Non-Levy Tender Support

The national non-levy apprenticeship procurement is now open. It closes on 8 September. AoC Create is pleased to offer a new support service which connects our members to tender writing specialists. We have a pool of experts who specialise in tender writing and have a wealth of experience in the public sector. With their individually tailored support, you will be assisted through the whole journey of your bid application. Alternatively, our experts can assist you with their tender reading and review service and provide an individualised level of support according to your college’s circumstances and requirements.

Please see below the profiles of our selected specialists. This will provide you with an overview of their experience and how they may be able to support you.  Full contact details can be found beneath each profile. Please call or email them directly for more information and to discuss your requirements.

Alternatively, please get in touch if you require any further details.


Tender Writing Specialists

Claire Buckland, NeverSecond

Claire is an Apprenticeship Consultant specialising in supporting businesses to create effective apprenticeship strategies and programmes including Apprenticeship Levy guidance; setting up as a provider, programme development, quality management and business support. Claire is a qualified coach and trainer, skills which she uses to engage her clients. She has successfully supported organisations with tenders and proposal writing.

Email:     Tel: 07970 692009


Tim Ward, Bid and Research Development

Tim is a bid writer for Bid and Research Development, one of the UK’s top performing bid writing consultancies having won over £2.7Billion worth of contracts for customers since its establishment in 2013. A large proportion of the wins are within the education, skills and training sector. Bid and Research Development offer one off bid writing support and a retained service with the opportunity to outsource work to their flexible outsourced bid writing team.

Email:     Tel: 07877 700701


Upcoming Bid Writing Workshop

In addition to our bid writing consultancy support, we will also be running a bid writing workshop on 26 September. Learn more and register for the workshop here.