Newsletter and bids 12 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.

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Ok ESFA lots going on this week: Government consultation – review of post-16 qualifications at level 3 and below in England

On 19 March, the government launched the consultation on the review of post-16 qualifications at level 3 and below in England.

We are consulting in two stages and the first stage of the consultation focuses on the principles, scope and the broad process the review will follow.

The government is consulting on:

  • only providing public funding for qualifications that meet key criteria on quality, purpose, necessity and progression
  • not providing public funding for qualifications for 16 to 19 year olds that overlap with T Levels or A levels
  • in August 2020, withdrawing approval for funding for older versions of qualifications at level 3, where there are newer versions that have been re-developed to meet performance tables rules
  • in August 2021, withdrawing approval for funding for qualifications with no or low publicly funded enrolments

The consultation will close on Monday 10 June 2019. Please send any queries via email to


They have sent out the New Apprenticeship funding rules 2018 to 2019

We have published version 2 of the apprenticeship funding rules for 2018 to 2019.

The rules apply to all providers, employers, and employers-providers receiving apprenticeship funding from ESFA.

We have made changes to this document due to the recent announcement on changes to co-investment. Other changes we have made are set out in the summary of changes section.

For the first time, the funding rules are available in a web-based version making them more accessible and easier to use. To hear more about this, please register for our funding rules webinar on Tuesday 26 March 2019.

Please complete our survey to send any comments or feedback.


Final qualification achievement rates (QAR) 2017 to 2018

We will publish your final QAR 2017 to 2018 data on Thursday 28 March 2019. The data extracts and reports will be available in the ‘QAR reports’ section of the Data Returns page on the Hub. The reports will include both national and provider type QARs for benchmarking your rates. An updated version of the report guidance is available now.

We will publish the National Achievement Rate Tables for 2017 to 2018 on Thursday 28 March at 9:30am.

If you have any questions, please contact the service desk.

Re Nursing association standard – additional guidance

We have published updated guidance via Health Education England on the clinical placement activity in this apprenticeship standard.

The guidance is for information only and does not replace the requirement to follow the apprenticeship funding rules.


Well this week I attended a ceremony to help celebrate and issue certificates along with many others.  This was for students who had achieved their Higher National Diploma Indeed I get asked to do many events like this and it is not possible to do them all. However, you get to meet some great people and this was special for many reasons, the warmth of the staff, the feeling of community from the students. Also, for me alongside the great location and food was the families and the children that attended. So thank you for inviting me to come and share this great event.

Pictures are at


This week Jamie’s Jobs:

Study Programme Functional Skills Tutor (Temporary) – Bradford – Salary is Negotiable

College Administrator (Temporary) – London – Salary Negotiable  – 3 Month Contract

Youth Support Worker (Temporary) – South London – £12.00 PH – 3 Month Contract

3 x Apprenticeship Warhouse & Retail Coaches – Beds/Bucks/Herts – Up to £28k

Jamie Manicom contact


 Off the job training some items which are great to help you with this and understand it


Myth and Fact please see


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


 Also this week I was looking at getting some good prices for a client on the PAT Testing and got this.  Further to our telephone conversation I have attached a web link in connection with our PAT testing service, and as discussed a quote as requested. 

However on this occasion we have agreed to carry out the testing for you at £99 for 70 appliances and then £0.85 thereafter. Please note this offer will hold until 17.00 on 28/03/2019 (all prices exclude VAT.) We charge £99 to test up to 20 appliances, then £1.20 per item thereafter (all prices exclude VAT.)  This price includes free replacements for broken or damaged plugs, a certificate of compliance that will cover you for a full year, and a test report upon request.

UK Safety Management Ltd are the only company who employ all their own engineers offering full Nationwide coverage, All engineers are fully qualified / insured, and trained to the highest standards.

I trust this will provide you with all the information you require, however should you have any further queries please do not hesitate to contact me.
I look forward to hearing from you, Alexander Bawn-lenihan  Business Development Team Tel: 01138231393


 Welcome to Sam’s Wall this week: This week, I want to spotlight a fantastic lady Carol Ann Whitehead who is doing much for the local community, women and diversity and who I had the pleasure of seeing again this week at Manchester University for her talk on the very same thing and the Global Wiki Edit-a-Thon which I will explain more about a little further down (because anyone can get involved for free, you don’t need to physically attend the event to be part of it), the point of the event is to improve the coverage of women and diversity on Wikipedia.

Carol Ann Whitehead, Co-Founder and Director, The Zebra Partnership Ltd she is also External Relations Director and Co-Founder of The Peoples Hub which I’m a Brand Ambassador for, The Peoples Hub supports the 17 United Nations Youth Assembly Sustainability Development Goals, which can be found here

Carol Ann is a communications expert that has had over twenty years of organising events of all shapes and sizes here in the U.K. and overseas, owned her own theatre school plus experience of developing and organising five royal visits since 2004.

A former news contributor for the television Breakfast Show on Channel M and Event ‘Whats on pundit’ for BBC Radio Manchester and Pure Radio. Carol Ann is an Associate Lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University with her Zebra office based on campus at the Innospace centre, Business Ambassador for the Mancunian Way Charity, Governor and is the winner of several awards.

Carol Ann is an advocate for women’s rights and equality she has organised International Women’s Day events since 2013, a guest of Dr Helen Pankhurst and the team for the 2018 100th anniversary for ‘Votes for Women’. Carol Ann has collaborated with feminist charity FiLiA to bring their globally recognised annual conference to Manchester for 2018.

Her latest brand extension is ‘Dazzle’ (the name given to a group of Zebras) its life coaching and mentor support for women.  The Global Wiki Edit-a-Thon event which Carol Ann has arranged again this year takes place 8-9 October it would be incredible to have as many people involved as possible no matter where you’re based!

The Zebra Partnership joined forces with a variety of organisations to host a communal wiki update to improve the coverage of women and diversity on Wikipedia. The Pankhurst Centre kindly agreed to be the Zebra Hub on 9th October 2018 and again this year.

Wikipedia is the first to admit that they have some big gender and diversity gaps. In 2011 only 10% of wiki contributors were female and in 2018 only 17% of entries are about women. Let’s help change that!

Hubs Worldwide joined forces for a communal updating of Wikipedia entries on subjects related to women and diversity in science, technology, art, business and more. London, Manchester, Leeds, Bristol, Milton Keynes and Stockport in the UK to New Zealand, Germany, New Mexico and Dubai.

The Zebra Hub hosts are Carol Ann Whitehead and Google Expert Susan Dolan.

“A better world powered by women”

To be part of the event just register here for free!


The Inspire Awards: Another event which Carol Ann has organised supporting Women in the community and in business are The Inspire Women Awards which celebrate the huge wealth of outstanding contributions women have made to the wider Bolton area, including surrounding areas of Greater Manchester, Lancashire and North West. It’s 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.

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 and North West.

To book your place at this prestigious event taking place in the Premier Suite of the University of Bolton Stadium on Saturday 22 June 2019 use this link.


Rise, Voice, Vote – A Youth Engagement Project. Finally, another project Carol Ann has organised is Rise, Voice, Vote, a youth engagement project which connects young people aged 10-19 years old with the history of suffrage in Manchester and with contemporary campaigns in their local area.

The project equips young people with the resources and tools to mount their own campaigns and make their voices heard on issues they care about.

The programme includes a visit to the Pankhurst Centre, an in-school workshop, the co-development of a toolkit and on-line resources, and a campaign hack day. The programme was piloted in Manchester in 2018, 100 years on from some women getting the vote, celebrating and inspiring local activism and the fight for equality through shared stories, learning and participation.

On 4 April 2019 at 5pm-7pm you can join the celebration of the project achievements; learn more about the issues young people care about and how they are taking action; and find out how you can participate in and support this work going forward.

The free event includes a Rise,Voice,Vote showreel, soap box speeches, performance, refreshments and copies of the Rise, Voice, Vote toolkit to take away and use.

From me Sam see you all next week!


Irene Taylor Trust has published an evaluation of its Sounding Out programme carried out by University of Wolverhampton. Sounding Out is a music traineeship which provides former prisoners with longer-term opportunities upon their release, to bridge the gap between inside and outside prison. The programme demonstrates many benefits, including in the development of personal and social skills, identifying focus and direction towards employment, building practical skills, improved musical ability, patience to work with others and empathy through team working. Find out more here​

Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government has published a collection of reports which outline the findings from an evaluation of the Troubled Families Programme 2015 to 2020. For crime, the results show that the programme reduced the proportion of adults receiving custodial sentences, juveniles receiving custodial sentences, and juvenile convictions. There was no statistically significant difference in the proportion of adult cautions or convictions and juvenile cautions. Find out more here


Tip of the week I: Free card when you buy mother’s day flowers. Use Code TELLMUM at checkout. Details


Tip of the week 2: Open air cinema experience with popcorn, prosecco and deckchairs for two. Details


Tip of the week 3: Free coach-led tennis sessions and access to tennis courts in local parks around the UK. 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

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