Newsletter & Bids 34 2017

 In bids

Dear Members



The 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 this week have 47 pages of Bids Grants and Funds news. This week Monday and Tuesday I will be in Coventry for the App4Eng levy conference.  


The ESFA tell us – We will shortly publish an updated version of the apprenticeship funding and performance-management rules that will apply to apprenticeship starts which covers 1st of May 2017 to the 31st of March 2019. The only substantive updates are to the performance-management rules; the funding rules have not changed.  This document sets out the funding and performance management rules for the 2017 to 2018 and 2018 to 2019 funding years. For the 2018 to 2019 funding year this document is a draft and we reserve the right to make changes to these rules in line with government policy. For further information, please visit the funding rules page on GOV.UK.


SSL Assessment Services Partnership ( who are an approved Apprentice Assessment Organisation are seeking to partner with additional Independent Training Providers who can demonstrate occupational competence for delivering apprenticeships across a wide variety of industries. This partnership opportunity is for the Training Provider to join this newly approved partnership model and to broaden the partnership offer so that it can provide independent end point assessments to apprentices across a number of approved standards.  Please contact Nigel Sweeney 07971 227270 or to discuss in further detail.


Now in their 15th year, the APMP UK Awards celebrate and promote the finest achievements within the Bid & Proposal Management Profession.  Each year, we are blown away by the standard of entries which demonstrate a remarkable level of quality and excellence amongst the organisations, teams and individuals who apply.


This is your opportunity to nominate people or companies you feel are deserving of being recognised as outstanding in the bids and proposal industry. The winners will be announced and presented at the Annual Awards Dinner hosted at the APMP UK Annual Conference at the Hampshire Court Hotel, Basingstoke on 18th October 2017.  People wishing to make an award nomination must follow the guidelines provided. Evaluation of nominations will be undertaken in confidence by the Awards Judging Committee chaired by the incumbent CEO, supported by the immediate past CEO.

The Awards Team looks forward to showcasing your successes to the industry at our prestigious Black Tie Awards Dinner on 18th October!


Perry Ingles from Pearson tell us about the AUTUMN WEBINARS FOR NEW STANDARDS APPRENTICESHIPS:  We ran a series of sector-specific webinars in May to help you get to know your new apprenticeship standards. Click here:   to review these webinars.


We are now planning to run another series of webinars in the Autumn, across key sectors including Business Suite, Adult Care, Logistics, Hospitality, Retail, Construction, Security, Engineering, Teaching, Training and Education. Pre book your place here;

Kind Regards Perry


We like to spotlight organisations and this week it is Poward

Enabling others to be the best they can be, with honesty, professionalism and empathy, specifically focusing on empowering brilliance.  Using the foundations of consulting, facilitating, advising and mentoring, Poward can help align your tactics with your goals and vision.  Poward can work with you on areas such as problem solving and sense making, business planning and strategy writing, vision creation and cultural analysis, as well as sharing experiences of mental wellbeing and stress management.  Contact to find out more and how we can work with you and your team.


Healthy Living Week Healthy London Partnership’s Prevention Programme will be running Healthy Living Week on 25 – 29 September. Last year more than 80,000 staff from 45 NHS workplaces across London took part in the capital’s first ever Healthy Living Week, and they are aiming to get even more people involved this year. Both NHS and non-NHS organisations, partners and local communities are encouraged to sign up and get involved.


Are you thinking of becoming an end-point assessor for apprenticeships? The Education & Training Foundation are hosting 3 events to help kick-start your preparations and professional development:
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 (Manchester)
Wednesday, 13 December 2017 (Birmingham)
Tuesday, 30 January 2018 (London)
These events will help you understand what makes a good end-point assessor and will feature sessions that develop your skills and build your knowledge of end-point assessment methods and practices. You will also have the chance to meet Apprenticeship Assessment Organisations and understand their requirements.  To find out more and book a place, visit the Education & Training Foundation website.


In relation to the Government changes in funding focus your Marketing is going to be a KEY item.  Kinetic Business Marketing was a direct marketing agency; however their director’s vision and passion for business growth after 3 years has lead them to now become a full service marketing company.


The reason for this change was to ensure their clients marketing needs can all be handled in one place. Over these 3 years Kinetic has gone from strength to strength providing their clients with true value backed up by tangible results.  For example recently we delivered The New York Times over 500% a ROI.

They are making great results working with companies such as The New York Times, The Telegraph Events, HP, IBM, CDSM and some great SME’s in the technical, training and e-learning sectors on a national and international basis.  To see their glowing reviews please go to

Kinetic has now been broken down in to the following divisions.

Kinetic Direct – Direct Specialist Marketing, UK office based fully trained and salaried staff

Kinetic Data – One of the only companies in the UK to offer technology user list data plus bespoke B2B email / telephone contact Data

Kinetic Online – They have recruited some of the best awarding winning designers in the UK, and 1st page of google for SEO guaranteed

Kinetic Communications – Experienced brand experts ensuring your online presence is flawless. To book an initial meeting with their Director Sophie Russell please email


Information The ESFA have a plan ESFA business plan 2017 to 2018

We have published our business plan for the financial year 2017 to 2018. It sets out our:

  • key objectives
  • operational priorities
  • ways of working
  • people plan

The business plan highlights how we will support the Department for Education’s key objective of reforming the education system. This is something you should read


Cambridge English Language Assessment is offering free online courses for university applicants and volunteer teachers.  Earlier this year more than 1,600 people signed up for Aim Higher, a free online course designed by specialists from Cambridge English to help refugees to access higher education. The innovative course, run in partnership with FutureLearn gives advice and support on the English language skills needed for university level study and includes the insights and experience of students who have gained places at UK universities.

Now, the team at Cambridge English is putting the finishing touches to another free online course which will develop the skills of people who want to volunteer in refugee communities around the world, particularly in roles which provide formal or informal support with language learning. More than 1,600 people have already registered for Volunteering with Refugees, a free three-week course that will introduce some  key concepts in language teaching and give participants an oversight of the special challenges involved in supporting refugees.

Monica Poulter from Cambridge English led the development of the course, in partnership with course leader Kate McAllister and Darren Abrahams of Crisis Classroom, a social enterprise which trains volunteers to work with people who find themselves in crisis both inside and outside the system.

Poulter explains, “We developed these courses because we believe that language skills can help to give people the opportunity to integrate into a new community and take back control of their own lives. English is a crucial skill for everybody, and we realised that by joining forces with great organisations like Crisis Classroom and FutureLearn, we could use our skills to help increase access to English for refugees.”


Nigel Smith, Head of Content at FutureLearn commented, “At FutureLearn, we’re passionate about helping everyone fulfil their potential in a changing world, by transforming access to education. Enabling refugees to develop their English language skills is fully aligned to our company ethos and mission so we’re delighted to be working with Cambridge English on this course, and we hope it will make a very real difference to people’s lives.”  Cambridge English has been shortlisted for the Championing Diversity award at the PIEoneer Awards 2017 which are designed to honour achievement and recognise innovation in the international education industry. The nomination is based on the online courses Aim Higher and Volunteering with Refugees, as well as other initiatives to support refugees which include the donation of technical equipment, bursaries and free language lessons.

Cambridge English is part of the University of Cambridge, with a mission to help people to learn English and prove their skills to the world. Every year, more than five million people take Cambridge English exams in over 130 countries.


Introduction to the Education and Skills Funding Agency The ESFA brings together the former responsibilities of the Education Funding Agency (EFA) and Skills Funding Agency (SFA) to create a single agency accountable for funding education and skills for children, young people and adults (excluding higher education). It began operating on 1 April 2017.


  • is accountable for £63 billion of funding for the education and training sector, providing assurance that public funds are properly spent, achieves value for money for the tax payer and delivers the policies and priorities set by the Secretary of State
  • regulates academies, further education and sixth-form colleges, and training providers, intervening where there is risk of failure or where there is evidence of mismanagement of public funds
  • delivers major projects and operates key services in the education and skills sector, such as school capital programmes, the National Careers Service, the National Apprenticeship Service and the Learning Records Service

As a delivery agency, the ESFA plays a critical role in delivering the department’s key objective of reforming the education system so that it raises standards, closes achievement gaps and supports the social mobility of children, young people and adults. Education and skills lie at the heart of the government’s drive to extend opportunity deliver real social justice and raise economic productivity. We operate in the context of a significant number of reforms and challenges facing the education and skills sector.


This includes most notably:

  • the changes in the design, delivery and funding of apprenticeships
  • the implementation of area review recommendations for the further education sector
  • the technical education reforms
  • the new national fair funding formula for schools
  • the devolution of the adult education budget to a number of local areas

As a single funding agency of the department, we are better placed to help the schools, colleges, employers and independent providers we fund to focus on their effectiveness and on responding to these strategic changes. We will focus on developing a single culture, processes and timelines, removing duplication of effort for both external users and agency staff by bringing consistency to the services previously delivered by two separate agencies. Working across the sector, we will join up our funding, regulation and delivery systems whilst at all times keeping learners, providers and employers at the centre of everything we do. We will make sure that we have the right skills, structure and the right kinds of data and systems that we need for the future. ESFA business plan 2017


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


A former exam board boss, now a training leader, has urged parents of pupils about to receive their A level results not to put their children off from considering a high level or degree apprenticeship as an alternative to going to university.

Mark Dawe, chief executive of the Association of Employment and Learning Providers, says that big name employers offering apprenticeships, the student debt mountain, too many graduates ending up in non-grad jobs and the career progression and high earning opportunities available through most apprenticeships have completely transformed the debate around what successful A levels students should do next.

Mark Dawe comments: ‘Many successful apprentices tell us that they found about their apprenticeship opportunities themselves, receiving no help at all from their parents or teachers.  In fact, there are still plenty of examples of them being actively discouraged from choosing an alternative to university.

‘It’s not so much that snobbery is an issue – it’s more a case of parents and teachers being unaware of the benefits and potential earnings available from apprenticeships in both the manufacturing and service sectors.  Many don’t realise for example that you can become a fully qualified lawyer or accountant through the apprenticeship route and that public sector organisations like the NHS offer routes to senior management via the programme.’

‘More and more young people are seriously weighing up their options that may result in them choosing an apprenticeship or a technical education course rather than university.  Parents should take pride in these choices rather than thinking of apprenticeships as being just for other people’s children.’

The AELP CEO points out that April’s introduction of the apprenticeship levy has engaged many more large employers in the programme and many are restructuring recruitment practices to change the their mix of new graduates and apprentices.

Russell Group universities now offering degree apprenticeships: Options are also widening as ‘no debt’ degree apprenticeships take off.  Employers have teamed up over 90 universities to offer them so far, including Russell Group institutions such as Durham, Birmingham, Leeds and Warwick.

Last week the Sutton Trust reported that just over half of young people intending to attend university are worried about the cost of higher education (  Two years ago, the Trust with the Boston Consulting Group found that those on a level 5 and debt-free higher apprenticeship were earning an average £34,220 per annum over lifetime earnings, just £1,300 or just 3.6% per annum less than a traditional degree from a non-Russell Group university (

Mark Dawe comments further: ‘Young people can avoid the stress and worries which we keep reading about by opting for an apprenticeship which offers paid employment, a route to a degree, no debt and great career prospects.  The landscape for them has completely changed.’

Looking forward to September and hope for some sanity from the ESFA via the DFE.


Tip of the week I: Two night mini cruise in Amsterdam from £69. Details


Tip of the week 2: 39% discount on celebration cake at Patisserie Valerie. Details


Tip of the Week 3: Up to 50% off the Cake and Bake Show. Details

The Deal

  • One (1) or two (2) day tickets to The Cake & Bake Show (up to 50% off)
  • When: 6–8 October
  • Where: ExCeL London, Royal Victoria Dock, 1 Western Gateway, London E16 1XL

The Cake & Bake Show

Baking enthusiasts can visit The Cake & Bake Show 2017 to indulge their passion with an array of tasting and learning opportunities. Special features include a baking and decorating classroom, cake and bake theatre and displays from experts. The event will also feature a cake competition and show stopper installations. The winner of Great British Bake Off Candice Brown will be joined by John Whaite, Eric Lanlard and Rosemary Shrager. Visitors will also be able to explore the exhibition stands, bookshop and market stalls to stock up on baking goodies.


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