Newsletter and bids 25 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 52 Pages.

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


Well several things I have always supported ERSA, also Successful Mums and Jane Knight so great to see her win Partner of the Year.  Jane said afterwards

Flattered to win an ERSA employability award last night. We won Partner of the Year and sat alongside a list of other brilliant finalists doing great work in the industry. We work with so many fantastic partners that believe in our vision to support women returners back to work after a career break.  Shout out to my fab team at Successful Mums and my favourite partner in crime, Daniel, who was my plus one for the evening. Also Tony Hyland Susanna Lawson, Lindsay McCurdy, Erica Watts, Robert J MacNeill, Lorraine McQuillan, Joanne Etchart, Martin Pinnell, Katy Fridman, Kate Ambrosi and Jennifer Thomas

 hashtag#ersaawsards hashtag#womenreturners hashtag#employabilty hashtag#partnerships hashtag#awardsnight hashtag#successfulmums hashtag#mums hashtag#careerbreak hashtag#thismumcan


This coming Friday I will be with many others in Business in the West Midlands at the Nachural Summer Business Ball at the Wolverhampton Racecourse.  One of my other clients Apprentice Assessments Limited which is part of the Staffing Group will be there after their win in the West Midlands Signature Awards held in Birmingham in February.


Also, this week many items have come to light along with the sun shine: Islington council are developing a skills strategy for the local area. They already know of FE colleges/HEI providers in the area. So are you a private training providers are that deliver in the Islington area?

Part 1 So 1 your Name 2 your company delivery address within the Islington area. Also what do you deliver?

Part 2 You do not have a address for delivery in Islington but you deliver to people from the area. So your name your company name and what do you deliver if a Prime in the area EG Apprentership, Loans, Traineeships or AEB.

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ESFA Information: minimum standards 2018 to 2019

We have published the minimum standards for 2018 to 2019. This document confirms:

  • we have published the apprenticeship minimum standards for 2018 to 2019 as the final application of this policy
  • this document confirms that the apprenticeship threshold remains at 62% for the 2018 to 2019 data
  • the document also reminds providers that that there are no minimum standards thresholds for 19+ education and training or 16 to 18 minimum standards for the 2018 to 2019 data or beyond


Also ESFA say  Information: recording accurate data on the individualised learner record (ILR).  We have identified through qualification achievement rates (QARs), cases where providers have not accurately recorded the ILR for:

  • breaks in learning in apprenticeships
  • late reporting of withdrawn learners. This is where learners are either being withdrawn in-year or across funding years, where the withdrawal date is also within the qualifying period
  • withdrawal reasons

We systematically interrogate ILR data to identify data discrepancies, including these. We will report to you, and where necessary, challenge you on your data accuracy as you submit ILR data. We will take action where appropriate; which could involve funding recovery, applying conditions to your contracts or termination in the most serious cases.

It is vital that the ILR data is accurate. Inaccurate data affects regulators and customers who use this data to make judgements on the quality of provision, in addition to funding and QARs.


Four West Midlands hotels are part of the sale of 27 properties by Scottish group Macdonald Hotels. Birmingham’s Macdonald Burlington along with Alveston Manor Hotel, Stratford-upon-Avon, Ansty Hall Hotel, Coventry and Hill Valley, Shropshire will all change hands. The value of the deal and the buyer have not yet been disclosed, but the sale is reportedly expected to clear the hotel group’s bank debt of nearly £190m. After the deal completes, Macdonald will have 11 hotel properties in the UK and Spain.


As part of the Eid celebration for staff Oasis Care and Training Agency on Tuesday the 25th June 2019 at 12 noon we will be hosting Eid lunch for staff to express our gratitude and say thank you to all for all the wonderful work you are doing.  The chair of trustees, Mr. Hussein Abdullahi will be joining us. 


 Ian Ross explains why he has asked the education select committee to launch an inquiry into adult education budget funding. It is now two years since the Education and Skills Funding Agency launched its procurement exercise for adult education budget (AEB) funding. While colleges and local authorities receive an annual automatic funding allocation, colleges can bid to procure more through an open process.  The element of procured funding is consequently put under pressure as colleges, who already have AEB funding, have an additional opportunity to bid for more against independent training providers (ITPs) who do not have the luxury of automatic AEB allocations. This creates an element of unfairness: I have always argued that those institutions with automatic AEB allocations should not be permitted to participate in the procured AEB process too.


Skills minister Anne Milton wants to launch a new youth pre-employment programme as early as next January. In an exclusive interview with FE Week, Milton revealed she is already in cross-departmental discussions with ministers about the programme, which would prepare 16- to 25-year-olds for employment, whether that be apprenticeships or another route. She said: “I don’t think we are meeting the needs of that group of young people who possibly leave school without the minimum qualifications.  “I think you’ve got several departments who are doing work with some of them and I think we need to join all that up and set up a pre-employment programme which would be really good.


A fabulous evening as Birmingham Youth Sport Academy (BYSA) as they celebrated outstanding achievements at their Charity Dinner and Fundraiser. Shout out to all the people involved, who give so generously of their time and energy in making these events – and the BYSA – a success. Abid Khan Voice Of Business Safaraz Ali (Saf) Amer Khan Awan Brad Edwards Edwin Ladd – Elite Midlands Event Photographer Moe Nawaz Zoe ⭐️Motivational Queen⭐️Bennett Majid Waris Saima Rafique hashtag#business hashtag#success hashtag#BYSA19 hashtag#coachingwolves hashtag#Birmingham hashtag#Charity hashtag#astonvilla


 Changes to the ‘7 Magic Numbers’ can unlock a 6 figure increase in cash flow and profit to your business  About this Event

“I don’t think I would be exaggerating to say that this has been the most valuable and impactful exercise I have carried out on my business since starting out” In this workshop we will walk through the 7 Key Levers of a business and show you various ‘live’ examples where small changes to the 7 Key Levers result in surprisingly big changes to the company’s cash flow, profit and valuation. This session is designed to be insightful, informative and highly relevant to small and mid-sized businesses who are looking to improve their cash, profit and/or company value.  You’ll get the opportunity to meet and talk to senior Finance Directors and discuss the changes you can make in your own business to give you greater control and clarity around the numbers.

The session has been designed for business owners and leaders who are not financially-minded by nature, although it will also be useful and eye-opening even for those who have a more in-depth understanding of the finances. To learn more, watch the video below:

Suffolk Chamber of Commerce 42 Felaw Street Ipswich IP2 8HE


Welcome to Sam’s Wall!  I hope you’ve been enjoying the warmer weather!

A subject that is close to my heart as any of you may know who may read my weekly contribution here, is homelessness and here are two organisations who need more support, the first, Barnabus based in my home city of Manchester and the second, Street Support Network, who are based in Manchester and in other areas across the country and who are continually looking to expand further into more cities throughout the UK. Can you help? Could you or your business get involved to help in the battle to end the homeless crisis?


Barnabus – Manchester based.  I’ve mentioned Barnabus before and why they are so important to us in the city of Manchester in helping our society’s most vulnerable, this week I wanted to talk about some excellent news they’ve had and give you details on how you can get involved and support regardless of where you live.

To explain again, Barnabus is a Christian Homeless Charity in Manchester with a drop-in centre, support workers, NHS health workers in conjunction with The Urban Village Medical Practice, they offer a lifeline to homeless and vulnerable people, providing hope and opportunities for transformation.

With a strong network of support they work closely with other specialist agencies to cover all aspects of need and ultimately don’t believe anyone should be without a home, their aim is to release people from poverty, fear and oppression, empowering people to improve and rebuild their lives in a sustainable way.

Barnabus give support to over 600 people a month and their drop in centre provides food clothing and showers as well as a range of activities including IT sessions, creative sessions and a Health Cafe.  The great news recently is that Barnabus have just been awarded £1,000 from the Church Matters’ Ecclesiastical Movement for Good Awards after being nominated by the general public to receive support for all the life-changing work they do.  As a specialist insurer Ecclesiastical had decided to give £1 Million to a range of nominated charities this Summer. Members of the public were invited to nominate the causes closet to their hearts and 500 gifts of £1,000 were made available for donation.  Over 7,000 charities were nominated by an incredible 98,000 members of the public giving them a chance to benefit from the financial boost.  With their £1,000 Barnabus is enabling 40 homeless people to see one of their support team to get the vital one to one support required to help them with their immediate and most urgent needs which will range from: healthcare, rehabilitation, emergency accommodation, supported accommodation or a first step to getting a home.

Mark Hews, group chief executive at Ecclesiastical, said: “As a company whose purpose is to contribute to the greater good of society, charitable giving is at the heart of our business. We know that £1,000 can make a huge difference to the incredible work that charities do and we’re looking forward to seeing how this financial boost will change lives for the better.”  As we already know this funding is only a drop in the ocean and Barnabus is always looking for outside help to support them in the work that they do whether that is through donations, volunteer work or fundraising and sponsorships, so, if you care about our homeless population please check the link and see how you can get involved to make positive changes in the lives of many.

When you support Barnabus or even just share information about their work you’re providing hope and provision to  homeless and vulnerable people.


Street Support Network – Expanding throughout the UK

Another homeless organisation who is making a positive impact in the community and deserves support and recognition is  Street Support Network who connect people and organisations locally to end homelessness.

Through you can find support services near you; the network is active in Greater Manchester, Salford, Bradford, Leeds, Liverpool, Bournemouth, Portsmouth and Southampton, Reading and Wakefield and currently the organisation is seeking  people who share their values and would be able to extend their network to new areas in the UK.

Street Support Network know that ending homelessness requires a combination  of  ALL charities in the sector as well as volunteers, public services, businesses and it also relies heavily on kind-hearted-folk who come together their local towns and cities to make a difference. If you are in a position to help in your local area please, please look at their website and get in touch with them asap

Currently, Street Support Network are focusing on their new business sector action plan for how to end homelessness. This is your opportunity to join them in their discussion and to help them find solutions to the other needs of their partnership.

The next discussion will take place in Spring Gardens in Manchester this Tuesday 25th June, held to decide how it is possible to work together as a city to both understand better and respond to the homelessness crisis.

This is a monthly gathering comprising of a collective of businesses who meet under the principles and guidance of the Manchester Homelessness Partnership  a partnership which was launched in May 2016. The charter unites many people with personal experience of homelessness with organisations from different sectors to co-produce solutions together.  Over 90 people with lived experiences have been involved so far and many of them were involved in co-writing the charter.

The monthly meeting determines how Street Support can organise and offer resources creatively as well as provide connections to directly address the needs raised by people working in the homelessness sector. The invitation is open to any businesses wishing to join to share ideas and listen to updates on business group projects.  The group meets at the same time and same place every last Tuesday of the month. For more information you can also contact as well as their Linkedin Group

 The full location information for the next meeting at 17.15 on 25th June in Manchester along with an agenda  can be found here where you can also register to be part of it:

See you next time all, I hope you have a truly productive week!


FUNDING: homelessness, health and wellbeing, employability and education

Grants of up to £5,000 are available from the DWF Foundation. The foundation supports registered charities with an impact in one or more of the following areas: homelessness; health and wellbeing; employability; and education. The foundation gives grants to initiatives which are either: tackling a specific community issue; helping voluntary and community groups become more effective and efficient; encouraging the involvement in the community of those too often excluded; and enabling young people to develop skills for the benefit of the community. The application deadline for this round is 31st July 2019.

 Apply here


Women’s Accommodation Support Worker with Brighton Women’s Centre [Brighton], Muslim Community Chaplaincy Development Worker with Community Chaplaincy Association [commutable to Birmingham],  Referral Officer with Nacro [Leeds], BeWise Caseworker with St Giles Trust [Holloway Road], Wellbeing and Recovery Worker with The Forward Trust [Surrey], Musician in Residence, Rainsbrook Secure Training Centre with The Irene Taylor Trust [Rugby], Substance Misuse Administrator with EDP Drug & Alcohol Services [HMP Portland and HMP The Verne], Therapeutic Lead with Changing Lives [Newcastle], Male Actor & Assistant Drama Worker with Odd Arts [Manchester], Partnerships and Training Consultant with Recoop [East Midlands], Early Years Practitioner/s with Oasis Project [Brighton].

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


Tip of the week I: Clifftop Cornwall escape with dinner – 47% off.  Details


Tip of the week 2: 2hr Pottery Workshop – save up to 81%.  Details South East London


Tip of the week 3: Bella Italia Two-course meal for two – £18.99.  Details


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

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