Issue details

ESF Skills for Growth Commissioning – Early Years Workforce Upskilling Programme contract award

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

2 submissions were received and were sent to a full evaluation panel. All 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.

Following evaluation and moderation, Acorn Training were ranked highest of the two bids however, both bids were strong and this is reflected in the moderated scores for both providers.

The Successful provider’s scores were deemed acceptable and comprehensive throughout their submission and offered an economically advantageous tender. Acorn Training scored higher in the Performance & Contract Management and Financial Value for Money sections and the evaluation panel were particularly impressed with their responses concerning their delivery model, quality and track record and engagement and stakeholder management.

Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Expenditure > £500,000;

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Notice of proposed decision first published: 26/07/2022

Decision due: 19 Jul 2022 by Chief Executive Officer GMCA & TfGM

Contact: Nicola Ward Email:


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