Newsletter and bids 02 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 55 pages. 

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


Our headline Sponsors Bolt Jobs would like to do an introduction. 

Alex tells us about Bolt Jobs.  The official version is that we are a recruitment agency specialising in servicing FE, HE and Training Organisations. But really we are just people with a lot of passion for helping people like you achieve their goals. Sponsoring this newsletter makes a lot of sense to us, considering our devotion to sharing inspirational, informative content and spreading positivity in the world of FE. We love apprenticeships, memes and good debates. We can also help you hire better people, 3X faster and with higher retention. Get in touch if you fancy a chat – or 02080904595.


DWP give more clarity In reference to the EHRSUA Invitation to tender communication issued on Wednesday 8th January, regarding a delay to the issue of the Invitation to Tender for this opportunity, our aim is to issue the Invitation to Tender for this opportunity by the end of January.


Keith Smith tells us from the ESFA in his message: It is now two years since we introduced some of the biggest reforms this country has ever seen to the way apprenticeships are designed, delivered and paid for. The apprenticeship service opened to large employers in May 2017. Just over one year later we publicly committed to expanding the service for smaller employers who do not pay the apprenticeship levy, so that they would access apprenticeship funding through the apprenticeship service. We are now pleased to confirm that the formal transition journey for those smaller employers will begin this month, January 2020.  The transition is starting with a test phase where those smaller employers, who feel they are ready, can take advantage of the new approach, accessing apprenticeships via the apprenticeship service and all the benefits it will offer. During this test phase (January to March), additional funding will be made available to fund up to 15,000 new starts through the service.

Initially we are limiting employers to three active reservations. This will enable us to test the operation of the new arrangements and to manage a gradual transition from contracted training provision to employers arranging their apprenticeships through the apprenticeship service.

Reservations will allow us to forecast, monitor and manage apprenticeships funding within the DfE’s overall budget for apprenticeships. To ensure that the spend on apprenticeships training remains affordable within the Government’s overall budget for apprenticeships, it may at times be necessary to restrict employers’ ability to reserve funding.  Opportunities to support employers through this route will be open to all main providers on the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers (RoATP).

The existing route to market for employers, contracted funding allocations with providers, will continue to run in parallel throughout the test phase and longer transition period. This is designed to support employers and providers as they build knowledge about the new arrangements and prepare for full transition to the apprenticeship service route.

As a provider, if you would like to work with employers to access apprenticeships through the service, we want to ensure that you are aware of some changes to the arrangements for Provider Agreements (access to the apprenticeship service) and existing Contracts for Services (procured for non-levy). Please find attached an annex which summarises the changes to the Provider Agreements, Employer Agreements and Procured Contracts for Services. Further information is also available on our website for you to refer to – provider agreement and employer agreement. We have also published an updated version of the Funding Rules and new Reservations Policy Statement.

We are committed to making sure that you have the information you need to engage with the service and understand the changes affecting apprenticeships for smaller employers that do not pay the apprenticeship levy and alongside our usual updates we will be running more information webinars in January – look out for the invitations for these via our usual channels (sign up for web alerts on GOV.UK for our ESFA Digital Blog and register for our future webinar programme).

Additionally, you’ll soon be getting ‘save the date’ emails for our spring roadshows. These will also be flagged in Update – if you don’t receive Update, you can sign up here.  In the meantime you can access more information about the planned transition and what this means for training providers and employers on our ESFA youtube channel where we have published the webinars that were delivered at the end of 2019.  We look forward to continuing to work with you as we work through this important transition period.


The guide for ITP Governance which is the guidelines Ofsted look to see:

The 10 Primary Responsibilities of Good Governance The Board and its Members have ten primary responsibilities. These are to:

  • 1 Formulate and agree the mission and strategy which defines the ethos of your organisation 2 Be collectively accountable for the business of the organisation
  • 3 Ensure that there are effective policies and systems which enable and facilitate the learners’ voice
  • 4 Foster exceptional teaching and learning
  • 5 Ensure the organisation is responsive to workforce trends by adopting a range of strategies for engaging with employers and other stakeholders
  • 6 Adopt and monitor appropriate financial strategies and funding plans to ensure that the ITP is solvent and delivers value for money to its learners and to its funders
  • 7 Ensure that effective control and due diligence takes place in relation to all matters including mergers, acquisitions, contracting, sub-contracting and partnership activity
  • 8 Meet and aim to exceed the statutory obligations for equality and diversity
  • 9 Ensure there are organised and clear governance and management structures with well understood delegation
  • 10 Regularly review governance performance and effectiveness.
  • For additional indeepth guidance please see


London GLA ESF Information Session Invite : STEM

We are inviting interested stakeholders to attend an ESF Information Session on Tuesday 21st January.   At the event we’ll discuss the proposed activities for a funding opportunity we aim to launch in the new year. Following a roundtable discussion on the proposed projects there will be an opportunity to network. If you are interested please register for this event by noon on 20th January 2020.


Another Great event in January TCHC

Join us for the launch of the new Skills and Growth Service, which supports the success of businesses through the power of learning.

The Greater London Authorities’ devolved Adult Education Budget (AEB) and the European Social Fund (ESF) fund the Skills and Growth Service to support businesses and their employees to develop new skills gain qualifications, to help them progress their careers. This event will delve into the service TCHC and its partners are delivering to in-work Londoners; providing the opportunity to network with industry experts and commissioners and understand how you and your organisation can benefit.

 The Skills and Growth Service is a partnership of 13 training and development organisations, with TCHC Group as the lead partner. We are an Ofsted Grade Good organisation. 21st of January

Agenda for the launch:


10:00 – Introduction

10:30 – About the Skills and Growth Service – Benefits to Employees

10:50 – Overview of the Partnership and their Offer

11:30 – Break

11:45 – Partner Workshops

12:30 – Questions and Answers

12:50 – Lunch and Networking

For your FREE Ticket go to


CLINKS MEMBER’S EVENT: youth violence

Restorative Justice for All invites those who work with young people to a workshop on addressing serious youth violence and violent radicalisation [13th February, London, free]. This one-day-workshop is part of its project My Life- My Future, and will help stakeholders in youth organisations to become more informed about radicalisation, positive psychology, and restorative justice. The workshop will cover a range of topics including: restorative justice in theory and practice; radicalisation – why and how; education and the rights of the child; and positive psychology and the Good Lives Model. At the end of the workshop, participants will complete a test on the material covered during the day, and upon completion they will receive Continuing Professional Development (CPD) accreditation.

Register here


Seetec, a leading provider of skills, employment, justice and rehabilitation services, today becomes one of the largest employee-owned companies delivering public services in the UK and Ireland.  The company has annual revenues of £150 million and will be the 9th largest employee-owned company in the UK by number of employees. A new employee council will be set up to manage and represent the interests of employees, which include frontline probation workers, employment coaches and trainers.

Seetec’s founder and 80 per cent shareholder, Peter Cooper, has sold 51 per cent of the company into an Employee Ownership Trust for the sole benefit of the company’s 2,500 employees. This complements, and is in addition to, an existing employee benefit trust (EBT) established in 1990 which owns 18 per cent of the company, as well as a 1.5 per cent stake held by the company’s charity, Your Ambition.

Seetec supervises and supports nearly 30,000 low and medium risk offenders across the south of England and Wales for the UK Ministry of Justice. Through the Department for Work and Pensions’ Work and Health Programme, the company also provides intensive support to people who may be disadvantaged and struggling to get into work. In the Republic of Ireland, Seetec delivers the JobPath employment programme and has helped 30,000 people into work for the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection.

The company also provides apprenticeships and training on behalf of thousands of employers including market leaders in aviation, media and logistics as well as small and medium sized enterprises across Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

Peter Cooper retains a 29 per cent stake in the business and will step down from his role as executive chairman. He will continue to chair the main board as a non-executive director. John Baumback, the current managing director, will take over executive leadership of the company as group managing director from 1 April 2020.


JOBS for CLINKS MEMBERS’ VACANCIES: Vacancies on the jobs board this week include: Musician in Residence with The Irene Taylor Trust [HMP Gartree], Criminal Justice Administrator with EDP Drug & Alcohol Services [Devon], Offender Services Team Leader – Custody with Shelter [HMP Preston], Community Fundraiser with Oasis Project [Brighton], Engagement worker with Social Interest Group [London], Operations Team Administrator with Prison Fellowship England & Wales [Westminster], Women’s Live Leeds Inclusion and Participation Worker with Basis Yorkshire [Leeds], Therapeutic CSE Practitioner with The Magdalene Group [Norwich & Norfolk], Diversion Scheme Trainer with Druglink [London], Team Manager – Birmingham with Nacro [Birmingham].

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


Lots of stories and announcements in FE week and Government so

Almost a fifth of level 2 and 3 apprentices are being paid below the national minimum wage – as the new Apprenticeship Pay Survey has revealed a 1 per cent rise in “non-compliance”.

Debt to be written off for 300 loans learners

The mayor of London has attempted to reassure private providers they won’t miss out on extra English and maths funding for adult learners.


Sadiq Khan announced last month that the Greater London Authority would increase funding by £77 for every English and maths qualification at level 1 and 2 – at a cost of £2.7 million. The money will come from the adult education budget for 2020/21.


A multi-site “college” is to have its funding contracts terminated, after serious safeguarding failures were exposed in a damning Ofsted report.

City College Nottingham, a private training provider with eight campuses across the Midlands, laid off staff and stopped taking on new enrolments ahead of the publication of a grade four inspection report on December 20.

FE Week exclusively revealed the safeguarding concerns in November.

Gavin Williamson has vowed to send Ofsted inspectors into every ‘outstanding’ training provider in England within five years, as he confirmed an earlier pledge to lift their inspection exemption.


FUNDING: deliver Resettlement Hubs

Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) has published a prior information notice to bid for a contract to create Resettlement Hubs – safe and supportive spaces for people in contact with the criminal justice system to reintegrate into society. The Hubs and their respective operating model will enable participants to access tailored support, interact with positive role models, and ultimately be supported into education, employment and training. This opportunity is available to voluntary sector organisations and small and medium-sized enterprises.

Clarifications and market engagement interest can be raised via the esourcing portal or by emailing with subject line: CFO3 Resettlement Hubs. Email before 22nd January to reserve a place at one of the Market Engagement events [3rd February, Manchester | 7th February, Birmingham].


More funding grants and Contract news on the next 51 pages

FUNDING: be safe and feel safe

Julia’s Community Fund is open for applications specifically from local organisations, groups or individuals who need money to help fund a new community safety project or scheme. The fund is only available for new projects led by people based or operating solely or mainly within North Yorkshire and the City of York. Funds from £500 up to £20,000 can be awarded for specific projects that support communities within North Yorkshire to “Be Safe and Feel Safe”.


Find out more and apply before 23rd January here

FUNDING: criminal justice and penal reform

Grants in the range of £10,000 to £20,000 are available from AB Charitable Trust for charities working to support: migrants, refugees and asylum seekers; criminal justice and penal reform; and human rights, particularly access to justice. Grants are normally awarded only to charities registered and working in the UK. Individuals are not eligible for support. The trust tends to support charities with annual income between £150k and £1.5m that do not have substantial investments or surpluses. Find out more and apply before 26th January here


FUNDING: transforming the lives of women

The Feminist Review Trust has grants of up to £15,000 available for projects that transform the lives of women. The trust can fund projects that are ‘hard to fund’, pump priming activities, interventionist projects which support feminist values, training and development projects and core funding. Full details of eligibility can be found on the trust’s website. Find out more and apply before 31st January here


FUNDING: core costs

The Woodward Charitable Trust has grants available towards the core costs of charities working in one or more of its priority areas, including: arts outreach; children and young people; disability projects; disadvantaged women and their children; disadvantaged families including parenting support; prisoners and ex-offenders; and integration and community cohesion. The Trustees favour small-scale, locally based initiatives and most grants are only for one year. Find out more and apply before 31st January here


Australia wildfires – I am sure you have seen the distressing footage from Australia about the wildfires and the devastating impact this has had. For those who would like to make a donation, ABC has published the following list on their website and donations can be made via the links below:

Donate to charities that support bushfire affected communities

Donate to State Government and Local Council appeals

Donate to your local fire services and brigades

Donate to help animals affected by bushfires

Donate goods and services

Donations through registered funds and official appeals is the best way to help, according to the NSW Office of Emergency Management, as it allows people to choose exactly what they need and supports local businesses.


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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