Newsletter and bids 42 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 52 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:


First off this week we have an EPA organisation for sale approved for STO384 Level 3 Team Leader/Supervisor and STO0385 Level 5 Operations/Departmental Manager. The accounts will be up to date for 31st of October and will have no debts and they have been working alongside a technology company to develop an online EPA platform portal for the provision of online and face to face EPA activity.


N.B this is an charged for service to the company. We recommend the use of this portal as it has been specifically developed for EPA however there is no contractual obligation to move forward with this.The price is offers in the region of £12,500.00 Please apply with your interest to


 This week we have the following all part-time varies from 1-2 days a week for each vacancy. I would be good if someone can do more that one apprenticeship to increase their hours.

Skills Coach/Assessor in Software development – location: Canterbury, Wokingham

Skills Coach/Assessor in Data Analyst – location: Kettering

Skills Coach/Assessor in Content Producer – location: Poole, Southampton

Skills Coach/Assessor in Medical Administrator – York

Skills Coach/Assessor in Management – location: Poole, Central London

CVs to


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


 Remember The clocks go back at 2.00am on 27 October 2019 – for future reference, it always takes place on the last Sunday in October. This signals the end of BST, or Daylight Saving Time (DST) and means the UK will revert to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), the standard time zone against which all others in the world are referenced.


Also remember 22nd October – The day your final funding claim form is available for submission.  This is relevant to you if you receive funds through:
A grant for your adult education budget (AEB)
A grant for your 16 to 19 funding
A grant with an Advanced Learner Loans Bursary contract
A Learner Support contract
22nd October – The day your final funding claim form is available for submission. You may submit your final claim until 5.00pm on 30th October.


 Colleges will have to keep on running T-levels for at least 20 years if they want to avoid handing back millions in capital funding.

A pot of £38 million has been made available to colleges and schools to help build new classrooms and refurbish buildings in readiness for the introduction of the new technical qualifications next year.

The Department for Education this week confirmed to FE Week that providers who win the funding risk having to hand it back if they stop offering T-levels within the next two decades.

“The terms of grant will require providers to use the premises funded for supporting the T-level curriculum for 20 years,” a spokesperson said.

“If a provider withdraws from T-level delivery, we reserve a right to recover any capital grant we have paid.” Sixth Form Colleges Association chief executive Bill Watkin called this “a significant commitment” which sends out a clear message: investing in T-levels is a long-term strategy.

He said the capital grants are helping providers invest in dedicated teaching spaces and industry-standards kit which “will make a huge difference to schools and colleges’ ability to hit the ground running from September 2020”.



I am pleased to confirm that Online FS are now available for English & Maths L1 & L2.

Please do ensure the correct POP Software version has been uploaded to your pcs/systems. Thank you for your patience, and apologies for the disruption.

Functional Skills onscreen tests 

I am pleased to tell you that you can now book onscreen tests for the new Functional Skills assessments in English and Maths.


Important: update to software 

As referenced in our previous communication, please ensure that you have updated the Pearson Onscreen Platform (POP) on all PCs/laptops used for onscreen tests before your learners take any assessments. This update is a requirement in order to run Maths tests.

Any new Maths tests you attempt to deliver in older versions of the software will not work and your learners will not be able to take the test.


How to update your software

For your convenience, we have included the instructions on updating your software again below.

You can locate the version number that you currently have installed by going to the Control Panel on your  PC/laptop – Programs & Features – Uninstall or change a program – locate Pearson in the list – version number shows in the far right hand column.

PAD/QMA: Offline/Online Testing – this version of the software is most suitable if you use laptops to run one test at a time, and go out to your learners workplace/offsite to deliver the tests. You can find the link to the installers from page four of this document. You will need to have version 7.0.5615.1 or higher installed.

LAN: Classroom Testing – this version of the software is most suitable if you run a number of tests at the same time within a classroom setting on PCs connected to a network. You can find the link to the installers from page six of this document.  You will need to have version 7.0.5616.6 or higher installed. You will find further guides, information and details about the Pearson Onscreen Platform on our website.


Next is T Levels and many are asking how will they work and items around them so if you go to this has all the update information.  Also a new funky site at


FUNDING: homelessness: The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government is providing up to £1 million of the Cold Weather Fund to Homeless Link to administer funding to charitable organisations that are not commissioned by local authorities. Organisations can apply for a grant up to £25,000, and larger grants up to £50,000 may be considered for projects working across multiple authorities. The project’s overall aim is to financially support local providers in helping get people sleeping rough off the streets this winter. The grant application window closes on Friday 6th December. Find out more and read guidance on how to apply here


CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: supporting people with convictions into work

The Cabinet Office has published the summary from its call for evidence last year on supporting people with convictions into employment. Clinks and the National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance (NCJAA) submitted a letter to the call for evidence outlining our recruitment policy and giving examples of charities that support people with convictions into employment, including UnlockSynergy Theatre, and Offploy. The summary shows the voluntary sector as leading in the most inclusive recruitment practices – charities were more likely to ask about convictions later in the recruitment process. The public sector was worst for this and significantly more likely to ask at application stage, emphasising the importance of boosting good practice in the public sector. Read more here


 Welcome to Sam’s Wall this week!!!  I’ve got some fabulous business networking and seminar events to let you know about this week! 

I’ve listed these events because I believe; depending upon your location they will be really interesting, educational and relevant to a wide number of people. If I could go to these events myself I absolutely would, for one reason or another I won’t be able to make it to any of them but I hope you find them of interest and do consider going.


Women, Wisdom & Wine Business Networking (London)

I’m a big supporter of women in business and a keen business and student mentor so had I been in London I would have been joining this event for sure, it’s a fabulous networking & peer mentoring evening taking place 18:00 – 20:30 GMT Blooming Founders HQ, 81 Curtain Road, EC2A 3AG

Here’s a bit of info:

The event provides a unique opportunity for female entrepreneurs to network, learn from each other and drink some fine wine, eat cheese and nibbles!

It’s designed to create serendipitous connections and collaborative learnings; it’s for anyone who; – Needs a new boost of energy and meet other commercially minded women

– Needs to learn from others what has worked in their businesses

– Needs to get feedback on your business challenges

– Needs a real glass of wine

Early bird tickets still remain!



Over in Manchester between 7.30 – 9.30am at Dantzic Street, NOMA, M4 2AH a couple of people I know who are very well respected business owners in the city are part of this important event about social responsibility.

What does it mean to be socially accountable? Genuine corporate social responsibility is more than a box-ticking exercise. It is a way for a company to ‘pay it forward’ and at the same time become more attractive to potential employees, more productive and more attractive to investors.

More and more companies are becoming conscious of the kind of impact they are having on all aspects of society including economic, social, and environmental. And just as the most forward-thinking business leaders seek to make a positive impact on the communities they touch, responsible place-making is emerging as key to making places truly successful, where people want to work, live and spend time.

Getting it right is easier said than done, however. The most powerful strategies are those that harness the unique character of the local area while establishing a clear identity and narrative for the scheme that truly differentiates it from other locations.

Insider’s event will bring together business leaders, property investors, public sector stakeholders and influencers. You’ll get to hear how they are making a genuine long-term difference to the city and what more can be done to support local communities.


Stephen Bradley, asset manager, Hermes Investment Management

Paul Pavia, head of development, MEPC

Angela Harrington, head of work & skills – growth and development, Manchester City Council

Sam Jones, managing director, Tunafish Media

Sandy Lindsay MBE, chair, Tangerine Communications & The Juice Academy

Amul Batra, chief partnerships officer, Northcoders

Lauren Coulman, founder, Noisy Cricket

Esther Worboys, placemaking manager, Activate – Workman Placemaking

Free Registration:


Secrets of How Technology and Psychology Drive Growth (Birmingham)

A rather special event is taking place in Birmingham (The Lewis Building, 35 Bull Street, Birmingham, B4 6AF) on 31st October, 9.30 – 4.30pm:

This event sees thought leaders and industry experts reveal the secrets of psychology and technology that drive business growth. For the first time, key speakers from HubSpot, the world’s leading growth platform for inbound marketing, sales and service, and BGF, the world’s most active investor in growing companies, will gather in Birmingham to reveal the secrets of marketing, sales, psychology and technology that drive business growth.

The event is hosted by Cognition, one of the UK’s leading digital agencies, and in association with BGF, this is a one-off opportunity for businesses in the West Midlands to have access to this level of expertise in one place.

In a day crammed full of expert advice and practical insights, you will:

Learn why businesses plateau and how you can stop this from happening

Understand how psychology is the key to unlocking sales growth

Discover how technology and data can speed up your decision-making and reduce operational complexity. Learn the secret to hacking your mind to enable commercially effective thinking.  Gain expert tips and tricks from the panel at our networking lunch. Tables hosted by the team will give you the chance to get one-to-one advice from the experts

Discover tools and systems that are proven to empower teams to do their best work

Enjoy free networking and a Q & A session with leading influencers and much more!

 The speaker line-up is incredible:

Speaker: Ed Barrett, Snr Director, EMEA Partner Sales, HubSpot

BIO: Marketing, sales, and service software that helps your business grow without compromise. Because “good for the business” should also mean “good for the customer.” HubSpot offers a full stack of software for marketing, sales, and customer service, with a completely free CRM at its core. They’re powerful alone — but even better when used together. Speaker: Dr Peter Hughes, Psychologist, Co-founder of Cognition Agency

BIO: Peter, who co-founded Cognition, is a psychologist and expert in digital transformation and decision science. He’s also a published ghostwriter and has facilitated digital transformation projects in the UK, Europe, South America, Russia, the Middle East and Asia. As a broadcaster, he has made many television appearances including Secrets of Superbrands, Addicted to Pleasure with Brian Cox and The One Show for the BBC. He’s helped high profile people manage addictive behaviours and featured as an expert in many documentaries on leading figures in the entertainment industry.

Speaker: Simon Calver, BGF Investor, Chairman of and Chemist Direct

BIO: Simon is best known for his seven-year tenure as CEO at LOVEFiLM, one of the successes of the UK venture industry – leading the company’s eventual exit to Amazon in 2011. He went on to become CEO of Mothercare plc, kickstarting the turnaround plan and accelerating international expansion in over 30 countries. Before this, he worked at multi-nationals such as Unilever, led PepsiCo in the UK, and was general manager at Dell. He is also currently chairman of and Chemist Direct.

Speaker: Jill Palmer, CEO, Click Travel

BIO: Jill Palmer is the CEO of Birmingham based Click Travel, one of the UK’s fastest-growing travel management companies that builds it’s next-generation platform in-house to make booking & managing business travel seamless and cost-effective. Click Travel manages millions of travel bookings a year for a variety of businesses from FTSE 100 companies to the public and third sector.

Host: John Berry, Chairman at Cognition

Panel: Dr. Peter Hughes, Simon Calver, HubSpot, Jill Palmer, BGF

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


Jobs this week External Evaluation with Women in Prison [Home-based], Impact and Evaluation Manager with Only Connect [London], Service Manager with Changing Lives [North Yorkshire], Headstart Programme Facilitator (Probation Pilot) with The Challenge [London], Family Support Worker with Ormiston Families [HMP Highpoint], Recovery Coordinator with Humankind [Selby], Lecturer in English with Weston College (Offender Learning) [HMP Guys Marsh], Justice Practice Officer with Centre for Justice Innovation [London], Team Leader (Custody Suite) with St Giles Trust [London], Development Assistant with Koestler Arts [HMP Wormwood Scrubs], Health & Safety Officer with Humankind [Bowburn]For more information about these vacancies, and many more, click here


 A ‘Diversity in Leadership Programme’ is to be launched, following analysis published by FE Week which found just 7 per cent of college principals are Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic (BAME).  The Education and Training Foundation is aiming to roll out the scheme by Christmas. It will have four strands: unconscious bias workshops; one-to-one coaching for aspiring leaders; a diversity charter for the whole FE sector to sign up to; and new toolkits.


Tip I: Two-night South Devon escape with dinner. Save 59%. Details


Tip 2: Sushi Café: 40-piece sushi platter for two. Only £22. Details


Tip 3: ‘Grimms’ Scary Tales’ Halloween Experience at Yorkshire Wildlife Park. Only £19. Details


All from 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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