Newsletter and bids 52 2019

 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 37 pages. 

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


Our New sponsor for 2020 is Bolt, which was founded by Alex Lockey in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK. Alex 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 have been able to innovate to the point where we deliver industry-leading results.”

 The website is


 On the 23rd of December the DWP via Bravo sent out the following message Good Afternoon,  The second issue of the DWP Employment Market Newsletter has been issued onto the Employment Market Newsletter filesharing area within Jaggaer.
To access this, please select the icon on the left hand side menu with two documents and arrows and select Files and Directories from the subsequent expanding menus. You will then be able to access the newsletter and subsequent issues by selecting ‘Employment Market Newsletters’. We will be issuing the newsletter every quarter and will send a Jaggaer message to inform you that it has been released.

This quarters edition contains articles on our newest programme IPES, pre-market engagement and participant good news stories along with prompt payment and modern slavery updates.  We hope you find it interesting and would welcome your feedback.
Kind Regards,

DWP Employment Category


 Also we have lots of action coming out soon with the January 6th 2020 we here onwards the details in more depth around the  DWP Employability and Health Related Services Umbrella Agreement. Also expected for January or  February 2020: GLA ESF Parental Employment, Homeless, Ex-Offenders, Creative Sector Skills, Early Years Sector Skills, Careers Clusters and South London Targeted NEET.  Likewise the dates for January or February 2020 will see further information about GLA ESF: Gang Prevention, STEM Sector Skills, SEND NEET and West London Targeted NEET.


We wish all the best to  Robert Halfon, the former education minister who chaired the Parliamentary education committee for the past two-and-a-half years, is seeking re-election to the role.  The Harlow MP confirmed to sister newspaper Schools Week that he will run “on a platform of the education ladder of opportunity, with rungs on skills, social justice, standards and support for the profession”.

Select committee chairs must seek re-election at the beginning of each new Parliament.

Arrangements for elections have not yet been announced. The House of Commons must first decide which party will get leadership of each committee, though education is expected to remain under Conservative control, as it has been since 2010.

Halfon was first elected as education committee chair in July 2017 after previous chair Neil Carmichael lost his seat at that year’s general election.

He beat opponents Nick Boles, Tim Loughton, Rehman Chishti, Stephen Metcalfe and Dan Poulter in a vote of MPs to land the role of the cross-party committee.

He served as skills minister from July 2016 to June 2017, and was previously a minister without portfolio and deputy leader of the Conservative Party.

In the education sector, Halfon is perhaps best-known for his “ladder of opportunity” catchphrase, and for his willingness to clash with ministers from his own party, and even his former colleagues, when they appeared as witnesses.


CLINKS TRAINING: working and volunteering in prison

Are you new to working in prison? Do you want to work in prison but not sure where to begin? Our popular one day course [3rd February, London, from £75] aims to raise awareness of the prison environment and enable voluntary sector staff and volunteers to have meaningful and professional engagement with prisons. This highly participative day is led by an experienced trainer and covers a wide range of topics, combining theory, individual reflection and practical guidance on working in prison and with prisoners.


 Information: how to express an interest to deliver T Levels in 2022 to 2023 academic year, including the transition programme

As published in the T Level action plan, the Department for Education (DfE) is looking to identify the next tranche of providers to deliver T Levels from 2022 to 2023 academic year.

To complete the expression of interest all providers will have to be registered with DfE sign-in prior to the expression of interest becoming live.

The expression of interest goes live early in January. All institutions wishing to express an interest will be required to complete and submit an expression of interest to ESFA by midnight on Friday 28 February 2020.


Information: update on apprenticeship levy transfers

Following Keith Smith’s announcement at October’s AELP conference that we will extend the use of levy transfers to cover the full cost of training for those apprenticeships that would normally be eligible for full government funding, we can confirm this will commence from 2 January 2020.  This extension applies to 16 to 18 year olds and eligible 19 to 24 year olds, and where the receiving employer has fewer than 50 employees.

We have taken on board feedback from both employers and providers who had advised us that this restriction had been a barrier for those levy paying employers who wanted to support smaller employers in providing apprenticeship opportunities for younger people.

The apprenticeship funding rules will be updated and issued shortly to reflect this.


Information: updated provider data self-assessment toolkit (PDSAT)

We have released an updated version of the provider data self-assessment toolkit (PDSAT).

This version includes an update to the sampler, enabling users to select audit samples and output a set of audit working papers for the 2019 to 2020 funding year.

PDSAT is available to colleges and independent training providers to assist with their routine individualised learner record (ILR) data-checking procedures for their ILR data returns and with preparation for funding assurance reviews. For further information, please use the ESFA online form.


The Weston Charity Awards were created by the Garfield Weston Foundation to celebrate and support great front-line charities working in the fields of community, welfare and youth. For 2020, it is looking for great organisations to support across Wales, the North and Midlands of England.

20 winners will be selected to receive a package of benefits including: a year of support from Pilotlight (strategic business support from senior business leaders); an unrestricted cash contribution of £6,500 to support the work with Pilotlight, this includes travel expenses to meetings; access to a network of local charities working with Pilotlight; three ‘connect’ sessions with other Award Winners across the year. Applications close at 5pm on 10th January.


FUNDING: training and employment

The City and Guilds Foundation is inviting bids to a new £1 million fund to help provide skills training and employment for prisoners and people with experience of the criminal justice system. The Big Idea Fund is now inviting expressions of interest from charities, prison governors and other potential providers, with awards to be made from April 2020. It is seeking bids that aim to meaningfully reduce reoffending through personalised training and sustained employment support in innovative new ways that can be rapidly scaled up if successful. The closing date for expressions of interest to be submitted is midday on 24th January. Find more information and the expression of interest form here


From all of us from and me Steve and fellow Director Lisa and from 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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