Newsletter and bids 20 2020

 In bids

Dear Members.

This week more news and views and bids, grants and funds.  We go out to over 3,000 people and organisations every week and today have 48 pages. 

Full details of all bids and grants can be downloaded from the link below:


Our sponsor for 2020 is Bolt, a dedicated FE and Training Provider recruitment specialist.

Bolt are committed to supporting the training & education sector at this time. Check out the range of resources they have available at

They are currently engaged on searches across senior roles in operations and sales so do reach out to Alex on if you would like to find out more. They also have some great learning designers on their books if you are looking for input on transitioning to online delivery.

Bolt has a 100% fill rate when working on a retained basis, if you’re serious about hiring to grow your business email


The Promote-Ed website was launched to promote your goods news stories, promote your events and celebrate your successes.  We want to hear from you! Send us your pictures, press releases and we’ll be on hand to promote these across the forums, our website, and our social media channels. Send in your good news stories to and we’ll get your brilliant stories and successes promoted for everyone to see!


New apprenticeship providers can access insightQ – for FREE!

We’ll have you up and running in no time.  Just send us a few details in the form below and we’ll be in touch within the next 24 hours with your log-in details.

Need to see a bit more first? There’s a video below the form to introduce you to the Evaluate and Store modules.  *Available to providers on the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers (RoATP) in England who are yet to receive their first full inspection.  Don’t worry if you don’t meet this criteria; insightQ is available to education providers for as little as £449  per year. By ticking this box you agree to insightQ terms and conditions of use.



Bid of the Week

Now later on we have the Bids Grants and Funds however this one is quite special

Skills for Prosperity Programme Kenya.  Designed to tackle youth unemployment by improving the equity, quality, relevance, and cost effectiveness of higher education and technical and vocational education and training.

Non-governmental organisations (NGOs)UK-based non-profit organisationsUK-based small and diaspora organisationsEducational institutions

Value is £1 Million Pounds Proposals must be submitted by Sunday 14 June 2020. What the fund will achieve

In Kenya, S4P focuses on tackling skills deficits which are holding back sustainable and inclusive growth. Over a 2.5 year period, the programme aims to provide technical assistance which draws on UK expertise to improve the quality, relevance, equity and cost-effectiveness of higher education (HE) and technical and vocational education and training (TVET).  The interventions in the programme will support the 4 overreaching outcomes:

  • Improve the levels of learning outcomes from technical and TVET and higher education HE provision in the private and public sectors
  • Improve the relevance of TVET and HE to the skill set needed by industry and commerce in areas key to national economic development
  • Improve finance mechanisms and affordability of TVET and HE in areas key to national economic development
  • Improve the equity of access to and provision of TVET and HE in areas key to national economic development Please contact me re this opertunity


Last Thursday Night the DfE has published updated operational guidance which provides further detailed information on new arrangements and responses to questions for organisations delivering further education including general further education colleges, sixth form colleges, and other training providers. The guidance relates to the announcement made by the Secretary of State for Education on 18 March 2020 regarding cessation of classroom delivery for most learners due to the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19). It also covers wider areas as announced subsequently.

It is worth highlighting the following extracts from the guidance:


Changes to delivery:

On-site provision should continue to be offered to vulnerable young people and the children of key workers in accordance with the published definitions, and this should have priority over other learning.


From the week commencing 1 June at the earliest, FE providers should offer some face to face contact for 16 to 19 learners on the first year of two-year programmes (e.g. a two year vocational course, equivalent to year 12 in schools), alongside the provision they are offering to priority groups.

This will primarily impact schools and colleges, but will also include a small number of Local Authority providers, specialist post-16 institutions and independent training providers.

DfE understands that there may need to be some flexibility in place due to the variety of learners and courses offered in FE settings, therefore:

  • Although the main face to face contact is for 16 to 19 learners, there may be some courses that include learners within a class that are over 19
  • Some 16 to 19-year-olds will have been due to finish this academic year, but not been able to because their assessments have been deferred (typically where they involve a license to practice). These learners can be included in on-site delivery if they would benefit from face to face contact;
  • The DfE will be expecting colleges and providers to treat 16 to 19-year-old apprentices consistently with other learners for their off the job training where possible and appropriate so that they can be offered some face to face contact;
  • In addition to colleges, this guidance also applies to the smaller proportion of 16 to 19 learners in other further education settings – including Local Authority delivery, Special Post-16 Designated Institutions and independent providers.


Important information about assessments at this time for Matrix

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement this week, we have updated our position and guidance to staff, clients and partners as part of our on-going business continuity plans.

As we continue to monitor the situation surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, we have put in place a set of measures that will allow us to continue to work with your organisation in a way that suits you, your organisation and our network of matrix Standard Practitioners. Below are the measures we have taken as a business and the support we are putting in place for our clients.


Our position: The welfare of our staff, clients and partners is our top priority and we are following the latest Government guidelines to help contain the spread of Coronavirus.

In review of the latest Government advice, we have adapted our approach to delivering our services. While we will still continue to deliver a range of activity via telephone, email and video conferencing to support our clients, we have implemented the following changes to face-to-face delivery. We are proactively considering the impacts on our daily operations and encourage you to consider your own business planning in light of unfolding events.


Our members of staff are fully agile meaning we are still here to help virtually.

matrix Standard Assessments:  Wherever possible, your organisation will be keen to try and continue as close to business as usual as possible. We’re the same for our accreditations.  We conduct matrix Standard assessments using interviews and observations. While interviews have traditionally been in person, in the current situation, your matrix Standard Practitioner can use other methods to speak with your people and your clients individually and in groups. There are lots of options available to us including Skype, Zoom or even the telephone. Or, if you have another platform in place already – your Practitioner will be more than happy to use it. Your matrix Practitioner is also able to adjust the composition and number of people they speak to – allowing assessments to go ahead with the staff and clients who are available whilst maintaining the robustness of your assessment. The annual matrix Continuous Improvement Checks will continue to be delivered virtually, and we are actively scheduling these during a convenient time for those organisations who are due one. Where the current situation means that your organisation will not be able to complete a matrix Review Assessment on time, even with the use of virtual methods mentioned above, please let your matrix Practitioner know. They will be able to work with you and us to ensure that we reschedule your review for a time when we are clearer on government guidance.


Support and resources: As part of the Growth Company, we have put in place some helpful advice via our Business Growth Hub which might be of some support to you at this time.  Visit the site here


The round-up of advice and support available is based on the enquiries we’re receiving from business clients and we hope will help you to assist employees, assess the potential risks in your supply chain and engage with your business partners. You can also view the latest government guidance to employers and businesses below.

If you have any other concerns or specific requests about how you’d like us to work with you, please do not hesitate to contact your Practitioner directly, or our office on


An item of interest is the Research done by Bolt Jobs this highlights the type of Challenges Training Providers see at this time.


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From all of us from me Steve and fellow Director Lisa and all the team have a great week and keep training Non-Executive Director at Six Companies and MD of EEVT Ltd


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