Newsletter and bids 19 2020
This week more news and views and bids, grants and funds. We go out to over 3,000 people and organisations every week and today have 42 pages.
Full details of all bids and grants can be downloaded from the link below:
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Ok again a busy week with Zoom and other formats. So, lots out from DFE and ESFA and the Government also saying it is going to take control of the Colleges.
It is thought there may be more information on Tuesday regarding changes to furloughed workers, may return part-time as the Chancellor looks to end the scheme as soon as possible.
Business secretary Alok Sharma and Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak have spoken to industry leaders and trade unions. It is now believed the government will announce a scaling down of the scheme which could come as soon as Tuesday. Craig Beaumont, director of external affairs at the Federation of Small Businesses, said: “We really hope to see progress made on a part-time furlough because smaller businesses in particular benefit from being able to quote for new work, keep in touch with employees and pay their invoices.”
Also, the government is considering a U-turn on its planned date to switch off old-style apprenticeship frameworks as providers raise major concerns over the deadline.
Numerous training firms and colleges that spoke to FE Week warned they will have to pause starts in areas such as construction, stonemasonry, hairdressing, beauty therapy and logistic operations as they do not yet have a viable replacement standard ready for delivery.
The situation has been made worse by the Covid-19 outbreak, with many planned starts on the frameworks being withdrawn in recent months as employers battle cashflow issues.
I just wanted to let you know that on Monday 11th May at 10am, Teresa Boughey from Jungle HR will be running a free 1-hour webinar covering COVID-19 Lessons on Diversity & Inclusion as part of the Festival of Enterprise. If you would like to join this webinar, please register here: https://www.festivalofenterprise.co.uk/webinar-covid-19-lessons-on-diversity-inclusion/ Many thanks Anna Anna Morrison CBE Director
So here are some of the headline items: AELP tell us: TRAINEESHIP FLEXIBILITIES CONFIRMED (07/05): The current coronavirus (COVID-19) situation means that many trainees are not able to carry out the work placement element of the programme due to social distancing measures and employers being closed or having ‘work at home’ arrangements that are not suitable for trainees. The ESFA want to enable providers to continue to deliver where possible given traineeships will play an important part in re-engaging and supporting young people to get back into learning and work following the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Where flexibilities are used, providers should record this and retain it as evidence for audit purposes. New trainees can start programmes during this period with programme aims adjusted in line with these flexibilities.
Reduced Work Experience Duration
The unprecedented impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) has meant that it is currently extremely difficult for providers to continue to organise and deliver work placements within traineeships. The ESFA is, therefore, relaxing the required work placement duration.
If the trainee has completed more than 70 work experience hours AND the provider is satisfied that the learner has gained sufficient work skills, then providers can record the work experience learning aim as complete within the ILR and census returns during this temporary period of coronavirus (COVID-19) social distancing measures. This should be evidenced in the learner file. The trainee should continue with other traineeship learning aims via alternative methods such as online learning in order to complete these elements of their traineeship. If the trainee has completed less than 70 work experience hours, or the provider is not satisfied with their progression, given these exceptional and unprecedented circumstances, providers will not be penalised for not delivering the required 100 hours for this academic year. Providers should demonstrate how they have continued to support trainees to develop their work experience skills in the absence of a work placement in the learner file and the Agency may ask for this evidence through monitoring processes.
Activities the Agency would expect to continue to go ahead:
- preparing students for work and/or work placements through alternative distance and online training that develops their skills for work
- continuing to build relationships with employers and developing engagement strategies for different industries for apprenticeships and other employment
- developing traineeship content that aligns with apprenticeship provision to facilitate smooth transitions from traineeship to apprenticeship
- developing matching processes for when students can go on placements again
These are temporary flexible measures that apply while learners are unable to undertake work placement activity due to social distancing measures.
Extended Programme Duration up to 12 Months
During this period, providers can extend the traineeship programme duration up to 12 months where one or more of the following scenarios applies:
- the learner has not completed their qualification and basic skills learning aims including employability, maths or English
- the learner has completed less than 70 planned work experience hours
- the provider has assessed the learner as needing further work placement hours to complete this element of their traineeship
This flexibility is offered on the basis that the trainee undertakes online or alternative distance learning to complete other non-work experience learning and/or alternative work experience learning part of the traineeship where online learning is possible. Where flexibilities are used, providers should record this and retain it as evidence for audit purposes.
Extending 16-19 Study Programme Traineeships
Our funding guidance sets out that planned hours should not be changed after the qualifying period unless correcting an error or starting a new study programme in-year. However, the ESFA recognise that in the current circumstances some students may need more hours than originally planned in order to complete their traineeship programme.
Where learners need longer than originally planned to complete their traineeship programme, the Agency expect, in most cases, stretching their existing planned hours over a longer duration should provide the flexibility providers need.
In exceptional circumstances, where a learner with part-time hours requires significant extra delivery, while they are unable to deliver work experience with an employer, providers can increase the planned hours. Providers should record where an increase of planned hours is required in the learner file and demonstrate the need for increased hours to ensure learners remain engaged. The ESFA may ask for this evidence through monitoring processes.
The planned end date must not under any circumstances be changed or extended within the ILR. Providers should continue to record the end date of the programme using ‘Learning Actual End Date’. The ESFA expect providers to arrange alternative provision to cover the delivery that cannot take place. The alternative delivery needs to be above the already planned work experience hours as these cannot be funded again within the same time period. This is a temporary measure that applies only in this period of social distancing and while students are not able to access work placement activity.
Extending 19-24 AEB and 16-18 Traineeships without 16-19 Study Programme Funding: Where learners need longer than originally planned to complete their traineeship, programme providers should stretch their existing planned learning aims over a longer duration. The planned end date must not under any circumstances be changed or extended within the ILR. Providers should continue to record the end date of the programme using ‘Learning Actual End Date’. Additional funding demand in 2020 to 2021, as a result of the programme’s actual end date extending from the original planned end date in 2019 to 2020, may impact on the availability of growth in 2020 to 2021 if there is not sufficient budget available to support demand. It is the provider’s responsibility to ensure they meet the cost of trainees that continue into the following year within their funding year allocation.
This is a temporary measure that applies only in this period of social distancing and while students are not able to access work placement activity
DOES THE TEMPORARY RELAXATION TO FUNCTIONAL SKILLS UPSKILLING FOR LEVEL 2 APPRENTICES APPLY TO BOTH APPRENTICES ON STANDARDS AND FRAMEWORKS? (07/05)
We have been asked by a number of members about whether the temporary suspension of the functional skills upskilling rule for level 2 apprentices applies to both apprentices on frameworks and not just standards:
“We (ESFA) require all apprentices to achieve level 1 (where they haven’t already) and work towards this standard and to take the assessments for the achievement of approved level 2 qualifications in these subjects.” We can confirm this suspension applies to all current level 2 apprentices on both frameworks and standards.
CAN EMPLOYER-PROVIDERS CONTINUE TO PROVIDE TRAINING TO FURLOUGHED APPRENTICES? (07/05)
The guidance from HMT states that: “a furloughed employee can take part in volunteer work or training, as long as it does not provide services to or generate revenue for, or on behalf of the employer.” However, in the case of employer-providers, the ESFA have confirmed that as long as the employer-provider is able to demonstrate what is training (allowed) and clearly differentiate this from work (not allowed) then training can be provided to furloughed apprentices.Normal funding rules apply to employer-providers in respect to the amount they can claim i.e. only for costs incurred.
The Mayor’s European Social Fund (ESF) 2019-23 Programme Round 3 is now live. Whilst we recognise that this is a time of huge challenge for providers of education, skills training and employment support, we have also heard very clearly that longer-term funding is critical. This programme will support Londoners with complex needs to gain skills and find (or remain in) work, education or training. These are Londoners who already face disadvantage, and who are likely to be further disadvantaged by the impact of COVID-19 on London’s economy. We thank you for your interest in this programme, further details on the individual projects can be found below.
Please note: You should read the whole suite of documents published below prior to making an application. If you wish to be notified when ‘Questions and Answers (Q&A)’ are published please let us know by emailing MayorsESF2019-23Programme@london.gov.uk The Payment Trigger Calculators (PTC’s) will be published soon. We will notify those registered on the Q&A list when these are live. The deadline for asking questions is 16:00hrs on Friday 26 June 2020
The deadline for submitting completed applications is 12:00hrs on Friday 10 July 2020 Projects:
The GLA will award Grant Agreements for delivery of each of the Projects below: • Gangs Prevention: support for young people vulnerable to involvement in gangs and serious youth violence.
- Careers Clusters: improving the provision of careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG)
- SEND NEET: support for young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) who are not in employment, education or training (NEET).
- Early Years: Sector Skills: support for adults and young people to gain relevant skills and find work in the early years sector
- STEM: Sector Skills: support for adults and young people to gain relevant skills and find work in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) occupations.
- Creative: Sector Skills: support for adults and young people to gain relevant skills and find work in the creative industries
- Targeted NEET: support for young people who have specific complex needs or characteristics and are NEET.
To access all documents please follow the link here: https://www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/funding/european-social-fund/funding-opportunities
The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee has published its report on the impact of the Covid-19 crisis on charities, after receiving evidence from over 70 charities, including Clinks. The Committee shares concerns that the £750 million support from the government is not enough to prevent charities from closing and the lack of transparency in allocating funds means deserving organisations will lose out. Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service has made additions to its Q&A page for friends and families of prisoners including answers on how families are informed if a prisoner tests positive for Covid-19. Latest figures from the Ministry of Justice show: 386 prisoners have tested positive across 74 prisons; 433 prison staff have tested positive across 67 prisons; and 15 Prisoner Escort and Custody Services (PECS) staff have tested positive. Read more updates here https://www.clinks.org/our-work/coronavirus-covid-19?utm_source=Light%2520Lunch&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=lightlunch633
New items from ICO. During the pandemic and beyond, the ICO’s work will be focused on three key areas:
Protecting public interests
- Enabling organisations to engage in responsible data sharing
- Monitoring intrusive and disruptive technology
We have also identified six priorities that will enable us to work in these key areas:
Protecting our vulnerable citizens
- Supporting economic growth and digitalisation, including for small businesses
- Shaping proportionate surveillance
- Enabling good practice in AI
- Enabling transparency
- Maintaining business continuity: developing new ways of working in readiness for recovery
City & Guilds say more support for learners with distance learning resources
This week we have added further resources to our digital support for learners webpage. This includes free Workplace Skills content and maths and English support, and our e-Functional Skills Reloaded offer at a significantly reduced cost.
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From all of us from me Steve and fellow Director Lisa and all the team have a great week and keep training Non-Executive Director at Six Companies and MD of EEVT Ltd