Newsletter and bids 49 2018

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Ok so what a week you could not make it up this week it appears the IFA says it does not have to tell anyone like FE week, FE News, AEPL or in fact maybe even the ESFA or employers what they are doing.  The Institute for Apprenticeships has replaced Dame Asha Khemka as chair of the quality assurance committee, almost two months after she resigned from its board. However, the IfA has still not replaced her vacant position on the board.

Dame Asha stepped down on October 19, three weeks after she resigned from West Nottinghamshire College amid a financial crisis.

The IfA has now confirmed that Paul Cadman, a human resources director for Walter Smith Fine Foods and chief executive of Crosby Management Training, will take over her position as chair of the quality assurance committee. Anthony Jenkins, chair of the IfA, said: “I am delighted to confirm Paul as the new chair. “He has previously served in the role in an interim capacity and has a wealth of experience of apprenticeships. More at


Mark Brooks Head of Communications & Marketing at the Education and Training Foundation (ETF), invites your participation through their Perceptions Survey; we confidentially ask everyone working in the Further Education and Training sector what you think about our performance, how we support you and the impact we have had. As the national workforce body for FE, we belong to the sector collectively and it is our role to support the sector through its various challenges. 

Every year we believe in seeking honest feedback from colleges, independent training providers, and all types of post-16 provider. We look for feedback from senior and middle leaders, but just as importantly, from teachers, trainers and assessors, so we can be responsive to your needs.  Do you know the full range of ETF programmes and services? How effective are we?  What is your experience of engaging with us and our delivery partners? How can we best keep you informed about what we offer?  Our confidential perception survey takes less than 8 minutes to complete on average, please click the link below to take part:,33WG,1IV89O,9X53,1


I am very confused about RoATP!  Why? Well three things.

  1. 1 Experts tell us they are going to help you through RoATP yet they do not know what that will be as yet.
  2. People are saying how much it will cost yet they do not know how much is involved yet.
  3. They appear to say they are experts and I am concerned about the expert’s claim that they are experts.

Well I have helped with my Team some 90 plus organisations through on to RoATP, and around 104 via ROTO but that does not make me an expert with a new format.

Next I will not charge or put someone forward for RoATP unless I am sure at approx. 97% they will pass. Next and I think most telling is that it is not out until the 12th which is a Wednesday and the ESFA are often late and also change their mind.  So all the workshops need to make sure they have the information otherwise they could be misleading people.

In terms of this if you are able to apply which many will not yet be required to apply until told then if you apply during December then you should hear by March if you apply in say Jan you will likely not hear until May.


A trailblazer group chair has warned that its “years of hard work” in developing two apprenticeships standards could be undone, after they were included in the Institute for Apprenticeships’ second funding band review.

The level two supply chain warehouse operative and large goods vehicle driver standards were among 30 standards named on the list announced by the IfA on Tuesday.

Both were approved for delivery in 2016 and have had just over 3,000 starts between them.

“It has taken years of hard work to get employers to see the benefits of these standards and just as we start to get decent numbers they review the funding,” said Colin Snape, deputy director of policy at the Road Haulage Association.

He told FE Week the group had already been through a review for the LGV standard as they had requested the funding band – currently set at £5,000 – to be increased, but this was rejected.  “So why it is up for review is beyond me,” he said.

“With my experiences of the IfA and Education and Skills Funding Agency I do not believe we will come out of this review in a good way,” he added.


The Institute for Apprenticeships has been criticised for refusing to publicly share a presentation given to employers about a worrying imminent apprenticeship overspendGordon Marsden, the shadow skills minister, described the latest example of a lack of transparency at the institute as “disappointing” and has said he will write to the government agency demanding its release.  FE Week revealed on Monday that the apprenticeships budget for England is set to be overspent by £0.5 billion this year, rising to £1.5 billion during 2021/22 – which has raised many concerns across the education sector.

The IfA is obviously getting closer to government and is catching the non-disclosure germ

It came after Robert Nitsch, the IfA’s chief operating officer, presented the figures during an event for employers held at Exeter College on Friday.


 Then of course I had problems with my phone, not as many as others, well not sure if you had problems from 02 people tell me you can get £35.00 compensation not sure if this is 100% correct. Tesco sent me an e-mail saying I will get More Data in January free.


West Midlands combined Authority did the PIN expression on Friday the actual start is timetable for January with the PQQ and then the ITT Launch


Essex Business meetings at several locations.

  • The Marks Tey Hotel – Colchester Group – Friday’s
  • The Rivenhall Hotel – Witham Group – Tuesday’s
  • The Marygreen Manor Hotel – Brentwood Group – Wednesday’s


Meetings occur weekly and take place from: Quarter to 7 to half past eight in the morning. All meetings include: Hot & Cold breakfast options Water, Fresh Juices & Squash Tea & Coffee When you come along, just ensure to bring with you: 30 Business Cards Any Brochures or Leaflets £15 via Cash or Card Which day of the week and or location suits you best? I look forward to hearing from you either way and please do give me a call on 01206 588 139 or email


Nav Mann sends through your invitation to Recruitment Agency Expo

Recruitment Agency Expo returns on 5th – 6th February 2019 at Olympia London, and I would like to personally invite you and your colleagues at to visit the show.

The Recruitment Agency Expo is a great place to discover the latest innovations and key trends set to impact the industry in 2019, network with thousands of recruitment professionals and be inspired by top industry experts.

This year’s theme is Transformational Growth and the program will cover:

Business Strategy

Process and Tech Strategy

Go to Market Strategy

People Strategy – (This theatre will also include free to attend CPD Certified sessions, allowing you to collect up to 6 hours’ worth of CPD points towards your professional development)

If you want to be confident that you’re keeping ahead of the competition, a trade show like Recruitment Agency Expo is an event not to be missed!

Register for your free ticket now and download your e-badge.  I look forward to welcoming you to the show this February. Nav Mann Organiser

Recruitment Agency Expo


PLIAS a Great organisation is looking for an Employer Engagement Officer for London so please pass on any CV to


HM Inspectorate of Probation has rated Essex Youth Offending Service (YOS) as ‘Outstanding’. This is the Inspectorate’s highest possible rating and Essex YOS is only the second youth offending service so far to attain the grade. Inspectors were particularly struck by the exceptional work relating to court orders and out-of-court disposals


The government’s flagship National Citizen Service trust has been slammed after its rent ballooned by more than ten-fold to over £1 million last year, following a move to new offices in west Kensington. The trust, set up by former Prime Minister David Cameron as part of his “Big Society” agenda in 2011, also missed more than half of its key performance indicators last year – despite receiving £181 million from the government, annual accounts reveal. Last year the NCS, whose providers promote four-week activity programmes to schools and colleges, was criticised by MPs for lax spending controls and poor management. The MPs keep asking questions about these people yet they keep giving them money like the Carers Group with IAG they could have given it directly to Colleges and Providers who are going into the Schools and doing this already free of charge.


Deborah Millar Group Director of Digital Learning Technologies at Grimsby Institute Group tells us.  Among teachers, Ofsted are regularly a target for criticism. But it feels like things have turned a corner, as chief inspector Amanda Spielman admitted that Ofsted inspection had added pressure for schools to deliver test scores “above all else”.

While it’s not going to be a straightforward job to wean colleges and schools off an entrenched focus on league tables, it’s great that the first steps are being taken towards a more rounded education system – which I think is common sense. In the FE sector, we know better than most the negative impact a results-driven culture in education can have not just on teachers, but student confidence and wellbeing too.

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The Ministry of Justice is offering up to £650,000 in resource funding for 2018/19 for investment in female offender services. Expressions of Interests are invited for projects which could benefit from a resource funding grant, and which meet the funding criteria. Projects must be aligned with, and further the aims of, the female offender strategy. Whilst there is no maximum or minimum amount for the funding, preference will be given to bids for grants of at least £50,000. All funding must be spent by 31st March 2019.

Please contact for more information, and an application form, which should be returned no later than midday on 17th December 2018.


As part of their Home for Good campaign, St Mungo’s issued freedom of information requests to 135 local areas to learn more about how funding for their floating support services has changed over the past five years. Floating support is provided in people’s homes and helps them manage their tenancy. The research finds there has been a dramatic reduction in funding for these services over the past five years – an average of 18% reduction across England. The funding cuts were even starker at a regional level – there was a reduction of 41% across London and 26% across the South East.

 Find out more here


Tip of the week 1: Vodafone customers get two Odeon tickets for £7 any day. Details

Tip of the week 2: Get 10p/litre off fuel at Morrisons with a £50 spend. Details


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

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