Newsletter & Bids 45 2018

 In bids

Dear Members

This week more news and Views and Bids Grants and Funds in conjunction with our sponsors KPI DEVELOPMENT Limited.  Over 3,000 people are contacted with this Free Newsletter every week and we have some 57 pages of bids, grants and funds.

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Just back from the West Midlands. Great time with Total Training Services in Birmingham, also with the Staffing Group is Walsall, Scholars and ANZ in Birmingham.  Ok what’s happening let’s have a look.


Everyone knows that the Broadbean National Online Recruitment Awards are the biggest recruitment industry party of the year, and everyone who comes has a story to tell.

We want you to join us next Wednesday, and be part of the celebrations. We already have a phenomenal guest list, and an amazing night in store.  Not only are we awarding the 14 most sought after trophies in recruitment, but we also have our amazing live band, The Psychometrics, in a spectacular venue. Bring your colleagues, and make it a well-deserved night out!  Here’s a peek at last year’s event.  Doors open at 7 and the party continues till well after 12.

Wednesday 14th November, at Sway, Covent Garden, London.


 Highly Successful TCHC is delighted to launch our new Partner Portal with a number of new opportunities for partners. Our current opportunities are:

London AEB and ESF

The opportunities will be split across the 4 London sub-regions and two Lots:

  1. AEB support for the Unemployed
  2. AEB support for those in work

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough AEB

Deadline for Expression of Interest is Friday 30th November.
We are seeking partners with a track record of supporting residents of the Combined Authority and delivering adult skills to a high standard and delivering progression outcomes for learners.  If you are interested, then please complete your details on our Partnership Portal.


Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority Provider AEB Open early engagement. This means that a procurement idea is currently active, it is in the early stage of development and judging interest from potential suppliers. We are issuing an invite for interested suppliers to register an interest to attend our second Market Engagement Workshop. We anticipate that this will be held in early December. Please see attached document for contact details and update.

The purpose of the Market Engagement Workshop is to test principles and seek provider input ahead of the issue of tender documents. It forms part of a wider stakeholder engagement; including a consultation process with members of the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority Provider.

Buyer Cambridgeshire District Councils.  Contact Lesley-Ann George Email Telephone 01223458178

Cambridge City Council Cambridge Cambridgeshire CB2 3QJ.


Ok the London GLA AEB is now out and indeed the timelines look good but hey some little items in there to trip you up, take care looking at the SSQ, deadline for Clarifications Wednesday 12 December 2018 at 17:00 Tender Submission Deadline Friday 21 December 2018 at 12:00 noon Tender Evaluation Period Friday 21 December 2018 – Tuesday 23 April 2019 Deadline for submission of revised SSQ due to changes to Consortium members and subcontractors Friday 1 February 2019 SSQ Feedback to Bidders Thursday 28 February 2019 ITT Feedback to Bidders Tuesday 23 April 2019 Standstill Period (10 calendar days) Wednesday 24 April – Friday 3 May 2019 Mobilisation / On boarding June – July 2019 Contract Start 1 August 2019

We have a couple of possible spaces but need to confirm with the team


Greater Manchester AEB Key Dates & information

  • Information Event 12th of November 2018
  • Stage 1 SSQ submission deadline 03/12/18 4pm
  • Stage 2 ITT by invitation out 04/01/2019 & submission deadline 25/01/2019
  • Negotiations and clarifications 28/01/19-22/02/19
  • Notified result 28/02/19
  • Contract start 1st of August 2019
  • Lot 1 £17M Budget GM wide Min contract £1M Max £5M
  • Lot 2 £3M Budget No Geographical requirements but must support GM residents – person centred flexible targeted intense specialist support Min £150k Max £1M
  • NB currently 300+ providers in GM region plus subcontractors
  • Looking for fewer larger contracts.
  • Looking to support 15,000 residents average learner fee £1333.33 budget per learner
  • Other funding routes available include community grants programme funded through ESF (£5M from April 2019-July 2021)
  • Princes Trust Team Programme

NB There will be an ITT stage following on from this submission stage! At this time we have not got sight of what the submission requirements for the ITT will entail.


£2.6 million to improve lives of LGBT people:  More school children will be protected from homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying following a £1 million extension to a successful programme as part of the government’s LGBT Action Plan, Minister for Women and Equalities Penny Mordaunt said today. The money will be used to provide training for teachers on how to spot early signs of bullying and how to intervene appropriately. It will also be used to provide resources to support teachers in delivering lessons on LGBT issues to ensure all pupils feel accepted and included.

 The Government Equalities Office has already delivered the anti-bullying programme in 1,200 schools in England – ahead of its March deadline – and is now inviting voluntary and charitable organisations to bid for £1 million of further grant funding to roll out the programme in more schools. A further £1 million will also be available for organisations to improve LGBT people’s health and social care. The LGBT Survey found that at least 16% of survey respondents who accessed or tried to access healthcare services in the last year had a negative experience because of their sexual orientation, and over half of those surveyed who accessed or tried to access mental health services said they had to wait too long.

 Minister for Women and Equalities Penny Mordaunt said: “Everyone in this country should feel safe and happy to be who they are, to love who they love, and to live their lives without judgement or fear.

“That’s why this government is stepping up its work to tackle bullying in schools, to protect more children and to stop hatred from festering and growing into discrimination in adulthood.

“The aim of our Action Plan is that everyone can live safe, happy and healthy lives where they can be themselves without fear of discrimination.”

Today, Ms Mordaunt also announced:

  • A new fund of £600,000 will also be available to local community groups, through a new LGBT Sector and Community Development Scheme to help them engage LGBT people in their area. Alongside this, these organisations will receive training and development to help them grow, mature and become more sustainable over time.
  • An LGBT Advisory Panel to advise the Government on policy, act as a sounding board, and provide evidence on the experiences of LGBT people. Stonewall, the LGBT Consortium and the LGBT Foundation have already been appointed to the panel given their longstanding, wide-ranging work on LGBT equality. A further nine members will be recruited through an open process that launches this week.

The LGBT Action Plan, launched in July 2018, made 75 commitments to tackle discrimination and improve the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in the UK. It was published alongside the results of the largest national survey of LGBT people ever undertaken. The survey, which had over 108,000 respondents, shows LGBT people are experiencing prejudice on a daily basis.


The Business Show – 14th & 15th Nov 2018 FREE TO ATTEND! #TBSUK – 25,000 Visitors – 250 Seminars – 350 Exhibitors – 12 Masterclasses – The UK’s BIGGEST show for anyone starting or growing a business


So this week great items from lots of people

Employers have used just under 14 per cent of their apprenticeship levy funds in the first 18 months since the policy was introduced, FE Week can reveal.

Last month, skills minister Anne Milton revealed the total balance of employers’ apprenticeship service accounts was £2.7 billion as of the end of September.

In response to a Freedom of Information request from this newspaper, the Department for Education said that £370 million of this had been drawn down, amounting to 13.7 per cent.


This was a question asked about 15 months ago and guess what now they say something about it:  The government has been left red-faced after FE Week found thousands of apprentices with no organisation responsible for checking the quality of delivery of their training.  The apprenticeship accountability statement, published by the Department for Education, says responsibility for oversight of level six and seven programmes does not lie with Ofsted but with the Office for Students.  But the OfS has claimed their remit only extends to those with a prescribed HE qualification, such as a degree. FE Week analysis shows there are currently 15 approved standards at level six and seven with no degree element, which have had a combined total of 4,443 starts on them since 2016/17.


The Prison Reform Trust (PRT) is looking for a Data and Communications Officer [£28,868 per annum, full time, two year contract]. It is looking for someone who is passionate about prison reform, enjoys working with data and statistics and can communicate them clearly and accurately, both visually and in writing. This role will lead on the production of PRT’s flagship publication, the Bromley Briefings Prison Factfile, assist with web editing, and media work. The deadline for applications is 3rd December. Find out more here


Tip of the week I: 30% discount on Prezzo. Details

Get a voucher for 30% off food when you register with Prezzo and dine in Sun-Fri until Sun 18 Nov.


Tip of the week 2: Five nights in Marrakech in 4* accommodation from £89. Details

Marrakech: Up to 5-Night 4* Stay at Diwane Hotel with Breakfast, Direct Return Flights and Optional Camel Tour*


Tip of the week 3: Two free tickets for the Homebuilding and Renovation Show. Details


From me Steve and from all the team have a great week and keep training

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