Newsletter and bids 14 2020

 In bids

Dear Members.

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 a BUMPER edition of 54 pages. 

Full details of all bids and grants can be downloaded from the link below:


Our sponsor for 2020 is Bolt, a dedicated FE and Training Provider recruitment specialist.  Bolt are committed to supporting the training & education sector at this time. Check out the range of resources they have available at

They are currently engaged on searches across senior roles in operations and sales so do reach out to Alex on if you would like to find out more. They also have some great learning designers on their books if you are looking for input on transitioning to online delivery.

Bolt has a 100% fill rate when working on a retained basis, if you’re serious about hiring to grow your business email


I listened as many of you may have done to the two hours plus yesterday Webinar

From FE Week and the speakers were from Top areas of the industry. The host Shane Man was good trying to bring out positives from them all.  My thoughts were these:

1 They are all talking to either Civil Servants or Ministers and they are all trying to get their own Agenda over from their members rather than 100% for the Industry.

2 As the DFE is so big now they appear more top of the Agenda are, SEND, Schools, Apprentices, Exams and not so much focus on the AEB or Functional Skills.

3 They all expected some sort of announcement last week but this it will come this week.

4 The Student Loans should be fine and the devolved AEB

5 Problems re how they look at T Levels some great it is going ahead, and others wait until next year.

6 They appear to be also saying that more short courses need to be the order of the day once things go back to normal for unemployed and for upskilling others.

My Question and a big concern is will the Primes pass on payments to sub contractors?


Did you know: The government has published Coronavirus (COVID-19): apprenticeship programme response that outlines new policy changes and flexibilities that may impact you or your apprentice. The guidance provides information on:

applying the policy on breaks in learning;

delays to end-point assessment (EPA); and alternative arrangements for EPA and external quality assurance.

The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education has also published guidance on the delivery of assessment here.

This will be updated regularly.

Here’s what the DfE told FE Week Thursday  “We want all providers to continue to deliver learning as best they can using online facilities, so that as many learners as possible are able to continue their studies. “We are continuing to work closely with the sector and with the Treasury to monitor how our support packages are benefiting organisations and to consider any further action which may be required.” They added that DfE is working with the Department for Work and Pensions and the EU Commission regarding what arrangements they can put in place for European Social Fund contract providers.


If staff are asked to work from home then people working from home are entitled to claim money back from the government – even if they’re on a full time salary. Money Saving Expert Martin Lewis pointed out that anyone working from home may incur additional costs on household utilities and can therefore claim an allowance back so they aren’t left out of pocket. He told viewers of his ITV Martin Lewis Money Show: ‘Your employer is allowed to pay you £6 a month tax free if forced to work from home. ‘You can claim more if it’s costing you more – but that’s a lot more labour intensive. Read more: Twitter: | Facebook:


Next At Budget 2020 the Chancellor announced details about a new coronavirus (COVID-19) Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme. This scheme will allow small and medium sized employers, with fewer than 250 employees, to apply to HMRC to recover the costs of paying Statutory Sick Pay to their employees.  Friday HMRC has published new online guidance which includes information about who can use the scheme and the records employers must keep.  HMRC is working urgently to set up a system for reimbursement. Existing systems are not set up to facilitate payments to employers.

Details about when the new Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme can be accessed and when employers can make a claim will be announced as soon as possible.

We will continue to update you and the new GOV‌.UK guidance when these details are available. HM Revenue and Customs


Skills for Care tell us We’ve developed guidance, supported by the Care Quality Commission, on essential training needed in the sector during this challenging period. 

The training covers the following areas:

  • Care Certificate
  • assisting and moving people
  • basic life support and first aid
  • fire safety
  • food safety
  • health and safety awareness
  • infection prevention and control
  • medication management
  • safeguarding adults.

Endorsed providers are now available to deliver fully funded virtual training to adult social care employers depending on their training need:

  • training for volunteers
  • training for existing staff
  • rapid induction for new staff (this includes an easier to use Care Certificate self-assessment)
  • training for staff who are being redeployed.

During this time, we strongly recommend all training should be delivered online.
For further information please click here.


First Aid Certificates Health and Safety Executive statement The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is aware that people holding Offshore Medic (OM), Offshore First Aid (OFA), First Aid at Work (FAW) or Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) certificates nearing expiry date, might experience disruption to access to requalification training as a result of events or circumstances generated by the coronavirus pandemic.

HSE’s current guidance on the Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981: and the Offshore Installations and Pipeline Works (First-Aid) Regulations 1989 is that those holding an OM, OFA, FAW or EFAW qualification should undertake retraining before their original certificate expires and HSE strongly recommends that employers, and individuals holding those qualifications should plan for requalification training well in advance of expiry dates. If however requalification training is prevented for reasons associated directly with coronavirus or by complying with related government advice, it is reasonable and practical to extend the validity of current certificates by up to 3 months. This guidance comes into effect for certificates expiring on or after 16th March 2020.


ETF webinars

The ETF has recently recorded a series of free, online webinars to support you if you are teaching students from your home. The four webinars, available through the ETF’s booking system, are:

  • Delivery through a virtual classroom
  • Adapting content quickly to deliver online
  • Supporting learners in Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs)
  • Engaging learners in VLEs

Each webinar has supporting modules on the Enhance Digital Teaching Platform. More information on the webinars and the supporting modules can be found at:,BL9Z,1IVF3R,1A1OO,1


Temporary changes to ID checking guidelines: The government has announced temporary changes DBS ID checking in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. The change will enable: ID documents to be viewed over video link scanned images to be used in advance of the DBS check being submitted. Read more here. Information about temporary arrangements to fast track emergency checks of the adults and children’s barred lists, are currently being developed in response to COVID-19.


Chancellor Rishi Sunak has relaxed the rules for SMEs applying for the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) after days of sustained complaints that the banks are being too strict with applicants. Sunak is extending the CBILS so that all viable small businesses affected by COVID-19, and not just those unable to secure regular commercial financing, will now be eligible should they need finance to keep operating during this difficult time. Government is also stopping lenders from requesting personal guarantees for loans under £250,000 and making operational changes to speed up lending approvals.

It will continue to cover the first twelve months of interest and fees. Sunak said he will be speaking to the chief executives of the banks next week to “ensure everybody is playing their part”. He added: “We are making great progress on getting much-needed support out to businesses to help manage their cashflows during this difficult time – with millions of pounds of loans and finance being provided to hundreds of firms across the country. “And now I am taking further action by extending our generous loan scheme so even more businesses can benefit. We have also listened to the concerns of some larger businesses affected by COVID-19 and are announcing new support.


News on changes to dates for the BAME Apprenticeship Awards

  • Nomination deadline to be moved from 1st May to 26th June 2020, however we will review this and may extend until September.
  • Judging day may take place remotely, however we would like to hold some form of a judging day which is likely to take place early October.
  • BAME Apprenticeship Awards Gala Dinner will now take place on 24th November 2020, a time in which we hope things will be back to normal.
  • We are no longer planning to have a launch event for the awards this year. However, we are planning to do a launch event in the national apprenticeships week 2021 (using the winners from 2020) for the 2021 awards.

We still have a few Sponsorship opportunities available.


The Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers (RoATP) is to be closed to new applications from midnight on Wednesday 15 April 2020.

The current iteration of RoATP has been open since December 2018 and is the mandatory register which providers must be approved upon in order to access apprenticeship funding. Providers not on RoATP, but who are interested in delivering apprenticeships, should act quickly to submit their application before the cut-off date.

The closure is aimed to provide time for applications in progress and second applications to be completed and submitted. This includes second applications from providers that have already applied in the past 12 months.

The ESFA will advise further on when the Register will re-open, although this is not expected to be before July. This effectively means that any prospective apprenticeship providers who miss the April cut off may not have the opportunity to be apply for, and be accepted to deliver, apprenticeships until late 2020 at the very earliest.


Promote-Ed has been created from a desire to make a difference to the education sector through promotion, the sharing of issues and campaigning for a positive change. They will have some Free Webinars this week coming.


City & Guild tell us

Despite the challenges we are all facing, it is great to see how many of our customers have adapted the way they deliver and continue to work through the crisis.

One of the key priorities for City & Guilds and ILM right now is doing what we can to help our customers by adapting our teaching and assessment methods. It’s a bit of a moving feast at the moment as we work with the regulators and other stakeholders across various industries but I have been heartened by how every part of the skills system is working together to get through this crisis as best we can. Here are a few of this week’s highlights:

  • Evolve tests – The biggest news is that in the next couple of weeks, Evolve tests for Functional Skills and our end point assessments (EPA) can be taken at home. We will be issuing guidance on how this will work within the next week.
  • Dental Nurse EPA – Our Dental Nurse EPA customers can now use Version 1 of the Dental Standard as it is possible for these to be delivered remotely.
  • Digital Apprenticeship EPA – project-based assessments that needed to be undertaken in a controlled environment can now be undertaken at home.
  • ESOL – We are allowing assessment of speaking and listening to be conducted remotely for our ESOL provision.

Finally, for our Technical Awards, Technical Certificates and Tech Levels across both one-year and two-year programmes of study, we are working with Ofqual and other key stakeholders on a proposal to estimate assessment grades combined with quality assurance validation. Further guidance will be issued when this approach is finalised.

As I mentioned last week, we have opened up a huge range of our Smart Screen digital resources free of charge to help you to stay operational wherever possible over the coming months. In just two weeks we have opened up over 2,000 free digital resource licences for our customers turning the requests around in just 24 hours.,6TDTI,PTODSK,RAN33,1


All planned routine funding audits of FE providers have been put on hold, the government confirmed today.  The Education and Skills Funding Agency told FE Week it had made the decision “prior” to the prime minister’s announcement of new Covid-19 lockdown measures last week.  The “pause” on financial assurance audits will “cover the period for, at least, the duration of the lockdown”. A spokesperson said the ESFA “understands” the challenges providers face as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and have been “sensitive to these challenges where we have contacted providers to complete funding audits and investigations already in progress”.


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 Linked In Group 2020 Vision Group 2020 Vision Training Days and 2020 Vision Newsletter





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