Procurement for the Provision of Prisoner Education Services (Careers Information, Advice and Guidance (CIAG))

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Contract (Services)
4 year
25 Oct 2023
To 19 Dec 2027 (est.)
19 Dec 2023 11:00




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HMPPS is committed to delivering a new and transformed Prisoner Education Service (PES) that increases the focus on Education, Skills and Work (ESW) within prisons and supports prisoners to improve their prospects for work on release. The PES Programme will focus on the following three overarching strategic priorities: • improving the numeracy and literacy of all prisoners who need it; • incentivising prisoners to improve their qualifications and skills to increase their prospects of finding work on release; and • ensuring that Governors and their teams have the knowledge, tools, support and accountabilities that they need to lead this work. The provision of an impartial and high-quality Careers Information, Advice and Guidance (CIAG) Service is fundamental to achieving our vision and our aims. The vision of PES is that everyone of working age and able to work should leave prison prepared for employment or further education and training. The new CIAG Service will contribute to reducing reoffending by supporting prisoners from induction to release identifying career aspirations, setting education, skills and work-related goals, and supporting prisoners to achieve their aspirations upon release. We are seeking to procure new CIAG contracts that can offer prisoners a high quality and impartial CIAG Service. The new CIAG contracts shall replace the current CIAG services commissioned via the Prison Education Dynamic Purchasing System (PEDPS). The CIAG Service is being procured separately to Core Education Provision (currently being procured Suppliers can bid for both Core Education and CIAG services. This procurement will cover the provision of CIAG services in all prisons managed by HMPPS in England, with the exception of two, and four prisons managed by private operators in England. This requirement has been classified as being subject to the Light Touch Regime under the Public Contract Regulations 2015. The procurement shall be a single stage procurement with a single submission requirement in response to an Invitation to Tender (ITT). The procurement shall comprise of eleven regional lots. The contracts will commence on the 1st April 2025. The duration of the contracts shall be for an initial four (4) years with options to extend the term of this Contract beyond the end of the Initial Term or beyond the end of any additional period (as applicable) for a minimum of one (1) year and provided the maximum aggregate additional period shall not exceed three (3) years. Total 7-year value £72,360,000.00

Lot Division

1 Lot 1: Avon and South Dorset Group & Devon and North Dorset Group
  • Value: £5M

Lot 1 comprises of the following Prisons: HMP Bristol, 19 Cambridge Road, Bishopston, Bristol, BS7 8PS HMP Channings Wood, Denbury, Newton Abbot, Devon, TQ12 6DW HMP Dartmoor, Princetown, Yelverton, Devon, PL20 6RR HMP Eastwood Park, Falfield, Wotton-Under-Edge, Gloucester, GL12 8DB HMP Erlestoke, Erlestoke, Devizes, Wiltshire, SN10 5TU HMP Exeter, 30 New North Road, Exeter, EX4 4EX HMP Guys Marsh, Shaftesbury, Dorset, SP7 0AH HMP Leyhill, Wotton-Under-Edge, Gloucester, GL12 8BT HMP Portland, 104 The Grove, Easton, Portland, Dorset, DT5 1DL HMP The Verne, Verne Common Road, Portland, Dorset, DT5 1EQ

2 Lot 2: Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Norfolk Group and Hertfordshire, Essex and Suffolk Group
  • Value: £8M

Lot 2 consists of the following Prisons: HMP Bedford, St Loves, Bedford, MK40 1HG HMP Bure, Jaguar Drive, Badersfield, Norwich, Norfolk, NR10 5GB HMP Chelmsford, 200 Springfield Road, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 6LQ HMP Highpoint, Stradishall, Newmarket, Suffolk, CB8 9YG HMP Hollesley Bay, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12 3JW HMP Littlehey, Perry, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, PE28 0SR HMP Norwich, Knox Road, Norwich, Norfolk, NR1 4LU HMP The Mount, Molyneaux Avenue, Bovingdon, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, HP3 0NZ HMP Warren Hill, Grove Road, Hollesley, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12 3BF HMP Wayland, Griston, Thetford, Norfolk, IP25 6RL HMP Whitemoor, Longhill Road, March, Cambridgeshire, PE15 0PR

3 Lot 3: Cumbria and Lancashire Group
  • Value: £4M

Lot 3 consists of the following Prisons: HMP Garth, Ulnes Walton, Leyland, Preston, PR26 8NE HMP Haverigg, North Lane, Millom, LA18 4NA HMP Kirkham, Freckleton Road, Kirkham, Preston, Lancashire, PR4 2RN HMP Lancaster Farms, Stone Row Head, Off Quernmore Road, Lancaster, LA1 3QZ HMP Preston, 2 Ribbleton Lane, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 5AB HMP Wymott, Ulnes Walton Lane, Leyland, Preston, Lancashire, PR26 8LW

4 Lot 4: Tees and Wear Group
  • Value: £5M

Lot 4 consists of the following Prisons: HMP Deerbolt, Bowes Road, Barnard Castle, County Durham, DL12 9BG HMP Durham, Old Elvet, Durham, DH1 3HU HMP Frankland, Brasside, Durham, DH1 5YD HMP Full Sutton, Moor Lane, Full Sutton, York, YO41 1PS HMP Holme House, Holme House Road, Stockton on Tees, TS18 2QU HMP Kirklevington Grange, Yarm, Cleveland, TS15 9PA HMP Low Newton, Brasside, Durham, DH1 5YA HMP Northumberland, Wansbeck Road, Morpeth, Northumberland, NE65 9XG

5 Lot 5: East Midlands Group & North Midlands Group
  • Value: £7M

Lot 5 consists of the following Prisons: HMP Drake Hall, Eccleshall, Staffordshire, ST21 6LQ HMP Foston Hall, Foston, Derby, Derbyshire, DE65 5DN HMP Gartree, Gallow Field Road, Market Harborough, Leicestershire, LE16 7RP HMP Leicester, 116 Welford Road, Leicester, LE2 7AJ HMP Lincoln, Greetwell Road, Lincoln, LN2 4BD HMP Morton Hall, Eagle Road, Swinderby, Lincoln, LN6 9PT HMP North Sea Camp, Croppers Lane, Freiston, Boston, Lincolnshire, PE22 0QX HMP Nottingham, Perry Road, Sherwood, Nottingham, NG5 3AG HMP Onley, Rugby, Warwickshire, CV23 8AP HMP Ranby, Retford, Nottingham, DN22 8EU HMP Sudbury, Ashbourne, Derbyshire, DE6 5HW HMP Whatton, New Lane, Whatton, Nottingham, NG13 9FQ

6 Lot 6: Greater Manchester, Merseyside and Cheshire Group
  • Value: £5M

Lot 6 consists of the following Prisons: HMP Buckley Hall, Buckley Hall Road, Rochdale, Lancashire, OL12 9DP HMP Hindley, Barracks Road, Bickershaw, Wigan, WN2 5TH HMP Liverpool, 68 Hornby Road, Liverpool, L9 3DF HMP Manchester, 1 Southall Street, Manchester, M60 9AH HMP Risley, Warrington Road, Risley, Warrington, Cheshire, WA3 6BP HMP Styal, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 4HR HMP Thorn Cross, Arley Road, Appleton Thorn, Warrington, Cheshire, WA4 4RL

7 Lot 7: Kent, Surrey and Sussex Group
  • Value: £6M

Lot 7 consists of the following Prisons: HMP Coldingley, Shaftesbury Road, Bisley, Woking, Surrey, GU24 9EX HMP Downview, Sutton Lane, Sutton, Surrey, SM2 5PD HMP East Sutton Park, Sutton Valence, Maidstone, Kent, ME17 3DF HMP Elmley, Church Road, Eastchurch, Sheerness, Kent, ME12 4DZ HMP Ford, Arundel, West Sussex, BN18 0BX HMP Lewes, 1 Brighton Road, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 1EA HMP Maidstone, 36 County Road, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 1UZ HMP Rochester, 1 Fort Road, Rochester, Kent, ME1 3QS HMP Send, Ripley Road, Woking, Surrey, GU23 7LJ HMP Standford Hill, Church Road, Eastchurch, Sheerness, Kent, ME12 4AA HMP Swaleside, Brabazon Road, Eastchurch, Isle of Sheppey, Kent, ME12 4AX

8 Lot 8: London Group
  • Value: £10M

Lot 8 consists of the following Prisons: HMP Belmarsh, Western Way, Thamesmead, London, SE28 0EB HMP Brixton, Jebb Avenue, Brixton, London, SW2 5XF HMP Feltham, Bedfont Road, Feltham, Middlesex, TW13 4ND HMP Isis, Western Way, Thamesmead, SE28 0NZ HMP Pentonville, Caledonian Road, London, N7 8TT HMP Thameside, Griffin Manorway, Thamesmead, London, SE28 0FJ HMP Wandsworth, Heathfield Road, Wandsworth, London, SW18 3HU HMP Wormwood Scrubs, Du Cane Road, London, W12 0AE

9 Lot 9: South Central Group
  • Value: £5M

Lot 9 consists of the following Prisons: HMP Aylesbury, Bierton Road, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP20 1EH HMP Bullingdon, Bicester, Oxon, OX25 1PZ HMP Grendon, Grendon Underwood, Buckinghamshire, HP18 0TL HMP Huntercombe, Nuffield, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 5SB HMP Isle of Wight, Albany House, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 5RS HMP Long Lartin, South Littleton, Evesham, Worcestershire, WR11 8TZ HMP Springhill, Grendon Underwood, Buckinghamshire, HP18 0TL HMP Winchester, Romsey Road, Winchester, SO22 5DF HMP Woodhill, Tattenhoe Street, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, MK4 4DA

10 Lot 10: West Midlands Group
  • Value: £8M

Lot 10 consists of the following Prisons: HMP Birmingham, Winson Green Road, Birmingham, B18 4AS HMP Brinsford, New Road, Featherstone, Wolverhampton, WV10 7PY HMP Featherstone, New Road, Featherstone, Wolverhampton, WV10 7PU HMP Hewell, Hewell Lane, Redditch, Worcestershire, B97 6QS HMP Oakwood, Oaks Drive, Featherstone, West Midlands, WV10 7QD HMP Stafford, 54 Gaol Road, Stafford, Staffordshire, ST16 3AW HMP Stoke Heath, Market Drayton, Shropshire, TF9 2JL HMP Swinfen Hall, Lichfield, Staffordshire, WS14 9QS

11 Lot 11: Yorkshire Group
  • Value: £8M

Lot 11 consists of the following Prisons: HMP Askham Grange, Askham Richard, York, YO23 3FT HMP Doncaster, Marshgate, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, DN5 8UX HMP Hatfield, Lancaster Drive, Lindholme, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, DN7 6FA HMP Hull, Hedon Road, Hull, HU9 5LS HMP Humber, Sands Lane, Brough, East Yorkshire, HU15 2JZ HMP Leeds, 2 Gloucester Terrace, Stanningley Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS12 2TJ HMP Moorland, Bawtry Road, Hatfield Woodhouse, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, DN7 6BW HMP New Hall, Dial Wood, Flockton, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF4 4XX HMP Wakefield, 5 Love Lane, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF2 9AG HMP Wealstun, Church Causeway, Thorp Arch, Wetherby, Yorkshire, LS23 7AZ

Renewal Options

Option to extend the term of this Contract beyond the end of the Initial Term or beyond the end of any additional period (as applicable) for a minimum of one (1) year and provided the maximum aggregate additional period shall not exceed three (3) years

CPV Codes

  • 75231200 - Services related to the detention or rehabilitation of criminals
  • 75231230 - Prison services
  • 79634000 - Career guidance services
  • 80510000 - Specialist training services
  • 80530000 - Vocational training services
  • 80531000 - Industrial and technical training services


  • Restrictions apply to the lot award allocation.
  • Bids should cover one or more lots.
  • Bids should cover the whole contract.
  • Options are available.
  • Renewals are not available.
  • Award on basis of price and quality.

Other Information

The Authority is using the Jaggaer electronic eSourcing Portal (formerly Bravo) for the procurement. The ITT, which is comprised of three volumes and supporting documentation, is available only in electronic format via the Portal. Bidders must register the names of all contacts requiring access to the sourcing event and must submit queries via the Portal. Bidders are invited to send a maximum of two delegates to a Tender Information Event (the Event) to be held on the 13th November 2023 from 10am to 12 noon on Microsoft Teams. The purpose of the Event is to provide general guidance on the ITT documentation and requirements. To register to attend the Event, please send a message via the e-sourcing Portal with the name and e-mail details of the delegates. Note that the Event will be recorded, and the recording will be accessible on the e-Sourcing Portal for all Bidders. Tenders must remain valid and capable of acceptance for 400 days from the Tender Submission Deadline. This requirement has been classified as being subject to the Light Touch Regime under the Public Contract Regulations 2015. Under the Light Touch Regime, the Authority is not obliged to observe the full requirements of the Regulations, including the detailed rules and timescales applicable to the procurement procedures covered by the Regulations. This is irrespective of the use of this standard notice (the Authority is unable to use the Light Touch Regime notice for technical compatibility reasons). CIAG Services are part of the PES Programme to transform prison education. Separate procurements will be run for Core Education, Screening and Assessment Tools and Common Awarding Organisations. Award of contract: The Authority is not committed to any course of action as a result of this Contract Notice. It is not liable for any costs incurred in respect of expressing an interest or in tendering for this opportunity. The Authority reserves the right to abandon, rewind, pause or terminate the procurement and not to award one or more contract(s) at its own discretion. Nothing in this Contract Notice shall generate any contractual obligations prior to the signature of a Contract. Important notice: This Contract Notice must be read in full together with the procurement documents being released for this procurement. Bidders are reminded that participation in this procurement will be subject to the conditions of participation set out in the procurement documents and the eSourcing Portal.