Newsletter and bids 44 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 47 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:


As you know or may not as an Ambasedor for the Asian Apprentices Awrds I attened along with some 550 others a great event at Edgbaston Cricket Ground well done to all the Apprentices and organisations invoved. What a great event.


Jobs this week use the links to apply.
Generic apprenticeship tutor, multiple roles – National Role, up to £30,000

Software / Data, Specialist IT Tutor, National Role, up to £45,000

IT, Support Tutor, Infrastructure Technician / generic IT quals up to £40,000

Phil Warnock  Email:


This week Midlands training company; successful Ofsted, Matrix accredited and SLC Level 5 loans; good premises in Bristol area and midlands. lat year turnover £800000

Looking for offers in region of £1.7mil For more information e-mail


Company looking  for lead OA and Assessors for level 3 and 5 heath and social care based near Birmingham. CVs via you please. CVs to


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


Yes indeed a pleasure to work with the team, well done on achieveing this.   As the Director notes “We have achieved Matrix accreditation today! This means a lot to us as an organisation! The high level of professional integrity and care towards our learners progression now has been acknowledged by Matrix as well!”  Our team again worked exceptionally hard and it certainly paid off! Well done CPBA!!!


Nick tells us: Join me for a free webinar on Monday 4th of November @ 2pm, when I will be quizzing the top Ofsted official about their new inspection regime.
CLICK HERE to find out more and register for free.
This webinar will not be recorded, so if you can’t attend then register anyway to be sure of being sent the slides. Please do share this email with the link to the free webinar widely.
P.S. Places also remain available on these Lsect workshops:
4 December in London – apprenticeship funding
9 December in London – apprenticeship audit
11 December in York – apprenticeship audit
17 December in London – Ofsted inspection


Prevista is looking for subcontractors who are interested in partnering with us for the ESF Direct Call Coast to Capital Opportunities – Skills for the Mature Workforce and Skills for the Future of your Workforce. If you are interested in either of these and can provide match funding please contact Sara at


Yes indeed we move into Purdah often people say what is it and why. The pre-election period (purdah) is the term used to describe the period between the time an election is announced and the date the election is held. Civil servants are given official guidance by the Cabinet Office on the rules they must follow in relation to Government business during this time. This can affect some bids.


ADULT CARE WORKER CONSULTATION The Level 3 Adult Care Worker standard has come under scrutiny from some employers/providers recently, concerned that it lacks insufficient specialist competency opportunities as we had before with pathways within the legacy Diploma’s. As the Level 3 is due for a review anyway, a part of the trailblazer group are asking IfATE to consider amending this standard to become a “Senior Specialist Support Worker”  which will contain a core and options.Proposed options are

Learning Disability & Autism – Dementia- Mental Health – End of Life Care and Children & Young People. The consultation will run from 31/10/19 -10/11/19 and can be found here (senior specialist support worker)


It is so important that as many people as possible feed into this consultation so we get a broad view of what is right for the sector, and would ask as many of you as possible to take part in this consultation.


Secretary of State Therese Coffey has today (1 November 2019) announced a £10 million Universal Credit Transition Fund for outreach programmes to help vulnerable people make Universal Credit claims.

The fund will be available to partner organisations across the UK, including charities, from April 2020. It will aim to help vulnerable people, including disabled people, care leavers and those with mental health issues, claim Universal Credit as a route into work. It will support innovative ideas for engaging with vulnerable people early, helping them to make timely claims to the new benefit.

Figures show that a fifth of claimants delayed making a claim for Universal Credit, largely because they didn’t know how to make a claim or because they thought they would find a job quickly.

Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Dr Therese Coffey MP said:

I am delighted to announce a £10 million challenge fund to support the most vulnerable in society with their Universal Credit claims.

Universal Credit is now supporting more than 2.5 million people. Around 1 million disabled households are better off under Universal Credit and we will continue to deliver targeted support through this fund and other measures.

The £10 million funding was allocated to DWP as part of the 2019 Spending Round process.

Other help for vulnerable people: DWP is providing severe disability payments (SDP) to protect the most vulnerable. Severely disabled claimants can receive SDP to support their living costs as they move onto Universal Credit. This is worth a maximum of £405 a month to claimants – worth £600 million over the next 6 years for 45,000 claimants. Around 1 million disabled households will receive an average of around £100 more per month through Universal Credit.


Rewarding Privacy By Design  Do you know someone or a team who deserves to be rewarded for the work they’ve done? The Rosemary Smith Award for Responsible Marketing aims to recognise the contribution of an individual or team in building principles of Privacy By Design into their marketing campaigns, initiatives or projects.

Make sure they’re recognised for an initiative or project demonstrating a privacy aware customer-focused approach. The winner will win a £1000 cash prize plus discounted training at the Institute of Data and Marketing (IDM)   Can you nominate someone who deserves credit for their hard work in developing a privacy friendly campaign? Or someone who has led an initiative to build Privacy by Design into their campaign or project?   Here are some example entries:

Building a company-wide governance project – Creating a customer focused data strategy

Introducing a new permissions preference centre – Introducing new or updated privacy notices and/or marketing permission statements  – Going the extra mile to give customers their rights  – Developing a customer focused CRM or multi-channel activity

Producing a creative internal privacy awareness campaign?

Or something else?  Submitting an entry couldn’t be easier via our online form. Don’t miss the 13th December deadline. ENTER NOW for the DPN Rosemary Smith Award for Responsible Marketing

Short-listed entries will also have the opportunity to join a panel at the DMA’s Data Protection Summit on 28th February 2020. The winner will be announced at the post-conference drink’s reception. From the DPN Team


Message from Pearson’s Children, Young People and Families Manager EPA (ST0087)

Dear Customers,  Pearson is committed to developing and delivering high quality EPAs. We believe in doing the right thing by learners and so after careful consideration and discussions with OFQUAL and IFATE, we have made a difficult decision of not continuing to develop the Children, Young People and Families Manager EPA unless significant amendments are made to the

apprenticeship assessment plan, created by the employer group. This means that our EPA  materials will not be ready, as previously anticipated. We are reviewing our position on the EPA register.

The short test duration (45 minutes) and requirement to pass all criteria stipulated by the

assessment plan are the main concerns. Learners would need to answer four essay style

questions within the 45 minutes. We believe that learners would struggle to complete the

questions in double this time with enough detail to meet the pass criteria and it would be

impossible to demonstrate the distinction requirements.

The format of the test needs to be completely reconsidered. Our experience tells us that the

need to pass all criteria would be better suited to a portfolio or project, where learners are able to compile evidence over time. Extending the test duration would not be an appropriate solution when combined with the need to meet all criteria. Consideration needs to be given to a suitable pass mark, level of demand and duration.

We remain committed to offering EPAs in this sector and will continue to develop the Children, Young People & Families Practitioner EPA as planned.


FUNDING: small organisations; The Benevolent Fund from the Worshipful Company of Weavers is open for applications. The fund aims to support people in trouble, particularly both adults and young people in contact with the criminal justice system, and other disadvantaged young people. Within prisons, the Company has supported charities that teach skills and boost prisoners’ self-esteem in a variety of ways; for example, using music, embroidery, counselling, letter writing, and the staffing of a restaurant. The committee’s preference is to support small organisations. The Company will consider funding up to £15,000 per annum and will normally award a grant for one year only. Find out more and apply before 30th November here

More like these and others in our Bids Grants nand Funds Section.


Implementation plan for dispensations made for the Operations/ Departmental Manager L5 (ST0385) EPA Dear Customers, As you maybe aware, Open Awards, the EQA body for the Operations/ Departmental Manager L5 EPA recently (20 Sept, 2019) announced some dispensations to the end point assessment components and process. On the 21 Oct, 2019, Open Awards further informed us that the IfATE has confirmed the publication of an amended assessment plan in January 2020 reflecting the dispensations. The IfATE is the only body that can authorise changes to assessment plans. While Open Awards have highlighted the dispensations for this standard, there is a possibility that additional changes may be introduced by IfATE in the amended assessment plan published in January 2020. In advance of the new assessment plan being published, for the above-mentioned standard, the presentation with respect to the Work Based Project, no longer requires the presence of a panel – consisting of the employer, training provider and EPA assessor.

The dispensation allows only the EPA assessor to be present for this presentation. An additional change to the portfolio element will be implemented following the formal publication of the revised assessment plan. Pearson’s response and Timelines for implementation We have considered the dispensations announced by Open Awards and its impact on the apprentices due to take their EPA imminently. With immediate effect, all EPAs carried out by Pearson will not require the presence of a ‘panel’ for the work-based project presentation. Only the EPA assessor will be present for this component. Given the possibility of additional amendments within the published assessment plan imminent in Jan 2020, all other dispensations with respect to the portfolio and amended weighting for other EPA components will not be implemented until further notice. For clarity, other than the removal of the ‘panel’ for the work-based project presentation, all other EPA components will be evaluated with no changes, including the evaluation of the portfolio. Next Steps Once the amended assessment plan has been published in early 2020, we will communicate the additional changes to be implemented and the timelines for the same. Our main objective would be not to disadvantage apprentices and ensure any changes are consistently applied.


Welcome to Sam’s Wall this week!!!  I hope you all enjoyed the rugby over the weekend, whether you’re a fan or not, the atmosphere surrounding it has been infectious, regardless of the result it was fantastic England made it that far.

OK, just a short one from me this week. I wanted to let you all know about the Lloyds Bank National Business Awards taking place on on 12th November, 6.30pm onwards at Grosvenor House Hotel, London W1. Whilst nominations for the awards are closed there is still the chance to book your organisation in for a range of tables.  The headline speaker at the event is pilot and astronaut Major Tim Peake. This really will be an incredible evening!

The Lloyds Bank National Business Awards is the flagship awards programme that recognises and rewards excellence across all sectors in the UK

Now in our 18th year, these awards are the ones to win – any company within the UK, whether public, private or third sector can enter, regardless of size or industry. The Awards have a range of categories suited for any successful organisation to tell their story; from large private and public companies through to thriving entrepreneurial businesses, promising start-ups and established SMEs. This is an opportunity to join, 1,200 business leaders, entrepreneurs, politicians and media representatives for a black-tie gala to remember. The awards ceremony offers a unique opportunity to meet, exchange ideas and celebrate with the UK’s top business leaders, judges, finalists and sponsors.  There are a range of options, to book your table click the link!  Don’t miss this one if possible!

That’s all for this week but see you all next week ! Sam X



Vacancies on the jobs board this week include: IT Helpdesk Support Analyst with Humankind [Bowburn], Substance Misuse Worker with Kaleidoscope Project [Newtown], Complex Needs Worker with Changing Lives [Chester-le-Street], SOS Caseworker with St Giles Trust [Leeds], Recovery Worker with Phoenix Futures [HMP Pentonville], Regional Manager with Unlocked Graduates [Birmingham], Administrator with Women in Prison [Stockwell], Improving Prospects Project Worker with Leap – Confronting Conflict [London], Specialist Resettlement Worker with Penrose Criminal Justice Services [Brixton], Programme Manager – Prisons and Justice with Samaritans [Epsom], Case Manager with Achieve North West Connect [Various], Appropriate Adult with Child Action North West [Durham, Cumbria & Lancashire], Senior Education Coordinator (Curriculum Manager) with Back on Track [Manchester]. For more information about these vacancies, and many more, click here

This great set of items to help with RESOURCES: learning difficulties in prisons

Melanie Jameson from Dyslexia Malvern has produced a series of booklets for people working with prisoners with Specific Learning Difficulties. They cover a wide range of areas from principles of support to employability and disability issues. People with Specific Learning Difficulties (namely Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Dyscalculia) must now be identified and provided with appropriate support in prison. This will be investigated under Ofsted Inspections from January 2020. An understanding of how these widespread and overlapping conditions impact on education, training and resettlement, enables staff and management to help this population tackle their difficulties, value their abilities and develop coping strategies. Find the resources here


The Make Every Adult Matter Coalition (MEAM) has responded to the government’s call for evidence about the implementation and effectiveness of the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017 (HRA). In particular, the response highlights the limitations of duty to refer, brought in under the HRA, which places a duty on public authorities to notify the local housing authority of anyone at risk of homelessness. A high percentage of people leaving prison have no accommodation upon release, however the response suggests prisons are failing to refer people despite this duty. MEAM is a coalition of national charities – Clinks, Homeless Link and Mind – which work together to support local areas to develop effective services that improve the lives of people facing multiple disadvantage. Read the response here


Tip I:  Anglesey coastal getaway including dinner. Save 46%. Details

Tip 2: Igloo sushi and Asian tapas tasting experience. 59% off. Details


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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