Sparsholt College, Hampshire

Wessex Partnerships, in its first collaboration with fellow consultancy and funding company J&AB Ltd, helped Sparsholt College to secure an approx £2.5m training contract for the London Region.

The 16-month project, supported through the European Social Fund and Train to Gain, will provide training in the construction, hospitality, logistics and transport sectors for up to 1655 employees needing to boost their skills and achieve qualifications to respond to London’s growing economy.

WP’s track record of success in bid writing was well-known to College staff, following previous work with IBP Training and Employment, where WP was key to bringing in over £1m of ESF funds for a range of skills development projects in Hampshire.

Sparsholt College currently has around 1300 learners undertaking work based learning and benefiting from Train to Gain funding across many regions of the UK and was looking to bid for other LSC contracts.

In order to meet the tight deadline, Sparsholt College turned to WP for bid writing assistance to help support the application process and to craft a high quality proposal.

WP and J&AB Ltd worked closely with Sparsholt College to ensure that the application form was fully compliant and that the service offered meets all the criteria and objectives required by the specification.

The resulting compelling bid document scored a top 10 place among 170+ submissions to secure the largest contract offered by the London Learning and Skills Council in this funding round.

‘WP and J&AB offered us a professional and reliable service. They were on hand at all times to offer the advice and support we required to write our bid. Their input, particularly, the market intelligence proved to be invaluable to our success and we would not hesitate to use their services again.’
Claire Hare, Business Development Manager , Sparsholt College


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