Newsletter & Bids 38 2016

 In bids

Dear Members


Many thanks for this week’s Bids, Grants and Funds from EEVT Ltd (EEVT) and thanks to SLIC International Ltd. This week’s bids attachment has some 32 pages.  We go out to over 4,000 organisations and decision makers and welcome to 12 new readers this week. To get your own copy then e-mail


An anonymous source has informed me that “ Early indications are that the results from the recent consultation will see the SFA further review the BAN on sub-contracting 50% rule and that a fourth point of entry onto the Registrar of Apprentice Providers for Lead providers with Consortium”. 


ADVANCE Minerva is looking to find office space for up to three keyworkers in the London boroughs of Hounslow, Ealing, Hackney, Haringey, Newham, Barking & Dagenham, Lambeth, Lewisham, and Southwark. The organisation supports women in the Criminal Justice System and women who may also be at risk of offending. The space should be female-only if possible due to the nature of the service and the vulnerability of some of the women with complex needs. It would also be near to local amenities and facilities for women. If you have office space to share, or could help in any way, please contact Krishna Tailor on 07534 999701 or


The Asian Apprenticeship Awards 2016

Some 450 business people will attend to celebrate the talent and diversity in apprentices and recognising the employers and Training providers who reach out to them. We’re extremely proud of our high profile judging panel who will be judging from the shortlist of nominees. A representative from our sponsors for each category will present the winners with their awards.

The night will be packed with entertainment including Bhangra group Eternal Taal who have performed on some of the world’s largest stages including Glastonbury Festival, Bollywood and The Graham Norton Show on BBC One. We also have stand-up comedian and comedy festival regular, Patrick Monahan, who has also featured on BBC One and ITV.

Entertainment will be followed by a luxurious 4 course meal provided by award winning Asian catering & event specialists, Payal. Their creative and talented team will plan down to the finest detail and source the finest ingredients to provide us with an unforgettable experience. Their documentary My Big Fat Asian Wedding aired on Channel 4 last year.

The purpose of The Asian Apprenticeship Awards is to celebrate the talent and diversity within BME Asian communities. Recognising hard working and enthusiastic apprentices, and the employers and Training Providers who are reaching out to them.   450 people will attend for a night of entertainment, a luxurious 4 course meal, networking, and of course, recognising apprentices achievements within the BME Asian Community and the employers who make it possible. Tickets are now available at

You can have single tickets or Group Table bookings. Also Industry and Government representatives will be there on the night with along with entertainment. Join Lindsay is Founder & CEO of Apprenticeships4england, Nazir Afzal OBE is Chief Executive of Police & Crime Commissioners, Sally Eaves is a Doctoral Research Scholar (PhD), Tutor and President of the Postgraduate Research Society at Aston Business School and Aston University. Stewart Segal Director of Strategy and Policy at 3aaa – a leading training provider in England. Director (Previously CEO) of the Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP). Ninder Johal An entrepreneur at heart, Ninder is the founder and Chief Executive of Nachural Music Ltd.


Congratulations to all who were successful on the Higher Apprentices Contracts there is a 10 day standstill so we will all know soon. Also sorry to the ones that did not quite make it.


A client is looking for a D1 location for training in London, willing to share costs or Rent or indeed buy.

E-mail me re this at



Zheroes Story – Hackney Pilot Launches

Thanks to a grant from Hackney council’s Healthy Ideas fund the fist borough specific project in London is now underway!

Our Hackney Pilot will focus on creating strong and sustainable relationships through our platform between food businesses with surplus food, charities that provide food to their service users and local Hackney volunteers. Redistributing food to families on the breadline, the elderly or isolated, community groups, homeless people or anyone else who needs it, in order to help provide then with the nutrition and sustenance that they need to stay healthy.If you are a Hackney based business or charity and you would like to be involved then please contact Gemma, our Hackney Project Coordinator on gemma.carr@planzheroes.orgCall out for Hackney volunteers!

We are looking for some enthusiastic people to be Zheroes – Zero Food Waste Heroes – at Plan Zheroes and help us on our Hackney mission. We need:

Linkers are our brilliant spokespeople who help spread the word about Plan Zheroes to businesses and charities in their community.See the full Linker role description here.

Transporters provide support to charities that are in need of food but do not have a vehicle or people who can collect it. You can help by collecting food from businesses and delivering it to charities either on foot, by public transport, bike or car.See the full Transporter role description here.Please contact Gemma at for more information.


Home Office announces support for groups tackling extremism

The Home Office has today launched a programme of support for charities and other organisations who are working to challenge extremism in their communities.

The funding, which forms part of the Home Office’s wider initiative to counter extremism, its four-year programme Building a Stronger Britain Together. Groups can apply online for in-kind support up to the value of £75,000, or grant funding of up to £50,000.

The programme aims to support civil society and community organisations that work to create more resilient communities, stand up to extremism in all forms and offer vulnerable individuals a positive alternative.

In-kind support can include social media training, help setting up a website, and advice on media activity. There will be a new call for bids for each new financial year to make sure the funding has impact across all four years, and to make sure that support is always given to groups doing the most relevant and innovative work.

UK Community Foundations, the umbrella body for community foundations, in partnership with M&C Saatchi, has been awarded £800,000 from the Home Office to deliver the programme via community foundations. These foundations will then deliver the funds to charities and organisations in its own areas.

Fabian French, chief executive of UK Community Foundations, said: “UKCF is very pleased to be working with the Home Office on this important initiative. Community Foundations up and down the country work right at the heart of local communities. They have an unrivalled understanding of local needs and challenges and are best placed to deliver grants to local organisations.”

Organisations can bid for grant funding and in-kind support for specific projects that deliver this goal through the Home Office’s application process.



‘Celebration of Diversity & Achievement’ at the 13th annual BBI’s Enterprise Minds Awards 2016.

Don’t miss the opportunity to mingle with celebrities, dignitaries and successful local and international entrepreneurs. Enjoy a champagne reception, delicious ethnic cuisine, live entertainment, dance and best dressed competition, diverse music, exhibition, interactive fashion show and ball, with a DJ and music to round off the night. It could be you walking away with our prestigious guests led BBI’s ‘EMA Personality of the Year 2016 Trophy’.  The event will be held at the prestigious Hilton London Tower Bridge, Tooley Street, London SE1 2BY on Sunday 16 October 2016 from 7pm till late.  Whilst each VIP ticket is £100 each, however, as a way of saying ‘thank you’ for all your support over the year, we are giving it to you for just £60 each, if the offer is taken by 18 September 2016.

This concession is open to your family and friends as well.  BACS & PAYPAL PAYMENTS

 Bank: Nat West Acct No: 95236457    Sort Code: 60-16-16

Account Holder: BBI UK LTD’    Payment Ref: Your name EVENTBRITE More Information at  and  07989 621196


The Howard League for Penal Reform is holding its annual Parmoor Lecture [20th October, London, free]. Chair of the Parole Board and former Chief Inspector of Prisons Nick Hardwick will deliver the lecture. He will address the priorities of his new role and reflect on some of the challenges ahead for the wider sector. There will be an opportunity for networking over refreshments afterwards


Return on investment (ROI) has always been somewhat of an elephant in the room when discussing the viability of training and development. Since the early days of Kirkpatrick’s learning model the concept of ROI has made many L&D managers visibly uncomfortable.

It is also true that the benefits of training are hard to quantify. When we choose between spending time on training and spending time working, the tangible benefits of performance on the job usually prevail. The less well defined advantages of future, improved performance lose out. On the other hand data and technology are helping modern businesses track and monitor the performance of corporate training, therefore understanding its ROI should be a little easier these days.

But what exactly is return on investment and is there a generic formula to calculate it? What’s the value of training – An ROI methodolgy is our answer to these questions.

This informative whitepaper will teach you all you need to know about ROI, complete with an easy formula-based method to measure it, and prove that training doesn’t just mean a day out of the office and a few lost hours that put the company on the back foot.

So if you want to get to grips with ROI and build a better case for training in your company, this short, practical ROI methodology could help you make some important decisions.

Download the white paper at


The DWP have issued the Following Notice The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) role as a co-financing organisation (CFO) for European Social Fund (ESF) 2014 to 2020 is to procure and contract manage provision aimed at:

Improving employment opportunities

Promoting social inclusion

Helping people to fulfil their potential

In England, ESF 2014 to 2020 has been brought together with the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and part of the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) to form the European Structural Investment Funds (ESIF) Growth Programme.

For the latest news on ESIF, subscribe to the ESIF programme bulletin by emailing:

Responsibility for managing the overall ESF element of the ESIF programme, rests with the ESF Managing Authority (MA), which is also located within DWP.

2.Operational Programme

The ESF MA and the European Commission have formally agreed and adopted the European Social Fund Operational Programme.

The Operational Programme is the main document for setting out the strategy and priorities for use of the ESF 2014 to 2020 fund to support the Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. It also contains information on how the fund will be delivered, managed and evaluated.

DWP as a CFO will follow the strategy and priorities set out within the Operational Programme.

3.Local Enterprise Partnerships

39 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) are also involved in ESF 2014 to 2020. They have set up ESIF sub-committees to provide information and advice on local needs, which the ESF MA has considered when deciding what provision to fund in each area.

LEP area sub-committees have decided whether to use the services of co-financing organisations to help meet local employment, skills and social inclusion needs.

Many LEP area sub-committees have decided to work with the DWP as a CFO and have agreed the particular requirements relevant to their local area.

The DWP CFO has entered into a series of Memorandums of Understanding with the ESF MA and will procure and manage the employment and social inclusion element of ESF provision.

The Local Enterprise Partnerships website  has the latest information about LEPs and their networks.

  1. Guidance for providers

To assist providers who will be delivering provision on behalf of DWP CFO, the following guidance gives detailed information about ESF 2014 to 2020.

The DWP framework generic provider guidance provides guidance and background information about all DWP employment-related programmes. Chapter 11b is about ESF2014 to 2020 requirements in general.

The ESIF branding and publicity requirements set out the minimum requirements for branding and publicity for ESF as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme.

5.Other co-financing organisations

Co-financing organisations provide the required eligible match funding and use their expertise to procure and contract manage, or grant fund, European Social Fund provision. The ESF partner page contains information about co-financing organisations operations and their prior status as an opt-in organisation.

6.European Social Fund provision update

Read the latest update on progress around the delivery of 31 contracts in the letter to providers (September 2016).


Well as you know everyone is after funds and indeed it is a crazy time.

Tip of the week I: Stay at a 5-star hotel in Corfu for a week with meals from £249pp. Details

Tip of the week 2: Get an iPad Pro £120 cheaper than from Apple. Details

Tip of the week 3: National Express is offering 12,000 £1 single coach fares until 30th September. Details


Have a great week and keep training from me Steve, you can follow us on  in Groups EEVT Limited  On Facebook

 On our website at

 Also via Twitter at



Recent Posts

Start typing and press Enter to search