Newsletter and bids 17 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:


Reminder Ramadan 2019 in United Kingdom will begin in the evening of

Sunday 5 May and ends in the evening of Tuesday 4 June.


This past week great to visit Wolverhampton, Walsall, East London and central Birmingham.


 Two flagship apprenticeship surveys have had their publication date delayed by six months and will incur additional costs to the Department for Education.

The Apprenticeship Evaluation and Pay Surveys 2018, comprising the Apprenticeship Evaluation Survey (AEvS) and Apprenticeship Pay Survey (APS), will not be released to the public until mid-October.  This is because the supplier, IFF Research Ltd, had the deadline to finalise its research extended to July 15, 2019, despite being given an original publication date of the end of March 2019.

 Government protocol mandates that once research is finalised, it has to be published within 12 weeks. Asked if its name should be the Apprenticeship Evaluation and Pay Surveys 2019 instead of 2018, the DfE said the titles for the surveys will be decided once the work is finalised. IFF Research was contracted to design and question current and graduated apprentices, as well as employers, about satisfaction, motivation, benefits, retention and post-apprenticeship progression for the AEvS.


Meanwhile, the APS includes surveying current apprentices in England, Scotland and Wales about their pay, hours and training.  There were also delays to the  publication of the full report on the 2016 APS, which was finalised by suppliers in January 2017, but not released until July of that year.  When it was eventually published, it revealed that nearly one-fifth of apprentices at levels 2 and 3 were illegally paid less than the minimum wage.

An FE Week report published the same week found that it was likely that no one had been fined or prosecuted for illegally underpaying apprentices.

 Following the revelations from the 2016 APS, the government’s director of labour market enforcement Sir David Metcalf gave warning that government enforcement agencies and industry bodies would work to better identify employers who underpay workers and punish them with severe jail sentences.


I have received this and it relates to Training Provider Potential Fraud.  A colleague sent in the following:  I am working with a client of mine that is a subcontractor to a Lead Provider (Prime). They commissioned me to look into the arrangements with their Prime, I am using two good ESFA documents that I thought I would share. It’s important to read through the sections. This first one is the ESFA’s Indicators for potential fraud, section 4.17 is important to me regarding subcontracting –

The other document is the Post-16 Audit Code of Practice, the area of importance to me is section 43 to 49 (Fraud, regularity and reporting) – All providers should be aware of how to deal with Primes that are deliberately flouting the Rules.


Too many bends in the tunnel? Women serving Indeterminate Sentences of IPP – what are the barriers to risk reduction, release and resettlement?

Author: Sarah Smart Published: 2019

Indeterminate Imprisonment for Public Protection (IPP) is one of the most controversial sentences in the history of British sentencing, creating a ‘general and systemic legal failure’ (Laws LJ in Wells (2007)). Female IPP prisoners represent an often forgotten and overlooked minority, stuck in the creaking penal system. This research provides the first empirical exploration of female prisoners on IPP still in prison, despite the abolition of the sentence in 2012. Abstract report: Download PDF – 739.52 KB

Full report: Download PDF – 1003.8 KB

Executive summary: Download PDF – 165.63 KB


 Welcome to Sam’s Wall!  I hope you are all doing well and wow we’ve had some sensationally warm weather of late … so here’s hoping it lasts!!

Recently I told you about an event for Ayanay Training Retreat which is perfect for those who work in healthcare, the mental health industry and delivering mental health packages into businesses including coaches and therapists.

Here’s a reminder and also an explanation that there have been some changes, Irvin D Yalom was originally going to be appearing at the event but for a range of reasons he isn’t and this now is going to feature the UK’s number 1 Psychotherapist Windy Dryden!  The event takes place this Tuesday, 30th April at The Flowerpot in Hoxton, London

Windy will be discussing his new approach for Single Therapy Sessions.

This is a great opportunity as a business leader interested in CPD and the benefits of introducing it and mental health awareness into the workplace to ask questions and interact with the UK’s Leading Psychotherapist to bring something different and special to your packages.

 Also included is a CPD Business Presentation by on Connectivity For Success (highlighting what makes the most successful businesses in the world do so well, it will give you some great tips and a blueprint you can take away with you and use in your own business). You will also get an opportunity to network with the elite of the mental health industry with the potential for collaborations and help with your own mental health training packages.  Also available is on-demand streaming if you can’t get to the event physically!  To book and for more info:


From tomorrow, tickets will also be available from the same organisation for a fabulous one day seminar featuring Madeleine Black Madeleine is a prolific speaker who speaks out widely about sexual violence, her book ‘Unbroken’ talks of her experiences.  This seminar takes place on 14th September at Edinburgh Zoo and is for everyone who works in Social Care, Education, Law enforcement or who is in the therapeutic industry and will also include a CPD business presentation by Dave Sleet from The Hive Group.

I will release more on this when it is available but if you check the Ayanay website mentioned above from tomorrow further information and tickets can be booked from then!

From me Sam in the North West, see you all next time and I hope you all have a great week!


Shannon Trust, based in London, is seeking an inspiring individual to become a member of its active, committed Board of Trustees in the role of Treasurer. As Treasurer, you will play a vital role in providing overview, insight and guidance to the Board regarding organisational financial strategy and legislative compliance. In addition, as a member of the Board of Trustees, you will be responsible for governance, strategy, performance management, and leadership of the charity. In particular, we are seeking people with experience and knowledge of charity finance, but this is not essential. This is an unpaid role, but reasonable expenses will be paid for travel to meetings and agreed out of pocket expenditure. The application deadline is 26th May. Find out more here


The cash-strapped Hull College Group is to offload one of its three colleges later this year.  Harrogate College, which currently makes up the group along with Goole and Hull College, will join the Leeds City College Group on August 1, after plans were signed off by the FE Commissioner and ESFA.

The move is part of Hull College Group’s five year “restructuring plan”.

The troubled institution is in a dire financial position, and recieved the biggest amount in restructuring grants – a total of £34,187,000 – from the ESFA last year to support its ‘fresh start’ arrangement and to help its “significant financial and operational turnaround”.

The college said in its 2016/17 accounts, which were published almost 18 months late, that it had overspent £10 million that year.

Its 2017/18 accounts show a surplus in the year of £22 million, which was “in respect of restructuring costs”.

Leeds City College Group is to now be called Luminate Education Group, which currently comprises of Leeds City College, Keighley College, Leeds College of Music and the White Rose Academies Trust. Michelle Swithenbank, chief executive at Hull College Group, said: “We are handing over a strong local college which is in good health, to Luminate [Leeds City College Group]. We wish Harrogate College every future success.


Ok Jamie’s Jobs we have the following work available:

Youth Support Worker (Temporary) £12.00 ph London

Dental Nurse Assessor, Salary Negotiable, Milton Keynes

IQA (Business Admin, Customer Service)- Cambridgeshire – Salary Negotiable.

Recruitment Assessors – Nationwide – Salary Negotiable

If you are interested in any of the roles or have positions within your organisation that you need support with please email


 Also London HSC Dom care company looking for a Registered Manager CV to


 Trainer Wanted! We’re looking for a qualified NRSWA Streetworks trainer in Hartlepool. If you have the qualifications and experience then give Donna a call on 01429 224433, alternatively send your CV to


Midlands based we are looking for a part time quality manager, for a Wolverhampton based training company. The candidate must have Ofsted experience and ideally that of a nominee. The candidate will ensure the quality of delivery, and assessment, understand the SAR process and is an experience trainer. Salary package is competitive. Please, send your detail including a cv and statement of you suitability for the role via Steve Lawrence at


I have three clients looking for small but active companies looking to sell must have ROTO and ROATP and some activity.


A government watchdog has launched an investigation into the Home Office’s decision to accuse about 34,000 international students of cheating in English language tests, and will scrutinise the thinking behind the subsequent cancellation or curtailment of their visas.  More than 1,000 students have been removed from the UK as a result of the accusation and hundreds have spent time in detention, but large numbers of students say they were wrongly accused. Over 300 cases are pending in the court of appeal as hundreds attempt to clear their names. MPs have warned that this immigration scandal could be “bigger than Windrush”. The National Audit Office (NAO) has been making preliminary inquiries into the government’s handling of the issue since the beginning of the year, and has now announced that it will proceed with a formal investigation. The body is expected to report its findings in late May or June.

“In 2014, a BBC Panorama documentary drew attention to fraud in the UK student visa system, including widespread cheating in English language tests. The Home Office revoked student visas where there was evidence of cheating, but its decisions have come under renewed public and parliamentary scrutiny in the wake of the Windrush scandal,” the NAO said. “The NAO is looking at the information held by the Home Office on the number of people alleged to have cheated and the action the Home Office has taken to date.”

 Undercover filming by the BBC in 2014 showed clear evidence of cheating in two test centres where international students sat the test of English for international communication (Toeic). Reporters showed the footage to Theresa May, then home secretary, who said she was shocked, and promised to take action. The Home Office concluded that around 34,000 of the 58,458 students who had taken the test between 2011 and 2014 had definitely cheated, that a further 22,600 had “questionable results”, and that only 2,000 had definitely not cheated.  Campaigners have questioned whether it is plausible that such a large proportion of students sitting a Home Office-approved test could have been involved in cheating.

Stephen Timms, the Labour MP for East Ham, who represents a number of affected students and who has been campaigning on this issue, said: “I welcome the NAO’s decision to investigate the Toeic scandal on behalf of parliament. I hope we might finally find out why so many innocent students have been treated so disgracefully.”


Nazek Ramadan, director of Migrant Voice, a charity that has been assisting those affected for several years, said: “This is an important step on the road to justice for thousands of innocent students. Many were wrongly accused and have spent the last five years trying to clear their names in the courts. Most remain trapped in a legal labyrinth, facing Home Office appeals and delays at every step and living with the daily threat of detention and deportation. 

 “Stripped of the right to work, study or even access healthcare, many of the students are destitute and suffering from severe mental health problems. The criminal allegation against them means that they cannot continue their studies, get a good job or obtain a visa to travel anywhere in the world. The Home Office’s handling of this issue has been spectacularly unfair and opaque, and it’s high time the truth was brought to light.”  A Home Office spokesperson said: “We have been supporting the National Audit Office in its work on this investigation since the start of the year. We will consider the findings of the report once it is published.”

 Last year the NAO published a critical report on the Home Office’s handling of the Windrush scandal, highlighting poor-quality data that wrongly classified people as illegal immigrants, the risky use of deportation targets, poor value for money offered by hostile environment policies, and a failure to respond to numerous warnings that the policies would hurt people living in the UK legally.


Free digital courses announced

Courses will be offered to thousands of people to help the 1 in 5 adults with no or low basic digital skills learn how to thrive in an increasingly digital world.

The new qualifications, unveiled today by Apprenticeship and Skills Minister Anne Milton, will be based on new, rigorous national standards and will be available for free to anyone over the age of 19 from 2020.

They have been designed to help adults learn the essential skills, such as sending emails, completing online forms or using a tablet, that many people take for granted.

Research shows that digital skills have become as important in getting a job and being part of society as English and Maths. An estimated 90% of all jobs in the next 20 years will require some form of digital knowledge, but one in five adults still lack these skills.

The new offer will comprise of:

  • range of new essential digital skills qualifications, available from 2020, that will meet new conditions and requirements set by independent exams regulator Ofqual, also published today.
  • digital Functional Skills qualifications, available from 2021, that will support progression into employment or further education and develop skills for everyday life.

Apprenticeships and Skills Minister Anne Milton said:

I want people of all ages to have the skills and confidence they need for work and everyday life.

Being online is more important than ever and yet one in five adults in the UK don’t have the basic digital skills that many of us take for granted. This is cutting many people off from so many opportunities – from accessing new jobs, further study and being able to stay in touch with friends and family.

I am thrilled to launch the new ‘essential digital skills’ qualifications which will give adults the chance to develop a whole host of new skills to help get ahead in work, but also to improve their quality of life overall.

Minister for Digital and the Creative Industries, Margot James, said:

The new entitlement will give everyone the opportunity to participate in an increasingly digital world and take advantage of digital technology, whether it is using a smartphone, learning how to send emails or shopping online.

Implementation of the new entitlement will be complemented by the work of our Digital Skills Partnership to boost digital skills at all levels – from the essential digital skills that support inclusion, to the digital skills we increasingly need for work, right through to the advanced digital skills required for specialist roles.

The new national entitlement from 2020 will fully fund adults with no or low digital skills to undertake the new qualifications. They will be supported to use digital devices like tablets, smart phones and laptop computers and to perform everyday activities like how to navigate the internet, send an email and make online payments.

The announcement follows a 12-week consultation and extensive work with a wide range of providers, employers, subject experts, Ofqual, awarding organisations and digital inclusion charities.

The announcement builds on steps already taken to drive up the government’s digital offer including making computing a statutory national curriculum subject and introducing a new Computer Science GCSE and A Level.


Groundwork is making more than £3.7m available in grants for charities that tackle unemployment issues in London and the south of England.

The Community Training Grants scheme will allow either charities or other organisations with fewer than 49 employees and turnovers of less than £8.6m a year to apply for grants of between £5,000 and £20,000.

The funding is targeted at projects to help people access the labour market, Groundwork said.

The charity has made a total of £1.5m available for nine boroughs in north, south and east London: Barking & Dagenham, Bexley, Bromley, Enfield, Greenwich, Havering, Newham, Redbridge and Waltham Forest.

The remaining £2m is for projects in three areas in the south of England: Swindon and Wiltshire, Dorset and Thames Valley Berkshire.

Charities have until 31 July 2021 to apply. The scheme is funded by the European Social Fund and the Education and Skills Funding Agency, and delivered by Groundwork.

Martin Petry, grants manager at Groundwork London, said: “From disabled people to parents, refugees and older people, Community Training Grants is an opportunity to support Londoners who are most in need and help their communities thrive.

“The grants of £5,000 to £20,000 support a range of activities, such as skills and training support to providing employment advice and guidance.”


This week we reveal that an Institute for Apprenticeships sub-committee (that includes four board members) refused to approve the first PhD level 8 apprenticeship.

 Instead, they asked the full board to rule whether a PhD level is even “in the spirit of apprenticeship policy”.  Four months on and the board is still in discussions with the DfE about an agreed level 8 policy, despite employers working on plans for a year, and the DfE is “looking carefully at what the priorities of the programme should be from 2020 onwards”.

The IfA hasn’t always given employers what they want, often quoting rules originating from the DfE when rejecting demands.  But there does appear to be far more concern over value for money and a weakening of the employer-ownership mantra, given it was only last May that their chief executive, Sir Gerry Berragan, told the education select committee: “The institute is completely agnostic about the level of apprenticeships” and “from my perspective, this is an employer-led process, and that is who we reflect.”

And at the same sub-committee meeting in December the IfA called for their board to consider if the “increasing number of degree apprenticeships, particularly at level 7, may put pressure on funding for delivery of apprenticeships at the lower levels, while cross-subsiding higher education from the apprenticeship budget”.Despite this the IfA told FE Week this was not discussed at the following board meeting, so it remains unclear what the board think.

And as for the IfA chief executive, it seems if he does have a view he is not keen to share it, given ahead of our last interview it was a “condition that he wouldn’t answer questions relating to the levy and apprenticeships budget because that’s DfE responsibility”.

Tip of the week I: Save 44% on a Devon getaway.  Details

Tip of the week 2: Café Rouge two course meal for two for £19.  Details

Tip of the week 3: Gift idea for a book lover with 30% off.  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 East Essex Vocational Training Limited Linked In Group 2020 Vision Group 2020 Vision Training Days and 2020 Vision Newsletter




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