Newsletter and bids 20 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 47 Pages.

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


Ok some crazy stuff again:

New applicants trying to get onto the refreshed apprenticeship provider register have been left hanging by the government six months after its launch, and officials can’t say when they’ll be told if they’ve been successful.

The register of apprenticeship training providers finally reopened on December 12 with more “stringent and challenging entry requirements”.

This was more than a year after the last window closed – a time period which left my providers wanting to get on frustrated. Some even exploited a loophole and attempted to buy their way on.



The Education and Skills Funding Agency is preparing to invite non-levy employers and providers to test its digital apprenticeship system.

The agency will introduce this change over a “transition period” through an “expressions of interest phase”, with those chosen commencing the trial from summer 2019.

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.  It will lead to increased workforce productivity among SMEs

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”.


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


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


 Pact is seeking a Marketing and Communications Manager (Maternity Cover) [£34000 to £35000, London, full time]. It is looking for a self-motivated, values and results driven all-rounder to manage its digital and print communications, events, and the charity’s brand. Working directly to the CEO, you will be based in the South London office, working as part of a friendly, small team, across varied and interesting projects including web and social media management, supporting appeals, direct marketing to commissioners, public relations and media, budget film making, signage and brand promotion. As part of the role, you will support people with lived experience of the criminal justice system to have a voice, and a platform to inform policy and decision-makers. The closing date is 3rd June 2019


 Newark Emmaus Trust, a charity which supports and houses local and vulnerable young homeless in Newark, has appointed Nikki Burley as its new chief executive.

Before joining Newark Emmaus Trust, Burley worked in banking for 23 years and then in the charity sector for 10 years, mostly at the National Justice Museum in Nottingham.

She has a first class honours degree in business and finance and is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Banking. At the National Justice Museum she started as head of museum and was appointed executive director in 2014 and interim chief operating officer in 2017.  She project managed the Heritage Lottery Funded programme which included the museum refurbishment and engaging communities programme. Burley also founded the Unique Connections business networking group and raised more than £100,000 for the Help a Nottinghamshire Child campaign, helping young people to stay away from crime and out of prison.  Burley’s most recent role was as chief executive of Notts County FC Football in The CommunityBurley said: “I am delighted to be appointed chief executive. I am looking forward to working with the team at Newark Emmaus Trust and building on existing relationships. I am planning to develop new partnerships in the Newark community, as well as continuing to work with those that I bring with me from my work in the city.”


Following the Ministry of Justice announcing its plans for the future of probation and the publication of its response to the Strengthening Probation, Building Confidence consultation, it would like to invite interested suppliers to attend market engagement events for probation services in England and Wales [28th May, London | 29th May, Cardiff | 30th May, Manchester | free]. Any organisation interested in delivering probation interventions in the future is welcome. Tickets are issued on a first come first served basis. It requests that organisations register for a maximum of two tickets per organisation. It is also holding two identical webinars open to all interested suppliers [4th and 5th June] to explain the scope of probation services they are looking to procure. Find out more here


 Matt Harvey invites you to a great event on the 28th of June 2019.

Digital Skills Solutions would like to personally invite you and your colleagues to join us and celebrate Employability Day 2019 with our “Partners & Referral” event held at our technical training center in Stratford.

The day will include employability taster sessions focused around digital skills for the workplace, interview techniques, CV writing and tours of our technical training facilities. This will be a fantastic way to network and meet the DSS delivery team over refreshments, a light lunch and the opportunity to find out how you can refer your customers to our training programmes and apprenticeships.

Please register yourself and colleagues at the following link

Book at


 Welcome to Sam’s Wall!  I hope you’ve all enjoyed the great weather this week!?

As many of you probably know, May is Stroke Awareness Month and I’m going to start by asking whether you or anyone you know has been affected by Stroke?

Please read on….. Stroke is a leading cause of death and disability in the UK. There are around 32,000 stroke-related deaths in England each year and it is estimated that one in six people will have a stroke in their lifetime.  (Statistics provided by Steve Brine MP and Public Health England. Feb 2018).


Now, there is a very important free Stroke event taking place in the Stockport (Greater Manchester) area this coming Tuesday (21st May) and it will benefit anyone who is living with Stroke or effected by it to attend (doesn’t matter where you live).

An ex professional football player (Stockport County FC) and a stroke survivor himself, my friend Nick Clarke runs the charity based in Stockport – it is open to anyone in the UK affected by Stroke!!


Business Sponsors:  On another important note, Nick is always looking for business sponsors if you are considering supporting a very worthy Stroke Charity!!

Nick holds regular weekly informative and supportive meetups for Stroke survivors and carers and is constantly fundraising. His desire is to educate as many people as possible on the effects and signs of stroke as well as provide a regular, safe place for those who are recovering from Stroke to get out and be able to socialise with others who have been through the same thing.

Nick is holding an important Free Stroke Information morning along with Healthwatch Stockport on Tuesday 21st May (9am – 1pm)

The event is for all those effected by Stroke whether Stroke Survivors, Family, Friends, Carers or other Charitable Organisations in the field it’s open to anyone from any area!!


The inspirational international mentor and speaker Pete Coghlan (a former squaddie recovering from brainstem stroke and locked-in syndrome, author of ‘In the Blink of an Eye’ will be sharing his insights and journey through recovery and this will be something pretty special to hear. althHewatch Stockport are giving everybody in the local area the opportunity to make their views heard on how to improve planning and delivery of local health and social care services but even those out of the area will find it helpful to understand how local services work and what can be done to prompt change in their own areas, Healthwatch, of course are UK wide!!!! The chance to pick up some helpful advice here and potentially contacts within the organisation who can help advise you even if you aren’t local!  Here is Nick explaining more about the event:



Next, MOBILE FOOD PANTRY – SALFORD (and surrounding areas)

Now, I’ve some great news to share from my good friend Natalie Jane Lek at The Launch Project this week.  If you are a business that could possibly help or support this scheme in anyway here we’d be most grateful !

I’ve talked about The Launch Project before; it’s a charitable organisation based in Salford and among other things they provide community support addressing social isolation and poverty through fresh food distribution and free emergency packs.

Natalie has been planning a much larger Mobile Food Pantry for people on Universal Credit and those that struggle financially in Salford and surrounding areas and now the new scheme has launched it has become possible to buy £20 worth of groceries for £4 a week! So far, Natalie had been doing this on a smaller scale but she had been planning to reach out to more people to help.

Companies involved in donating their surplus food to the scheme include Gregg’s and Tescos among others.  Available food includes fruit and veg, bread, personal care items and sanitary products as well as items such as cake, which some people may not have been able to previously afford. For the time being, the distribution is being provided by one refrigerated van; the driver collects from donating shops and businesses then delivers directly to the homes of those people who have registered for the scheme.

There are different dimensions to the service; some of those who have signed up struggle with social isolation, anxiety and mental health problems so when the driver knocks on the door, it is Natalie’s belief that simply having some sort of social contact will help to encourage those people to have more contact with the wider community.

As Natalie runs regular cost effective events for families in poverty, those that live in social isolation and those with mobility issues; it is her intention to spread the news about her events to her mobile pantry customers in the hope that more people will benefit from the social aspects of attending.  Natalie anticipates that she will soon be taking on another refrigerated van because surplus food donations from the companies involved have now dramatically increased due to the large number of stores now involved in her scheme.

 Natalie would have loved to have provided this scheme free of charge to her customers but it isn’t a financially viable option unfortunately due to the management and distribution overheads, she stated: “The £4 a week will go towards paying for the scheme and all the food is donated. I don’t understand the logic behind businesses throwing their food away so many people are in need so we want them to get on board and give something back to their community.”

The scheme has attracted so much attention in Greater Manchester and the amount of people applying has substantially increased!! There’s still room for plenty more due to all the additional surplus food donations!

The scheme has also attracted media attention; The Manchester Evening News have run a news piece and Natalie is due to be interviewed by The One Show and set to appear on TV next week!  If you know anyone in Salford or surrounding areas who struggle financially then please point them in the direction of this incredible scheme which could make such a positive difference in their lives. Contact details below.

ALSO, Can your business help ?

Natalie is always looking for businesses anywhere in the UK who can help support her range of charitable schemes; whether that’s sponsorship, donations or in other ways!

If you’d like to get involved please contact Natalie by email with any questions:  See you next time everyone and have a brilliant week!

FUNDING: improving the health of rough sleepers

The Health and Social Care Secretary has announced that £1.9 million will be given to councils by Public Health England to help improve the health of rough sleepers. The funding will be awarded to projects that improve access to health services and continuity of care for people with mental ill-health and substance misuse problems who are sleeping rough or at risk of returning to rough sleeping. Applicants should read the guidance and application pack before submitting their completed expression of interest and budget template to The deadline is 5pm on Friday 5th July 2019. Find out more here


Vacancies on the jobs board this week include: Business Development Manager with The Forward Trust [London], Resettlement Support Worker with Change, grow, live [East Kent], Drug and Alcohol Recovery Worker – HMP Portland with EDP Drug & Alcohol Services [Dorset], Trustee/Treasurer with Apex Charitable Trust Ltd [Merseyside], Project Compliance & Admin Officer with Changing Lives [Gateshead], Peer Circles Caseworker with St Giles Trust[London], Engagement Team Leaders with User Voice [South East/South West/Midlands], Marketing and Communication Manager (Maternity Cover) with Prison Advice and Care Trust [London], Link Worker with P3 Charity [Greater Manchester], Director of Impact and Innovation with Leap – Confronting Conflict [London], Family Support Coordinator with Adfam [Swindon], Male Actor/Groupworker with Geese Theatre Company [Birmingham], Young Peoples Peripatetic Practitioner with Humankind [Calderdale]. For more information about these vacancies, and many more, click here


Tip of the week I: Cheshire getaway with meals & bubbly – 54% off. Details


Tip of the week 2: Two-course a la carte meal for two at Frankie & Benny’s for £19.99 or £29.99 with a bottle of wine. Details


Tip of the week 3: DNA test and family history report – save 63%. Details


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

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