Newsletter and bids 43 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 a BUMPER EDITION of 55 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 many people know, I am an Ambassador for the Asian Apprenticeship Awards and Thursday night I will be in Edgbaston Cricket Grounds for this year’s celebrations, so looking forward to seeing many of you then. 


Also a very Happy Diwali if you are celebrating this.


3SC are looking to recruit new coaches and assessors for two of our key employment wellbeing and health programmes. Access to Work involves the delivery of work based health assessments where assessors are expected to write reports that identify solutions for a given individual’s health condition or disability. We are especially interested in anyone with an ongoing interest and experience of delivering these assessments and whilst there are no strict qualification related criteria, assessors need to demonstrate a knowledge of work place health issues, disability awareness and solutions to these issues in various work settings. We would like to hear from organisations based in Mid Wales, West Wales, North Wales and Birmingham.


Neuro diverse strategy coaching involves the provision of work based strategy coaching to those who may identify as neurodiverse (including those who have autism, anxiety disorders, etc). The coaching is comprised of 6 to 10 hours of holistic, personalised coaching and mentoring, supported by the 3SC Operations Manual. Coaches will need to have ILM level 5 in Coaching and Mentoring or an equivalent qualification as well as an awareness of neurodiversity and the challenges this may present. We are looking for coaches to operate in the Midlands, Mid Wales, North Wales, Leicestershire, Shropshire, Staffordshire and Herefordshire. If you have any questions or queries, then don’t hesitate to drop a line to


Prime Provider for sale Price £3.5 million NDA required for more information


One day introductory course [11th November, Manchester, from £75] will explore the process of delivering sustainable creative activities in prisons, from idea formation through to evaluation. It will also provide an overview of the current criminal justice system and an insight to working inside a prison, looking at practical considerations. The course will be delivered by Rebbecca Hemmings (Development Officer for the National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance) and Sara Lee (Director of Music in Prisons). The course is aimed at those with an arts background, but with little or no previous experience of working in a criminal justice setting.


Independent Training Providers and Employer Training Providers.  From next year, a mandatory workforce data return will be introduced, to help improve insights into the FE sector. The ESFA are conducting user research into provider’s experiences of collecting, managing, submitting and using staff data. We would like to hear about your views, experiences and needs to help shape this development. Please e-mail 👉 to take part in a confidential session with our researcher.


Nick tells us Ofsted this morning published the first inspection reports under the EIF – all 13 of them! 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


Mark reminded me we have Learning Disability Work Week 18th-24th Nov 2019 this is a celebration of fantastic inclusive employers who have taken the plunge and benefited from employing people with a learning disability and marvellous people with a learning disability sharing their experiences of overcoming barriers to succeed in work.


The Association of Panel Members (AOPM) is holding the second in a series of events across London ‘From bystanders to problem solvers’ [1st November, Haringey, free]. The event series aims to voluntary sector organisations to develop partnerships with statutory services to progress delivery of diversionary Local Justice Panels, as recommended by the 2017 Lammy report, to avoid the over-representation of black, Asian and minority ethnic under 25s in the criminal justice system. Funded by the National Lottery Community fund, AOPM has supported volunteers to deliver restorative justice with Youth Offending Teams in England and Wales Since 2006. Book


Also please note Version 4 of the RoATP guidance is updated Providers – reminder to declare subcontractors by 15th November.  Also Apprenticeship funding band updates at


 Also Ofsted on Friday published the first provider reports under the new Education Inspection Framework (EIF), all 13 of them. The 13 inspections that took place in September include nine grade 2s, three grade 3s and one grade 4 (see list with links to the reports below). The report format, seen for the first time today, is considerably shorter than those under the previous Common Inspection Framework (CIF) and no longer includes learner number summary tables.  More to follow…

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust (3)

Coventry College (3)

CQM Training And Consultancy Limited (2)

Digital Telecoms Network Academy Limited (2)

Freeman College (2)

Fuel Learning Limited (2)

JM Recruitment Education & Training Ltd (2)

Kirklees Council Adult and Community Learning (2)

Mercia Partnership (UK) Ltd (4)

Norman Mackie & Associates Limited (2)

North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College (2)

The Sheffield College (3)

Woodspeen Training Limited (2)

See more at:


Every now and again I showcase one of the providers I work with and today it is Successful Mums.


I have questions asked about EBITDA. What is this? A widely used and often misunderstood way of tracking a business’ performance is to look at its EBITDA. What is this?  The acronym stands for Earnings Before Depreciation, Interest, Tax & Amortisation. But what is it actually telling us? Earnings is another word for ‘Profit’. So EBITDA is basically your profit for the period before deducting certain costs. These costs include interest and tax because these are usually outside of the control of the managers of a business. The tax charge will only apply if the business makes a profit and the level of the charge is decided upon by the government. Interest levels are set by the lender and most business managers will not have been responsible for taking out the loans that created the interest. The depreciation charge is caused by having fixed (or non current) assets and again most business managers will not have authorised the purchase of these fixed assets in the first place.


The amortisation charge is caused by having intangible fixed assets like licences, patents & goodwill (amortisation is like depreciation but for intangible rather than tangible assets). Most business managers will not have been responsible for investing in these intangible assets. So what we are doing in assessing a business using the EBITDA measure is looking at the profits of the business before deducting all of the costs that the business manager cannot control. EBITDA shows us how well the manager has performed in their role as manager.


In this sense EBITDA might be said to give us a misleading and overly optimistic view of the business itself (rather than the manager’s performance) as it excludes the key cost of depreciation.  Those in favour of EBITDA’s use would state that EBITDA is a quick way to get a feel for how much cash the operations of the business have generated in the year. Some organisations even refer to EBITDA as being the company’s ‘Free Cash Flow’ for the year. Whatever the arguments for and against its use, EBITDA is commonly used by financial commentators and companies themselves as the primary indicator of their financial performance for the year.


Welcome to Sam’s Wall this week!  I hope you’ve all had an excellent and productive week!?  Last Thursday 24th October marked this year’s United Nations Day, international days like this are great occasions to educate the public on issues of concern, to mobilise political will and resources to address global problems and to celebrate and reinforce achievements of humanity and the UN has embraced them as a powerful advocacy tool

The United Nations was founded in 1945 to support collective action to realise peace, development and human rights for all. The UN75 initiative seeks to spark dialogue and action on how we can build a better world despite the many challenges we face.


I have mentioned previously, I’m a supportive partner for The People’s Hub who work closely with United Nations Youth Assembly to support businesses to encourage them to follow the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) I work alongside two very prolific ladies, Susan Dolan and Carol Ann Whitehead who are both directors at The People’s Hub.

I have spoken at length about Carol Ann Whitehead in previous weeks who is very high profile in Manchester and beyond in similar ways that Susan is; these ladies make a dynamite team and are well known within many organisations, councils, government both in the UK and on a global level. These ladies are strong supporters of women in STEM, gender and ethnic equality and both are politically active and influential in this regard (at some of the highest levels).


Here’s a little more explanation about The Peoples Hub as an organisation along with an explanation about the incredible Susan Dolan who is currently over in the States representing the organisation.

What is The Peoples Hub?

The People’s Hub is a solution-based tech platform to bring about change and break the perpetual cycle of poverty by building lives through empowerment and digital communication. A conduit to connect service users to service providers at every step of the way. Using business solutions to achieve public good, The Peoples Hub will have a distinct and valuable role to play in helping create a strong, sustainable and socially inclusive economy locally. It will campaign to make change without politics. Changing how people can help others with full transparency and visibility.

The teams past experience within the voluntary, charity and public sector provides a good insight to the needs of particular groups of people that a commercial enterprise would not have. A Community Interest Company approach, free from a commercial agenda means we can focus on providing an effective service to our user group.

At the heart of The Peoples Hub is building communities, which in turn builds lives through a solution based transparent platform made by the people for the people.

An example of some of the areas where The People’s Hub concentrates its’ attention include:

No Poverty – Securing ways to reduce homelessness & Poverty throughout the world. Ensuring everyone has access to basic needs such as housing & medical needs

Quality Education – Ensuring education is available to everyone worldwide and increasing the number of adults with relevant skills towards employment and sustainability

Gender Equality – Ending all forms of gender discrimination, equal rights & pay for everyone in the same role and eliminating the harmful practices such as female genital mutilation (FGM)


Who is Susan Dolan? Susan Dolan is a Google expert and the first person outside of Google to crack the PageRank algorithm as confirmed by Eric Schmidt’s office in 2014.

Susan is a Queen’s Young Leader’s Mentor based at Cambridge University helping young people throughout the Commonwealth improve their communities through youth empowerment and digital communication.

Having over quarter of a million followers on Twitter Susan set up several global campaigns including the evolution of HousingFirst, citied in the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust’s Varle Report. Susan also works with and alongside many projects including ‘Women Occupy Hollywood’, ‘Woman on Fire’ and ‘The Ada Show’. The Ada Show is a theatre production with educational workshops to encourage diversity in STEM. “Putting the art in STEM” and writing Ada Lovelace back into history where she rightfully belongs. Ada wrote the first computer algorithm one hundred years before the computer was invented. Without Ada you would not have a computer or a mobile phone! Susan led the AdasArmy campaign across Twitter reaching all nations.

In her earlier career she was an advice worker on a Labour governmental contract helping people with housing, debts, criminality issues, and drugs and alcohol referrals based in job centers, prisons, probation and drug rehabilitation centers.

Susan is a member of the Cruise Lecturer’s Association and travels the world giving search engine optimization and social media talks.

As part of ‘The People’s Hub’ campaign team Susan delivered a lecture at the United Nations Youth Association in Denmark and is now working to support the UN Sustainable Development Goals and participating in the UN Global Festival of Action.

More information:


As part of our own message and ethos (which runs in line with Universal Inclusion, the organiser of the important World event below), both myself and Carol Ann Whitehead FRSA will be attending and representing The People’s Hub on 14th November. Both Carol and I have also been selected as Global Jurors for the International Entreps awards which looks to raising awareness of businesses who are excelling in representing the UN’s 17 SDG’s.

This event is open to all who wish to attend:

 An Inclusive World Event on Thursday 14th November 2019

This is an afternoon of discussion on Inclusive Entrepreneurship at MediaCityUK in Manchester.  Inclusive means entrepreneurship is open and easily accessible to all. It levels the playing field and allows entrepreneurs to seek, create and participate in opportunities, especially those facing barriers to the workplace.

As an organisation, Universal Inclusion has a commitment towards innovation within inclusive communities, and they’re creating the 2030 Agenda Paradigm Shift in order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – where communities start to see people who face barriers, not as burdens, but as contributing citizens who bring a new and exciting presence to the table. The resultant contribution to the growth of the economy from such enterprise is what is termed as ‘Inclusive Economic Growth’.

Over the last few years the organisation Universal Inclusion has been working hard at bringing this task to fruition – through the Inclusive Entrepreneur Programme they run and the various Calls to Action, debates and events they regularly hold.

This event is one in a series of events which will be followed by an Expo and Concert early next year.

At this event, the focus will be on hearing from Inclusive Entrepreneurs, launching the Universal Inclusion’s digital platform which showcases their business, and then debating in groups to build evidence. This evidence will feed into a White Paper and other policy changing documents that support their Call to Action in respect of business support requirements going forward. Anyone interested will need to confirm whether you can attend and register for your ticket by Friday 2nd November 2019. The event will also be filmed. By registering and attending you give us permission to include you in our film and photos and use them on our website, collateral and other media. Book:


That’s all for this week but see you all next week and I’ll cover some of the great organisations and events that have been happening in support of National Mentoring Day (Sunday 27th October) this week!  Sam X


Vacancies on the jobs board this week include: Dispersed Property Support Worker with Changing Lives [Northumberland], Senior Education Coordinator (Curriculum Manager) with Back on Track [Manchester], Recovery Coordinator with Humankind [County Durham], Project Co-ordinator with YSS [Hereford], Project worker IRC with Hibiscus Initiatives [Milton Keynes], Circles Coordinator (Devon/Cornwall) with Circles South West [Home based, Devon or Cornwall], Support Officer with Nacro [Birmingham & Coventry], Operational Manager – Approved Premises with Hestia Housing & Support [London], Trustee with Anglia Care Trust [Ipswich], Finance Co-optee with Spark Inside [London]. For more information about these vacancies, and many more, click here


Tip I: Double flying lesson for one – 12 locations. Save 46%. Details


Tip 2: Paintballing and lunch for 10 – over 30 locations. Only £10. Details


Tip 3: Berlin: Three night hotel break with Christmas market dates. £159 per person. 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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