Adult Education Budget

Adult Education Budget

The Adult Education Budget (AEB) funds education and training courses for adults aged 19 and over and hosts a variety of opportunities for providers within the Education and Training sector. Once on the framework, suppliers can deliver Government funded courses.

As always, it is important to submit a tender which is relevant, evidences your skills and experience and covers the buyer’s requirements, however with the AEB being a ranked framework this is even more important! Suppliers need to submit a tender which is a high-quality submission in order to score highly- as it is ranked suppliers who score the highest will have first refusal and access to more opportunities which come through the framework. In order to score highly and receive more work through the AEB framework, suppliers must submit a tender which highlights their best qualities and is tailored to the requirements of the AEB. Suppliers must carefully read and understand the specification and then tailor their response; through understanding what the buyer is asking for, suppliers can review their own experience and tailor this in line with the requirements. The use of evidence is crucial within a submission for the Education and Training sector; as case studies provide the buyer with examples of how you have previously delivered on your proposals. High scoring tenders also include information on success rates and contract examples and client testimonials- another way of showing the buyer how you have delivered on previous contracts!

If providers are not high scorers for the framework then they will not be given first refusal on funding available. This means that they may have to rely on subcontracting work from other providers such as Colleges, rather than having work directly awarded to them. Providers must therefore submit a tender which is high marking in order to receive more opportunities and work from the framework. At Bid and Research Development we are experienced in working with suppliers within the Education and Training sector; our team have the knowledge and resources to work with clients and produce tenders which are in line with the buyer’s requirements and also highlight the clients successes and experience. If you are interested in applying for the Adult Education Budget Framework and need support in your application- get in touch with us today!

Apprenticeships…

Apprenticeships…

There are a multitude of opportunities available for apprenticeship providers, a quick search on Contracts Finder brings up over 23 tenders to deliver apprenticeships. Apprenticeships have become a highly popular alternative to further education courses and as an entrance to careers; and the government are committed to the creation of 3 million apprenticeships by 2020. Apprenticeships are an important contributor to the creation of a highly skilled workforce and they provide alternative routes to A Levels and University. In order to deliver apprenticeships, providers must be on the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers (RoATP)- a system designed to moderate the quality of apprenticeships. We have worked with a large number of training providers and supported them in their application to the RoATP and are experienced in providing the correct information to highlight how the provider can delivery high quality apprenticeships. To join the register there are three applications routes:

  • Main Provider
  • Employer Provider
  • Supporting Provider

The guidance for the RoATP clearly states the three different criteria for the routes. (See the Gov.uk website for further information) The application route for main providers is for providers who will directly delivery apprenticeship training for employers who use the apprenticeship service. The employer provider route is suitable for employers that will pay into the apprenticeship levy who will directly deliver training to their own employees, or those of connected companies; and use the apprenticeship service to pay for apprenticeship training. The third route to join the register is to apply as a supporting provider; this is for organisations who will enter into subcontracts with main providers and employer providers to deliver the apprenticeship training.

There are a variety of Dynamic Purchasing systems for apprenticeship training currently live…

Crown Commercial Services are the UKs largest procurement organisation and currently have a Dynamic Purchasing System live for the delivery of apprenticeships. The DPS has a value of £800,000,000 and is open for 48 months, closing on the 29th of April 2023. If this opportunity is of interest to you, get in touch with us today and we can provide you with further information! We are a team of bid writers who can support you with RoATP applications, DPS and tender submissions, and further information and guidance on the education and training sector. 

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Focus on Further Education

Focus on Further Education

The Secretary of State for Education Gavin Williamson recently announced his drive to boost further education training to bring it out of the shadows of higher education. He sees technical and vocational education as playing second fiddle to higher education, an outdated approach which has allowed us as a nation to lag behind other economies in producing a highly skilled future workforce. The government are acting upon this and on the 31st of August 2019 the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced an additional £400m in funding to go to providers of 16-19 education such as sixth forms and further education colleges, for the academic year 2020-2021.

But what does this mean?

This means that sixth forms and colleges will receive the biggest single annual funding boost since 2010. Higher investment in T-Levels means that the delivery and availability of vocational education courses will be transformed and include a larger variety of subjects, as the sector will have a £25million investment. For suppliers of education and training services there will be in turn an increase in opportunities available to them as the demand for provision grows.

One interesting opportunity is a Dynamic Purchasing System for Strode College in Somerset, for the provision of education and training services. The DPS is live until the 21st of July 2023 and is split into 3 lots;

-Lot 1 is for the delivery of Traineeships and has an estimated value of £10,000,000

-Lot 2 is for the delivery of Adult Skills and has an estimated value of £2,500,000

-Lot 3 is for the delivery of Non-Levy Apprenticeships with an estimated value of £2,500,000

Providers can bid for all lots or select the ones which are most appropriate, all lots can be delivered throughout England- however bids will achieve higher scores where delivery is in the South West LEP area.

If this is an opportunity which could be suitable for your business, then get in contact with us and we can provide you with bid writing support- we have a 94% bidding success rate and a wealth of experience. 

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