Newsletter and bids 36 2019

 In bids

Dear Members.

This week more news and views and bids, grants and funds in conjunction with our sponsors Net Security Training Ltd. You can contact Richard at and We go out to over 3,000 people and Organisations every week and today have a BUMPER edition of 52 Pages.

Full details of all bids and grants can be downloaded from the link below:



Ok away in Suffolk and Norfolk this week and as you know or do not know 5 G and 4 G are the names of horses around here. However, I will be contactable if you need me but you may have to wait until I am in a place with phones that work.


Successful bidders of the GLA tender, for some reason GLA Contracts for Adult Education Services in London sent this out again.

Lot No: 1 Adult Education Provision to Out of Work Londoners

Gloucestershire College

London Vocational College

Reed in Partnership Ltd

London Skills and Development Network

Rapid Improvement Ltd

London Learning Consortium Community Interest Company

Martinex Ltd t/a Burleigh College

Poplar Housing and Regeneration Community Association

Waltham International College Ltd

Big Creative Training Ltd

Step Ahead Social Enterprise Community Interest Company

Simply One Stop Ltd t/a Learn Plus Us

Newham College of Further Education

Back 2 Work Complete Training Ltd

Strive Training

Vocational Skills Solutions

5E Ltd

London United Colleges Group (City of Westminster College and College of North West London)

Maximus People Services

East London Advanced Technology Training

Free to Learn Ltd

The London Hairdressing Apprenticeship Academy Ltd


Lot No: 2 Adult Education Provision to In-Work Londoners

Pathway First Ltd

Go Train Ltd

JGA Ltd t/a The JGA Group

Dynamic Training UK Ltd

London Borough of Lambeth (Adult Learning Service)

Morley College Ltd

London Vocational College

Free to Learn

East London Advanced Technology Training

Maximus People Services

5E Ltd

Rapid Improvement Ltd

London Skills and Development Network

Poplar Housing and Regeneration Community Association

The Consultancy Home Counties Ltd t/a TCHC


College leaders are being asked for their views on the ESFA’s oversight of financial management – after the FE Commissioner found staff there had failed to accurately assess Hadlow College’s finances. It was announced last week that Dame Mary Ney would lead a review into the way the government monitors college finances. The review was promised in May by then skills minister Anne Milton after the FE Commissioner revealed that Hadlow College, now in education administration, had misled the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) over the health of its finances.

The report, published in May, said: “The college’s finance record for 2016/17 shows an automated financial health score of ‘good’. However, when this is compared to the annual accounts there are material differences, particularly in relation to loans. When the finance record is amended to reflect the annual accounts the automated health score is ‘inadequate’.”


Well done to Meetu Madaan owner of Skill Supplies Congratulations she is a finalist in The Best Business Women Awards 2019! Well done on your achievement.

Your entry has been selected from hundreds of applicants and you have been selected as a finalist for Best Boss. The event will take place  on Friday 11th October 2019 at The Tower Hotel in London. This is an event to celebrate your success and when our winners will be announced.

This price includes champagne drinks reception, 3 course meal with 1/2 bottle of wine, tea and coffee, entertainment, awards presentations and after party.

Dress code is black tie/party wear! Event opens at 6.30pm dinner from 7.30pm. Presentations finish around 11.30pm followed by an after party until 1.00am

Make sure you add any dietary requirements in the comments box when booking. We do not issue paper tickets. Just give your name when you arrive and and the number in your party

Tickets at  Accommodation at The Tower Hotel The hotel have offered us a rate of £139.0 incl VAT and breakfast for a standard double room. This can only be booked via them directly. Use Ref LAD|101019 EMAIL

Phone 0800 330 8005 option 1.


Ofsted has now sent out guidance re items around an inspection is ‘incomplete’ when the inspection report has not been published and we need to gather additional evidence in order to secure the inspection evidence base. We may need to take further action to complete the inspection and to revise and report the findings.

Background We have established processes for checking quality, finalising reports and dealing with concerns raised by providers.

Delaying publishing a report to consider concerns

Exceptionally, we may think it necessary to delay publishing a report to ensure that we can consider fully any concerns raised by a provider or identified by us.

Very rarely, and usually after considering these concerns or following our own internal pre-publication quality assurance or moderation processes, we may identify elements in the inspection evidence base that are not sufficiently secure. This may mean that we deem the inspection incomplete.

In these cases, we will need to take further action to complete the inspection. This may include a further visit to the provider to gather more evidence to secure the evidence base. We will not publish the inspection report until we’re satisfied that the inspection judgements are secure.

Needing to complete further inspection activity

When we have sent a draft report to the provider for a factual accuracy check or comments, and we have then decided that the inspection has not provided a sufficiently sound evidence base, we may carry out further inspection activity to secure the inspection. This may include a further visit to gather more evidence.


After we’ve completed any further inspection activity, we’ll send an amended draft report to the provider for factual accuracy checking and comment.



Now information did go out re Hacking of Accounts for a couple of weeks and now more Police have been called in after a college’s principal was targeted in a malicious hack in which fraudsters allegedly doctored internal emails to include a racist word and then sent the emails to the media, staff and a local councillor.

 FE Week was one recipient from someone who called themselves an “ethical hacker” and had broken into South Staffordshire College’s IT system this morning in order to send them from a senior employees email account.


Please be aware if you use CCTV the ICO said

“We will be reviewing the judgment carefully. We welcome the court’s finding that the police use of Live Facial Recognition (LFR) systems involves the processing of sensitive personal data of members of the public, requiring compliance with the Data Protection Act 2018. This new and intrusive technology has the potential, if used without the right privacy safeguards, to undermine rather than enhance confidence in the police.

“Our investigation into the first police pilots of this technology has recently finished. We will now consider the court’s findings in finalising our recommendations and guidance to police forces about how to plan, authorise and deploy any future LFR systems.

“In the meantime, any police forces or private organisations using these systems should be aware that existing data protection law and guidance still apply.”


 A Training Provider based London Essex Borders with ROTO and ROTAP looking to sell some £40,000. 00.

Provider in Wollwich has classroom to Hire day or weekly Phone 07752 455279 or e-mail

Client is doing Access to Nursing Courses has 30 starts ready to go September start. 

Last 30 had 29 passed and all staring Uni September.

DM for details at


 Tutor Assessor Trainer Highly organised and dedicated individual holding a L4 Certificate in Leading the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice (Lead IQA) and L3 NVQ Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement. Extensive work experience in Education Management and Professional Training including; designing and delivering high quality training and education in line with statutory requirements, creating and conducting regular standardisation and supervision meetings with assessors. Implemented new processes and procedures using various databases to ensure smooth running of office and cut down on manual input, therefore saving time. Delivering the Traineeship. Supporting candidates with job search techniques and CV writing. Delivering AIG and employability services to clients affected by a wide range of disabilities. Essex and east London Part Time  email me for CV


Nick tells us Back due to popular demand, I will be delivering an Adult Education Budget funding and data update workshop in November (likely my last of 2019)
6 November in York – 
CLICK HERE to book and for more info

In this technical workshop I will take a detailed look at the key funding and eligibility elements of the ESFA’s AEB rules and rates for 2019/20. I will also share a dynamic AEB profiling calculator to support the creation of your own course file, as well as cover AEB performance policies (achievement rates, minimum standards and intervention) and the use of ESFA software. At a time of significant change heading towards devolution of the AEB budget, this workshop will ensure you leave being able to curriculum plan and fund your 2019/20 provision as effectively as possible.

With new and updated material, this workshop is suitable for those new to funding as well as the most experienced. And being a very practical workshop there are lots of worked examples and materials to take away, meaning attendees will leave armed with vital knowledge.

John Green, Chief Operating Officer at System Group said: “Excellent training day with loads of information imparted in an effective manner. Great value for money. I can take the learning from the day back to my organisation to improve compliance and efficiency.” Click here for more feedback from previous attendees.

10:00  Registration
10:30  AEB overview, key documents and any changes for 2019/20
Including details on implementation of AEB devolution and future tendering rounds
11:00   Full-funding entitlements, local flexibility, RARPA, subcontracting rules and navigating complex learner eligibility
Including job outcome payments, qualification eligibility and tips on how to make best use of LARs 
11:50   Break for refreshments
12:10   The Single Activity Matrix and full or co-funded funding formula
Including tips on finding AEB funding efficiencies, devising fee policies as well as drawing down
non-standard funding, such as for ESOL and 19+ traineeships

13:00  Break for lunch
13:50  Profiling monthly full and co-funding with a dynamic AEB profiling calculator*
Including an editable Excel version of the dynamic AEB profiling calculator which will be shared with delegates
14:30  AEB performance policies and intervention regime
Including the calculation of retention, pass and achievement rates as well as minimum standards
15:00  The ILR and related data tools for AEB in 2018/19 and 2019/20
Including hints and tips on the best use of key funding and data quality reports from FIS, Hub and DSATs
15:30  End

Funding, finance, MIS, curriculum managers and other senior staff will benefit, particularly from organisations such as:

– FE colleges
– Independent learning providers
– Local authorities
– Awarding organisations
– Sector related bodies (including sector skills councils and issuing authorities)
– Other organisations with an interest in AEB funding, such as LEPs

Places are expected to go fast, so book now to avoid disappointment. The fee is £295 + VAT per delegate (no limit per organisation), and bookings can be cancelled online a week in advance at no cost.


Welcome to Sam’s Wall, as we head into Autumn and there’s a new influx of students starting at Universities across, the country during the forthcoming weeks, the government, as we know, has been providing us with more unfortunate Brexit entertainment surrounding the call for a General Election on 15 th October.


Whilst MP’s carry on arguing over Brexit our nation pulls together again ready for the

impending winter season and one such group of people that thankfully receive attention in

the UK from charities and public initiatives are those that are homeless and those that live

on our streets. I’m dedicating Sam’s Wall this week to homelessness and rough sleepers as

the winter draws in.


On Sunday 14 th September, Greater Manchester Together are beginning this year’s

recruitment drive for volunteers for their Homeless Night Shelters. I personally volunteered

at the shelter last year and whilst its’ hard work, it can also be very rewarding. Anyone

looking at helping in a scheme like this will need training, there can never be enough

volunteers, so I strongly urge anyone who has the time to get involved in their local area.

It’s frightening to think, that in Manchester City Centre alone, homelessness has so

dramatically increased in the past 5 years.


It’s the City Centre where the homelessness crisis is most obvious, where people sleeping in

doorways and under flyovers is a regular sight. Homelessness in Manchester City Centre has dramatically increased over the past 5 years. There are more rough sleepers visible on the city streets. There are more people accessing the support offered by day services such as the Booth Centre, Mustard Tree and Cornerstone. There are also many people accessing

additional outreach projects such as Coffee4Craig.


Across Greater Manchester, 5,564 people are homeless – 1,804 of these individuals are in

Manchester and 1,088 are in Salford – these are people who are either living on the streets

or in temporary accommodation. These figures do not include people who are termed the

‘hidden homeless’, people who are staying with friends or family, or who are ‘sofa surfing’.

Greater Manchester is also considered to be an eviction and repossession hotspot. This

problem is highest in Manchester and Salford, with approximately 1 in 62 households are at

risk of repossession or eviction. If you do live in or around Manchester then I highly recommend Greater Manchester Together’s Open Information Session to find out more and ask any questions you may have,the shelter’s are always looking for donations as well as volunteers.


The Greater Together Manchester Night Shelter is just one of the ways in which Greater

Together Manchester has been working with churches and other partners to offer

hospitality and shelter to rough sleepers. The shelter is looking for people from all walks of life to volunteer for one (or more) shift per week at their rolling night shelter.

Most volunteers do a regular weekly shift, but you can do more or less than this.

Mandatory training and an induction will be provided by Greater Together Manchester, with

the opportunity to attend further additional training on a number of specialist topics

relevant to the volunteer role.


Sign up here to attend.




If you aren’t in Manchester, here are some worthwhile homeless charities throughout the

UK you can volunteer for or donate to: * Centrepoint who provide housing and support for young people in London, Manchester,Yorkshire and the North East and through partnerships all over the UK

Shelter who help millions of people every year struggling with bad housing or

homelessness through expert advice, support and legal services.

Crisis the national charity for homeless people who help people directly out of

homelessness and campaign for the changes needed to solve it altogether.

Even if you arent able to volunteer or donate, this petition could really do with as many signatures as possible. Rough sleeping is forecast to rise by 76 per cent in the next decade unless the government takes action to tackle it.

Petition urging the government to commit to more Social Housing. There is a chronic lack of affordable housing and every year, the housing crisis gets worse, the number of social homes being built is at its lowest for 70 years. The positive news is that we do have a unique opportunity as a collective to make a difference to begin changing this right now.

The government is undertaking its comprehensive spending review this year and it gives us

one of the biggest opportunities for decades to impact how they determine funding is

distributed. Right now is our once-in-a-generation chance.


Now for a fantastic event, not to be missed if you are local to Manchester

Urban Warfare – housing under the empire of finance Hosted by Greater Manchester Housing Action and Global Development Institute Monday, 14 October 2019 from 17:00-18:30 at Theatre B, Roscoe Building, University of Manchester, Brunswick Street, Manchester M13 9PL.

In cities across the world the story is the same – housing is in crisis and increasingly available only to the wealthy. Models of home ownership that originated in the US and UK are now exported across the globe. Cities are being reshaped at a unprecedented rate, with gentrification and displacement a normal feature of 21st century urbanisation. All this was organised by those who stood to benefit most: construction companies and banks, supported by compliant governments. But how did we get to this place? And what can we do about it?

The University of Manchester and Greater Manchester Housing Action are joined by Raquel Rolnik, former UN Special Rapporteur on adequate housing, to discuss these questions. She will look at how our homes and neighbourhoods became the 'last subprime frontiers of capitalism and point towards the need for continued activism and struggle. This event is open to members of the public and is free to attend, For more information email: or visit

That’s all from me! See you next week, I hope you have a fantastic week ahead!


Vacancies on the jobs board this week include: Criminal Justice Worker with Humankind [Selby], Case Manager with Phoenix Futures [Rainsbrook], Project Worker with Changing Lives [York], Diversion Keyworker with ADVANCE (Advocacy and Non-Violence Community Education) [London], Progression Routes Officer with Leap – Confronting Conflict [Finsbury Park], Old Offenders Officer with Age UK North Tyneside [North Tyneside and Teesside], Resettlement Project Worker with Nacro [Denbighshire], Therapeutic CSE Practitioner (Trauma-Informed Approach) with The Magdalene Group [Norwich & Norfolk], Accommodation, Finance, Benefit and Debt Caseworker with St Giles Trust [HMP Peterborough], Lecturer in Functional Skills with Weston College (Offender Learning) [HMP Channings Wood], Community Support Volunteer with The Forward Trust [Hull].


For more information about these vacancies, and many more, click here


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All from me Steve and from all the team have a great week and keep training

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