West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges

Bids and Opportunities

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.

Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust: Provision of Leadership Apprenticeship Services

The Trust has a requirement for the provision of a Level Three Diploma in Leadership and Management for approximately 15 to 20

members of staff in mixed cohorts.

Deadline: 24 June 2019

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Trafford Council: Learning and Development Interventions Dynamic Purchasing Systems for AGMA and its Associate Members

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Trafford Council is prepared to receive applications to be included on a DPS relating to the provision of Learning and Development Interventions. The training requirements will cover all employees of the Members, including permanent, casual, temporary, agency, and also apprentices. It shall also cover requirements for schools and their governors etc. The Members are looking to appoint Suppliers who will work with them to deliver a highly customer focused, effective and efficient service whilst maximising the potential for knowledge, education and training.

The DPS will consist of 5 Lots:

  • Lot 1 – ICT
  • Lot 2 - Health, Safety and Wellbeing
  • Lot 3 - Children, Adults, Health and Community Sector-specific technical and professional learning
  • Lot 4 - Technical and Professional Technical and professional training applicable to specific roles, and/or legislative compliance, in all sectors outside of Children, Adults, Health and Community sector
  • Lot 5 - Generic People Development

Deadline: Rolling deadline

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Ufi Charitable Trust: VocTech Impact 2019 call

VocTech Impact 2019 call is open for applications from 5 June 2019. It offers £150,000 to £300,000 to projects that can show broad
impact that is aligned to their mission, and which can reach significant numbers of learners over an 18-24-month funding cycle.

VocTech Impact projects will typically have already developed and done some testing of their idea with a small group of learners. They are able to evidence that the approach they are taking can deliver quality learning solutions and therefore give tangible benefits to potentially large groups of learners. VocTech Impact supports these projects to take the next step, to deliver to a large number of learners.

Deadline: 28 June 2019

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JISC: Training DPS

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JISC is seeking to establish a training DPS to include the following Lots:

  • Lot 1: Training Courses
  • Lot 2: Training Facilitation
  • Lot 3: Training Course Development

The following areas are included: IP networking, network equipment and infrastructure, hardware platforms, telephony and VOIP, cyber security and information management, trust and identity, cloud computing (including SaaS platforms), virtualisation, wireless networking and equipment, data privacy, IT policies, IT service management, IT systems, Microsoft Office applications, Learning platform design and implementation, IT service desk operations and management, digital capabilities, curriculum design, learning analytics, digital resources, project management, the prevent duty, library service platforms, collections management, resource discovery, open access, Leadership and coaching.

Deadline: Rolling deadline

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Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council: Apprentice Training DPS

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Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council including all maintained schools in the Borough, in partnership with Berneslai Homes is looking to establish DPS for the provision of apprenticeship training programmes for a range of different workplace environments. The intention of the DPS is to support the requirements of both organisations to increase participation in workplace apprenticeships through training provision and sourcing for new recruits and the development of the existing workforce.

Deadline: Rolling deadline

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Gateshead Council: Apprentice Training DPS

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The Borough Council of Gateshead and The Gateshead Housing Company are Apprenticeship Levy paying organisations and this is a pseudo-DPS to establish a List of approved Providers to deliver Apprenticeship Training on behalf of both organisations where the in-house learning Skills department is unable to.

Deadline: Rolling deadline

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Network Rail: Apprenticeship Delivery Services DPS

Network Rail (NR) intends to use a Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) as a non-exclusive sourcing vehicle for apprenticeship delivery services.

The DPS shall operate with five categories:

Leadership and Management, Business and Administration, Transport and Engineering Operations, Engineering, and Digital, IT and Information.

Each category contains four sub-categories:

Apprenticeship Standards, Delivery Method, Cohort Type, and Start Date.

Estimated total contract value: TBC

Deadline: Rolling

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Education Endowment Foundation grant funding: Skills development grant

The Education Endowment Foundation’s grant funding tests the impact of high-potential projects aiming to raise the attainment and
wider outcomes of 3-18 year-olds, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds. They do this to find out what’s most likely to work effectively and cost-effectively, and to put that into action across the country.

Summer 2019 (Round 15)

Have you got a high-potential project that aims to raise the attainment and wider outcomes of young people aged 3-18, especially from disadvantaged backgrounds?

If yes, consider applying to the EEF's current general grant-funding round. EEF is interested in testing the effectiveness of projects through rigorous, independent evaluations. Those that show an impact will then be supported to scale up to improve outcomes for other disadvantaged children and young people across England.

Estimated total contract value: The EEF does not have a set minimum or maximum size of grant that they award. Past EEF grants have tended to range from £90,000 to £1.5m

Deadline: Friday 28 June 2019

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Sport England: Workforce Diversity Great Ideas Fund

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A new £1 million fund has been launched to engage women and/or BAME communities in volunteering or coaching opportunities. The aim is to help ensure people working in sport and physical activity such as coaches and volunteers are skilled, motivated, valued, and are representative of their community.

Grants are available for projects that engage women and/or BAME communities into quality volunteering and/or coaching opportunities in England. There is no expectation of how long the project should be, or how much it will cost – ideas and project outlines are welcomed.

Deadline: 03 July 2019

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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: 23 July 2019 and 8 October 2019.


The Institution of Engineering and Technology: The Engineering Education Grant Scheme

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The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has announced that its Engineering Education Grant Scheme will re-open for applications from the 24 June 2019.

The Engineering Education Grant Scheme (EEGS) supports UK-based educational projects that nurture and support the increase of engineering knowledge among young people between the ages of five to 19. The scheme also supports projects that improve wider engineering literacy.

Any organisation able to develop and deliver STEM activities to a local UK audience is eligible to bid for funding. This includes schools, FE colleges and Higher Education Institutions.

Estimated total contract value: There are two levels of funding available. Awards of up to £5,000 are available for standard applications to the fund, and a small number of awards of up to £15,000 are available each year for projects that aim to make a bigger impact.

Deadline: 14 October 2019

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The Field Studies Council: Support for Environmental Outreach Education for Disadvantaged Young People

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Schools, colleges and youth groups can receive up to 80% towards the costs of providing environmental outreach education for groups of disadvantaged young people through the Field Studies Council's Kids Fund.

Deadline: 01 November 2019

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ESPO: Apprenticeship Dynamic Purchasing System


  • Education and training services
  • Primary education services
  • Secondary education services
  • Higher education services
  • Adult and other education services
  • Training services
  • Specialist training services
  • Training facilities
  • Vocational training services
  • Environmental training services
  • Safety training services
  • Health and first-aid training services
  • Personal development training services
  • Provision of language courses
  • Tutorial services

Deadline: 30 July 2020

Estimated value: £100,000,000

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Clarion Housing Group: The William Sutton Prize for Social Innovation

The William Sutton Prize for Social Innovation is open to organisations registered to work in England and individuals aged over 18 who

are resident in the UK, who have a ground breaking new, or emerging, concept, product or service that will make a positive social impact on disadvantaged groups or communities.

What costs can be covered within the maximum £20,000 Prize:

  • Support for project management costs.
  • Engagement of third party services for design, delivery, and development.
  • Costs associated with piloting a concept, product or service.
  • Costs for further beneficiary consultation or engagement.
  • Costs associated with evaluating/measuring the social impact of a new, or emerging, concept, product or service
  • Costs associated with replicating or scaling-up a new, or emerging, concept, product or service.

Deadline: 31 July 2019

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European Commission: Girls 4 STEM in Europe

The aim of this pilot project is to promote and teach STEM to girls in attractive and engaging ways, with a view to addressing the

ongoing skills gap in the STEM sectors within the EU and especially the shortfall of women and increasing STEM drop-out rates of girls. The underlying rationale is also to empower girls to learn and encourage them to become leaders in tech.

This aim will be achieved through a two-fold action. Firstly, a network of schools, HEIs and companies will be set up. It will serve as a platform to support the advancement of girls in STEM education and careers, to exchange best practices and to raise awareness of girls all over Europe concerning the full spectrum of education and training options. Secondly, no-cost short summer camps for 13-18 year-old girls will be designed to introduce girls to a broad range of STEM subjects, in particular software engineering principles and programming languages.

A proposal must be submitted by a consortium composed of at least two legal entities from different countries.

The total budget earmarked for the co-financing of projects under this call is €350.000.

Deadline: 27 August 2019

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North East Lincolnshire Council: Dynamic Purchasing System for Provision of Apprenticeship Training Programmes

North East Lincolnshire Council (the “Authority) is inviting providers to participate in a Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) for Provision of Apprenticeship Training Programmes. The DPS will also be available for North Lincolnshire Council to access.

Deadline: 15 January 2021

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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

NHS North of England CPC: Apprenticeships Dynamic Purchasing System

In order for the NHS to access providers of Apprenticeship Training, NHS North of England CPC is looking to open a process similar to

that of a Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) (see Regulation 34 of the Public Contract Regulations 2015), whilst considering that as a Schedule 3 service (Social and Other Specific Services) Contracting Authorities may award a contract following a call for competition, or make a direct award. This system will be managed by NHS North of England CPC (www.noecpc.nhs.uk) in terms of application and acceptance onto the DPS.

Deadline: The DPS will be open until Wednesday 31 March 2021 and applications to the DPS may be made at any time during this period.

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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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Sheffield City Council: Opportunity Sheffield - Pathways to Progression / Pathways to Success Pseudo-Framework

Opportunity Sheffield is the employment and skills service provided by Sheffield City Council. The service commissions, delivers and oversees activity to support employers and local people into employment, training, traineeships and apprenticeships.

Working alongside DWP and their community organisation partners, Opportunity Sheffield assists people looking for work - including those with disabilities, physical or mental health issues, skills deficits, a lack of work experience and other barriers to employment - whilst also supporting employers with their workforce planning, recruitment and upskilling needs. This project is part funded by the European Social Fund.

Deadline: 30 September 2022

Estimated value: £3,500,000

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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

Crown Commercial Service: Apprenticeships Training DPS

The Crown Commercial Service (CCS) is setting up a Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) for a period of 48 months with the extension option of 24 months. Bidders can request to participate for this DPS for its 48 month duration including any extension periods.

This DPS is being procured under the Light Touch Regime (LTR), and is subject to limited regulations, in accordance with Regulations 74-76 PCR2015. This DPS provides central government and wider public sector with the opportunity to procure services within the scope of the existing and new Apprenticeship Standards for England (SASE) live Frameworks, Apprenticeships Standards, End Point Assessments (EPAs); and related services via a number of Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) registered suppliers on the Apprenticeship Training Providers (RoATP) Register and or the Register of EPA Organisations (RoEPAO). CCS reserve the right to reduce, extend or terminate the DPS period at any time during its life time; as set out in the terms of the DMP Agreement.

Estimated total contract value: £800m

Deadline: 29 April 2023

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Kirklees Council: Internal Training Provision

The Council of the Borough of Kirklees (the Council) 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.

They anticipate 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

Deadline: 31 October 2023

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Gateshead Council: ​Pseudo Dynamic Purchasing System for External Training Provision


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.

Deadline: 31 January 2024

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BOOST: Building on overlooked talent sports grants

The Boost Charitable Trust champions disabled and disadvantaged people and inspires them to overcome their challenges through


Since inception, Boost has supported a number of organisations, with grants totalling in excess of £1.7 million. The majority has been focused within the UK. Charities and non-profit making organisations that focus on sport can apply for up to £500.

Deadline: Apply at any time

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Information and Resources

The Locality Awards

The Locality Awardscelebrate the most dedicated and inspiring people and organisations in the Locality network. There is time to nominate outstanding local authorities which have instead created strong local partnerships with local community organisations and worked in an innovative way to unlock the power of their communities

Each Locality award winner will receive a:

  • Trophy for recognition of their work
  • £1,000 cash prize to invest into their community or organisation
  • Professional video of their organisation and work

Deadline: 27 June 2019

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Employer Related Services Association: Employability Day on 28 June

To make #EmpDay19 the biggest celebration ever, The ERSA need you to spread the word. So, they challenge you to do one or more of the following:

  1. Send three Tweets about the day over the next week using the hashtag #EmpDay19. See dummy Tweets.
  2. Encourage one of your partners to host an event and add it to the EmpDay Map. See the map here.
  3. Write a blog about how you're closing the gaps in the local community and they'll host it on their website. Get in touch for more info.

For more information about Employability Day 2019, click here or contact empday@ersa.org.uk. And remember to tell ERSA what you're planning!

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