Newsletter and bids 07 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 55 Pages.

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This week with the Administration of Working Links, again I say, what a shame and the pressure of costs and profit for Share Holders, it is always a big one.


This week city and Guilds told us about changes in the construction side.  In this month’s issue we have news on: City and guilds – New Industry Manager for construction – Qualification extensions and replacements – New qualifications approved on QiW – Construction Qualification Information Sheet – Network and support events – Construction Telephone Surgeries – Update on City & Guilds apprenticeship standards – New resources available to support on-programme – Regional Skills Competition – Update on Technicals for 2018/19 delivery – Update on Scottish Modern Apprenticeships – CPD Events


New insolvency regime for colleges starts.  You see 3 Colleges in big trouble just as the Insolvency regime kicks in.  On 31 January 2019, the new insolvency regime for FE colleges came into force, giving legal clarity about what will happen in the event of a college entering insolvency and providing protection for existing students.

A financial health notice to improve issued to Macclesfield College by the Education and Skills Funding Agency.
Administered College status and inadequate inspection: Easton and Otley College

Hadlow Group is under intense scrutiny from the FE commissioner for accounting irregularities relating to land sales, FE Week can reveal.  The deputy principal, Mark Lumsdon-Taylor, resigned from the group at the end of January, and this week it was announced that the group principal and chief executive, Paul Hannan, is on sick leave following the first of two FE commissioner visits this month. The investigation, FE Week understands, was triggered after a request for restructuring funds to the Department for Education’s Transactions Unit, which raised questions about a series of land purchases between.


Also on top of the London ESF lots 2 being withdrawn this week we are now told.  The Education and Skills Funding Agency is delaying the issuing of European Social Fund contracts for a third time after it experienced “technical issues” with its latest award notices.


Ok I will be in Birmingham Monday 18th then traveling over to Wallsall and staying the night, then in the afternoon I will be traveling to Sutton coalfield and traveling to Sheffield for the 20th.  So please phone me if it is urgent as many miles to cover this week.


I have a post which is looking for East London head of HE Training. CV to me at


Ok over Christmas we all like to give to this Charity or that Charity, however looking around there are organisations that actually have to work all year round to get ready for Christmas.  I liked the work this organisation did as they are looking to give to local children that have fallen on hard times. So it is It is hard to imagine that in this day and age, that there are children in families where even a basic gift will not be given. This is at no fault of the parent and certainly not the child, all for a very wide number of reasons. Social security issues, fleeing domestic abuse, fire, burglary, ill health and sheer poverty are all reasons why families might find themselves unable to buy presents. Can you even start to imagine how that must feel?  So this year I will supporting them and letting you know about their work. So watch out for more details of the Sikh Toy Appeal

16 to 19 school and academy sixth form 2019 to 2020 allocation calculation toolkits

We have uploaded 16 to 19 school and academy sixth form 2019 to 2020 allocation calculation toolkits (ACT) for most institutions to ESFA Information Exchange. You will find your ACT file in the Document Exchange ‘Revenue Funding’ folder, under ‘AY 2019-20 (2019/20)’. Our guidance will help you understand the information in your ACT file. Your ACT shows how we have used your data to calculate your funding factors, band proportions, students not meeting the condition of funding and students eligible for CDF Industry placement funding for your 2019 to 2020 allocation. For most schools and academies, ACT also includes lagged student data. Further funding information will be shown on your allocation statement.  Please do not submit a business case about your data until you have reviewed your 16 to 19 revenue funding allocation statement. The deadline for business cases is Tuesday 30 April 2019. Please contact us using our online enquiry form if you have any questions.

Guidance for governors, published on 29 January 2019, provides technical information on the new regime, and general guidance on how to reduce the risk of insolvency through good financial management. Primarily aimed at governors, it will also be useful for college finance directors and other senior staff.

We are also reviewing and strengthening our FE college intervention regime to ensure we can identify issues earlier and focus on preventing colleges getting into a position of insolvency. On 31 January 2019 we published some questions and answers about the changes. In April 2019 we will publish full details setting out what is changing and when.


Ok the west of England and the Midland’s Combined Authority are now open and up and running. Also London Neet and ESF and of course RoATP e-mail for details


 Westminster Employment Forum Keynote Seminar Next steps for BAME equality in the workplace – tackling discrimination and bias, reducing the pay gap and improving recruitment and progression with Simon Woolley, Chair, Race Disparity Advisory Group and Director, Operation Black Vote Richard Iferenta, Partner and Head of Challenger Banking and Chair, Race Leadership Team, KPMG Sandra Kerr, Race Equality Director, Business in the Community Alastair Pringle, Executive Director, Scotland and Corporate Delivery, Equality and Human Rights Commission Marcus Bell, Director, Race Disparity Unit, Cabinet Office and Sanjay Bhandari, Ernst and Young; Charlene Brown, Morgan Lewis; Dr Malcolm Brynin, University of Essex; Cynthia Davis, BAME Recruitment; David Munro, Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey and Association of Police and Crime Commissioners; Wilf Sullivan, TUC and Rob Wall, Chartered Management Institute Chaired by: Dawn Butler MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities and Lord Sheikh, Vice-Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group for Race and Community Thursday, 25th April 2019 Central London


CLINKS MEMBER’S NEWS: domestic and sexual abuse against women

AVA (Against Violence and Abuse) and Agenda have published Hand in Hand, a report based on the findings of a national commission focusing on domestic and sexual abuse against women facing multiple disadvantage. It shows women are falling through the gaps in services. Service cuts and ever-increasing thresholds for accessing support are preventing women from getting the help they need. It recommends more awareness-raising campaigns about abuse; more involvement of experts by experience; multi-agency support; staff training to understand abuse; and more empathy from service providers.


Welcome to Sam’s Wall this week! 

I hope you’ve been enjoying the warmer weather of late, we’ve had a little sun in Manchester this week and its certainly made a pleasant change! I want to talk to you about the: The Hive Group UK, one of the business support partners I work with through my business Sam Wall Digital.


Hive Group UK is a family run business that has developed a truly unique range of pure CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) based programmes to support people with experiences that can prove to be disadvantageous, they’re doing much to improve a number of areas in a range of communities: Youth Justice, Care Leavers, Ex Military, Criminal Justice (as well as professionals and private businesses).

The organisation is made up of qualified and experienced practitioners in their fields, whether that is in Social Work, Carers, Coaching and Training, Psychotherapy or the Hospitality, Leisure and Service Industries.  Can your business get involved? 

Hive Group UK is offering SME’s the opportunity to support their future team members to improve the transition to civilian work through SPONSOR A SEAT events (these are highly effective CBT workshops for veterans and ex-military which provide the tools needed for them to overcome such issues as PTSD).  Sponsorship is approx £400 per Veteran.


If you want to be part of making a difference please check out their Website: and contact them directly!


Next, an incredible global award ceremony you may be interested in nominating for (which the Managing Director of The Hive Group, Dave Sleet and the CEO, Siobhain Crosbie of are judges!) Join the Humanitarian Movement to make your mark as:


THE Global Change maker!”

There are a range of categories covering; coaching, blogging, non-profits, business strategy, networking organisations and much more, check them out here:


I’ve just been nominating some incredible Global Change Changemakers, I hope, if you know any, which you do too! Have a great week everyone!


Tip of the week I: Two courses and bottomless bubbles at Geales Notting Hill, London, for £20. Details


Tip of the week 2: Fitness Blender has a range of free fitness videos, including pilates, yoga and cardiovascular. Details


Tip of the week 3: Save 66% off hair colouring treatments with ENA Salon in London. 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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