Newsletter and bids 13 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 a BUMPER EDITION of some 54 Pages.

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


Business to business exhibition at Novotel London Stansted Thursday 20 June 10am – 4pm FREE to visit with plenty of FREE parking. Lots of business opportunities! We’re looking forward to seeing you! Just let us know you popping in by registering at hashtag#BusinessNetworking hashtag#Essex hashtag#Hertfordshire hashtag#Cambridgeshire hashtag#London


Jamie’s Jobs this week

Retail assessor Herts 23k- 28k

Functional Skills Tutor London 22k-26k

Health and social care assessor London 22k-26k

IQA – home based with travel around west and south of England. NEG



Marie Claire, Jo, David, Hameed and Steve warmly welcome you to join us in celebrating the official launch of ‘LLEx-Birmingham’!  About this Event

LLEx Birmingham are an alliance of professionals who have used their lived expertise to found & direct organisations that deliver positive social change!

Come and find out what LLEx-Birmingham can bring to our City & organisation’s, and how we can support a movement that is truly centred on engaging and fully utilizing the people and insights we all value! On the day, we will have: Brunch & Networking.  Presentations of the work we are doing. Keynote Speakers, Mark Dawe CEO of the Association of Employment & Learning Providers and Anne Fox CEO of CLINKS charity supporting VSO’s in the Criminal Justice System.

 The official launch of LLEx-Birmingham For Parking please copy & paste link below:

We looking forward to seeing you there!


AWARDS: voluntary sector best practice

The Charity Times Awards are open for entries until 6th June. The awards celebrate best practice in the UK charity and not-for-profit sector. Each individual who submits an entry before the deadline will be entered in to a prize draw to win a £200 voucher to spend at any of Gordon Ramsay’s restaurants.

Find out more here


So even though the ESFA sent out changes and three items around the changes re the 20% off the job training they are now  at 6.59pm on a Friday night the ESFA announces they’re going to review their clarification of the off the job calculation…again. Back to how we were before with calculation on paid hours that may exceed 30 until otherwise informed with an update next week. It’s embarrassing.


 Just getting started as an employer? Or need a refresher? HMRC can help either way.

Watch our short videos on HMRC’s YouTube channel to find out how to set up your payroll for the new tax year and how to issue a P60 to your employees.

There are also live, interactive webinars where you can ask questions using the on-screen text box: Getting payroll information right: It’s important to give accurate information to HMRC so your payroll runs smoothly – this webinar tells you what you need to know.

Choose a date and time

Employer filing obligations: Find out about employer filing obligations, including when and how to send a Full Payment Submission (FPS) and Employer Payment Summary (EPS) to HMRC.

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Payroll – annual reporting and tasks: This live webinar covers end of year tasks, form P60, your final FPS of the tax year and preparing for the new tax year. We use the Basic PAYE tool to demonstrate what to do, but users of other payroll software will also find this useful.

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 Ok this week we have a big speech from the head of Ofsted I will however just take this item Apprenticeships and the education inspection framework

 I’m sure (or rather I very much hope!) that by now you’re aware of the proposals for our new inspection framework. If you haven’t already replied to our consultation, you have just a few more days! Please, do let us know what you think.

For a sector that has so much going on, dealing with a new framework may feel like an unwelcome distraction. But, as you may have heard me say before, this will be evolution not revolution. In the main, it is rebalancing what we are already doing to get to better inspection conversations. We want to have the best possible professional dialogue that contributes as much as it can to your future development.

And as I mentioned earlier, the focus will be on the substance of education. Whether that is early years, schools, or post-16, we want to know what young people are being taught, how well are they being taught it, and how it is setting them up to succeed at the next stage. For apprenticeships, as with the new provider monitoring visits, we are going to be paying more attention to whether these foundations for a good curriculum, training, and apprenticeship offer are in place.  The new framework will ask providers to be clear about why their curriculum is as it is. In apprenticeships, this means looking at whether the apprenticeship offered meets the needs of local and regional employers.

For example, if a college was training 200 ‘business fire safety advisor’ apprentices, inspectors would want to know about the rationale for delivering such an apprenticeship. They would want to find out what the medium- and long-term job prospects were for those who have completed their apprenticeship.

If it’s about the upskilling of existing employees for a large local employer to improve their productivity, then we will explore whether the provider and employer know about the knowledge, skills and behaviours that those employees already have.

Then we will look to see if the provider has adjusted the length of the apprenticeship to account for what apprentices already know and can do. And let me be clear – an apprenticeship that does not include enough training and skill development to meet the minimum 12-month duration is not an apprenticeship. It is staff development.

Conclusion: With any new reform, it takes time for change to bed in. But equally, for those young people who are starting apprenticeships, time is of the essence. Their apprenticeship needs to be of the highest quality now, not in a few years’ time.

That is why we won’t shy away from giving very clear messages where the system isn’t working. About those providers who aren’t doing enough to get the initial assessment of apprentices right. And those who end up accrediting apprentices for the knowledge and skills they already have.

We should all be able to celebrate what is great about apprenticeships, and the life-changing opportunities they offer to young people from all backgrounds, as well as their contribution to building skills and preparing a workforce for the future.

There are many reasons why it’s essential that we get apprenticeships right. Not just for people who want to get on in life, but for the wider success of the nation. I know all of you here are determined to get the system to where it should be.

 To read the whole speech


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


My personal thoughts this is good news but the Pay is crazy The chief executive of the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IfATE) will step down when his contract is up, FE Week understands. In an email seen by this FE Week paper, the head-hunters Gatenby Sanderson said Sir Gerry Berragan would not reapply for the post he has held for the past 16 months. He refused to tell FE Week in January whether he wanted to stay on. “It’s none of your business,” he said.

A job advert, posted on the Civil Service Jobs website earlier this month, says the post holder will earn an annual £140,000. Applications close on April 29.

On Wednesday 27th March, ForSkills became Skills Forward.  Here we have a short interview with the Managing Director of Skills Forward, Daniel Howard.

So of course questions were asked?
Changing the name of company is a big thing Dan, why have you done it?

The time is right for change.  It’s been nearly three years since NCFE brought us into the group and we’re making significant investments that will improve every aspect of Skills Forward.  And with Functional Skills reform just around the corner, we decided that the best way to represent the innovation, forward thinking philosophy was to change our name and brand as we launch our new products and services.

 Why pick Skills Forward as the name?

I believe this truly represents who and what we are.  Our mission is to help every learner move forward and be the best they can be, to support every aspect of the learner journey and our sector is most definitely the Skills Sector.  So Skills Forward just seems to work!

 How have the staff responded at Skills Forward? Absolutely amazing, the staff have been fantastic from the first day I joined, and I’m not just saying that because I have to.  Never have I been so welcomed to a new job as when I started in January.  Since then, every single person has gone forward and indeed exceeded every expectation to make the change happen and improve every single aspect of our learners and customers experience.  I am so proud of what we have achieved so far, and so excited about what we will achieve as we move forward.

 What other changes are taking place? There are lots but if I could highlight three.  With the launch of Functional Skills reform (September 2019), we have developed a brand new “One Assessment” that combines Maths and English into one assessment to make life easier and quicker for learners and providers. The second is Skills Go and it’s fabulous – it’s the mobile app that supports all our products and the third is the website  It looks so much more modern and learner friendly.  And finally Dan – What are your ambitions for Skills Forward?

For me, collaboration and working collectively with the sector to drive quality, innovation and integrity are ever so important.  We want to be the company that all training providers, colleges and strategic partners aspire to work with.  It’s important to have a vision and to back up the vision with the investment, commitment and activity to make it happen. The launch of Skills Forward is the first public step on that journey.


Further questions are being asked about the Education and Skills Funding Agency’s recent European Social Fund tender, after FE Week discovered an “unprecedented” amount of tie-breaks in the controversial procurement.

Many providers have alleged that the competition, worth around £282 million in total, was botched after the agency broke tender rules and made “errors”.

One aggrieved provider even threatened legal action, as revealed by FE Week last week, but has since decided to drop this because of the likely cost and a fear of repercussions from the ESFAIt makes a mockery of the scoring process

Now, however, this newspaper has discovered, via a Freedom of Information request, that 37 of the 95 lots, or 39 per cent, tendered in the three competitive areas of the procurement resulted in a tie-break after the ESFA marked many bids as scoring the maximum. Read more at


Welcome to Sam’s Wall this week.

I’m doing my best not to mention Brexit! Damn! I’ll go no further! I think we’re all Brexited out!!! We are, as I write this, officially at the start of British Summer Time and our clocks went forward an hour… I’m personally really excited for the warmer weather and lighter nights.

 Now, I have previously mentioned the excellent Nachural Business Awards founded by the incredible Ninder Johal DL (who became Deputy Lieutenant of the West Midlands on 1st February 2019), whilst I included details on how to book these awards and how to apply to be a sponsor the nomination link only became available on 7th March, so here’s a reminder of these prestigious awards and why you should enter your nomination.

The Nachural’s host four award ceremonies; The Signature Awards (National), Nachural Entrepreneurship Awards (East Midlands), Nachural Summer Business Ball (West Midlands)and The Signature Awards in London (the next one for the latter will be 2020).

More information here:

Entering one of The Nachural Business Awards will bring you innumerable benefits as it can boost both your personal and your organisation’s reputation, accelerating and developing new competencies.The Nachural portfolio of prestigious events hosts a diverse group of business leaders, members of government, press, investors, potential mentors and clients for your business.Join us for a unique opportunity to meet, exchange ideas and celebrate with the prime business leaders, judges, finalists and sponsors. The Nachural Awards nights are created to Connect, Influence and Celebrate the high achievers of successful businesses with:Over 65% Of the Nachural Guests are Directors, Founders or Managing Directors Over +220 Companies in the room are from Start-ups to FTSE 250

To enter one or more of any of these awards


Ayanay Training Retreat: I have also previously mentioned the wonderful organisation Ayanay Training Retreat founded by CEO Siobhain Crosbie (Vonnie) and Managing Director, Dave Sleet. The Ayanay Training Retreat is like no other company, it provides exceptional CPD with time to relax, get to know peers and enjoy some of the most famous therapists and educators in the field of Psychology.  The organisation is for therapists, coaches, psychotherapists and counsellors but it’s also for business leaders interested in using CPD practices within their companies.

Ayanay believe that the best professionals should be given the best support. Not only to develop their own best practice and businesses, through increased awareness, but also to grow their business capacity through: facilitation of Elevated Learning Modules, Effective Networking, and Introductions to additional revenue streams. This means members can also have the opportunity to promote their own workshops and presentations and ultimately to be paid for delivering them to Ayanay Elite Members.

More information here in the publication The Counsellors Cafe:

Well, the big news for this organisation is that earlier this month the UK’s leading Psychotherapist Windy Dryden interviewed one of the World’s leading Psychotherapists Irvin D Yalom on behalf of Ayanay, and as part of the lead up to the three events in April featuring Irvin D Yalom.  There is still time to book on one of these events in April and it will be very special indeed, not only for the wisdom that will be shared by Irvin but also because this will be one of the last times he will be appearing publicly due to him retiring (an announcement he also makes in this video).

The interview can be seen here:

EVENT – An Audience with one of the World’s leading Psychotherapists: Irvin D Yalom

An audience with Irvin D. Yalom through Ayanay Training Retreat takes place in April on three separate dates and will be held at Edinburgh Zoo, Priory Rooms in Birmingham and The Flowerpot Hoxton in London.  Irvin D. Yalom will be live streamed from the USA to the UK and will be interviewed by Siobhain Crosbie MBACP. The event will also include audience interaction and the great man will be answering your questions.


Dave Sleet will also be presenting CPD on Connectivity for Success. This is a series of concepts which help to develop a wider sense of personal core understandings that can increase an individual’s resilience and coping capabilities. Allowing them to achieve positive improvements in the outcomes to situations they are either currently facing or may face in the future.

I will be attending the event in Birmingham and can’t wait to go, book your place here and grab your chance to speak to Irvin before he retires, if you book to go to Birmingham I may see you there!!  Book Tickets:  See you next week for Sam’s Wall


Tip of the week I: Save 30% on a day trip to Guernsey for two. Details


Tip of the week 2: 55% discount on a spa day for one, with two treatments, at over 40 Bannatyne locations. 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

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