Newsletter & Bids 20 2016

 In bids

Dear Members


Many thanks for this week’s Bids, Grants and Funds from EEVT Ltd (EEVT) and with thanks to SLIC International Ltd. This week’s bids attachment has some 40 pages this week.  We go out to over 4,000 organisations and decision makers welcome to 14 new readers this week. To get your copy e-mail


So we had Friday the 13th and that has gone by and indeed my Birthday so many thanks to the loads of people wishing me Happy Birthday and reminding me how old I am.  So let’s get on with the important stuff.


The February 2016 publication of the Register is now available.

The Register opens for applications on Tuesday, 10 May 2016 and closes for applications at 5pm on Tuesday, 31 May 2016. This opening is not a refresh. You can e-mail me on if you need our assistance we already have 8 clients for this so we think we can only take another 12 so first come first served.



London Date is the 2 nd of June Sponsor for this Event is provided by ICQ Awarding Body

Hosts are Capital Culture Ltd

MANCHESTER Date to be released

Sponsors are ICQ the Awarding Body

Location Leyton London

Tickets can be ordered at


Tuesday Lewis Vines told us I am delighted to announce today that Ixion and Shaw Trust announce Skills 50:50 Joint Venture. We are pleased to announce the formation of the new 50:50 Skills based joint venture with the Shaw Trust, called STAR SKILLS Ltd.

We intend for STAR SKILLS to be a leading organisation in the delivery of: Skills Training, Apprenticeships & Traineeships. We feel that the mix of a: Charity, University and Not-for-Profit group is the perfect combination that will enable us to keep learners and employers’ best interests at heart.

To learn more about our vision and how we can could potentially help you


The Future Apprenticeships portal supports the professional development of staff in colleges and other training organisations involved in increasing apprenticeships. It includes information on the Future Apprenticeships programme and contains links to wider information on the apprenticeship reforms, details about professional development opportunities and a range of resources. A toolkit is also available which shares transition models and effective practice from colleges and other training organisations that have adopted the new standards. For further information, please email the Education Training Foundation.  Or go to



Mia tells us It is with immense pleasure that I’m writing to you today to tell you about our result in the TES FE Awards 2016.  ELATT ended the night winning 3 out of the 13 awards available, and they were:

Employer Engagement.

Training Provider of the Year.

Overall FE Provider of the Year.

In particular, to win Overall Provider 2016 is an incredible achievement – judged by a panel of hugely experienced education specialists on behalf of the Times Educational Supplement, one of the most prestigious educational publications in the world, we have been recognised as the best adult education provider in England, Scotland and Wales.  We came in front of colleges and sixth form centres with turnovers of millions and student numbers in thousands. This is the first time this award has ever been won by a non-profit / independent provider adds further to this accolade, and is a stunning recognition of our tireless work, supported brilliantly by the concise and evidence-based submission our colleagues made for each award category. You can see photos and videos from the event here:  And the full list of winners here:


Pearson’s tell us Loan funding has of course been expanded for 2016/17. Loans will now also be available for 19-23 year-olds who have already achieved at level 3 (these learners were previously co-funded), and they will be available for qualifications at levels 3-6 (they were previously available for levels 3 and 4). See the advanced learner loans catalogue for the latest list of qualifications available for advanced learner loans in 2015/16 and 2016/17 and the item below for more on how new qualifications can be added to this list (Pearson, reminder: how to find qualifications approved for adult funding in 2016/17).


This week I had discussions with Regional Business Development Manager – Michelle Sparkes from Training Qualifications UK.  She told me Training Qualifications UK is the fastest growing Ofqual regulated Awarding Organisation in the UK, providing a wide range of vocational qualifications and apprenticeships to FE Colleges and private training providers.

Our foundations are built upon professionalism, ambition, flexibility, world-class customer service and plenty of brews and biscuits to keep the engine running! We are committed to designing, developing and delivering up-to-date, relevant qualifications and working with our centres to offer our learners the opportunities they need to excel in their chosen fields.

With over 200 approved centres now delivering over 300 qualifications, people are discovering a faster and more efficient way of delivering regulated provision to their learners, managing their training diaries, processing their courses and delivering an all-round better service.  It is an exciting time to be working for TQUK as we have achieved so much in our three years to date, who knows what the next three will bring and the three years after that.

Looking to become a TQUK approved centre? As well as a wide range of regulated qualifications on offer, we offer options for endorsement or development of bespoke courses.

We’re always interested in hearing from like-minded people with ideas! Find out more by calling 03333 583344 or by visiting our website

Contact Regional Business Development Manager – Michelle Sparkes ( 07495 209024)


Valuable analysis’ shows 20 per cent of adult funding being spent on learners outside region of the provider Skills Minister warns SFA that ‘contracts spanning multiple geographic areas may become less appropriate’

Ahead of funding devolution, exclusive FE Week analysis of Skills Funding Agency figures published this week has found close to £300m (20 per cent) of adult funding, excluding apprenticeships, is being delivered to learners living outside the region in which their provider is based.


The average out of area funding for colleges in 2014/15 was 16 per cent, with ten colleges using more than half of their budget for learners not living in their region. This revelation comes after Nick Boles also said in his grant letter to the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) that Adult Education Budget “devolution deals will provide specific localities with the power to make their own funding decisions and it may become less appropriate to let large national contracts spanning multiple geographic areas”.

The warning was passed onto providers by SFA boss Peter Lauener when he shared the out-of-area figures and said in his 2016/17 allocation letter to providers that: “As we move to local commissioning and devolution, commissioners will expect local resources to be deployed to support their local area.” More can be seen on this story and others at


Chris sent an update on the work of my charity Access UK. We have won an FSF contract in Tottenham, we now have a network of 30 partner organisations we are working with, and have been able to gain some interest from the Head of Cabinet RT Hon Oliver Letwin who will be visiting the Access UK headquarters this week with Priti Patel.

We are building momentum and I am confident once we have successfully delivered in Tottenham we can grow and deliver pan London, bid for larger contracts and continue to deliver our unique interventions across the whole UK. The problem of disproportionate levels of BME youth unemployment is not unique to London. There is definitely scope for Access UK to becoming a leading provider and consultants for organisations wanting our expert advice on meeting equality and diversity goals. So if you’re a prime looking for a Partner then please contact and for a refresher on what we do at Access UK please go to –


What is the enterprise act?
This is a bill in place to make provision relating to the promotion of enterprise and economic growth; provision about Sunday opening hours and Sunday working; and provision restricting exit payments in relation to public sector employment.
The Enterprise Act has now become law and includes measures such as:

Introducing a small business commissioner to help smaller companies resolve late payment disputes;

Extending the Primary Authority scheme to make tailored business advice more accessible from local authorities;

Reducing red tape by £10bn over the next five years;

Establishing an Institute for Apprenticeships.


This week I will be in London for Pearson’s event at the Emirates on Thursday the 19th, also visiting Peckham and Sidcup along with visits to Dover.


Last week I was with Upskill Training Ltd in Fulham doing their matrix and also with the KBM Group, who have locations in Luton, South London and their Head Office in Park Royal.

Both organisations doing their Matrix, I was taken aback by the staff at both organisations. They were indeed very behind the concept and indeed also all the Team were involved at both companies, with gusto and seeing the value of IAG.  Well done to both companies and all the staff.


Three mergers involving five FE colleges and one sixth form college (SFC) have been proposed as part of the Tees Valley area review, which has become the second area review to reach its conclusion.

The outcomes of the review, which was part of wave one of the area reviews, were published today in a statement by Tees Valley Combined Authority. Six colleges and four SFCs were involved in the review, which had its first steering group on October 1.  The proposed mergers are between Middlesbrough College and Redcar and Cleveland College; Darlington College and Stockton Riverside College; and Hartlepool College and Hartlepool Sixth Form College.



Tip of the week I: Stay at this 18-century 4-star Cotswolds hotel for £149, previously £265. Deal includes meals and spa treatment. Details


Tip of the week 2: Get Saturday Wimbledon tickets with a reserved seat on No. 1 Court and a 4-Star Hotel Stay, with transfers to and from the venue, for £159pp. Details


Tip of the week III: Get a ‘free’ £7 with a £30 Amazon gift card purchase. Details


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