Newsletter & Bids 29 2016

 In bids

Dear Members


Many thanks for this week’s Bids, Grants and Funds from EEVT Ltd (EEVT) and to SLIC International Ltd. This week’s bids attachment has some 31 pages.  We go out to over 4,000 organisations and decision makers welcome to 4 new readers this week. To get your own copy then e-mail


Well I went away for a few days and then things started to happen and now we have a NEW Government and NEW people and a NEW Person at the top. What this means is Justine Greening has been appointed Secretary of State for Education, taking over from Nicky Morgan, and the DfE will now take responsibility for higher education, further education, apprenticeships and wider skills policy from BIS. BIS will disappear in its current form and form part of the newly named Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, which will also encompass the Department of Energy and Climate Change. The new Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy will be headed up by Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Greg Clark, previously Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. In what looks like a straightforward switch, Sajid Javid has been appointed Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. Nick Boles, former, Minister of State for Skills, a role shared between DfE and BIS has resigned. Damien Green, former Minister of State for Police and Criminal Justice, becomes the new Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, replacing Stephen Crabb. Michael Gove has been replaced by Elizabeth Truss as Secretary of State of Justice.


Well the Apprenticeships4England LinkedIn Group has reached the 20,000 member milestone @app4england so well done to Lindsay and the team.

Lindsay had set up and had “Are you prepared for The Apprenticeship Levy Conference?’ which took place this week in Coventry.  Hira Malik Tabasum told us “The Asian Apprenticeship Awards team yesterday attended and supported ‘Are you prepared for The Apprenticeship Levy Conference?’ A wide range of inspiring & knowledgeable speakers, Tony Allen chairing the conference and other speakers including Susan Pember, Una Bennett, Mark Dawe, Bhavina Patel, Carl Lomas MBE, Anjelica Finnegan, Jo Bradford, Hilary Read and many others provided a detailed insight on the Apprenticeship Levy and how it will work for Employers, Providers and others on the Reforms. I am sure that all of those who attended benefited massively from this well organised and informative event and would have certainly prepared individuals within this sector for the Apprenticeship Levy. Congratulations and well done to Lindsay McCurdy and the team for providing such an immense platform. #App4England #AsianAppAwards #Apprenticeships #PathwayGroup


This week I have been looking at the many aspects of Change with regard to the Levy, Brexit and the New Government.  Over the next few weeks in July the Newsletter will be changing along with the Bids Grants and funds. We are now getting to a stage where we will need to look at how members gain the Bids Grants and Funds, as many companies are taking our information and sending it out to their clients.


Let’s hope it’s true.  The Department for Education would only say that ministerial briefs would be confirmed in “due course”, after the Harlow MP Robert Halfon was appointed as Minister of State.

At 8am this morning FE Week broke the news that Mr Halfon was to move to the DfE, but by 11am the DfE told FE Week they were not yet in a position to say what his brief would be.

Mr Halfon is likely to be responsible for further education, skills and apprenticeships, taking over from Nick Boles who quit ahead of the reshuffle.

He moves from being Minister without Portfolio (attending Cabinet) to an expanded Department for Education which includes FE and HE, with Justine Greening as Secretary of State at the helm.

FE Week interviewed Mr Halfon for a profile in 2011 owing to his interest in apprenticeships, which you can read here.

His appointment comes in the middle of a wide and deep FE reform programme, including introduction of the apprenticeship levy, college area reviewsdevolution of the Adult Education Budget  and most recently the launch of a Post-16 Skills Plan.

Mr Halfon is particularly familiar to the apprenticeship programme having set up a new parliamentary scheme with the charity New Deal of The Mind Known and in 2013 he was presented with a Politician of the Year award from Avanta, a large employment and training provider, for his work promoting the apprenticeship scheme.



D2N2 European Funding workshops

These will provide information about bidding for and delivering a series of European Social Fund (ESF) programmes which have recently been announced.

These events are free to attend, and take place from 10:00am to 14:00pm at:

The Winding Wheel – 13 Holywell Street, Chesterfield, S41 7SA
(Tuesday 19th July)

Worksop Turbine Innovation Centre – Shireoaks, S81 8AP
(Wednesday 20th July)

The University of Derby, Kedleston Road, DE22 1GB
(Thursday 21st July)

Emfec Offices, Robins Wood Road, Nottingham NG8 3NH
(Friday 22nd July)

If you would like any further information, please contact Hannah Gamble on 01159578757 or

Register at


Clore Social Leadership opens applications for fellowship programme

Applications have opened for a fellowship programme run by Clore Social Leadership that aims to find the next generation of charity leaders.The programme, in its eighth year, has nurtured 125 emerging leaders to date, the organisation said.

This year’s programme is open to people across the sector, encompassing both general and specialist fellowships with the aim of creating leaders “who can make social change happen”.

Shaks Ghosh, chief executive of Clore Social Leadership said the programme aims to “generate grounded and collaborative leaders who will effectively guide their organisations and the sector through today’s social challenges to rebuild trust”.

“We want to create leaders who are hungry to invest in their development, which is why we are actively collaborating with the sector to ensure we are serving their leadership needs,” she said.

Dr Jane Collins, chief executive of Marie Curie, said in a statement, it was “imperative” to develop a “leadership pipeline”.

“We are delighted that Clore Social Leadership is helping to fulfill this,” she said. ”Their programme encourages sector organisations to look at their leadership requirements to ensure our beneficiaries are supported well into the future.”

Applicants to the programme will be questioned on how they plan to put their new skills to use within their own organisations and to “demonstrate their commitment to change”.

The programme consists of residential courses, coaching, mentoring, and the completion of a practice-based provocation paper and action learning sets.

Applications are open to people working for UK-based charities – including international NGOs, foundations and trusts – social enterprises, housing associations, community organisations and cooperatives. Submissions can be made  on Clore’s website and will close on 5th September, 2016.


Skills for Health and Skills for Care are pleased to announce that the online consultation for the review of the health and adult care qualifications is open.

In summary they are proposing that at Level 2, there will be an integrated Diploma qualification in care which will replace the L2 Diploma in Health and Social Care and the L2 Diploma in Clinical Healthcare Support.  There will be no barrier to entering either the adult care or health workforces.

At Level 3 they are proposing sector specific Diploma qualifications in health and a Diploma qualification in adult care. These will all have, at their heart, shared core competences with optional specialisms to meet the requirements of health and adult care services.

To contribute to this consultation, please follow this link

For further information click here

The closing date for this survey is Wednesday 10th August 2016.


Well done to Mukhtar and the team at UPSKILL TRAINING who indeed passed their MATRIX this week, I have now two more places available for MATRIX Preparation.


Erasmus+ beyond the EU referendum
It is only natural that this month’s newsletter begins with an article about the result of the referendum. Indeed it is headline news almost everywhere. We are used to seeing positive stories about Erasmus+ funded projects featured in the media, but following the vote to leave the EU, the programme itself has been in the spotlight.

From Question Time to Prime Minister’s Questions, Erasmus+ has become part of the debate in terms of what happens from hereon in. As an EU-funded programme it will also be part of the discussion, taken up by UK government with the EU, which will be required in the future.

That is ahead of us. What we do know, following the announcement from the Minister of State for Universities and Science, Jo Johnson, is that organisations should continue to deliver their current Erasmus+ projects. For those organisations that have submitted applications for funding in 2016, please be assured that at the National Agency we are processing these in the usual way, and that successful applicants will receive contracts and payments in due course.

There are two remaining deadlines for funding this year, for Higher Education International Credit Mobility and Youth.

The Minister also highlights that the referendum result does not affect those organisations “considering applying in 2017”. This reassurance means that all of the planning and work necessary to submit a good quality application can continue, and that projects that begin in 2016 and 2017 can be funded.

As well as promoting the funding opportunities, we will continue in our work highlighting the benefits of participation in the programme, supporting those already involved in telling their stories, and sharing project results.

The fallout from the referendum will undoubtedly continue to be discussed and debated, and reported by the media. Erasmus+ is likely to feature as it has already, because it is part of the wider EU picture but there really is no immediate change in Erasmus+.


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