Newsletter & Bids 14 2018
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Ok quick things to get underway
1 Need a HSC Assessor Trainer in or Near Manchester.
2 need Traineeship funding for two client’s in West London
3 Need Apprentices sub-Contracting for Accountancy in West London 38 Learners.
4 I will be in London Liverpool Street on Tuesday
I have spots left of 1.00 to 2.00 and 2.00 to 3.00 free talks and blue sky with Providers.
5 I have the 2020 Vision Event coming up in West London all day with Training on Ofsted ready and other items around compliance. Lunch
Talk by Specialist Company on Youth E-learning and Alternative Provision. Cost £10.00 per person for Food. Names only 28 Providers. Only organisations with an Annual Turnover of under £500,000.
6 Well done to TCHC who are one of The Flexible Learning Fund winners. Also our Very own EdLounge.
7 Our New Group on Linked In has had some 80 Members join at 2020 Vision at https://www.linkedin.com/groups/13583610
8 IV for Workskills Level 2 on Line
The ESFA has confirmed the qualifications that will be eligible for adult funding in 2018/19. There are no changes (apart from one minor one detailed below). They have confirmed as part of this that the QCF Nationals eligible for 19-23 entitlement funding in 2017/18 will remain funded in 2018/19.
1) 19-23 level 2 and 3 legal entitlement – The 2018/19 level 2 and level 3 legal entitlement offer consists of: technical and applied qualifications in the 2018, 2019 and 2020 16 to 19 performance tables; GCSEs; A and AS levels; Access to Higher Education Diplomas, and technical and applied qualifications in the 2017 performance tables which were included in the 2016 to 2017 legal entitlement list. There is a list of these qualifications on the ESFA website – link below – and the funding hub will be updated with this information by the end of March.
2) 19+ English and maths entitlement – GCSEs and Functional Skills are eligible, plus certain other RQF qualifications at entry level and level 1. Apart from any newly regulated GCSEs or Functional Skills, no new qualifications will be added to the list during 2018/19. There is a list of these qualifications on the ESFA website – link below – and the funding hub will be updated with this information by the end of March.
3) 19+ local flexibility funding, including ESOL – One minor change will be made – First Aid at Work qualifications and components have been removed from the local flexibility offer. A broad offer is available to respond to local skills and community needs. This is to support colleges and training organisations working with adults at lower levels, who want to re-engage with learning and/or their local labour market. No list is available given how many qualifications are available, but all eligible qualifications will be on the funding hub by the end of April. Eligibility rules, qualification lists, can be found here
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The Cyber Security Awards team, reviews the industry, looking for the best possible applicants. We encourage all those, who are committed to progressing the industry, to apply. Winners are announced at a Gala dinner, on June 21st in Victoria, London.
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Industry team of the year
Not for profit team of the year
Best Security Company of the year
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Care experts have said tens of thousands of families missing out on state funding for care – because they do not know it exists – will carry on being left in the dark despite a Government promise to raise awareness of the funding package. A recent Public Accounts Committee (PAC) report was highly critical of the lack of awareness surrounding NHS Continuing Healthcare (CHC), a package of care provided outside hospitals, such as in people’s homes or in care homes. “The corruption and abuse in the CHC assessment and review process affect some of the most vulnerable people and, despite all the recent ‘noise’ about CHC, the system continues to get worse, not better,” she said. Angela Sherman, Founder, Care to be Different It recommended that the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and NHS England come up with a joint plan to raise awareness of CHC, and that NHS England should hold clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) to account for delays in assessing patients for CHC funding.
In its response to the PAC report, published this week, the Government said the DHSC and NHS England will come up with a joint plan by the summer. The PAC report also concluded that NHS England is “not adequately carrying out its responsibility to ensure CCGs are complying with the legal requirement to provide CHC to those that are eligible”. Read more at https://inews.co.uk/author/paul-gallagher/
Read more at: https://inews.co.uk/news/
The Labour Party has this week launched a consultation on its plans for a National Education Service. Running for 12 weeks, the England-wide consultation is seeking views on the party’s education policies which were officially launched during the general election campaign last year. The NES is Labour’s umbrella term for a raft of pledged reforms, including free adult education and the return of the Education Maintenance Allowance for 16 to 19 year-olds. However, the new seven page consultation document is light on detail and doesn’t include any costings for how these policies would be implemented. Instead, it simply states that Labours “ambition” is of a “National Education Service providing an excellent education for all those who need it, available from cradle to grave”.
The values that will underpin the NES were outlined at Labour Party Conference last year by Angela Rayner (pictured above), the shadow education secretary, during which she also pledged to invest one billion pounds to deliver T-levels. These principles now form the basis of the wider consultation on how this policy will be developed. It asks for any amendments that should be made to the principles outlined in the draft charter, and asks what Labour can do to “reduce the fragmentation of the education system” and move towards an approach that is “integrated and promotes lifelong learning”.
It also asks how “genuine parity of esteem” between academic and vocational education can be achieved, as well as how to improve outcomes for those young people who do not choose to follow what is seen as the traditional academic route.
Beyond the official education reforms announced by Labour during its election campaign, there have been a couple of big hints at other areas relating to FE that the party would change. Read more at
Perry tells us AEB Funding Streams & Pearson If you have AEB Funding, several funding streams are available to suit different learner requirements: You can see a complete list of all Pearson qualifications which are eligible for one of these Adult Education Budget funding streams. Qualifications eligible for local flexibility and 19-23 entitlement funding are listed by subject sector
19+ local flexibility funding: Qualifications units and non-regulated learning, up to level 2, can be funded.
19-23 entitlement funding: qualifications on 16-19 performance tables are eligible.
English and maths entitlement funding: GCSEs and Functional Skills can be funded for learners who have not yet achieved a minimum standard in maths and English.
On 6 April 2018, the Government has introduced a number of changes to the fees for applying for patent protection and renewing granted patents. These changes will be introduced by the Patents and Patents (Fees) (Amendment) Rules 2017 (SI 2017/1100).
The Intellectual Property Office (“IPO”) has prepared this guidance so that businesses can familiarise themselves with the fee changes before they are introduced. Please also refer to the above tables. In this guidance, “the Act” means the Patents Act 1977, “the Rules” means the Patents Rules 2007, “section” refers to a section of the Patents Act 1977, and “rule” refers to a rule of the Patents Rules 2007. Details for Business and Guidance at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/new-patents-fees-coming-into-force-on-6-april-2018/new-patent-fees-guidance-for-business
A Northamptonshire college has been slammed with a grade four by Ofsted for delivering “unsafe” training in “highly dangerous vocational areas” such as construction and equine studies.
Moulton College is a specialist land-based college with onsite accommodation that also delivers programmes in animal management, sport and food and drink manufacturing.
It was today branded ‘inadequate’ overall, and in four of the eight headline fields, including for its large apprenticeships provision – meaning it will become the second college to lose the right to offer them under updated government rules.
The damning report will no doubt heap pressure on the college’s principal, Stephen Davies, who has overseen a gradual decline in the college’s rating from ‘outstanding’ when he took the reins in 2011. Moulton, which has two sites across Northamptonshire, was particularly criticised for the extremely poor health and safety environment it has adopted – which puts learners, including those with high needs, in danger.
The curriculum includes a number of highly dangerous vocational areas, and learners are not safe “Inspectors identified a number of serious breaches to health and safety regulations and a number of instances where practice was unsafe or sloppy,” Ofsted said.
“Not all managers with responsibility for health and safety have undertaken appropriate training.” Not all students are “safe” while undertaking activities at the college, the inspectorate continued. “For example, brickwork learners do not wear appropriate eyewear when cutting bricks, and staff do not adequately supervise students with complex needs during water-based activities in the swimming pool.” In equine yards, gates are “left open” and a teacher “demonstrated unsafe practice” when tacking up a horse. In brickwork, under the guidance of their teacher, apprentices “cut bricks without the use of eye protection”. In one animal care lesson, Ofsted said a “poorly conceived” internet research task placed a high needs student “at risk of looking at inappropriate content”. Leaders at the 2,500-learner college have however moved quickly to reassure the community they serve that effective safeguards are now being put in place to protect learners. Read more at https://feweek.co.uk/2018/04/03/college-branded-unsafe-in-damning-ofsted-report/?mc_cid=4f8aae9533&mc_eid=5fee299aba
Look out for the 5th of May in Essex a day of walks & nature activities for all ages, inspired by the nature and history of this amazing space! Meander through the wild wood with oaks and chestnut trees, and then follow the brook which flows the length of the site past two lovely ponds teaming with wildlife.Tucked away on the site you’ll discover the National Trust’s Bourne Mill – the picturesque watermill with working waterwheel! Our costumed characters will take you on a Wild Walk and History Hike to remember! They’ll be fun and games along the way with mini-beast quests, the wild workout with our friends from Huathe and Fiona Fox! Proud to be part of the Jane’s Walk Colchester – local walks led by local people on local themes; all given free, in celebration of the late urbanist and activist Jane Jacobs (1916-2006). Meet: Come and find the Welcome Tent – everything starts from there.
Why not make a day of it and bring a picnic? Or you can drop by at any time.
HOW TO GET THERE Walk, cycle or take the bus. There is some Limited parking available.
There are 4 entrances, off Bourne Road, Gilberd Road, Old Heath Road and Barn Hall Avenue. By road: 1 mile south of centre of Colchester, on Bourne Road, off Mersea Road (B1025). Entrance next to Bourne Mill.
ACCESS: Bourne Valley has a wooden boardwalk (approx 1m-1200mm wide) running most of its length, with some short sections of dirt path with light/compacted gravel (manageable for most wheelchair users). There are occasional rest points along the way.
At both ends of the valley however, wooden chicanes (intended to deter motorbikes) DO make access into the valley difficult for chair users (though not impossible with support. Mobility scooters regrettably will not be able to negotiate these barriers.
Perry from Pearson’s has some good news Apprenticeship Standards & EPA
We now have full approval and are in the register for the following new standards:
LGV Driver, Supply Chain Operator, Supply Chain Warehouse Operative
We have also had confirmation that we are finally on the RoEPA for Business Administration Level 3, the official register will be updated on the Gov.uk website soon to show this.
Launch of apprenticeship levy transfer limited to just one receiving employer
Employers who are gearing up to transfer apprenticeship levy funds to other organisations from next month will only be allowed to handover the cash to one other company, the government has revealed. From May, large employers who pay the levy will for the first time be allowed to transfer up to 10 per cent of their annual funds to other organisations. The change will enable large organisations with unspent levy funding to support smaller employers in their supply chain to recruit apprenticeships.
However, the Education and Skills Funding Agency has today announced that initially the transfer can only be made to a single company and not spread across multiple employers. “For the first phase, employers can transfer up to 10 per cent of their annual funds to one other employer,” a government update said. “The number of employers they can make a transfer to will increase over time and after user feedback from the first phase.” It added that levy-paying employers who use the apprenticeship service will be able to see their transfer allowance at the end of April, and the transfer can then take place from May. https://feweek.co.uk/2018/04/04/launch-of-apprenticeship-levy-transfer-limited-to-just-one-receiving-employer/
According to government figures published on 29 March, 194,100 apprenticeship starts have so far been reported for the first two quarters of the 2017-18 academic year, compared to 258,800 starts reported during the same period a year earlier.
Jake Tween, head of apprenticeships at ILM, said the numbers looked “promising” despite the 25 per cent drop in overall starts, but added that businesses now needed to take proactive steps in making the system work. “Although quarterly starts remain at a lower level than the previous year, promisingly, these numbers also reveal a rise in the number of people committed to starting apprenticeships in January,” he said.
“This follows the positive trend we’ve seen over the previous few months, which is largely down to the fact that businesses have needed time to understand the new levy and how to use it. This is perfectly understandable, but we can’t just sit back and wait for the figures to go up again.” In a CIPD poll of more than 280 HR professionals published on 7 March, more than a third (32.75 per cent) attributed the falls in starts to the bureaucracy of the apprenticeship system. The survey strongly suggested that the time it had taken employers to get to grips with the new processes under the levy was a key driver of the fall in starts, Lizzie Crowley, skills policy adviser at the CIPD, told People Management.
“It’s a very different environment for employers now, as they have to do a lot of work setting up and delivering apprenticeships that might have previously been done by a training provider,” she said. “A lot of employers potentially didn’t have a programme in place before, and it is taking time to establish those.”
More than one in 10 poll respondents additionally cited a lack of available apprenticeship standards for certain occupations or sectors, and changes to off-the-job training requirements, which include a mandatory 20 per cent training provision.
Kathleen Henehan, policy analyst at the Resolution Foundation, described the numbers as an optimistic indicator that the government was “weeding out poor-quality provision”. “While fewer training opportunities for young people is a big concern, the fact that the drop is concentrated among lower-level courses suggest that reforms are having the desired effect of driving up standards and weeding out poor-quality provision. It’s also encouraging to see the number of higher-level apprenticeships continue to grow,” she said.
“The recent reforms are still bedding in so it’s important that government sticks to its guns and presses on. These changes should be part of a wider drive to give high-quality vocational training a far bigger role in our post-16 education system.”
However, previous reports from People Management suggested that organisations may be working around the levy system by rebadging existing graduate-level schemes, or using their levy funds to send senior executives on business MBA courses.
In March, professional services giant Deloitte confirmed that it had transferred “just over 40 per cent” of its 2017 graduate intake into an accountancy/taxation professional level 7 apprenticeship scheme. Crowley stressed that higher-level apprenticeships were not necessarily an indicator of the quality of training that occurs – but said the government had taken positive steps in ensuring that low-quality apprenticeships were not attractive prospects for employers, and must continue to build on this in the future.
“Some of the overall reforms the government has taken, such as the minimum duration and the off-the-job training rules, are making apprenticeships that are low-quality and low-level unattractive to employers, which is good, because they are not necessarily what we need for filing skills gaps in the UK,” she said. “From a government perspective, this might put their three million targets further out of reach – but there is a real need to ensure that whatever level of apprenticeship is being delivered, it is a quality training route for individuals. These figures have some silver linings, but there is still a lot of work to do.” Apprenticeships and skills Minister Anne Milton said in a statement: “We want people of all ages and backgrounds to get the excellent training they need to secure great jobs, and we want businesses to get the skills they need to grow. Our changes to the apprenticeship system aim to do just that.”
Milton said there had been “a big jump in higher-level apprenticeships” and that the “reforms have fundamentally changed what apprenticeships are, and the long-term opportunities they can provide”. She added that almost “60 per cent of people starting on the new apprenticeship standards are levy-supported”.
The government must “urgently” design a successor programme to the European Social Fund to avoid a “disastrous” post-Brexit funding gap, an influential group of MPs has said. The work and pensions committee, chaired by Birkenhead MP Frank Field, made the call in its report, see this at https://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/work-and-pensions-committee/inquiries/parliament-2017/european-social-care-fund-17-19/ Which looked at what would happen if the UK government did not replace the £500 million provided through the fund every year for people in disadvantaged circumstances. Leaving the European Union gave the UK a “historic opportunity” to “design a truly world-class successor” programme that was “entirely in its national interests: plugging skills gaps, boosting productivity and lifting up disadvantaged communities,” the report said.
But it warned the government “must act now to guarantee certainty for providers and communities and avoid a potentially disastrous interruption in funding”. “We recommend the government proceed urgently with detailed design of a successor to the ESF so that there is no gap between existing and new funding streams,” it said. The ESF was cash that the UK received, as a member state of the EU, to increase job opportunities and help people to improve their skill levels, particularly those who find it difficult to get work.
The current funding round is worth about €3bn (£2.3bn) across England over the period from 2014 to 2020. ESF funding for this country is administered through the Education and Skills Funding Agency, the Department for Work and Pensions, and the Big Lottery Fund, which each provide match funding. Many projects co-funded by ESFA, delivered with the involvement of local enterprise partnerships, focused on young people not in education, employment or training. According to the 2016/17 ESFA allocations, 87 providers had ESF contracts worth a combined total of £456 million. But, unlike contracts co-financed by the other agencies, all ESFA match-funded projects have to be delivered by July 2018.
Tip of the week I: Free Ben and Jerry’s ice cream on 10th April. Details
Tip of the week 2: Meals for children for £1 at Prezzo. Details
Tip of the week 3: Two nights at Disneyland from £169. 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 is at https://www.linkedin.com/groups/13583610
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