25 March 2013 - The Education Funding Agency (EFA), an Executive Agency of the Department for Education (DfE) has selected QinetiQ Commerce Decisions’ AWARD software and services to support the delivery of the £2.4bn, 5-year Priority Schools Building Programme (PSBP).
EFA provides revenue and capital funding for education (for students aged 3 – 19) and supports the delivery of building and maintenance programmes for schools, academies, free schools and sixth-form colleges. In 2012 the EFA invited schools in need of urgent repair to bid for inclusion in the PSBP. The Secretary of State subsequently announced that 261 schools would have their condition needs met through the PSBP, with the majority of the schools being procured using private finance and some using capital funding.
EFA have selected AWARD to support the PSBP in shortening procurement timescales, reducing costs and ensuring procurement compliance. AWARD will provide the transparency and information necessary to make informed decisions in a cost effective and timely manner. The programme is highly collaborative with stakeholders and specialist advisors being geographically located across the UK.
Gavin Shepheard, Sales Director for QinetiQ Commerce Decisions, commented, “It is essential that EFA ensures standardisation and consistency across the programme – AWARD has been proven to support this type of activity on £billions of procurement over the past 12 years.”
David Ogden, EFA Project Director, stated that as the procuring Authority it was essential that bids were evaluated efficiently and that all decisions were fully auditable.
QinetiQ Commerce Decisions Ltd: A wholly-owned subsidiary of QinetiQ Group Plc, based in Oxford, UK.
QinetiQ Commerce Decisions provides the AWARD software and services to support the procurement and post contract review processes for both buyers and suppliers. AWARD has been used by local and central government, healthcare and the defence, aerospace and utilities industries on a wide range of procurements of differing sizes and complexity, worth collectively over £60 billion.
QinetiQ Group Plc: A FTSE250 company, QinetiQ uses its domain knowledge to provide technical support and know-how to customers in the global aerospace, defence and security markets. QinetiQ's unique position enables it to be a trusted partner to government organisations, predominantly in the UK and the US, including defence departments, intelligence services and security agencies.
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