Newsletter and bids 08 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 54 Pages.

Full details can be downloaded from the link below:


Careshield, the UK’s leading and most innovative provider of workforce development solutions to the Health and Social Care sector, has a number of national Tutor/Assessor vacancies.  Interest is encouraged from experienced and motivated professionals who share our passion for teaching and learning in Care Apprenticeships.  Please email for more information or call 01438 870317 for an informal chat with one of our team.


Providing business critical insight you need to remain relevant for your clients both today and in the future.  TALiNT Partners and RI run the industry’s leading series of recruitment and talent acquisition events. Our unrivalled coverage for the entire talent ecosystem gives us vital insight into the challenges facing recruitment leaders.
 Join over 100 recruitment agency leaders next Thursday 28th February at the King’s Fund, Cavendish Square, London, from 8.30am to learn, share challenges and network.
Topics include: Engaging diverse talent for your clients, unlocking benefits of AI, developing a comms strategy in turbulent times, how to mitigate market disruption, growing your business with less involvement, learning from marketing and developing a global business.
Speakers will deliver fast moving talks on business-critical issues facing us in 2019 including:

Andy Hallett, investment director, SThree

James Rust, founder & Kevin Matthews, global head of marketing, Leathwaite

Mike Ames, managing director, Flair Business Growth Consultancy

Jo Abeyie, managing director, JA Consultancy (formerly Hyden)

Steven McIntosh, account director,  BullhornYou’ll also have the opportunity to discuss these topics and learn more at our

Vickie Collinge, account director, BlueSky PR

Plamen Ivanoff, executive chairman, I-Intro

Also break-out groups. Places are limited. You can join us for all or part of the day. For more information and to register for your complimentary tickets click here.


Transmit Start-Ups provides finance, business support and mentoring for start ups throughout England, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

We help hundreds of businesses every year, with the sole purpose of ensuring their long term success.  Transmit Start-Ups is made up of a team of experienced entrepreneurs who understand what is involved in starting and growing businesses.

Transmit is an official Start Up Loans Delivery Partner and has a team of experienced business advisers who work closely with applicants to help prepare their business plan and cash flow forecast. Once an application is complete, Transmit Start-Ups will also make the loan decision and provide ongoing mentoring support to successful applicants.


I have a post which is looking for East London head of HE Training. CV to me at Also one in Sheffield Head of Operations


Welcome to Sam’s Wall ! This week I want to dedicate my section to a very important and exciting event in the West Midlands which is organised by The Nachural Group, headed by the fantastic Ninder Johal.  As I mentioned last week Ninder has just recently and deservedly been awarded the title of Deputy Lieutenant of the West Midlands! His first appointment was to speak at the Launch of the National Sikh Police Association where there was emphasis on the importance of diversity and inclusion in the community.

The Nachural Group was set up over 25 years ago by Ninder and they run several prestige award ceremonies you should know about; The Signature Awards London (and National), The Nachural Entrepreneurship Awards (East Midlands) and The Nachural Awards Summer Business Ball (West Midlands), the latter is what I’m talking about today. Here’s more information about The Nachural Group and Ninder Johal

So, the next huge event from The Nachural Group (which will be attended by anyone who is anyone in the business world, particularly, but not only limited to the West Midlands region) is:  The Nachural Summer Business Ball and Awards – The West Midlands Business Party of the Year.  The Nachural Summer Business Ball and Awards programme recognises the achievements of individuals and companies from across the West Midlands region, embracing businesses of all sectors, this year the black-tie event takes place on Friday 28th June 2019 at Wolverhampton Racecourse and will be attended by over 500 of the who’s who of the business sector.  The awards will include a drinks reception, three course meal, a keynote speech by a leading practitioner and entertainment attracting movers and shakers from the business sector in the West Midlands. The Dinner and Awards which will be held at the Wolverhampton Racecourse.



Award nominations are still being taken for this and you can cast your votes here:


A range of ticket options from VIP tables to individual tickets are available:


There are also a wide range of sponsorship opportunities available within this and, indeed all of the Nachural Awards Evenings.  These events provide the perfect platform for you to align with prominent and distinguished ceremonies and really allow your brand to shine. Companies will be highlighting their support for the best of British business and industry in the wider region through these ceremonies; these events are considered to be the most prestigious, creditable and well supported business awards in the area.

The Nachural Awards evenings create an experiential campaign; your personal or business brand is placed in front of a very powerful business audience. Nachural have a range of event sponsorship packages available which offer sponsors an excellent variety of branding opportunities throughout their event schedule. If you’re interested in becoming a sponsor please contact Ninder Johal on 07774 116 545 or email

Take a look at some of their impressive current sponsors at the bottom of this page

Sponsors include:  Qatar Airways, Microsoft, HSBC, Mercedes-Benz of Wolverhampton, Pathway Group, MSDUK, BJS, University of Wolverhampton, Skills Support for the Workforce, Birmingham City University. If you haven’t already, I really recommend you check this awards event out!

Tributes have been paid to former FE Commissioner Sir David Collins who died after losing his fight against cancer. I meet him twice and a great logical thinker Sir David (whose career in FE spanned over 40 years, which included becoming the first elected president of the Association of Colleges, passed away last Thursday.


The Association of Colleges has rejected six out of 14 proposals put forward by the government in its consultation on T-level funding from 2020.

The consultation, which closes tonight after running for 12 weeks, sought opinions on four new funding bands and subsidy for the industry placement element of the new technical qualifications, among other plans.  In contrast, the Association of Employment and Learning Providers agreed with all 14 proposals (you can read their full consultation submission here).

The AoC took particular issue with the DfE’s proposed funding bands, which would range from £4,170 to £5,835 per year, depending on the size of the T-level.

“We cannot support the proposals because they do not offer enough funding to deliver the quality and experience that colleges want to offer students,” its response said.

The DfE also recommends that each industry placement within a T-level should be covered with an additional £550 per student.  However, the AoC said it was not clear what the amount should cover. “A detailed cost model needs to be developed with pilot organisations and then shared transparently,” its consultation submission response said.



 Well done to Twin on their wins in the South East also to TCHC for The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NEET wins.  The Consultancy Home Counties Ltd (TCHC) has for many years supported young people with training and mentoring to progress into a positive and brighter future. They will be able to extend this great work after having won funding from the European Social Fund (ESF) and Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) to support young people in the Greater Cambridge and Greater Peterborough area who are NEET or at risk of becoming NEET (Not in Employment Education or Training).

The funding of £2.1 million will help young people from across Cambridgeshire, Fenland and West Norfolk to gain qualifications and achieve goals such as getting a job, into education, training or an apprenticeship.

TCHC will lead a partnership to support young people to achieve their career goals. The funding will enable over 1300, 15-24 year olds to receive tailored support over the next three years.  The programme will provide work experience and pre-employment training opportunities including route-ways to traineeship and apprenticeship opportunities. It will also offer English, Maths, I.T, Business Start-Up and vocational training as well as employment trials, internships and volunteering opportunities.

Courtney Grinham Managing Director of TCHC said “We are delighted to be offered the opportunity to develop and help young people, their families and the community.

TCHC has a strong track record of working with young people and helping them to achieve their ambitions, and with this funding we will be able to assist many more young people to accomplish their dreams.”  The programme starts in April 2019 and will run until July 2021.


There are several items going on at this time and they all are items which give the industry a bad name.  A new apprenticeship provider has been judged to be making ‘insufficient progress’ after Ofsted found it did not take into account learners’ previous qualifications when putting them on programme.

Inspectors reported that many of Agincare Group Limited’s 173 apprentices already had a high depth of knowledge and experience prior to starting their apprenticeship and the provider does not know whether they “require adjustments to their planned learning activities and timescales”. The watchdog’s monitoring visit to the Dorset company, which has an apprenticeship arm called Training

Now that delivers the training, found it had made ‘insufficient progress’ in meeting all the requirements of successful apprenticeship provision and in ensuring apprentices benefit from high-quality training that leads to positive outcomes. By not accounting for its apprentices’ prior learning, Agincare could be in breach of Education and Skills Funding Agency funding rules, which requires the provider to calculate the appropriated funding reduction. And if the revised course fell below the one year minimum with 20 percent off-the-job training it would be ineligible for funding.

“We may take action to recover apprenticeship funding where this happens,” the ESFA rules for 2018/19 warn.


CLINKS NEWS: run a conference workshop

We are inviting our members to take part in our annual conference 2019 by running sessions that explore, examine and celebrate how voluntary organisations working within the criminal justice system create change together. The conference takes place in London on the 9th May. We encourage organisations to propose workshops that include: collaboration with other organisations and/or experts by experience; consideration of the needs of people in the criminal justice system who are protected under the Equalities Act (2010); and how organisations can stand together to speak freely on behalf of, and amplify the voice of, their service users. If you would like to propose a session at the conference contact by 28th February.


Tip of the week I: Free entry to Squishy Space children’s play area at the Barbican for under fives. Details


Tip of the week 2: Get 10 children’s picture books for £10 at The Works. 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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