PIF Tender Opportunity: Mental Health Training

GMLPF wishes to appoint a suitably experienced supplier to deliver Mental Health First Aid Organisational Capacity Building Training programmes to LCR based learning providers that is designed to support the development of individuals who could become both Provider Workplace Champions and Trainers who, in turn can cascade down, a better understanding and appreciation of mental health issues and the importance of mental health first aid.


PIF Tender Description UTN4 Mental Health

PIF UTN4 Supplier Questionnaire Tender Response

PIF UTN4 Tender References

PIT UTN4 Tender Evaluation Metholodogy



Provider Improvement Fund (PIF) Opportunity: Governance Training

As part of the launch of the Provider Improvement Fund which is funded by ESF and SIF, Greater Merseyside Learning Providers’ Federation wishes to procure the services of a training organisation to deliver a bespoke Peer Governance training programme for a small group of providers based in the Liverpool City Region.

In recent years, culminating in the publication of Ofsted’s EIF, there has been a much greater emphasis on Independent Learning Providers putting in place robust governance arrangements that provide both scrutiny and challenge and ensure that the provider is delivering high quality and relevant learning programmes.

Locally, a small group of learning providers have collaborated to take forward a peer governance model. Specifically, through this tender, GMLPF wishes to procure a focused, challenging and stimulating yet intensive ie ½ day CPD programme for those LCR based learning providers involved in the peer governance project and support them to access bespoke training that will enable them to effectively fulfil their governor roles and support the learning providers that they are working with.

All documentation for this tender can be downloaded below:

PIF Tender UTN 2 Governance Training

PIF Tender Response UTN 2 Governance Training

PIF Tender References UTN 2

PIF Tender Evaluation Methodology UTN 2

Closing date: 5pm 21st July 2021


PIF Opportunity: Training Facilities Hire

Over the next 15 months, GMLPF will be commissioning a wide range of training programmes for learning providers locally. We are keen to ensure that we use high quality and cost-effective facilities across the Liverpool City Region but also to try to and maximise social value by working with local facilities providers.

If you can think of a local venue that might be suitable for use, please contact us or, if you feel your organisation could offer a suitable venue, please complete and return the Expression of Interest form below:

Download PIF Opportunity UTN RH1 Form

Provider Improvement Fund (PIF) Opportunity: Project Management Support

As part of the ESF and SIF funded Provider Improvement Fund project, GMLPF has secured some funding to provide some project management support. Initially, and to help drive the project forward and gather momentum initially, GMLPF is looking to appoint somebody (possibly on secondment, somebody who is a freelance or self-employed) on a contract basis, buying in a bank of days support. A second role may take the form of an individual being appointed on a fixed-term basis for 12 months.

Whilst this opportunity will be disseminated more widely via local networks and social media we would be grateful if you could share this amongst your own networks to help us promote and gather interest in the role.

All the documentation for the Provider Improvement Fund (PIF) Project Management Support Opportunity Ref UTN S1 is available below:

PIF Tender Description UTN S1

PIF Tender Response Documentation UTN S1

PIF Tender References UTN S1

PIF Tender Evaluation Methodology UTN S1

The closing date is 21st July 2021.

GMLPF awarded £500K to support regional skills providers with unique development programme

Greater Merseyside Learning Providers Federation (GMLPF) is proud to announce that it has been awarded the contract to deliver a £500k Provider Improvement Fund. This project is funded through the European Social Fund (ESF) and Strategic Investment Fund (SIF) and is being taken forward in conjunction with the Liverpool City Region Mayoral Combined Authority.


The Provider Improvement Fund (PIF) programme runs from June 2021 to September 2022 and will be financed by the European Social Fund and Strategic Investment Fund via the Liverpool City Region (LCR) Skills and Apprenticeship Hub project.


The PIF programme will offer a comprehensive portfolio of CPD resources and support to all LCR-based learning providers with registered offices, employees or delivery hubs located in the region. The focus will be on the provision of CPD to our region’s learning providers. Specifically, objectives are to improve the quality and delivery of post-16 education, enhance the relevance of learning provision (apprenticeships in particular), build the capacity of providers, develop their performance through the review of quality assurance processes, and upskill provider employees to improve the delivery of existing and future curriculum areas.


GMLPF will manage the funding to deliver training and support programmes where impact is likely to be most significant. Initial emphasis will be on quality assurance, leadership and management training, tutor training and curriculum development, boosting English, maths and digital skills, improving mental health awareness, increasing employer engagement, developing new and improved standards, and improving governance, audit and compliance processes.

Ian Lomas, CEO of GMLPF, comments: 

“This latest contract win is not only hugely positive for GMLPF, our members and the wider learning provider community; it also signifies a terrific boost to our sector’s post-pandemic recovery.

” We welcome the financial support from the European Social Fund and the Strategic Investment Fund and the commitment of the LCR Mayoral Combined Authority to channel investment into the local provider base, working collaboratively with GMLPF. The Provider Improvement Fund will allow providers to raise standards and drive their businesses forward and innovate.”


Bev Ellis is Training Director at TRS Training, a local apprenticeships provider specialising in logistics and warehousing. She acknowledges the positive impact the new PIF programme will have on providers and employees alike. She comments:

“We are delighted to hear about the launch of the new Provider Improvement Fund in Liverpool City Region. With its focus on improving the quality, capacity and standard of skills training by developing learning provider capability, it promises to boost the learning experience for young people and adults across the region. This unprecedented investment in the development of skills provider staff will be a crucial driver for the success of programmes like Apprenticeships.

“We would like to thank both the LCR Mayoral Combined Authority and GMLPF for creating this unique opportunity, and of course the European Social Fund  and Strategic Investment Fund for financing the programme.”


GMLPF has already been in consultation with providers throughout the Liverpool City Region and is looking to start an initial programme of CPD but will be rolling out a more detailed programme of research to help shape a calendar of CPD to be available on the GMLPF website.

If you are an LCR based learning provider who wants to know more about the programme or a supplier of CPD courses that might be of interest to providers wishing to develop their staff, please contact [email protected]