Newsletter and bids 13 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 a BUMPER edition of 52 pages.
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This week has been difficult in one way or another for all in the industry. However, some items are now becoming much more clear:
ESFA say “We can now confirm that apprentices who are furloughed and whose employers access the job retention scheme to get 80% of their wages funded, can still continue to do the off-the-job training associated with their apprenticeship.
Not only does this benefit apprentices, but it also means training providers can continue to earn income from delivering training to furloughed apprentices, where they can adapt their offer to do that. This should also help in enabling providers to maintain some cashflow.”
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. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/covid-19-changes-to-dbs-id-checking-guidelines 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.
Free access to COVID-19 eLearning programme Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare have created a free eLearning programme available to all staff across health and social care. The programme includes key materials to help the health and care workforce respond to Coronavirus including essential guidance from the NHS, Government and WHO, infection prevention and control, personal protection equipment and more.
Another area is around Directors of small companies now I am informed that if a director you could take Furlough and the 80% pay system if you still maintain any statutory duty items like say Companies house items or indeed Tax Payments or items where you are the person of significant control
There was a reference to owner managed/director firms in a CBI webinar that was broadcast yesterday (Fri 27 Mar) where they said the director had to be on PAYE to be able to be furloughed. The webinar is available on their site now – you don’t have to be a member – www.cbi.org.uk/coronavirus-hub
Sorry I don’t think they mentioned sole director companies per se. But I noted clearly the director mustn’t do any work during the furlough period except for statutory duties.
From other discussions I have seen – you can rotate the furlough period but you have to be on a minimum of 3 weeks furlough leave – so technically 3 weeks on, 3 weeks off. That may help some of the workflow in a sole employee situation? Hope this helps in some way.
Also The Government is unveiling a series of new measures to help protect businesses facing bankruptcy because of the coronavirus crisis. Leading the daily Downing Street press briefing, business secretary Alok Sharma said they will give firms ‘extra time to weather the storm’ and ensure they are ‘ready to bounce back’ when the pandemic eventually passes.
COVID-19: Statement from HSE and DfE relating to certificate expiry
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: https://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/priced/l74.pdf and the Offshore Installations and Pipeline Works (First-Aid) Regulations 1989 https://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/priced/l123.pdf 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. Anyone taking advantage of this extension should be able to describe clearly their reasons for delaying requalification training, and demonstrate steps they have taken to undertake the training, if required. This guidance comes into effect for certificates expiring on or after 16th March 2020. HSE will review this matter over the coming months and will issue further statements as necessary. Department for Education statement
The Department for Education supports the HSE statement regarding the extension of first aid certificates during coronavirus emergency and that it can be applied to paediatric first aid certificates held by staff in early years provision.
A major sector body has rejected nearly half the proposals in a government consultation which aims to radically overhaul subcontracting rules.
Ten recommendations were put forward by the Education and Skills Funding Agency in its ‘subcontracting post-16 education and training’ consultation, which closed on March 17.
The Association of Employment and Learning Providers, which represents hundreds of providers and employers, did not support four of them, including the idea that subcontracting partners ought to be no more than “one hour away from the prime contractor by car”.
Instead, the AELP argues, the focus should be on the whereabouts of the learner or employer, and subcontracted learners “should be in the same region as any direct delivery” – it should not based on “the location of the subcontractor’s head office”.
The ESFA have noted that a replacement for the Business Administration Level 2 Apprenticeship could be the level two Customer Service programme as a viable replacement. It has been used in Leeds Teaching Hospitals, which said the standard has proven to be “versatile, and we have used it in a range of roles within corporate services and clinical settings”, such as patient-booking services, reception areas, HR and radiology.
They have 50 apprentices currently on the programme, being delivered through Leeds City College. Jordan Faithwaite, the education, learning and organisational development manager at Leeds Teaching Hospitals, said in each setting the apprentices meet a “range of internal and external staff, patients and families, which provides experiences that enable the apprentices to achieve their required competencies”.
The Education Select Committee is also asking questions of the DFE on several items. The parliamentary education committee has launched an inquiry into the impact of COVID-19 on education and children’s services.
It follows criticism of the government’s support for education providers during the pandemic.
This has just come out if you would like to send any items re DFE you can send any correspondence relating to the Education Select Committee should be sent to email@example.com.
After two weeks once Robert Halfon the Chair of the education committee thanked the industry so did the Education secretary writes to all FE providers to express his ‘deepest gratitude’ https://feweek.co.uk/2020/03/26/education-secretary-writes-to-all-fe-providers-to-express-his-deepest-gratitude/ Then the New Skills Minister and Apprenticeships Minister also writes and does a You tube https://feweek.co.uk/2020/03/23/fe-minister-writes-to-non-college-providers-about-covid-19-response/
Also announced this week was that the Government consultations on apprenticeship funding and external quality assurance have both been extended by six weeks.
The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education announced the decision today, stating that they do not believe everyone interested in them will have the chance to respond due to the disruption brought about by the Covid-19 virus.
Their consultation on the proposed new model for setting apprenticeship funding launched on 24 February and was scheduled to close on 6 April, but this has been extended to 18 May at midday.
There are many, many small businesses in the UK who own and operate under a Limited Company. They may earn dividends from their company – which are from all profits already taxed at 19%. But the dividends are taxed by a further 7.5% (or 32.5%) in the self-assessment. It looks like these individuals are being excluded from Government help:
“The targeting of it has to be really carefully put together because otherwise there are people who may count themselves and declare themselves as self-employed but are actually getting their income off their dividends of a company.
“So if you don’t do something that is really laser-like targeted then you could end up giving a massive subsidy to some people who don’t actually need it”.
If you fall in this category or know people in this category who will not get the support they need during the Coronavirus shutdown – please sign this petition!
We are seeing lots of bids times being extended so you may be asked to show interest via an EOI or PQQ but the date for the bid maybe extended.
A message to our readers from David Phillips Managing Director, City & Guilds and ILM
It has been another extraordinary week for all of us. Until further notice, schools and colleges across the UK are closed to the vast majority of learners, and much tougher measures have come into force to reduce the impact of the coronavirus.
At the same time, governments across the world have been putting in place some very welcomed and unprecedented support packages for people and organisations, although for some even with these measures they will still find their businesses in a precarious position.
At City & Guilds and ILM, we are working hard with Ofqual, IfATE and others, to make changes that will enable you to help as many learners as possible complete their qualifications and apprenticeships through these difficult times. We want to offer our customers as much support as we can and here are some of the things we have been doing:
- In the last week City & Guilds and ILM joined forces with other awarding bodies in the UK to drive a campaign to call on the Government to #standup4skills. Together we are asking for further changes to funding and approaches to help colleges and training providers keep learners progressing through these difficult times.
- We have been working hard with colleagues at Ofqual and other decision making bodies to think through the changes needed to support you and your learners over the next three months.
- We are offering some of our SmartScreen online learning resources to customers free of charge for the next three months.
- We are making ILM leadership and management e-workbooks available to support centres and learners on ILM programmes.
- Many of our products and services are already technology based, but in the coming weeks we are looking to share some ideas on how we can use technology to support you further.
Finally, the message I wanted to leave you with is that we are here to support you through these unprecedented times. It’s going to be tough, but the education and training sector is a resilient one and we will play our part to support you through it. We are regularly updating the information and frequently asked questions on our website to help guide you through these challenging times.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact your regular account manager or our Customer Services team. We have enabled all of these team members to work from home, so please still contact us on our usual phone numbers and email addresses.
Managing Director, City & Guilds and ILM
DHSC confirm that PAs are key workers
The Department of Health and Social Care has confirmed that personal assistants (PAs) are included in the definition of key workers. If your PA is being challenged as to whether or not they are a key worker, they should follow the steps below:
- contact their direct payment provider (for example their local authority or care commissioning group) to ask if they have a letter or something that validates the PA is a key worker and can share with their child(ren)’s school provide the school with a copy of their contract of employment.
We know how importantly the voluntary sector working in the criminal justice system treats its work and its duty of care to its staff, volunteers and beneficiaries. This is more important than ever as we all try to understand the impact of Covid-19. Clinks and the National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance (NCJAA) are working closely with the Ministry of Justice and Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service to make sure your concerns are heard and your knowledge and expertise is able to contribute to the development of solutions.
This is an unsettling time for everyone and we know there is a lot of fast-changing information which can be overwhelming and difficult to navigate. We have set up this web page to give sector-specific information, collate essential updates and signpost to helpful information from the wider voluntary sector and arts and culture sector. This situation is evolving quickly, so we’ll keep this page updated as often as we can. We’ll also continue to provide updates as needed in our ebulletins, including Light Lunch, and on our Twitter accounts @Clinks_Tweets and CJ’s Arts
Koestler Arts is extending its Koestler Awards deadline. The new deadline will be announced when its team is allowed back in the office. For now, Koestler Arts is asking all entrants from prisons and other secure settings to prepare their artwork as usual and rest assured that the work will be accepted under a new, reasonable deadline. Any post already sent will be held safely until then – there will just be a delay in its response. Koestler Arts is still working and can answer emails as usual. The team would like to thank those who share their artwork, or support people in doing so, in these difficult times
Vacancies on the jobs board this week include: IDVA (Independent Domestic Violence Advocate) with Changing Lives [Newcastle Upon Tyne], Relief Extra Care Worker with Imagine Independence [Carlisle], Youth Project – 1:1 Support Worker with NEPACS [Durham], Musician-in-Residence at Vinney Green Secure Children’s Home (1 day per week) with Changing Tunes [Bristol], Resettlement Caseworker with St. Giles Trust [HMP Parc], Team Manager with Career Connect [Liverpool], Senior Administrator – County Durham with Humankind [Bowburn]. For more information about these vacancies, and many more, click here
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