Newsletter and bids 30 2019
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Well what a week Boris in number 10 and the Apprenticeships and skills minister has gone. We have a New Man at the top Gavin Williamson has been appointed the new education secretary, replacing Damian Hinds who was sacked.
Well another client has had a good Ofsted Monitoring visit and indeed well done to the team.
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Isa tells us Dear Colleagues Isa tells us We are delighted to be launching The Apprenticeship Hack in London on 9th September 2019. The Apprenticeship Hack is a series of workshops which aims to bring together BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) Apprentices to use their experiences as an apprentices to find meaningful solutions and ideas for increasing apprenticeship diversity: aiming to cover apprenticeship outreach and recruitment in our pilot. We are now seeking BAME Apprentices to take part in our pilots across the country. This pilot is in London Date: 9th September 2019 Time: 9.30am to 12.30pm.
Location: Central London TBC. Refreshments Provided
Location will be confirmed once we get enough commitment from apprentices but it will likely within 15 mins from Euston Station.
For BAME apprentices that want to take part, they must be from the Greater London or surrounding areas. To take part, please visit
Well done and congratulations to Samantha Hanmer for starting a new position as Head of Quality & Partnerships at M.I.T Skills
Arts Council England have recently published their draft strategy for 2020-2030, which will shape their development, advocacy and investment approach over the next ten years. They have opened a consultation on their draft strategy to run between 1 July and 23 September 2019. The consultation is open for anyone to take part in, but is primarily designed for those working within or with the cultural sector, and covers various aspects of the draft strategy and its delivery in detail. Complete the survey https://nexttenyears.artscouncil.org.uk/10/next-ten-years/
Both the Department for Education and Education and Skills Funding Agency have published their annual accounts for 2018-19, revealing huge college write-offs, rising fraud allegations and an increase in civil servant bonuses.
FE Week has trawled through both documents and pulled out the main findings:
These things drive me crazy:
- Nearly £60m in loan write-offs for colleges: Eleven colleges have had a total of £57.8 million written-off, the majority of which related to waiving exceptional financial support loans. Much of it was to support 55 mergers throughout the year.
The biggest was for Lambeth College, a grade three institution which had £10.6 million waived and has been dependent on taxpayer bailo
The full list of colleges and how much they had written-off is:
Redcar and Cleveland College – £3,251,000
North Shropshire College £6,079,000
Accrington and Rossendale College £3,475,000
Cornwall College £6,934,000
Prospect College of Advanced Technology £1,762,000
Lambeth College £10,610,000
Bradford College £9,274,000
Kirklees College £2,800,000
Stoke on Trent College £4,475,000
Stockport College £8,350,000
Coulsdon College £850,000
- UTCs had almost a million in re-brokerage debts forgiven. Two university technical colleges, Heathrow Aviation Engineering and UTC Plymouth, had £994,000 in re-brokerage debts forgiven by the DfE between them. This was to facilitate the two being transferred to an academy trust, the practice known as ‘re-brokering’.
UTC Plymouth received £451,000; while Heathrow Aviation Engineering UTC received £543,000.
3. A national college had £455,000 in costs written off: National College Creative Industries had £455,000 of sunk costs expended on a building project written off because, a spokesperson said, it had to pause the project until student numbers increased. FE Week reported in June the college was seeking partner organisations after it only recruited 167 learners over the previous 12 months, despite setting itself a target of 1,000 learners by 2021.
4. DfE chief operating officer and 5 ESFA bosses received up to £15,000 in bonuses
Mike Green, who is also director-general of the department’s operations directorate, was one of two DfE civil servants to get a bonus this year – receiving between £10,000 and £15,000.
More exact figures are unavailable because the bonuses are only published in £5,000 brackets. His was the largest bonus of the two, the other being a payment of between £5,000 and £10,000 given to deputy permanent secretary Indra Morris.
Meanwhile, five ESFA bosses also received bonuses of between £10,000 and £15,000 this year. They included director of intervention Peter Mucklow, acting director of academies Mike Pettifer, director of apprenticeships Keith Smith, director of the Transactions Unit Matthew Atkinson and director of technical education Jennifer Coupland – who will be leaving the ESFA to head up the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education in November. ESFA chief executive Eileen Milner’s bonus was for up to £5,000.
Total bonuses received this year for the ESFA could reach £85,000 – a big increase on the maximum of £50,000 received in 2017-18.
No DfE officials received a bonus in 2017-18.
5. Increasing risk over apprenticeship funding and college financial resilience
There is a risk, according to the DfE, “a number” of FE colleges are not financially resilient enough to make long-term investments required to support their local economy and offer government priority programmes.
The ESFA’s accounts said an increased demand for apprenticeship funding in future years has the “potential to place pressures on funding provided by the apprenticeship levy” and budget pressures will be “explored through the Spending Review process”.
It comes after the Institute for Apprenticeships warned of a potential overspend in December.
6. 27 colleges subject to formal intervention due to poor financial health
This comes after the insolvency regime came into force at the end of January, which has already caused Hadlow College to fall into administration.
7. Fraud allegations almost double for FE providers
During the year there were 101 allegations of fraud against colleges and training providers, up from 55 in 2017/18.Of this year’s allegations, 62 were closed but 53 were carried forward.
The ESFA said significant growth in concerns relating to FE providers is reflective of the number of new entrants to the register of apprenticeship training providers.
It notes that “funds at risk” total £2,773,208, while “value of recoveries” amounted to £4,614,155.
8. ESFA underspent by £500m largely due to apprenticeships and adult education
The agency’s total outturn was £57 billion against a budget of £57.5 billion, a 1 per cent underspend. “This included £56.7 billion expenditure on resource funding against a budget of £57.4 billion; and £249 million on capital funding, including loans, against a budget of £184 million,” the accounts state.
The underspend of £661 million on resource grants included: £489 million underspend on apprenticeships. “This is only the second year since the introduction of the new funding mechanism and there has been a lower level of starts than originally anticipated,” the ESFA said. “The budget itself was set in 2015 and given the scale of the change to the programme, variances to the budget were expected.”
The underspend can also be attributed to a £56 million underspend on “adult related education and a £47 million underspend on post-16 core funding education, which are demand led programmes”.
9. The DfE made a mysterious out of court settlement
During the year, the DfE settled a dispute out of court with a third party, costing £3 million. The accounts give no information about who the third party was, or the nature of the dispute.
- The ESFA expects to lose staff in a ‘no deal’ Brexit
The ESFA is preparing to “deal with a reduction in workforce” if the UK leaves the European Union with a deal and “staff are seconded to other government departments”. The accounts say the agency has agreed “where work could be slowed down or paused” in this case.
11. Research spending has grown dramatically
The DfE spent £29 million on research this year, up from £19.6 million last year and £16.7 million in 2016-17. The majority of the money – £23.7 million – was spent on researching and evaluating policy
Welcome to Sam’s Wall! It’s been a hot one this week! Not to mention the announcement of Boris Johnson as the next PM, I think we were all expecting it though!
The Launch Project CIC – a wellbeing initiative for dads in Salford and surrounding areas.
This week I want to talk about The Launch Project again; the community interest company that is based in Salford near Manchester, it is run by a close friend of mine and a fabulous female entrepreneur, the one-woman powerhouse that is Natalie Jane Lek. Natalie provides all sorts of support to those in social isolation and experiencing poverty who are based in Salford and surrounding areas. As previously mentioned, Natalie provides a mobile foodbank that distributes essential food items daily to a large number of people who can’t afford to buy food items for full cost, her re-distributed food items now amount to an incredible 16,000 units a week.
Just this week, Natalie has launched a well-being initiative in the form of a fortnightly arts and crafts club for dad’s in the local community who either do not have the money or time to socialise with other dads.
The club provides the perfect place for dads to form friendships, develop skills and receive support. The next club is being held at Blackley Fire Station Community Rooms on Friday 9th August between 1pm – 4pm.
So, if you know a new dad (or any dads) who need some support or who are looking to meet new friends in the Salford area then let them know about this club! They can contact Natalie to find out more on: dads@the launchproject.org
Ayanay – September Business Seminar In recent weeks I have talked a lot about Ayanay, a membership organisation that that have just introduced an accredited membership for the therapeutic industry as well as those in Social Care, Teachers, Police and anyone working to support the general public including business leaders who can use the 24/7 support and the CPD training to invest in their employees as well as being a platform to upload their training courses and advertise themselves and their businesses. The Ayanay Elevated Learning Retreat provides you with some of the most famous therapists, Educators in the field of Psychology. Coming up in September is a very special seminar which is open to both members and non members of Ayanay, essentially whilst it is for those in the therapeutic industry as well as coaches in ANY industry it is also a perfect for businesses and it will be hosting workshops in content creation, social media, presenting and creating business plans. The two-day seminar is being held at The Bromley Court Hotel, London, BR1 4JD https://www.bromleycourthotel.co.uk/ on 7th and 8th of September 2019; it is possible to book for one day if you wish and it includes targeted networking opportunities for your business! This seminar will help you to start / grow your business quickly and effectively.
There are many benefits of attending and some of these include:
* How to approach and write Business Plans, Managing Director Dave Sleet has designed a solution that allows you to build, develop and grow your business. Giving you the tips and tricks to succeed.
* How to develop an effective public presentation that maximises your appeal to clients (this can take years to master), however, learning from an expert can save you a fortune in failed attempts. This masterclass will give you a framework for how to build your message to your audience.
* Be part of a networking session that will support you to target your networking pitches so networking can be a lot more effective which will help you to grow your business, quicker and more effectively.
* Hearing from those that have already succeeded is great, but hearing from those that have overcome delays, setbacks and still succeeded will give you some of the best lessons in how to avoid the common mistakes that many experience.
* Ayanay is not the same as other Membership bodies. Hear the plans designed to enhance and develop the therapeutic, business and supporting services sectors delivered by CEO Siobhain Crosbie.
PLUS: Those attending both days will also receive a complementary Business Starter Pack worth £50.00
Prices: One Day: £65 per person.Both Days: £120 per person
DETAILS / BOOK: Call 0208 556 4984 or via
I wish for you all a sunny, warm week with plenty of positivity and success.
See you next time! Sam
The government has revealed plans to tackle the misuse of non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) and prevent them being deployed to cover up incidents of sexual harassment, racial discrimination and assault.
Under proposed legislation, organisations would not be allowed to use so-called gagging clauses that prevent workers from disclosing information to the police, regulated health and care professionals or legal professionals including lawyers.
Employers would have to make clear the limitations of a confidentiality clause in an NDA, in plain English, so employees understood their rights. Under the new terms, if an NDA is used in a settlement agreement that does not follow the new legislation, it would be legally void.
Current legislation will also be extended to ensure individuals signing NDAs get independent legal advice on their limitation . Business minister Kelly Tolhurst, who announced a consultation into the proposed changes – one of a range of new measures unveiled in the final days of Theresa May’s premiership – warned that silencing and intimidating workers under a confidentiality agreement would not be tolerated. “The new legislation will stamp out misuse, tackle unacceptable workplace cultures, protect individuals and create a level playing field for businesses that comply with the law,” she said. The plans were welcomed by Ben Willmott, head of public policy for the CIPD, who said greater clarity around confidentiality clauses was a positive step, though he warned it might not be enough.
The reforms follow a government consultation in March 2019, which uncovered “a number of cases” where confidentiality clauses were used to prevent victims speaking out.
Jobs this week: Caseworker with INQUEST [London], Recovery Coordinator with Humankind (formerly DISC) [Leeds], Support Worker Nights with Changing Lives [North East], Administrative Officer with The Forward Trust [HMP Wormwood Scrubs], Head of Housing & Support with Nacro [London or Birmingham], Youth Caseworker (Early Intervention) – County Lines with St Giles Trust [Gwent], Through the Gate Family Support Worker with NEPACS [HMP Holme House and Kirklevington Grange], Team Leader – Offender Services withShelter (England) [Lancashire (based in Preston], Homelessness Forensic Mental Health Practitioner with Together for Mental Wellbeing [London], Young Persons Case Worker (x2) with Change, grow, love (CGL) [West Sussex], Director of Operations with theLucy Faithfull Foundation [Bromsgrove/Epsom], Substance Misuse Administrator with EDP Drug & Alcohol Services [HMP Guys Marsh] 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
Non-Executive Director at Five Companies and MD of EEVT Ltd