Issue details

ESF Skills for Growth Commissioning – Health and Social Care Skills contract award

GMCA have run a competitive process and Acorn Training’s submission scored highest after evaluation.

2 submissions were received and were sent to a full evaluation panel. The submissions were checked by GMCA’s Information Governance Team and were found to be acceptable. The finances of the bidding companies were also checked, along with the safeguarding policies 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. Acorn Training scored particularly well in a number of areas of the evaluation, including the mobilisation and implementation, financial value for money, and performance management and monitoring sections. Their social value response was also scored as exceeding exceptions.

Following the moderation, Acorn Training 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 such as the provider’s approach to their delivery model. Following this meeting, the panel were satisfied that the moderation scores were accurate, and Acorn Training should be awarded the ESF Skills for Growth Commissioning – Health and Social Care Skills 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: