Newsletter and bids 10 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 some 73 Pages.

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Ok this past week or so I have been ill and taking both pills and a bit of a back seat plus the car played up so all in all not a great time.  However lots of people have been in touch re the bad funds allocated by the ESFA; some people have lost £400,000 as they are in a devolved area and been given just £42,000.00 others are saying no Apprentice funds Non Levy.  So, my problems are very small. Yet as an industry we still support the NAW which has been great.


The role and value of the voluntary sector in supporting older people in the criminal justice system 29th March, London, Free. We are launching our Flexible is vital report at this morning event. Clinks have found that the needs of older people in the criminal justice system cannot be met without the crucial contribution of the voluntary sector and its unique flexibility. Join us to hear the recommendations from the report and discuss the advantages and challenges of voluntary sector provision. We’ll also hear some key characteristics of services already in place from voluntary organisations leading the way in best practice. This event is aimed at colleagues from voluntary organisations, prison and probation services, health agencies, funders and the government.


Former council officer fined for breaching the Data Protection Act 1998. Kevin Bunsell, who worked for Nuneaton and Bedworth District Council as its Head of Building Control, has been prosecuted after he sent copies of rival candidates’ CVs and referee details to his partner’s personal email address, after his partner applied for a job at the council in July 2017. He was fined £660 and ordered to pay almost £800 in fees.


Neil Thompson tells us I am keen to partner with education institutions.
As a reminder, I have extensive experience within the education sector and therefore it puts me in an ideal position when recruiting educational roles.
I am contacting you today, due to the amount of talent we have registered with us at DT Plus Recruitment Ltd. Neil is in the North West Thanks in advance. Neil Thompson
FE Recruitment Consultant, DT Plus Recruitment Ltd 07956 826613


The Department for Education has been accused of “locking out” small firms in a highly restrictive and secretive T-level tender. A short procurement exercise was launched by the department on February 25 to find a company to help develop a “transitional” course, which 16-year-olds can take if they are not ready to start a T-level at level three, but who can “realistically achieve it” by age 19.

But the tender, which runs for just 15 days, has only been made available to suppliers in a specific category in its Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS).


Over the next few weeks changes are underway for EEVT Ltd and re branding to EEVT Ltd.  More details to follow.


EU exit: no deal preparations for higher education institutions

EU, EEA EFTA and Swiss nationals and the EU Settlement Scheme

In a no deal exit, EU, EEA EFTA and Swiss nationals1 and their family members living in the UK before 29 March 2019 will be able to remain in the UK and work, study, and access benefits and services on broadly the same terms as now.


EU, EEA EFTA and Swiss citizens will need to apply to stay in the UK if they are planning to continue living in the UK after 2020. In a no deal scenario, the EU Settlement Scheme would be open to those living in the UK by 29 March 2019. The deadline for applying will be 31 December 2020 if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

Higher Education Institutions can play a role in bringing the EU Settlement Scheme to the attention of EU, EEA EFTA and Swiss students and members of staff. Read ourtoolkit for employers and details of the EU Settlement Scheme.

Irish citizens’ right to live in the UK will not change after the UK has left the EU. They can continue living their lives here as they do now. Irish citizens do not need to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme, but their family members who are not Irish or British citizens will need to. The rights to work, study and access benefits and services will be preserved on a reciprocal basis for UK and Irish nationals. There will also be full protection and maintenance of the current arrangements for journeys between the UK and Ireland. For more information, read our guidance on Citizens’ rights – UK and Irish nationals in the Common Travel Area.

Proposals for the future immigration system for students have been published in the white paper ‘The UK’s future skills-based immigration system’. We will continue to welcome and encourage all international students and place no limit on their numbers.

New arrivals

In the event of no deal, and following the ending of free movement once the Immigration Bill is enacted, European temporary leave to remain will be granted to EU, EEA EFTA and Swiss citizens newly arriving in the UK after exit to live, study and work here for a period longer than 3 months.

EU, EEA EFTA and Swiss citizens will continue to be able to study in the UK during the transition period. After an initial 3-month period, they can remain in the UK for 36 months if they successfully apply for leave to remain.

Irish citizens will not need to apply for European temporary leave to remain, but their non-British or non-Irish dependants will.

Further guidance on European temporary leave to remain is available.

Student finance

EU, EEA EFTA and Swiss nationals within scope of the citizens’ rights EU Settlement Scheme, and Irish nationals, will continue to be eligible for student finance support on broadly the same terms as now.

Currently, EU citizens (including their family members) who meet the relevant eligibility requirements, and study at UK universities, are eligible for ‘home fee’ status on the same basis as those with settled status. See our guidance for full information on these requirements. Subject to fulfilling eligibility requirements, they are also able to apply for higher education and further education tuition fee loans as well as maintenance support. The precise entitlement to student support differs across the different parts of the UK.

In July 2018, we announced that EU citizens and their family members, starting courses in England in the 2019 to 2020 academic year, will remain eligible for undergraduate and postgraduate financial support and Advanced Learner Loans from Student Finance England for the duration of their course, providing they meet the residency requirements. Similar assurances have already been provided for EU students starting courses in earlier academic years.

The eligibility criteria for access to student finance that apply to EEA EFTA nationals, to Swiss nationals and to EU citizens, differ.

Swiss nationals (and, where relevant, their family members) may continue to have access to higher education student finance if they fulfil relevant residency and other requirements under domestic legislation:

  • Swiss nationals who obtain permanent residency status
  • migrant workers or frontier workers living in the EEAor Switzerland but working in England at least once a week2
  • family member of Swiss migrant workers and frontier workers
  • child of a Swiss national (where the Swiss national is exercising his or her free movement rights)

Subject to meeting relevant eligibility criteria, EEA EFTA nationals qualify for access to student finance if they are migrant or frontier workers. Relevant family members of those workers may also be eligible.

Entitlement to student finance and home fees status for EU students starting a course at an English institution in academic years after the 2019 to 2020 academic year, is under consideration.

The UK government is firmly committed, in the context of the Common Travel Areaarrangements, to maintaining the right of Irish nationals to access higher and further education courses in the UK on a reciprocal basis. This includes entitlement to home fee status, higher and further education tuition fee loans and maintenance support, subject to meeting the relevant eligibility criteria, on terms no less favourable than those for UK nationals.

We have also agreed with the Government of Gibraltar that British citizens residing in Gibraltar will continue to be eligible in England for higher education home fee status subject to meeting the relevant residency requirement, and subject to concluding a reciprocal agreement for UK students studying at higher education institutions in Gibraltar.

Devolved administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have given similar assurances. However, as funding for higher education is devolved, and differs between the administrations, it is a matter for the relevant devolved administrations to explain to their students how they are likely to be affected.

Data protection

In the event that the UK leaves the EU on 29 March 2019 without a deal, UK organisations will need to ensure they continue to be compliant with data protection law. For organisations that operate only within the UK there will be no immediate change. For organisations that operate internationally or exchange personal data with partners in other countries, or whose data is hosted in the EU, there may be changes that need to be made ahead of the UK leaving the EU to ensure minimal risk of disruption.

It is important to review whether you would be affected. For those that would be affected, early action is advised as changes may take some time to implement. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) sets out in 6 steps what organisations should be doing to be prepared for EU exit. Further information and resources on EU exit can be found on the ICO website and on GOV.UK.

EU Funding


We recommend that Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps projects that are currently contracted continue being delivered, and applications are submitted to the UK National Agency for the 2019 Call for Proposals as normal. We have recently issued further guidance in the form of a technical notice.

Horizon 2020

The government has previously published information on the Horizon 2020 underwrite guarantee and the extension to the guarantee. This information is aimed at UK organisations, such as universities and businesses, who are in receipt of Horizon 2020 funding or who are bidding for such funding, both before and after EU. It will also be of interest to EU organisations who work with UK participants on Horizon 2020 projects. Read the UK participation in Horizon 2020 for more information.

Mutual recognition of professional qualifications

The services technical notice sets out arrangements for recognition of professional qualifications in a no deal scenario.

Travel to the EU

If there is no EU Exit deal, you will need to take new action before travelling to an EUdestination. There are a number of issues you will need to be aware of when planning travel to the EU for staff or students. The government has published information on the actions that you will need to consider, including in relation to passports, health cover and transport.

If there is no EU Exit deal, after March 2019 UK nationals will need to check the details of their passports and, if necessary, apply for a new one before travel to a Schengen Area country. For most people no action will be required, but if the passport has less than six months validity remaining on the date of travel, it will need to be renewed in advance. Read the guidance on passport rules after Brexit. There will be full protection and maintenance of the current arrangements for journeys between the UK and Ireland for UK and Irish citizens.

You can also read the information on travel insurance and transport issues.

Preparations as an employer and business

The government has published advice to inform employers of the potential implications of a no deal exit and steps they can take to prepare. It includes information for organisations in the education sector and covers issues such as workplace rights and protections that come from EU law.

Study in the EU

We have also published advice for students and citizens who want to study higher education in any EU country after the UK leaves the EU on 29 March 2019.


It’s nearly time for the official launch of The 25th National Lottery Awards, which opens for entries on Monday 11 March 2019. The National Lottery Awards is the annual search to find the UK’s favourite National Lottery funded projects and people. This year, The National Lottery celebrates its 25th Birthday – and for this milestone, we want to encourage more people and projects than ever before to enter the Awards.
People and projects will have the chance to gain national recognition on a BBC programme along with a £10,000 cash prize as we complete the search to find the UK’s favourite ever National Lottery funded good causes.

You can enter here from Monday 11


 Ofqual Accountability session: Education Committee to question Chief Regulator and Chair – Tuesday March 12 at 10am

The Education Committee is to question the Chief Regulator and Chair of the exams and qualifications regulator, Ofqual.

Sally Collier and Roger Taylor are appearing before MPs in the latest of a series of accountability hearings with figures accountable to Parliament.

Topics are likely to include Ofqual’s role in regulating apprenticeship qualifications and involvement in the development of T levels. The Committee could also ask about BTECs, reforms to the grading of GCSEs and the regulation of IGCSEs.

Ofqual is responsible for regulating and maintaining public confidence in qualifications, examination and assessments in England.

Witness schedule Tuesday 12 March at 10am, Committee Room 15

Sally Collier, Chief Regulator, Ofqual

Roger Taylor, Chair, Ofqual

The meeting will be broadcast live on Parliament TV.

Committee Membership: Rt Hon Robert Halfon MP (Con, Harlow), Lucy Allan MP (Con, Telford), Ben Bradley MP (Con, Mansfield), Marion Fellows MP (SNP, Motherwell and Wishaw), James Frith MP (Lab, Bury North), Emma Hardy MP (Lab, Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle), Trudy Harrison MP (Con, Copeland), Ian Mearns MP (Lab, Gateshead), Lucy Powell MP (Lab Co-op, Manchester Central), Thelma Walker MP (Lab, Colne Valley), William Wragg MP (Con, Hazel Grove)


We have an exciting opportunity to join the Making Every Adult Matter (MEAM) Local Networks Team. The MEAM Partnerships Manager – South West role [£32,029 plus 6% pension, full time, home based – Bristol and surrounding area] will support around nine local areas in the South West region to better coordinate their services for people facing multiple disadvantage. The role provides a unique opportunity to work with four national charities taking a collaborative approach to addressing some of the most complex and urgent challenges facing our society.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Monday 18th March.


Clinks and the Prisoner Learning Alliance would like to hear about your experiences of using the new online procurement system for education services, also known as the Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS). We will use this to monitor how the DPS is working in practice, and feedback to Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service. Please tell us about your experience of using the DPS, including how you have found getting on to the DPS system; how you have found responding to call outs for services; and any benefits/disadvantages to the system. Please send this feedback to


Welcome to Sam’s Wall this week! As Friday 8th was International Women’s Day.

I wanted to dedicate my newsletter section to two hugely inspirational women I know! In no particular order, the first is the incredible Zoe Bennett.

ZOE BENNETT:  Zoe is a multi-International Award Winner, a Social Activist, Mentor, Event Host and Inspirational Speaker & Author.  Zoe Bennett’s core topic is “Through Adversity Breeds Success” Her specialty looks into when you think life overwhelms you and you cannot see a way of succeeding how you can find the inner motivation, strategy and drive to ensure you are successful. Zoe owns her own corporate training company specialising in customer service training, focusing on “being fun, interactive, engaging and being nice to one another and exceeding the customer expectation”. Zoe provides confidence building workshops to women who have been sex trafficked, victim of DV and honour based abuse.

She has a truly inspirational story which follows the heartaches, trauma, death threats and adversity in overcoming government obstacles from two countries, and how she eventually won justice in both courts. Through her story you learn strategies and insights on how you and your company can breed success through adversity. The ultimate message is never give up!!!  Zoe Bennett MA has a Masters in Tourism Management and has previously worked within the tourism Industry for 16 years, with a vast amount of knowledge. Zoe then went on to work for the government of Jamaica promoting Jamaica to the UK market within the UK. In her first few months in this post she was nominated for the TTG Supplier Sales Agent of the Year award 2005.  Zoe went on to be at the centre of a Facebook media scandal. The day she found out her father had been brutally murdered she decided to let her worldwide family members know in one hit that her “father had been murdered in Jamaica that morning”. As she used the word “Jamaica” in the sentence the Jamaica Tourist Board suspended her for bringing “disrepute” to Jamaica when she returned to England heavily pregnant with her father’s body and declined her to have any time off to grieve. After a two year relentless battle Zoe won her case on all counts against the Jamaica Tourist Board.  Zoe also took on the Jamaican authorities for a second time after her father’s trial was postponed 7 times by marching outside the FCO and starting an online petition amongst other taxing tasks. Her determination and never give up attitude paid off when the murderer was convicted to 40 years to life without parole. As per statistics published by LEP 20 March 2014 “the conviction rate for murder in Jamaica is 5%”.

* Award winner from Acquisition International – The Most influential Business Woman 2016 – West Midlands

* Awarded Human Excellency Award from United Nations of International Relations

* Zoe is a regular motivational speaker

* Zoe provides motivational talks to under privileged young adults and twins it with goal setting

* Co-auctioneer with John Barnes at the Jamaica basic School foundation Charity Ball, Nov 07

* Worked with Usain Bolt at the Great Northern Run after party May 2009

* Zoe has and continues to host and guest speak at many events

* Founder and organiser of the Midlands Business and Community Charity Awards  Founder at The Midlands Business and Community Charity Awards Managing Director at Training Personified Learning. Owner and Founder at Motivational Queen aka Zoe Bennett



From Cancer to CEO and How Cancer Led to Creation

The next lady is the incredible Siobhain (Vonnie) Crosbie CEO and Founder of and more recently Ayanay Training Retreat which is a groundbreaking collaborative organisation combining two companies APS Psychotherapy & Counselling and Hive Group UK which came together early in 2018, following Siobhain’s colon cancer diagnosis in January 2018, aged 50.

The collaboration with Hive Group, gives Ayanay a truly unique set of skills. Linking the therapeutic, counselling, and coaching worlds together in a way that has NEVER been seen before, in the UK.

With Hive Group Managing Director David Sleet, (author of ‘The Psychological Hive – Connectivity For Success’), accepting the role of Managing Director of Ayanay, their whole existence is testimony to the power of collaboration.

‘Ayanay’ is a term which refers to people who are trailblazers, torch-bearers, researchers, teachers – and those who show others the way. They are leaders, motivators and idealistic visionaries who are self-aware.

Siobhain ‘Vonnie’ is a member of BACP (The British Association of Counselors and Psychotherapists) her Psychotherapist qualification is from a humanistic perspective, Vonnie incorporates Psychotherapy, CBT, Gestalt therapy, but always underpinned by a Person Centred Approach. She’s a qualified Mediator and Family Therapist and performs workshops in relation to therapeutic techniques and education for companies in the UK.

Vonnie has been a qualified therapist for over 20 years and has been fortunate to have a full client list since the day she qualified which has continued throughout her career. Vonnie has worked with all different types of difficulties from depression, bereavement, eating disorders, OCD, suicidal issues, self-harming issues, Munchausen’s Syndrome, childhood sexual abuse, physical abuse and emotional abuse, sexual offenders and much more.

She is passionate about her vocation and loves working with individuals; she sees the courage, motivation and self-awareness in those she works with to want a better, happier life with themselves and in the relationships they form along the way.

Her publication in Ecronin, an international peer journal magazine on Feotal Alcohol Syndrome is available to download free from APS Psychotherapy & Counselling (see above website).  In 2018, during Siobhain’s cancer diagnosis, treatment and recovery her own private counselling and psychotherapy practice had to be suspended, however, that downtime resulted in the development of ideas, around how the therapeutic industry could unite, grow and develop.  Being diagnosed with colon cancer in January 2018 was a shock, but throughout the process of diagnosis and two major surgical procedures, her conscious awareness and belief systems, aided her to manage her feelings and made the entire process much easier. She promised herself, that no matter what she felt or thought going through it, that she would be accepting of every single situation and feeling and that she would absolutely get through this period of her life.

Siobhain spent 10 days recuperating from major surgery in April 2018 after she’d had 50% of her colon removed, unfortunately after surgery, the remainder of her colon, went into shock and shut down. The term is ileus. This led to a severe impact on her kidneys as they began to fail, without either her knowledge or the medical team, until a week later when further tests were completed. Throughout all of this, her self-awareness reminded her daily, that tomorrow would be easier, that she had survived the surgery and recuperation was a phase, albeit difficult, the cancer was contained and removed.

Siobhain had further intensive surgery nine weeks later, but throughout all of it, her and Dave Sleet were talking about how to change the world working with vulnerable individuals and Ayanay Training Retreat began to emerge. Siobhain is a strong advocate that understanding the unconscious, and learning to be self-aware is an art in itself, but the results of utilising self-awareness are profound, not just for individuals, but within the relationships around them. Without her self-awareness she’s absolutely positive she would not have turned a life-threatening situation into a positive new way of business.

The power of the mind, alongside the body are as intertwined as the human race.

This week Psychreg featured an inspiration article on Siobhain explaining how cancer led to the creation and birth of Ayanay.  Ayanay amalgamates the world of therapy and coaching; it’s not just for the professionals, it’s also a service for those that seek the support of therapists, counsellors and coaches – the clients.  These incredible trailblazers bring you some of the most exciting events in the world of therapy featuring global-leading psychotherapists, counsellors and thought leaders, such as an audience with; Irvin D Yalom, Windy Dryden and Madeleine Black (and much more).

These events can be booked directly through the Ayanay website (mentioned above) or by calling 0208 556 4984 or emailing:  Siobhain Crosbie is also involved in changing the current status of therapists and employment within the UK through UK Counsellors (acting alongside the founder). Here’s Siobhain’s story of the birth of an outstanding orgnisation that combines psychotherapy and CPD training and coaching in a way that has never been seen before in this country:


Vacancies on the jobs board this week include: A Family Gangs Workers with St Giles Trust [Camberwell], Team Manager with Barnardo’s [Cookham Wood YOI/Medway STC], Volunteer Peer Supporter with Together for Mental Wellbeing [London], Chief Executive with The Restorative Justice Council [London], Fundraising & Comms Co-ordinator with YSS [Worcester], Family Support Worker with Nepacs [HMP Frankland], Gangs Groupwork Facilitator and Mentor with St Giles Trust [Kent], SI Intern x4 with Unlocked Graduates [Ipswich], 2 x GROW Trainees with Community Led Initiatives CIC [Bedford and Dunstable], and a Switchback Mentor (Support Worker) withSwitchback [London].

For more information about these vacancies, and many more, click here


Tip of the week I: 70% off frames in a sale at Eyewear Brands. You can also get 60% off lenses with MSE60 until 11.59pm on 10th March. Free delivery. Details

Tip of the week 2: Free tickets to be in a TV show audience. Details

Tip of the week 3: Special offers on event tickets nationwide with Central Tickets. Free to join. 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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