Newsletter & Bids 16 2018
This week’s newsletter bids, grants and Funds come to you in conjunction with our new sponsors KPI DEVELOPMENT Limited. Exciting news on that next week with our newsletter going out to some 3,516 professional’s in the industry. This week we have a BUMPER EDITION of 51 pages of information News, Bids, Grants and Funds.
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Hot and Hot hope you enjoyed it. So off I go Wednesday with the rest of the world in Coventry this week with Lindsay and the Conference on Thursday which has a focus on Ofsted, so hope to see a lot of you there.
A decade on from European Capital of Culture, Liverpool is looking to the future with a thrilling year-long programme which celebrates the city’s culture and creativity. From ancient wonders to audacious technological innovations, maritime celebrations to musical explorations, and artistic traditions to special commissions, it’s all happening in the city over 12 memorable months. The iconic Liverpool Cathedral will also play host to The UK’s Largest Diversity Awards! The breathtaking building towers over the city to become a recognisable statement in the Liverpool skyline. Ranked the 5th largest cathedral in Europe and the highest in the UK, the Cathedral is home of Europe’s largest organ and is the perfect location for the ever growing National Diversity Awards! Taking place on Friday 14th September, the nation’s grandest celebration of diversity will welcome visitors from across the UK & beyond. Find out more at: www.nationaldiversityawards.co.uk
Book a free school trip to Parliament
Bookings are now open for autumn term 2018. Apply for a tour and workshop through our online form before April 30. A transport subsidy is available for schools coming from further afield. https://www.parliament.uk/education/visit-parliament-with-your-school/
Perry Ingles Regional Account Manager for Pearson’s Work Based Learning, BTEC & Apprenticeships tells us Functional Skills moving to ResultsPlus
Our FS Richfeedback service is moving to a new webpage, and is now known as Results Plus, full details can be found here:
Results Plus for Functional Skills will allow you to see individual or cohorts results in varied formats. As shown in the video, there are different charts, graphs and percentages are used to present results as a whole and within certain units of the course.
This convenient service can help you reduce the amount of test retakes; keep a track of each learner; monitor the understanding of certain topics; make teaching a more personal experience and much more. It is also a good tool to review learners pass marks, as well as fails, when the learner has to work towards and take the higher Level 2 FS.
This week we have lots of Jobs available and these will be on our jobs section of 2020 Vision group on Linked in at https://www.linkedin.com/groups/13583610
Company requires 3 Fenestration and Glazing Assessors National
We have a requirement for 2 Health and Social Care Assessor’s trainers in London for one organisation
We have 1 National Manger Apprentices London, Peterborough or Leeds
We have 3 Care / Health and Social Care Assessors Trainers National.
We have clients looking for companies who wish to sell must have ROTO and ROTAP.
We only now have 5 places left for Organisations Ok 2020 Vision Training Workshop Day on the 9th of May West London. This is not a Peer meet Up this is a Training workshop day.
10.00 Until 4.00 with Lunch Cost Free what is the Catch? Introduction to the day
Work Shop 1 hour Introduction to the Ofsted and the Common Inspection Framework
Ofsted Inspection Process and Standards required and 20% off the Job Training
11.30 Workshop 2 1 Hour Performance and Data Management
1.30 E-Learning the types available how to use it for your AEB or Apprentice Programmes.
2.45 Workshop 3 SAR and QIP Development
3.45 Questions and Answers and Networking
The Catch is your turnover should be under £1 Million
1 Person per organisation with the exception of Straplan and EEVT Clients.
NXG Enterprises are inviting all corporate partners, creative industry experts, education and training executives including schools and colleges delegates to NXG Experience on the 4th May 2018 (www.nxgexperience.co.uk) Their annual full day consists of 4 interactive workshops running simultaneously, followed by a live music concert held at Stratford Circus Arts Centre. Corporate organisations can have access to the full day programme and entry into the VIP Networking Room, where you will be able to network with other organisations and partners and meet with some of their senior staff to explore opportunities for partnership. Come and gain an insight into some of the current programmes that they are running, tickets are free and refreshments will be provided. There are also opportunities to have a stall there with access to hundreds of college students from across London. For all enquires please email email@example.com and to register please visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/nxg-experience-corporate-partners-access-tickets-45374578586
New webinars transforming your business using technology – lessons for leaders from leaders Technology is powerful. It can
- make relatives and family feel more involved and in control
- give care workers more time to spend with residents
- Provide safer care and help your business become more transparent.
We’ve filmed three different care businesses that’ve embarked on a journey to invest in technology – in very different ways – and we want to share these journeys with you. Join one of our webinars and be inspired.
People Management – interesting article on how an effective wellbeing strategy can create happy and robust workforces
John Dean explores the first steps employers can take when looking after employees’ health and wellbeing
The latest Employee Wellbeing Research 2018 from the Reward & Employee Benefits Association highlights a big jump in the number of companies implementing wellbeing programmes in the UK. Nearly half (45 per cent) now having a defined wellbeing strategy in place – up from less than a third (30 per cent) in 2016. And 84 per cent of employers that don’t yet have a plan say they will introduce one within the next 12 months or over the next three years.
Increasingly, wellbeing is becoming a core part of building employee engagement and creating the right culture. More than ever before, employees are also looking to their employers to help them access services to stay fit and healthy.
A growing area of concern for employers is mental health. Whereas in previous years, few employers talked openly about mental health issues, now three in five (60 per cent) CEOs say it is the area of employee wellbeing that interests the board most. There is also a clear recognition that high-pressured working environments put employees’ physical and mental health at risk.
However, despite the growth in businesses adopting wellbeing programmes, the research also points out that few strategies are being driven by the board. Fewer than one in 10 (8 per cent) respondents said their board actively drives the organisation’s wellbeing agenda, and 5 per cent claimed their board has little or no interest in employee wellbeing.
For wellbeing programmes to succeed, they must be integrated into the business strategy and prioritised by the board. Whether it involves flexible working, onsite gyms, quick access to healthcare services or mental health support, building the right programme for the workforce is essential. But how can companies do this?
Developing a wellbeing programme
The first step is for an organisation to understand its people and their health and wellbeing needs. Unless they can identify the specific challenges they face – whether that is high levels of stress, poor sleep, money worries, lack of exercise or mental health concerns – they won’t be able to create an effective strategy.
We recommend they conduct a full review of all the data available within the organisation to pinpoint areas that need attention. This would include analysing the demographics, looking at absence management data to identify the most common reasons for short and long-term absence and looking at the take-up and popularity of any existing wellbeing initiatives, among other things. What wellbeing initiatives do employees like the most? If this isn’t clear, they should be surveyed to find out.
Once employers have a clearer picture, they can build a tailored programme with quantifiable objectives and get buy-in from the board. Leading from the top is essential to ensure success and having someone at board level truly champion the wellbeing strategy can be a strong motivator for employees. It’s also useful to involve other potential wellbeing ‘champions’ at an early stage, especially if the business has several locations.
To support staff with mental illness, employers could provide access to support services such as counselling, mental health first aiders and employee assistance programmes. Line manager training is also vital to ensure they have the right skills and can support and manage employees with a mental health condition.
Finally, linking wellbeing programmes to national health campaigns can improve their effectiveness. For example, Mental Health Awareness Week is coming up in May and this could be a great opportunity for companies to start talking about mental health issues and ensuring people know what support is available for them.
The provision of wellbeing services is critical for employee engagement and creating a positive working culture. But any plan needs to be relevant and targeted to the needs of the workforce if it is to achieve results for employee health goals – and business goals.
While there will always be a discussion around cost and whether companies can afford to implement a strategy, the only question they really need to ask is: can they afford not to?
John Dean is chief commercial officer at Punter Southall Health & Protection
The Asian Apprenticeship Awards are back for the third year to celebrate the talent and diversity of British Asian Apprentices, their Employers and Learning Providers.
And we begin with an incredible announcement.
We are delighted to share that The Royal Air Force (RAF) will be headlining the Awards for 2018. The RAF is a leading trainer of apprentices and has a 99 per cent pass rate compared with the national average of 65 per cent. This month, the RAF celebrates their Centenary anniversary. There are 33,000 men and women serving in the RAF of which some 2,500 will be undergoing apprenticeship training in more than 20 different disciplines. But the services faces a challenge in that three per cent of its servicemen and women are from Minority Ethnic backgrounds and it is keen to increase this to 10 per cent by the year 2020
Alongside the support of the RAF, we are delighted to have retained the support of sponsors Birmingham Metropolitan College, awarding bodies NOCN and ICQ, Severn Trent plc and The Association of Employment and Learning Providers. We have also retained the support of the Confederation of Business Industry (CBI), WorldSkills UK, Learning and Work Institute, FE News and Asian Today.
Nominations are now open for British Asian Apprentices, their Employers and Learning Providers.
The categories are:
Finance, Legal and Professional Services
Retail, Hospitality and Tourism
Charity, Voluntary and Public Services
Engineering and Manufacturing
Health, Medical and Social Care
Transport and Logistics
Creative and Digital
SME of the Year and Large Business of the Year also Learning Provider of the Year
To nominate, visit www.asianapprenticeshipawards.co.uk
If you have any queries, please contact Project Director Isa Mutlib at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0121 707 0550
Ok lots of Headline stuff from our Friends at FE week
Thirty-six teacher training organisations have joined the register of apprenticeship training providers during a secret application window, FE Week can reveal.
Employers and providers have been denied the opportunity to win a place on to RoATP ever since the third and most recent application window shut at the end of October, with results published in January.
Then we have – The Institute for Apprenticeships has rejected concerns about apprentices being unable to graduate – accusing people who raise them as simply “inflammatory”.
FE Week was first to raise the issue of a lack of end-point assessments back in 2016, but are the apprentices really affected? We spoke to scores of providers and employers, and our investigation paints the most comprehensive picture yet of what’s really going on.
It’s the nightmare scenario that sector leaders warned could happen – but desperately hoped wouldn’t. Nine would-be dental practice managers began their apprenticeship with Barnet and Southgate College in November 2015.
They finished their training and should have completed last May.
But almost a year later nobody is available to test them because the assessment plan is unworkable.
Then about six other good stories all about problems, It would be good if the industry had some good news. Oh yes we have The Commons education committee will investigate long-term education investment – especially whether colleges and schools are getting the money they need. The influential group of MPs has launched an inquiry into whether a longer-term plan is needed for investment across education, including FE, and what resources are really needed. MPs will look ahead to the government spending review process, which will determine the overall level of public funding for schools and colleges
The committee has invited written submissions by May 30 on the following issues:
- What the Department for Education’s priorities should be for the next Spending Review period as they relate to schools and colleges Whether the spending review cycle is the best mechanism for determining overall expenditure on schools and colleges, and what that level should be
- The effectiveness of targeted funding such as the pupil premium, and its relationship to core education funding
- The practical implementation of the national funding formula
Tip of the week 1: 75% discount on giant garden games. Details
Tip of the week 2: Discount pet food from Harringtons. Details
From me Steve and from all the team have a great week and keep training
Non-Executive Director at Five Companies and MD of East Essex Vocational Training Ltd
2020 Vision at https://www.linkedin.com/groups/13583610
Patron of the BAME APPRENTICESHIPS ALLIANCE