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Opportunities Marketplace Opportunity Programme To Drive Technological And Digital Competence In Smes

Programme to drive technological and digital competence in SMEs

Marketplace Business Opportunity

Request for Proposal

July 23, 2021


€24,000 The estimated value of the contract relating to the tender.

  • Ireland
  • Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
  • Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
  • The service areas and industry sector for which the tender is relevant.

Services REQUIRED The products and/or services required by suppliers with an interest in tendering.

  • Education / Training

Framework Agreement - Single Stage Approach The planned outcome of the procurement exercise, and number of tendering stages to use for evaluating and selecting suppliers.

August 9, 2021 - June 30, 2023 The expected duration of any contractural agreements.

Ireland The country from where any contracts awarded will be managed, following the completion of the tender exercise.



ISME Skillnet is establishing a three party cascade framework for the delivery of sales and business development training to SMEs. This framework will be in place for a period of up to two years. 

Project Description

This programme is aimed at ensuring people completing the programme have a comprehensive grounding and a practical, implementable plan to achieve technological and digital competence in a SME. This should cover:

  • The IT strategy for the business,
  • Use of appropriate systems to support the company,
  • Cyber security & technology regulation fundamentals,
  • Website management and development,
  • Digital marketing and engagement fundamentals.

Suppliers are not restricted to the items in this description and should put forward a programme that enables participants to have an immediate impact in their organisation while building a strong command of all essential elements for a role in this discipline.

The typical targets for a programme like this will be business owners without a background in IT and managers with responsibility for technology that do not have a background in IT. 
It is expected that this will comprise six modules over three months. The module should be practical and strongly focused on adding immediate value to a SME.  

Business Requirements

The requirements are outlined in the attached documents below. 

Prospective suppliers can add additional elements that they see as relevant to the training brief. 

Key Risks, Constraints & Dependencies

The programme will be digitally delivered for now. It is possible classroom based modules will be run. 

The programme operators will be expected to promote and assist recruitment for this programme. 

It is envisaged that this programme will run between 4 and 8 times over a two year period. 

A cascade model will be used for this framework. Should an operator not meet quality expectations or be unavailable to deliver the programme, the next ranked provider will be provided with an opportunity to delivery the programme.

In the event of quality, capacity or other pertinent delivery related issues arising with all three providers, ISME Skillnet will revisit the market. 

Required Service Levels

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Instructions to Bidders

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Additional Details

Partner Requirements

3 partners required Number of suppliers required, per lot where relevant.


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# Companies Interested

9 found.

Reference #: 55

Published: April 26, 2021150

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