.e. swimming pool or sea) and dry (land based) facilities; enabling participants to safely be taken out of their comfort zones or try activities they may not have had the chance to before.

There will be approximately 60 graduates (plus 3-4 UKRI-STFC staff) attending the programme each year, and approximately 45 apprentices (plus 3-4 UKRI-STFC staff) attending the programme each year. There will be approximately 58 graduates per cohort in 2021 but we are aware this could change within the current climate.

The Contract duration shall be for a period of two years, from January 2021 to January 2023 with an optional extension of two years until January 2025 (2+2).

For full details of the requirement please refer to the Invitation to Quote documentation available to download from the Delta eSourcing Portal.

More information



Additional text


Please disregard any content in this notice that requests your organisation "to apply directly to the buyer" as this unfortunately a system generated error that is outside of the Contracting Authority's control.

How to Apply:

UK Shared Business Services Ltd (UK SBS) will be using the Delta eSourcing Portal for this procurement.

To register on the Delta eSourcing portal please use the link and follow the instructions to register.

If you are already registered on the Delta eSourcing Portal and wish to participate in this procurement, please use the link: and the follow the instructions to 'Login'

Once you are logged into the system you will be able to link yourself into this procurement using the Access Code: Q3C655N6YX

Responses must be received by the date in the tender documentation; responses received outside of the deadline or not sent via the Delta eSourcing portal will not be accepted or considered further for this opportunity.

As a user of the Delta eSourcing Portal you will have access to the Delta messaging service which facilitates all messages sent to you and from you in relation to any specific tender event. Please note it is your responsibility to access these messages on a regular basis to ensure you have sight of all relevant information applicable to this opportunity.

All submissions will be assessed in accordance with the Public Contracts Regulations 2015, for procurement values that exceed Regulation 5 (Threshold amounts)

The contracting authority expressly reserves the right:

i. not to award any contract as a result of the procurement process commenced by publication of this notice; and

ii. to make whatever changes it may see fit to the content and structure of the procurement; and in no circumstances will the contracting authority be liable for any costs incurred by any supplier. If the contracting authority decides to enter into a contract with the successful supplier, this does not mean that there is any guarantee of subsequent contracts being awarded. Any expenditure, work or effort undertaken prior to contract award is accordingly a matter solely for the commercial judgement of bidders.

About UK Shared Business Services

UK Shared Business Services Ltd (UK SBS) brings a commercial attitude to the public sector; helping our contracting authorities to improve efficiency, generate savings and modernise.

Where UK SBS is not named as the Contracting Authority within the documentation, UK SBS will be acting as an agent on behalf of the Contracting Authority.

Our broad range of expert services is shared by our customers. This allows our customers the freedom to focus resources on core activities; innovating and transforming their own organisations.

How to apply

Follow the instructions given in the description or the more information section.

About the buyer

Contact name

Sophie Mumford


Polaris House


01793 867005


Closing: 28 October 2020, 2pm