Newsletter & Bids 51 2017

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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, 239 organisations which some 3,546 plus are organisations or people within the Training and Development Industry. This week there are 43 pages of bids Grants and Funds.

This week has loads of items and I know many of you will be off next week however we still go out but on Saturday.  So to you and yours have a Great time and wonderful run up to the end of the year. We wish you all the very best!

 

EARLY YEARS EDUCATOR ​CONSULTATION​: The NCTL are seeking views on the proposed early year’s assistant (level 2) criteria and their suitability for qualifications in early education and childcare.  Currently there are no criteria in place at level 2, and the proposal is to put in place criteria at level 2 , to complement the Early Year Educator Criteria at level 3. As centres it is important that you are aware of the proposed criteria and if in your opinion they are reflective of level 2 roles. These criteria will be applied to qualifications in apprenticeships and learners in full time education wanting to progress to work in  level 2 roles. If you would like to take part in the Department for Education NCTL consultation further information can be found here.

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/early-education-and-childcare-workforce-level-2-qualifications

 

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/

 

What a week: A college that Ofsted last visited 11 years ago, and which dodged an inspection in 2016 after a merger, has finally been told to stop referring to itself as ‘outstanding’. Bridgwater College received the top grade back in November 2006, its last full inspection. Read more at

https://feweek.co.uk/2017/12/15/ofsted-tells-college-to-ditch-outstanding-label/

 

Then we had: An organisation that went out of business two months ago has been awarded a contract in the non-levy tender – even while several high-profile colleges ranked ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ missed out. Read more at https://feweek.co.uk/2017/12/15/non-levy-tender-shocker-defunct-provider-gets-contract-but-outstanding-college-misses-out/

 

Then even more it’s like pantomime week starts here: The special treatment afforded to Learndirect after its infamous grade four from Ofsted was actually a ministerial decision, even though the ESFA’s former boss attempted to take “personal responsibility” for it, the National Audit Office has revealed. https://feweek.co.uk/2017/12/14/nao-report-so-which-minister-signed-off-on-learndirects-special-treatment/

 

Then we have Ofsted who have brought out the NEW Handbook to be used from 2nd of January. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/further-education-and-skills-inspection-handbook

 

Shine a Light Awards: Pearson and The Communication Trust have launched the 2018 Shine a Light Awards. The award categories include a Youth Justice of the Year Award for all organisations and individuals involved in the youth justice system, be they public, private or voluntary, in England. These awards recognise the incredible contributions of teams, schools, settings, young people and individuals across England who champion innovative work and excellent practice in supporting children and young people’s speech, language and communication. They are keen to encourage individuals, teams and settings with the youth justice sector to showcase their achievements and enter the awards. The deadline for entries is 12th January. https://www.pearsonclinical.co.uk/Educationnews/shine-a-light.aspx

 

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.

Part of the Pathway 2 Grow Family http://pathway2grow.co.uk/

Tickets for this free event are available at

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/peermeet-up-for-training-providers-leeds-tickets-41337758348?aff=es2

 

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 marks@prevista.co.uk  to discuss joining our Apprenticeship delivery partnership.

 

Perry from Pearson reminds us:  As you will be aware, the (current) Health and Social Care QCF qualifications listed below will be withdrawn on 29th December 2017 and the new RQF qualifications will be operational from 1st January 2018. 

Pearson Edexcel Level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) for England 501/1699/X and the Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) for England 501/1607/1 plus the Pearson BTEC Level 4 Diploma in Adult Care (England) 601/6113/9. We are delighted to share with you the pre-publication, mandatory units for our suite of new Diplomas in Care/Adult Care (Level 2-4) for first teaching January 2018.  Although the units are marked on the specification documents as pre-publication, they have all been approved by OFQUAL.  The full specifications (which will include the mandatory units), together with the optional units (which will be published as separate PDF documents) will shortly be available on our website as follows:

Pearson BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Care (England) (QAN : 603/2762/5)  here

Pearson BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care (England) (QAN : 603/2764/9)  here

Pearson BTEC Level 4 Diploma in Adult Care (England) (QAN : 603/2780/7)  here

If you accessed copies of the pre-regulation specification documents for the mandatory units, please delete any copies.  These documents are no longer relevant and have been superseded by the specification documents provided now.  Finally, in case you missed the recent announcements, the current Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young Peoples’s Services (England) 601/4438/5 has been extended to accommodate the new SASE end date. To confirm, the new Level 5 Diploma will not launch on 01/01/2018 as had been originally planned and communicated to providers.  Therefore centres should continue to use the existing Diploma and the existing SASE framework until further notice.  Please see the link here from Skills for Care confirming this amendment.

 

NEW Resources for Care and Healthcare Support

For those delivering the Adult Care/Lead Adult Care and Healthcare Support/Senior Healthcare Support standards, Pearson’s EPA Resources are now available to purchase from our website. These online resources includes videos and practice assessment materials to support learners in preparing for the End Point Assessment (EPA) at the end of their programme of learning, all for a one-off fee, enabling you to download and use the materials with all your apprentice learners.  Click here to buy your resources today!

 

Information: T level consultation events

A series of free to attend events have been organised for institutions to learn more about T levels. The Department for Education would like your feedback on the development of T level programmes and how they should be designed to implement the Sainsbury Panel’s recommendations.

The events will take place in the following locations and dates:

  • Monday 15 January – Church House, London
  • Tuesday 16 January – Mercure Darlington Kings Hotel, Darlington
  • Friday 19 January – etc venue, Manchester
  • Monday 22 January – Bridgwater & Taunton College, Cannington Campus, Nr Bridgwater
  • Thursday 25 January – Maids Head Hotel, Norwich
  • Friday 26 January – The Studio, Birmingham

You can register to attend a session by visiting the AoC registration page.

https://www.aoc-create.co.uk/event/tlevel2018/

 

I have one organisation looking for a company to buy must have loans as a Prime and will look at Locations in and around Birmingham going Southward. Email Steve@eevt.org

 

I have a company looking for a person to head up the Apprentice’s provision in West Midlands CVs To me Steve@eevt.org

 

Also another organisation is looking for companies looking to sell? Again e-mail Steve@eevt.org

 

Ok next up our Training Days in London on the 18th this Monday is this is fully booked and we look forward to seeing all the participants’ on the day.  Milly Wildish BSc will be looking at two training items on the day GDPR-Safeguarding My Organisation and Safer Recruitment and the LADO requirements. Also some items to reflect on Ofsted remember the NEW Handbook takes effect from the 2 nd of January.

 

FE Business is running another of it’s hugely successful business development workshops in January 2018 – delivered at our superb training venue just 1 minutes’ walk from Borough Tube station (refreshments and lunch included).  Tickets are selling fast, so don’t delay in booking your place. Apprenticeship Levy: Business Development Masterclass London, Tuesday, January 16, 2018 from 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM

FE Business is a specialist consultancy and training company focused on supporting colleges and training providers to achieve rapid growth in apprenticeships and employer engagement. The FE Business partners each have over 20 years experience in the commercial learning market, and previously created and led London’s largest FE skills and employability business. We have supported over 80 training providers nationally to grow and improve, including training over 3500 staff with uniformly outstanding feedback.  Introduction
The introduction of the apprenticeship levy means competition for employer partnerships is fiercer than ever. Exponential growth in apprenticeships requires providers to put employers at the heart of their organisation. In order to build a competitive advantage, you will understand the importance of developing high-value business partnerships with employers.

Course Overview

This course will help you to develop the necessary business development skills and techniques to maximise apprenticeship levy opportunities with existing and new employer customers and build professional long-term relationships. By developing a solution sales approach to employer engagement, delegates will focus on impact selling techniques, create value propositions and develop a sales process that will increase apprenticeship and commercial training income.

Session 1: Successful Sales Behaviours
Identify sales behaviours that deliver high sales performance
Building employer training partnerships – Accountability and responsibility
The “Employer Wheel” – Recognise the value of strategic partnerships with employers

Session 2: Successful Sales Skills
Understand the 4 characteristics of successful apprenticeship levy engagements
Develop effective listening and communication techniques
Develop high level negotiation skills
Session 3: Solution Selling Techniques
Understanding your competitive advantage – why should levy employers choose you?
Develop impact selling and solution selling models to increase sales performance
Create value propositions – Communicating the value of your solutions
Develop problem solving and decision making techniques

Session 4: Key Account Management
Understand key account methodology
Develop relationship management techniques
Account Management v Key Account Management
Profile existing key accounts – Understand customer perceptions
Create a key account template with milestones

Session 5: The Employer Engagement Journey
Review key learning points Group presentations and commitments
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/apprenticeship-levy-business…

 

ESFA sent out what they note is We’re making changes to the way apprenticeship funding works, including:

introducing the apprenticeship levy

introducing the apprenticeship service – this is an online service that allows employers to choose and pay for apprenticeship training more easily

introducing a new ‘co-investment’ rate to support employers who don’t pay the levy(‘co-investment’ is when employers and government share the cost of training and assessing apprentices)

Apprenticeships are a devolved policy. This means that authorities in each of the UK nations manage their own apprenticeship programmes, including how funding is spent on apprenticeship training.

If you’re an employer with operations in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, you may also want to contact your apprenticeship authority:

Scotland

Wales

Northern Ireland

Read ‘Apprenticeship funding from May 2017’ for full details of what is changing.

Pay the apprenticeship levy. If you’re an employer with a pay bill over £3 million each year, you must pay the apprenticeship levy from 6 April 2017. Read guidance on how to pay the apprenticeship levy.

You will report and pay your levy to HMRC through the PAYE process.

The levy will not affect the way you fund training for apprentices who started an apprenticeship programme before 1 May 2017. You’ll need to carry on funding training for these apprentices under the terms and conditions that were in place at the time the apprenticeship started.

Use the apprenticeship service

Register to use the service

If you are a levy-paying employer, you can now create an account on the apprenticeship service to:

receive levy funds for you to spend on apprenticeships

manage your apprentices

pay your training provider

stop or pause payments to your training provider

If you’re not a levy-paying employer, you won’t be able to register for an apprenticeship service account until at least 2018. See more guidance for non-levy paying employers.

What you can buy with funds in your apprenticeship service account

You can only use funds in your account to pay for apprenticeship training and assessment for apprentices that work at least 50% of the time in England, and only up to the funding band maximum for that apprenticeship.

If the costs of training and assessment go over the funding band maximum, you will need to pay the difference with other funds from your own budget.

You can’t use funds in your account to pay for other costs associated with your apprentices (such as wages, statutory licences to practise, travel and subsidiary costs, work placement programmes or the setting up of an apprenticeship programme).

Read the apprenticeship funding rules for full details of what you can and can’t pay for with funds from your apprenticeship service account.

If you have employees living in England – the ‘English percentage’

The apprenticeship service only supports the English apprenticeship system. The amount of funds in each employer’s account will depend on how many of their employees live in England and the proportion of their paybill paid to these employees. This is called the ‘English percentage’.

HMRC calculates your ‘English percentage’ from the information you provide about your paybill, and uses it to put the right proportion of levy funds in your account. Your latest English percentage will be visible in your account.

Spend funds in your apprenticeship service account

To spend funds in your account, you need to:

1) Choose a training provider

There are 2 different types of apprenticeships to choose from:

apprenticeship standards – each standard covers a specific occupation and sets out the core skills, knowledge and behaviours an apprentice will need; they are developed by employer groups known as ‘trailblazers’

apprenticeship frameworks – a series of work-related vocational and professional qualifications, with workplace- and classroom-based training

To choose training:

use the ‘Find apprenticeship training’ service to select an approved apprenticeship training provider

if you are using a standard, use the register of apprenticeship assessment organisations to select an approved assessment organisation.

If you’re a public sector body, you will need to follow Public Contracts Regulation 2015when selecting a training provider.

2) Agree a price and payment schedule

You and your training provider must agree a total price for each apprenticeship, which includes the costs of training and assessment.

For standards this must include the cost of the end-point assessment agreed with the apprentice assessment organisation.

3) Pay for training and assessment with funds through your apprenticeship service account

Once the apprenticeship training you’ve bought has started, monthly payments will be taken from your service account and sent to the provider.

You will see funds entering your account each month after you have declared the levy to HMRC, and funds leaving the account each month as you pay for training.

If you don’t have enough funds in your account to pay for training in a particular month, we will ask you to share the remaining cost of training and assessing your apprentices for that month with the government. We call this ‘co-investment’.

With ‘co-investment’, you will pay 10% of the outstanding balance for that month, and the government will pay the remaining 90% up to the funding band maximum. If your costs go over the maximum, then you must pay the difference out of your own budget.

Share funds with another employer

If you are in a group of companies paying the levy together, your group can collect their funds into a single account. Read more about how to register connected organisations.

From April 2018, we plan to allow levy-paying employers to transfer funds to other employers, through the apprenticeship service. They can transfer funds to any employer, including smaller employers in their supply chain, and apprenticeship training agencies. Levy-paying employers will initially be able to transfer up to 10% of the annual value of funds entering their apprenticeship service account.

Levy-paying employers who wish to transfer funds will have to agree the apprenticeships that are being funded by a transfer with the employer receiving the funds. Employers receiving transferred funds will only be able to use them to pay for training and assessment for apprenticeship standards. Employers will not be able to use them to pay for training and assessment for apprenticeship frameworks.

Employers will need to be aware of ‘state aid’ rules when receiving funds from other organisations. The maximum amount that an organisation can receive through a transfer of funds is €2 million over 3 years. This is because of ‘de minimis’ funding rules – see guidance on ‘de minimis’ support.

In early 2018, there will be more information about how transferring funds between organisations will work in practice, including details on how we will manage its introduction to ensure a smooth process for employers.

Top-ups and expiry of funds

The government will automatically add 10% to the funds in your apprenticeship service account. We will apply this 10% top-up monthly, at the same time the funds enter your account.

Funds that you don’t use will expire 24 months after they enter your account. Whenever a payment for training is taken from your account, the service always uses the funds that entered your account first. Your apprenticeship service account will let you know when funds are due to expire.

Changes for employers who don’t pay the levy

Support with apprenticeship costs

Non-levy paying employers will share the cost of training and assessing their apprentices with government – this is called ‘co-investment’.

From May 2017, you will pay 10% towards to the cost of apprenticeship training and government will pay the rest (90%), up to the funding band maximum.

Manage your apprenticeship training and assessment

If you do not pay the levy, you won’t be able to use the apprenticeship service to pay for apprenticeship training and assessment until at least 2018.

Instead, you’ll need to agree a payment schedule with the provider and pay them directly for the training. The provider must prove that you have paid your contributions as a condition of government paying its contribution.

There are 2 different types of apprenticeships to choose from:

apprenticeship standards – each standard covers a specific occupation and sets out the core skills, knowledge and behaviours an apprentice will need; they are developed by employer groups known as ‘trailblazers’

apprenticeship frameworks – a series of work-related vocational and professional qualifications, with workplace- and classroom-based training

To choose training:

use the ‘Find apprenticeship training’ service to select an approved apprenticeship training provider

if you are using a standard, use the register of apprenticeship assessment organisations to select an approved assessment organisation.

If you’re a public sector body, you will need to follow Public Contracts Regulation 2015 when selecting a training provider. Get in touch If you have any questions, contact our employer helpline. Apprenticeship employer helpline Email nationalhelpdesk@apprenticeships.gov.uk

Telephone 0800 0150 600

 

Tip of the week I: 18 Holes of Golf for Two or Four at Whitewebbs Park Golf Course (50% Off) details

https://www.groupon.co.uk/deals/whitewebbs-park-golf-course

Tip of the week 2: A Christmas rose plant for £10. Details

https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/deals/thompson-and-morgan#deal39190

Tip of the Week 3: 144 Millie’s cookies for £50. Details

https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/deals/millies-cookies#deal35978

 

Keep training from me Steve and all the Team at EEVT, see you also on social media

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Also our website at http://eevt.org/

Also via Twitter at https://twitter.com/EevtSteve

 

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Steve Lawrence
Founder and CEO of EEVT
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