Newsletter & Bids 43 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 56 pages of bids, grants and funds.

Full details can be downloaded from the link below:


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


When we think about organisations and institutions that have played an active role in transforming how technology is used to improve the way we teach and learn – I’m sure you’ll agree that BBC Bitesize is one of them.  That is why I am delighted to announced that Michael Skelton, Executive Product Manager at BBC Bitesize will be speaking at Learning through Technology on the 8th November 2018 in London.

Michael will be leading a session with Rebekka Campbell, Executive Editor at BBC Learning to showcase Bitesize’s new content and functionality, as well as update on some exciting new areas.View full line-up of speakers and agenda for more information.

Remember, all schools and public-sector organisations are eligible for complimentary place.

There are 3 simple ways to secure your place: Register online


Call: 0207 593 5657 Places are limited – so secure your place today to avoid any disappointment. I hope to see you there! Best wishes, Andrew Bell Event Producer Holyrood Communications – Dods Group PLC See our upcoming events:


Five training providers have been stripped of more than £100,000 due to the controversial English and maths condition-of-funding rule, according to new government figures. However, one of them – Plumpton College – claims the Education and Skills Funding Agency has made a mistake and it has not actually lost out on the near £350,000 detailed in the today’s data.  Under original ESFA rules, any 16- to 18-year-old student who does not have at least a C (now 4) in their English and maths GCSEs, and who fails to enrol in the subjects, will be removed in full from funding allocations for the next-but-one academic year.

But the condition was relaxed from 2016/17, with the penalty halved and only applied to providers at which more than five per cent of students did not meet the standard.

FE Week analysis of 16-to-19 allocation data for 2018/19 revealed that in total, 13 general FE colleges were deducted £1,137,091.

Four of them, and one private training provider, had over £100,000 deducted, totalling £1,008,614.


2019 Erasmus+ Call published

The European Commission has released the 2019 application deadlines for Erasmus+.

€187 million of funding will be available to United Kingdom education and youth organisations through the programme next year, up from €170m in 2018.

All the deadlines and information on the types of activities you can apply for are contained in the 2019 Call for Proposals document and the 2019 Programme Guide, both of which you can download from the application resources webpage.

The Call for Proposals is an overview document containing all the deadlines for 2019, while the Programme Guide contains all the detailed information on how to apply for Erasmus+ funding. You will need to read both documents when planning an application. You can view and download the full list of deadlines on the funding deadlines page.


Celebration of Women in Apprenticeship Conference, after the success of the 1st women in Apprenticeships conference and requests to repeat: date for your dairy Jan 30th 2019. Your chance to nominate your leading 3 women in the Apprenticeship Sector. All nominated ladies will be offered tickets at £35.00 each to attend instead of normal price of £95.00 plus VAT If you would like to sponsor or a speaker please get in touch


On Thursday I attended a great event for The JGA Group Appetite for Apprenticeships, this was a great event and many thanks to the Team and Richard. If you’re looking for an Apprentice then the website is

Ask for John Riley


Very pleased to get an hour extra in bed and lots of other great items coming up like be invited to the House of Commons with Leonard Cheshire looking forward at the new plans. Then up to Leeds and Sheffield and Walsall and Birmingham.  Also very pleased as always to be at the Asian Apprenticeship Awards which is sold out again at Edgbaston Cricket Ground as an ambassador and former Judge great to see it grow from year one.


Lead IT Apprenticeship Assessor/Mentor, 40K- 50K

Ginger Nut Training London


IT Apprenticeship Assessor/Mentor, 35K- 45K

Ginger Nut Training Newcastle upon Tyne


2018 marks Clinks’ 20th birthday and we feel that this is a moment to stop, look back and celebrate what we have achieved with you – our supporters, members and partners. Together we have come a long way. We feel that this is a great opportunity to communicate a really positive message about the voluntary sector working in the criminal justice system. So, starting today and leading up to our birthday celebration at our AGM on 7th November, we will be running a campaign called #Clinksat20. We would like to celebrate as many of our member organisations and partners as possible through our social media, ebulletins and blog and at our AGM.

To join in please film a short birthday message on your phone (20 seconds, holding the phone upright):

Explaining who you are

What your organisation does

Wishing Happy 20th Birthday to Clinks

How Clinks has supported you or your organisation.

Then, email it to so that we can amalgamate them into a short film to show at our AGM and also to post on social media. We will of course tag you in any posts and hope that you will share. Look out for the campaign hashtag #Clinksat20.


On Monday 22 October, we published a Partnership Pack on G‌O‌V.U‌K to help businesses plan for the unlikely possibility of a ‘no deal’ EU Exit.

The pack is for organisations, intermediaries and infrastructure providers to use for their own contingency planning and to share with those they represent, their clients and members. It is designed so that you can take information from it and tailor it to suit your own channels and your audiences’ needs.  The pack focuses on how VAT, Customs and Excise could be affected and includes information split by topic, audience and flowcharts. Future editions of this pack will include information from other government departments responsible for policies that will impact trade at the border. We will update you when these are published.  Kind regards Jim Harra


Employer satisfaction levels have fallen across the FE sector this year, but private providers are still outperforming colleges.

The latest government research, based on the Education and Skills Funding Agency’s 2017/18 employer satisfaction survey, shows a small decline in satisfaction with every type of provider.  The survey of almost 55,000 employers revealed that 87.8 per cent were satisfied with ITPs, while 84.4 per cent expressed the same satisfaction about general FE colleges.  The scores, based on the median rating for the 170 general FE colleges and 327 private providers with sufficient employer satisfaction feedback to be counted in the FE Choices data, are both lower than last year’s, suggesting that overall satisfaction has declined.


The City and Metropolitan Welfare Charity would like to encourage voluntary organisations to apply to them for grants. It is a small grant-giving charity with a long history of supporting people with convictions and their families, with grants averaging £2,000. To be eligible you must be a UK registered charity, and preferably have activities in the Greater London area. Its next meeting is early in April, and applications should be made by February/March 2019.

For more information email


College restructuring support: still less than half of £726m fund approved

Although it is less than half of what is on offer, the final figure is expected to increase as last minute applications are signed off.  Up to 21 colleges have been approved to receive compensatory VAT funding. But it is likely that hundreds of millions from the fund will go unused.  Today’s announcement said that 76 applications have been received. A total of 30 of them were made from 31 sixth form colleges “expressing plans to convert to academy status”, but the “majority have not been allocated any funding to support this conversion”.

The ESFA received 46 applications to support restructuring within the college sector, but only 23 “have been approved to date”.


Tip of the week I: Two-three nights in a wigwam in North Yorkshire from £69. Details


Tip of the week 2: Ten children’s picture books for £10. Details


Tip of the week 3: 40% off mains at Cafe Rouge. Details


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

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