Newsletter & Bids 26 2017

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The newsletter bids, grants and Funds come to you in conjunction with our sponsors London Based Manley Summers Training and we have some 47 Pages this week . Please note many of you are not clicking on the link for the bids grants and funds above and may miss some opportunities. I hope all of you that like your music are taking Glastonbury on board this weekend.

 

This week Monday in Essex, Tuesday London Bridge, Wednesday in Kent, Thursday Herts then Friday back in East London.

 

ESFA say please use these forms to submit estimated costs and final claims for exceptional learning support. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/sfa-exceptional-learning-support-cost-form

 

Lists the current areas that we are monitoring and working with the sector on during the course of the funding year. It gives the ESFA assurance that provision we buy meets our published funding rules. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/sfa-financial-assurance-monitoring-the-funding-rules

 

What is going on at the Department for Education? Many Providers still do not know who their ESFA Mangers are? Many not invited to events that were mandatory? Delays on AEB!!!

 

The government still won’t say when the results of the first ever procurement process for the adult education budget will be published – after previously claiming it would be revealed after the general election.  FE Week revealed in May that the Education and Skills Funding Agency had emailed providers via FASST, the online services hub for organisations working with agency,  to confirm a “pause” of the process following Theresa May’s call for a snap election.  The Department for Education’s “sourcing team”, who sent the email to providers, said it would update on when results would be published after the general election on June 8.  But, with the time lapse now approaching two weeks after the election, the ESFA is still not saying when it will publish the much anticipated AEB results. FE Week first asked the agency before midday on June 15 for an expected date of publication, and then followed it up with a number of enquiries on Friday and this morning, before a spokesperson finally responded half an hour ago – but only to say that the results would be published in “due course”.

 

Providers that didn’t have to tender for AEB funding will have already received their allocations, but those relying on the process for their financial support will be frustrated by the news.

 

Crazy you ask us to deliver in a Timely Manner, you ask us to attend items around Quality yet you do not invite us.  You say we must follow the rules then you keep changing the rules, then you say you will be looking at our Governance and Finance you cannot tell us about who is the Manger for providers some 20 asked me who was their contract manger even after they attended the events. Now you cannot come up with figures on the Loans.

http://feweek.co.uk/2017/06/16/government-silence-on-adult-education-budget-results-delay/

 

Advanced learner loans funding and performance management rules 2017 to 2018

Information. This week we will publish version 2 of the advanced learner loans funding and performance management rules 2017 to 2018.

 

The main change from version 1, published in March 2017, is the inclusion and revision of the performance management rules. The rules apply to all providers of education and training holding loan facility conditions and loans bursary fund agreements with the ESFA. We will be holding 3 webinars during July to support the publication and highlight good practice.

Date Time
4 July 14:00 – 15:30
5 July 10:30 – 12:00
6 July 10:30 – 12:00

 

Please email advanced learner loans to book your place.

 

The Department for Education has blamed a lack of resources for its failure to publish up-to-date advance learner loans figures – on which reporting is now suspended indefinitely.

In the past, the DfE has published a report with up-to-date numbers of the advanced learner loan applications it has received and those applications ready for payment on gov.uk every three months.  But there have been none since February this year, so when independent education consultant Mike Farmer recently asked why, he was surprised to be told the delay was not due to reporting restrictions resulting from the general election, but to problems with “resourcing”.

 

In an email sent to him by a member of the department’s FE statistics team and seen by FE Week, he was told that “due to resourcing issues, this release of the advance learner loans applications publication has been suspended until further notice”.  Read more at http://feweek.co.uk/2017/06/19/dfe-blames-lack-of-resources-for-loans-figures-suspension/

 

Colleges will be exempt from VAT on important training supplies following a landmark European Court of Justice Ruling – with refund claims expected to amount to £10 million – FE Week can reveal.

 

A long-running dispute with Brockenhurst College and the taxman, centred on whether supplies for the college’s training restaurant was exempt from VAT, is still awaiting final resolution through the UK courts.  But Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs Service today confirmed to FE Week that it had already accepted the consequences of a European court judgement, delivered last month on the case, that these “may be regarded as supplies ‘closely related’ to the principal supply of education”.  So I ask what about Independent Training Providers many Hair and Beauty provider’s.

http://feweek.co.uk/2017/06/21/10-million-refund-claims-expected-from-colleges-as-hmrc-accepts-euro-vat-ruling/

 

To assist new providers of Apprenticeships prepare for the introduction of the reformed apprenticeship system introduced in May 2017, the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) has developed an Apprenticeship Readiness Self-Assessment tool which we are asking all new providers to complete by 7th July 2017.

 

The purpose of this readiness self-assessment tool is to enable new providers to assess their progress towards implementing the systems and infrastructure required to be ready to deliver high quality apprenticeships.  We will use the results to assess new providers readiness and identify further support that the sector needs to respond effectively to employer requests for apprenticeship training,

 

Please assess your organisation’s readiness against each of the questions in the attached Apprenticeship Readiness Self-Assessment tool using the Scale of Readiness and the optional comments fields to add any relevant narrative. Please complete every question to ensure we have a full response.

 

Once completed, please save the document using the naming Convention: ProviderName_UKPRN_Self-Assessment and email it as an attachment to: providerreadiness@sfa.bis.gov.uk

 

If you have any queries regarding the Apprenticeship Readiness Self-Assessment Tool please send direct to providerreadiness@sfa.bis.gov.uk or your named Education and Skills Funding Agency Provider Manager.  Many thanks Kind regards

Provider Management Team Business Operations Education and Skills Funding Agency

 

ESFA say please look at the technical documents that define the ILR data that publicly funded providers must collect and return including ILR data returns calendar for 2017.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/ilr-specification-validation-rules-and-appendices-2017-to-2018

 

What is the BAME Apprenticeship Alliance?

The Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Apprenticeship Alliance (BAMEAA) is an organisation that brings together leaders within business and the apprenticeship sector to focus on promoting apprenticeship and skills among the black & ethnic minority communities through policy, advocacy and conversation. By lobbying and working with organisations on ethnic diversity, the BAMEAA can build a platform to bring real action and change in the UK. As stated, the core areas of the BAMEAA are:

  • Policy – working with our members to develop policies for organisations which they can apply to increase their apprenticeship diversity
  • Advocacy – advocating and lobbying organisations on their apprenticeship diversity
  • Conversation – providing a platform to generate conversation for organisation around apprenticeship diversity

 

We are due to have a launch at The Apprenticeships 4 England conference on the 13th July 2017. Please do click on the image below and join us at our inaugural conference. During the conference, I will be chairing a panel on ethnic diversity in apprenticeships with the following panelists:

  • Matt Higgs – New Talent Management – Severn Trent Water
  • Fiona Aldrige – Associate Director – Learning and Work Institute
  • Becky Gardner – Senior HR Director – Coca Cola Enterprise Partners
  • Chris Achiampong – Apprentice – IBM

 

More details and booking https://www.a4engevents.com/

 

Trust for London are offering a bespoke media training programme, either heavily subsidised or free, depending on the finances of an organisation. Email Navprit Rai outlining the types of requests you get from journalists and how frequently you receive them at: nrai@trustforlondon.org.uk

 

EEVT Ltd is pleased to announce we have received our Membership for BAME Apprenticeship Alliance we are membership Number 100111.

Application for the BAME Apprenticeship Alliance
By joining the BAME Apprenticeship Alliance, you will become part of a growing community of organisations in the UK that support promoting the diversity of apprenticeships and its impact on individuals, businesses and the economy. Before completing the application form, please read the key information below to select appropriate membership level.

For application Forms please e-mail Email: memberships@bameaa.co.uk  also see us on Twitter: @bameaaUK

 

City and Guilds asked us to let you know  “We are pleased to announce that voting for the commendations overall award winner for 2017 will be live on Wednesday 28 June at 10.00 and will remain open for voting until Wednesday 26 July at 10.00”.

 

Please tell all your learners, friends and colleagues to get ready to start voting on Wednesday.

We wish all your learners and tutor’s the very best of luck.

Yours sincerely, City & Guilds

 

The nation’s largest FE provider has been badly shaken by the changes in the way achievement rates are calculated, recording a 7.3 per cent drop that puts it below the government’s minimum standards. Learndirect’s achievement rate tumbled from 65.1 per cent in 2014/15 to just 57.8 per cent last academic year, according to national data released by the Department for Education on June 15.  This brings it below the minimum standards threshold of 62 per cent, and should mean it will no longer be allowed to deliver apprenticeships until it improves.

But in spite of its poor performance, Learndirect has still not been issued with a notice of concern for failing to meet the minimum standard – even though it is 4.2 points below the threshold.

“We don’t make comments on individual companies, but the list of our notices of concern is regularly updated by the ESFA and will continue to be regularly updated,” said a spokesperson for the Education and Skills Funding Agency.

 

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Tip of the Week 3: Free cocktail when you register with Pitcher and Piano. Details

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Keep training from me Steve and all the Team at EEVT, see you also on social media https://www.linkedin.com/groups/7492941  in Groups EEVT Limited or

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Also via Twitter at https://twitter.com/EevtSteve

 

Steve Lawrence
Founder and CEO of EEVT
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