Newsletter and bids 48 2018

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Dear Members

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Ok what a week well lots going on so here we go just back from the Great Asian Apprenticeship Awards in Birmingham. There is just so much to say about this but great pictures and details of winners will give all the information at

Seeing many people in the industry known for many years and many new people so thank all of you.


This week I will be Dartford, Central London and East London as we go forward we will be building bigger and more in depth funding News for you every week from page 6 onward.


Wednesday I was very pleased to be involved with the Leonard Cheshire Event at the Houses of Parliament when Lord Shinkwin introduced forward plans for the Charity.

Our strategy 2017 — 2022 In March 2017, we agreed our new strategy of ‘Supporting Journeys towards Independence’. It provides a renewed and unifying purpose for all of us.

Staff, volunteers and supporters, working together with the people we serve, will use the new strategy to drive everything we do, from daily activities to large multi-year initiatives.

In delivering our strategy we have three priorities:

1. Support through community We will support people living with disability as they choose how to live, learn and work in their communities. Our ambition will be achieved by pursuit of three themes:

·        Live Supporting individuals to live life as they decide whether independently, in a modern assisted living or residential care setting, with easy access to local shops and leisure activities, getting involved in their community however they wish, and being in control of the support they receive.

·        Learn Supporting children with disability into education in Asia and Africa, and young people with disability everywhere as they acquire confidence from volunteering experiences and IT skills.

·        Work Supporting adults with disability as they develop their chosen careers through education, work experience and internship opportunities, and in progressing into employment or entrepreneurship.


Ok Lots of ESFA News the Education and Skills Funding Agency is clamping down on employers who fail to pay the 10 per cent co-investment fee for apprentices, by withholding completion payments from providers.  A change to a calculation in the agency’s funding software will enforce the new rule from early next month, which will see nearly 20 per cent of the total apprenticeship cash held back until employer payments are up-to-date.

It means that up to £4,860 of ESFA funding, 90 per cent of £5,400, would be withheld if the apprenticeship price is at the highest upper funding band of £27,000, for example.


No news on the change to 5% yet maybe April.


Fears are growing over the creation of a postcode lottery for adult learners, leading one devolved area to seek special treatment from the Department for Education, FE Week can reveal.  From August 2019, more than £600 million of the £1.5 billion adult education budget will be devolved to the seven mayoral combined authorities. However, these authorities will only be able to fund students who live within their boundaries.

Guidance on AEB devolution, published last month, confirms there will be “no direct reciprocal agreements between the Education and Skills Funding Agency and any mayoral combined authority or Greater London Authority arrangements to fund residents who travel to learn across boundaries from devolved areas to non devolved areas, or vice versa”.

This change could have a big impact on the number of learners accepted by colleges inside the seven devolved areas – Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, Greater Manchester, Liverpool City, Sheffield City, Tees Valley, West Midlands and the West of England – and London, as well as the institutions nearby. With the prospect of colleges and providers being forced to check postcodes at enrolment, and out of area learners being turned away, FE Week has taken a closer look at the reality of devolved funding.


Perry Ingles from Pearson has sent through some great items information


We now have a range of resources available across Adult Care, Customers Service, Business Admin, Team leader/Supervisor & Healthcare Support Worker, and they are great value.  Go here, and select your sector from the list on the right hand side.


EPA Practise & Prepare: These online resource packages includes practise materials to support learners practising for the End-point assessment (EPA) at the end of their programme of learning.  These resources are available both online and as downloadable zip files – so flexible whatever your requirements.


Yes the RoATP is opening up for New Providers on the 12th of December 2018 and ALL existing providers must be on the RoATP register by September 2019

The RoATP is opening up for new providers on the 12th of December 2018 and ALL providers delivering apprenticeship training must be on the RoATP by August 2019.

Only ‎providers that meet the tougher register requirements can access government funding; these are:

  • All organisations delivering apprenticeship training must be on the RoATP. By August 2019, it will be a funding rule requirement for all subcontractors delivering apprenticeship training to be listed on the RoATP including those delivering less than £100k a year as a subcontractor.
  • Main providers and employer providers must directly deliver apprenticeship training. Employers and providers that only want to operate as a subcontractor will need to apply to become a supporting provider.
  • Providers not currently listed on the RoATP and want to be an apprenticeship training provider may apply when the RoATP re-opens for applications from 12 December 2018.
  • As the register is now open throughout the year, with no closing date, providers only need to apply at the point they are ready to deliver.
  • All providers currently on the RoATP will have to go through the new process; they will invite them to re-apply in phases during 2019
  • Supporting providers (subcontractors) can only receive funding of up to a maximum of £500,000 per year, and this is limited to £100,000 in their first year if they have no recent history of apprenticeship delivery.

Lots of people are saying lots of things and we will only know when it opens 100% what is required. If you are looking to apply for the RoATP for the first time or are an existing Apprenticeship provider and want to be ready to make your re-application in 2019, we can offer advice and support, so just give us a call! You can also e-mail Lisa on and join the other 24 on the list so far.


Question Someone sent me a Box with 6 items in the Box thank you very much not sure why or who thank you so much. Please let me know who you are!!


Lindsay notes after the last Great Women’s Conference.  We need an apprenticeship system that offers women of all ages the best opportunities and makes the most of their talents. The Inspiring Women in Apprenticeships Conference will celebrate females and apprentices who work in the Apprenticeship Sector, We will discuss and debate how we can increase females who are disproportionately absent from careers in engineering, construction and transport. How can we help redress the balance?

Our speakers at the Inspiring Women Conference are made up of strong, successful women who were or are apprentices, who recruit apprentices, or who support the apprenticeship movement and want to see more women succeed through an apprenticeship. Apprentices Free to attend.  Full Article & further Information on Inspiring Women in Apprenticeships Conference Conference Website


There are now only 199 days (not that we’re counting, but…) until the 10th Festival of Education. Next year’s Festival is set to be the largest yet – over 1,700 teachers, lecturers and educators have already booked their tickets. The Festival is the premier event for anyone working within the education sector in the UK. 

Over two days the Festival brings together the very best of education’s most forward-thinking advocates, practitioners of change, policymakers and teachers at one of the leading forums for thought leadership, CPD and debate in the UK. Come and join the thousands of other Festival-goers who explore, celebrate, learn, debate and connect in a relaxed and engaging event. Book your tickets today to the most enjoyable and rewarding education event of 2019.


Teachers and staff across the country will benefit from a new £8 million professional development offer, being developed by the Education and Training Foundation (ETF), to help them prepare for the roll-out of new T Levels.

 Teaching professionals will be offered the opportunity to participate in the new T Level Professional Development offer to help them to develop their skills and knowledge so they are ready to deliver T Levels – the technical equivalent to A Levels – from 2020.

The first T Levels courses in education & childcare, construction and digital will be taught in over 50 further education and post-16 providers from September 2020. A further 22 courses will be rolled out from 2021 onwards covering sectors such as finance & accounting, engineering & manufacturing, and creative & design.

Bespoke training will focus on making sure teachers understand the pioneering new qualifications and will be an opportunity to update their subject and industry knowledge so it is relevant to the needs of business. The funding will also help teachers and leaders to prepare for this significant change.

Apprenticeships and Skills Minister Anne Milton said:

“T Levels will widen the choices for young people, offering them more than one route to a rewarding career. T Level will equip young people with the knowledge and skills for further study in education or in the workplace.

“It’s a big and important change, and we know we have to be prepared if we want our technical education system to be first class.

“This new offer will help teachers to build on their skills and gain the additional knowledge they need to make new T Levels a success as soon as the starting pistol is fired.”

 David Russell, Chief Executive of the Education and Training Foundation, said:

“The introduction of the first T Levels in 2020 signals a significant and positive change to technical education in this country. Ensuring providers are properly equipped to deliver the new qualifications will be vital to their success, so it is important they are ready from day one. “We are pleased to have been given the responsibility of meeting the T Level-related professional development needs of teachers, trainers and leaders, which include those from the whole of the education sector. We bring to this role our experience, expertise and partnership ethic in supporting the workforce to deliver the technical education our learners, employers and country need and deserve.”

The T Level Professional Development offer is being developed with the ETF, the Gatsby Charitable Foundation and the wider FE sector to understand the skills needed to teach and deliver T Levels.

 Jenifer Burden, Director of Programmes at the Gatsby Charitable Foundation said: “Gatsby is working with several local areas to support the implementation of T Levels. We’re delighted to be working with ETF to build on this work and to shape the professional development offered to T-level teachers, including building subject-specialist pedagogy.” The ETF will work with individual providers to determine what specific training needs they have before creating tailor made packages that will build on the excellent skills and practice that already exists within the sector. Training is expected to be available from spring 2019.


Shine a Light Awards Who is Eligible?

Individuals or organisations in the UK who have an excellent plan in place to support children and young people with speech, language and communication needs (SLC/N), or have adopted a fresh and innovative approach to longstanding SLC/N challenges or problems. This includes:

All schools | Teams | Individuals | Young people | Speech and Language Therapists | Journalists/Media | Parents/Family  members|Celebrities/ Politicians |Headteachers/ teachers


NEW! Journalist of the Year Award 

Open to any outstanding journalist or team of journalists in the UK, who have raised awareness and promoted the difficulties children and young people with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) face. The coverage he/she/they achieved would have been seen over the past 12 months.


SocietyLinks is a vibrant and well located community centre near Tower Hill station, transport links are excellent and connections to the local community are strong.
We have two rooms available at various times between 9 am and 9pm seven days a week. Our facilities include IT suite, Small hall, storage, projector, flip-chart stand, Wi-Fi access and kitchen facilities.
One-off and long term bookings available starting at £30 per hour depending on room and resources, long term bookings can be negotiated.
For more information call Rahima on 0207 702 0901.
Regards, Joyce Archbold Director


Information: ESFA course directory

We have been speaking with providers about their experiences with the course directory and we are now designing a new, improved service.

We are looking to visit providers and show them the new course directory in order to collect feedback that will help us shape our design.

We are looking to start conducting face-to-face feedback sessions from this week onwards. This would involve a researcher visiting your office to discuss your experiences with the new directory and asking you for feedback on a prototype. The session will take between 20 to 30 minutes.

If you’re interested in taking part or have any questions, please email our researcher with your preferred dates and times.

Information: adult education budget (AEB) devolution update

From the 2019 to 2020 academic year, the government will devolve AEB to 6 combined authorities and the Greater London Authority (GLA) through a delegation agreement to the Mayor of London. This means that, from 1 August 2019, ESFA will be responsible for funding for residents of non-devolved areas only.

Combined authorities and GLA will be responsible for funding for their residents and, as a result, they will be undertaking various procurement and commissioning activities over the coming months. Providers who wish to deliver to learners resident in areas where AEB will be devolved should ensure they are aware of the relevant authority’s funding, contracting and planned procurement arrangements. For more information, visit our guidance on AEB devolution.


Information: adult education budget (AEB) allocations for the 2019 to 2020 funding yearIn December we will issue illustrative non-devolved AEB allocations for the 2019 to 2020 funding year. Final allocations will be subject to a confirmed budget and will be issued through the Manage your education and skills funding service in March 2019.  We plan to share (subject to a data sharing agreement) the illustrative allocations with mayoral combined authorities and the Greater London Authority (GLA). We will also publish provisional 2017 to 2018 AEB delivery data in non-devolved and devolved areas during December. If you have any queries, please contact your local territorial team contact.


Information: additional funding for 2017 to 2018 contracts and final reconciliation statements

We have published details of the over-delivery that we are funding for 2017 to 2018. This is for both grant funded providers and contract-funded providers and it covers apprenticeships, adult education budget (AEB) including learner support, and advanced learner loans bursary funding. Final reconciliation statements for 2017 to 2018 will shortly be available for you to view on the Manage your education and skills funding service. They set out what funding you must repay and, where applicable, any additional funding we will pay. They will cover the following grant-funded allocations:

  • a grant for your AEB (non-procured)
  • a grant with an advanced learner loans bursary contract
  • a learner support contract
  • a community learning contract

We will process the final reconciliation adjustments for 2017 to 2018 in December 2018. Any under-delivery will be recovered against your subsequent adult funding payments (excluding 16-19 funding) from December 2018.


Information: ‘Opportunities Through Apprenticeships’ scheme launched

Four local authorities – Portsmouth, Nottingham, South Tyneside and Torbay – have all signed up to take part in the new ‘Opportunities Through Apprenticeships’ pilot scheme. The scheme aims to increase the number of people from disadvantaged communities taking up high-quality apprenticeships. Each area has pledged to work with employers, training providers and local partners to promote and encourage people to consider doing apprenticeships in key sectors such as engineering, manufacturing, construction and ICT.


More information on the new scheme is available.



Will SAPs really be able to match local skills supply to employers’ needs, or is this just magical thinking, asks Ewart Keep. Sometimes a piece of policy is announced and then vanishes from view for a lengthy period. This often signifies that it is proving hard to design and deliver. A current case in point is the Skills Advisory Panels (SAPs) whose birth was heralded in the Conservative party manifesto in 2017. The SAPs would, it was claimed, provide the mechanism to ensure that local skills supply was better matched with the needs of employers – a policy goal that we have been pursuing by one means or another for more than 35 years.


With the election out of the way, the Department for Education sat down and tried to work out what SAPs could do, how they could do it and how they might best be structured. The SAPs were extremely vaguely sketched in the manifesto, so this proved to be a major challenge, not least as the government had abolished the preceding infrastructure that aimed to help link supply and demand sector skills councils (SSCs) and the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES). One strand of thought was to have a single national SAP, but in the end this was abandoned.

Tip of the week I: £1 off vegan Magnum ice creams. Details

Tip of the week 2: £5 Christmas tree at Ikea. Details Stratford store not doing this but others are


Tip of the week 3: One to three nights for two in Devon from £39. Details


From me Steve and from all the team have a great week and keep training

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