Newsletter and bids 03 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 45 pages. 

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


Bolt Jobs our sponsor has some great candidates this week. Get in touch if you fancy a chat – or 02080904595


Ofsted have sent out a message to all providers re SARs “On 10 January 2020, Ofsted sent out an email reminding further education providers that they should submit their self-assessment report (SAR) or equivalent. Although there is no obligation for providers to produce a SAR, it will help better inform Ofsted in the planning of inspections. You should send the most recent SAR to no later than 14 February 2020.” Obviously its a choice, but if you were Ofsted which provider would you prioritise, the one you have a SAR for or the one you don’t? Need help with your SAR please shout!


Also DWP have put a few Bids out but then extended them the latest is CLOSING DATE EXTENDED to 27 March 2020 for DWP Enhanced Local Flexibility for the Unemployed Programme Phase 3 (OC20S19P1707):


Purpose is to build a locally integrated employment service that tackles deep seated barriers to work for all who need it in the Leeds City Region LEP area across one or more of the following West Yorkshire local authority area geographies: Bradford; Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds and/or Wakefield.  Also DWP give more clarity In reference to the EHRSUA Invitation to ender communication issued on Wednesday 8th January, regarding a delay to the issue of the Invitation to Tender for this opportunity, our aim is to issue the Invitation to Tender for this opportunity by the end of January.


Northern Skills Network Conference – 9 Networks,

About this Event: The Board of the Northern Skills Network invite you to join us in celebrating the launch of NSN and our collaborative partnership.

9 Networks, 1 Agenda – to enhance the skills system across the North of England.  We hope you can join us & look forward to sharing the NSN launch with you. Lots of excitement around this event.

Speakers include: – Roger Marsh, NP1 1 , Keith Smith, ESFA, Chris Jones, Ofsted – more speakers to be announced.  Workshops: Workshop options to be announced soon There is a small cost £64.49 and the event is at the Crowne Plaza Leeds Wellington Street  Leeds LS1 4DL


The #FairChecks movement was launched this week by Unlock and Transform Justice, calling for a major review of the legislation on the disclosure of criminal records, so that everybody can achieve their potential. Even a minor criminal history can produce lifelong barriers to employment, volunteering, and housing, many years after people have moved on from their past.

 If you’d like to see changes to the current criminal records system, you can get involved by tweeting and sharing with your networks, using the hashtag #FairChecks and directing people to the Fairchecks website where they can join the movement and write to their local MP. See the website here


So this week have been very busy with some high profile organisations getting Grade 4 from Ofsted or holding them on Appeal.  The first FE provider to receive a grade four under Ofsted’s new inspection regime is closing down. Mercia Partnership  Sixteen jobs are set to be lost and hundreds of learners will be affected after an appeal by independent learning provider Mercia Partnership (UK) Ltd failed to overturn an ‘inadequate’ rating, first published in October.


 A college is battling Ofsted to prevent the publication of a grade four report after inspectors claimed to have found serious safeguarding failures.

Shrewsbury Colleges Group, which teaches more than 9,000 students mostly aged 16 to 18, is set to receive an ‘inadequate’ rating following an inspection in November.


A provider of management courses has been declared ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted after it was found learners and their bosses did not know they were on the apprenticeship programme.  EQV (UK) has been handed a grade four for its provision to nearly 80 apprentices, who are either on the level 3 team leader or level 5 operational manager standard.

The Leicester-based training firm was previously suspended from taking on new starts in July after being found to have made ‘insufficient progress’ in all three areas of an early monitoring report.


Ok some of the candidates available from Bolts Jobs

  1. Management Trainer, Assessor and IQA competent on both CMI and ILM Leadership and Management qualifications up to Level 5. In her most recent contract with an employer provider, where she developed the program, delivered and assessed, 100% of her learners gained a distinction at EPA. North West.


  1. Experienced Operations Manager looking for a step up into directorship or regional capacity. Responsible for high success rates and achievement. Integral to growth and Ofsted performance at a very successful provider. Historically Grade 1 in all delivery observations, this person knows what quality delivery looks like and is looking for an exciting career opportunity with progression. South East.


  1. Looking for growth in the North East? Strategic manager available with a catalogue of high ticket bid writing successes. Won and mobilised contracts on ESFA, DWP and ESF funded contracts including SSU, CFL, traineeships, AEB and apprenticeships delivery. Combined supply chain management, business development and operations leadership experience. North East.


  1. A well versed IT trainer experienced in delivering the L3/L4 Networking pathways. Exposure to working on the newer standards such as IT Sales, IT Solutions and UCT. Microsoft Certified Trainer with curriculum development experience. Available for short or long term contracts/consultancy. Midlands, will travel nationally.


  1. A Strategic Corporate Account Director, who personally exceeded targets by 170%, working on deals that range from £1m-£2.5m, focusing on Management apprenticeships. In a previous role they were instrumental in delivering a record year of revenue at £12.9m. Midlands based, national remit. or 02080904595 or


Item which may be of value to some of you: Stedfast has been developed by a team of staff  who have worked in teaching and apprenticeship delivery. It originally started as a project to make self assessment reporting and quality improvement plan simpler. It was felt that trying to do self assessment reporting on Word documents and spreadsheets was too cumbersome.

From there the team expanded the system to be able to conduct strategic planning and organisational reviews. The next step was to enhance the assessment planning tools to be able to better plan and performance measure programme delivery. We built the system so that other education and training providers could use the system to identify apprenticeship standards and course learning outcomes and identify how they were going to deliver these, but more importantly, measure the success of delivery and action plan improvement.

Long before OfSTED updated their inspection framework, the team had already identified a need to take the assessment plans and be able to convert them into curriculum plans. We developed the curriculum planning module to allow organisations to identify curriculum activities, map them to the apprenticeship standards or learning outcomes and sequence when they were going to take place in any programme. We also added some useful curriculum mapping tools too.

The team also wanted a way to be able to address CPD and Staff Performance management as both of these were central to the quality of delivery. The CPD module was developed so that staff could request CPD and have it approved or line managers could allocate CPD to their staff. The staff performance management module was developed to allow each member of staff to have specific performance objectives that they could be reviewed against.

Stedfast was also developed to be able to allow organisations to create and store their policies and procedures so that they are reviewed annually and are also accessible to all staff.

​Finally, the risk management module was created as it was felt that too often risk assessments in education and training organisations appeared to be the responsibility of one person and were centred around health and safety. Organisations tended to forget about risk assessment in other areas of the business.


The Anchor Foundation is offering grants between £500 and £10,000 to Christian Charities concerned with social inclusion, particularly through ministries of healing and the arts. The trustees look favourably on organisations whose boards demonstrate equal opportunities. Find out more and apply before 31st January here


Registered charities whose beneficiaries are in Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Essex, Kent, Surrey and London can apply for funding from The Mount Fund. The Fund has the following priority areas: mental health; homelessness; and health in the community. Grants are given for projects; general running costs/core funding; salaries; advice services; furnishings/equipment; organisational development. Grants are generally up to £5,000, but larger grants of £20,000 are considered for organisations fitting certain criteria. Find out more and apply before 14th February here



‘Introduction to the Facilities Industry’ for individuals with disabilities, learning difficulties and ex-offenders who are seeking employment. Details here and email to enquire

Mental Health First Aid Courses, Suicide Awareness and Suicide Response Courses. Various dates available in February and March | London | free. Details: Mental Health First AidSuicide Awareness Course and Suicide Response Course

Accredited Mental Health First Aid training. 50% discounted prices available. Details: contact


FUNDING: arts in the criminal justice system

A grant funding opportunity from HM Prison and Probation Service for “Motivating offenders to participate in the arts” has been launched and can be now be accessed on the Ministry of Justice’s e-Sourcing portal. The grant will be awarded for a maximum of 36 months. The total value of the grant is up to £225,000.

To access the relevant grant documents, you will need to register and login to the portal. Once logged in, you should select “ITTs Open to All Suppliers” from the list on the left-hand side of the screen. A list of all ITTs open to suppliers will then appear, you should then select “ITT_4059 – prj_1856 – Strategic Grant – Motivate offenders to participate in the arts 2020 – 2023” from the list. The competition closes at 10 am on 5th February. Login to the portal here


Late news All colleges and schools in England will finally be able to access free sanitary products from Monday, as part of a “fully funded” government scheme to tackle period poverty. They will be able to order a range of options, including eco-friendly items, from supplier Personnel Hygiene Services Group (PHS) by using an online portal, via email or by phone.



Vacancies on the jobs board this week include: Complex Needs Service Manager with Women In Prison [London], Assistant Curriculum Manager with Weston College [HMP Coldingley], Finance Officer (part time) with Geese Theatre [Birmingham], Mentor Volunteer – Prison Release & Reintegration with The Forward Trust [Suffolk], Trustee/Chair with Imagine If Theatre Company [UK Wide], Recovery Worker with EDP Drug & Alcohol Services [HMP Exeter], Offender Resettlement Triage Worker with Shelter [HMP Styal], Engagement Officer with Changing Lives [Cheshire], Assistant Support Coordinator with Nacro [Colchester], BRiC Coordinator – 5 Ways & Forward Leeds with Humankind [Leeds]. For more information about these vacancies, and many more, click here


Tip I: British Sign Language Online Course – Level 1 and 2 – £15.99. Details


Tip 2 : Great British getaways from £59. Details


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 Linked In Group 2020 Vision Group 2020 Vision Training Days and 2020 Vision Newsletter


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