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.

VocTech Specialist 2019: Open for applications 12 March - 5 April

A new funding round is opening soon. This will be a challenge led call focused on how digital tech can help bridge the gap between the skills that employers want and the skills that employees possess. VocTech are looking for projects that can help tackle the vocational skills issues which result from the changing nature of work.

VocTech are seeking innovative projects which use digital vocational technology to upskill/reskill the workforce. This will include projects that prepare people - both in and out of work - for the kinds of jobs they never thought they could do, or didn't even know existed.

VocTech are keen to support applications from organisations who have a strong understanding of and good connections to their target market. VocTech knows such organisations may not necessarily have a track record in developing and delivering digital learning solutions in the vocational market. For this reason they are introducing a funded Discovery Phase at Stage 1 (up to £20,000) to help projects to crystallise thinking on the right way forward for their product.

Following the Discovery Phase, there will be an opportunity to apply for either:

Up to £50,000 for projects with early stage ideas that can prototype and demonstrate novel approaches to employer-led vocational learning.

£150,000- £300,000 for projects that can deliver to many learners and make a significant difference to reskilling the UK workforce and the number of people gaining new skills.

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SHINE Trust: Grants of up to £15,000 available for teachers

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The Let Teachers SHINE competition is offering up to £15,000 to teachers who have brilliant ideas to help disadvantaged children succeed in English, maths or science.

Let Teachers SHINE is run in partnership with TES and is open to any qualified, practising teacher working in England.

Estimated total contract value: £15,000

Deadline: Tuesday 23 April 2019

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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: Thursday 25 April 2019

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Keighley CLLD Local Action Group: Community Led Local Development (Working Together) Call Activity 4 – (ESF)​

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City of Bradford MDC Keighley Community Led Local Development (CLLD) (Working Together) Call Activity 4 – European Social Fund (ESF)

Keighley CLLD Local Action Group invites proposals for the design and subsequent delivery of the activity outlined below within the period June 2019 to June 2022.

ESF 4 – Holistic family-focused support provision addressing core / employability skills and barriers to learning and employment.

Estimated total contract value: The total activity expenditure would be £370,000 with grant available of £221,000

Deadline: Friday 3 May 2019

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The Biochemical Society: Scientific Outreach Grants

The Society wishes to support scientific outreach activities that communicate the excitement of molecular bioscience to young people and the community.

Applications are invited for sums up to £1,000 to assist with the direct costs associated with an event and expenses incurred (e.g. transport and/or teacher cover). There are two round of applications per year, in September and April. Applications for the current round are now open.

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Teaching Physics Scholarships (UK)

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: 7 May 2019, 23 July 2019, and 8 October 2019.


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

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Education Endowment Foundation grant funding: Skills development grant

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The Education Endowment Foundation’s grant funding tests the impact of high-potential projects aiming to raise the attainment andwider 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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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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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

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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

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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Information and Resources

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AoC showcase publication - call for case studies

Each year the AoC put together a publication that will shine a light on the brilliant work of college staff and students.

This year's publication will highlight and showcase the brilliant social action activities of staff and students across the country. We want to know about the activities that empower your communities, help people in need, and complement public services.

Audiences for the publication: MPs and decision-makers, journalists, college staff and students.

Deadline: Friday 5 April 2019

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The Ticket Bank

The Ticket Bank is for charities and community organisations that want to improve access to the arts for their service users; or as a reward for their service users/beneficiaries. They are keen to work with anyone that supports individuals facing barriers to attending events and who are less likely to have engaged in arts and cultural activities.

They aim to offer a service that supports more ticket donations to more community projects and increases participation in arts events.

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British Science Association: The Youth Industrial Strategy Competition

A new, national STEM initiative that aims to inspire and challenge young people aged 11-to-19.

Focused around the four Grand Challenges of the UK Government’s Industrial Strategy, the Competition calls on students to come up with innovative solutions that have the potential to change our future industries, society and the environment.

Entries to the Competition must relate to one of the four Grand Challenges but students are free to create a project on a topic that interests them the most. Entries close in November 2019.

The top entries will go on to compete at the National Finals in March 2020. Register on the site to gain access to the full eligibility criteria, information on prizes and to submit your entry here.

Department of Education Launches Capital Fund

The Department for Education has launched a capital fund of £38 million that is open until Wednesday 17 April 2019, to bids from eligible providers delivering the first 3 T Levels in 2020.

This will support them to make the investments needed in facilities and equipment, ready to deliver high quality, industry relevant programmes from September 2020.

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