Newsletter and bids 04 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:


Bolt Jobs our sponsor has some great candidates this week. Get in touch if you fancy a chat – or 02080904595


ESFA have said Information: Learning Records Service temporarily closed due to data trust breach: Due to a recent data breach by a UK Register of Learning Provider, we have temporarily closed the Learning Records Service whilst we complete investigations.

We are continuing to monitor access and audit logs to highlight unusual activity to ensure this situation does not happen again via any provider.

Our checks are almost complete and we will start to provide access to the Learner Record Service from tomorrow. We will endeavour to get the service fully up and running as quickly as possible.  We will leave no options off the table when it comes to taking action or seeking for others, such as the Information Commissioner, to take action against any learning provider that has breached its agreement with us and wrongly shared data.


SASE Frameworks Registration Expiry 2020 Perry from Pearson tells us

This year SASE Apprenticeship frameworks are being switched off, the countdown has started, and after 31st July 2020, you will no longer be able to start new apprentices on the SASE frameworks.

So, get ahead and make sure you have registered all your learners before this date.

To support you, I have attached a comprehensive document that details what qualifications we will continue to offer after the SASE switch off, and whether there is a standard replacement. If you now have to move to the Apprenticeship Standards and need information and support on how you transition your apprenticeship delivery from the current SASE frameworks to the Apprenticeship standards, contact me now.


Take a look at the specific requirements of the Apprenticeship Standards and what we can help you deliver. Our standards offering consists of products and services across a range of sectors. Keep an eye out for our free training events. We will be providing a number of webinars across different sectors over the next few weeks that will help you understand the changes and support those transitioning to standards.

Please go to file:///C:/Users/steve/Downloads/NEW%20Apprenticeships_Standards_Frameworks.pdf


As you know or may not know I have been involved for the past 4 years with the Asian Apprenticeship Awards this year it changes to the BAME and Asian Apprenticeship Awards. So dates for your Diary are Nomination Deadline – 1st May 2020 Shortlist Reveal – 6th May 2020 Judging Day – 19th May 2020 Awards Evening – Thursday the 9th July 2020 The event will be at the The event will take place in Birmingham at Edgbaston Cricket Stadium So as an Ambassador and former Judge if you would like more details or thinking of sponsoring then please contact me. We also have have our Media Pack which can be sent to you also feel free to contact Kasim at


New Law changes: The first of its kind in the UK, the Parental Bereavement Leave and Pay Act 2018 is expected to come into force in April 2020 and will give employed parents the right to two weeks leave if they lost a child under the age of 18 or suffer a stillbirth from 24 weeks of pregnancy. Employed parents will also be able to claim pay for this period, subject to meeting eligibility criteria.

From 6 April 2020, the reference period to calculate a ‘week’s pay’ for holiday pay purposes will be extended from the previous 12 weeks of work to the previous 52 weeks.


Agency workers rights are also changing in 2020.

From April 6 2020, the following things will apply:

Abolition of the Swedish Derogation: This may also be known as the ‘pay between assignments’ contracts which would previously see agency workers agree a contract that would remove their rights to equal pay with permanent counterparts after 12 weeks working at the same assignment. From April 6, these will no longer be permissible and agency workers who have been in their employment for 12 weeks will be entitled to the same pay as those on permanent contracts.  All agency workers will be entitled to a key information document that more clearly sets out their employment relationships and terms and conditions with their agency.  Agency workers who are considered to be employees will be protected from unfair dismissal or suffering a detriment if the reasons are related to asserting rights associated with The Agency Worker Regulations.


New laws on passing cyclists, car tax and low emissions will come into force in 2020.

This year saw new rules come in over MOTs and £100 fines dished out to anyone caught driving in a lane which has an X above it on any smart motorway in the country. And motorists can expect to see even more changes next year including new rules on tax rates.  These are the new driving laws for 2020 that drivers need to know about.


Action: mid-year funding claims for 2019 to 2020

The mid-year funding claim window will open at 9am on Monday 10 February 2020.

You must submit a mid-year funding claim by 5pm on Thursday 13 February 2020. The claim form will be available on Submit Learner Data. Failure to submit the form will be a breach of your agreement.

You will need to submit a claim if you receive funds through:

  • adult education budget (AEB) (Adult Skills and Community Learning) – grant-funded
  • Advanced Learner Loans Bursary (ALLB) – grant-funded
  • Learner Support for AEB procured (adult skills and 19 to 24 traineeships) – paid-on-profile

Once you have submitted your claim you will also be able to view it on the Manage your education and skills funding.

For colleges due to submit the integrated financial model for colleges (IFMC) at the end of February, please ensure figures in the mid-year claim are used to inform the financial planning you are currently undertaking.

If you have any queries about this please contact your territorial manager.


BTEC AWARDS 2020  Do you know an exceptional BTEC learner or colleague? 

Someone who has really stood out over the last year or has gone above and beyond to succeed and excel?   Who do you know who delivers consistently, excellent BTEC teaching?

Perhaps you would like to enter your college for a BTEC Award?

Don’t miss the chance to tell us who your pick is for a BTEC Award; every nomination we receive will be entered into a prize draw to WIN a visit from a VIP BTEC Brand Ambassador!

Talk to your team about entering some nominations for the awards. If you have any questions you can email   or check out our website for more information at


As you will be aware that the Growth Company now hold the contract for Matrix

Number of People Delivering the IAG Service.

The Growth Company as the new centre responsible for managing matrix Standard assessments and accreditations on behalf of the Department for Education (DfE).  We’ve been awarded the contract after a rigorous tendering process, taking over all responsibilities for existing and future matrix accreditations on 11th January.

The Growth Company ( is a not-for-profit company, reinvesting all profits in making a positive difference and leaving a legacy of growth.  Based in Manchester and with offices and services across England, we have extensive experience of managing other accreditation and certification services including Investors in People, Lexcel, Customer Service Excellence and a range of ISO certifications.

Our ambition

We are looking forward to working with matrix customers like you, DfE and other stakeholders to develop the matrix Standard so that it continues to provide relevant third-party accreditation of your Information, Advice and Guidance services.  Starting in late 2020, we will begin a full review of the matrix Standard and its assessment approach.  We are hoping to involve as many matrix customers in this review as possible, so watch out for further opportunities to get involved later in the year.

We have already started to make connections with stakeholders, including the National Careers Service and Education and Skills Funding Agency.  Working with DfE and these stakeholders, we will ensure that matrix continues to be the Standard recognised by government and others to quality assure the delivery of information, advice and guidance.

Maintaining continuity… and information security

We know that matrix customers value the support they receive from their matrix assessor.  So it’s great that nearly all the existing assessors have agreed to move across and work with The Growth Company.  This means you’ll be able to continue working with the same matrix professional including on any upcoming Continuous Improvement Checks that are due.  Of course, if you’d prefer a fresh pair of eyes, just let us know. We’ll also be keeping the same pricing and scoping structure, meaning that matrix assessment prices will have remained the same since 2010.


We’ve received all relevant information about your matrix assessment history and your organisation’s contact details from the previous contract holder (Assessment Services Limited).  This transfer is being conducted under the Legitimate Interest basis as set out in the General Data Protection Regulations and will ensure that we can quickly get up to speed on your matrix journey to-date and can continue to provide you with the highest levels of service.  We take our information security responsibilities seriously, and I confirm that we’ll only use your data to support your matrix accreditation.  You can find further details of The Growth Company’s Privacy Policy at

Getting in touch

The matrix Standard website can continue to be found at,

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Our forthcoming FREE breakfast seminar on the 4th of February will look at the vital issue of cybersecurity and how it can affect the success of your business.

Our high-profile panel of speakers includes:

– Lee Johnson, chief technology officer at Air IT and head of Air Sec

– Brian Lowe, MSSP Channel account executive at AT&T Cybersecurity

– Harpeet Sandhu – partner and head of commerce and technology at Nelsons Law

When it comes to the security of your business, cybercriminals who deal in data and disruption now pose a greater risk than traditional thieves. In 2019, 55% of UK businesses suffered a cyber-attack according to a report published by insurance firm, Hiscox.

With an economy worth more than £1 trillion annually and hacking tools readily available on the dark web, this issue is only set to worsen. Despite recently introduced GDPR legislation, many businesses continue to rely on outdated systems for protection.

In today’s digital world, operating up-to-date security solutions is paramount to protecting your business assets and data. Our panel will discuss how business owners need to adapt to meet the changing cyber threat landscape and build a cyber safe culture combining people, process and technology.

Prevention is always better than cure and is much more cost-effective in the long run – our Cyber Security breakfast seminar will make sure you have all the knowledge you need to ensure your business can trade securely, both now and in the future.


Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust Seeks Views on New Local Grants Programme

The Trust has launched an open consultation to help shape its new local funding programme which will launch this summer and run for at least two years.

The feedback from the Armed Forces community and those that support them will be used be to shape the new programme based on real needs and priorities at a local level.

The consultation will inform the Trust’s overall priority for 2020 of Integration and Engagement and other programmes that may be developed in the year ahead.

The Trust will be focussing on funding projects that:

Reduce isolation, particularly for veterans and Armed Forces families.

Support local co-ordination and joining up of local projects and services.

Groups have an opportunity to provide their thoughts on the following questions:

Who do they feel is most in need of support.

What types of projects do they think should receive funding

How big should grant awards be under a local programme

How can the grants best be made in order to make funding accessible to those who need it.

The consultation closes at midnight on 6 March 2020.

The online questionnaire will take about 15 minutes to complete and can be found on the Armed Forces Covenant Trust website along with the consultation document.

CLINKS MEMBERS’ VACANCIES: Vacancies on the jobs board this week include: Resettlement Caseworker with St. Giles Trust [HMP New Hall], Senior Project Officer – Prisons Support with Samaritans [Surrey], National Quality Manager with Circles UK [Reading], HR Advisor – Recruitment with Changing Lives [Gateshead], Fundraising Officer with Switchback [London], Senior Finance Assistant with Humankind [County Durham], Casework Coordinator (Criminal Justice) with Julian House [Yeovil], Resettlement Support Worker with The Clink Restaurant [HMP Downview & High Down], Substance Misuse Nurse – Homeless Community with Kaleidoscope Project [Cardiff], Parental Rights in Prison – Project Co-ordinator with NEPACS [HMP YOI Low Newton]. For more information about these vacancies, and many more, click here


 There has been a lot of speculation about whether Levy Overspend could be causing Apprenticeship funding to run out.  (NB a monthly levy contribution that remains unspent for 2 years ‘expires’ and is no longer available for that employer to use). However a recent Freedom of Information request response (16 Jan 2020) from the Dept. for Education* paints a more nuanced picture.  In 2019 Employers paid: a combined total of £2,8bn into the levy pot (pg 179 HMRC) In 2019 Employers Spent: Just £864m of their combined levy pot. Levy Underspend in 2019: An almost £2bn differential between input and output in one year alone! This mismatch has in turn led to a rapid increase in the value of unused or ‘expiring’ levy funds. From an initial £11m in May ’19 to £72m in Nov ’19 and rising…



Ok the next few weeks I am very booked up after my visit to Birmingham and London.

So looking at dates from 15th of Feb onwards.


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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