ESFA RoATP Refresh Applications

The ESFA is currently inviting providers to refresh their approval for listing on RoATP.

To drive up the quality of apprenticeship provision, the government strategy is to progressively introduce more stringent entry criteria for the register.

This requires active providers to reapply to the register, taking into account a new set of application criteria from May 2021, operating a phased reapplication approach throughout 2021 to 2022.

Subject-specific expertise is essential to delivering high-quality apprenticeships that meet the skills needs of apprentices and employers. The ESFA are looking for providers to evidence their capacity and expertise and are considering how this may be required beyond the initial application process where providers wish to expand their delivery to new areas.

Your organisation can only apply once in a 12-month period.

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DWP Work Focused Activities Invitation to Participate

Applications are open for accreditation onto a new Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) to support the procuring of JCP Flexible Support Fund Work Focused Activities across England, Wales and Scotland. 

Flexible Support Fund Dynamic Purchasing System 2 (FSF DPS 2) is the replacement to the existing Provision of Work Focused Activities DPS (FSF DPS 1) which was established in 2016 and expires on 31 October 2021.

Once accredited onto FSF DPS2, suppliers can bid via RfQs for contracts for the delivery of work focused activities that will support target claimant groups to improve their prospects of securing work.

Interested potential Suppliers need to complete a Selection Questionnaire to apply for accreditation. The current DPS will expire on 31st October 2021 and a new one will replace it from 1st November 2021.

Please note providers registered on the previous DPS need to apply and be accepted onto the new DPS by 31 October to continue participating in RfQ opportunities. 

Request for Quote opportunities for successful applicants to FSF DPS 2 will be available from the 1st November 2021.

Deadline: 31/10/2021

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Camden Apprenticeship Provider Framework

The London Borough of Camden seeks to arrange for the provision of apprenticeship training for people newly recruited to, or already working in, the Council and its community schools. The apprenticeship training of these people would be paid from a single apprenticeship levy account which is managed by the Inclusive Economy Team in the Council.

The framework contracts will be for a period of 4 years and will allow for apprenticeship training worth up to £6.9M, The Council is seeking to award framework contracts to between 4 and 6 providers on each of the 4 Lots:

 Lot 1 – Business and Finance

 Lot 2 – Construction and Engineering

 Lot 3 - Health and Education

 Lot 4 - Information and Technology.

Deadline: Expressions of Interest must be made by 12:00 24th February 2022. Tenders must be submitted by Friday 22nd April 2022

Deadline: 24/02/2022

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Wave 3 Skills Bootcamps; 7 Lots worth £60M

Wave 3 Skills Bootcamps are now live for applications. The Bootcamps aim to secure benefits for adults 19+ by giving them access to in-demand skills training and a guaranteed interview for a more sustainable, higher-skilled job and higher wages over time. 

Bootcamps deliver flexible training programmes lasting up to 16 weeks, based on employer / sector skills needs 

LOTS:

  1. Digital Core 
  2. Digital Bespoke 
  3. Technical Core 
  4. Technical Bespoke  
  5. Construction 
  6. Pathway to Accelerated Apprenticeships 
  7. Green Skills 

 

Please note: Only 1 SSQ response is required, whether Potential Providers bid for one Lot or multiple Lots. Potential Providers can bid into more than one Lot but must not propose the same Skills Bootcamp in different Lots. 

More information about this opportunity, including the DfE's suggested bootcamp subjects can be found in the documents:

Deadline: 28/02/2022

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£2bn Kickstart Work Placement Wage Subsidy Scheme

£2bn Kickstart work placement wage subsidy scheme

The £2 billion Kickstart Scheme launched today and is now open to any employer.
 

Some key details:

Funding is available for 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, plus associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions. There is also £1,500 per job placement available for setup costs, support and training.The scheme is for young people aged 16-24 who are currently on Universal Credit.

On top of the wage subsidy, £1,500 per job placement is available for setup costs, support and training.

Applications are for minimum 30 job placements. Employers can partner with other organisations to reach the minimum number.

If your organisation is creating more than 30 job placements as part of the Kickstart Scheme, you can submit your application directly at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/apply-for-a-grant-through-the-kickstart-scheme
If your organisation is creating fewer than 30 Kickstart job placements, you must partner with others which could include:
similar employers
local authorities
trade bodies
registered charities

If you are a representative applying on behalf of a group of employers, you can get £300 of funding to support associated admin costs. 

Bidright is a registered intermediary for the Kickstart Scheme.  If you'd like us to make the application on your behalf please complete the Kickstart Registration form.  

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