Newsletter & Bids 35 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 52 pages of information News, Bids Grants and Funds.

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Yes lots of Rumour’s around several items

  1. The ROTAP is supposed to open in September but also is said there will be a consultation.
  2. Also it is said that the ESFA will change to the SFA in September with no job losses.
  3. Stuart Pyle and Claire Pyle have emigrated no they are back soon
  4. Working Links have pulled out of Biding for SSU and SSW ESF this is correct.


What we do know is the ESFA always like to add a twist. As many of you will know, ESF bids need to be submitted by Prime/Lead Contractors by 17th September. Thanks to Michael Schneider who is the Commercial Director for Steadfast who put together some helpful instructions Mobile: 07487 643110 Tel: 0845 223 2401   However, 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.

Please take the following actions for the mandatory questions under Part 3 (SUB-CONTRACTORS ONLY):
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 –


New Rules and the Handbook from Ofsted as from 1st of September Types of providers subject to inspection 4. Under the Education and Inspections Act 2006 and this handbook, Ofsted inspects the following providers: further education colleges, sixth-form colleges and independent specialist colleges, dance and drama colleges, independent learning providers, local authority providers, specialist designated institutions and not-for-profit organisations.

Please note also Individuals and organisations have legal requirements to provide information to Ofsted as part of inspections. Ofsted has powers under section 132 of the Education and Inspections Act 2006 that relate to inspecting providers of further education and skills for learners aged 16 and over. Inspectors can ‘inspect, take copies of, or take away any documents relating to the education or training’ of students from those premises. These powers also enable our inspectors to inspect computers and other devices that may hold such information.




We have successfully delivered ESF 2014-2020 provision since 2016 and we are looking for new partners to continue our expansion through an increase in funding from the Education and Skills Funding Agency. We currently deliver contracts in the follow Local Enterprise Partnership regions:

  • Black Country (Skills Support for the Unemployed, NEET IAG)
  • Enterprise M3 (Skills Support for the Unemployed)
  • London (Youth Talent)
  • South East – Kent and Essex (Skills Support for the Unemployed / Skills Support for the Workforce)

If you are interested in joining our successful supply chain in these regions, please download the EOI form here. then complete and return it to Further information will be requested for those organisations that are shortlisted for specific tenders.

We will also be bidding in the next ESF Opt-In bidding rounds which are due to commence in July 2018 nationally. If you would like to be considered for our supply chain in any Local Enterprise Partnership region please download the EOI form here. then complete and return it to  We will be announcing specific calls for Partners once full details of funding are released, however we are more than happy to consider all Partners with a strong track record for any region in the UK.


On the eve of the launch of the government’s first ever tender for a single awarding organisation for a qualification, FE Week takes a look at the twists and turns of the tangled T-levels procurement process to date.

The controversial full tender process to find awarding organisations to offer the first T-levels qualifications is due to launch on Monday.  It follows an open early engagement notice, published by the Department for Education in late May, which closes on Sunday (September 2).  According to that notice, the purpose of the procurement will be to “select and appoint an AO to be responsible for developing and delivering each of the wave one T-levels, under an exclusive licensing approach”.

There are expected to be three separate tenders launched – one for each of the first pathways to be delivered from 2020, in digital (digital production, design and development); childcare and education; and construction (design, surveying and planning).

The development of these new qualifications has so far proved to be highly contentious.


We have been asked to inform people that in just two weeks’ time the nation’s favourite community heroes and diversity ambassadors will gather in Liverpool for the 7th annual National Diversity Awards. Taking place on Friday 14th September at the breath-taking Liverpool Cathedral, the best of British diversity will unite for the country’s grandest celebration of inclusion. Good luck to all of this year’s finalists!




Pearson is pleased to announce the first in a series of FREE webinar based training events in the build up to the launch of the reformed Functional Skills:

Using ResultsPlus and ExamWizard to support your learners and develop their skills. This session will show you how you can develop your learners’ skills using Pearson’s exclusive tools and improve their success. Lasting for one hour, these sessions will run on the following dates: Tuesday 25th September 4-5pm Wednesday 26th September 8-9am Thursday 27th September 4-5pm Attendees can sign up using the link below or by visiting the Training from Pearson webpage


It is concerning that on a register of 319 Apprenticeship Standards (downloaded this morning from the ESFA part of the .gov website), there still appears to be 102 Standards (32% of Standards) WITHOUT an End-point Assessment Organisation and 101 Standards with only 1 End-point Assessment Organisation. Some people ask is it because the assessment plan is written in such a way that only certain organisations can apply, therefore preventing any competition entering the EPA market? Is it because there is a block of newly approved EPAOs not yet added ot the published register? We hear from Chief Policy Officer at Association of Employment and Learning Providers – AELP says there are more EPAOs being allowed onto the EPA register than was the case previously.

In fact some are being actively encouraged to apply to fill gaps where there are learners on programme but no EPAO on the register. Your concerns are all valid though especially around sector expertise of assessors for EPA. For some EPAOs on the register the assumption about numbers coming through and not being that in reality may mean some decide to pull out. Seen some of that already, the current funding band review also impacts EPAOs too.

Skills for Care Individual employers – if you’re committed to developing your own and your PAs skills and knowledge, enter the Accolades awards and get recognised for the great work you do.   You can enter yourself or be nominated by your PAs or others. You just need to tell us the things you do to recruit the right PAs, how you manage them, and what you do to develop them and yourself. It’s a great way to celebrate the hard work you and your team do every day.

Last year’s winner Christina Candey said: “I’m over the moon – this has given my team and I a real boost. What a thrill to attend such a glamorous evening where we were honoured to be part of a big team working together.”

If you support great individual employers you can nominate them for an award. The closing date for entries is Friday 7 September 2018. Find out more and enter now on our website.


 This week lots of items from FE WEEK 

IfA funding band review: Healthcare standard set for 67 per cent funding increase Read more at


Then we have Employers join forces to overturn ‘highly-damaging’ funding rate cuts for popular management apprenticeships


Also my Fav one which is Skills minister on hunt for apprentice but excludes applicants with GCSE grade 4 (a pass)


Also Students ‘distraught’ after college blames T-level preparation for last minute decision to dump all A-level courses


ESFA investigation found college taking 25% subcontracting topslice did not know where course for 16-19s took place for first 6 months


The Construction Industry Training Board is trying to force colleges to enter “reverse subcontracting” arrangements where it charges “unfair” top-slices of at least 28 per cent even though it won’t be the prime.


The Apprenticeships Conference 10th October, The Welcome Centre, Coventry.
We will be taking a 360 look at the apprenticeship Sector.   Request to pay by invoice will end in the next few days

We will only be accepting requests to pay by invoice for the next week: due to non-payment of invoices so book now to get early bird prices

Shaped by members and practitioner-led, the SET conference aims to provide practical guidance for today’s busy teachers, trainers and educators.

With content streams covering topical and practical information, and dynamic workshops throughout the day, teachers and trainers are being encouraged to hold this date in the diary.

Tom Bennett has just been confirmed as the final speaker at the conference. Tom is the founder of researchED, a grassroots organisation that raises research literacy in education. Since 2013 researchED has visited three continents and six countries, attracting thousands of followers. In 2015 he became the UK government’s school ‘Behaviour Czar’, advising on behaviour policy. He has written four books about teacher training, and in 2015 he was long listed as one of the world’s top teachers in the GEMS Global Teacher Prize. In the same year he made the Huffington Post’s ‘Top Ten Global Bloggers’ list. His online resources have been viewed over 1,200,000 times. His behaviour report for the DfE ‘Creating a Culture’ is available to download.

Book your place at the conference or email Alana Horden for more information at


People from underrepresented groups with the potential to become tomorrow’s tech stars are set to be given new digital skills as part of a push to improve diversity in the digital economy and address local skills challenges.

A new £1 million Digital Skills Innovation Fund is now open for bids from Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) and Combined Authorities for initiatives which specifically aim to help people take up digital roles.

The funding will be used to help women, disabled people, people from minority backgrounds or those living in lower socioeconomic areas to succeed in digital roles such as data analysts, programmers, cyber security specialists, software developers and marketeers.

Research reveals 17 per cent of women make up the tech workforce and are underrepresented in the uptake of digital qualifications. Unemployed adults are five per cent more likely to lack the basic digital skills than the national average.

A new £400,000 Digital Inclusion Fund has also been launched to help older and disabled people acquire digital skills. Innovative projects are expected to include the teaching of basic skills such as booking GP appointments online, using apps to communicate with friends and family, and making the most of search engines.

The fund, which opens in September, will also harness the power of tech to get people online and support the Digital Strategy which sets out Government’s ambition to create a world-leading digital economy that works for everyone.

Minister for Digital Margot James said:

“It is crucial everyone is able to take advantage of digital technology, whether it is to learn how to use the internet or develop the skills to work in a tech role.

“If we want to maintain our position as a world-leading digital economy we need to work with industry, local authorities and the voluntary sector to develop solutions so no-one is left behind.”

Local Enterprise Partnership Network chair and Digital Skills Partnership board member, Christine Gaskell, said: 
“As the rate of technological change and innovation continues, ‘tech’ is becoming increasingly integrated within every sector and industry. We share the aspiration to ensure that more people have the skills and creativity that will enable them to contribute to, and benefit from, new economic opportunities and deliver more inclusive growth.

“There are huge opportunities for regions to benefit and Local Enterprise Partnerships have a vital role to play in helping people and organisations develop the skills they need to realise their potential.  Any initiative with the aim to make more people tech savvy and to bring more women and young people into the sector to create new start-ups and unearth the next digital superstars has to be welcomed.

“As such, we are working with Government through the Digital Skills Partnership to bring together key partners at national and local level to close the digital skills gap that currently exist.”

John Fisher, Chief Executive, Citizens Online said:

“We know it’s becoming increasingly important that everybody in our society has the skills and confidence to be online; yet disabled people are four times more likely to lack essential digital skills then the general population and 28% of those over 60 are offline. We’re delighted that this fund will test new ways of offering support to these marginalised groups, often with complex needs, to enable people to live better lives with the benefits that being online can offer.”

These initiatives will complement Government’s existing work to boost digital skills provision across the country.

This includes £170,000 Government funding to support the Tech Talent Charter which is a commitment to ensure greater diversity in the tech workforce of the UK and implement recruitment and retention policies that will support women in digital and technology roles.

Our Digital Skills Partnership has seen Government, businesses, charities and voluntary organisations joining forces to deliver over 2.5 million free training opportunities in areas such as basic online skills, cybersecurity and coding.

In addition to this, the Government has established two Local Digital Skills Partnership pilots in Lancashire and the Heart of the South West which brings together businesses, charities, the education sector and public sector organisations to tackle local digital skills challenges to build thriving and inclusive local economies.

The Digital Skills Innovation Fund opened on 27 August and bids need to be received by DCMS by 28 October 2018. Grants of between £200,000 and £500,000 will be available.

It also aims to encourage collaborative working between LEPs, local government, voluntary sector, youth organisations, charities, employers and training providers to address local skills challenges and share good practice.

Guidance on the Fund and the application template is available on the Digital Skills Partnership GOV.UK page

The Digital Inclusion Fund is being managed by Citizens Online and will launch in September 2018. The pilot projects will run up to January 2020.


The Women’s Centre Cornwall has female mentors available to support women who have offended or who are at risk of offending. The diverse group of mentors have all faced challenges in their own lives and want to inspire others to move forwards in their lives. To find out more email

The Healed Project is a six week business start-up course for women affected by the criminal justice system. The course is designed to empower women, release them from guilt and shame, and remove stigma.  Find out more here


Tip of the week I: £4 discount on Deliveroo with £1 spend. Details


Tip of the week 2 : Kids eat for 25p at Byron burger. Details

You can get one kids’ meal at Byron for 25p (norm £6.50) per adult main purchased at full price (£6-£12), valid when you dine in on weekdays until Fri 31 Aug.

There’s no voucher or app required – just mention the offer to staff before ordering. It can’t be used in conjunction with any other offer, set menu, or the Qkr! with Masterpass app.


Tip of the week 3: Two-night mini-cruise for two to Amsterdam for £69. Details


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

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