CCS readies aggregated framework for education IT hardware
Public funded education providers have until next month to express interest in an aggregated mechanism to obtain tablets, laptops and chromebooks for the upcoming academic year
The Crown Commercial Service (CCS) aims to launch a second technology hardware framework for schools by June this year with the aim to support the aggregated purchasing of tablets, laptaps, desktops and chromebook devices for publicly funded education providers.
Under the name Technology Hardware for Schools 2 (NFC69), an Invitation to Tender (ITT) is scheduled to be sent out to suppliers on May 30, with a formal award taking place on June 23.
The agreement is an example of the government’s National Further Competitions (NGFs) focus that aims to utilise existing routes to market, such as CCS established frameworks, to pool together the technology needs of multiple organisations such as education providers.
“Aggregating requirements from multiple education organisations across the country leads to larger volumes, consequently this encourages suppliers offer significant discounts, which creates value for money for the education sector,” said CCS in an announcement on the framework.
Via collaboration with the Department for Education (DfE), the new agreement, which will be undertaken via the first lot of the Technology Products 2 framework (RM3733), is intended to be completed to allow for orders to be made in time for the start of the 2017 academic year.
Buyers wishing to participate in any potential procurement through the framework have until May 19 to complete and return a customer requirement form that will commit them to future purchases.
Additional education-focused aggregated procurements are expected to follow once the next academic year commences, according to CCS.
Technology Hardware for Schools 2 was mooted late last year among a number of planned market engagements to encourage sector specific, aggregated procurement of technologies to support public sector transformation plans.
Earlier this year, CCS invited authorities and organisations to bring together their key technology requirements as part of a combined focus on curbing overall costs.
Depending on eventual demand, an additional number of aggregated procurement opportunities are being considered by CCS around automatic number plate recognition systems and third party IT support for schools.