Newsletter & Bids 9 2018

 In bids

Dear Members

This week’s newsletter bids, grants and Funds come to you in conjunction with our sponsors London Based Manley Summers Training who we are pleased to announce have agreed to sponsor us going forward for the next year. This week we have some 45 pages of information News, Bids Grants and Funds.  Full details can be downloaded from the link below:

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Ok lots going on this week. What a bad week for weather and some bad news also.

HMRC has launched a major investigation into subcontracting that could result in tens of millions in fees and fines after it discovered many colleges and training providers are ignoring VAT rules on management fees.  FE Week understands that the tax office has put together a team of around 20 special investigators, who will find out why primes have not been applying the 20-per-cent charge to their top-slices, per the rules.  HMRC plans to investigate up to six years of unpaid VAT and will attempt to claim it back.  This could rise to 12 years if evidence is found that prime providers knew about the charge and failed to apply it anyway.  Substantial fines are also likely, according to one VAT expert who spoke to FE Week. The news will send shockwaves through the sector, and providers fear the business and ramifications of any fresh charges.

Government rules – VAT Notice 701/30  – state that while vocational training is exempt from the tax, management services in subcontracting relationships are not. This comes alongside the top-slice primes generally charge subcontractors, which is usually around 20 per cent of the government’s funding.  However, evidence seen by FE Week suggests the VAT rule is unknown to most providers, and has not been applied for years, meaning that hardly any has been claimed.

Around a £1 billion of funding per year is subcontracted across the ESFA post-16 funding streams, which FE Week estimates would generate around £40 million per year in VAT for HMRC.  For its own part, HMRC claimed the guidance has always been in place and in force. “Vocational training management fees charged by a prime provider to a subcontractor are chargeable with VAT at the standard rate of 20 per cent,” said a representative. Read more at

https://feweek.co.uk/2018/03/02/hmrc-vat-crackdown-spreads-to-subcontracting/

 

 Wednesday the DfE released the new English and maths Functional Skills subject content that will form the basis of the reformed Functional Skills qualifications going live in September 2019. It would be interesting to know what everyone thinks about them and the impact it will have on learners and centres.

Functional skills English subject content underpins the qualifications and sets out the purpose, learning aims and outcomes that students need to achieve. Also the

Mathematics functional skills subject content is also available. Go to

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/682834/Functional_Skills_Subject_Content_English.pdf

 

 Roland would like you to know about  my new offer of support for SLTs. If there are people who you think might be interested, I wonder if you would share. Leading and Learning Futures Ltd is offering a Senior Leadership Team Health Check. This is an intensive and comprehensive evaluation and analysis of the effectiveness and impact of you SLT. 5 days working closely with you and your team and a report recording all findings and recommendations for development. £5000+expenses+VAT. If you are interested I am happy to send through a scoping document if you email me at roland.meredith@sky.com  and follow this up with a conversation.

 

A reminder Apprentice minimum wage increase from April 2018

The national minimum wage for apprentices will rise in April 2018, from £3.50 to £3.70 an hour. This is a 5.7% increase, above UK inflation. This rate applies to apprentices under 19 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year. Apprentices must be paid at least the national minimum wage rate if they’re an apprentice aged 19 or over and have completed their first year.

 

Via TWIN we have a great opportunity on our new Erasmus+ programme for UK residents aged 18+ to travel to Seville or Dublin for 3 months and gain work experience with a qualification in either business management, digital marketing or Teaching English as a Foreign Language. The programme is EU funded and includes all flights, accommodation, insurance, the work placement, support and mentoring, and a monthly stipend is provided to help cover living costs. Candidates who take a placement in Spain will also study a Spanish language course.  Together with their internship, candidates will earn a qualification that matches their area of work in one of the following:
Level 3 Certificate in Principles of Leadership and Management
Level 3 Award in Principles of Website Creation and Optimisation
Level 3 Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Before departure on 21st April 2018, successful candidates will join us in our London Greenwich offices for a 3-day session in order to meet each other and take part in various training activities – in preparation for them for working and living abroad.
The deadline for applications is Friday March 16th 2018 and is on a first-come-first-served basis. Must be  Aged 18+ on arrival, a permanent UK resident,  Educated to a minimum of 5x GCSEs or equivalent, able to work without requiring a Visa, Participating in an Erasmus+ funded programme for the first time.  If you require further information, please contact:
Sally Mordarski  020 8269 5731 or smordarski@twinuk.com

 

One of our clients in London is looking for a partner to put in a bid submission to deliver;

  • IT, Software, Web and Telecoms Professionals
  • Digital Marketer
  • Data Analyst
  • IT, Software, Web and Telecoms Professionals
  • Infrastructure Technician
  • Unified Communications Technician
  • Network Engineer
  • Software Developer
  • Software Tester
  • Digital and Technology Solutions Professional
  • Software Development Technician
  • Unified Communications Trouble Shooter
  • IS Business Analyst

If you have accreditation to deliver any or all the above and wish to put in a joint submission we would like to talk to you. E-mail Steve at Steve@eevt.org

 

Karen Melonie Gould tells us this year for this momentous day I have been asked to be the one of the Speakers in my home City of Chester for www.fnetwork.co.uk a New and exciting Network in the North West supporting not just Women also Men that support women in BUSINESS starting and growing and personal growth within the community and personal development. I will be speaking about ‘Women Warriors’ my new book and how collaboration and partnership is the KEY to CAPACITY BUILDING your network to support growth in your business and your personal development. Now available on Amazon Women Warriors: A True Woman Warrior Lifts Up Other Women. https://goo.gl/2V76q1

Tickets are still available on their Website www.fnetwork.co.uk

 

Apprentices have been feeling unsupported and isolated since the introduction of the apprenticeship levy, members of the House of Lords said at a select committee hearing yesterday (27 February), as the government’s flagship policy to encourage entry-level hiring heads towards its first birthday.

Experts and parliamentarians discussed the dramatic fall in the number of apprenticeship starts since the introduction of the levy in April 2017, claiming that a significant number of apprentices were being let down by inadequate training providers and a ‘hit and miss’ approach to quality.  Under the levy, all UK businesses with an annual payroll bill of more than £3m have been required to pay an apprenticeship levy of 0.5 per cent, intended to fill skills gaps and provide new routes into the workplace by investing in technical education.

However, the scheme has seen a rocky first year, with a lack of awareness of the levy among businesses, reports of employers and providers fiddling costs or writing the levy off as a tax, and a plunge in the number of apprenticeship starts. The latest figures from the Department for Education revealed a 35 per cent drop of apprenticeship starts in November 2017 alone, compared to same month in the previous year.

Speaking at the economics of higher, further and technical education select committee, chair of the Institute of Apprenticeships Antony Jenkins described the shift to the levy and new apprenticeship standards as a ‘significant transition’, which would take time to become effective.  “Is this simply transitional, or have we got something very badly wrong?” Lord Kerr pushed committee witnesses. “A number of colleges have said the job of setting [apprenticeship] standards is extraordinarily bureaucratic. If that is partly the reason for the transition lasting a long time, should we be worried that the introduction of the levy has produced a higher cost to businesses but reduced the number of apprentices?”

Dr Hilary Steedman, senior research fellow at the Centre for Economic Performance, described the fall in starts as “worrying, but not surprising”, and called on the government to abandon its target of reaching three million apprenticeship starts by 2020, saying the focus should be on quality rather than quantity.

Speaking at the select committee, Labour peer Lord Alistair Darling described the existing apprenticeships scheme as a “strikingly hit-and-miss affair”.

“There are some very good schemes, especially if you work for a well-established good company, but in other parts of the country where you don’t have that combination or [have] smaller providers, it’s going to be hit and miss,” he said. “An awful lot of people are not going to benefit from the training and the additional skills that I thought the apprenticeship scheme was meant to be about.”  A report published in January by the CIPD, which assessed the early impact of the levy, found that just 17 per cent of levy-paying employers supported the existing system, while more than 53 per cent would instead prefer a broader training levy.

“The architecture of the whole system seems to be woefully inadequate,” Darling said. “Everyone has a finger in the pie but no one is in charge, and if you look at it from the viewpoint of the apprentice, who feels they are being given an inadequate training service, they have nowhere to go.”  From the following: https://www.peoplemanagement.co.uk/news/articles/apprenticeship-levy-inadequate?utm_source=mc&utm_medium=email&utm_content=pm_daily_280218.2/28/2018.467970.First+year+of+apprenticeship+levy+has+been+%26amp%3blsquo%3bwoefully+inadequate%26amp%3brsquo%3b+says+select+committee&utm_campaign=&utm_term=

 

Announcement The advanced maths premium is paid at a rate of £600 per year per additional student for one or 2 years, depending on the type and size of qualification studied.  The premium will first be paid automatically in 16 to 19 funding allocations for the academic year 2019 to 2020. For this payment, the number of additional students will be measured between the average of academic years 2015 to 2016 and 2016 to 2017 and academic year 2018 to 2019.  Purpose  The purpose of this guidance is to set out the conditions under which the Education and Skills Funding Agency will pay an advanced maths premium and explain how it will be calculated.  Introduction

Sir Adrian Smith’s review of post 16 mathematics confirmed the strong case for raising participation in advanced post-16 maths. We are therefore introducing an advanced maths premium to deliver additional funding to providers over the next 3 years. This will support schools, colleges and other providers in tackling the barriers that they themselves had identified and will enable them to build capacity further in the short to medium term.

This additional funding will increase opportunity and choice for more pupils to take maths at A or AS level, potentially with further maths alongside. Additionally, many more, who do not choose A level maths, will be able to study core maths, including those who wish to go on to study non- mathematical degrees that still require good quantitative skills.

Good mathematical and quantitative skills are necessary elements of everyday life and are increasingly required in more and more occupations, as the pace of technological innovation increases. They are also necessary in many higher education courses, extending beyond the mathematical and physical sciences to the social sciences, the humanities and the creative arts. For example, an additional student studying A level maths is funded at the rate of £600 per year for 2 years (attracting a total of £1,200). An additional student studying core maths is funded at the rate of £600 for one year only. The number of years a qualification may attract the premium for is listed at Annex A. This is taken from the current Level 3 maths attainment measure in the accountability measure guide 2017 to 2018. Providers should check the accountability measure every year to see if there have been any changes to which qualifications will attract funding from the advanced maths premium.

 

Organisation for Sale offers in the region of £15 million London 

The college is a 15 year old company with an excellent reputation and an excellent track record.  The college for sale delivers courses from Level 2 Functional skills, through to Level 6 Degree programmes and including a Masters at Level 7. The college has 3000 students in total across its 3 campuses in various cities across UK. The college also has two University partnerships and offers courses in Business, Computing, Health & Social Care, Law, Travel & Tourism, Digital Marketing and ICT. The college also offers various HND and Foundation degree programmes.  The college is designated for HE courses with HEFCE, is QAA approved and has Matrix accreditation. The college receives SLC funding, is a prime provider for Adult Education Budget and has a subcontract for Adult Learning Loans. The college has one of the highest annual SNC allocations from BIS at 1200 students.

We are currently negotiating an additional University Franchise which, if successful will increase our course portfolio and total student population.

 

This week organisations up for sale Incorporation date – Sept 2015 

Bankers – Barclays – either transfer director’s name or close this account

1 Shareholder  100 % shareholding transfers for sale. Listed on the Register of Training Organisations to operate a sub contract over 100k since 2015. Listed on the Register as passed the relevant due diligence of Capability and Capacity to enable you to submit tenders for education and training direct to the government. Has centre accreditation’s with City and Guilds and Cskills  Would come with any relevant policies for you to gain further centre accreditation with awarding bodies. Will supply and historic EQA reports we hold for any of your future due diligence purposes. Included in the price I will give 4 months remote support from my management team at 6 hours per month for any support needs with awarding bodies etc  Any further support will be subject to agreed charges

The company has no current learners and has historically sub contracted with Loans before the changes came in. The company comes with no current sub contract values

If you require us to gain any further awarding body accreditation s prior to the sale, this can be achieved through my management team for agreed costs

The accreditation used is as follows, we have got permission to deliver level 2 also.

Level 3 Plastering – Level 3 Trowel occupations – Level 3 Child care – Level 3 Paint/dec

Level 3 OWS – Level 3 Joinery – Level 3 dry lining – Level 3 Interior systems –

Level 3 Business admin – Level 3 Personal fitness. Interest at £30k or very near offer steve@eevt.org

 

Providers on the government’s apprenticeship search site are not being effectively policed to ensure they advertise legal wages – and the shadow skills minister has accused it of being “plain sloppy”. The apprenticeship national minimum wage is rising from £3.50 to £3.70 per hour in April, but FE Week has discovered that this detail is often overlooked on the DfE’s Find An Apprenticeship site.  There are many vacancies with start dates after April 1 which are illegally offering the old minimum rate – and beauty therapy apprenticeships at various levels are particularly culpable.  Of 17 vacancies with April start dates FE Week found, 10 were offering to pay the old minimum wage, a shocking 58-per-cent rate of non-compliance.  Dr Mary Bousted, the joint general secretary of the National Education Union, is appalled that history appears to be repeating itself, after similar errors have appeared in adverts before previous minimum-wage rises.

https://feweek.co.uk/2018/03/02/dfe-plain-sloppy-at-policing-apprenticeship-minimum-wage-adverts/

 

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Tip of the week I: 36% discount on Zookeeper Day at London Zoo. Details

https://www.groupon.co.uk/deals/gl-zsl-london-zoo-11

Tip of the week 2: Intimate concerts in unusual locations from £10 with AirBnB. Details

https://www.airbnb.co.uk/s/experiences?redirectSource=concerts&refinement_paths%5B%5D=%2Fexperiences%2FConcept%2FRefinement%2FConcerts

Tip of the week 3: 20% discount on furniture at M&S. Details https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/deals/m-and-s#deal39424

 

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Steve Lawrence
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