Newsletter and bids 12 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 47 pages. 

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


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Ok this week has been hard for you all for many different reasons. What I would say is Colleges are safe, but will they pass on funds to sub-contractors? We hope so.


 Next wages with the 80% should with other measures Furloughed workers

  1. If your employer cannot cover staff costs due to COVID-19, they may be able to access support to continue paying part of your wage, to avoid redundancies.
  2. If your employer intends to access the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, they will discuss with you becoming classified as a furloughed worker. This would mean that you are kept on your employer’s payroll, rather than being laid off.
  3. To qualify for this scheme, you should not undertake work for them while you are furloughed. This will allow your employer to claim a grant of up to 80% of your wage for all employment costs, up to a cap of £2,500 per month.
  4. You will remain employed while furloughed. Your employer could choose to fund the differences between this payment and your salary, but does not have to.
  5. If your salary is reduced as a result of these changes, you may be eligible for support through the welfare system, including Universal Credit.
  6. We intend for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme to run for at least 3 months from 1 March 2020 but will extend if necessary.
  7. With the exception of ITP who are in manged offices will they get a reduction due to Business Rates Tax given to owners.
  8. Next it looks like the Self Employed will get more relief in the next few days.
  9. Apprentices look safe as we go forward but AEB is another matter and the DFE and the ESFA have been very quiet in giving guidance.
  10. Ofsted say they will only come if there is a serious breach in safeguarding.


HMRC should have sent through to all employers updated guidance for employers, businesses and employees is available at:

We will continue to share the most up to date information directly with you as it becomes available.


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Helen says: I am looking to buy a training company on ROTO. I don’t care if it has contracts or not just has to be on ROTO.  Also I have vacancies for one to one tutors in Essex daytime  must be able to also delivery on-line in-case of isolation


The Department for Work and Pensions’ Universal Credit Transition Fund will award grants to voluntary sector organisations to help people who most need extra support to move closer to or into work – including supporting them to claim Universal Credit (UC) where they are not already in receipt – particularly when moving between other arms of state provision and the welfare system. The fund is targeted at groups such as care leavers, prison leavers, refugees, homeless people and those with substance dependencies. It is available during the 2020/2021 financial year. The deadline for applications is 31st March. Find out more here


Paddington Development Trust is holding a briefing webinar on 31st March to give information on the application process to potential applicants to its EQUIP Community Grants scheme for organisations in West and Central London. Grants of between £5,000 and £20,000 are available to equip small voluntary organisations who support unemployed people, who in turn can equip local residents with skills and jobs advice. The fund is particularly targeting older people, carers, parents, some black, Asian and minority ethnic groups, homeless people, refugees, young people and ex-offenders. Applications are open between 1st and 30th April for projects to start in July or later. Find out more here


An alliance of funders from across sectors has come together to sign a joint statement, coordinated by London Funders, pledging to offer support to voluntary organisations affected by the Covid-19 outbreak. The signatories recognise that the Covid-19 outbreak is an exceptional event that will have an impact on voluntary organisations and want to offer reassurance that they stand with the sector during this time. They are committed to: adapting activities; discussing dates; financial flexibility; listening to you. Find out more here


Benn this week looks at AEB Devolution Roundup Last week I played prophet of doom and, sadly, many predictions are already starting to come true in the form of closures, reduced apprenticeship starts, and even redundancies. It’s a tough time for everyone, but this week I’m going to focus on something a little more mundane in the form of the Adult Education Budget. What’s the score with AEB Devolution? To date, AEB devolution is operational in 7 of England’s combined authority areas: Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, Greater Manchester, Greater London, Liverpool City Region, Tees Valley, West Midlands, and West of England.

ESFA maintains responsibility for certain categories of learners, including those outside of devolved areas, continuing learners, 19 to 24 traineeships, and a handful of providers – who can deliver nationwide – focused on the most disadvantaged. The vast majority of devolved contracts and ESFA allocations have been awarded and, despite AEB’s broad remit and ongoing qualification shortages, most were rather smaller than the industry had expected. In short: if you didn’t already land a contract, there are none to be had. Who are the major winners of AEB? The vast majority of AEB funding has been awarded by grant to colleges, leaving every devolved area other than Tees Valley with less than 30% of the total budget put out to tender for 2019-2020. In Greater London, just 10% of the devolved AEB was earmarked for procurement. Controversially, colleges were automatically re-awarded contracts despite massive underspend.

Research by the Association of Employment and Learning Providers points to a total underspend by colleges of £63m in 2016-17 and £76m in 2017-18 – that’s an estimated 26% of their total allocation for 2017-18. To put that into context, ITPs were permitted to bid for just £110m total funding for the same period, even though ITPs have, on the whole, made much better use of the available cash. The situation has led the AELP to recommend that the entire AEB budget should be put out to tender to address resulting gaps in provision. Despite their underspend, colleges were also allowed to bid on AEB tenders and, in many cases, won. So, colleges have been automatically awarded funds, failed to spend them AND been permitted to win additional funds. Has devolution helped address AEB’s problems? Performance figures are not yet available for AEB in the devolved regions, so there’s a degree of speculation involved.

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Vacancies on the jobs board this week include: Development Officer, Stronger Voice Project Co-ordinator, Head of Business Development, Director of Support and Development with Clinks [London], HOPE worker with Humankind [Harrogate], Volunteer Co-ordinator with NEPACS [Durham], Peer Mentor – Complex Needs with Shelter [Birmingham], Trainor Assessor with St. Giles Trust [Cardiff], Team Manager with Career Connect [Liverpool], Learning Facilitator with Weston College (Offender Learning) [HMP Elmley]. 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 Linked In Group 2020 Vision Group 2020 Vision Training Days and 2020 Vision Newsletter




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