Newsletter and bids 21 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 51 Pages.

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


Ok its one of the crazy one day holiday I wish they put them all together so we had them all at once.  Anyway lots going on the AEB for CWMA. GLA and Cambridge and Peterborgh all on a standstill. I hear London still has people looking to take them to court. Lets get on as I am off to Leeds for a few days so need to get ready.


CALCULATING APPRENTICESHIP SUBCONTRACTOR MANAGEMENT FEES We are delighted to have been asked by the AELP (Association of Employment and Learning Providers) to deliver a webinar on a very hot topic: calculating Subcontractor management fees! Not only is this an ongoing debate politically, but it’s something that has been a hot a big talking point amongst delegates in our Subcontracting Readiness workshops, especially issues such as: How do you arrive at 20%? In the webinar, we will be putting the spotlight onto this topic and sharing some of our experience of developing Value Propositions for Lead/Prime Contractors; considering Key Factors during the calculation of management fees and looking at ways of creating Best Value in subcontracting relationships! If you would like to hear more on this subject, join us on calculate management fees? What’s the rationale behind your calculation? Why and how do we always our webinar: “Calculating Management Fees Conundrum!” on Thursday 6th June at 10:30am – 11:30am (Booking Link:


There is a new way to submit ILR, EAS and ESF round 1. The Hub will be retired shortly. We encourage you to start using the replacement, the Submit Learner Data service. The service is in Public Beta mode and ready for ILR, EAS and ESF round 1 submissions. It’s running alongside the Hub for the next few months.  Providers are being encouraged to upload their files through the new service for three reasons:

  • providers will be familiar with the service so when the Hub is turned off, it’ll be business as usual
  • our Data Collections team can identify and fix things that don’t work as expected,– so there’s no disruption to your payments
  • providers can check their reports in Submit Learner Data against their actual reports (that will still be available in the Hub) and report inaccuracies.

You can find out more information about ‘Submit Learner Data’.

Independent Learning Providers (ILPs) delivering education to compulsory school age students. ESFA say we have written to Independent Learning Providers (ILPs) that have recorded students of compulsory school age on their individualised learner record (ILR) return.

Any ILP delivering education to this age group may meet the criteria to be an independent school. If it does, then it is required to register as an independent school with the Department for Education (DfE). DfE guidance about independent school registration and what settings must register is available on GOV.UK.

Any person conducting an unregistered independent school is in breach of the law and may be liable to prosecution under section 96 of the Education and Skills Act 2008. DfE cannot endorse providers operating in breach of the law.

We have also written to local authorities to inform them of this issue and to remind them that they must not commission places in unregistered independent schools.

We have published a copy of the letter to ILPs and LAs on GOV.UK. If you have not received a letter this does not remove the need to regularise the position if you believe that your organisation is affected by this issue.

If you have any queries on registration, please email or for queries on funding implications, please email online enquiry form.


A new package of support announced to support industry placements

On Sunday 19 May 2019, the department announced a new package of support to help employers offer industry placements in readiness for the T Level rollout in September 2020.

The package includes:

  • guidance to support employers and providers to offer industry placements, allowing industry placements to be undertaken with up to 2 employers
  • high quality placements are now measured by hours rather than days. The placement must be at least 315 hours.
  • a pilot scheme to understand more about employer support
  • ‘how to’ guides and workshops

We have also updated our capacity and delivery fund (CDF) information for providers delivering industry placements in both 2018 to 2019 and 2019 to 2020 and for providers delivering industry placements for the first time in 2019 to 2020.


Information: meeting new application requirements and removal from Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers (RoATP)

In December 2018, ESFA published a new application process for the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers (RoATP) with more stringent and challenging entry requirements. We have published the approach that ESFA will take when an organisation listed on RoATP is unsuccessful in their application or does not apply following an invitation.

This includes:

  • removing the organisation from the RoATP
  • terminating funding agreements
  • suspending the recruitment of new apprentices without terminating funding agreements (only in exceptional circumstances)

Our approach ensures providers that continue to appear on our register are capable of delivering high-quality apprenticeships and are fit to receive public funding.

For any queries, please email

Updated application guidance for the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers On Wednesday 15 May 2019, we updated our application guidance for the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers (RoATP). The updated guidance takes into consideration queries we have received through our Department for Education portal (Bravo). For any queries, please email or raise a message through our Department for Education portal (Bravo).

Small and medium sized businesses to have full access to the apprenticeship service.

Last week we announced that small and medium sized businesses, who don’t pay the apprenticeship levy will take full control over apprenticeships in their businesses as they come on board the ESFA’s apprenticeship service.

Currently, only apprenticeship levy paying employers – those with an annual total pay bill of over £3m – or those in receipt of a transfer of apprenticeship funds – are able to use the full benefits of the apprenticeship service.

We will release more details in a staged communication process in future editions of ESFA Update.


Qualification funding approval principles 2019 to 2020

We have published the principles that we will use to approve qualifications for funding in the funding year 2019 to 2020.

This guidance document brings together the approval principles and processes for qualifications funded through the:

  • adult education budget (AEB)
  • offer for students aged 14 to 19 (previously known as Section 96)
  • European Social Fund (ESF)

It also sets out clearly when we will publish funding approval and funding validity information for approved qualifications.

If you have any further queries, please use our contact form.


Qualifications in the legal entitlements for 2019 to 2020

We have published lists of qualifications for the legal entitlement offers in the funding year 2019 to 2020. These offers allow eligible learners, to be fully funded where they are:

  • aged 19 to 23 and undertaking their first qualification at level 2 and/or level 3
  • aged 19 and over and undertaking an English or maths qualification, up to and including level 2

Functional Skills qualifications in English and maths are being reformed. Current Functional Skills qualifications will be available in the entitlement offer until 31 August 2019. You can read more about Functional Skills reform on Ofqual’s website.

If you have any further queries, please use our contact form.


Information: qualification achievement rates (QAR) 2017 to 2018

We will remove your provisional QAR 2017 to 2018 reports from the Hub on Monday 3rd June 2019. They will no longer be available to download after this date.

The data extracts and final reports for your final QAR 2017 to 2018 will still be available in the ‘QAR reports’ section of the Data Returns page on the Hub.

If you have any questions, please contact the service desk via email at

Are you an organisation that may consider becoming an apprenticeship training provider? We would like to invite organisations considering becoming an apprenticeship training provider to take part in our research. Your feedback helps us make the right decisions. Please fill out our form if you would like to take part.


Sucsessful Mums teach mental health strategies to returning Mums

A big part of what we do at Successful Mums is supporting mums back into the workplace.  75% of the women that contact us have barriers relating to mental health including anxiety, stress and sometimes post-natal depression, that’s why we’ve introduced mental health and stress awareness to all of our Training Courses. The feedback so far has been fantastic…

“Not only am I receiving career advice and links to employers, but the course is also helping me find strategies I can use at home, as well as at work.  I already feel less anxious and ready to make that transition back to the workplace”  

“If I’m feeling more relaxed at home this means I’m a better mum, partner and of course a better employee,” says Tracey one of our Successful Mums.

Over the last 5 years, we have acquired intelligence on the key barriers for these women returners. This data enables us to provide accurate solutions rather than general training.

With 85% of women rating our training excellent, 90% feeling more confident after attending and a 47% progressing into employment, the Successful Mums formula is a winning one!  Read more about this at

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

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Level 3 Diploma in Women’s Hairdressing

Level 3 Diploma in Barbering

Please let know of your interest Price £17,000.00


I have a company who have Roto and ROATP at this time looking to sell they have been in business since  2007 showing decent profits with no charges,overdrafts or borrowing etc.They have had Sub Contracts and indeed they are based in a devolved area but the Training Company could be moved to non devolved. They will be interested in offers around £60,000.00


Welcome to Sam’s Wall! I hope you’re all doing well and have enjoyed the bank holiday !  The news is very positive this week; there are so many good things happening in relation to helping ease Manchester’s homeless situation recently with new initiatives and investment springing up in the city of late, here are just a few notable changes and additions. Latest figures show that there are approximately 5,000 people currently homeless in Greater Manchester but some of these initiatives are helping to bring about positive change.


Invisible Manchester secures 12k investment: Invisible Manchester, a social enterprise who provides employment opportunities as walking tour guides to those who have experienced homelessness has just secured a £12K investment from Venture Further.  Venture Further is a competition for start-ups run by Alliance Manchester Business School’s Masood Enterprise Centre which sees entrepreneurs competing for their share of £75,000 funding. Founder of Invisible Manchester, Alice Sparks has stated that she intends to continue to grow Venture Further; her tours have been designed to teach people about the powerful history of the city whilst revealing the personal side of a city affected by homelessness. Walking tour guides also include their own stories and personal battles with homelessness during the tour for a very first-hand experience.


The £1.2 million Fair Housing Futures Project: More good news for Greater Manchester includes a 600k funding pot which aims to provide solutions to the housing problems that thousands of private renter’s face in the city. The Nationwide Foundation is funding this and it is being hosted by Shelter, the housing charity. The project seeks to address the challenges of living in and accessing Greater Manchester’s private rented sector faced by tenants who have limited social and financial support.  The lack of social housing in Manchester is pushing more people into unstable private rentals and the funding will provide an incredible opportunity for Manchester to help create a network of local funded projects that get to the heart of the problems, it is hoped that this will create a legacy of practical solutions which will make accessing housing easier and fairer. The scheme is now calling for local organisations such as tenants’ groups, housing associations, and organisations covering planning, development and even health and well-being, to apply to have their ideas backed with cash from a £600,000 grant fund.The project has already uncovered how high rental charges and bad conditions across Greater Manchester leave private renters struggling to survive. The research will help the partnership board distribute £600K of grant funding over the next three years to organisations as they test and develop successful ideas.


Leigh Pearce, Chief Executive of the Nationwide Foundation, said: “This work will help tenants who are struggling with affordability and trapped in poor quality rented homes. The fund will test solutions to challenges faced by vulnerable, disadvantaged and low-income tenants in the private rented sector in Greater Manchester. Because the fund is not constrained by statutory obligations, it can be used creatively, and we look forward to seeing some innovative and smart ideas come through.  “We’ve chosen this mayoral authority to work in as we see enormous appetite for modernisation of housing policy and practice in Greater Manchester. However, the fears and struggles facing tenants in Greater Manchester are sadly not unique, and we hope that the successes here will eventually trail-blaze vital improvements to the private rented sector right across the UK.”


Organisations applying for funding must either be based in Greater Manchester or have a partner applicant who is based in Greater Manchester.

Here is more information about the Fair Housing Futures Project and details on how to apply

UniDosh the Award-Winning Services App helping Manchester Homeless. Here’s more good news, UniDosh who launched 2 years ago in Manchester has just relaunched; it connects members of the public and local businesses to a workforce of 5,000 students who are already seeking part time work around studying. The way it works is that members of the public advertise jobs or projects on the app and students bid for them in exchange for cash.


The recent relaunch in Manchester now includes a food donation which is delivered directly to the Manchester Central Food Bank for those who are homeless or on low income. The initiative is being run in conjunction with Manchester Central Foodbank and will continue throughout Summer, whenever somebody posts a job on the app the founders will respond by matching the request with a food parcel donation. The goal is to deliver a minimum of 3,000 donations in support of Manchester’s homeless over the coming Summer.

The founders have been directing students to the Sainsbury’s opposite University of Manchester; the student goes in and collects a £5 food donation then delivers it to Manchester Central Foodbank close by.  The apps founders intend to roll out on their service to more areas in the UK soon.  The new initiative launched by UniDosh has literally fed hundreds of rough sleepers in the last week.  Here is more information on the services UniDosh offers with details of where to download the app  See you next time have a great week!


The Department for Education has been accused of double standards after it launched a recruitment drive for level 2 business administration apprentices on frameworks while refusing to approve an equivalent standard.

Old-style apprenticeship frameworks will be fully switched off next year and replaced with standards, which the government constantly lauds as being of “higher quality”.

But in an unusual move, the DfE recently posted an advert seeking 11 people to take on a level 2 business administration apprenticeship framework across its Coventry, London and Sheffield offices. Read more at


Week 1 Tip  Chocolate tasting workshop for two for £21. Details


Week Tip 2  Personalised ‘name a star’ gift – save 65%.


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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