2021 proved to be another successful and extremely busy year, which was brought to a very satisfying close with notification of a successful Department for Education (DfE) funded HGV Bootcamp tender written for the training arm of a £700m-turnover logistics group, particularly as the application valued at just over £200k was the highest scoring bid nationally in the Pathway it was submitted for, scoring over 95% (successful bids ranged from 95% to 47%).
The successful HGV Bootcamp application built on notification of a wide range of other successful bids throughout the year including Adult Education Budget (AEB) contracts and European Social Fund (ESF) projects.
In addition to winning £15m funding for a broad range of education and training providers, providers were also supported to submit applications to remain on the refreshed Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers (RoATP), with 100% success where they have been notified of the outcome to date.
The year started with notification of successful outcome of a £2m Greater London Authority (GLA) ESF Sector Skills bid submitted for an independent training provider in 2020, which was also supported throughout the year to win £500k Creative Enterprise Zone and £250k Mayor’s Academy Hub funding.
Other notable GLA success included supporting:
- An independent training provider to win £500k to deliver Good Work for All AEB;
- A university to win £5m to deliver two ESF Higher Level Skills projects; and
- An independent training provider to win over £600k to deliver an Open Call Investment Priority 1.1 ESF project supporting unemployed and economically inactive adults into employment. The bid was described as one of the best ESF bids submitted to the GLA with no clarification queries raised during appraisal.
In addition to the successful GLA bids outlined above, a West Midlands-based independent training provider was supported to win Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) 19+ Traineeships (submitted in 2020) and AEB provision, with a combined annual contract value of just under £1.3m, whilst another independent training provider was supported to win £665k to deliver 19+ Traineeships in London and the South East and a North West based provider supported to win £848k AEB to deliver in non-devolved areas nationwide.
AEB and ESF success was not confined to the GLA and ESFA: an independent training provider was supported to win just under £1m devolved AEB for the Sheffield City Region, with the bid scoring over 98%, and a West Midlands provider was supported to win two Open Call IP1.1 ESF bids, for delivery in the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and the D2N2 LEP areas (submitted in 2020 and 2021 respectively), worth a total of £1.7m.
With the DfE Bootcamps Wave 3 and further HGV Bootcamps procurement imminent and re-procurement of devolved AEB by the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA), GLA, Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) and Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority due later in the year, as well as the replacement for the ESFA Register of Training Providers (RoTO), 2022 is likely to be just as busy as 2021 was, and hopefully just as successful for the providers supported by Ansible Education Consulting Ltd.
As always, don’t forget to contact me if you require support with submitting a tender in 2022, including to deliver any of the above potential tenders.