Newsletter and bids 22 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 45 Pages.

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


Due to a Funeral I will not be available on Tuesday until after 4.30.


Andrea is working on a competition and thought it would be of interest, so just passing it on – see below 🙂 Do you have a colleague or employee that deserves a special ‘thank you’ for their hard work? Show your appreciation by entering MyEva’s #MadeMyDay competition and land some indulgent prizes for your whole team, including spa trips and Harrods hampers! Follow MyEva on LinkedIn for details:


Lots of Talk this week about Governance and exit plans due to insolvency.  “All approved providers of government-funded training, including apprenticeship training, must make clear provision for the protection of learners in the case of closure or insolvency.” It’s already a requirement for a provider to have an exit plan as part of the ESFA guidance on the oversight of ITPs published in April this year.


I have 2 Posts both in the North East looking for PICS input data staff, CVS please to:


North East of England and National: We have a company for sale and the total contracts stand at some £3.9 Million additional non-Government funded is around £600,000 a year. If you have an interest the price is £2.9 Million.


We are all now getting feedback and results on the ROATP we have had another 4 through and all passed.  We stand at some 12 and 100% achievement rate to date.


 Clinks is seeking an individual with expertise and experience of providing specialist support to black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) people to sit on the Reducing Reoffending Third Sector Advisory Group (RR3) leadership board. This person will be a senior manager in a voluntary organisation currently providing specific support to BAME people in contact with the criminal justice system. The RR3 is a group of senior experts from the voluntary sector which meets quarterly to advise the Ministry of Justice and HM Prison and Probation Service and to help build a stronger and more effective partnership between the voluntary sector and the government. Clinks provides the Chair and secretariat. Applicants should submit a CV and covering letter by 9am 24th June. Find out more here


I have a company working out of London but could be moved to other locations.

This Hair & Beauty company is registered with the Awarding bodies: VTCT and ITEC

Currently on ROTO three years accounts showing profit
Providing courses in:

Level 2 Diploma in Hair and Make-up Artistry

Level 2 Diploma in Hair and Media Make-Up

Level 2 Diploma in Women’s Hairdressing

Level 3 Diploma in Theatrical, Special Effects and Hair and Media Make-Up

Level 3 Diploma in Women’s Hairdressing

Level 3 Diploma in Barbering

Please let know of your interest Price £17,000.00


A great Candidate in Essex is looking for a New post due to items outside their control. NVQ 3 Hotel and Catering, Qualified NVQ Assessor for modules D32/D33 also Diploma in Public Food Hygiene (Credit). His areas of expertise. A business development manager with experience across multiple sectors and a track record of significant revenue growth.   Consultative in approach; excellent inter-personal skills facilitate relationship building at all organisational levels.  Please send enquires for CV to



We have announced 2 online sessions on Speaking and Listening for Reformed Functional Skills English. They are on the 20th and 21st June. Sign up now.


Also please remember to get  your nominations in for The Asian Apprenticeship Awards 2019! Deadline is 1st July 2019. Just Visit #Apprenticeships#AsianAppAwards


The new Ofsted Education Inspection Framework and accompanying inspection handbook calls on providers to demonstrate Intent and Impact. Curriculum should be ambitious and appropriately relevant to local and regional employment and training priorities. Learners must be prepared for future success by having access to high-quality, up-to-date and locally relevant careers guidance. Leaders need to demonstrate effective engagement with local employers. And providers will be asked to demonstrate the positive impact their institution is having on learners, employers, and the local community/economy. To achieve these things, access to good local LMI is critical to success. In this webinar we’ll explain why, and then in subsequent webinars we’ll dig into the details to show you how.

Book up for June 14th for Free webinar


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

This week I wanted to highlight two very important and inspirational ceremonies taking place

this month, the first, I have mentioned numerous times before and takes place in Wolverhampton,

the second takes place in Greater Manchester.


This event is one of the most influential business events which is taking place in the West Midlands region!
If you haven’t already, it’s time to consider attending The Nachural Summer Business Ball and Awards;  tickets are selling quickly and you need to get them fast!!!
The awards are set to 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 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 !
BOOK: Single tickets are available for £99. VIP and normal tables can still be booked.
Don’t miss this!!!!

This will be an incredible awards ceremony taking place in the Greater Manchester area!
Coming up on Saturday 22nd June is a black tie awards event taking place in the Premier Suite of the University of Bolton Stadium.

The Inspire Women Awards celebrate the huge wealth of outstanding contributions women have made to the wider Bolton area, including surrounding areas of Greater Manchester and  Lancashire.  This is a night of celebration and achievements of women from all walks of life in our diverse and thriving community, showcasing extraordinary examples of courage, triumph, kindness, compassion, transformation, skill and success.
Now in its fifth year, the 2019 event will play host to heads of industry, business chiefs, community leaders, politicians, entrepreneurs, celebrities and other well-known figures from our region’s private, public and voluntary sectors – many of whom will present Inspire Awards to our deserving winners.

The evening will be packed with stories of unsung heroes, community champions and women who have gone above and beyond in the course of their work, service and passions, it is sure to inspire another year of exceptional accomplishments from women in Bolton, Greater Manchester and Lancashire.
There are many finalists who have already been announced but I’m proud to say that Natalie Jane Lek, a good friend of mine who runs the Salford based charity “The Launch Project” is one of them !


I have mentioned Natalie numerous times in the past here, she has just recently scaled her mobile food pantry, a delivery service which now accommodates more people in Salford and surrounding areas who are on low income / universal credit. She runs after school holiday clubs for children, holds regular events combating social isolation in the local community and has launched the Uniform Xchange enabling families on low income to buy their child’s school uniforms at extremely low and affordable prices.  So, back to this fabulous awards ceremony, here are the booking details, you need to be quick to secure your tickets. BOOK: Tickets: £85 each (plus booking fee)

Tables of 10 are available to book. Please contact them directly to avoid eventbrite fees at –
Ticket Price Includes: Awards Ceremony, Welcome Drink (non-alcoholic), 3 Course Dinner with Tea/Coffee,

Entertainment  Sponsorship Opportunities still available for award categories
These opportunities close this Friday 8th June so if you’re interested in sponsoring as a business (and there is an incredible amount of exposure and prestige to be gained by doing so then they are offering a range of exclusive partnership opportunities to showcase your organisation’s support for celebrating and highlighting women’s achievements. For more information please contact Carol Ann Whitehead at 07702541884
Or Email: Julia at for further details. Call Us: 07429063699
That’s all from me today so enjoy your week everyone and I’ll see you next time!! Sam X


This week also saw the post 18 education review This is over 216 pages but a great read:  Post-18 (or ‘tertiary’) education in England is a story of both care and neglect, depending on whether students are amongst the 50 per cent of young people who participate in higher education (HE) or the rest.1 The panel believes that this disparity simply has to be addressed. Doing so is a matter of fairness and equity and is likely to bring considerable social and economic benefits to individuals and the country at large. It is our core message. Following a major refunding of the higher education sector in 2012, universities and university students are both cared for and cared about. They receive the majority of public funding and attention: in 2017-18, over £8 billion2 was comitted to support 1.2 million UK undergraduate students in English HE institutions.3 Their experience is the subject of much comment. The sector is studied by specialist university departments and by education think tanks, some of which are funded by the sector they are thinking about.

The universities also fund several mission groups – including Universities UK (UUK), University Alliance, Million+, Guild HE and the Russell Group – who lobby on their behalf. The mainly university-educated media is deeply interested in their activities. We note this without criticism. Universities serve important social and economic purposes. They are one of the UK’s world-class industries: second only to the US in terms of research citations, with a fraction of the spend.4 As such they are worth caring about and large parts of this report are devoted to building on their considerable achievements.

But what of the neglected, the 50 per cent of the 18-30 year-old population who do not go to university, and older non-graduates? They too are worthy of attention. They are mostly at work and, if they are educated at all after the age of 18, are being educated mainly in further education colleges (FECs). The same is true of older adults in the workforce with basic or intermediate skills, for whom upskilling and reskilling are vital in a changing labour market. There are 2.2 million full and part time adult further education (FE) students5 receiving £2.3 billion of public funding,6 a large under-investment relative to the state support afforded university students. In 1989, the then Secretary of State for Education Kenneth Baker described further education as the Cinderella sector but successive governments have failed to deliver the glass slipper.

There have been a few reviews, such as the Leitch review on basic and intermediate skills (2006) and the Foster review of the FE college landscape (2005) but despite widespread acknowledgement that this sector is crucial to the country’s economic success, nothing much has happened except for a steep, steady decline in funding. That decline is widespread and protracted.8 Teachers in FE colleges are paid on average less than their counterparts in schools.9 Funding levels are inadequate to cover essential maintenance or to provide modern facilities, and funding flows are complex to navigate. Not surprisingly, the sector is demoralised, has little to spend on mission groups and is consequently under-reported in the media and under-represented in Westminster. No prior government of any persuasion has considered further education to be a priority. The consequence has been decades of neglect and a loss of status and prestige amongst learners, employers and the public at large.


David tells us his thoughts and I have to say I agree: The results of the AEB devolution tenders were partly shocking and part refreshing. Great to see new entrants to the market – some brand new, some that have previously delivered AEB as sub-contractors who can now operate without the 20-25% prime levy and some with modern outlooks and methods. It is right that people had to put forward their offer and tender for these contracts which have previously stayed in the hands of some of the same faces for many years without challenge. Shocking in that some good organisations who had direct AEB contracts, Grade 2 Ofsted and are right on their LEP/region priorities have now lost out in an ALL or NOTHING result for their business. We know of many companies like this who are very upset and potentially losing their businesses, whilst Grade 3 (or ‘Insufficient’) and non-priority providers stand to gain up 4-year contracts in their place.

Shocking that in just 10-20 minutes you can conduct enough due diligence to see that some providers who have been awarded contracts represent a very high risk and are far less suitable to winning contracts than their losing counterparts. Does it make sense for the government agency to put a ‘stop’ on a provider delivering apprenticeships because of their ‘Insufficient’ Ofsted rating yet then offer a new lucrative contract to that same provider just a few months later?

There is a thought that it is the quality of the bid and the words used that matters rather than the quality of the provider. But all this is just the merry go round of contracts – and life. It is new, it has changed, and people must move on and accept the results. What these results will do is trigger a real movement in M&A activity amongst private providers.

Those that have LOST contracts and potentially lost their business want to stay in – and if they have the cash available they are looking to buy providers who have been awarded new AEB contracts.  Those that WON, know that they have (potentially) long term contracts available that carry a value and maybe this is their time to sell. We are aware of many organisations who are very keen to purchase providers with the new AEB contracts.

Then there is the question of new entrant opportunities. There has been no market access for new providers requiring Advanced Learning Loans for several years now – despite the fact that many £millions of contract values sit unspent with colleges. There is no immediate market access for Apprenticeships for those that have, say for example, split from their business partner and want to start a new business without them. Likewise, these new AEB contracts do not give the opportunity for new entrants and effectively have a ‘closed shop’ look about them for the next 4 years.

The argument that this is to protect quality cannot be right as many of the AEB winners have already been graded 3 or Insufficient.

The lack of consistency by agencies are a cause of frustration for many providers where clarity and certainty are required.

David Kitchen is Managing Director of The Leadership Team. Specialist growth consultancy for the FE sector


Vacancies on the jobs board this week include: Wellbeing Centre Support Worker with Seaview – Practical Services for Complex Lives [St Leonards on Sea], Head of Mental Health with Hestia Housing & Support [London Bridge], Funding Support Officer with AVA (Against Violence & Abuse) [Vauxhall], Recruitment Officer with Unlocked Graduates [London], Senior Practitioner – Breaking Barriers with Ormiston Families [Luton], Head of Programme: Justice & Safety with Lancashire Women [Lancashire], Support Worker Nights with Changing Lives [Yorkshire], Counselling Coordinator with EDP Drug & Alcohol Services [HMP Channings Wood], Chair of the Board of Trustees with Revolving Doors Agency [London], Temp Project Coordinator with Humankind (formerly DISC) [Sunderland].


Tip of the week I: Central Shrewsbury escape with dinner – 36% off


Tip of the week 2:  £22.50 instead of £51.75 for a ticket to see Beverley Knight & Billy Ocean with special guest support YolanDa Brown on Tuesday 9th July at Royal Botanic Gardens from Kew the Music – save 57%


Tip of the week 3: Pasta Evangelists (delivered to your door) – £24 to spend on freshly made pasta with sauces for £9. 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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