Newsletter & Bids 47 2017
This week’s newsletter bids, grants and Funds come to you in conjunction with our sponsors London Based Manley Summers Training. We go out to some 4, 238 organisations which some 3,544 plus are organisations or people within the Training and Development Industry. This week there are 42 pages of Bids Grants and Funds.
A big Hi to our new readers this week and remember, we like to hear about any events or items.
The Learning and Work Institute is running a series of free workshops to help providers boost the number of young people who successfully progress from their traineeship programmes. The workshops will focus on planning and implementing delivery models that secure strong progressions to apprenticeships and employment, and that engage young people who are not in education, employment or training (NEET), or are slightly further from the labour market than many young people. They will provide insights into best practice from traineeship providers across England and will also be interactive, enabling participants to share practice, ask questions and gain tailored advice on boosting traineeship progressions.
All workshops will take place from 10am – 4pm. Please register to book your place for one of the following sessions:
- Leicester: 23 November 2017, Learning and Work Institute, 21 De Montfort Street, Leicester, LE1 7GE
- Leeds: 5 December 2017, Leeds Beckett University, Cloth Hall Court, Quebec Street, Leeds, LS1 2HA
- London: 31 January 2018, RNIB, 105 Judd Street, Kings Cross, London, WC1H 9NE
For further information please email Charlotte.Robey@learningandwork.org.uk.
The ESFA have noted that after extended delays and ultimately an aborted first attempted at a tender for funding apprenticeships with small employers (non-levy), the second attempt by the Education and Skills Funding Agency has been ‘postponed’. This evening the ESFA told providers more time was needed to evaluate a ‘high volume’ of applications and was unable to say when the results of the £650m tender round would be known. The full message sent Friday via the tendering website reads: “The Agency has been pleased to receive a high volume of tenders following a very positive response to the Invitation to Tender for this procurement, and is currently finalising the evaluation process. “In accordance with paragraph 8.2 of the Invitation to Tender (Attachment 1), the Agency is making a change to the procurement timetable as set out in paragraph 8.1 (Attachment 1). The intention to issue award notifications to successful and unsuccessful Potential Providers is postponed, and will not now be issued on 21 November 2017. “Potential Providers will be contacted again shortly with further information on the new date for the issue of award notifications.” The postponement will be frustrating but may not come as a surprise, as tender process was controversial for it’s timing, complexity and volume of information required that led to providers submitting nearly 1,000 official clarification requests. Read more at https://feweek.co.uk/2017/11/17/esfa-postpone-results-of-second-attempt-at-a-non-levy-apprenticeship-tender/
Matt tells us and in doing so Sprang into song
Following news of today’s third ITT fiasco, I felt the need to revisit (via the medium of song) the bizarre state of affairs in the world of apprenticeships. (Artistic credits to Bernard Cribbins)
Right said Fred, we’re going to launch a tender Non Levy Funding, come and have a go Everyone calls up It’s an ocean-going balls up We were getting nowhere And so we dumped the ITT The right said Fred, I’ve got another tender AEB funding this time we will show How to fix this Put providers out of business We were getting nowhere And so we delayed the ITT Then Charlie had a think and he said Look Fred Our new register is losing fans, It’s got no colleges from Brummieland And I know it’s wrong But I just slipped them on Oh right said Fred, we’ll try another tender Non Levy Funding we’ll have a 2nd go A tender that you Could drive a bloody bus through We were getting nowhere and sooooo… Fred said let’s have another ITT and we said, right-ho.
Also we hear RoATP outcomes will not be now made known they say until late Jan.
Please remind staff and Learners Tax-Free Childcare for Children Under 6
Childcare scheme available to parents of under 6s from 24 November 2017.
Tax-Free Childcare to Open to Children Under 6
From: HM Revenue & Customs Childcare scheme available to parents of under 6s from 24 November 2017. The Government is committed to supporting parents with the cost of childcare. This includes doubling free childcare to 30 hours a week and introducing Tax-Free Childcare, which – for the first time – is available to self-employed parents, and all qualifying working parents regardless of their employer.
In April this year, HM Revenue and Customs started rolling out the childcare service; a single website through which parents can apply for both 30 hours free childcare and Tax-Free Childcare.
On 24 November 2017, we will open the service to parents whose youngest child is under 6 or who has their 6th birthday on that day. Parents can apply online through the childcare service which can be accessed via the Childcare Choices website.
More than 275,000 parents have an open childcare account. Of these, more than 216,000 parents received an eligibility code for 30 hours free childcare for September.
However, while the majority of parents used the childcare service without significant problems, we recognise that over the summer some parents didn’t receive the intended level of service when using the website. We have now made significant improvements.
Over the coming months, we will gradually open the childcare service to parents of older children, while continuing to make further improvements to the system. This means we can manage the volume of applications going through the service, so parents continue to receive a better experience and prompt eligibility responses when they apply – almost all parents receive a response within five working days, and most get their decision instantly. All eligible parents will be able to apply by the end of March 2018.
As always I am on the lookout for items which may help this looks at
Functional Skills resources and is a revision website. Click on the links to begin revising for Functional Skills in maths, English and ICT up to Level 2.
Roland Meredith Tells us I am involved with a very aspirational and challenging project at the moment. The ‘movement’ Education for Life aims to transform our education system by challenging our national policy makers to change the current metrics that create such huge barriers to truly educating children and young people. We plan to do this after building a coalition of the passionate and willing across all those who have a key stake in education, creating a weight of opinion that even government minsters cannot ignore. The ‘vision’ for any education system would result from a national conversation we are initiating and curating, with all the key stakeholders, business/industry (including the arts and the design and technology), teachers and educationalists, parents and learners themselves.
We are looking for support on 3 levels. First that having heard our plans people and companies will endorse what we are trying to achieve and join us as champions in doing so. Second, that such an ambitious project clearly entails some financial costs; we are looking for ‘sponsors’. And third that we are hoping people we talk to will share with us further contacts who might also be interested in supporting the ‘movement’. If you feel able to support us in any way please contact me. 07780790255 or firstname.lastname@example.org
A welcome home reception was put on for the 34 heroes who made up Team UK and competed in Abu Dhabi last month, on day two of The Skills Show.
Hundreds of visitors and VIPs headed to the spotlight stage at Birmingham’s NEC Arena to celebrate and welcome back the team (pictured above) who retained our country’s top 10 position at WorldSkills this year, winning one gold, three silvers, three bronzes, and 13 medallions of excellence. The event, which was hosted by Will Torrent, a former Team UK member who this week celebrated his 10-year anniversary since competing in Japan, included heartfelt speeches from WorldSkills UK’s official delegate and chief executive of the ESFA, Peter Lauener, and chair of WorldSkills UK Carole Stott. “Today we have some really important people to celebrate,” Mr Lauener said. “I had the great privilege of being out in Abu Dhabi where we experienced a combination of high emotion, real pride in the team’s achievements, and a lot of pleasure just seeing how much everyone can achieve with a lot of team work.”
The welcome home reception was also used to recognise several individuals who have gone above and beyond the call of duty when competing for Team UK, and in promoting skills competitions across the country. Read more at https://feweek.co.uk/2017/11/17/skills-show-2017-welcome-home-team-uk/
London’s ground-breaking HIV prevention campaign,Do It London, has been shortlisted for the Campaign of the Year category at the LGC Awards 2018. The latest phase of the campaign encourages Londoners to “do it your way” by advocating that HIV prevention consists of a combination of options, including using condoms, testing regularly for the virus, using Pre Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) and, for people who have been diagnosed HIV positive, achieving an “undetectable” viral load through the use of antiretroviral medication. Cllr Kevin Davis, London Councils’ Executive member for health, said: “I am very proud of Do It London’s achievements in reducing HIV in the capital since the campaign began in 2015 after public health responsibilities were devolved to the boroughs. Its success is also supporting ambitious international efforts to end the global HIV epidemic by 2030.” Several London boroughs are featured in various categories of the 2018 shortlist, including Barking and Dagenham and Southwark who are both on the shortlist for the ‘Council of the Year’ award.
We have at this time three organisations going through and getting ready for Matrix I have received more applications. We do stress we cannot take on any more at this time but are booking for December and January.
Your thoughts and feedback please: Last week you mentioned the Issuing Authority (IA) for Food and Drink (NSAFD) had announced their intention to withdraw the Food and Drink Framework from April 2018. The ESFA were content to let this framework with over 3,500 starts (2017/18) continue to 2019, therefore the intervention of the IA to effectively deny the food business and providers a choice between the new standards and frameworks is quite extraordinary especially when some of the new standards they want to replace pathways are not even approved for delivery yet.
We obviously understand that Frameworks are to be withdrawn over the course of parliament, however April 2018 is too soon and we are requesting some pathways within this framework are extended to say 2019, this will help to ensure a more orderly transition. Anyway, my organization (FDQ) C&G and EAL are disputing this decision and I am seeking from feedback from food businesses and providers
Best Regards Terry Fennell Chief Executive Office: 0113 3970 398
Mobile: 07810838452 www.fdq.org.uk
Next peer meet up for training providers is in Leeds on Thursday the 18th of January 2018 details to follow so please any guest speakers please let me know your interest we only have two slots left email@example.com
EEVT has the privilege of being one of several Patrons of the BAME Apprenticeship Alliance along with Coco Cola, Severn Trent Water, APM, NOCN, Royal Air Force, JTL, One File, World Skills, Dudley College, Birmingham Metropolitan, COLLAB Group and the Pathways Group. We have a meeting this week November to look at items going forward your ideas and thoughts will be greatly received. As Isa Mutlib Executive Director notes, “As we develop our offering and services and how we can best position ourselves discussing apprenticeship diversity. As Patrons, you have a say and we hope that Government will then look at us as a voice of apprenticeship diversity using your thoughts and influence as a driver”. For membership of the BAMEAA please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The ESFA tell us: We are currently phasing the withdrawal of apprenticeship frameworks as employers take on apprentices on the new standards, ensuring that Issuing Authorities (IAs) and training providers have reasonable notice to prepare for the changes. We understand that some IAs are preparing to manage the transition themselves, by voluntarily withdrawing either entire frameworks or specific level and/or pathways, and we support this activity, with the following guidance.
- Consultation with the sector
We expect IAs to publish a consultation document with their proposed withdrawal dates. This will allow employers, providers and awarding organisations to provide feedback and register any concerns about the proposed withdrawal dates. Following consultation, IAs should publish the final agreed list of frameworks and their withdrawal dates and notify their network of providers, employers and awarding organisations. IAs should also send the final list to ESFA and Federation for Industry Sector Skills and Standards (FISSS) so that they can take appropriate action, as required.
2. Sufficient notice periods
A minimum of 6 months’ notice of any withdrawal date should be given. This allows training providers to develop and update their delivery plans.
3. The replacement standard is fully developed and ready for delivery
We expect that the replacement standard will have been approved and published for delivery by the withdrawal date and will cover the occupation of the framework pathway, leaving no gaps in provision.
NB: If the framework and/or pathway is being withdrawn because there has been little, or no, demand (for example, less than 10 starts a year), we still expect you expect you to complete steps 1 and 2.
4. End point assessment organisations
Once the replacement standard and assessment plan are approved, published and ready for delivery, organisations can apply to be registered to undertake end-point assessment. We would expect there to be end point assessment organisations available, within a reasonable timescale.
Over the next few months’ we will be undertaking course for Retained clients these will be at discounted rates. Any Non Retained Clients courses are at £250.00 each half day and two on the same day and location at £400.00:
- GDRP – Safeguarding my organisation
- Healthy Sexual Relationships
- Safeguarding in Sport
- Understanding Consent
- Sexually Harmful Behaviour
- Child Sexual Exploitation, Gangs and County Lines
- Trafficking and Modern Slavery
- Honour Based Violence
- Managing Challenging Behaviour and Positive Handling*
- S47 Joint Investigation
- Missing Persons
- Female Genital Mutilation
- Parents who misuse drugs
- Domestic Violence
- Deprivation of Liberties
- Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults
- Introduction to Safeguarding Children
- Advanced Safeguarding
- Designated Safeguarding Lead
- Staying Safe online and Social Media
- Local Authority Designated Officer
- Safer Recruitment/Safer Organisation
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