West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges

The latest bids and opportunities from the West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges and related organisations. This page is updated regularly, so please check back for updates.

WYCC: Reach Higher

The Reach Higher contract (£3.5 million) will strengthen higher level skills training and support in the Leeds City Region. The following tender opportunities are live now on the In-Tend website.

Conversion Skills

Conversion Skills - Reach Higher in Construction Deadline: Monday 11 February 2019

Digital skills

Digital Progression - Transport and Logistics Deadline: Friday 18 January 2019

Digital Progression - Medical Technology Deadline: Friday 18 January 2019

Digital Progression - Finance and Professional Services Deadline: Friday 18 January 2019

Digital Progression - Construction, Low Carbon and Environmental Technologies Deadline: Friday 18 January 2019

Digital Progression - Engineering and Manufacturing Deadline: Friday 18 January 2019

Digital Progression - Hospitality and Tourism Deadline: Friday 18 January 2019

Digital Progression - Digital and Creative Deadline: Friday 18 January 2019

Jisc: Edtech startups competition

Jisc are looking for early-stage startups with a product that could improve UK education and research who need help getting their market-ready edtech product ready to be seen by universities and colleges.

Successful applicants will receive up to £10,000 worth of mentorship from Jisc, Emerge Education and a small group of industry experts to help develop your product and find your market niche.

You may also have access to up to £5,000 grant funding and additional focused support worth £5,000 (grant funding and additional support subject to terms and conditions).

Deadline: 21 January 2019

Clickherefor further information

Ministry of Housing, Communities and local Government: Windrush Day Grant 2019

The Minister for Faith and Integration announced a national Windrush Day on 22 June each year, backed by MHCLG funding.

The Windrush Day Grant invites local authorities, charities and community groups to submit bids for funding. The fund will support groups seeking to celebrate, commemorate and/or educate about the history of the Empire Windrush and the contribution of the Windrush Generation to British economic, social and cultural life.

Deadline: 21 January 2019

Clickherefor further information

Youth Endowment Fund: call for proposals

The bidding process to choose an organisation or consortium that will run the £200 million Youth Endowment Fund is now open.

The Youth Endowment Fund will provide a 10-year investment to support interventions steering young people away from becoming involved in violent crime or reoffending. It will also build the evidence base for the most effective interventions for tackling serious violence.

The Fund is one of three innovative new measures announced by the Home Secretary in October as part of the government's long-term plan to tackle serious violence.

The Youth Endowment Fund will be run by an independent organisation or body, similar to the Education Endowment Foundation.

The successful bidder will need to demonstrate its ability to:

  • Use sector knowledge and available evidence to identify the best projects to fund
  • Ensure robust evaluation of the projects, using this evaluation to build a body of evidence on what works in stopping children and young people from becoming involved in crime and violence
  • Share this evidence and best practice in order that it might inform policy making, academic research and the local commissioning of services
  • Seek to grow the value of the Fund through attracting further contributions
  • Administer and manage the Fund as a long-term investment from April 2019.

Deadline: 23 January 2019

Clickherefor further information

BBC Apprenticeship Schemes: Tender for Phase Three

The BBC has a requirement to appoint a number of providers to a framework agreement for the provision of Apprenticeship Schemes Phase Three and associated Continuous Professional Development Training.

These Apprenticeship Scheme(s) require the Providers to teach, support, assess and award to an agreed curriculum. The Providers shall deliver apprenticeship standards in order to grow the talent of the UK media industry and support future skill set needs across the BBC. In addition the BBC will also require successful applicants to offer additional non-apprenticeship Continuous Professional Development Training for BBC staff for all lots apart from Lot 1.

CPD Pathways will offer short, structured and accredited courses derived from the certificate, diploma and degree elements of the apprenticeship. User-elected CPD provides individual classes or modules from the curriculum and allows BBC staff and their managers the freedom to complete modules as and when required.

Estimated value: £6,937,000 (excl. VAT)

Deadline: 25 January 2019

Clickherefor further information

Ministry of Defence: Training Service to the Royal Navy and Royal Marines

Deadline: 25 January 2019

Clickherefor further information

The Council of the Borough of Kirklees Internal Training Provision

The Council of the Borough of Kirklees wishes to set up a dynamic purchasing system for the provision of learning (which includes but is not limited to classroom learning / e-learning) which fall under the remit of their internal training provision.

This Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) is open for Requests to Participate from 1 November 2018 until the 31 October 2020 with provision to extend in periods of 12 months up to 31 October 2023. Prospective providers may apply to be included on this DPS at any time whilst it is operational.

They anticipate 5 (five) Categories will be run under this Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS)

  • Category 1 Management Development
  • Category 2 Personal Skills
  • Category 3 Coaching
  • Category 4 Outplacement Support
  • Category 5 Ad Hoc Training Requirements

Click here to view the tender call documents

Deadline: 31 January 2019

UnLtd: Thrive: Access to employment

Applications are now open for Thrive: Access to employment.

Thrive is UnLtd's new social accelerator helping ambitious social ventures to scale. UnLtd will support over 25 social ventures a year through Thrive.

They will support two groups of social ventures developing solutions in two distinct areas:

Improving access to employment for those distant from the labour market

Developing products and services for an ageing society.

UnLtd combine six months of intensive support with the opportunity to secure investment of up to £50,000 for your social venture, either through UnLtd or partners. This gives you the chance to grow your business, and ultimately deliver greater social impact.

Deadline: 14 February 2019

Clickherefor further information

Education and Training Foundation: Taking Teaching Further programme

The Department for Education-funded Taking Teaching Further programme is a national initiative to attract experienced industry professionals with expert technical knowledge and skills to work in Further Education.

In October 2018 the Government announced the first 37 post-16 providers that were successful in securing funding from the first application round, which will support up to 80 industry professional to retrain to work in their institutions.

The programme will initially run for two years to test how best to encourage and support experienced industry professionals from key sectors into FE teaching, full or part-time, and to support an ongoing exchange between FE and industry so that students can gain the knowledge and skills that employers need.

The focus will be on priority sectors, including the first T Level routes, and a fund of up to £5 million will be available.

Round two of the fund is now open to applications from FE providers, including:

  • General and specialist colleges
  • National Colleges
  • Independent training providers
  • Employer-led providers
  • Third-sector training providers
  • Local authority providers
  • Adult and community learning providers.

Successful applicants must be ready to progress with their planned programme of activities in May 2019.

Deadline: 15 February 2019

Clickherefor further information

DM Thomas Foundation for Young People: Central Grants

UK registered charities with an income of less than £2 million a year, that are working with disadvantaged children and young people (babies to 25 years) who are considered the most in need can apply for grants of up to £30,000.

The funding aims to help young people gain skills through education projects and relieve suffering through health-related projects. Priority will be given to charities that demonstrate community involvement and volunteering opportunities as part of their working practices.

The 2019 application deadlines are: 5 February 2019, 7 May 2019, 23 July 2019, and 8 October 2019.


The Office for Students: Funding for projects that develop innovations in recruitment to and delivery of healthcare courses

The Office for Students (OfS) is inviting funding bids from universities and colleges for innovative projects which will support and enhance provision in nursing, midwifery and allied health subjects.

With total funding of £400,000 available, this is the second healthcare challenge fund to be launched under the OfS’s Strategic Interventions in Health Education Disciplines (SIHED) programme.

Deadline: 25 April 2019

Clickherefor further information

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 €170 million in 2018.

Deadline: 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 web page linked below.

Clickherefor further information

Ufi Charitable Trust: VocTech Specialist call

Ufi are going to be running a VocTech specialist call and have been putting a lot of thought into how this could operate. They want to run this call in a different way and give applicants the opportunity to be more explorative in the way they develop their projects. Ufi have undertaken a lot of discussion and consultation and, as a result, it has taken longer than they anticipated to set the call up. This is why they have decided to run the call in 2019, rather than this year. The call will be open for initial applications from March to April. Ufi are looking forward to some innovative proposals and will be publicising more details on the criteria for this and all other calls, nearer the time.

In 2019 Ufi will be running three calls for funding: their VocTech Seed round, VocTech Impact round and the new funding round - the VocTech Specialist call. They will be publishing the dates of these grant funding calls in late November.

Deadline: The VocTech Specialist call will open in Spring 2019

Click herefor further information

Ministry of Defence: Apprenticeship Training to Soldiers of the British Army and to the Defence Medical Services

The Authority is seeking to select contractors to deliver part of, or all the Apprenticeship qualifications covered by Lot 1 and 2. The contract duration will be 5 years, from 1.8.2019 for both lots, (subject to continued provision of Apprenticeship Levy or ESFA funding)

The methodology and location for delivery of each apprenticeship varies according to the requirements of each Arm or Service. In general, delivery commences during a soldiers Phase 2 Trade Training, and continues into their service in the Field Army. Only suppliers registered on the DfE Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers are eligible to deliver these requirements. Suppliers considering tendering must be listed on the DfE Register by 1.8.19 when delivery of the contracts for these Lots commences.

Deadline: 31 May 2019

Clickherefor further information

Apprenticeships and Associated Training

Yorkshire Purchasing Organisation Details: YPO are looking for providers to be appointed onto a Framework Agreement for the provision of Apprenticeship Standards and Associated Training. The Framework is designed to meet the needs of all public sector organisations which includes YPO’s internal requirements. This framework is being procured under the Light Touch Regime (LTR) and therefore subject to the limited regulation and will be conducted in accordance with regulations 74 to 76 PCR2015.

The Framework period will be: 1 August 2018 to 31 July 2020 with two options to extend for an additional 12 months (2+2).

Deadline: 31 July 2022

Click here for further information

Nesta: Cultural Impact Development Fund

Nesta have launched the Cultural Impact Development Fund, a new social investment fund for mission-driven arts, culture and creative industries organisations bringing positive change to their communities.

Hot on the heels of the Arts Impact Fund, Nesta’s Arts &Culture Finance team is today launching an innovative, new social impact investment fund for arts, culture and creative industries - the Cultural Impact Development Fund (CIDF). Over a three-year period, this £3.7m fund will offer affordable, unsecured finance on flexible terms to England’s arts, culture and creative organisations bringing about positive social change in their communities. Supported by the Growth Fund programme through Access - the Foundation for Social Investment and with grants from Big Lottery Fund and a loan from Big Society Capital, this fund will help borrowers innovate, become more financially resilient and more adept at monitoring, evaluating and communicating their social impact.

This project started in October 2018 and will end in August 2026

Funding applications - Open

Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust: Training Services

Salisbury Managed Procurement, part of Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust, are establishing a multi-lot Dynamic Purchasing System for the provision of Apprenticeship training and education services.

Requests to participate must be addressed via the Bravo procurement portal located at: https://nhs.bravosolution.co.uk/nhs_collaborative/web/login.html

Deadline: 02 March 2021

Liverpool John Moores University: Education and training services

LJMU invites applications from suitably experienced suppliers for admission to their Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) for the provision of a network associates, who are able to across the three main areas of executive education:— Bespoke corporate programmes,— Accredited work based programmes at masters and degree level (e.g. MBA or MSc),— CPD.

In particular they require associates who can provide:— Expertise in executive education and related competencies to support the growth of the Corporate Development Portfolio in the Business School,— Complementary skills and expertise to those within the Business School,— Currency, credibility and practitioner focus,— Flexible resource to cope with fluctuating demands.

The work will focus around leadership and management development but will also include but not limited to areas such as:— Strategic management,— Financial management and decision making,— Marketing,— Digital marketing,— Change management,— Digital innovation.

Education and training services

Estimated value: £350K - 350K

Deadline: 30 July 2022

STEM Learning: Additional bursary funding available for schools

The Department for Education is offering Secondary schools and colleges in England an additional bursary to assist with the costs associated with attending high-impact science CPD at the National STEM Learning Centre. STEM Learning recently sent information to schools about these new additional bursaries.

As well as covering all costs of activity fees, bursaries will also cover costs of accommodation and a contribution to travel.

To find out more about secondary science CPD, please click here.

British Council: Creative Spark: Higher Education Enterprise programme

Creative Spark: Higher Education Enterprise Programme is a five-year initiative to support international university and institutional partnerships to develop enterprise skills and creative economy across seven countries in Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan), South Caucasus (Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia) and Ukraine through UK support.

The programme has been developed in response to an underdeveloped creative sector and a demand for entrepreneurship training in the programme countries, supporting wealth and job creation.

Creative Spark has three key elements:

  • Development of the funded partnerships between universities and creative institutions in the UK and those in programme countries.
  • Delivering enterprise skills training packages to students and creative entrepreneurs, ranging from pitching ideas and starting a business, to protecting intellectual property and securing financial support – this will be further developed through a ‘video pitch’ competition, open to 100,000s of students across the programme countries next summer, with UK based professional development courses as prizes.
  • Delivering an English Learning Programme with a range of new digital language learning content. This will include online learning packs on the English Channel platform, online courses and new Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) focused on English for entrepreneurship.

Clickherefor further information

Information and Resources

Momentum Music Fund

The Momentum Music Fund offers grants of £5k-£15k for UK based artists/bands to break through to the next level of their careers. Activities eligible for support include recording, touring and marketing.

The next deadline is 28 January 2019.

Click here for more information

You Can. YAFTA Diploma Scholarship

The Yorkshire Academy For Film and Television Acting has launched a competition to get more actors from under-represented and minority groups on screen.

Click here for more information

British Council: Teach abroad as an English Language Assistant

Teach English overseas on a paid six-month or one-year placement working as a language assistant. Experience life in another country, learn transferable skills and stand out in the job market.

Applications for 2019-20 are open now and close on Friday 15 February 2019.

Recent News

What West Yorkshire Colleges have been up to recently.

Read the News

16 January 2019

Upcoming Joint Venture College Open Events

It’s time for another round up of our Joint Venture colleges’ open events. 2019 is already well underway so it’s time to start pencilling in…

Read More

7 December 2018

Skills will be an 'integral' part of UK Shared Prosperity Fund plans

The Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is calling for the new UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) to exceed current funding guaranteed through EU funds.…

Read More