Newsletter and bids 26 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 55 Pages.

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


Mind launches a free e-learning programme designed specifically for small organisations. Small and medium organisations account for 99% of the businesses in the UK. But research shows that, when it comes to mental health, they often fall behind larger organisations.We know that there are unique challenges, as well as unique opportunities, that come with working in smaller businesses.

We’ve put together a collection of resources designed to help, focused on Mind’s new, free and quick eLearning, Mental Health for Small Workplaces. Mental Health for Small Workplaces is made of three modules: Building your awareness, Looking after yourself and Supporting each other.


1 July @ 1pm : Free webinar on the negotiated price and staying the right side of audit. CLICK HERE to register

Most apprenticeship providers charge at the maximum funding band limit – but many do not realise they will come unstuck during an ESFA audit. How many make sure to only include eligible costs and or reduce the rate to account for prior learning? And when subcontracting some of the delivery to an employer is the price being correctly adjusted with the required evidence? In this free webinar I will explain what auditors look for to make sure funding is not recovered by the ESFA for non-compliance with their price rules. If you cannot attend then register anyway to ensure you are sent the slides. Regards, Nick P.S. Training days in London with places available:


Important reminder – the last registration date on the legacy functional skills with all Awarding Organisations is 31st August 2019. From 1st September 2019 all enrolments need to be on the reformed qualifications. Following on from that providers need to then be aware of the last certification dates, providers should check this with their own AOs. #FunctionalSkills#FireItUp#Apprenticeships#AEB#Traineeships


Contract Manager – AEB Could this be you ? London, Greater London

Full-time, Permanent Salary: £35,000.00 to £45,000.00 /year


Reed in Partnership is seeking delivery partners in Wales to support our bid for the Job Support Wales #Youth Engagement Programme, which is due to replace the current #Traineeship Engagement programme from April 2020. Please visit for more information!


The Institute has published a new framework that sets out how apprenticeship EPAs must be externally quality assured.  It sets out what good practice in EPA looks like, and what EQA providers should look out for to be confident this has happened.

 The EQA framework sets out five principles:

  1. Relevant
  2. Reliable
  3. Efficient
  4. Positive
  5. Learning

These underpin its EQA functions, enabling it to achieve the right outcomes and play its part in transforming the skills landscape.

The resulting improved clarity to EPA and EQA providers will ensure consistency with how assessments are delivered across the country.


Nikki Christie, the Institute’s Deputy Director for Apprenticeship Assessment and Quality, said:  “This new framework will ensure that rigorous standards are maintained with EQA for years to come. “EPA is one of the key aspects of today’s apprenticeships – as it provides a robust and independent test that an apprentice who completes their apprenticeship can do their job to the high standards required. It is therefore vitally important that quality assurance around EPA is consistent and highly effective.

“Employers and apprentices will be given confidence that this is the case through the framework.”  Every apprentice must pass an EPA before completing their apprenticeship, known as an apprenticeship standard, to prove they have learned the skills, knowledge and behaviours required to thrive in a role.

The Institute has worked with EQA providers and stakeholders to produce this new framework and ensure that all assessments, from an actuary to a laboratory technician, will be carried out and quality assured to the same high standard.

It also outlines the importance of occupational expertise at the assessment stage, ensuring that assessment can be carried out across a diverse range of sectors and meet the needs of employers in the process.


Europe’s largest celebration for African, Asian, Middle Eastern, Latin American and Caribbean-heritage LGBTQ people. UK Black Pride returns on Sunday 7 July 2019 and to mark UK Black Pride’s continued growth, the celebration moves to a larger location: Haggerston Park in east London. The team has been working hard to find a new home for UK Black Pride and have taken into consideration accessibility, public transport links, diversity of the local area and the borough’s historical significance.

UK Black Pride is a safe space to celebrate diverse sexualities, gender identities, cultures, gender expressions and backgrounds and we foster, represent and celebrate Black LGBTQ and QTIPOC culture through education, the arts, cultural events and advocacy.
Importantly, UK Black Pride promotes unity and cooperation among LGBTQ people of diasporic communities in the UK, as well as their friends and families.
Joining MNEK on the day is Aaron Carty’s Beyoncé Experience, Toya Delazey and N’Chyz. Read more at


Welcome to Sam’s Wall!  I hope everyone is keeping well and you’re getting your Summer holiday in this year!?  The Nachural Summer Ball

Well, it was The Nachural Summer Ball last Friday at Wolverhampton Racecourse and whilst I sadly couldn’t make the event, I know Steve Lawrence did along with the fabulous Zoe Bennett and hundreds of well-known, talented and respect businesspeople from the West Midlands and beyond.

The event was an incredible success hosted by Ninder Singh Johal DL and Tommy Sandhu they’ve a lot to be proud of!

Many deserving people took awards home on the night and one of these was community leader, restauranteur and philanthropist James B Wong who received an award for Community Excellence.  James is also chair at the Chinese Festival Committee Birmingham, Southside, patron of the Chinese Community Centre Birmingham, Governor at OCAS Overseas Chinese Association School Birmingham and Managing Director at Chung Ying Central and Chung Ying Cantonese Restaurant. James dedicated his award to the Birmingham Chinese Community for their continual support and for believing in his vision!

Other winners included; Mark O’Sullivan for the Entrepreneur of the Year Award and other winners; Amina Hussain at Bootcamp Media UK, NA Consulting Ltd and Sandie Lehal amongst many more! Special guests and keynote speakers included; Greg Reed, the CEO of Homeserve UK and legendary English spinner Monty Panesar, the latter gave an insight into the forthcoming ‘crunch’ World Cup match between England and India which took place this Sunday at Edgbaston, Monty is also head of Shooting Stars and Star People Management. 


Headline Sponsor was Investec Wealth and Investment along with a plethora of other sponsors including; Pathway Group, Wolverhampton University and many many more!  Social Media has been awash with photographs and thanks and exciting reviews from all that attended this absolutely was the West Midlands Business party of the year! For all those that ether did or didn’t attend get yourselves ready to go the next spectacular event which is being held by Nachural because this is going to be even bigger and better than ever before, this time the award ceremony will be held in our capital city! The Sigs 2020, London

Information will soon be released on the incredible ‘The Sigs 2020’ so keep your eyes on this link:


 Ayanay Elevated Membership

There was an exciting announcement this week from the organisation set up for psychologically aware Therapists, Psychotherapists, Counsellors, Coaches and Business Leaders who are interested in educating themselves and using the CPD training and events available to benefit their organisations. Ayanay support the therapeutic industry and provide business opportunities, collaborations and training to qualified and training industry professionals as well as non-industry professionals.  I’ve been an ambassador for Ayanay since earlier this year.   Due to the industry authority BACP forcing accreditation for therapeutic individuals through charities it has meant that it would cost those training more money as they strive to qualify because they are forced to do more of their training for free and it is looking likely it will force long term therapists out of business.

So, the Ayanay Elevated Membership was launched and the announcement was made at The Counsellors Day Conference by CEO Siobhain Crosbie with Managing Director Dave Sleet in the wings, the membership now gives the therapeutic industry an alternative to the BACP accreditation.  Sobhain Crosbie, CEO of Ayanay recently said;

 “Did you know accreditation with BACP is being forced through charities or long-term therapists are losing their jobs? BACP are enforcing accreditation affecting thousands of therapists across the UK. This is why we created our accreditation. The NHS can’t discriminate against therapists, with enforcement of BACP accreditation. We aim to help people keep their jobs.  We listened to therapists, had help from brilliant therapists, created alongside them. And would love to help you earn alongside us. Help the therapy world be perceived from a congruent place. Qualified and self-aware. The more we grow, the less we need to complain about other organisations letting us down. Let’s, together change the UK therapy #accreditation process.

We are different.  Ayanay are for you the therapists, psychotherapists counsellors and coaches and we want you to succeed and for clients to know they are getting self-aware therapists. :)) take a look. Applications being received now. With a 10% discount if taken before 4th July ” For more information visit: See you next time all; have a fabulous week!


There’s only one week left to complete this year’s State of the sector survey. The deadline is 5th July. Don’t miss this important opportunity to share your organisation’s story. Take just 15 minutes to respond and help raise the collective voice of the voluntary sector working in criminal justice. Last year, we found people’s basic needs are increasingly unmet by statutory provision driving them into desperate situations – what are your experiences this year? With your help, we’ll identify key trends impacting the sector, the challenges you’re facing and your successes. We’ll raise the issues that matter to you with the government.

Make sure your organisation is represented in our research.


 new Chair for mentoring charity

Duncan Shrubsole will become Switchback’s new Chair from September. Duncan brings extensive experience from his years leading policy and campaigns at Crisis and now at the Lloyds Bank Foundation. He says, “It’s amazing to see how Switchback has grown and developed. Through sharing our insights and perspectives of our Trainees we will seek to change the systems holding Trainees back.


Vacancies on the jobs board this week include: Arrest Referral Worker with Kaleidoscope Project [St Asaph], Support Coordinator with Nacro [Epping Forest], Senior Services Manager with ADVANCE (Advocacy and Non-Violence Community Education)[Hammersmith], Support Coordinator with Engage Nacro [South Essex], Chair of the Board of Trustees with Women in Prison [Flexible], Offender Resettlement Worker with Shelter (England) [Lincoln], Community Volunteer Support Worker with St Giles Trust[Wolverhampton], Performance and Contracts Manager with The Magdalene Group [Norwich], Community Link Worker with Together for Mental Wellbeing [Thames Magistrates Court], HR Advisor with St Giles Trust [Camberwell], Researcher with Unlocked Graduates [London], 4WARD Programme Facilitator with The 4Front Project [Flexible], Engagement Team Member with User Voice [Various], Associate Trainers with AVA (Against Violence & Abuse) [Flexible], Communications and Administrative Officer withDonna Covey [London], Research and Evaluation Lead with Changing Lives [Gateshead]. Please go to


Tip of the week 1 2-night Wales coast break with breakfast – 48% off. Details

Tip of the week 2: Lunch and paintballing for 10 – £10. Details

Tip of the week 3: Frankie & Benny’s two-course a la carte meal for two – £19.99. 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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