Newsletter & Bids 52 2017 – Bumper Christmas Edition!
This week’s newsletter bids, grants and Funds come to you in conjunction with our sponsors London Based Manley Summers Training. This week as our Christmas one it is a little different this is where I say thank you so much for the Hampers sent to our Office thank you for the cards sent to us and your festive e-mails, thank you too for the tie and other items I could go on. I could look back over the year but I look forward rather than back. I wish you small or large all the very best for 2018. May you and your family and staff have good health and an amount of wealth and good fortune in all you do.
Strange item – Functional Skills, and any lower level component aim, won’t be in scope of Ofsted for Degree Apprenticeships.
The Education and Training Foundation (ETF) has commissioned ccConsultancy and partners to develop and deliver professional development courses for teachers of Functional Skills maths and English using a new set of materials, developed by Pye Tait Consulting on behalf of ETF, to support the teaching and learning of these qualifications. The content of the materials is engaging and will help build learner confidence. They’re appropriate to a range of contexts, including 16-19 learners, apprentices, adult returners, learners in prisons and ESOL, and can be used in both high and low-tech teaching environments.
The offer comprises:
- Interactive webinars introducing the materials and how they can be used
- One-day practitioner courses (one maths and one English) that will enable practitioners to explore the Functional Skills subject materials in depth and understand the underpinning approaches that shape them
- Two-day, in-house CPD courses that will enable teams of Functional Skills teachers to receive bespoke support to meet their learners’ needs and secure high-quality learning outcomes.
Booking will be open from December, and courses will be delivered from February 2018.
This is a great opportunity to develop and enhance professional practice, and we expect demand for places to be high. To register your interest https://ccpathways.co.uk/functional-skills/
ESFA said that Non-levy apprenticeship procurement Information update
We said in the notification of award decision letters that we would begin entering into contracts from 19 December. We are pleased to confirm that we will start the process of issuing contracts from tomorrow. DfE have published more information on the overall procurement outcomes on GOV.UK Wednesday.
2. Transferring levy funds to another employer Information
From April 2018, we plan to allow levy-paying employers to transfer up to 10% of their levy funds to other employers using the apprenticeship service.
They will be able to transfer funds to any employer and will have to agree the apprenticeships that are being funded by a transfer with the employer receiving funds. Employers receiving transferred funds will only be able to use them to pay for training and assessment for apprenticeship standards.
For more information, visit the apprenticeship funding: how it will work page on GOV.UK. We will provide further details about the transfer process in early 2018.
3 Withdrawal of frameworks by Issuing Authority Information
The Issuing Authority, Skills for Care, announced in April 2017 that they planned to withdraw the Care Leadership and Management framework (code 584). The withdrawal date for new starts on this apprenticeship has now been deferred to 31 August 2018 due to the replacement standard for Leader in Adult Care not yet being available.
The Health and Social care framework (code 444) will still be withdrawn to new starts on the 29 December.
These frameworks are being replaced with these standards:
- Adult Care Worker (equates to level 2)
- Lead Adult Care Worker (level 3)
- Lead Practitioner in Adult Care (level 4)
- Leader in Adult Care (level 5)
- Healthcare Support Worker (Level 2)
- Senior Healthcare Support Worker (Level 3) includes named options for Adult Nursing Support, Mental Healthcare Support, Children & Young People Support, Allied Health Profession Therapy Support, Maternity Support and Theatre Support
Any apprentices starting on the Health and Social Care or Care Leadership and Management frameworks before their withdrawal dates will be able to continue on the framework until completion and successful apprentices will be able to claim their certificate using the current system.
4 Technical consultation on insolvency regime for further education and sixth form colleges launched Information
The Department for Education has launched a consultation on the insolvency regime for further education and sixth form colleges.
This consultation seeks views on the technical detail of the insolvency regime and sets out proposals as to how colleges at risk of or in insolvency will be dealt with in practice. Such cases of insolvency are expected to be rare, and the consultation also outlines plans to further improve the monitoring and support available to colleges where they are in financial difficulty. The consultation will run until 12 February 2018.
OneFiles thoughts on what Ofsted said Planning for Ofsted? 10 things you NEED to know Ofsted has been around for 25 years now.
In 1992, Ofsted was first introduced to inspect all state-funded schools. Since then a lot has changed, and Ofsted is now responsible for maintaining training quality across all ages – from childminders to adult learning organisations.
Ofsted is always growing and shifting. This means if you have anything to do with training, you need to stay in the loop.
So what can you do to stay compliant? Well, ‘so what’ is the optimal phrase here.
Alan Hinchcliffe, one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors at Ofsted, said at AELP’s Dissemination of Ofsted event that ‘so what’ apparently are Ofsted’s 2 favourite words. He explained that during inspections, providers need to show Ofsted how their training impacts learners – Ofsted wants to know ‘so what?’. So when you’re showing Ofsted the systems or policies you have in place, imagine they’re constantly asking ‘so what’, and demonstrate how this impacts learners and improves the quality of delivery. When you’ve got that down, you’ll be heading straight for an ‘outstanding’ rating.
This is a new approach for everyone, but if you use an eportfolio, you’re halfway there. At OneFile, our eportfolio is designed to support Ofsted outstanding, so you’re always ready answer those ‘so what’ questions.
Check our top 10 examples:
- Learners have access to progress charts – so what? Using progress dashboards keeps learners engaged as they can track their progression and see what tasks they have still to complete. You can use OneFile to evidence increased engagement through timely completion rates.
- Trainers can create plans for each learner – so what? This shows Ofsted that you plan and review as part of your working practice and adapt resources and activities to support those with learning difficulties.
- Feedback is delivered online and in person – so what? Learners receive a range of feedback to help them through their programme. Online feedback can be sent instantly, rather than waiting for face-to-face visits – so learners always have the support they need, when they need it. Verbal feedback can also be uploaded as an audio file so there’s a full record available for audit. Ofsted inspectors can use OneFile to gather evidence of feedback, and see how feedback has impacted learners via interviews and surveys.
- Learning resources are shared via a VLE – so what? This shows Ofsted that you’ve thought about how different people learn, and invested in a solution to support everyone. You can show that learners can access a range of quality materials that stretch and challenge them – then their achievements can be mapped against criteria to demonstrate advanced learning.
- Managers can report on activity across the centre – so what?OneFile has over 70 preloaded reports designed for Ofsted inspections. These enable managers to target at-risk learners and give them the extra support they need to get them back on track. Feedback and performance are recorded in the learner’s portfolio, so you can demonstrate the tangible results of this extra support.
- Learners can record entries in an online journal – so what?Learners have the freedom to reflect on their learning and take an active role in how they learn. This provides the best possible account of learning.
- Managers can track staff professional development – so what? This ensures staff are always up to date and qualified to deliver programmes, so learners receive the best quality training. With OneFile, centres can track staff CPD activities and store certificates to show Ofsted.
- Learners can capture evidence offline using a mobile app – so what?Learners can use a range of media to collect evidence of their learning easily wherever they are – even when they’re offline. This makes learning convenient, flexible and accessible – there are no barriers to learning so users are more engaged in their training.
- Learners are allocated off-the-job training time – so what?As well as complying with the ESFA’s new guidelines, off-the-job training shows a strong emphasis on the importance of learning, and enables learners to gain additional skills that’ll help them in their role. With OneFile,learners can upload evidence of their extra learning and share it with their trainer and employer – helping all parties stay engaged with the process.
- Annotations can be added to evidence – so what?Trainers can provide constructive, contextual feedback to the learner on specific aspects of their evidence. OneFile shows all the annotations that have been provided to help the learner reach their final version. This process shows learning taking place and demonstrates how trainers provide feedback and review their approach to support different learners.
Dr Jo Ingold (Leeds University Business School) has published the final Report from research on Employer Engagement in Employability and Skills Programmes in the UK and Denmark
Last week we published our final research report on Employer Engagement in Employability and Skills Programmes in the UK and Denmark. The report was launched at an event in Westminster on 13th December with a panel comprised of colleagues from a range of organisations including AELP, ERSA and the CIPD. Jo would welcome any comments on the research, or suggestions for maximising its impact on policy and practice: firstname.lastname@example.org @joingold Links:
From Jo have a great Christmas and New Year!
Martin would like to let you know that the 2018 UK Bid & Proposal Salary Survey is now the largest salary study ever conducted in our profession (and still growing). Participation is almost 50% greater than the recently conducted US APMP Survey. This unprecedented level of interest will allow us to deliver the definitive salary report for the UK profession, one of our 5 stated aims. Once all the information has been independently verified, we aim to make the final report available at the end of January. I wish you a very Happy Christmas and a successful 2018. Kind regards Martin Smith | Managing Director | +44 7971193412 bidsolutions.co.uk
Apprenticeships Sector Directory: Apprenticeships Directory will be launching next week, Claim your free listing today if you are an Individual, Business, Training Provider, EPA Organisation, Awarding Organisation or Support Organisation who all work/support the Apprenticeship Sector. https://www.apprenticeshipsdirectory.com/
Peer Meet Up for Training Providers Leeds Hosted by Talented Training at Oxford Place at the Oxford Chamber Leeds LS1 3AX 18th of January 2018
The Event looks at Training and Development Leaders from an area together to look at issues of the day find out the latest news and also meet people in the Industry to network and collaborate. Looking at Technology, Ofsted funding and items of value to the Group. Also local issues and items around delivery this follows on from Events in Birmingham and London to bring the Events out to Directors owners and executives. Food on the day will be sponsored by ICQ the Awarding Body and EPA organisation.
The event is being hosted by Talented Training Ltd Leeds with Steve Lawrence EEVT Ltd. Start reception registration 10.00 am finish with Photos and PR items 16.00 One File will be there and Care Shield, MAW Ltd and MARS Health Care.
Tickets for this free event are available at
Prevista was very successful on the recently ESFA procured Apprenticeship training delivery tender for employers not using the digital account (non-levy).
As part of our ambitious plans for Apprenticeship delivery, we are now seeking additional delivery Apprenticeship partners for 2018. Prevista is an Ofsted ‘Good’ provider, holds the coveted Merlin standard for Supply Chain Management and offers a full managed, support service for supply chain partners.
If you have a track record of delivering Apprenticeships but were unsuccessful with the recent ESFA procurement or didn’t receive the allocation you were expecting and are now seeking Apprenticeship contract value then please contact Mark Sargeant, Director of Business Development, Partnerships and Marketing at email@example.com to discuss joining our Apprenticeship delivery partnership.
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
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