Newsletter and bids 24 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 48 Pages.

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


Isa tells us:

Dear Colleagues, There’s just two weeks until nominations end for The Asian Apprenticeship Awards 2019!

I am delighted to share with you the impact report for The Asian Apprenticeship Awards 2018 in Association with the Royal Air Force,

This purpose of this impact report is to gather some insights from our audience on the state of apprenticeship diversity and to understand if enough is being done to address apprenticeship diversity.

To download the report, please visit Please do share the report with colleagues.

To nominate a deserving apprentice, employer or training provider, please visit

Deadline is 1st July. Self-nominations are allowed.

If you have any questions, feel free to send me an email and I will be on hand to assist.

Many thanks

Isa Mutlib

Project Director

T: 0121 707 0550

M: 07900 297464


Next Meeting Professional Exchange Network Digital Skills Group

Thursday 20th June 2019 10.00 am – 1.30 pm

North Hertfordshire College (NHC) Monkswood Way, Stevenage SG1 1LA

This peer-led group is meeting for the 2nd time, welcoming all teaching practitioners to discuss, share and collaborate on digital skills in the learning environment.

 Programme Outline Welcome

This group sits within the East of England’s Professional Exchange Network (PEN), which is managed by the Association for Accredited Learning (AAL) and commissioned by the Education and Training Foundation. Each PEN has a range of groups which are locally owned by those who attend, allowing individuals to agree the agenda.

 Today’s meeting is kindly hosted by AAL’s education partner, NHC, and facilitated by Phillip Ruffell.

 Introduction & Apologies

Notes from meeting 1 (29/04/19)

  1. Please identify which ETF Professional Standards are relevant for the Digital Group and self-assess against these.  Not everyone has to choose the same standards.

Suggested standards: 6, 10, 15 and 20

Action – please return individually completed spreadsheets emailed to Marcia

. Updates since last meeting

– Has anyone expressed an interest in the FE Future Colleges Programme?

– Did anyone attend the FE Good Practice Symposium: Wed, 19 June 2019?

– Has there been any college collaboration outside of the group meetings?

North Hertfordshire College: ICT at Hart Learning Group (Phill Ruffell, Elearning Coordinator) Open forum for group discussion

Next meeting: Group to confirm date/time and agree which organisation will host.  To book or enquire please email:


KARL WILDING APPOINTED CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF NCVO  Thursday, 13 June 2019 at 13:00 The National Council for Voluntary Organisations has announced that its public policy and volunteering director Karl Wilding will be its next chief executive. Karl will succeed Sir Stuart Etherington, who is retiring after 25 years at NCVO.


No mega-merger for Cornwall College after securing £30m bailout Underspend on AEB by Colleges Also St Helens College handed financial health warning However no help for ITP starved of Non Levy funds and no news about shortfall of No devolved areas AEB for next year. Yet they say we should do more as ITP for Less cash please just think of how far you are putting back Adult Education. Crazy stuff from all areas of the education industry and they forget that it is an industry with productivity and outputs and profit required


South East London Training Provider for Sale more details next week.


The Education and Skills Funding Agency has officially begun inviting non-levy employers and providers to test its digital apprenticeship system.

An expressions of interest went live yesterday and closes on 5 July, with the trial planned to get underway the following month. To apply to test the system’s functionality, small and medium sized employers must have an apprenticeship vacancy that will result in an apprentice starting, in September, August or October 2019.

The ESFA said as this is a test phase, the training provider should already have a contract with agency for supporting employers that do not pay the apprenticeship levy, and have money left in their non-levy funding allocation.

Currently, only big employers with an annual total pay bill of over £3 million who pay the levy can use the online apprenticeship service to access training funds generated through the policy.

Small employers were originally expected to be added to the service in April 2019, but was delayed for another year to “ensure a more gradual transition”.

After the delay was announced in August 2018 the ESFA extended contracts for providers delivering training for small employers until March 2020, which is how non-levy-payers train up their apprentices.

But as FE Week revealed in February, training providers’ non-levy funding is running dry and some have even had to turn apprentices away. Many fear the same will happen in 2019/20 as their allocations will not be big enough to meet demand.

From August to December, a small number of employers who do not pay the levy and their associated providers will be able to set up accounts on the apprenticeship service through the first test phase.

The ESFA said providers not involved in the initial test phase will “not be disadvantaged when we further roll out the service and no new funding is available through this functional test”.   The trial will test a “modest volume” of apprenticeship starts.

The applicants who take part in the development will be allocated on a “first come, first served basis; the ESFA will not be able to guarantee an apprenticeship start until the selection has been made and applicants have been notified”.

Applications should be submitted as a joint bid between employers and providers, the latter of which must be on the ESFA’s register of apprenticeship training providers.

A second window for employers and providers to submit an expression of interest to take part in the trial, who have starts in November and December 2019, will open “later in the summer”. Through the apprenticeship service employers can: manage their apprenticeship funding, select a suitable apprenticeship standard and an end-point assessment organisation, as well as advertise an apprenticeship and select a suitable provider to deliver their apprenticeship training.

They can also give real-time feedback on the quality of training provision they receive, have control over the amount of apprenticeship funding paid to their training provider on their behalf, and provide government with apprenticeship “demand data to ensure an valuable apprenticeship market place”.


Welcome to Sam’s Wall!  I hope you’ve had a great week everyone!

Let’s launch straight into this. Radical Housing Network is a London wide alliance of 30+ groups who are dedicated to bringing London activists together for effective action for housing justice they are running events next week shared with Greater Manchester Housing Association which sees a full weekend of activities in respect of solidarity to the survivors, bereaved and local community around Grenfell.


On Friday 21st June there will be a Silent March taking place from 7pm from Notting Hill Methodist Church, Latimer Road, W11.   On Saturday 22nd June there will be a Solidarity Protest taking place a 12 noon from Portland Place, W1A.


Also, on Saturday 22nd June 11 – 4pm at the Town Hall, Hornton Street, London, W8 7NX there will be a day of workshopstalks and film, looking at the housing crisis in the borough. Hosted by Save Earls’ Court Supporters Club, Save Silchester. THINK, and Westway 23, supported by RHN. Tickets need booking below for this, they’re free and I’ve included the link.


Two miles from Grenfell Tower lies 22 acres of empty land that used to be the Earls Court Exhibition Centre. A venue that brought over £1 billion a year into the economy. Knocked down to make way for a luxury housing development. Public land given to private developers to build for the property speculators on and off-shore in a Borough where public land is constantly under threat from the council and private developers. A development with zero social housing planned whilst families from Grenfell still live in temporary housing.  How is a council that has failed to react to the housing crisis going to deal with the climate crisis? All development and buildings now take place in the context of the climate crisis. This event asks the questions; how did we get into this situation? In the context of the climate crisis and Grenfell how should our land and housing be used? What does our community need?

Sessions Include:

The Attack on Public Housing

  • Safe Homes
  • Housing, Land and the Climate Emergency
  • Community and Co-operative Solutions
  • Older People Forgotten Victims of the Housing Crisis

Speakers confirmed so far include:

Stuart Hodkinson Academic, author of Save as Houses: Private Greed, Political Negligence and Housing Policy After Grenfell

Phil Murphy. Fire safety expert. Manchester Sustainable Communities

Danielle Majid, Tower Blocks UK

Richard Lees, Just Space

Land Justice Network

Alison Bancroft, Housing Association Residents Action

Joe Delaney

Lizzie Spring, Long term K&C resident who writes and campaigns on whole neighbourhood resident-led approaches to housing

Emma Dent Coad MP

Cllr Linda Wade

Melanie Wolfe

Tony O’ Brien, author: Tackling the housing crisis

Tickets here:


Now to an inspirational award ceremony taking place in Wolverhampton which I have mentioned numerous times is coming up in two weeks and there’s still time to grab tickets. THE NACHURAL SUMMER BUSINESS BALL AND AWARDS

Friday 28th June at Wolverhampton Racecourse !

This is one of the most influential business events in the West Midlands region!

The awards will be attended by over 500 of the most influential people and companies in the businesses sector!!  This prestigious black-tie ball is run by Nachural, headed up by the incredible Ninder Singh Johal, Deputy Lieutenant of the West Midlands.  The ball recognises the achievements of individuals and companies from across the West Midlands region.

The event welcomes a wide range of businesses and individuals from all industry sectors and promises to be an unforgettable evening of enlightening presentations and spectacular entertainment along with three courses of first-class Indian cuisine.

 This really is one of the most important business events on the West Midland’s Calendar! Don’t miss this!!!! BOOK: Single tickets are available for £99.

VIP and normal tables can still be booked.

In the meantime, see you all next time and I hope you all have a great week!


Vacancies on the jobs board this week include: Service Manager with Nacro [North East], Sessional Worker with Changing Lives [Various Locations], Lecturer in PSD with Weston College (Offender Learning) [HMP Dartmoor], Early Years Practitioner/s with Oasis Project [Brighton], Funding Support Officer with AVA (Against Violence & Abuse) [London], Trainer Practitioner with Wales Restorative Approaches Partnership [Cardiff], Business Manager with Junction 42 [North East], Engagement Team Members with User Voice [Various Locations], Trainee Assessor with St Giles Trust [HMP Stoke Heath], Cluster Lead Nurse with Change, grow live (CGL) [West Sussex].

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

Clinks’ Chief Executive Officer, Anne Fox, has written a blog which reflects on our annual conference 2019 ‘Creating change together’ one month on. She writes, “The atmosphere in the hall was at times quite electric. It was warm, convivial, people greeted each other with hugs, nodded knowingly at one another’s comments and remarks in Q&A sessions and it felt that no matter how sometimes we might feel isolated and crawling uphill, in fact we’re part of something bigger. A movement for change.


 Tip of the week I: Kent getaway with two course dinner – save 42%.  Details

Tip of the week 2: Full-day drawing class at The National Portrait Gallery – save 66%.  Details

Tip of the week 3: Two course meal for two at Harvester – £20.  Details


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

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