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ESF Skills for Growth Commissioning – Digital Skills for Growth & Productivity contract award

MCA have run a competitive process and NWSA’s submission scored highly after evaluation.

1 submission was received and was sent to a full evaluation panel. The submission was checked by GMCA’s Information Governance Team and was found to be acceptable. The finances of the bidding company were also checked, along with the safeguarding policy submitted.

The Invitation to Tender comprised of 3 parts, covering (75%) Quality, (15%) Social Value and (10%) Price.

The Successful provider’s scores were deemed acceptable and comprehensive throughout their submission and offered an economically advantageous tender. Despite being the only bid, the evaluation panel felt that NWSA’s scores were sufficient for the procurement process to continue without reopening this tender to the market. The panel were pleased with the bidder’s delivery model, along with their responses looking at engagement and stakeholder management, as well as performance management and monitoring.

In addition, NWSA’s bid included a strong supply chain including Appretify, The Coders Guild, Growth Company, Back 2 Work, Manchester Digital, and UK Skills Academy. The panel felt that this supply chain is well thought through and will be able to deliver the content of this programme under NWSA as Prime.

Following the moderation, NWSA were invited to a clarification meeting to allow the panel to receive some additional details around their bid. This included gaining a further understanding of topics including the provider’s approach to their delivery model; supply chain queries; employer involvement. Following this meeting, the panel were satisfied that the moderation scores were accurate, and NWSA should be awarded the ESF Skills for Growth Commissioning – Digital Skills for Growth & Productivity contract.


Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Expenditure > £500,000;

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Notice of proposed decision first published: 01/10/2021

Decision due: 1 Oct 2021 by Chief Executive Officer GMCA & TfGM

Contact: Steve Wilson, Treasurer Email: Steve.Wilson@greatermanchester-ca.gov.uk.

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