Newsletter and bids 08 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 50 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. They have a 100% fill rate when working on a retained basis, if you’re serious about hiring to grow your business email


I have spoken to 3 providers that have not put in their SARs


Announcement from Staffline who own People Plus

Staffline CEO Chris Pullen has tendered his resignation, the company has revealed.  In a statement released this morning (20 February) the Nottingham-headquartered recruitment and training group said Pullen had made his intentions known to the Board yesterday. He has held the role since January 2018. Pullen will continue to carry out his duties during his notice period while the group begins a formal search for a replacement. This is the latest in a string of blows for the troubled company, whose net debt position at 31 December 2019 is expected to be £60 million subject to audit.


The Mayor’s ESF 2019-23 Round 2 Launched – Application deadline 03 April 2020 – Ex-Offenders, Homelessness and Parental Employment Projects

We are writing to let you know that the Grant Award Process for Round 2 of The Mayor’s European Social Fund (ESF) 2019-23 Programme has now launched.

We are seeking providers to deliver the below projects;

  • Ex-Offenders (one pan-London Grant of £2m)
  • Homelessness (two cross-regional Grants of £1.5m)
  • Parental Employment (four sub-regional Grants of £1.625m)

All projects will support out of work Londoners to gain skills to find and sustain work, whilst also addressing their individual needs. ‘Parental Employment’ will also support employed parents on low pay to progress in work.

A Partnership Database has been created to help organisations develop relationships for funding opportunities. You can view registered organisations, or add yourself to this partnership database here.

Any questions relating to this Grant Award Process must be directed via this email:

For more information, and to apply, see our website.

The deadline for Applications is 17:00hrs Friday 3rd April 2020.


Exam boards will be required to publish the costs of qualifications on their websites to “create a more level playing field”.  All regulated exam boards must publish fee information about their qualifications from October. The information will include the qualification fee, any fees for other products that must be bought alongside the qualification, plus any mandatory cohort or centre-level costs. The move comes amid a push from Ofqual to increase transparency around exam costs. A new qualifications price index, published for the first time in September, showed the price of GCSEs and A-levels had risen by 17 per cent in three years.


A new post, “Ethics and user research in the Apprenticeship Service” has just been published on the ESFA Digital blog. Lydia is a junior user researcher in the Apprenticeship Service looking at how ethics is being used in user research within the ESFA. The conversation around ethics in user research is fairly recent.

Read the new post:


The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) will host the second series of Provider Roadshows in February and March for main providers on the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers (RoATP).
Our Spring 2020 Provider Roadshows build on feedback from our last events.  The insight and information we collected has informed planning in the Apprenticeship directorate, to help make sure we bring you – our providers – on our change journey with us.

Most of the day will focus on the transition of smaller employers that do not pay the apprenticeships levy to the digital Apprenticeship Service which began on 9 January, and on the full withdrawal of apprenticeships frameworks, at the end of July.  There will be opportunities to network with other providers, and to feedback around key themes so that we all have a chance to share and hear good practice.  In addition to hearing from one of our senior leaders, you will hear more about End Point Assessment Organisations (EPAO) from a provider and EPAO perspective, and there will be a Q&A session with some of our team.  We will also have a one-hour ‘surgery’ giving you a chance to speak to subject experts around the topics that you asked to hear more about when we met you last time.
The Roadshows are being held around the country throughout February/March as follows: –

Tuesday 25 February  
Tuesday 3 March        
Thursday 5 March       
Tuesday 24 March      
Thursday 26 March     
Tuesday 31 March 
North East
North West
South West 
East Durham College
Haydock Park Racecourse

Holiday Inn, Wembley
The Citrus Hotel, Coventry
Farnborough College of Technology

Taunton Conference Centre at Taunton RFC


Please click here to register your place as soon as possible.
If you have been forwarded this invitation by a colleague, please register by clicking Start Registration in the New users section.  Initially only one representative from your company will be able to attend. Should you wish to register more than one place, your additional place(s) will be added to a waiting list. This list will be reviewed before the event; whilst we hope to ensure all staff interested can attend, this may not always be the case. Education & Skills Funding Agency We hope very much to see you in a few weeks!

The ESFA will be providing several informative workshops, and Keith Smith will be giving an essential keynote at next month’s Annual Apprenticeship Conference, in partnership with the Department for Education. A must-attend event for apprentice providers and employers!  The 6th Annual Apprenticeship Conference (2-3 March, ICC, Birmingham) will provide business-critical updates, advice and keynotes for those involved in the delivery of apprenticeships. It is the flagship national apprenticeship conference for employers and providers.

Across two days we have a great lineup of keynote speakers from the DfE, ESFA, IfATE, Ofsted, Ofqaul and others. Plus we have over 60 workshops. You can find the full line-up on the website.  ESFA workshops:
Day 1 & 2 | End-point assessment: Quality in engagement and delivery, Richard Mole and Liz Bennington,  ESFA, Department for Education
Day 1 & 2 | Apprenticeship Service Update – including bringing non levy paying employers onto the service, Helen Gorner, ESFA, Department for Education
Keith Smith keynote on Day 2 – Essential Updates from the Department for Education

ESFA will also be sending several senior staff to the conference, they will be available on their exhibition stand to answer any apprenticeship questions you have.
IfATE workshops:
Day 1 & 2 | Institute: state of play – Standards
Jonathan Mitchell, Deputy Director Standards Development, IfATE

Day 1 & 2 | Institute: state of play – Quality
Nikki Christie, Deputy Director Quality, IfA

Day 1 & 2 | Institute: state of play – Funding
Anna West, Deputy Director – Funding, IfAT

Jennifer Coupland keynote on Day 2 – Apprenticeships and Technical Education – next steps
I will also be providing a few workshops and sessions across the two days:
Day 1 & 2 | Negotiated price and staying on the right side of audit
Nick Linford, Editor, FE Week & Karl Bentley, Manager, RSM

Day 1 | Future-proof your provision: Policy versus practice and where next for apprenticeship funding reform, Nick Linford, Editor of FE Week
Workshop bookings are now live; places are expected to go fast, so register now to avoid disappointment.


I also have three organisations looking for ROTO holding Companies and for details of these please contact me at Also one company looking to undertake a merger with another company to scale up operations.


I have one location looking for another for the Peer Meet up for London if you have a location to fit 50 industry providers for a networking event e-mail me at


I think that many items will come clear when we have the Budget so some questions around what’s happening to entrepreneurs’ relief?  Entrepreneurs’ relief lets business owners pay just 10 per cent Capital Gains Tax when they sell the business.
While rumours suggested Sajid Javid wanted to scrap entrepreneurs’ relief completely, The Times reported he was wavering on those plans before his resignation.

He was considering reducing the lifetime relief limit from £10 million to £1 million. Will Rishi Sunak push on with this?  Nimesh Shah, a partner at leading accounting and tax advisory firm Blick Rothenberg, isn’t sure: “There has been a lot of speculation around entrepreneurs’ relief being changed or restricted in the forthcoming Budget – it’s possible that any such changes which were driven by Sajid Javid could now be shelved, and delayed in their introduction until a future Budget.”


The EPA Conference in Coventry was a great success and indeed many hailed it as being very important to look at consistency going forward.

Promote-Ed were delighted to the be the main sponsor at the Annual National End Point Assessment (EPA) Conference held at the Welcome Centre in Coventry on the 20th February.  With over 200 delegates and exhibitors in attendance listing to an array of speakers covering a range of topics related to End Point Assessment, including Charlotte Bosworth, Managing Director of Innovate Awarding and Chris Jones, Specialist Advisor to Apprenticeships at Ofsted plus many more.

With Question and Answer sessions held throughout the day, chaired by Tony Allen, it’s clear that the education sector is still one of constant change. Attendees still have lots of questions about navigating the sector and Promote-Ed were on hand to promote the positivity of the sector and the Promote-Ed message as well as launching the Cyber Essentials service in conjunction with RDS which now becomes mandatory at the start of the new contract year.

Lindsay McCurdy said ‘The feedback received from the day has been overwhelmingly positive, if each person can take away one useful piece of information, and hopefully more, then our conference is a success.’

Lee Marples added ‘In such a short space of time it is clear more than ever that our sector is crying out for support and the promotion of the positive messages that happen every day across the sector. We are delighted to announce our support package for providers who will now be required to gain Cyber Essentials accreditation and we look forward to more exciting developments with Promote-Ed over the coming months to further strengthen the support network our providers needs.’Join the campaign for positive change within the Promote-Ed Forums


A college that has been rocked by an unexpected £6 million deficit has appointed an experienced FE leader as its interim principal.  Staff at Gateshead College have been told that Andy Cole will take up the position from Monday.


The training arm of an engineering trade association has pulled out of apprenticeships in England after it was slammed by Ofsted for “unacceptable” delivery, for the second time. Piper Training Ltd, part of the building engineering services association (BESA) – which is also an end-point assessment organisation for nine apprenticeship standards, was judged ‘inadequate’ in a report published yesterday.


Education and Skills Funding Agency: Funding guidance for young people 2019 to 2020 This document is part of a series of booklets providing Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) Funding guidance for young people 2019 to 2020.

  • Funding regulations • Rates and formula
  • ILR funding returns (this booklet)
  • Subcontracting control regulations

This summary applies to all these booklets and as they are published they will be available from the ESFA funding guidance on GOV.UK. These documents outline the main features of the ESFA funding arrangements for 2019 to 2020 and are an integral part of our funding agreements for young people aged 16 to 19 and those aged 19 to 24 funded by the ESFA for study programmes. All these documents should be read in this context, unless specifically stated otherwise. This is the definitive guidance for 2019 to 2020 and supersedes any previous funding guidance. The subcontracting controls guidance only needs to be read by institutions either with subcontractors or considering subcontracted delivery. In All 29 Pages


Vacancies on the jobs board this week include: Trustee with PACT [London], GROW Traineeship with Shelter [Manchester], Community Asset Coach with Changing Lives [Northallerton], Project Manager with Kenward Trust [Kent], Fundraiser (Trusts & Foundations) with The Advocacy Project [Flexible working/home-based], Chief Executive Officer with Basis Yorkshire [Leeds], Team Manager with St. Giles Trust [West Midlands], Regional Manager (North and South) – maternity cover with Unlocked Graduates [London or Manchester], Prescribing and General Admin Assistant with Humankind [Leeds], MIS Co-ordinator with Weston College [HMP Coldingley]

 For more information about these vacancies, and many more, click here


Tip I: Revolution cocktail afternoon tea for two, three or four. From £25. Details


 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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