Newsletter and bids 40 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 some 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:


Do you know someone or are you creative, and would love the opportunity to build a brand for the future development of skills within the East Midlands? The award-winning Chamber of the Year is looking to develop a network for young professionals, giving opportunity to build relationships for life, supporting development and helping individuals to thrive in their careers within the East Midlands. Please see for information


NATIONAL CRIMINAL JUSTICE ARTS ALLIANCE NEWS: dynamic purchasing system changes. The Ministry of Justice’s Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) has updated its terms to make it easier for sole traders to join the system and bid for education contracts. The recent update includes lowering certain financial due diligence thresholds, which removes restrictions that could prevent unincorporated entities (typically sole traders) from joining. The National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance (alongside Clinks and the Prisoner Learning Alliance, convened by the Prisoners’ Education Trust) has been tracking the use of the DPS since its inception, and welcomes this development, which we hope will enable a wider range of practitioners to deliver prison education, including independent arts practitioners and social enterprises. Find out more here


  3rd Age Innovation Funding Webinar See:

  Dates:  25 October 10h00 – 11h00   

  • Welcome and Introductions
  • Overview of Funding Landscape – UK Industrial Strategy
  • Consortium Building – The Digital Skills Experience
  • Submission: Narrative, Budgets, GANTT charts, Log frames
  • Joining a submission Consortium

Thank you Andre Mostert 3rd Age Innovation Funding Manager

+447903099565  Register here:


 An end Point Assessment company for sale details to follow soon.


Eastleigh is one of over 30 colleges that could lose millions as part of plans to end out-of-area providers subcontracting in London, FE Week can reveal.

The Greater London Authority proposal, approved by Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, will come into effect from 2021-22 – the third year of devolution of the adult education budget.

Currently, the GLA provides around £14 million of AEB grant funding to providers located further than what is considered to be a “reasonable travel-to-learn distances for London learners”.


South East Training Organisation looking for an Operations Director who has get up and go plus knows the industry and funding.  CVs to me


Nick says After running some very popular funding and date update workshops in last few months there remain places available for:

16 October in Manchester – CLICK HERE for more info and to book

For beginners and experts in apprenticeship funding, this workshop will focus on all the important features of funding, data and performance for starts in 2019/20.

It’s very practical training with lots of worked examples (for providers accessing levy credit and non-levy funding).  Delegates will also receive a copy of my updated Apprenticeship Funding Calculator (2019/20 edition), which helps profile starts from 1 August 2019.

So join me, author of the Complete Guide to Funding Apprenticeships, for this technical and in depth practical workshop. Register now as this workshop is likely to quickly sell-out


10.00 Registration

10.30 Apprenticeship funding rules 2019/20 – the key features, changes, additions and clarifications’

Nick Linford

11.50 Break for refreshments

12.05 Profiling framework and standard starts in 2019/20 (levy or non-levy) – how to use my calculator or create your own

Nick Linford

13.00 Break for lunch

13.50 ILR apprenticeship data collection changes for 2019/20 and future ESFA plans for the Apprenticeship System

Nick Linford

14:50 Key tips for ESFA audit and Ofsted inspection in 2019/20 – both agencies are beefing up their apprenticeship oversight

Nick Linford

15.30 Workshop end

Staff with an interest in funding will benefit, such as from:

– Independent learning providers

– Further education colleges

– Employer providers

– Universities and other HEI’s delivering apprenticeships

– Local authorities delivering apprenticeships

Places are expected to go fast, so register now to avoid disappointment. The fee is £295+ VAT per delegate (no limit per organisation). FE Week gold members will receive £50 off the cost of this event (gold membership must be in the delegates name). Find out more about FE Week gold membership here.


 Marcia Fernandes tells us  Hello all, I hope you had a lovely summer break and are now settled into the new academic year.  I’m pleased to confirm the Association for Accredited Learning (AAL) has been commissioned for a second year to host the East of England’s Professional Exchange Network.

The Network supports teaching practitioners to reflect on their practice; share, collaborate and develop solutions. The Network acts as regional hub for groups of practitioners to formally collaborate 3-4 times per academic year.  Groups include:

  • Quality Assurance – next meeting 18th Oct
  • ESOL – next meeting 1st Nov.
  • Digital Skills – next meeting 13th Nov
  • Learning Coaches/Teacher Trainers – next meeting 6th Dec
  • RARPA – date tbc
  • 14-16 provision – date tbc
  • Middle Managers – date tbc


Groups can be booked via this link:   Please share with colleagues.  I would like to personally invite you to the 2nd year of the Education Partnership Committee, which is a steering group to oversee the Network’s activity.  Agenda attached.  Please book here if you can join us and wish to partner with AAL.  If you are not responsible for learning and development within your organisation, kindly forward onto the right contact.  The committee meets on Friday 18th October at The College of West Anglia at 10am (just before the QA group).

Best wishes, Marcia  Exchange Lead

Professional Exchange Network (East of England)

Association for Accredited Learning

Answer phone: 020 8275 0585 Direct line: 07591 478482

Join the PEN LinkedIn Group! Follow AAL on LinkedIn


Welcome to Sam’s Wall!  Well, we’re firmly in October and it’s getting a lot colder out there! As it’s Mental Health Awareness Day on 10th October I’m dedicating my ‘wall’ this week to this!  Before I do, I wanted to mention that myself and Carol Ann Whitehead FRSA have been asked to be Global Jurors for the Global ENTREPS Awards 2020, (Carol is someone I’ve talked about a lot in the past because of her incredible passion and drive supporting social action, helping give the younger generation a voice, she champions gender and ethnic equality along with supporting the United Nations 17 Sustainability Development Goals … and many more things)

Joaquin V Boston approached us both over a month ago (and thanks to Carol and Joaquin), who is President of Entreps and the International Board of Business Owners and Entrepreneurs for Sustainable Business in 126 countries I’m onboard as a Global Juror for next year.  The awards cover sustainable businesses, businesses that adhere to the United Nations 17 Sustainability Development Goals, AI and digitalisation.

Mariya Gabriel Commissioner for the Digital Economy and Society (European Commission) I’m told will also be one of many influential figures, again involved in 2020.

Last year saw 2,000 participants and sponsorship from the European Commission, Parliament and Council, along with the collaboration of the UN and the OECD: it included the international congress; workshops and face2face meetings between key figures from 5 continents.

Nominations for 2020:

Sustainable projects and initiatives are only eligible as proposed finalists, along with above and beyond achievements and/or promising results on the SDGs or Digital Industry, Circular Economy, Collaborative Economy (there’s a range of the other categories). An initial project launch is planned for this October and the Awards will take place in the first semester of 2020; a date is still being finalised.

This is really exciting stuff for me!


So, on to Mental Health Awareness Day this year; there are a great number of events happening throughout the UK and there is one such event I’ll be attending which will be taking place in Manchester at Lloyds Bank on Market Street.

One of the key hosts will be Carol Ann Whitehead and one of the key speakers at the event is someone I know very well because I’m a business mentor for his organisation and I’m on his team, Andy Hall.

Andy Hall is a Mentoring Relationship Specialist at GC Business Growth Hub in Manchester, he’s also a TEDx Speaker, Enterprise Nation Leadership and Management Adviser of the Year, Made in Manchester’s Mentor of the Year along with National Mentoring Awards finalist and facilitator at Andy’s Man Club Manchester (which is a group set up to encourage men with mental health illnesses to talk about their issues in a safe environment with likeminded individuals). Andy will be speaking about his experiences with mental health, specifically depression and anxiety.
Andy’s recent TEDx talk ‘Can We Fix Our Own Mental Illnesses” was an incredible, informative and riveting watch

as Andy explains how he has combated his battle.
So, if you happen to be in Manchester on the 10th October then join this free event which includes key Manchester-based organisations who are on a mission to help people take back control and rebuild their lives, ask questions and have your say at:

“What Matters to Manchester: Your Mind Matters Too” :


Other events across the UK occurring to mark Mental Health Awareness Day:

In Grimsby, NAViGO is bringing local employers and individuals together to rid the stigma about talking about suicide and to encourage potentially life-changing conversations.

NAViGO’s free breakfast morning will focus on ‘Talk Suicide’ by raising awareness of free suicide prevention training available from the Zero Suicide Alliance and will include professional speakers, networking opportunities and local mental health support services offering free advice to both employees and employers in the workplace.

‘Talk Suicide’ Breakfast will be included, and this event is free of charge.

If you are able to go:

 At Kensington Library, there is another free event taking place with Dr Lydia Taiwo who will be speaking about her mission to help other victims realise that there IS hope after childhood abuse, and that they already have everything within them needed to recover triumphantly.

Lydia is the author of A Broken Childhood: A Recovery Guide’ that chronicles her unthinkable abuse as a child at the hands of her parents – abuse that has left her with multiple scars, no hair growth and over four decades of mental and physical pain. Lydia has been very resilient over the years, carrying the wounds, the pain and heartache, but through it all, she has been able to forgive her parents and move on with her life. She does not consider herself a victim but a victor.

Lydia’s motto is ‘Having suffered abuse doesn’t mean you have to be an abuser yourself’

Mental Wealth Festival, Trafalgar Square  This is the fifth edition of the Mental Wealth Festival and its’ focus is on relationships, family, friendship and the importance of community and support networks.  The Festival provides a forum for informative, challenging and inspiring discussions and workshops exploring mental health issues and takes places across different venues in London. The Mental Wealth Festival is produced by City Lit in partnership with our friends at Beyond Words, The National Gallery, The British Museum and Mad World. For more information on the festival visit:

and check out the wealth of workshops and mental wellbeing events and classes, the festival covers mental health awareness for a range of sectors from the deaf community through to homelessness.

So, if you’re in London book yourselves on as there will be plenty to see, do and learn:

Obviously, the events I mention here are far from an exhaustive list, no matter where you live there will be somewhere close that is holding an event in line with National Mental Health Awareness Day 2019, whose theme this year is on Suicide Prevention. That’s all from me, enjoy your week ahead!  Sam X


On the 9th December London Clinks and the Lord Mayor of the City of London are hosting an event for funders at Mansion House to showcase the work of our members and make the case for funding the voluntary sector in criminal justice.

We are looking for organisations to join us at the event to deliver a presentation, exhibit their work at stalls, or provide live music. Each contributor will also appear in a brochure giving a summary of their organisation’s work and contact details which will be given to the funders attending.  To be eligible, organisations must be:

A full Clinks member and a voluntary organisation

Have a turnover of less than £1.5 million

Have an idea of how to present your work in an impactful, engaging and visually interesting way.

We particularly welcome contributions from organisations working with minority groups, and the involvement of service users with appropriate support and sensitivity.

If you wish to take part, please fill out our application form and send it back to by Friday 18th October.


CLINKS MEMBERS’ VACANCIES Vacancies on the jobs board this week include: Outreach Custody Suite Caseworker with St Giles Trust [Coventry Central Police Station], Independent Sexual Violence Advisor with Changing Lives [Newcastle upon Tyne], Offender Resettlement Triage Worker with Shelter (England) [HMP Altcourse], Communications Officer with Working Chance [London], Part-Time Housing Assistant – BASS with Nacro [Plymouth], Independent Nursing Prescriber – Forward Leeds with Humankind [Kirkgate Hub, Leeds], Lecturer in Multi-Skills – Lot 8 Prisons with Weston College (Offender Learning) [Surrey], Trusts Fundraising Officer with Prison Fellowship England and Wales [London], Head of Delivery with Unlocked Graduates [London], Tenancy Support Officer (High Risk Offenders) with Nacro [Harlow], Recovery Co-ordinator – Treatment and Recovery with Humankind [Newcastle], Policy and Research Officer with Working Chance [London], Keyworker – Your Path (Learning Difficulties and Mental Health) with St Giles Trust [London].


Tip I: Four star stay in Manchester including prosecco. From £79. Details


Tip 2: Rotate Shoreditch – three cocktails for up to three people. 57% off. Details


Tip 3I: Jack the Ripper, Haunted London and Sherlock Holmes Tour. Now £16. 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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