West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges

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

WYCC ESF funded opportunities to improve Leeds City Region's skills

The third set of tenders has been released by the West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges. Looking to work with organisations and training providers who can help improve the skill levels of the Leeds City Region’s workforce, the latest opportunities will also contribute to supporting growth and reducing local poverty.

The opportunities are provided through the More Skills Better Jobs and Reach Higher contracts, funded by the European Social Fund and managed by the West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges.

More Skills Better Jobs

Anchor Institutions Project

Reach Higher

Conversion Skills – Energy Engineering

Conversion Skills – Plant and Crane

Knowledgeable and Experienced Workers

Care Workers

Gateshead Council: Pseudo Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) for external training provision

Gateshead Council acting on behalf of itself and the North East Procurement Organisation (NEPO) is seeking to establish a Pseudo Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) for External Training Provision which will comprise of Professional Training Providers who will deliver high quality training to a variety of Learners to aid their development and to ensure the Council can continue to deliver high quality services.

The DPS will initially be divided into 10 High Level Lots based on the area of training provision required. Please see the link below for detail of the Lots.

Deadline: 23 November 2018

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Education and Skills Funding Agency

The ESFA will open the second application round of the Strategic College Improvement Fund (SCIF) on Tuesday 6 November 2018. It will close on Monday 3 December 2018.

SCIF supports colleges that are Ofsted graded 3 or 4 for overall effectiveness, or for sub-judgements listed in the SCIF guidance, to partner with a higher-performing college to undertake a focused quality improvement programme.

Colleges that are rated 3 or 4 for overall effectiveness and have not applied previously are particularly encouraged to apply for this funding.

Deadline: 3 December 2018

Government Invites Bids to Hate Crime Community Projects Fund

The Home Office expects to fund eight motivated and creative community groups to develop innovative programmes that help to prevent hate crime and issues associated with it in England and Wales. Providing funding for projects that prevent hate crime is one of the actions included in the UK Government’s hate crime action plan.

Hate crimes are crimes that are motivated by hostility on the grounds of race (including colour, nationality and citizenship, religion, ethnicity and national origin), disability, sexual orientation and transgender identity.

Estimated total contract value: Grants of £75,000 are available for projects that commence from 1 April 2019 and are completed by 31 March 2020.

Deadline: 07 December 2018

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​The Liz and Terry Bramall Foundation Fund

Leeds Community Foundation is delighted to be partnering with the Liz and Terry Bramall Foundation on a brand new Fund to support community groups and enterprises to improve the health, well-being and life chances of local people in the communities of greatest need.

The Fund is seeking applications from groups which are delivering innovative activities and services that focus on Mental Health and Well-being, as well as Education, Training and Employment. Successful applicants will be required to demonstrate their impact as part of the Fund monitoring and evaluation.

Grants: Up to £5,000

Location: Leeds & Bradford

Deadline: 11 December 2018



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 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

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.

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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

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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

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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

Time to Change Champions Fund

Time to Change is a growing movement of people changing how we all think and act about mental health problems.

Time to Change is currently funding Hubs in the following areas: Cumbria, Bristol, Leeds, Nottingham, Waltham Forest, West Sussex, Worcestershire and Suffolk. Within each area a £10,000 Champions Fund is available for local Champions to use to run anti-stigma activity. You can apply for up to £500 per activity.

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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.

BlueSpark Foundation: supports the education and development of children and young people by providing grants for educational, cultural, sporting and other projects

BlueSpark Foundation is a registered charity which supports the education and development of children and young people by providing grants for educational, cultural, sporting and other projects.

Schools, colleges and community groups in England can apply for grants to Blue Spark Foundation for a wide range of projects. The Foundation value academic, vocational, artistic and sporting endeavour in equal measure but are particularly keen to support projects which will help enhance the self-confidence, team working skills and future employability of children and young people.

Many grants will be under £2,000, most will be under £5,000 and only in a few cases will grants exceed £10,000

Projects which could be supported include drama, music, sport, art and design, debating, public speaking, academic education, vocational training, community projects, enterprise projects and educational excursions. This list is illustrative and not exclusive as to the types of project that the Foundation supports.

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Information and Resources

The Industrial Strategy and Civic Need

19 November 2018 and 20 November 2018

In a time of austerity and uncertainty, collaborative working is crucial in delivering positive change at national and local levels. The Industrial Strategy, through its use of 5 foundations of productivity (ideas, people, infrastructure, business environment and places) aims to foster collaborations between business, academia, the public sector and civil society to deliver this transformational change across the UK.

This two-day conference will bring together research organisations, policy makers, industry representatives and civil society to debate how the needs of end users can be integrated into Industrial Strategies from international and national, to regional and local levels.

The link to more information and to book is here

New To Leeds - A Guide for Migrants In Leeds

The New to Leeds website is a guide for migrants moving to Leeds from abroad, which includes information on health, transport, education access, banks and money and much more.
For more information click on the link https://newtoleeds.org/

Free DJing courses with the Prince's Trust

The Prince's Trust are offering free courses in DJing for 16 - 25 year-olds.

An opportunity to meet new people and improve skills, a taster course is running in Leeds on Wednesday 14 November in Leeds.

For more information, click here

If you are working with any young people who you think would benefit from the programme, please contact Hannah Beswick at hannah.beswick@princes-trust.org.uk

Youth Giving Time Project

Youth Giving Time supports young people who have additional needs, may be vulnerable, are at risk of or who have had contact with the criminal justice system - aged between 10 and 19 and care leavers up to the age of 24.

Volunteering can improve a young persons sense of wellbeing, can provide opportunities for individuals to try new experiences, learn new things, meet new people, create a new identity, develop skills and confidence, and do something enjoyable and worthwhile.

Volunteering can help develop both “soft and hard” skills, which can also help on the journey to employment. Service users can often lack skills and confidence that are necessary for employment, therefore volunteering can act as means to developing skills, building confidence, trying out new things, and gaining knowledge about what they could do for employment in the future.

The offer: The team come and meet with your young service users and do a fun workshop around volunteering (skills of a volunteer, discuss the benefits of volunteering and look at opportunities currently available) – usually lasting an hour and a half. They can then register young people interested and then follow this up with 1-1 meetings looking at their wants/needs and aspirations.

They can facilitate a ‘one off’ volunteering day where a group of your young people can volunteer together on the same day.

If you think this may be of interest to your young service users, please get in touch.

E : ronnie.miley@val.org.uk | T: 0113 297 7920 | M: 07999 795863

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