Newsletter and bids 31 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 are going out to over 3,000 people and Organisations every week and today have a BUMPER EDITION of 50 Pages.

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


Join Us! Qube Learning are looking for a pre-employment tutor to deliver entry level construction, CSCS testing and Health & safety training.  You should hold relevant teaching qualifications and have trade experience.  Travel is a requirement of this position across Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire and Bedfordshire. Competitive salary and benefits available for the right candidate.

You can apply here:


 Adept Living Foundation Community Interest Company are running some personal development events in Letchworth that are being facilitated by Emma Jaynes the CEO.

Date Thursday 15th August

Creating Healthy and Sustainable Communities at the

Community Hub Launch Letchworth:


On Saturday 17th August From Burdened or Bored to Balance


On Saturday 7th September Resilience In Action for Sustaining Healthy Communities


England’s largest college group has appointed Liz Bromley as its new chief executive.

NCG will welcome the former deputy vice chancellor at the University of Central Lancashire to the top post on 19 August. She will take over from the college group’s deputy chief executive Chris Payne, who has been serving as acting chief executive since October 2018 when Joe Docherty stepped down with immediate effect following a turbulent year.


I have a company that is on ROTO and ROATP (just reapproved) in a non devolved area, with AEB funding contract 2019 to 2010 Approx £100,000.00  for sale £60,000.00 e-mails to


I have had some 3 organisations go through Monitoring visits from Ofsted and all have done well so well done everyone.


I am told it appears many people were unlucky on the ESF bid for GLA via the TFL.  For information regarding the emailed message. The subject line was also not headed checklist and the only reference to a checklist is an addendum line midway through the message and even the attachment they refer to was referenced as ‘Reminder-CQs Closing 190220’ which suggests the content is not a checklist but notification that the opportunity for clarification questions closes on the 19th of February.  Many knocked out due to this checklist which was not sent as a Checklist.  So this did not specifically identify as a checklist so even had you looked at the main message, I think you still would have missed it.

Clearly TfL have applied a draconian measure to reduce the number of submissions.  It is also important to note that there were over 1000 clarification questions (300+ pages) for this submission and over 27 TfL corrections to the submission itself so nothing about this submission was straight forward & you would be in a position to make a legal challenge should you choose to do so. Also this was not a requirement of the bid or to be scored. So if you had a similar problem please let me know.


There is no Sam’s Wall as she is away this week.


LAWRENCE BARTON did an item in FE week and it is very good.

Managing director, GB Training The new education secretary has his work cut out. Additional funding for skills and apprenticeships must also be met with reform. The skills funding system is the place to start, says Lawrence Barton  

Assigning direct responsibility for skills and apprenticeships to the education secretary was certainly unexpected. If it does lead to a genuine prioritising of the brief in Government then the move should be welcomed. The fear, however, is that Williamson’s portfolio, even with the support of Kemi Badenoch, becomes so unwieldy that skills ends up being neglected.

And be under no illusion – the challenges the education secretary faces are significant. The pledge to invest more in further education is encouraging, but money alone is not enough if we are to see the genuine transformation of skills and apprenticeships the UK workforce needs.  Funding needs to be met with real reform and the skills funding system is a good place to start. The adult education budget (AEB) funding allocation system is antiquated, overly complex and prevents money getting to where it’s needed.

The funding allocation figures recently published by the ESFA illustrate this point. Despite being deemed by Ofsted as being in a state of required improvement, Newcastle College Group (NCG), Birmingham Metropolitan College, and Barnet and Southgate College have ranked among the largest recipients of automatically allocated AEB funding. Collectively, they received over £5 million. Moulton College, rated by Ofsted as ‘inadequate’ in consecutive years received over £1 million.

The list is littered with colleges judged by Ofsted as having significant shortcomings, and yet still find themselves in the privileged position of receiving automatic funding each year. Independent training providers (ITPs) meanwhile, irrespective of the quality of their training provision, are excluded.

The funding list demonstrates one aspect of the inequity between colleges and training providers, but the imbalance extends elsewhere. As Ian Ross wrote here recently, irrespective of any automatic allocations, colleges and local authorities can still bid against training providers for additional funding through open procurement.

 As well as stifling competition, the heavy emphasis towards colleges creates a bottleneck in funding. Each year money fails to get to where it’s needed. As FE Week’s analysis has shown, procured college funding frequently results in persistent underspends, which often occur despite approaches by independent providers to sub-contract training during the academic year. Instead, poor monitoring of enrolments and drawdowns mean colleges often only recognise their underspend when it’s too late. The nature of the current system means there is little incentive to improve their monitoring.


In the past, effective relationship managers at the then Local Skills Council (LSC) could provide some respite through their understanding of local allocation and demand and so would be better placed to keep the cogs of the system turning. Significant staff cuts at its reincarnation – first as the SFA and now as the ESFA – mean this is no longer the case.  Add to this the reduction in growth request opportunities training providers are able to submit to the ESFA and you’re left with a system that is uncompetitive, breeds complacency among poor performing colleges, restricts the ability of successful training providers to grow and stifles learner outcomes. The situation is made more frustrating because effective solutions are achievable. Rather than precluding those FE colleges in receipt of automatic funding from tendering for procurement funding as some have suggested (and thus stifling competition further). Instead, the government should allow independent training providers in good financial health, with turnover above a certain threshold, and with a consistent Ofsted rating of ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ to qualify for automatic funding. Smaller providers meeting financial and quality criteria, meanwhile, should have the opportunity to form regional consortia with other providers to receive automatic funding. Running in parallel – and like the requirements imposed on independent training providers currently – those colleges who consistently fail to achieve satisfactory Ofsted ratings of ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ over two consecutive inspections should have their automatic AEB allocations reduced. Only by simplifying the funding system, introducing effective competition and bolstering the provider liaison resources of the ESFA can we drive up standards for the betterment of both providers and learners.


Jobs this week 

Communication and Development Assistant with NEPACS [Durham], Housing Project Worker with Humankind (formerly DISC) [Middlesbrough], Administrator with Nottingham Women’s Centre [Nottingham], Management Committee Members (Volunteer) withBuild Love CiC [North Dorset], Resettlement Caseworkers x 2 with St Giles Trust [HMP Swansea], Charity Director with The IARS International Institute [London], Senior Administrator with National Approved Premises Association (NAPA) [Remote], Independent Women’s Practitioner with The Women’s Centre Cornwall [Dorset], Tenancy Support Officer with Nacro [Derbyshire], Recovery Works with EDP Drug & Alcohol Services [HMP Exeter], Head of Service with Catch22 [London], Female Project Worker with PSS [Liverpool], Volunteer Fundraising Assistant with Changing Tunes [Bristol], Senior Support Worker – Transforming Rehabilitation with Ormiston Families [Norwich]. For more information about these vacancies, and many more, click here


Langley House Trust is delighted to announce that Clean Sheet has become part of the Langley House Trust Group. Clean Sheet is a leading national charity for the employment of ex-offenders. Clean Sheet was founded in 2010 and they offer people with convictions the hope of a better future by finding sustainable employment.

 Clean Sheet will retain its name, staff and single purpose. However, the Langley House Trust Group will take corporate responsibility for the charity. The takeover will provide financial stability for Clean Sheet. After housing, sustainable employment is the most important proven pathway for successful rehabilitation of ex-offenders. They have demonstrated remarkable outcomes given their size and resources. They work with over 500 offenders at any one time. In the first half of 2019 alone, they achieved 189 successful employment outcomes. Tracy Wild, CEO of Langley House Trust, said: Clean Sheet is a highly successful and respected charity in the Criminal Justice sector. They deliver successful and sustainable employment outcomes for people who have been in prison. Their values are very much aligned with ours. We are delighted that Clean Sheet will become part of the Langley House Trust Group and that we can provide the financial stability and infrastructure that will help the charity to continue finding employment options for people who have been in prison.

 Jane Gould Smith, CEO and Founder of Clean Sheet, said:

The Board and I are delighted to become part of a charity which we have always held in the highest regard. With our shared values and a common approach to this most challenging sector which is both compassionate and highly pragmatic, this takeover heralds a new era of hope for the people whom we serve, as well as our partners and our employers.

Both Clean Sheet and Langley House Trust are Christian charities, working with people of all faiths and none. For more information on Clean Sheet, visit:


The Churchill Fellowships are open for applications until 17th September. A Churchill Fellowship is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand your professional and personal horizons by researching an issue that you care about, with the global leaders in that subject, anywhere in the world. The fellowship funds you to spend up to two months overseas, meeting experts, visiting projects and learning new ideas. Upon your return, they will help you to use what you’ve learnt to make change happen in your sector or community. They fund any UK citizen aged 18 or over, regardless of qualifications, age or background. You can apply online, for travels in 2020. Shortlisted individuals will be interviewed in January 2020 and winners will be informed in February 2020. Find out more here

We are open for applications in 2019 to 17 September at 5pm. This is for travels in 2020 and beyond.

We have made our application process as simple and open as possible. Before starting, you should ensure that you meet our criteria for who we fund.

The process

  1. Application: the first stage is to complete our simple Application Form online. The form asks about your proposed topic and travels, and some standard personal details. It also asks which award categoryyour project relates to. You should use this form to demonstrate that your project is feasible and meets our funding criteria. If your project concerns children or adults at risk, we would expect you to have relevant experience and be able to assess the risks in order to safely carry out your project. The deadline for us to receive the form is 5pm on 17 September 2019. Late forms will  not be considered.
  2. Shortlisting: if you are shortlisted, we will contact you in November and ask you to complete our in-depth Shortlist Form online. You will have around three weeks to complete and submit this form. It requests more detail about your project, an outline budget and two references. It will form the basis for a short interview in January.
  3. Interviews: all shortlistees are invited for a 20-minute interview by a panel of people from their field, in January.
  4. Results: successful candidates will be informed in February. You will then be invited to attend one of our New Fellows’ Seminars in London, where you can meet our team and learn how to plan your project and set up your trip. You can travel from April onwards.

The timing

  • You can only apply once in a year. If you do not succeed, you can apply again in a following year. You can only be awarded a Fellowship once.
  • The Application and Shortlist Forms are available on our website only at the relevant periods, not in advance.


Tip I: Cornwall: Land’s end getaway with cream tea. Save 61%. Details


Tip 2: 10 Gym, Swim & Leisure Passes @ Village Gyms. From £25. Details


Tip 3: Reform Social and Grill – two course lunch with a glass of wine for two. 60% off. 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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