Newsletter and bids 03 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 Organisation every week and today have some 52 Pages.

Full details can be downloaded from the link below:


 “Get Set UK an award winning Employment Services and Training Provider is seeking to join supply chains for Lot (2) GLA ESF Parental Employment. As an organisation we currently deliver the ESF/DWP Troubled Families programme across three separate CPAs Central, West and South London supporting over 500 families annually to find sustainable employment. Get Set UK has three offices within Westminster, Lambeth and Southwark and is accredited with NCFE and ICQ.

If you would like to discuss further how we could support your bid please contact me on “


The Institute for Apprenticeships will re-advertise for a new chief executive in the coming months, but its current boss has remained tight-lipped over his future.

Sir Gerry Berragan took the top job at the IfA in November 2017 and later revealed to FE Week that he was only contracted for two years because he did not go through a formal recruitment process.

The former army man, who was a career soldier for 37 years, admitted at the time that he only decided to “throw my hat in the ring” after the institute endured a fruitless sixth-month hunt. ( I say good bye and farewell)


The Signature Awards, Birmingham: The Signature Awards and Dinner will be held at ICC Birmingham on Broad Street, Birmingham, West Midlands B1 2EA on Friday 1st February, 2019 and will be attended by major players in the business community from across the UK!

THE AWARDS: This Annual Black Tie Awards evening is for Businesses and Entrepreneurs supporting #apprenticeships & diversity in the workplace.
The evening will comprise of a drinks reception followed by a 4 course meal, a keynote speech by a leading business figure and superb entertainment.
6.30pm – Drinks Reception
7.30pm – Call to Dinner & Awards Ceremony
12.00am – Carriages

A unique chance for you to see behind the scenes at major ‘live’ construction sites across England, Scotland and Wales. Dates 18th to the 23rd of March.

Discover how the buildings and structures in your community are constructed and find out about the diverse range of skills and professions needed on site.

Be inspired by this growing industry, and learn how to start your career in construction.

The most recent Open Doors event saw over 5,200 bookings across more than 275 construction sites in England, Scotland and Wales. To see who is taking part and where


The National Apprenticeship Event and Conference on Friday 22nd March 2019 at The ICC in Birmingham – The Midlands Largest Apprenticeship Show. hashtag#Employers and hashtag#Training Providers don’t miss the chance to showcase your business to the next generation of hashtag#emerging talent hashtag#apprentices hashtag#futuretalent. Go to for more information.


OK,  so where are we? Well. l we have lots going on: London ESF for GLA and NEET, 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.  As our retained clients come first.

The Cambridge and Peterborough AEB expressions of interest have to be in by 7th tomorrow.  The West Midlands Combined Authority AEB now about to go into action.

On any of these please let know you are interested.


Ok in terms of things Kirsty Bortoft (Rudra Devi)  We are offering wellness days/weeks in companies. If you do know anyone whom you think would benefit from this service, please do pass on my details. Massive forward thank you. ‘Train people well enough so they can leave. Treat them well enough so they don’t want to’


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

 First up Two SIA Trainers required North East required having Loyalty, Empathy, Ability and Skills knowledge.

  • 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
  • AEB Funding required by two Charities


Emails or CV to

Clinks is looking for a Finance Officer [£28,221 pro rata, part time, London] to join our newly created Corporate Services team. Reporting to the Corporate Services Manager, the Finance Officer will be responsible for all of the day to day transactions and activities of a medium-sized charity. The team carries out all of Clinks’ organisational management functions including financial, governance, HR, IT and other work required by charity and company regulators. The deadline for applications is 25th of January 2019. Find out more here


 The principal of a college group who stepped down with immediate effect last year after concluding he was no longer the “right person” to lead it received a payment of £150,000 when he left.

The “emolument” to John Connolly, who led the RNN Group until his resignation in mid-October, was “in lieu of notice, entitled holiday pay and early access to pension funds,” according to the group’s recently published 2017/18 accounts.

However, the group denied that this amounted to a payoff.

“The RNN Group in reaching amutual agreement to accept John Connolly’s request to step down, fulfilled its contractual obligation in respect of his terms of employment,” a spokesperson said.


A college has terminated its contract with the controversial Saudi Arabian Colleges of Excellence programme due to “on-going delays” in receiving payments resulting in an alleged £500,000 debt. Dudley College, rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted, began work with the Saudi government in 2011 and has taken part in various ventures in the country over the last eight years. Most recently the college has delivered Capacity Building Contracts in Hafr Al-Batin Girls College from September 2017, which was due to conclude in 2020, as part of its work with Saudi’s Colleges of Excellence scheme.  But Dudley felt it had “no choice but to terminate this contract” after repeated failures by the programme to pay the college.

Speaking candidly about the decision, principal Lowell Williams said: “Despite the invaluable support provided by the UK’s Ambassador to the Kingdom and the Department for Trade and Industry, contractual payments remain in arrears to the value of £0.5 million.


Also a cash-strapped college has spent almost £2 million of the bailout cash it received from the government on bank charges – although it has actually saved money. Stoke on Trent College successfully bid for a reported £21.9 million from the Department for Education’s restructuring facility in September.

According to its recently published 2017/18 accounts, £1.93 million of this cash went on “break costs”. These are the fees levied by a bank for repaying a loan earlier than agreed, to compensate it for lost interest.  “Most people who have received fixed-term or fixed-interest loans or mortgages in their personal or business lives will have also experienced this penalty when repaying loans early,” said Denise Brown, Stoke on Trent College’s principal. Read more at


Hello everyone, It’s my 3rd week of Sam’s Wall and my focus this week, (especially as the weather has become much colder), is firmly on Homelessness. 

For all those sleeping rough on our UK streets, life just got that bit harder this week with the icy nights and cold winter days.

There are so many great charities and organisations out there across the UK doing so much to help others and I’d like to acknowledge their importance and great work.

As I’m based in the North West and Greater Manchester area plus due to my involvement with the Greater Together Manchester Scheme I’m talking about this today.

So, even if you aren’t based in the Greater Manchester area, please do mention this to anyone you know that is!


Anyone who had already signed up for the Greater Together Manchester scheme was recently emailed and informed that there’s an absolute urgency for MORE volunteers.

Please, please can you or anyone you know consider helping out if you’re at all able?!


The Greater Together Manchester Homeless Winter Night Shelters have rolled out across 10 different churches in Greater Manchester. The aim of the shelters is for providing a bed and a hot meal each night in a relaxed and homely atmosphere.

The shelters are for those who would otherwise be homeless and sleeping rough on the streets. Those who use the Shelters have been referred by other charities and organisations across the city.

Night Shelters have now also arrived at St John’s, and St Edmund’s in Whalley Range.


Volunteers are needed for the shelter on shifts of your choosing, including evenings, overnights and mornings. Outside shelter hours, help to cook or to do laundry is also needed. No previous experience is needed as full training is provided.


The next main volunteer training session is on the evening of Thurs 24th January, don’t worry if you can’t make this, please just sign up if you can help and there will be other training sessions very soon.

HOW TO APPLY:  For more information, or to register as a volunteer, please use the link

Or email:

If you, or someone you know is homeless and needs help, please visit Street Support Network

Thank you so much for reading this, it goes without saying that charities and organisations throughout the country will be in exactly the same position as we are here in Greater Manchester. If you know an organisation in your area providing support to rough sleepers and those who are homeless why not get in touch and see what you can do to help!!? 

You really are helping to save lives. Until next week thanks Sam Wall!


Make Every Adult Matter (MEAM), a coalition of Clinks, Homeless Link and Mind, has responded to the final report of the Independent Review of the Mental Health Act. The Review, chaired by Professor Sir Simon Wesseley, was set up to look at how the legislation in the Mental Health Act 1983 is used and how practice can improve.

MEAM welcomes the review’s recognition of the need for more accessible and responsive mental health crisis services and community-based mental health services. It particularly welcomes the recognition that current opportunities for early intervention are being missed, leading to people’s first contact with services through the police, and that police cells should not be used as a place of safety and that health-based places of safety should be commissioned instead.

Find out more here


Tip of the week I: Four nights in Venice, with flights from £69. Details


Tip of the week 2: M&S Indian dine in meal for two for £10. Details


Tip of the week 3: 50% discount at Frankie and Benny’s with registration. 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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