Newsletter and bids 47 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 41 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:


We have agreed terms with next year’s sponsor of the newsletter and will make an announcement soon.  Well what a week, with World skills and the AOC lots going on and of course every party involved in the general election promising more cash for Education.


ESFA say Action: register for our webinars on how to support small and medium employers (SMEs) transition to the apprenticeship service

Last week we announced further details for SMEs (that don’t pay the apprenticeship levy) on accessing the apprenticeship service from 2020. In order to support small and medium sized employers joining the apprenticeship service, we are hosting dedicated webinars for training providers. We will not be able to include policy information or provide a Q&A session due to pre-election restrictions.  Providers can register to join our webinars to hear about the arrangements in more detail, so they can support employers with the transition to the service. We are hosting sessions on: Go to

Tuesday 26 November – Thursday 5 December – Wednesday 11 December – Wednesday 18 December  We will also announce further details of the transition via ESFA Update. You can sign up to receive alerts when Update is published.


The Mesma InsightQ software is a massive improvement over the old paper-based system, It offers reassurances, and saves considerable amounts of time when it comes to administration, planning and self-improvement development. The team benefit from shared ownership of the system, seeing in real-time the information relevant to them. This is improving the overall management and control of our day-to-day operations.   We share the view that quality improvement in our sector shouldn’t just be focused on teaching and assessment; it’s about looking at all those bumps in the road throughout the full learner journey and asking ourselves if there is a better way of doing it. A way that adds more value or gets rid of the stuff that just gets in the way. There are so many opportunities in education to make small changes which can make a big difference to how we do things. Our next webinar focuses on exactly that. On the 2nd December Louise Doyle and Hilary Whitaker will share their experience and knowledge of business improvement techniques with the mesma community in a live ebinar. We would be delighted if you can join us. The session is free of charge.–pFFkT_eWBfcYFvyhaML7jO904C0s8100eNJ8I7hy2steBw7p3B4fFgUH25G-pU0C8Hq_DHw&_hsmi=79778274  I look forward to seeing you online soon.


Clinks we have published The state of the sector 2019, the key trends for voluntary organisations working in the criminal justice system. This is the seventh year that Clinks has conducted our State of the sector research looking at how voluntary organisations working with people in contact with the criminal justice system are faring. The findings give us a lot to celebrate, but the picture we’ve built up over the years shows there are a number of deep-seated and systemic challenges facing organisations. To ensure a vibrant, independent and resilient voluntary sector these need to be addressed. The report includes a section with our key findings about organisations that provide tailored support to women. Read the full report here


The winners of the inaugural WorldSkills UK Diversity and Inclusion Heroes Awards have been crowned at WorldSkills UK LIVE.  Run in partnership with Coca-Cola European Partners, the ceremony recognises those who have gone above and beyond in their support of young people from a range of backgrounds and championing difference and inclusivity in the further education sector.

The winner of the Rising Star Award, Jaguar Land Rover apprentice Raisa Matadar said: “I’m feeling very over-the-moon. “I definitely wasn’t expecting to win tonight especially among the shortlisted candidates, but I can’t wait to go celebrate now.”

Paul Sowerby from the Catcote Academy Sixth Form, which teaches special needs students in Hartlepool, took home the award for programme or initiative of the year.

He said the award was for students’ work in care homes, where they made relationships with staff and residents. They are now being asked to take on casual work and for full-days so they have “really, really come on”. “It’s great to have the care home on board, who have been very caring and on-board for our needs,” said Sowerby.

The awards were introduced by WorldSkills UK chief executive Neil Bentley-Gockmann, who said: “People talk about diversity and inclusion not as an event, but a progress.


 The Experience Lab is a work experience and business takeover programme for young people 16+ looking to gain skills and employment.

This will be hosted and delivered by our young people. It would be great if you, your colleagues and connections could make it.

Many Thanks Ben Stone

Founder & Chief Executive

Unity Enterprises East Anglia

07940744061  Registered Charity in England & Wales Reg No: 1124361


Due to high demand, HM Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) has released a new date for its market warming webinars [27th November, online, free]. The purpose of this webinar is to outline the key commercial elements and schedules that are proposed to form the basis of future dynamic framework contracts between HMPPS and providers. Key content areas will include: service categories to be procured through the dynamic framework and assumptions about the design of call off competition configuration; assumptions about co-commissioning of services off the dynamic framework; payment and performance measurement regime; workforce and staff transfer principles; ICT requirements expected of dynamic framework providers; and supply chain principles and expectations. Register here


 The Conservative Party has said their manifesto will contain plans for a £3 billion “new National Skills Fund”.

The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, will launch the manifesto – entitled Get Brexit Done, Unleash Britain’s Potential – in the West Midlands tomorrow.

Tonight the Conservative Party wrote: “Take the first steps towards a Right to Retrain with a £3bn for a new National Skills Fund. This will give individuals and small businesses the chance to level-up with high-quality education and training – opening up new opportunities for the incredible talent that is spread throughout the country.”

It is unclear if this is all new money and whether this equates to £600 million per year for five years.


‘Recruit at Waltham Forest Career Fair!’

Each November, London Borough of Waltham Forest runs ‘Digital Month’ – a month long celebration of all things digital (digital literacy training, to digital career camps).

During the last week of November, students and jobseekers from the Borough are invited to meet local and national employers at a large Careers Fair. Hosted on Friday 29th from 2pm – 6pm at Waltham Forest College – this years exhibitors include Transport for London, BT, Clear Review and Rimini Street – London Fire Brigade to local retail employer, Wanis.

– if you are a training provider, or have a product or service that would appeal to 250+ residents (and the Council alike), and would like to exhibit (no charge) – please get in touch with the event team:


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


 A Training Provider is looking for  freelance Health and Social Care and STLS assessors E-mail me if you have an interest Essex and Home Counties E-mail me at


Do you have the skills and ability to be the Head of Delivery Operations South East London CVs to


Also TCHC are looking for Functional Skills tutors in the east of England email with CV and information.


The Human Ensemble is offering acting courses for young people (aged 14+) who have or have had a parent in prison [Starting January 2020, London, free]. They will have the opportunity to learn techniques used by professional actors and explore them in fun, practical sessions leading towards a short performance. The course is run by a professional actress and director, supported by Synergy Theatre Project. The deadline for applications is 1st December. For more information please call: 07546 728970 or email:


A warm welcome to Sam’s Wall this week!

The nights are drawing in and it’s so much colder right now so the least I can do is extend to you the warmest of welcomes! Christmas seems to be everywhere now and people are already having their Christmas Parties!

I’d like to give a quick shout out to anyone attending the West Midlands Coaching and Mentoring Conference tomorrow, I know it’s sold out and understandably, as a mentor myself I find this event extremely interesting, it’ll be full of useful information and key people in the industry. This year it’s all about creating health and effective workforces. So, enjoy!

I’m all about equal opportunities and diversity in the workplace from championing women in business to making sure that employment opportunities are available for disabled people. Here’s a conference coming up this week that provides all the support you need as an organisation to ensure you’re adopting best practices and knowing exactly what’s required of you as an equal opportunities’ employer.


Midlands Ability Annual Conference 2019 Thu, 28 November 10:00 – 14:30, KPMG One Snowhill, Snow Hill Queensway, Birmingham

Midlands Ability is a network of employers across the Midlands with a common goal – to help employers make employment opportunities as accessible as possible for disabled people, by sharing best practice and providing education.

This is the third annual conference and the Disability Minister, Justin Tomlinson will be part of it this year.

This is a fabulous opportunity to network too.

The agenda:

  • Welcome – Lorna Gavin, Gowling WLG
  • Introduction from KPMG – Why is disability inclusion important from a business perspective?
  • Interview with the Disability Minister, Justin Tomlinson – faciliated by Jane Bryan, Lloyds Banking Group
  • Lexxic – Understanding Neurodiversity in the workplace, Nicola James – facilitated by Kerry Russell, Shakespeare Martineau
  • Outreach – Severn Trent – Our journey – facilitated by Aman Sidhu, Balfour Beatty Vinci
  • Onboarding – Q & A with Vicky Green, Gowling WLG – Lorna Gavin, Gowling WLG
  • Reasonable Adjustments – My story – Becky Brooks, enei
  • Q&A on law and practice with Anna Fletcher, Gowling WLG and Becky Brooks
  • Disability Confident – DWP



The Midlands Business and Community Charity Awards

Did any of you attend this fantastic annual awards ceremony last Saturday?

This is personally one of my  favourite annual events because of the nature of the ceremony which brings both the community and business sectors together to celebrate the regions unsung heroes and (and as I’ve said before, I have a great deal of respect for the awards founder; Zoe Bennett)!

The ceremony is aimed at recognising individuals in the community and business world who are considered by others as ‘unsung heroes’ and showcases those people who have performed selfless acts, shown consideration to others and have gone that extra mile to openly encourage and inspire other people to do the same.

The MBCC’s just go from strength to strength and in its fourth year there were 550 guests who attended, many of those prestigious figures in the business community. The ceremony was hosted by acclaimed TV and weather presenter Alex Beresford (Good Morning Britain) alongside former ‘Loose Women’ and BBC radio and Midlands Today presenter Trish Adudu.  Receiving a Lifetime Achievement Honorary Award at the ceremony was the Queen of British Soul Music herself, Beverley Knight whose career has spanned over 25 years!!

In total 17 awards were handed out on the evening, including the Inspirational Honorary Award presented to singer/songwriter Jamelia. The ‘Superstar’ singer attended the award with her two daughters whom she dedicated the award to.

If you weren’t there or haven’t had chance to catch up yet, a full list of award winners can be found here:

If you haven’t had chance to go yet, this is certainly an award ceremony to keep in mind for 2020, keep your eye on the date for next year!

That’s all for now!  Enjoy your week ahead and I hope you’re starting to feel suitably festive!

Sam from Sams Wall


Vacancies on the jobs board this week include: Senior Practitioner Recovery Builder with Changing Lives [Sunderland], Lecturer in English with HMP Guys Marsh [HMP Guys Marsh], Data and office administrator with Together for mental wellbeing [London], Recovery coordinator – TARN with Humankind [Newcastle upon Tyne], Trainer Assessor with St. Giles Trust [HMP Parc], Offender Resettlement Triage Worker with Shelter [HMP Hull], Communications and Digital Officer with Unlocked Graduates [London], Women’s mental health recovery practitioner with Imagine Independence [Crosby], Support Worker with Nacro [Stoke/West Midlands], Volunteer Distance Learning Tutor with Criminon UK [National], Helpline monitoring volunteer with Unlock [Maidstone]. For more information about these vacancies, and many more, click here


Tip 1 this week is  European city breaks from £99 per person


Tip of the week 2 Green winter mermaid blanket £9.99


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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