Newsletter & Bids 32 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 go out to some 3, 601 organisations or people within the Training and Development Industry and have 41 pages of bids and grants.


Ok big results out for the ASB as you all will know some good some not so good.

From our perspective all of our bids passed with no failures; however out of some 16 bids 3 did not receive funds the other lucky 12 did. We are on a Standstill for 10 days but many are mystified by the results like this.


We can confirm that your tender has not been successful. Although your tender did meet the required threshold, as outlined the AEB Procurement Specification which was attached to ITT 30198, we reserved the right to prioritise contract awards, in key policy priority areas. Due to the level of over subscription we experienced in response to the ITT, we have only considered the priority provision element of your bid when distributing the budget available. We then applied a pro rata calculation, to all successful bidders in respect of priority provision only. This resulted in a contract award to you of less than £100,000. As outlined in the specification the minimum initial contract award would be £100,000 and we would consider tenders of a lower value from third sector organisations as declared on RoTO applications. Your tender did not advise that you are a third sector organisation. In accordance with the evaluation criteria, we are not therefore in a position to award you a contract. The range of scores awarded to the winning bidders is set out with the relevant advantages and characteristics of the bidders to whom a contract is being awarded.  Now we do not know every person who bid we only know our own ones but with talking within the Bid Writing fraternity we notice some very obvious items.  My colleague put this very clearly when he noted 26.5% of fund requested.


It also appears that providers who did not ask for more than £376k were knocked out the tendering despite having exceeding good high quality results. Lowest score observed to date from our work was 550 well above the 365 threshold and only just below the 600 maximum.  Clearly high quality SMEs have been disadvantaged massively both in contract size for successful clients and contracts win/lose.


Breda who many of you may know has been working with SDN, they have been doing some interesting work for the ETF on end point assessment which might be of interest to your newsletter readership, especially those with an interest in becoming an end point assessor in their area of specialisation, or whose organisations are considering becoming an AAO as an alternative business model. This is one element of the extensive Future Apprenticeships Programme designed to help providers get started with standards delivery.

Where providers are in need of some support in implementation they may find the FAP useful


We are looking for the following 6 maths/English teachers/Vocational tutors Essex, Suffolk, London and Home Counties. CV with CPD and Certificates in the first instance to


We have two companies looking to buy Training Companies London and Home counties must be on ROTO and ROATP with other items of compliance. 


The Asian Apprentices Awards are not far away:   Any nominated in categories 1-8 will automatically be nominated for the main award of the night, Apprentice of the Year. Do you have anyone you can think of in the following category areas?


Nomination Categories:

  1. Financial, Legal and Professional Services (Employer/Apprentice)
  2. Health, Medical and Social Care (Employer/Apprentice)
  3. Retail, Hospitality and Tourism (Employer/Apprentice)
  4. Charity, Voluntary Organisations and Public Services (Employer/Apprentice)
  5. Construction (Employer/Apprentice)
  6. Engineering and Manufacturing (Employer/Apprentice)
  7. Creative and Digital (Employer/Apprentice)
  8. Transport and Logistics (Employer/Apprentice)
  9. Small Medium Enterprise up to 250 employees
  10. Large Business of the Year 250+ employees
  11. School or Academy of the Year
  12. Learning Provider of the Year

Apprentices nominated in categories 1-8 will automatically be nominated for the main award of the night, Apprentice of the Year.
Employers and Learning Providers shortlisted from categories 1-8 will be automatically entered into their respective overall winning categories.


Employer Nominations

 Apprentice Nominations

Learning Provider Nominations

School or Academy Nominations


The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) is undertaking a project about customer engagement. The customer engagement project is exploring how customer’s interact with the agency, and what the engagement experience is like for customers who use services provided by the ESFA. The contact that service users have with the ESFA. The circumstance of this will differ dependent on the type of customer the user is, their needs and their reason for making contact, and how they make contact.

Please go to

Thank you for taking the time to answer the research questions. If you have any questions please contact:


Pearson Information

The webpage below contains a telephone number where you can call to find out more info about how to apply to Pearson.

There is lots of info across tabs. Also we are asking for applications from people who can help us deliver the upcoming End point assessment for the new standards.


I am so pleased to see that The Education and Training Foundation (ETF) has today announced senior appointments to two newly created roles. In October, Jenny Jarvis will be joining the charity as Chief Operating Officer and Neil Bates will be joining as Associate Director for Professional and Technical Education. Both will play a key role in the ETF’s increasingly important drive to improve and champion the quality of the sector’s teaching and training sector. This is to fulfil the mission of transforming Technical Education across the UK.  Jenny Jarvis is joining from Rehab JobFit, where she was Managing Director of the third sector-led partnership of the Rehab Group and Interserve which delivers training, support and employability services across the UK. Her strong senior experience will support the delivery of the charity’s operational programmes and organisational development as well supporting its work across Government, business and the Further Education and Training sector. Indeed I had the pleasure of working with Jenny way back in 2001 at Reed in Partnership on the Regeneration team. I am sure she will do a great job in this new post.


Women’s Breakout merger into Clinks:  For the past six years Women’s Breakout has provided a unique and specialised resource for women’s centres working in the criminal justice system. Despite building up a strong network and having considerable success, it has struggled to be viable on its own.   Following careful consideration by the Boards of Women’s Breakout and Clinks, alongside consultation with Women’s Breakout members, it has been agreed that Women’s Breakout should merge into Clinks. Today we can announce that the merger has taken place.

Clinks is committed to supporting women’s centres and the wider women’s sector. We know that strong community-based women’s services are the best way to make a real difference to the lives of women at risk of entering, or those already in, the criminal justice system. We will consult with Women’s Breakout members to make sure we understand their priorities and support needs. This will allow Clinks to seek the funding we need to make sure we can have a positive impact.

Roma Hooper, chair of Women’s Breakout says:  “We are delighted that Women’s Breakout has secured its future within Clinks.  We believe that the integrity of Clinks and its commitment to strengthening the work of Women’s Breakout will enhance the voice of our women’s centres and continue to support the work being undertaken”.

Anne Owers, chair of Clinks says:  “It is now ten years since Baroness Corston produced her ground-breaking report on women in criminal justice. Community-based services were an essential part of that vision, and it is vital to continue to support those organisations and the women who need and use them. This merger will ensure that the work of Women’s Breakout will continue and we very much welcome Women’s Breakout members within Clinks”.  For further information about the merger please contact Clinks’ Head of Strategic Development, Kate Aldous:


Fuller Working Lives: Supporting Older Employees in the Workplace

Central London | Wednesday, 8th November | 11.00am – 3.30pm

The UK workforce is gradually ageing with more people aged 65+ staying in work, presenting clear challenges for employers. The Fuller Working Lives Strategy aims to provide guidance for organisations so they can support elderly workers, making the case that supporting them through retention, retraining and preparation for retired life will benefit the whole workplace.


Join Westminster Briefing in November when you will learn from the Department for Work and Pensions on how to implement the Fuller Working Lives strategy. You will hear best practice examples on how to enable your older employees to fulfil their roles to the fullest whilst ensuring they are supported through to retirement.

Key Issues to be Addressed Include:

Role of employers in delivering the Fuller Working Lives Strategy

Key messages from the new guidance

The impact for employers and how  they can prepare

How to reduce bias of age in the workplace

Engaging older people in the recruitment process

Removing barriers to entry through offering greater flexibility

Retraining staff & keeping their skills up to date

Managing health conditions in an ageing workforce

Supporting employees most likely to be carers

Providing alternative ways of working until retirement age

Offering work hour reduction

Equipping people with the tools to prepare for life after work

The issues will be divided into sessions entitled:

Implementing the Fuller Working Lives Strategy

Recruiting Older Workers into Workplace

Retaining Older Employees in the Workforce

Supporting Employees Transition to Retired Life


Clinks ask a Very important question would you like to help us help you to build your financial resilience. We need your help to understand how to best support your fundraising and income generation. We have a short survey on your experience in this area. Your responses will inform our planning and help us to provide specific support on fundraising and income generation for the voluntary sector in criminal justice.

There are two areas which we are currently focusing on:
Social investment – do you know what it is? Our research demonstrates a lower take up of social investment in our sector. We want to find out why. Do you understand social investment and what it can offer? Have you used it and did it work? Do you think it’s not for you? We want to hear from you even if you don’t know anything about it!
Can you get the fundraising and income generation support you need? Do the main providers meet your needs, in particular in regards to raising funds from the public or from the private sector?


This week everyone is talking about Mental Health and indeed as part of the Ofsted and common Inspection Framework it fits into this in terms of quite a few areas, safeguarding, Pastoral Care and wellbeing the ESFA have sent out an item. The internet can be an intimidating place for people with mental health issues. I should know. For as I can remember I’ve been going into battle daily with the beast known as depression.

The simplest tasks can become difficult when the ‘black dog’ has its grip on you because you can’t focus and, at best, you feel physically and mentally sluggish. My symptoms are very mild in comparison to some other people, but I’m not alone.

Today in Britain, one in six adults have a common mental health disorder and, in England alone, up to 10% of people will experience depression in their lifetime. This thought stays with me during my day-to-day work as the apprenticeship service’s lead content designer. I feel that having this kind of condition can help me to empathise with others in a similar position.

If you have mental health issues and cannot easily access the information you need, it is likely you will have increased feelings of anxiety. One of the things I wanted to do when I took on my role was to use my experiences to ensure our services are accessible for people with mental health conditions.

Making services accessible to all

I believe this is where great content can help. It has the power to create order out of unholy confusion. And, meeting user needs is the simplest way to make the potentially stressful experience of managing apprenticeships into an easy one.

We have done this by making sure:

  • people can understand our content – we have always used the simplest language possible
  • people can find information quickly – the content gets to the point straight away
  • users can do what they need to do easily – user journeys are intuitive and involve the minimum number of steps necessary
  • we make sure our pages don’t contain any unnecessary distractions and that all the information on there meets identifiable user needs
  • we use personalised adaptive content once users have logged in to their accounts so they only see information relevant to them
  • we don’t make assumptions about our users – we always explain terms and concepts that users might not be familiar with
  • our content works visually, including links and buttons – the content is easy to see and read, and is scalable on different devices
  • we have done rigorous research and testing of the accessibility of our content to ensure it meets accessibility standards

Trying to understand the problems people face

However, I’ve found there are still significant gaps in our knowledge and understanding of how mental health impacts the online user experience. And, this needs to change, especially considering the huge number of people who suffer from mental health conditions.

Let’s consider the kind of issues people with cognitive impairment might face:

  • short term memory loss – lack of concentration and attention
  • difficulties processing lots of information – poor hand-eye coordination
  • slow thinking- trouble making decisions
  • lack of motivation – impatience
  • constant need for validation

And, these problems often increase when sufferers are stressed.  Getting involved

Beyond the common sense basics of good content, what else we can do to improve our services for people with cognitive impairment issues? Honestly, I don’t know.

So, consider this an appeal to anyone out there who suffers from a mental health condition to get involved with user testing. Tell us your frustrations, what we’re doing right, and what we need to do to make things better.  You can get in touch with me, in confidence, at I’d love to hear from you! Co-written with Pete Kowalczyk


Tip of the week I: Two pairs of prescription glasses or sunglasses for £17. Details


Tip of the week 2: Get kids’ meals for free or £1. Details


Tip of the Week 3: Get free Thorntons ice cream. Details


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