Published date: 22 September 2022

Closed opportunity - This means that the contract is currently closed. The buying department may be considering suppliers that have already applied, or no suitable offers were made.

Closing: 27 October 2022, 12pm

Contract summary


  • Education and training services - 80000000

  • Vocational secondary education services - 80212000

  • Higher education services - 80300000

    • Adult and other education services - 80400000

Location of contract


Value of contract


Procurement reference

IT-234-35253-ESCC - 035253

Published date

22 September 2022

Closing date

27 October 2022

Closing time


Contract start date

5 December 2022

Contract end date

31 March 2025

Contract type

Service contract

Procedure type

Open procedure (above threshold)

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

This procedure can be used for procurements above the relevant contract value threshold.

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East Sussex County Council as the upper tier authority is responsible for overseeing and managing the new Government 'Multiply' Programme, raising adult numeracy skills for those aged 19+, up to Level 2 across the county
The programme is split into eleven lots as detailed below; there is no limit to the number of lots that a bidder can apply for:
• Lot 1a - Peripatetic maths provision in small groups at outreach venues to target hard to reach learners
• Lot 1b - One-to-one maths support for employability
• Lot 2 - One-to-one numeracy support via personal finances and benefit calculation sessions
• Lot 3a - Bitesize maths for business
• Lot 3b - Bitesize numeracy skills for employees of land-based sector businesses who lack a level 2 numeracy qualification.
• Lot 3c - Bitesize numeracy for East Sussex priority sectors.
• Lot 4a - Numeracy in tickets to work for those who are unemployed and keen to gain the maths and vocational skills to move them into employment in key East Sussex sectors.
• Lot 4b - Numeracy in horticulture for those who are 'hard to reach' and unemployed and lack a level 2 numeracy qualification.
• Lot 4c - Numeracy in horse and/or animal care for those who are 'hard to reach' and unemployed and lack a level 2 numeracy qualification.
• Lot 5a - Numeracy in music for those who are furthest from the workplace and may have complex needs.
• Lot 5b - Numeracy through digital skills for those who are furthest from the workplace and may have complex needs.

Full details of the required Services are set out in the service specifications

The Council is inviting any interested providers of the services under this procurement to study this Invitation to Tender (ITT) carefully and submit their tender to the Council. Interested providers are free to establish contractual, or other partnership arrangements with other relevant providers of the services in question and submit a tender on the basis of their supply chain.

This ITT pack sets out the standards, specification, terms, commercial information and the award criteria to be used to evaluate the compliant tenders received.

In assessing the responses, the Council will be seeking the Most Economically Advantageous Tender (MEAT) based on the award criteria. The award criteria for each Lot is a combination of non-financial (quality) factors as set out in Section 4 below.

Please note that this service delivery is being funded through grant funding; as such, the initial contract awards as well as the subsequent annual contract extensions, will be subject to East Sussex County Council being awarded the grant funding

More information


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Is a Recurrent Procurement Type? : No

About the buyer

Contact name

Chloe Sharpe (ESCC)


St Anne's Crescent
East Sussex
United Kingdom


01273 336173