Newsletter and bids 49 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 43 pages. Thanks also to our sponsor Richard at Net Security Training who can be contacted at

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



 A joint announcement regarding Administration and Management of the Matrix Standard
We are writing to inform you that following a re-tendering process, the Department for Education has awarded the contract to administer and manage the matrix Standard to The Growth Company Limited from 11th January 2020.  From this date, The Growth Company will provide assessment services to all existing and new customers of the matrix Standard. 

 The transfer of responsibilities from Assessment Services Limited (the existing contract holder) to The Growth Company has been carefully planned. During this transition period, both organisations are working together to ensure that you will not notice any significant difference to the service you receive.  We know you value the support from the matrix assessors, and we have held several sessions with assessors and nearly all of them will continue to work with us and continue to deliver high- quality matrix assessments.

As part of the transfer of responsibilities, any relevant information about your assessment history and your organisation’s contact data will be transferred to The Growth Company. This transfer is being conducted under the Legitimate Interest basis as set out in the General Data Protection Regulation and will ensure that The Growth Company understands the journey your organisation has taken with the matrix Standard to-date and is able to continue to provide you with the highest levels of service. Please be assured that this data will continue to be used only for the purposes for which it was provided by you in accordance with the provisions of the Data Protection Act 2018.  Your data will be transferred securely under the Cabinet Office HMG Security Policy Framework.  You can find further details of The Growth Company’s Privacy Policy at  The Growth Company will be contacting you very shortly, especially if you are due to have your assessment in the six months after 11th January 2020.  Alternatively, you can contact The Growth Company at: Email:  Telephone: 01423 229 665  on behalf of:
Saikah Bashir                                                               Steve Burrows
Head of Operations                                                      Managing Director – Commercial
Assessment Services Limited                                      The Growth Company Limited


We are very pleased to invite you to Young Entrepreneurs Matter on 9th of January 2020, 14:00 – 16:30 at the London Living Room. Join us for an afternoon of showcasing and discussion about how organisations helping young people into entrepreneurship can reach and support young people from diverse and under-represented groups. You’ll hear from representatives from the Prince’s Trust, the British Library and the Greater London Authority on projects they have run in this area. They will be joined by Melissa Legarda Alcantara, founder of Virginutty and Ndubuisi Uchea, founder of Word on the Curb who will be providing their perspectives as young entrepreneurs.

Our speakers will take part in a panel discussion chaired by Simon Pitkeathley from the London Economic Action Partnership and Camden Town Unlimited. This will be followed by a chance to network and meet others engaged in this important work. We are really looking forward to hearing from the panel and showcasing the work done on increasing diversity in young entrepreneurship as well as starting new conversations on where we can go from here. We hope you will be able to join us. You can register for free tickets and find a more detailed agenda and list of speakers on Eventbrite.

If you have any allergies or accessibility requirements, please let us know either by email at or in your RSVP.


ESFA Reminder: register for our webinars on how to support smaller employers transition to the apprenticeship service

Providers can register to join our webinars to hear about the arrangements for smaller employers (that don’t pay the apprenticeship levy) on accessing the apprenticeship service from 2020. The webinars cover the arrangements in more detail, so providers can support employers with the transition to the service.

We are hosting sessions on:

  • Wednesday 11 December 2019
  • Wednesday 18 December 2019


ESF information sessions announced in anticipation of GLA ESF funding opportunities Spring 2020

We are inviting interested stakeholders to attend European Social Fund (ESF) Information Sessions which will provide an overview of the forthcoming Greater London Authority ESF funding opportunities. We are planning to publish the request for proposals for these opportunities in spring 2020.

Booking is open for the following information sessions which will be held in December:

Careers Clusters

Sector Skills: Early Years

Sector Skills: Creative sector skills

South London Targeted NEET

Please register your attendance using the links above. Due to the anticipated interest we ask that you only register one attendee per event.

Further information sessions are planned in the New Year for the following projects:

Gangs Prevention

Sector Skills: STEM

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities NEET

West London Targeted NEET


Applications are OPEN for the NatWest Entrepreneur Accelerator!!! Do you have a growing business with hashtag#scale ambition? Yes? Then this is just for you. Apply now NatWest opens doors to UK’s entrepreneur community


Company looking to buy a small training Provider ltd Company with ROATP accreditation email


 ESFA Information: applications to the register of apprenticeship training providers

If you want to apply to the register of apprenticeship training providers (RoATP), you can do so using the Department for Education portal (Bravo).

Please note, for organisations that are interested in applying through the new RoATP application service that will be piloted in 2020, you are currently unable to register an interest during the pre-election period.


The Disabilities Trust has launched its new brief The Impact of Brain Injury and Domestic Abuse: A Future Analysis, having re-explored the data collected during its Brain Injury Linkworker Service at HMP Drake Hall, which revealed that 64% of women at the prison had experienced a brain injury. The leading cause of Traumatic Brain Injury, as reported, was domestic abuse (62%). From these findings, an additional analysis was conducted, examining the link between brain injury and domestic abuse, to develop an understanding of the specific needs of these women. The Trust also hosted an expert roundtable, bringing together representatives from leading charities, the NHS and academics to discuss the role of brain injury and domestic abuse. Read more


OPPORTUNITY: free course for refugees and asylum seekers

The University of East London is offering a 12-week free weekend course for refugees and asylum seekers in the UK, starting 10th January 2020, for 12 weeks. The aim of the course is to introduce students to the Higher Education system. The course offers an opportunity for students to find out what skills and knowledge are needed in order to apply for and succeed in university, and information about pathways and opportunities available for forced migrants. The course offers modules in Academic English and International English Language Testing System (IELTS) preparation, IT-skills, academic tutoring, introductory lecture series and creative workshops. To register, please email


The Ministry of Justice has published its biennial statistics on race and the criminal justice system. They show that black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) groups – particularly black individuals –continue to be over-represented at many stages of the criminal justice system, with the greatest disparities occurring at the point of stop and search, arrests, custodial sentencing and in the prison population. The statistics highlight that white individuals had a lower average custodial sentence length than all other ethnic groups and that black prisoners served the greatest proportion of their original sentence in custody. The continued racial disparities reiterate the importance of continuing to prioritise the needs of BAME people and for the government to fully implement the Lammy Review


Vacancies on the jobs board this week include: Community Team Manager with Penrose Criminal Justice Services [London], Family Support Worker with Ormiston Families [HMP Hollesley Bay], Deputy Head of Service Delivery and Development with Pact [London], Engagement Team Member with User Voice [Northumbria], Peer Mentor Volunteer with The Forward Trust [Hull], Criminal Justice Recovery Navigator with EDP Drug & Alcohol Services [Newton Abbot], MIS Co-ordinator with Weston College [HMP Coldingley], Senior Asset Coach with Changing Lives [Newcastle upon Tyne], Community Fundraiser with Oasis Project [Brighton], Support Worker with Waymarks [Reading], Administration and Information Officer with Birth Companions [London & Home based], Business Support Senior Administrator with Humankind [Barnsley]. For more information about these vacancies, and many more, click here


Tip Retro sweet hamper. From £9.95. Details


Tip  O’Keeffe hardworking skin care gift set. 67% off.


Tip English Heritage annual membership: visit 400+ sites. From £36.


Also our new website Business 2 Business will be out soon


From all of us from and me Steve and from all the team have a great week and keep training Non-Executive Director at Five Companies and MD of EEVT Ltd Linked In Group 2020 Vision Group 2020 Vision Training Days and 2020 Vision Newsletter


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