Newsletter & Bids 36 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 4,139 organisations and around 3,600 plus are organisations or people within the Training and Development Industry. This week we have 42 pages of Bids Grants and Funds news.

ESFA announcements: The procurement exercise for training provision to non-levy paying employers opened at the end of July and was due to close on September 4. However, the provider market has shown considerable interest in the procurement exercise and we have been responding to an unprecedented number of queries. We want to ensure that all providers get the opportunity to take into account the information we have provided and then reflect this into their bids if necessary, so we are therefore extending the deadlines by a short period. The new deadlines are as follows:

tender clarification deadline – Friday, 1 September at 12 noon

deadline for responses to tender clarifications – Tuesday, 5 September at 5pm

tender submission deadline – Friday, 8 September at 12 noon

These amendments apply to all potential providers. We believe that this short extension will give providers the best opportunity to submit a high quality bid in a fair way. It will not impact on the rest of the procurement delivery timetable and we will still be awarding contracts in December for a January 2018 start.

Due to this we have availability to do one more submission so if you are looking to go for this or you have done it but want to get a second opinion on your bid please let me know ASAP at


Following publication of version 2 of the adult education budget funding and performance management rules, we will be holding webinars during September which will focus on the following areas:

  • legal entitlement/local offer/eligibility
  • traineeships
  • English/maths/ESOL
  • rates and funding approach

Please email to book your place.

Webinar Date Time
Rates and funding approach 18 September 2 – 3pm
29 September 10.30 – 11.30am
Traineeships 19 September 10.30 – 11.30am
26 September 10.30 – 11.30am
Legal entitlement/local offer/eligibility 20 September 10.30 – 11.30am
25 September 10.30 – 11.30am
English/maths/ESOL 25 September 2 – 3pm
29 September 2 – 3pm

Please may I draw your attention to the two below hyperlinks?

1)     A complementary webinar delivered by the The Association of Employment and Learning Providers:

 “Putting Policy into Practice – Use of the Apprenticeship Service”

Date: Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Time: 10:30am – 11:30am

2)     A Future Apprenticeships Programme seminar, focusing on the Advanced Approaches for Delivering Apprenticeship Standards.

Date: Wednesday, 27th September 2017

Time: One-day seminar (10.00 – 16.00)

Click here for further information regarding the seminar.

Click here for information about the other support that is being offered through the Future Apprenticeships Programme.


News from Perry at Pearsons From Promissor to Pop, Notification of transition

Starting from 4 September 2017 we will be transferring all our onscreen assessments from Promissor to POP, as the version of Promissor which we have been using for most of our onscreen assessments will be decommissioned and will no longer be supported after 26 November 2017. POP will allow us to deliver new functions and testing improvements to you more effectively and to provide you with access to a wider range of delivery models via a more flexible and stable testing platform.

What does this change mean for you?

Any onscreen tests booked before 4 September will continue to be taken on Promissor until 26 November. All new test bookings made from 4 September should be booked and taken on POP.

We will be in touch prior to 4 September to ensure you have all the necessary support and guidance for this transition.

We hope that our new platform will give you and your learners a better experience, and welcome any feedback over the coming weeks.

If you have any other queries about this, please contact your Account Specialist:

Schools and Colleges: or on 0344 463 2535

Work based learning: or on 0344 576 0045.


OSCA for BTEC AND Functional Skills, Renew your registration

 Don’t forget: even if you are accredited you still need to renew your registration from 1 September 2017 to ensure continual release of your certificates.

For new accreditation the window opens on 25 August and closes on 20 October 2017, with results being issued 03 November 2017.

For more information please see our OSCA Quickstart Guide 2017/18 for Lead Internal Verifiers

Please remember to renew your registration during September to ensure continual release of your certificates, and don’t forget to complete the reference materials and return your declaration form.

For more information please see our website:


Changes to Pearson Account Services phone numbers

In response to customer feedback we have changed our numbers to make sure our helplines are low cost for everyone.

From Monday 4 September, your dedicated Account Specialist can be contacted via 0344 576 0045 instead of 0844 576 0045.

Calls to the new number will cost no more than 1.6p per minute, with no additional access charge from your phone company.

The 0844 number will continue to be available in the short term, but we advise you to start using the 0344 number, to ensure you are not paying more than you need to when contacting us by telephone.

You will still be able to contact us via email using the usual address:


GetMyFirstJob is the UK’s leading digital apprenticeship and traineeship platform, used by young people 16-24 to find opportunities in their area for their crucial first steps into the world of work, careers and further education.

A social enterprise committed to improving the outcome for young people looking for job, vocational training and career options, GetMyFirstJob has the biggest database of registered young people in the UK.

With active partnerships with the National Citizens Service, Tomorrow’s People, UKYouth and Yourfeed, we reach over a million young people every year.

Our specialist in-house marketing team builds content and campaigns to engage with our audience via:

  • Social media feeds & content sharing
  • Newsletter content
  • Targeted campaigns
  • Web site content
  • Editorial / app stories
  • Paid brand-led campaigns

For example, we often build paid and organic social campaigns with bespoke landing pages, apprenticeship stories and shareable content for clients who want to drive applications for their vacancies.

“We invest in candidate engagement – digital, social, web and partnerships – to reach millions of young people across the UK.”



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? 

  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


Keep training from me Steve and all the Team at EEVT, see you also on social media  in Groups EEVT Limited




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