Newsletter & Bids 23 2017

 In bids

Dear Members



This week’s newsletter bids, grants and Funds come to you in conjunction with our sponsors London Based Manley Summers Training. 

 We have some 44 pages this week going out to 3,649 organisations and people who are in the Industry. Please note many of you are not clicking on the link for the bids grants and funds above and may miss some opportunities.


Stewart Segal is the Director of Strategy and Policy at 3aaa Apprenticeships and has many years’ experience and knowledge in the education and Apprenticeships sectors. With so many changes in the education sector this year, Stewart gave an in-depth Apprenticeship Levy policy update at a recent conference to keep us up to date on all the changes that are currently happening.

Please see this at


 Skills for Care is urging everyone to get involved this Care Home Open Day as care homes throw open their doors.

On June 16 2017 thousands of care homes across the country will be inviting local people to tuck into a ‘Big Lunch’ or take part in fun activities with the people who live and work there.

The annual event helps people find out more about their local care home and the work being done there and gives care homes the opportunity to build meaningful relationships with the local community.

If you work with learners who are interested in a career in social care, you can find local care homes taking part here.


Skills for Care’s CEO Sharon Allen said: ‘This is a chance for people to see for themselves that care homes really are inspiring places, full of meaningful and powerful friendships between residents, families, friends, staff and local communities.


Ok do you know any Manchester based businesses that would like to be a part of the beta test and get their adverts on our screens? (Or even yourself?) There’s no cost to the trial, I’ll personally show them how to upload their ads and they’ll be seen by around 10,000 people per week. Just ask them to email me some details and I’ll have an account setup for them right before the launch at the end of July. Name: Business name: Mobile number: Email: What the business does: Email the info to Or text or whatsapp me on 07951579147 Let me know asap as there’s limited space on the trial. Looking forward to seeing you soon EEVT! Abdul M. 07951 579 147


For all new apprenticeship starts from 1 May 2017, you must make sure you have completed the ‘Apprenticeship contract type’ (ACT) field in the ILR. You must record an ACT otherwise this will fail validation; record code ‘ACT1’ for levy contracted apprenticeships and ‘ACT2’ for non-levy contracted apprenticeships.

To receive payment for levy contracted apprentices there must be a matching record in the apprenticeship service, and this must be fully approved by you and the employer you are working with. You can easily check which apprentices are fully approved by looking at the apprenticeship data match report on the Hub. This will highlight any apprentices that are not fully approved. The deadline to correct any errors for apprentices due to be included in the June payment is Tue 6 June 2017. For more information on the data match please see page 17 of the Apprenticeships Technical Funding Guide for starts May 2017.

To add an apprentice to the apprenticeship service, ask your employer to select “Add an apprentice”.


Equality and Diversity Forum invites you to help co-create a learning programme

They are developing an Equality and Human Rights Framework:  a free digital tool and learning programme for voluntary and community sector (VCS) organisations.

It’s designed to explore how equality and human rights can help achieve your organisation’s core purpose – and how to build equality and human rights into your work.
They want to co-create the learning programme with VCS organisations so that together, using human rights and equality,  they can strengthen the sector’s voice.


 The Government is now recommending that Selection Questionnaires (SQs) be removed for low-value contracts (under £106,047 for Central Government and under £164,176 for Sub-Central Government), meaning that there has never been a better time for SMEs to get involved in public sector tendering. Nonetheless, there are significant obstacles to avoid when tendering


The 6 Top Tendering Tips that could be invaluable in securing your first new/significant contract.

Tip 1. Firstly – Choose Carefully

Companies new to the public sector can be keen to bid for tenders that might not suit their business needs, lured in by a pertinent keyword or a high contract value. Before running any searches, it is vital to take a step back and reflect on what your business is capable of providing. By finding contracts that are more suitable, you will not only improve your chances of winning but also, in time, your win ratio. It will also be more cost-effective, less resource-heavy and, ultimately, save time and reduce expense. 

  1. Collaborate for a Stronger Bid

If your organisation is eager to get bidding, but has identified limitations in relation to relevant skills, experience and/or knowledge, you could consider the option of strengthening your bid by collaborating with another similar-sized company. A lot of businesses are extremely reluctant to take up this ‘tendering tip’, but winning a share of an opportunity is much more advantageous than losing out altogether. It is not at all unusual, nor is it frowned upon, to say you are bidding as part of a consortium, and it can ultimately increase your chances of winning more business. 

  1. Put yourself in the Buyer’s Shoes

Focus on what they are looking for. Consider what added value you can offer that could benefit the buyer – this might not be mentioned within the contract notice but could give you a crucial edge over your competitors. It is vital to make sure you meet the initially stated core standards and requirements before demonstrating the ‘added value’. When writing the proposal, you should always keep the buyer in mind – consider their needs and wants. Ask how you can solve any problems they may have, and explain your skills, products and experience that can help to fulfil their specified requirements.

Consider your competitors too when writing the proposal. Try to comprehend what your competitors can offer and ensure that you can demonstrate greater value for money. Make the buyer aware that you have done your research – prove to them that you can manage any unexpected risks, for example financial, commercial or legal threats that could lead to the failure of the contract. 

  1. Triple-Check Everything!

At any given opportunity, always get someone else to proofread your proposal. It is easy to get tunnel vision and miss the occasional spelling mistake or even question (especially on an electronic tendering system). Ultimately, a fresh pair of eyes or an outsider’s perspective can help reduce mistakes, ensuring that your proposal makes complete sense to an individual who may not necessarily know your organisation.


Mistakes look extremely unprofessional, and when dealing with major contracts typos are a definite ‘no-no’. Be aware too that the information contained in your tender may be disclosed in the future under the Freedom of Information Act. You should state clearly any information which you consider to be commercially confidential, and ask the authority to contact you before they consider any request for its disclosure.


  1. Submit Your Proposal on Time

A deadline is set for a reason. Most organisations will refuse to consider a tender that has been submitted after the stated deadline, even if you miss the closing date/time by a matter of minutes. You have to be prompt and professional. Leave time too for any possible technical hitches when submitting documentation electronically. If you do miss the deadline and still want to be considered – in the event a problem arises during the evaluation and the tender is reissued – you can make sure the purchaser is aware of your interest by reapplying for the tender.


  1. Finally – Learn From Your Mistakes

If you are unsuccessful, make sure you ask for feedback to help understand where you fell short. Don’t lose heart… a good target success rate for any organisation is one in three, so you have to accept that being unsuccessful on some occasions is not unusual. Feedback will allow you to pick yourself up and make improvements. You can learn a lot from this exercise and it can aid your organisation when positioning yourself against your competitors and improve your bid for the next time.


Voluntary organisations talk about how they collaborate, what makes it work, and why it sometimes fails Called Why we collaborate 15th June, London, from £15

Do you want to work with other organisations but not sure where to start? Are you finding a current partnership hard to manage?

Collaboration is becoming more important to voluntary organisations as commissioners and funders are increasingly likely to fund partnerships. Small organisations need to collaborate to survive, but it’s more than that; the sector’s deep-seated commitment to improving outcomes for the people they serve requires innovative and creative ways of collaboration.

At this interactive event you will
•    Explore why charities collaborate
•    Discuss what makes collaboration successful
•    Think about how the sector can encourage better collaboration
•    Hear insights from Clinks members about their experiences of working in /forming partnerships
•    Share your own experiences and challenges around collaboration

Lunch is included as well as a copy of the report ‘Why we collaborate’.

Book on line at



The Staffroom is an innovative online approach towards continuous professional development (CPD) for anyone working in the education sector.

The site is built around the best practice approach to CPD of reflection, planning, action and evaluation in a continuous improvement cycle and members are given their own personal CPD dashboard where they can complete self-assessments and plan their activities in their personal CPD journal.

We offer news and resources on the site and now have over 2000 articles, videos and resources providing a unique and useful library for our members. New articles and publications are upload every week day searching out items of interest and importance to the various sectors.

We encourage our members to share and upload their resources onto the site to share best practice with their colleagues. Everything that goes up on the site is quality assured and we aim to add CPD resources to the site that not only impact on the development of the education sector but can also have a direct impact on student outcomes in line with current Ofsted guidance.

We aim to make information easy to find so our articles and resources are categorised into sectors covering the following areas: Early Years, Schools, Further Education, Higher Education, Vocational/Skills and Theories and Ideas.

We also offer an insurance offer for freelance practitioners and links to jobs. Members can also browse in our bookshop and book their training from our recommended CPD training events with the goal that it will become the best place to meet the CPD needs of our members.


Individual membership costs £5.00 per month with a free trial for the first 14 days.


How does it work?
Individual members are able to log in and access their personal CPD dashboard and complete specially designed self-assessments. The CPD journal encourages members to reflect on individual practice and development needs, plan and evaluate activities and start to develop best practice habits towards their individual professional development.

The system is based on a best practice approach of completing 60 hours a year for full time members of staff which is divided into points either 240 or 30 hours for part timers who should achieve 120 points. There’s a useful display on the CPD dashboard so members can quickly see how many points they’ve accumulated and once they’ve hit their targets members achieve a CPD Standards Accredited Certificate.

We aim to encourage members to develop good habits towards CPD so our tools support best practice through a comprehensive self-assessment process that clearly identifies development needs. Members can plan and record their professional development and earn points whenever they access news, articles and resources and can download these into their dashboard which acts as their own personal library. The site is mobile friendly so members can do this while they’re on the move attending events or just recording their reflections as they read or gather information.

Staffroom members can access and use their resources whenever they need them and are encouraged to evaluate and reflect on their reading as part of their CPD. Members are able to upload and share their own teaching materials which are moderated and quality assured so that we can ensure that the resources on the site are useful and of good quality.
Jane Hyde-Walsh Director Aim Higher Training & Development
T.01869 243198 M.07814558341


About the fund Homeless Link has £4.5m to invest over the next 3 years.
This event will launch Homeless Link’s £4.5m Social Investment Fund, aimed at transforming how homelessness services are delivered. 19th of June

The aim of this fund is to transform the way homelessness services are delivered. It is looking to support organisations to:

  • increase the homelessness sector’s knowledge and experience of social investment
  • develop new models for income generation and funding
  • improve long-term sustainability of charities and social enterprises across England working to reduce homelessness.

This fund will focus on the potential that smaller unsecured loans can have on creating change. The loans will be between £25,000 and £150,000.

Our partners
The programme is funded by Access – The Foundation for Social Investment, through its Growth Fund.


Big Potential, a Big Lottery Fund grant fund will deliver approximately £20m of grant funding over 3 years to voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations (VCSEs) with the aim of improving the sustainability, capacity and scale of VCSEs in order that they may deliver greater social impact.  The programme aims to raise awareness of the social investment market and support VCSEs who want to prepare themselves for social investment or winning contracts.

Big Potential has two possible application routes – Breakthrough and Advanced.



The chance to consider if social investment can help fund existing activities and services through:

Breakthrough Grants of between £20,000 and £75,000 for specialist business support to help raise new repayable investment of up to £500,000.

Advanced Grants of up to £150,000 for specialist business support to help raise new repayable investment above £500,000 or to help win contracts worth above £1million.

Fully Supported Diagnostic Service – including a helpful online tool and an in-depth 1:1 session with an expert advisor if you apply for a Breakthrough grant.

Website Resources including how-to guides, case studies and video content  about social investment



Big Potential Breakthrough is suited for VCSE organisations based and operating in England on the beginning of a journey towards securing investment, who are looking to develop a more sustainable funding model and be less dependent on grants but require support to do this. Applicants are expected to have existing products or services that could support taking on repayable finance.

They will be able to access specialist one to one support from the Big Potential programme partners before making an application for a grant to undertake more in-depth investment readiness work with one of Big Potential’s approved providers.


There are two different types of Breakthrough grant; Preliminary Grants and Investment Plan Grants.


Preliminary Grants are available to VCSEs at the initial stage of their social investment journey that are yet to determine what type of social investment will be appropriate for their needs. VCSEs can apply from between £20,000 to £30,000.  Investment Plan Grants are available to VCSEs that already have a social investment proposition and know what the deal might look like. VCSEs can apply for between £40,000 to £50,000.


VCSEs can apply for both types of grant but we would not expect any one organisation to receive more than £75,000 in total.



Big Potential Advanced is available to VCSEs based and operating in England that are clear about how social investment could work for them and can describe a potential deal or interest from investors and need help to close that deal. The Advanced route is also available to organisations that need help securing a contract of at least £1m. Grants of between £50,000 and £150,000 are available.


The Samaritans are looking for a Project Officer- Prisons [£28,000 pro rata, Surrey, part time] to support the delivery of a programme of work on a part time basis ensuring a high quality and consistent approach to running Listener Schemes in prisons. The successful candidate will lead on specific projects relating to the development and improvement of the Listener Scheme. The role will lead on the delivery of a range of work to meet project objectives, working with the Prison Support Manager to offer support to the volunteer leadership, manage office processes and provide first line support to internal and external stakeholders. The deadline for application is 12th June. Apply at


Also some people ask what is Peer Meet Up all about well May Peer MeetUp brings leaders and owners together

EDUCATION professionals and training providers from all over the country have been discussing challenges and opportunities facing the sector.

More than 40 training providers came together for a Peer MeetUp session at the offices of Birmingham based training provider The Pathway Group.


The Peer MeetUp is an initiative by Pathway2Grow and attendance is restricted to professionals within the sector.

It was sponsored by of the ICQ Awarding Body that sponsored the event and topics discussed included the Apprenticeship Levy, Cyber Security and the role of schools in promoting apprenticeships.


The workshop was told about concerns of a reduction in the number of training providers and the number of warnings issued by the Education and Skills Funding Agency for breaching minimum standards in apprenticeship training.


“Peer Meet Up is different from traditional networking in that it is not a public event and is open to invitees from the sector who can learn from each other and explore ways to collaborate,” said Safaraz Ali, the founder of the initiative.


“The Training sector is going through a period of major change and many aspects of the future remain unclear. Therefore, providing a support group can be very useful.”


At the Birmingham event questions were asked about the opportunities for partnering, the impact of the apprenticeship levy and other sources of funding.

It is intended at that Peer MeetUp sessions will take place several times a year. Events have been held in London and now in Birmingham with plans for future events in Sheffield.

There have been five meetings of the group in London and the next is scheduled to take place in July.

The meeting in Birmingham was the first outside the capital and there will be a Peer MeetUp in Sheffield in September.


Tip of the week I: Two nights in Barcelona for £89. Details


Tip of the week 2: Mystery blockbuster film for £5. Details


Tip of the Week 3: Fly off in a hot air balloon for £99. Details

On a final note so many people who have nothing to do with anything around the world are killed and so many in Egypt, Afghanistan, Manchester and London. Muslims, Christian and Jewish people, these people are being killed by terrorists. Their faith is terrorism. We need to remember this. Do not get misled into hate or thoughts of who to blame.


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