Newsletter and bids 06 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 52 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


A great Apprenticeship week with lots going on well done everyone.


Lots of items going on and some things you need to do.


SARs should be in now and the next week to The self-assessment report . Inspectors will use self-assessment reports, or equivalent documents, to assess risk, monitor standards and plan for inspection. If these documents are not available in advance, the provider should share the latest report/plan(s) with the lead inspector following notification of the inspection. Inspectors will, in any case, use other readily available information about the provider.  Ofsted does not require self-assessment to be provided in a specific format. Any assessment that is provided should be part of the provider’s processes and not generated solely for inspection purposes.


If you are a Prime or Sub Contractor then the ESFA is saying We are seeking views on reforming the subcontracting of education and training for learners over the age of 16.

This consultation is being held on another website.

This is at

This consultation closes at midday on 17 March 2020 AELP say

Action: 19+ contracts and variations to be signed
Your contracts, and any variations to the allocations or terms and conditions held within them, are available in the Manage your education and skills funding service.
These need to be reviewed and signed by a contract authoriser promptly to ensure that the correct payments are received and you are aware of the current obligations.
Please ensure that you have at least one person in your organisation with a contract authoriser role and that their email address is up to date to receive alerts. Your super user can arrange this.  There are a number of contracts and variations currently awaiting signature – please check to see if you have anything outstanding.
If you have any queries about this please contact your territorial manager.


Details of this opportunity are as follows: Project: The Big Futures Show 2020
Project Reference: EBBC – 030226 Customer: Eastbourne Borough Council
Description: Exhibiting opportunity at the BIG Futures Show
The BIG Futures Show is returning for its fifth year on Tuesday 28 April 2020 9.30am-4.30pm at Eastbourne Sports Park.
The Show is the largest employability, skills and jobs event in East Sussex and is aimed at students (aged 14+) from across East Sussex as well as parents and anyone looking for work or training. Why your business should to part of it:
1.The Show offers exhibitors an unique opportunity to reach out and engage with over 1,200 visitors from across East Sussex looking for further education, training and employment
2.Attend one event a year to engage with students (aged 14+) from local schools and colleges – a greater efficiency of your time and resources
3.Meet potential candidates for vacancies now and in the future and promote your industry to the next generation
4.Positive PR of your organisation through attendance, website, social media and Show Guide given to all visitors
5.Receive free tickets to BFS Extra, an event to help you prepare for exhibitions and how to engage with young people
6.Business to business networking
7.Help local community and economic prosperity of the area
Visit for more information and to book. Exhibitor rate is £225 plus VAT and for charities £75. A range of sponsorship opportunities are also available.  This annual event is organised by a local charity, the Eastbourne Education Business Partnership, in association with Eastbourne Borough Council.



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 Three Great Jobs going

Compliance Manager East London Based but covering Pan London £30,000 PA

Training Manager South East London but Covering Pan London  £40,000 PA

Operations Manager South East 

CVS to me please

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.


Free webinar: ‘Taking your business overseas’ 

Hosted by the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) and the Department for International Trade (DIT)

Book onto our free webinar for business owners and advisers to learn about:

  • best practices for exporting
  • essential ingredients for exporting success
  • support available from IPO and DIT

Date: Friday 21 February 2020  Time: 12:00-13:00


CLINKS EVENT: working together in Essex This joint event, hosted by the Essex Women’s Action Team and Clinks [24th March, Chelmsford, free] will explore how organisations and businesses in Essex can effectively work together to prevent women entering the criminal justice system and improve outcomes for them and the people of Essex when they do. It will include: speakers who will explain what the research tells us and why organisations should work with women differently; the opportunity to hear from women with experience of the criminal justice system; and Clean Break’s latest production Not Pretty Like the Rainbow.

When women go to prison, the impact on their families and their community is devastating, and their likelihood of offending again is very high. This event will explore how organisations and businesses in Essex can effectively work together to prevent women entering the criminal justice system and improve outcomes for them and the people of Essex when they do. Registration is from 9.30am with the conference beginning at 10am, and concluding at 4pm. Refreshments and lunch will be provided. Onsite parking is free to all attendees.Book your place here


Vacancies on the jobs board this week include: Tenancy Support Officer with Nacro [Harlow], HR Advisor with Humankind [Leeds], Assistant Curriculum Manager with Weston College [HMP Lewes], Services Manager (Contracts and Partnerships) with Back on Track [Manchester], Criminal Justice Recovery Navigator with EDP Drug & Alcohol Services [Exeter], Engager Worker with Imagine Independence [Liverpool], Policy and Research Intern with Why me? [London], Family Support Group Volunteer with Prisoners Abroad [Birmingham], Support Worker with Changing Lives [North East], Regional Manager with User Voice [North East]. For more information about these vacancies, and many more, click here


 People that are available from BOLT this week: A few profiles that may be of interest:

Head of Sales – London, Manchester or Leeds – Specialises in building high performing teams; built a London team of 24 regionally focused business developers, growing starts to 650+. Delivered £6.5m revenue last year. Launched and piloted numerous digital apprenticeships standards. Year on year placement growth of 48%.

Head of Operations / Director – South East – overseen operational growth from 64 to 2,000 learners on degree apprenticeships. This included growing teams and the number of degree programmes.

Senior BDM – North – PY revenue £1m+ across 75 starts. Has never blanked, a consistent high performer.

Leadership & Management Coach – South East – Deilvering up to L5 CMI and ILM. Also experienced in Digital Marketing. Experienced trainer, coach, assessor and IQA.

Interested in uncovering hidden revenue in your apprenticeships business? L&D professional who specialises in the development of apprenticeship coaches – North West – Increased starts by over 30% (conversion from point of ‘sale’), reduced withdrawals and breaks by 50%, extensively networked in the region, able to assist with L3/5 management and L&D delivery also.

If any of these profiles are of interest, or you would like to discuss who you might need in your organisation right now, please email or call 0208 090 4595.


Looking for a location for the next Peer Meet up for London if you have a location to fit 50 industry providers for a networking event e-mail me at


Also lots of headline items  like DfE lobby Treasury with findings that FE can’t survive ‘as is’ without ‘relaxing the financial pressure’


Also London’s mayor is planning to spend up to £40,000 of the capital’s adult education budget on hiring a consultant to review a consultation – despite employing more than 50 staff to manage the policy. The move has been slammed as “wasteful”, with one college principal labelling it as “just wrong”.


Then we have a college has put £500,000 out to tender in an attempt to achieve funding targets before August – despite rules that ban subcontracting to meet “short-term funding objectives”.

One provider membership organisation said the case has set “alarm bells ringing”, but the Education and Skills Funding Agency has refused to say whether it will take action over what appears to be a clear breach of funding rules.


Nacro has launched its Lives Not Knives report in response to growing concerns about the impact that knife crime continues to have upon people and local areas. The report gives young people a chance to have their say. The young people Nacro spoke to aged 15-19 believe: knife-carrying is driven by fear; young people are not protected by the police, and harsher penalties will not deter people who carry knives; young people have very little to do in their spare time and few positive role models; knife crime is linked to poverty and lack of opportunity. In response, Nacro is calling for urgent focus upon prevention and early intervention and a fundamental shift away from prison being used as the answer.


Tip I: Wales getaway with tasting-menu dinner and bubbly. 52% off. Details


Tip 2: Modern patchwork armchairs from £39Details


Tip 3: Sweet letter box hampers. £3Details


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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