Newsletter and bids 01 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:


Our New sponsor for 2020 is Bolt was founded by Alex Lockey in Newcastle-upon-TyneAlex tells us I’ve always had a passion for working with people. In my earlier days of business I recruited for the FE & Training sector for a multi-sector agency before moving on to run a successful e-commerce business and then return to the education and healthcare recruiting sectors.

After much success tackling new frontiers and running successful teams, I feel like I’ve seen the great, the bad and the ugly of education recruitment.

Hence, I founded Bolt.  My goal is to make hiring an honest and value adding process for all involved. This means honest, valuable and stress free for both employers and talent in the FE, HE and Training sectors. So far, we ͛ve been able to innovate to the point where we deliver industry-leading results. The website is


This week I will be in London on Tuesday and Thursday seeing clients.


Perry tells us about the NEW PEARSON LEARNING HUB

The NEW Pearson Learning Hub is a digital learning platform that is designed to deliver an engaging, accessible, interactive and personalised learning experience for learners. It provides high-quality, bite-sized and mobile-optimised learning content, which supports:

Apprenticeships – the content is mapped to the knowledge and behaviors outcome of apprenticeship standards, and can be used as part of the 20% off the job requirement.

Workplace behaviors and skills development that employers value – employers that want to improve work practices can use the learning content to support employees in carrying out their roles and duties in the workplace, therefore improving their work practices and personal effectiveness.

For more info:

Please then go to  

See the ”benefits for Learners, Training Providers and Employers” tabs

Watch the demo videos,

And sign up for a free trial.

The first apprenticeship standards now available on the Pearson Learning Hub are:

  • Workplace Behaviours and Skills
  • Team Leader / Supervisor Level 3
  • Adult Care Worker Level 2
  • Lead Adult Care Worker Level 3
  • Business Administrator Level 3 (soon)
  • Ops Manager L5 (soon)


When any apprenticeship standard resource is purchased, it will include the behaviors and skills elements.


Of course the Exhibition and Conference is on in January Bett UK brings together visitors from across the sector in order to transform the education. Please select one of the following options to register for the event: If you are under 18 years of age, you only need to register onsite and be accompanied by an adult. Over 900 organisations will be there Location, dates and times

ExCeL London, Royal Victoria Dock, 1 Western Gateway, London E16 1XL, United Kingdom.

Wednesday 22nd January: 10:00 – 18:00
Thursday 23rd January: 10:00 – 18:00
Friday 24th January: 10:00 – 18:00
Saturday 25th January: 10:00 – 15:00

Free Registration is at


Unbelievable – the highest-paid principal in the country, who led a college which is under investigation after it found an unexplained deficit, has announced her decision to retire with immediate effect.  Judith Doyle stepped down from her role at Gateshead College on December 31. FE Week understands Doyle had previously informed the board of her intention to retire at the end of this academic year.

A spokesperson for Gateshead College said the decision to bring this forward was “hers in the belief that it was in the college’s best interests to step aside now enabling the new three-year plan to be delivered by the team with the support of the ESFA and FE Commissioner”.

In December, FE Week revealed an investigation had been launched at the college following an unexplained deficit in the last financial year.

It was also understood that its finance director went on sick leave after the finding.

Doyle has spent 33 years in the FE sector and was appointed principal of Gateshead in 2013, having previously held the position of deputy principal.

The college received an ‘outstanding’ grade from Ofsted following a full inspection in July 2015. Read more at


Also this week the Crazy start to the New Year was marked by this report

Around £1.2 billion has been “wasted” on “fake apprenticeships” that have taken up half of all starts since the apprenticeship levy was introduced in May 2017, according to new research.  The study by think tank EDSK goes on to recommend that apprenticeships should be for level 3 only, while standards at level 2 and degree-equivalent courses should be defunded.

This is the third report into the apprenticeship system by EDSK director Tom Richmond (pictured), a former senior adviser to previous skills ministers Nick Boles and Matt Hancock, who told FE Week with this latest publication: “We have the full two years of data on the levy and we can now see exactly what is happening.

The apprenticeship levy is now descending into farce

“In the past, I have looked at the foundations of the reform and the history and what might have happened.  “Now we can see, and I don’t think anyone has done this analysis before, who is being supported, what is being supported and why it’s being supported.”

What he has found is that the levy is “descending into farce” because employers and higher education providers are “abusing” it by “rebadging existing courses and degrees for their own financial gain”.  He said employers have used up over £550 million of levy funding on rebadged management training and professional development courses for more experienced employees. As a result, the most popular apprenticeship in the country is now becoming a ‘team leader / supervisor’ – accounting for almost 1 in 10 apprentices.

This will be of no surprise to FE Week readers, as this newspaper has warned about the unstoppable rise of management apprenticeships since 2016.


The prime minister’s inflation-busting apprentice minimum wage increase is “manageable” and will not impede businesses from taking on new apprentices, employer representative organisations have said.

From 1 April, the apprentice minimum wage will shoot up by 6.4 per cent from £3.90 to £4.15.  Boris Johnson revealed the increase two days ago alongside his announcement that the National Living Wage would be rising from £8.21 to £8.72.

He said this is the “biggest ever cash boost” to the minimum pay levels, and added that “hard work should always pay, but for too long, people haven’t seen the pay rises they deserve”.  The Federation of Small Businesses said the increase, which is four times the rate of inflation, should be welcomed with caution.


“The government must always consider the impact these changes could have on firms who are struggling to make ends meet,” the organisation’s national chair, Mike Cherry, said.

“We must ensure that apprenticeships work, both for the apprentice and the employer. Our own research has found that some employers who had previously employed apprentices on shorter programmes did not budget for increasing the wages for apprenticeships lasting longer than a year.

“It’s vital that everyone is paid fairly, and small firms, who are the backbone of the economy, are ably supported by government so these changes are manageable and don’t impede businesses from taking on new apprentices in the long term.”

Matthew Percival, the director of people and skills policy at the Confederation of British Industry, agreed that there is an “important balancing act” to setting the apprentice minimum wage as large increases can make it less affordable for some firms to continue their apprenticeship programmes.


Westminster Education Forum policy conference T Level implementation – content, assessment, support for providers, and student inclusion


Sue Lovelock, Deputy Director, T Level Delivery Division, Department for Education

Carmel Grant, Deputy Director, Technical Education Implementation and Delivery, Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education

Lucy Sydney, Director of Strategic Relationships for Vocational and Technical Qualifications, Ofqual


Dr Fiona Aldridge, Learning and Work Institute; Cerian Ayres, Education and Training Foundation; Jenifer Burden, Gatsby Foundation; Mark Compton, Access Creative College; Jim Grant, Cirencester College, Gloucestershire; Sonali Parekh, Federation of Small Businesses; Cindy Rampersaud, Pearson Education; Amy Smith, Framestore and Media, Broadcasting and Production T Level Panel; Suzanne Straw, NFER; Catherine Sezen, Association of Colleges and Anna Withrington, Digital T Level Panel and IBM UK

 Chaired by:

Lord Aberdare and Lord Lucas

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Morning, Tuesday, 17th March 2020 Central London

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Note: fees apply for most delegates, but concessionary and complimentary places are available (subject to terms and conditions – see below).

I am writing to remind you of your invitation to attend the above seminar, which will examine the implementation of T Levels including issues surrounding:

  • Content;
  • Assessment;
  • Support for providers;and
  • Student inclusion.

It has already attracted interest from training providers, with representatives booked to attend from: CITB-ConstructionSkills; City and Guilds; Cogent Skills; Engineering Construction Industry Training Board; Real Time Education and VTCT.

The conference comes as the education sector and employers prepare for the implementation of the first wave of T Levels qualifications.

T Levels are being launched in digital, construction, and education and childcare from September 2020, with a further 10 to be taught from 2021 and 15 more by the end of September 2023.

It also follows the announcement from the DfE of 64 further providers to deliver the second wave of T Levels by 2021, bringing the total to more than 100 further education providers.


The agenda includes keynote addresses from:

  • Sue Lovelock, Deputy Director, T Level Delivery Division, Department for Education;
  • Carmel Grant, Deputy Director, Technical Education Implementation and Delivery, Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education; and
  • Lucy Sydney, Director of Strategic Relationships for Vocational and Technical Qualifications, Ofqual.

Further speakers include: Dr Fiona Aldridge, Learning and Work Institute; Cerian Ayres, Education and Training Foundation; Jenifer Burden, Gatsby Foundation; Mark Compton, Access Creative College; Jim Grant, Cirencester College, Gloucestershire; Sonali Parekh, Federation of Small Businesses; Cindy Rampersaud, Pearson Education; Catherine Sezen, Association of Colleges; Amy Smith, Framestore and Media, Broadcasting and Production T Level Panel; Suzanne Straw, NFER; and Anna Withrington, Digital T level Panel and IBM UK.

The agenda

  • Implementing T Levels and their potential contribution to the wider vocational system;
  • Design and assessment of the new qualification – supporting providers, preparing the workforce, and quality assurance;
  • Delivering the first wave of T Levels – content and standards;
  • ‘Regulating T Levels – assessment’;
  • Key issues for the industry placements – funding, accessibility, and inclusion; and
  • Policy priorities ahead of the implementation of the first wave.

Engagement with policy officials at this conference

Westminster Education Forum conferences typically attract strong interest from policymakers. This seminar will be an opportunity for stakeholders to engage with officials who have reserved places representing: the Cabinet OfficeDfEDWPMoDDIT; and the Welsh Government.

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 The details: areas for discussion at this conference

Lead up to implementation

The seminar takes place at the expected time of publication of the qualification specifications, amidst concerns surrounding the timescale between publication and the start of teaching from September 2020 not allowing for detailed planning and teacher training.

It also follows the awarding of contracts for the second wave of T Levels to NCFE and City & Guilds by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education, following the awarding of contracts to NCFE and Pearson to deliver the content of the first wave of T Levels.

Delegates will look at the preparation for the first wave of T Levels following the recent publication of NFER’s follow-up research to its June report, How are providers preparing for delivery? which provided an update on the steps that providers are taking to implement the new qualification.

There will be discussion on how issues raised by NFER can be addressed including:

  • How to engage more employers in industry placements;
  • Address concerns surrounding the long term recruitment of staff; and
  • Ensure a smooth transition for students to higher education.


T Levels in the context of the wider vocational system

We expect discussion on the status of T Levels within the context of the wider 16-19 vocational technical education landscape.

Delegates will consider issues around clarifying progression routes, looking at:

  • The fit of T Levels with existing provision;
  • Transitionfrom Level 2 qualification to T Levels following the recent announcement by the DfE of theT Level Transition Programme for 16-19 year olds who are not ready to begin a T Level; and
  • Howlearning and best practice can be shared amongst stakeholders.

Support for employers and accessibility of placements

The seminar will be an opportunity to discuss the potential impact of initiatives announced by the DfE to encourage the involvement of businesses, including:

  • An employer support packageincluding new guidance to support employers and providers;
  • A new £7m pilot scheme to explore ways to cover the costs; and
  • ‘How to’ guides, workshops, and other practical support for employers to assist in the delivery of the industry placement element of the new qualification.

Further sessions consider concerns surrounding accessibility of the industry placement – required to last at least 315 hours, or approximately 45 days – including:

  • Lack of large employers in rural areas;
  • Challenges for students in travelling to and from placements;
  • Issues withsecuring industry-relevant employer placements;
  • Difficulties for post-16 students with part-time jobs or caring responsibilities; and
  • Competition for placements with other work-based learning courses.

It follows the Government’s move to change from the original plan of one long placement to allow up to two employers to offer the industry placement with a view to making the qualification more accessible.

Funding and marketing

The seminar follows the announcement of the first 11 colleges and schools to benefit from the £38m capital fund for T Levels, including help building new classrooms and refurbishing buildings in readiness for the introduction of the first wave of the new technical qualifications in September 2020.

Delegates will also have the opportunity to discuss approaches to marketing the new qualification as government announces an additional £3.75m for 2019-2020 to assist providers in recruiting young people following the launch of a campaign by the Department for Education to raise awareness of the new qualification amongst parents and students last month.


We also expect discussion on the implications of the government’s Provider funding for the delivery of T Levels equality assessment analysing the impact of funding proposals for T Levels on groups of people with protected characteristics.

Areas for consideration include the funding rate for Maths and English, consisting of plans for a one-off payment of £750 per student, amidst calls from colleges for the Department to make payments throughout each year of a T Level programme or to increase the rate to support students in need of the extra teaching.

Further sessions will consider steps to facilitate students with special education needs and disabilities by allowing them use of on-site facilities for a maximum of 105 hours of the placement, whilst students studying at young offender institutions can complete their full placements in these simulated environments.

The draft agenda is copied below my signature, and a regularly updated version is available to download here. The seminar is organised on the basis of strict impartiality by the Westminster Education Forum. Follow us @WEdFEvents for live updates.


We are delighted to be able to include in this seminar keynote addresses from: Sue Lovelock, Deputy Director, T Level Delivery Division, Department for Education; Carmel Grant, Deputy Director, Technical Education Implementation and Delivery, Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education and Lucy Sydney, Director of Strategic Relationships for Vocational and Technical Qualifications, Ofqual.

Further confirmed speakers include: Dr Fiona Aldridge, Director, Policy and Research, Learning and Work Institute; Cerian Ayres, Head of Technical Education, Education and Training Foundation; Jenifer Burden, Director of Programmes, Gatsby Foundation; Mark Compton, Director, Employability, Partnerships and Adult Learning, Access Creative College; Jim Grant, Principal, Cirencester College, Gloucestershire; Sonali Parekh, Head of Policy, Federation of Small Businesses; Cindy Rampersaud, Senior Vice President, BTEC and Apprenticeship, Pearson Education; Catherine Sezen, Senior Policy Manager FE, Association of Colleges; Amy Smith, Head of Talent, Framestore and Chair, Media, Broadcasting and Production T Level Panel; Suzanne Straw, Deputy Head of Research, NFER and Anna Withrington, Chair, Digital T level Panel and Early Professionals Manager, IBM UK.


This seminar will present an opportunity to engage with key policymakers and other interested parties, and are CPD certified (more details). Places have been reserved by parliamentary pass-holders from the House of Commons and officials from the Cabinet OfficeDfEDITDWPMoD and the Welsh Government. Also due to attend are representatives from Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT)Bath Spa UniversityCity & GuildsCogent SkillsChichester CollegeConstruction Industry Training BoardDorset CouncilECITBEngineering CouncilGCSEPodGreater Manchester Combined AuthorityHartpury CollegeHodder EducationJiscKings College LondonKingsley SchoolLeyton Sixth Form CollegeLondon Institute of Banking and FinanceMunday + Cramer Architectural & Building SurveyorsNational Foundation for Educational Research (NFER)NCGNetwork RailNew College DurhamReal Time Education for Claire Collins ConsultancyRedborne Upper School & Community CollegeRoyal Shakespeare CompanyRoyal Society of BiologySandwell MBCSkills ForwardSlough Children’s Services TrustSolihull Sixth Form CollegeSouth East Coast Ambulance ServiceThe Chartered Insurance InstituteThe Prospect TrustUAL Awarding BodyUEAUniversity College BirminghamUniversity of ReadingUniversity of WarwickUniversity of the West of England, BristolVTCTWestminster Kingsway CollegeWilliam Morris Craft Fellowship Trust and Williams Morris Sixth Form.

Output and About Us

A key output of the seminar will be a transcript of the proceedings, sent out around 12 working days after the event to all attendees and a wider group of Ministers and officials at officials at the Department for Education, the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education, Ofqual and other government departments and agencies affected by the issues; and Parliamentarians with a special interest in these areas. It will also be made available more widely.

This document will include transcripts of all speeches and questions and answers sessions from the day, along with access to PowerPoint presentations (subject to agreement with individual speakers), speakers’ biographies, an attendee list, an agenda, sponsor information, as well as any subsequent press coverage of the day and any articles or comment pieces submitted by delegates. It is made available subject to strict restrictions on public use, similar to those for Select Committee Uncorrected Evidence, and is intended to provide timely information for interested parties who are unable to attend on the day.

All delegates will receive complimentary PDF copies and are invited to contribute to the content.

The Westminster Education Forum is strictly impartial and cross-party, and draws on the considerable support it receives from within Parliament and Government, and amongst the wider stakeholder community. The Forum has no policy agenda of its own. Forum events are frequently the platform for major policy statements from senior Ministers, regulators and other officials, opposition speakers and senior opinion-formers in industry and interest groups. Events regularly receive prominent coverage in the national and trade media.

Booking arrangements To book places, please use our online booking form.

Once submitted, this will be taken as a confirmed booking and will be subject to our terms and conditions below.

Please pay in advance by credit card on 01344 864796. If advance credit card payment is not possible, please let me know and we may be able to make other arrangements.

Options and charges are as follows:

  • Places at T Level implementation – content, assessment, support for providers, and student inclusion (including refreshments and PDF copy of the transcripts) are £230plus VAT;
  • Concessionary rate places for small charities, unfunded individuals and those in similar circumstances are £85plus VAT. Please be sure to apply for this at the time of booking.

For those who cannot attend:

  • Copies of the briefing document, including full transcripts of all speeches and the questions and comments sessions and further articles from interested parties, will be available approximately 12 daysafter the event for £95 plus VAT;
  • Concessionary rate: £50plus VAT.


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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