Newsletter & Bids 36 2018

 In bids

Dear Members

This week’s newsletter bids, grants and Funds come to you in conjunction with our sponsors KPI DEVELOPMENT Limited.  Exciting news on that next week with our newsletter going out to some 3,133 professionals’ in the industry. This week we have another BUMPER EDITION of 51 pages of information News, Bids Grants and Funds.

Full details can be downloaded from the link below:


This week EEVT is 19 years old and indeed many thanks from lots of people. However, most people know me but there is a whole team behind EEVT Ltd.  So many thanks to the Team from EEVT and the other companies we work closely with.


Yes, some 20 organisations sending out EOI for the ESF projects.  What we do know is the ESF bids need to be submitted by Prime/Lead Contractors by 17th September.

Whilst whoever (as the lead organisation) will develop and submit a bidding proposal for the ESF skills programmes, potential delivery partners for each prime are also required by the ESFA to complete certain sections on the BRAVO procurement portal. Just to be clear – this means that ALL organisations (Prime/ Lead/Main Contractors and their essential subcontractors) are expected to complete Parts 1 and 2 of the online Standard Selection Questionnaire (SSQ) on the BRAVO portal.

For Part 3, only Prime/Lead/Main Contractors are to complete ALL of the questions in Part 3. However, sub-contractors need to respond to some of the mandatory questions under Part 3 to enable the submission of responses.

SSQ 5.1 Answer this question;
SSQ 5.3 State Not applicable Sub Contractor to XXX organisation(s);
SSQ 6.1 Upload a sheet of paper stating Not applicable Sub Contractor to XXX organisations
SSQ 6.3 Add to the attachment provided Not applicable Sub Contractor to XXX organisation(s);
SSQ 7.1 Select No
SSQ 8.1(i) Answer this question
SSQ 8.1(iii) Answer this question
SSQ 8.2 Answer this question
SSQ 8.2 (i) State Not applicable Sub Contractor to XXX organisation(s);
SSQ 8.3 Select No
SSQ 8.5 State Not applicable Sub Contractor to XXX organisation(s);

Please bear in mind that essential Subcontractors are to follow these instructions – regardless of who the main/lead contractor is that they want to be working with (i.e. this is a requirement of the ESFA of any organisation wanting to deliver activities under the ESF programme). Please do not forget to press ‘save and exit’ and then ‘submit’ your responses, as only once that has been done will they be visible to the ESFA.   If any of you have not yet registered on the BRAVO site, can I please ask them to do so ASAP.

Please find the link as follows –


This week I have been away in Lincolnshire at a place called Tattersall Lakes just down the road from RAF College Cranwell is a thriving RAF Station in the heart of Lincolnshire with a long and distinguished history dating back to its foundations as a Royal Navy Training Establishment in 1916. It was the world’s first Air Academy and today, it continues to select and train the next generation of officers and aircrew.

This year the RAF celebrate 100 years and indeed they are very much involved with the Asian Awards this year as the Headline Sponsor.  It is also home to No 3 Flying Training School which delivers the elementary flying training for fixed wing and multiengine student pilots from the RAF, Royal Navy and Army Air Corps, No 6 Flying Training School which oversees all University Air Squadrons in universities across the UK and the Tedder Leadership Academy.

RAF College Cranwell is also home to a broad range of Supported Force Elements including RAF Recruitment and Selection, Headquarters Air Cadets, Central Flying School, The Air Warfare School and the Band of the RAF College.


This week ESS Mergers and Acquisitions Profitable Established Commercial Training Provider For Sale – North of England

  • On the RoTo and RoATP registers
  • Teaching Qualifications – Eligible for Adult Loan Funding
  • Profitable and sold on a no cash no debt basis
  • Blue Chip client base
  • NSAR – National Skills Academy for Rail (Approved Provider Status)
  • Emergency Services Directory (Approved Supplier)

Asking Price: £95K

Please contact for further information.


Also this week I found out some common sayings which we use, come from many years ago and from very unusual places so First come, First Served. This was a golden rule for a miller’s customers. It could take several days for a farmer to get their grain ground. The rule was to prevent queue jumping by impatient farmers who might have seek special treatment from the miller.


John Dick tells us that The Register of End-Point Assessment Organisations (RoEPAOs) was updated by ESFA on 6 September 2018.  You can find this data in a more searchable format on the link below.


This should help you find the Apprenticeship Standards you are interested in and the EPAO(s) offering them. The spreadsheet also has tabs showing:
The External Quality Assurance (EQA) provider that covers each Apprenticeship Standard
How many EPAOs offer each Apprenticeship Standard. Please let me know what you think of the format and content, how easy/difficult it is to use etc.
Happy to make changes that will help us. Contact John at


3SC are recruiting a Bid Development Manager to join its busy team [£27,000 – £33,000 pa, Cardiff or London, full time]. The role will involve researching tender opportunities, working with partner organisations to develop bids and writing and submitting tender responses. The deadline for applications is 19th September. To apply please email your CV along with a covering email explaining your suitability for this role to


Up to £82m is available from the Mayor of London for investment into estate and equipment for London’s skills providers over the next three years. The aim of this fund is to: respond to current and future skills requirements of employers and learners, improve quality of provision and learner satisfaction, progression and success rates, support increased levels of apprenticeship delivery and/or progression to the highest levels of vocational and technical study, and establish strong and innovative partnerships with employers and local stakeholders. The deadline to apply is 1st October.


A top Quality Highly experienced Quality/Compliance Auditor, with in excess of 25 years demonstrable experience in Quality, Compliance, Risk and Governance. Accomplished in bringing a systematic, disciplined approach to developing, evaluating and improving the effectiveness of risk management, quality assurance/control and governance processes. They are available for London Home Counties.  They have proven achievements in providing an objective independent assurance and consulting service, adding value to and improving the operation of the company and its partners.

Competent in driving change and adapting to changing and challenging business environments. Exceptional internal & external customer relationship skills with the ability to communicate at all levels.  Instrumental in supporting a variety of companies in the successful delivery of diverse and complex employment, learning and skills contracts for; the Department for Work & Pension (DWP), the Skills Funding Agency (SFA), London Boroughs of; Hackney, Waltham Forest, Enfield and Southwark Councils, the National Citizen Service (NCS) Trust, Department for Employment – Australia, the Department for Employment & Learning – Northern Ireland and the Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF) – Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.


Clinks turns twenty this year – bookings are now open for the celebration event! [7th November, London, free]. Join us as we reflect on Clinks’ and the sector’s achievements over the last two decades and look forward at our potential together over the next three years and beyond. The event will include an insightful and interesting panel debate involving experts in the voluntary sector, a presentation from CEO Anne Fox on Clinks’ strategy up to 2022, and findings from the Clinks roadshows.

The evening will be a fantastic opportunity to meet Clinks staff and trustees, old and new, and network with others in the sector. The event will also provide a chance to thank our current chair Dame Anne Owers, who has served us well and is stepping down at the end of her term. Book your place here


In September Skills for Care tell us we’re going to be focusing on the importance of learning and development in adult social care. We’ll be:

  • providing ideas on how to identify learning and development needs
  • raising awareness about the types of learning available
  • sharing resources and ideas on how employers and their employees can learn new things
  • offering advice on the practical aspects of learning and development including funding and where and how to find quality learning.

We’ll update this page through the month with insight pieces and blogs from the sector. Keep an eye out of following the campaign on Twitter using #learnsomethingnew



Regeneration projects in London have led to the loss of thousands of social houses over the past 15 years, with more set to come, according to new research published by Green London Assembly member Sian Berry. Her analysis of all planning permissions in the London Development Database shows that 4,142 council homes have been lost in completed redevelopment schemes on sites containing existing social housing since 2003. She also looked at schemes which have received planning permission but have not been completed, which showed that a further 7,612 social rented homes are set to be lost in regeneration schemes over the coming years.


Tony Round wanted to give you a quick heads up about an event that is taking place soon.
This is the Annual Conference  for the UK Chapter of the Association of Proposal Management Professionals and takes place from 9-10 October at the Hilton T5, Heathrow.  It’s organised and run by volunteer members of the Chapter Board and is designed to provide an excellent professional development opportunity for anyone involved in winning business through bid, tender and proposal management.

It’s open to members and non-members I would recommend this to any of your contacts that rely on the formal bidding process to generate contracts and business for their organisation. The Conference microsite has lots of details about the event including speakers and the timetable across both days. There is also a training day that precedes the Conference which people may attend as a stand-alone event without attending the subsequent Conference.

You are more than welcome to share this with your network if you feel that would be appropriate.
Kind regards Tony Round Business Development Director Europe, Sponsorship & Exhibitions Association of Proposal Management Professionals (APMP)

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Other news this week The Greater London Authority has so far drafted in 57 new bureaucrats to handle the capital’s adult education budget ahead of devolution next year.  Fifteen posts in various other teams are still to be appointed and will eventually bring the total number of administrators in the department to 72, the majority of which will eventually and controversially be paid for via a top-slice of £3 million from the adult skills budget.

An organogram of the authority’s new AEB structure was published in a briefing document ahead of a GLA meeting about the budget later this month.

The physical image (see below) lays bare the scale of the team being employed, which sector leaders have criticised as mayor Sadiq Khan plans to fund their wages by using around one per cent of the capital’s £311 million annual AEB cash, diverting it away from frontline learning.


An apprenticeship standard is set to have its funding band doubled following the Institute for Apprenticeships’ recent review.

The maximum cash on offer for the level three aviation ground specialist will increase from £3,000 to £6,000, according to Annette Allmark, director of strategic policy at People 1st, who worked with the employer group that developed the standard.

It’s one of the least popular of the 31 standards included in the IfA’s review, with just 30 starts in the first nine months of 2017/18.

A number of major employers, led by the Ministry of Defence, were involved in the development of the standard, which was approved for delivery in April 2016. It’s designed to train an apprentice to work on the ground in a range of different aviation environments, including a commercial airport or military base.

A number of specialist functions are covered in the standard, including aircraft handling and movement, flight operations, passenger operations and fire-fighting.

These are all focussed around the “arrival, turnaround and departure of aircraft and maintaining an aviation operation” and also include “knowledge, skills and behaviours to complete complex aviation tasks”.

The IfA’s funding band review, launched in May, was intended to “help make sure that employers can access high quality apprenticeships and that funding bands represent good value for money for employers and government”.

It covers 31 standards – including some of the most popular.


 Tip of the week I: Seven nights in Rome, Florence and Venice from £179 with flights. Details

Tip of the week 2: Three months free Deezer music streaming with £1.99 earphones. Details

Tip of the week 3: £30 Ted Baker glasses. Details


From me Steve and from all the team have a great week and keep training  Non-Executive Director at Five Companies and MD of EEVT Ltd EEVT Limited

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