Newsletter and bids 05 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 52 Pages.

Full details can be downloaded from the link below:


Ok very pleased to have attended the prestige’s Signature Awards at the ICC in Birmingham. Two of my clients won, so indeed on the Apprentice and training Side Total Training Ltd who have three locations but their head office is in Birmingham.  The best all round winner was the Staffing Group who are Black Country based but working nationally. 

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Ok Brexit is Headlines but again the ESFA thinks its ok to just do what it likes. Good news they have had to put a stop but they will use a get out of jail card. The Education and Skills Funding Agency has delayed issuing European Social Fund contracts after multiple providers who lost out in a recent procurement alleged that the government broke tender rules. Winning bidders from the exercise, which was worth £282 million in total, were supposed to be awarded their contracts on Tuesday following a 10-day standstill period, but this has now been extended to 8 February.

The providers complained that the ESFA’s tender was botched mainly because the agency failed to score the “track record” section of bids, even though they were expecting to get marked for this. We will take legal action if necessary Their anger was amplified when they were told they lost out to Serco, which won at least £37 million of European Social Fund cash in the tender. The training provider made losses of £29.5 million in 2017, according to its latest accounts, and is rated “requires improvement” by Ofsted – although this is just for its apprenticeships provision.


I think this is crazy as you get people say in Care, get a job as they have a clean record then they steal money or beat people under their care so for me the DBS is not a good way to gauge a person alone. The government is under increased pressure to allow some people with past convictions not to declare them after a supreme court ruling today. The UK’s highest court upheld a previous ruling that the government’s rules around the declaration of past convictions contravened human rights legislation.

 The criminal records disclosure scheme rule requires people who have more than one conviction, no matter how minor, to declare them for the rest of their lives when applying for certain jobs, such as when working with children. The person’s circumstances at the time of the offence is not taken into consideration. The original case was brought by a group who say their lives have been harmed by minor criminal convictions dating years.  It has added pressure to existing calls for the government to amend the rules around the declaration of past convictions. This would impact thousands of people’s lives.

The Supreme Court found that the revised criminal records disclosure scheme was “disproportionate” in two respects: the requirement that if the person has more than one conviction then they should be disclosed, regardless of how minor they are, and in the case of warnings and reprimands issued to young offenders.


New Qualifications to Support Financial Awareness and Numeracy

As we are all aware, much of the procurement for future AEB is looking at innovative ways of supporting learners, and the new combined authorities are encouraging new ways to develop training that vary from the standard model, particularly with pre-employability training. As we all strive to deliver good Functional Skills, it would be a real asset to learners to also get training on practical ways to use their numeracy skills when planning their own or their family’s financial management.

I have been working with Stellar Education, a leading provider of Financial sector related qualifications for some time and our research shows that many people, particularly teenage-pupils and students have little understanding about some of the most fundamental aspects of financial management, how the sector works, products and how to effectively avoid poor financial management. Working closely with the Awarding Organisation Skillsfirst, we have created two new and innovative qualifications that help to educate and practicality assist in being effective with personal financial management, approved by Ofqual which I think will be of interest to the EEVT Bids and Newsletter readers.

There is a L1 Award in Managing your own money and L2 Award in Introduction to Personal Finance. Progression from level 1 to level 2 will help to build on the core fundamentals and can offer an opportunity for practical workshops on money management delivered buy the centre, with interactive online learning and assessment.

The level 1 aim is to develop the learners’ knowledge and understanding of how to balance income and expenditure, how to save money and safe borrowing. The aim of level 2 is to develop further knowledge and understanding of the principles of saving and borrowing money, the sources of income and expenditure and the different financial products and services. They will also gain an understanding of the need to manage income and expenditure.

I have received a wide breadth of interest from many training organisations, colleges and Universities who see these as critical to the financial wellbeing of their learners. Areas include curriculum planning with identified value as first year enrichment; pre-employability provision, integrated within Traineeships and Apprenticeships; AEB and community learning provision and to compliment the Functional Skills training.

There is full online delivery and marking systems, system-devised and marked multiple-choice end examinations and online assessment of candidate work. The platform is powered by Psittacus CEAT (Controlled Environment Assessment Tool) software system. Psittacus CEAT Systems is the only online learning system which cannot be cheated or manipulated and is itself an accredited system meeting the strict guidelines set by awarding organisations regulated by OFQUAL.

If you are interested in exploring these further, please give me a call on 07801 952343 or e-mail


Security Qualifications SIA The consultation will help determine the content of the next generation of compulsory qualifications for licensed operatives in the private security industry and will run until Monday 11 February 2019.

To have a say on the draft specifications for the licence-linked qualifications, please visit the consultation website.


Gareth Thompson – offering a complimentary delegate passes to the  UK Procurement Expo which is taking place on the 25th June, 2019 at the Arena MK, Milton Keynes.

The event will bring together procurement directors, sourcing directors, senior management and supply chain directors all under one roof. It is a fantastic opportunity to connect, learn and listen to industry peers in our engaging seminar halls as well as networking with the array of exhibitors on show who are able to meet your companies procurement needs. To get you Free Delegate Pass to attend, simply click on the link, and register you details and your badge will be ready for collection at the event.

The UK Procurement Expo will be run in conjunction with the UK Manufacturing & Supply Chain Conference. With over 170 exhibitors, 150 speakers and 2500 plus visitors, this is the must attend event of the year.

Key Topics Include:

E-Procurement – Sustainable Procurement -Demand Planning –Tendering – Data & IT – Government Procurement – Brexit – Contract Management -Blockchain

Business Intelligence & Analytics – Traceability- Warehouse Management

Why attend: Evaluate competing solutions across every product category

Meet the Largest Buyers across a variety of Sectors

Discover new, more cost-effective solutions to existing processes

Test drive the latest products and experience live demonstrations

Book face-to-face appointments with key suppliers

Connect with new suppliers, customers and business partners

Network with your peers from across the country and around the world

Get expert advice on the specific challenges faced by your business

Stay up-to-date with emerging or changing trends

Listen to insightful keynotes from thought-leaders and innovators

Gain new ideas and insights to grow your business

Sectors Attending: Government, Construction, Manufacturing, Tech, Food, Retail And More.    Exhibiting or Sponsoring
If you are interested in exhibiting at or sponsoring the event and meeting thousands of senior management responsible for procurement, please Email  or call Garreth Thompson on ++44 207 183 7959.  The National Procurement Expo
+44 207 183 7959


Twin Employment and Training (TET) call for partners

Twin Employment and Training (TET) is seeking Expressions of Interest (EoI) from potential supply chain partners for the Mayor’s European Social Fund (ESF) 2019-2023 Programme. We are interested in hearing from organisations with a strong track record of local service integration, innovative skills delivery and/or high performing provision with specialist cohorts to deliver services in the following Lots:

  • Lot 1 Sector Skills – sub lot 1(f) other – Retail/Hospitality
  • Lot 2 Parental Employment– sub lot 2 (a) – Supporting Parents into Work
  • Lot 4 English for Speakers of other languages (ESOL)– Practitioners
  • Lot 10 Targeted NEET– Sub Lots 10 (b) Local London and 10 (c) South London

The deadline for the return of our EoI is 5pm 8th February 2019.



Lots going on: South West is now up and running AEB combined Authority then the London ESF for GLA and NEET is back on, Tees Valley AEB. Then the New RoATP being done and open ok we only have ability with the Team to do some 4 more this Month.  The West Midlands Combined Authority AEB now about to go into action.

The GLA has announced the launch of the Start Up, Step Up London Programme, with a closing date for application of 17:00 Friday 8 March 2019. This £500k entrepreneurship programme has been developed as part of the Mayor’s continued commitment to promote a fair and inclusive economy for Londoners. It will provide Londoners with the skills to access entrepreneurship and/or grow their business. It will focus on supporting underrepresented group, particularly women, disabled people and ethnic minorities, to help reduce the employment gap amongst those who face labour market disadvantages. Start up, Step Up London is co-financed by the European Social Fund and the London Growth Hub.

Full details and application forms are available here…/growth-hubesf-funding-opportuni….

On any of these please let know you are interested.


Ok Posts / Jobs out there part and Full time? CVs to me

Maths and English and possibly ITC. It would only basic M&E and is needed in Leeds, Halifax and Huddersfield. Part time Hours and days to suit.

Health and Social Care Assessors’ Trainers Ipswich, Maningtree, Colchester.

Looking for Primes with Loans funding available for Associates

Emails or CV to


Hello ALL! Welcome to Sam’s Wall this week. We’ve certainly had a cold time of it and I’ve no doubt many of you experienced problems with snow and ice this week. I know I did!

I’ve read a number of upsetting stories in the local and Midlands press in the last few days, the bitter weather has claimed the lives of more people on our streets.

You may have seen the national rough sleeping statistics released this week?

Organisations such as Booth Centre in Manchester and Homeless Link are absolutely vital lifelines to many; they’re the difference between life and death in more cases than ever before.

I’m in agreement with Homeless Link’s CEO Rick Henderson, (as are Booth Centre), in that urgent progress is welcome and to see official statistics go down in Greater Manchester is long overdue, but it’s only scratching the surface of the real sustainable solutions to homelessness. One person sleeping rough is one too many.

Rick at Homeless Link said this week: “We must fix our broken welfare system, tackle the poverty that so many people are living in, build more genuinely affordable homes, and work back from years of under investment in critical support services – our health and mental health services, drug and alcohol services, domestic violence services, and a challenged criminal justice system. Only then will we truly end rough sleeping for good.”

Booth Centre are working hard to support people so they have a secure home and the opportunity to have a good quality of life.


I’m also wanting to mention again, an organisation I’m involved with, whom I spoke about last week.  The reason being that, at the last minute, critical funding by Aviva which had been absolutely promised, was pulled due to internal issues on their side.

So, now The Launch Project are really in critical need of urgent donations to keep their food pantry going which is part of their charitable work across Manchester and Salford, delivering food to people who cannot make it to a food bank or who don’t qualify to receive support from a foodbank. Natalie Jane Lek who runs the organisation currently ensures they collect and redistribute over ten thousand food items per week, however, demand is such, that she needs to build on this by buying in bulk and from local companies who are willing to provide food for the community. Members of the food pantry pay £4.00 per week and receive £20.00 of food per week per house.This is an essential service people need critical access to, so your help is hugely appreciated by MANY!

Even if it is only £10 per person, they will be able to provide this if everyone can get behind it and donate.


Tip of the week I: Free craft workshops for children over half term at Hobbycraft. Details


Tip of the week 2: £12 discount on £60 shop at Sainsbury’s. Details


Tip of the week 3: Seven nights all inclusive, including flights, in Rhodes from £169. Details


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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