Newsletter and bids 51 2018

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Dear Members

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Hospitality & retail employers, providers and stakeholders – here’s your chance share your views on the current hospitality & retail apprenticeship standards and make sure they’re fit for purpose. Complete People 1st’s short survey by 18 Jan:


People 1st International has secured the rights to ratings-boosting customer service programme WorldHost – widening the opportunity for businesses, destinations and major events to build on the successes of the programme and actively transform the customer experience in the UK, and beyond.


WorldHost has been a game changer for the hospitality, retail, travel and aviation industries since it was introduced in the UK in 2009 by People 1st. Over 320,000 people, 5,000 businesses and 18 regions have benefited from WorldHost training – representing an industry investment of more than £30million in improving the quality of customer experience. During this time, WorldHost has played a key role in helping individuals, businesses, regions and major sporting and cultural events improve the consistency and quality of their customer service offer – with some reporting a boost in sales of up to 60%.

Following the acquisition of People 1st International by Workforce Development Trust in April 2018, the organisation has since purchased the full Trademark and Intellectual Property Rights to the WorldHost brand to cover not only the UK, but also its use of it on a global level – with the exclusion of the US, Mexico and Canada. Jane Rexworthy, executive director at People International comments: “Having secured WorldHost, we now have the opportunity to really stamp our own mark on the programmes. This is particularly exciting as it opens the door for us to really ensure the programme meets the future needs of industry before we roll it out on a global level.” Over the next four months People 1st International will be carrying out a comprehensive review of all aspects of WorldHost, including programme content, resources and materials, trainer licensing agreements, delivery platforms and the business recognition & destination initiatives.  Rexworthy continues:

“We’ll be placing employers, providers and individuals’ front and centre when it comes to influencing what the future of WorldHost looks and feels like – and therefore the views of industry will be critical.”  More information on the review process will be announced in early 2019.


In 2019 we will be having several changes in items and what we do and how we do it one of the changes is Sam’s Wall and, on this Sam, will be letting us know and keeping us updated on items in the North West business related. So look out for Sam’s Wall.


CITY and Guilds say Please see update from the CITB regarding SASE apprenticeship framework closures: 
– Level 2 and 3 Wood Occupations 31 December 2018
– Level 2 Trowel Occupations (Bricklayer) 31 July 2019
– Level 2 Plastering 31 July 2019
– Level 2 Painting and Decorating 31 July 2019
Please note, that funding for new apprenticeship standards are available for the above trades. Centres are therefore able to register on the existing NVQs to meet the requirements for the Carpentry and Joinery on-programme.


Public Procurement thresholds 2018/2019 – updated

With the ongoing uncertainty over whether or not Brexit negotiations will result in an agreement, changes to public procurement remain a distinct possibility (see our blog on the UK Government’s contingency for e-procurement in the event of a “no-deal” scenario).

Despite this, it is important to remember that the regulatory framework for public contracts will remain in place in the UK for the foreseeable future regardless of the outcome. EU Public Contract Regulations were passed into UK law in 2015 and will remain in place unless or until they are repealed and replaced.  Considering the time frames involved in formulating and ratifying new legislation, the thresholds detailed below will almost certainly remain in effect until the end of 2019 regardless of the outcome of the negotiations.


Robert Halfon asked Damian Hinds to confirm the figure – first raised by the Institute for Apprenticeships two weeks ago – but his response did not make any response to the overspend. Mr Halfon told FE Week it was “incredibly concerning” if the budget was set to be overspent by the amount highlighted by the IfA and it “could affect the employment of thousands of apprentices”. “The Department for Education and the Treasury need to be open and transparent about this alleged overspend and what action they are taking to mitigate it,” Mr Halfon said. He added that he’d tabled a number of Parliamentary Questions in a bid to find out the information.


Attend FREE The National Apprenticeship Event & Conference is designed to inspire future apprentices Friday 22 March 2019 | icc Birmingham, The Midlands
9.30am until 5.00pm – All welcome, free to attend, booking essential
Quality advice, guidance and support are vital to ensure young people are inspired by the prospect of an apprenticeship. The event will feature a host of employers and training providers on hand to talk to people face-to-face about apprenticeship opportunities in the Midlands.

‘An apprenticeship can take you anywhere’.
An iconic venue in the UK’s most connected city – makes the icc Birmingham in the Midlands a perfect venue for this inspirational event.
Who is the event for?
Teachers, Careers Advisors, Students, Parents, Carers, Families and Individuals – you are all welcome to come along, free of charge to the event.


Also it appears The introduction of T-levels could be under threat if a “no deal” Brexit goes ahead, according to reports this morning.

The Times newspaper listed the new technical qualifications as being “considered vulnerable to ‘reprioritisation’” in the event that the UK leaves the European Union at the end of March without having secured an exit agreement.  The Department for Education has been approached for a comment. Yesterday the chancellor Philip Hammond announced an additional £2 billion funding across 25 government departments for their Brexit preparations for all scenarios.  The funding is for 2019/20 priority areas including borders, trade and security, according to the announcement – which made no reference to the DfE or to T-levels.  T-levels have been designed to increase the prestige of technical qualifications, as match for A-levels. They were originally intended to come in from 2019, but in July last year the skills minister Anne Milton announced they had been put back to 2020.


A subsequent announcement in October revealed that pathways in just three subject areas would go live in the first year, with the remaining subject routes launched by 2022.

In May this year Damian Hinds overruled his permanent secretary’s request to delay T-levels by a year, in the first ministerial direction issued by an education secretary.

“I want us now to put all of our collective weight behind delivering these T-levels to begin in 2020,” Mr Hinds wrote in his letter to Johnathan Slater.  A vote on Theresa May’s Brexit deal, originally scheduled for last week, will now go ahead in mid-January.

The UK is set to leave the EU on March 29.


Recruitment Agency Expo

The biggest names in recruitment will be there. Will you?

Don’t miss out on the recruitment industry’s biggest event. Our 2019 speakers include many of the most influential voices in the industry. Open your mind to new ideas. Open your eyes to the latest products and services. Take your place at Recruitment Agency Expo 2019. Register for your free ticket now and download your e-badge. I look forward to welcoming you to the show this February.  Registration Team

Recruitment Agency Expo 5 – 6 February, Olympia London


Clinks and the National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance (NCJAA) are curating responses to the question “What should happen to people who commit criminal offences?” Clinks is part of a collective of organisations, the Monument Fellowship, each funded through the legacy grants of the Monument Trust which has now closed. In addition to each organisation doing what it is grant funded for, we work together to create a body of work over the course of six years which will provide a legacy for the criminal justice work of the Trust. We pose a question each year which we collect contributors’ answers to. Last year’s book, Curing Violence, was curated by Centre for Justice Innovation.

We are now actively seeking contributions to a book allowing for differing, contrasting and contrary viewpoints. Contributors can either provide the piece themselves or be interviewed by CEO Anne Fox or a colleague from Clinks. There is no minimum word limit but the maximum is 2,000 words.  If you would like to be considered, or nominate someone else, please send a brief description of what you’d aim to cover (no more than 500 words), to marked “Monument Fellowship question” by 31st January 2019. The deadline for contributions is early May 2019.


Tees Valley Adult Education Budget (AEB) now open

The Commissioning Process for the delivery of the Adult Education and Skills provision in the Tees Valley from 1 August 2019, is now open.

All providers wishing to deliver adult skills provision to Tees Valley residents from 1 August 2019 must secure a funding agreement.  If you do not have a funding agreement with the Tees Valley Combined Authority from 1 August 2019, your Tees Valley residents will be at risk of being unfunded.

In order for you to secure a funding agreement, it is compulsory that you submit a Delivery Plan to the Combined Authority as part of this commissioning process, and providers must be able to demonstrate their readiness to deliver the adult skills provision immediately when the funding award starts on the 1 August 2019.

The Delivery Plan is an online application and must be completed online. Paper copies will not be accepted, although you will have the facility to print off your application should you wish to do so. To access the online Delivery Plan, you will need to create a login and password by following this link

In preparing for the submission of your Delivery Plan, there are a number of policies and supporting documents available for you to download.

Strategy Documents

Policy Documents

Supporting and guidance documents for applications

The closing date for the submission of your Delivery Plan is 12 noon on the 1 February 2019.

Following the provider events on Monday 10th and Wednesday 12th December, please find below our presentation and frequently asked questions:

You can also submit any questions to the Adult Education Team at where we will aim to answer and publish your questions within three working days.

Should you have any technical issues or queries then please contact: and highlight in the subject box that it is a technical query.  We will aim to respond to you within one working day. Please note that technical support will only be available Monday to Friday between 9am to 5pm.


 If you are London Based then the ESF GLA is out and here we go:

The Mayor’s ESF 2019-23 Programme will comprise a mixture of youth and adult skills and employment Projects with an allocation of up to £71m (including management and administration). All delivery of services must comply with the ESF requirements.

ESF Programme Lots and Sub-Lots

The Specification for the Mayor’s ESF 2019-23 Programme comprises 11 Lots. It is anticipated that two further Lots (for Ex-Offenders and Homeless Persons Provision) will be tendered in a separate procurement which it is anticipated will be published in Spring 2019. A Bidder may submit a Bid for one or more Lots. Some Lots have Sub-Lots. A Bidder may submit a maximum of one Bid for each Lot (which does not contain any Sub-Lots) and may also submit a maximum of one Bid for each of the Sub-Lots within a Lot. Bidders cannot apply for a Lot which contains Sub-Lots in its entirety; rather Bidders must apply for all of those Sub-Lots individually. Each Lot/Sub-Lot has different eligibility criteria as well as associated outputs/outcomes and results. Multiple contracts will be awarded to cover the full range of services to be procured through 11 of the 13 Lots within the Mayor’s ESF 2019-23 Programme.

Regardless of how many Lots/Sub-Lots Bidders apply for, the maximum number of Contracts a Bidder can be awarded is two.

The ESF Priority Axes are:

•   Priority Axis 1: Inclusive Labour Markets aims to increase participation in the labour market and thereby improve social inclusion, and therefore funding can be used to support unemployed and economically inactive people to gain the skills and qualifications they need to enable them to enter and sustain employment;

•   Priority Axis 2: Skills for Growth focuses on improving the skills of individuals to meet

their employment goals and the needs of the local economy as well as activities to improve the skills and education infrastructure, and therefore funding can be used to provide skills and training to those who are in work but at risk due to skills deficiencies and to deliver activities that improve the relevance of education and training to the needs of employers and businesses.

The ESF Contract Funding which is awarded as a result of this procurement exercise can only be used to support eligible participants and deliver provision as set out in this Specification and the relevant Lot and Sub-Lot Specifications.

1.1                   Lots

The GLA will award a Contract for each of the Sub-Lots below (or the Lots below where there are no Sub-Lots):

·       Lot 1: Sector Skills: support for adults and young people to gain relevant skills and find work in the construction, health, early years, science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), creative industries or other sectors (see Volume 2, Annex 1 in the Tender Documentation)

o   Sub-Lot 1a) Health and Social Care Sector

o   Sub-Lot 1b) Infrastructure and Construction Sector

o   Sub-Lot 1c) Early Years Sector

o   Sub-Lot 1d) Creative Sector

o   Sub-Lot 1e) Science, Technology, English and Maths (STEM) Sector

o   Sub-Lot 1f) ‘Other’ Sector


·       Lot 2: Parental Employment: support for parents to access childcare, find work and progress in work (see Volume 2, Annex 2 in the Tender Documentation)

o   Sub-Lot 2a) Supporting Parents into Work

o   Sub-Lot 2b) Parents in Work Progression


·       Lot 3: Higher Level Skills: support with higher level qualifications and occupations for adults in low paid work (see Volume 2, Annex 3 in the Tender Documentation)

o   Sub-Lot 3a) Local London and South London Partnership sub-regions

o   Sub-Lot 3b) Central London Forward and West London Alliance sub-regions


·       Lot 4: English as a Second or Other Language (ESOL) – Practitioners: training and upskilling for ESOL practitioners in community settings (see Volume 2, Annex 4 in the Tender Documentation)


·       Lot 5: English and Maths: improving participation and achievement for adults (see

Volume 2, Annex 5 in the Tender Documentation)


·       Lot 6: English as a Second or Other Language (ESOL) – Support: improving low-level literacy and digital skills (see Volume 2, Annex 6 in the Tender Documentation)


·       Lot 7: Continuing Participation: support for young people at risk of becoming NEET (see Volume 2, Annex 7 in the Tender Documentation)


o   Sub-Lot 7a) Central London Forward sub-region

o   Sub-Lot 7b) Local London sub region

o   Sub-Lot 7c) South London Partnership sub-region

o   Sub-Lot 7d) West London Alliance sub-region


·       Lot 8: Gangs Prevention: support for young people vulnerable to involvement in gangs and serious youth violence (see Volume 2, Annex 8 in the Tender Documentation)


·       Lot 9: SEND NEET: support for young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) who are not in employment, education or training (NEET) (see Volume 2, Annex 9 in the Tender Documentation)


o   Sub-lot 9a) Young People with Learning Difficulties

o   Sub-lot 9b) Young People with Physical Disabilities or Long-Term Health Needs

o   Sub-lot 9c) Young People with Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) Needs


·       Lot 10: Targeted NEET: support for young people who have specific complex needs or characteristics and are not in employment, education or training (see Volume 2, Annex 10 in the Tender Documentation)


o   Sub-Lot 10a) Central London Forward sub-region

o   Sub-Lot 10b) Local London sub-region

o   Sub-Lot 10c) South London Partnership sub region

o   Sub-Lot 10d) West London Alliance sub-region


·       Lot 11: Careers Clusters: improving the provision of careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) (Phase 2) (see Volume 2, Annex 11 in the Tender Documentation).

   Table 1: London Boroughs within each Sub-Regional Partnership area


West London Alliance South London Partnership
Barnet Brent Ealing

Hammersmith & Fulham Harrow






Kingston upon Thames Merton

Richmond upon Thames Sutton

Central London Forward Local London (North and East London)
Camden City Hackney Haringey Islington

Kensington & Chelsea Lambeth

Lewisham Southwark Tower Hamlets Wandsworth


Barking & Dagenham Bexley

Bromley Enfield Greenwich Havering Newham Redbridge

Waltham Forest


Central London Forward (CLF):

•   Working closely with a number of key sectors to improve skills provision, including:

–    health and social care

–    construction

–    tourism, hospitality and retail

–    creative and digital

–    financial and professional services

•   Increasing the provision of and participation in apprenticeships across Central London

•   Improving employment and qualification outcomes of BAME residents, and residents with long-term health conditions and disabilities

•   Supporting residents to gain higher level skills, move into better paid work, and working with employers and residents to improve employee progression.


Local London:

 •   Supporting in-work low-paid residents with no or low skills/qualifications to enable them to up-skill, secure new qualifications and progress into higher paid work

•   Supporting unemployed and economically inactive residents with disabilities/ long term health conditions

•   Supporting lone parents who are struggling to secure and maintain part-time and full- time work and at a reasonable level of wage

•   Supporting young people leaving school without qualifications (including those who are NEET) who struggle to find employment

•   Supporting residents whose first language is not English and for whom this is a barrier to obtaining employment and/or accessing education and learning opportunities

•   Supporting young and older residents with SEND

•   Supporting the following high priority sectors to meet their skills needs: construction, digital and technical, health and social care and cultural and creative.


South London Partnership: 

•   Supporting people with low or no skills (including ESOL learners)

•   Tackling in-work poverty

•   Supporting in-work progression and pathways to higher level skills

•   Delivering ‘work ready’ skills, particularly for unemployed groups

•   Promoting resilience, adaptability and lifelong learning to ensure people in roles affected by automation can adapt and access new opportunities

•   Increasing digital skills across many sectors

•   Boosting apprenticeships in key sectors including business administration and support, health and care, professional / scientific / technical

•   Delivering skills to support development in Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs), enterprise and entrepreneurship.

West London Alliance (WLA):

 •   Having a truly joined-up system – ensuring that all partners, including the public sector, employers, schools, colleges and universities are working together to deliver a seamless skills system that allows people from all backgrounds to succeed

•   Working with employers from all sectors to better match their training offer with their

business needs and those of the economy, upskilling those in low paid employment

•   Getting the basics right by supporting the entire economy developing a locally accessible offer of foundation skills covering entrepreneurialism, resilience, English, maths, digital literacy, STEM and employability skills

•   Supporting and promoting inclusion for all so that those furthest from the labour market, particularly people for whom English is not a first language, people leaving care, young offenders and people with learning disabilities or a mental ill health condition, are able to access the labour market

•   Meeting skills needs in sectors anticipated to experience high growth over the next five years in west London:

–    wholesale and retail,

–    transportation, logistics and storage,

–    administrative and support services,

–    human health and social work activities,

–    professional, scientific and technical activities, construction and engineering modern working practices and new construction techniques,

–    construction and engineering modern working practices and new construction



Volume 3 – Standard Selection Questionnaire (SSQ) is designed to establish whether Bidders are eligible to participate in this procurement process and could be awarded a Contract, and to test whether they have the necessary capability required to deliver the service requirements. The SSQ includes basic supplier information (Part 1), a set of mandatory and discretionary exclusion questions (Part 2) and some additional exclusion criteria (Part 3). All these sections must be completed for your SSQ response to be compliant.

All Bidders must complete the SSQ regardless of which Lots/Sub-Lots they are bidding to deliver. The SSQ is applicable to all Lots/Sub-Lots. Therefore, if you are bidding for multiple Lots/Sub-Lots, you only need to submit one response to the SSQ. If a Bidder does not pass the SSQ stage, their response to the ITT Questionnaire will not be evaluated and the Bidder will be excluded from further participation in this procurement process.

If you are bidding as a Sole Lead Bidder or a Consortium, all the organisations that you will work with (for example, parent companies, affiliates, associates, or essential subcontractors) in order to deliver the services as set out in the Specification for the Mayor’s ESF 2019-23 Programme are required to meet the selection criteria in Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 of the SSQ. This means that where you are joining in a group of organisations, each organisation in that group must complete Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 of the SSQ and a self-declaration. When providing information on subcontractors/Consortium members in response to question 1.2(b)(ii) in Part 1 the Lead Bidder must specify the Lots/Sub-Lots within which any subcontractors/Consortium members will be delivering. Any subcontractors/Consortium members completing Part 1 of the SSQ will not be required to complete 1.2(b)(ii).

If any subcontractor intending to deliver within a specific Lot or Sub-Lot fails any of the Pass/Fail questions in the SSQ, then the GLA will inform the Lead Bidder at the earliest opportunity and the Lead Bidder will be asked to propose an alternative subcontractor and resubmit the relevant parts of the SSQ by a deadline which will be set by the GLA taking into account the procurement timeline outlined in Table 4 – Indicative Procurement Timetable. Every subcontractor who replaces a previous subcontractor must complete Part 1 (except question 1.2(b) – (ii)), Part 2 and Part 3 of the SSQ and a self-declaration. The Sole Lead Bidder must submit a revised SSQ template for that subcontractor in accordance with the information provided by the replacement subcontractor.

If you are bidding as a Consortium, the Lead Consortium Member should complete Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 of the SSQ online. All other Consortium Members should complete Part 1 (except question 1.2(b) – (ii)), Part 2 and Part 3 of the SSQ in MS Word and pass to the Lead Consortium Member, who will upload as part of the final tender submission.

If any Consortium Member fails any of the Pass/Fail questions in the SSQ, then the Bidder’s tender will not progress to the ITT stage.


Volume 4 – Invitation to Tender (ITT) Questionnaires and Payment Trigger Calculators (PTCs) is designed to assess the Bidder’s tender for the delivery of employment and training services as set out in the Specification for the Mayor’s ESF 2019-23 Programme. All Bidders must upload a completed Payment Trigger Calculator (PTC) for each Lot (or Lot 2 Sub-Lot if relevant) for which they are bidding

The GLA will only award Contracts to Bidders who have successfully passed the GLA’s financial due diligence process.

All Bidders must upload the required financial information documents in Part 6 of the ITT Questionnaire in order to have a compliant response. Please note that the GLA will undertake financial due diligence checks following the conclusion of the ITT evaluation process for all successfully ranked Bidders. This means that Bidders may successfully pass the SSQ and rank highly in the ITT evaluation but be denied a contract award due to failing the financial due diligence process.



is envisaged that the procurement process will follow as closely as possible the timeline outlined below; however apart from the Deadline for Clarifications and the Tender Submission Deadline, which are fixed, these dates are provided for your guidance only, and are subject to change. In case of change, TfL or the GLA will inform all Bidders as soon as practical. All times are Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

 Table 4: Indicative Procurement Timetable

Procurement activity Timeframe guide
Deadline for Clarifications Wednesday 13 February 2019 at 17:00
Tender Submission Deadline Friday 22 February 2019 at 12:00 Noon
Tender Evaluation Period Friday 22 February – Monday 13 May 2019
SSQ Feedback to Bidders Monday 15 April 2019
ITT Feedback to Bidders Monday 3 June 2019
Standstill Period (10 calendar days) Thursday 6 June – Monday 17 June 2019
Mobilisation / On boarding June – July 2019
Contract Start 1 August 2019


Have a Great Holiday!


From me Steve and from all the team have a great week and keep training

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