Newsletter & Bids 04 2017

 In bids

Dear Members



This week’s newsletter bids, grants and Funds comes to you in conjunction with SLIC Training and goes out to 3,818 organisations and people who are in the Industry. This week’s Bids News is in a different format with the news section also now included at the front and has some 28 pages.


SFA tell us news which should hopefully give hope for many more ITPs

We have written to all existing independent training providers (ITPs) about the changes in public contract regulations which affect their contracts to deliver the adult education budget (AEB).

The changes mean we cannot automatically renew all contracts at the end of the current contracting term. Next week, we will launch a competitive procurement exercise using the funding released from these contracts ending. The procurement will be open to all eligible organisations on the Register of Training Organisations. We will write to existing AEB ITPs again next week about these arrangements and our plans for 2017 to 2018.


APMP is The Association of Proposal Management Professionals, the only professional body for individuals and businesses involved in winning business through bids, tenders and professional proposal management.  Originally founded in the US in 1989 to support members to win more business from the Federal Government, the Association is now in 93 countries worldwide with the UK Chapter (at 1800+ members) being by far the biggest outside of the US.  Our members tell us that the top three advantages of membership are; access to incredible resources to help them win more business, especially our vast, peer reviewed and evidence based ‘Body of Knowledge’; our three tier certification framework (Foundation, Practitioner & Professional – our new Apprenticeship is coming soon!) that independently evidences your skills, knowledge and professionalism to your colleagues, clients and customers and lastly; the networking opportunities with other bid and proposal professionals, prime contractors and consultants.

We welcome individual and corporate members and invite you to visit our past event page for a flavour of the events that we run for members each year.  We have also recently published ‘Writing Business Bids & Proposals for Dummies’ which is an ideal entry point resource for those new to tendering and I have agreed with Steve that we will offer Steve’s network of EEVT contacts a 25% discount on this publication for the next four weeks.  Simply follow this link and use the code EEVT25 to obtain your discounted copy of the book.

I came to APMP from a post as Head of Fundraising at a national charity after seeing what APMP could do for colleagues fighting to win contracts in an ever more competitive market and recognising that APMP has been on a relatively secret mission   I’d be delighted to hear from anyone thinking of joining or with any questions about membership.  Please write to for business enquiries or for individuals.


The National Career Guidance Shows are brought to you by Prospects Events and the Career Development Institute. Working together since the first National Career Guidance Show in 2010 we aim to produce shows that have relevant content, interesting features and recognised learning. So these FREE Events are London Olympia Central, London on 1 March 2017, Leeds Centenary Pavilion, Leeds United Football Club, Elland Road, Leeds on 9 March 2017  and Leicester Tigers Stadium, Leicester on 23 February 2017

The CDI is the single UK-wide professional organisation for everyone working in the fields of career education; career information, advice and guidance; career coaching and career management, formed in 2013 the CDI is delighted to partner Prospects following the previous partnership with founding CDI body, the Institute of Career Guidance.  The CDI has created a single voice for the Career Development sector much as the National Career Guidance Shows create a single forum for networking and learning. To find out more visit

Prospects Events are the UK’s leading event and exhibition organisers in the employment, careers and skills sectors. They are the dedicated events division of Prospects, a dynamic group providing a wide range of education, employment and training services in the UK and internationally.

Prospects Events organise a portfolio of events across the UK for career guidance professionals, young people, students, schools and graduates.


Friday night I was invited a guest by ICQ to the National Apprenticeship Awards 2016 a great Night and many thanks to ICQ Directors, some of the highlights were.

Six employers ranging from small employer Ebsford Environmental Ltd to macro employer Mitie Group Plc and three apprentices were recognised for their commitment to apprenticeships in the 13th year of the National Apprenticeship Awards.  The ‘Nation of Champions’ showcase individual and employer success stories, with businesses and apprentices beating tough competition from across the country to win or be recognised as highly commended in their category.

This year’s apprentice national winners are:

The I-Can Qualifications Award for Intermediate Apprentice of the Year: Charlotte Blowers, Exceed
EAL Award for Advanced Apprentice of the Year: Adam Sharp, Sellafield Ltd
The Nuclear Decommissioning Site Licence Companies Award for the Higher or Degree Apprentice of the Year: Holly Broadhurst, J C Bamford Excavators Ltd
And two highly commended in each category:

The I-Can Qualifications Award for Intermediate Apprentice of the Year: Cameron Baker, Rentokil Initial and Ashley Haslam, Wilson’s Autos
EAL Award for Advanced Apprentice of the Year: Becky King, National Physical Laboratory and Emma Goulding, Siemens
The Nuclear Decommissioning Site Licence Companies Award for the Higher or Degree Apprentice of the Year: Melissa Loonam, Rolls-Royce Plc and Jack McCarthy, Glaxosmithkline Pharmaceuticals (Ware) Ltd
The Premier Inn sponsored Apprentice Champion Award went to John Clarke, a Technical Manager with BT. John was recognised on the night for his commitment to apprenticeships, which includes working evenings and weekends to organise career seminars and educational visits to inspire BT apprentices to make the most of their programme. John is also chairing BT’s Apprentice Alumni, supporting 4,000 former apprentices with their post apprenticeship journey.


The following Sets out the funding bands that will apply for existing apprenticeship frameworks and apprenticeship standards.


SFA sent out to reminder: We would like to remind providers delivering apprenticeships that they must advertise new apprenticeship vacancies on Find an apprenticeship (except where they are an existing employee). This requirement is stated in the apprenticeship common funding and performance management rules for 2016 to 2017. The ‘Find an apprenticeship’ service is promoted through the Get In Go Far campaign as the place to find and apply for apprenticeships. It is important that you advertise your vacancies so that people can access all the opportunities available to them.

You can upload your apprenticeship vacancies through the ‘Recruit an apprentice’ digital service.


Chichester College is successfully delivering the Active IQ Entry Level Award in the Principles of Health & Fitness to its students to support some of Ofsted’s criteria for Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare (PDBW).


Rob Giles, Head of Department for Sport & Public Services at Chichester College, is familiar with Active IQ whose courses he has offered for many years within his department.  When he was tasked by his senior leadership team to find a course or qualification that students could complete to support the OFSTED criteria for PDBW, he sought the advice of James Clack, Active IQ Business Development Manager.  “I have worked with Active IQ for several years and value James’ advice and guidance,” says Rob.  “Up to this point my interaction with James was primarily for our Active IQ Level 2 and Level 3 Fitness Trainers.  When I was asked to look for options to improve the appreciation and understanding of health and fitness across our entire student cohort, I didn’t hesitate to ask James’ advice.  The Entry Level Award in the Principles of Health & Fitness includes the vast majority of topics we wish our students to cover and, in turn, our students are gaining a far better awareness of the right food choices, the importance of exercise and how their decisions can affect their health and wellbeing.  The course is very accessible for our students who have easily incorporated the online learning format alongside their curriculum studies.”


London’s support for women in the Criminal Justice System.  How would you support specialist women’s services in the Criminal Justice System?

The Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime has opened a consultation on its Police and Crime Plan for London. Now is a good time for the voluntary sector working with women in criminal justice to come together to consider what ‘good’ looks like, so that we can contribute a clear vision and plan from the sector’s perspective.  Clinks is proposing to run an event for the women’s voluntary sector in London to develop our vision for the city. We want to run a half-day, facilitated event in London in order to explore the needs of women in criminal justice, and how these needs can best be met. If you would like to attend, please let us know your availability for an event on the 1st February. We are looking for voluntary sector organisations providing specific programmes for women in, or at risk of entering, the Criminal Justice System.  We’re hoping to keep the administration fees as low as possible and would appreciate the offer of a room or space in which to hold the meeting. To register your interest please emails by the 27th January.


Free Learning Technologies 2017 exhibition (incorporating Learning and Skills).

The event is taking place in just two weeks’ time (1-2 February 2017) at London Olympia and it would be a real shame to miss this once-a-year opportunity to attend the largest L&D event in Europe.  With exhibition registrations at record levels, I wanted to personally recommend that if you are planning to visit, that you register now to ensure a badge can be posted to you in advance (and to help avoid queues on the day). Entry is absolutely free and to register for the exhibitions and seminars please use the link below:

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With well over 7,500 L&D professionals benefiting from 150 free L&D seminars, more than 250 exhibition stands, and a wealth of new features and networking opportunities, it will certainly be time well spent and we hope to see you there!


The Department for Education is seeking experienced industry professionals to help shape the future technical education system in England.

This is an opportunity for practising industry professionals or representatives of an industry through a recognised professional body or trade association. The DfE is looking for:

  • panel members to develop the standards for specific technical occupations by determining the key skills, knowledge and behaviours that individuals should meet
  • panel chairs to lead the overall panel for a technical route and facilitate the active participation of all panel members

More information is available on GOV.UK. The closing date for applications is 13 February 2017.


Tip of the week I: £5 off at H&M when you recycle old clothes. Details


Tip of the week 2: Discount vouchers for vegan food in various eateries in January. Details


Tip of the Week 3: Free eye test at Vision Express. Details one for you or your staff


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