Newsletter and bids 01 2019

 In bids

Dear Members

This week more news and views and bids, grants and funds.  We go out to over 3,000 people and organisations every week and today have some 30 Pages.

Full details can be downloaded from the link below:


This is the first Newsletter for this Year and very pleased to announce our sponsor for 2019 is Net Security Training so thank you to Richard at

You can contact Richard at

Net Security Training is an independent specialist Cyber Security training company whose total focus is the provision of specialised courses and apprenticeship’s catering for Cyber Security and Information Assurance professionals.  CyberSecurity, IT Security, Information Risk Management, Compliance and Governance training are the cornerstone of our course offerings.


Policy Forum for London Keynote Seminar Next steps for growth in the Thames Estuary with Laura Jackson, Deputy Head, London and the South East, Cities and Local Growth Unit Councillor Paul Carter, Leader, Kent County Council

Councillor Gagan Mohindra, Cabinet Member for Economic Development, Essex County Council David Burch, Head of Policy, Essex Chambers of Commerce

Christian Brodie, Chair, South East Local Enterprise Partnership

Tim Jones, Project Director, Lower Thames Crossing, Highways England

Chaired by: Teresa Pearce MP and John Howell MP, Chair, River Thames All-Party Parliamentary Group Follow us @LondonPolicy | this event is CPD certified

Morning, Thursday, 14th March 2019 Central London


“Hi I am Sam Wall and welcome to my wall I am based in the North West and I run Sam Wall Digital, a digital and social strategy agency

This week my focus is on feeding the Homeless which has been very much an area of my own focus during 2018.Now we have many who do their bit in Brixton London and indeed Birmingham Manchester and also Walsall however strange that

A Sikh organisation – which has grown from feeding a handful of needy people in Walsall into a global service – fears it is being driven out of its home town.

The Midland Langar Seva Society serves hundreds of hot meals to homeless and poor people every day across the UK as well as India, Germany and Bangkok.

But Randhir Singh, one of the founders of the society, said they have been stunned by complaints from Walsall Council about the mess their evening town centre feeds leave behind. Read the full story here

Well more from me next week or catch me on Facebook at    “


Civil Society News reports charities only winning 1 in 10 ‘suitable’ public sector contracts, research finds

Charities are only winning a tenth of public sector contracts that have been specifically marked as suitable for voluntary organisations, according to new research.

Analysis by data provider Tussell, on behalf of Social Enterprise UK, found that about 10 per cent of all contracts listed on the government’s Contracts Finder page were marked as suitable for voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations (VCSEs). Furthermore, it found that in the first half of 2018 just 11 per cent of these specifically marked contracts actually went to VCSEs.

The analysis looked at community interest companies (CICs) in particular and found that these organisations won fewer but larger contracts in 2018. It found that just 1 per cent of contracts marked for VCSEs were won by CICs in the first half of 2018. The research found that in the second quarter of 2018, only 41 different CICs won contracts from the wider public sector, the lowest number for two years. However, the value of the contracts won by CIC in Q2 2018 was relatively high, at £247m overall, compared to less than £50m in Q2 2017.

In fact, contracts won by CICs in the first half of 2018 were worth more than contracts won in the whole of 2017.

‘Cultural barrier’

Charlie Wigglesworth, deputy chief executive of Social Enterprise UK, said the data shows the government must do more to support VCSEs.

He welcomed the government’s measures announced last year to boost the Social Value Act but said “this alone will not address the cultural barriers facing social enterprises in the market place”.

“More needs to be done by the government to signal to procurement teams that social enterprises should be taken seriously when they are bidding for contracts.

“This will also influence major suppliers and encourage them to do more to work with social enterprises.”

“At a time when the public is concerned about the involvement of businesses in public service markets following the collapse of Carillion, the government has an opportunity to ease these concerns through working with social enterprises.

“We will work with government over the coming months to see what more can be done.”

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Bookings for End Point Assessments are building up, and we expect significant increases over the next few months, especially across H&SC, Business Administration, and Customer Service to name a few. This will undoubtedly put pressure on systems and people resources, so the purpose of this email is to alert you to this situation, and ask that if you are requiring EPA in 2019, please act now.

CONTRACTS: A PEIS Spreadsheet required starting the registration process of your apprentices/employers. This is critical to ensure we are then in a position to plan numbers of EPAs required, and thus fulfil the demand. We require a minimum of 3 months’ notice but I feel 6 months notice would be better. Once you list the learners/employers info, you return it to me, and I then raise a Contract. You then sign this and return to me.

SEPA SYSTEM: We then load the employer details onto our Smart EPA ( SEPA ) system. The SEPA system is purpose built for the new Apprenticeship Standards and provides a seamless workflow to support the registration, booking and delivery of EPA for apprentices.

Once this is done, and following SEPA training, you are then able to upload your learner details, and start the provisional booking process.

See more here:

RESOURCES: Once you have committed to working with Pearson, we are able to release the full standard Specification which is the most important document in ensuring your delivery teams cover all areas within the new standard. We also have a range of paid for resources across the on programme element Apprenticeship Handbooks, our EPA Practise & Prepare resources, along with sector specific resources including samples tests, observation samples etc. The resources can be found here (including samples) Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can help in any way, or you would like me to visit and update you.  Kind Regards Perry Ingles Regional Account Manager Work Based Learning, BTEC & Apprenticeships Pearson UK Kao Two, KAO Park,

Hockham Way Harlow, Essex, CM17 9SR


 The Department for Education will no longer financially support the Chartered Institution for FE – leaving its future in doubt.

The institution, which was conceived in 2012 and has so far received £1.5 million in subsidies, will receive one final payment at the end of this month – after which it will be on its own.  “It has always been the intention that the CIFE should be financially independent, and not reliant on government funding,” a spokesperson for the DfE told FE Week.

The institution’s work “will no longer be financially supported” by the department from January 2019, she said, with the last payment “in respect of CIFE’s previous liabilities” to be made at the end of the month.  The institution currently has 16 members – far fewer than the 80 its boss, Dan Wright (pictured above), has previously said it would need to be “completely free” of government subsidy. Read more at:


Sunday Times criticises Big Lottery Fund grants to transgender projects

The Sunday Times has criticised the Big Lottery Fund over two grants it made to transgender projects, and questioned whether other causes are missing out.

In December, the newspaper published two articles that were critical about funding awarded to separate charities for projects supporting transgender people. It also highlighted a number of other charities which have recently missed out on funding.

The paper first criticised funding awarded to Mermaids, a Leeds-based charity which provides support to gender diverse and transgender children and young people. This prompted the BLF to say it would review the grant. The review is ongoing.

Then the following week the Sunday Times criticised a grant awarded to the equality charity Stonewall, with the headline New lottery bonanza for transgender lobby.

Stonewall had been awarded £494,000 to “empower trans leaders and organisations”. The newspaper’s coverage highlighted that one of Stonewall’s employees previously performed in a cabaret group.

The Sunday Times then launched a reader poll asking “is the Big Lottery Fund supporting the right causes?”

Some 93 per cent of readers answered “no”. Nearly 700 readers voted in the poll, which closed on 28 December.

‘National Lottery funding is for everyone’

The BLF defended its position, with a spokesperson saying: “National Lottery funding is for everyone. Our awards go to community organisations that are the lifeblood of civil society across the UK, including those who support the disadvantaged and the marginalised.

“Our decision-making processes are robust and designed to provide the appropriate levels of scrutiny for the applications we receive. Our funding always has the same purpose – to help people and communities thrive.”

Stonewall to make a formal complaint

Stonewall said that the article was “vicious” and that it would be making a formal complaint.

In a statement, it said: “The Sunday Times have published a vicious article, directly placing an individual member of Stonewall staff at the centre of its criticism of our work.

“While a newspaper should scrutinise and provide a platform for different views, it must also be accurate.

“This article contains a number of inaccuracies and we will be making a formal complaint to the paper. The named member of staff is an important and valued member of the Stonewall team and, like everyone at Stonewall, she plays a vital role every day to build acceptance without exception for LGBT people.”


Apprenticeship levy viewed as a tax by almost a third of businesses

CIPD reports that poll by YouGov shows many employers are still failing to invest in training as deadline to use funds looms.

A significant proportion of businesses continue to view the apprenticeship levy primarily as a tax, according to a new survey which suggests an ongoing reluctance to invest in broader development of staff.

The poll, carried out by YouGov on behalf of Alliance Manchester Business School, found 29 per cent of employers who were aware of the levy viewed it as a tax on business.

There are only three months left before the initial tranche of levy funding, dating back to 2017, will be returned to the Treasury if it is unspent. But the survey of 2,000 employees and 1,000 senior decision-makers found 38 per cent of employers and 58 per cent of staff said they still knew nothing about the levy.

And 31 per cent of businesses that offered formal training said the levy made no difference to the nature of the training they offered.

The apprenticeship levy was introduced in April 2017 and requires businesses with an annual wage bill of £3 million or more to pay 0.5 per cent of this amount into a fund which can be spent on apprenticeships and other eligible training.

In April 2018, an Open University report found 92 per cent of levy funds held in digital accounts had not yet been used. At the time, 17 per cent of employers said they had no expectation of recouping the funds.

“Many employers might make the decision to write the levy off as a tax and will not reinvest it,” said Lizzie Crowley, skills adviser at the CIPD. “Apprenticeships might not necessarily suit some organisations’ training strategies. They’re very long programmes, and very specific in terms of addressing skill gaps in businesses.

“Research has identified that many organisations don’t train their staff and firms who don’t initially invest in staff training are quite unlikely to be using the apprenticeship levy funds,” she added.

Almost two thirds (65 per cent) of businesses in the Alliance Manchester study said they didn’t currently offer any external training to staff because it was too costly. Around a third (32 per cent) said they offered no formal professional development at all.

Crowley said one of the underlying issues affecting uptake of the levy was that a lot of its training requirements necessitated investment beyond levy funding.

“An individual on a training apprenticeship will be on a minimum of a 12-month training programme. It will involve one day away from the office [each week] and many roles haven’t historically had a long experience of apprenticeships as vehicles towards skill development.

“Even though the cost of the training is covered for businesses, they need to release their individuals for one day a week, and evidence suggests that people who do apprenticeships are not productive until after the first six months of their training,” she added.

“There are a lot of additional investments businesses need to make in order to make apprenticeship programmes successful above the training, which is the only thing covered by the levy.”

Dr David Lowe, programme director at Alliance Manchester Business School, said organisations should take greater responsibility when it came to training staff, and in particular executives.

“Quality leadership development is an excellent way to supplement the skills of individuals with talent, technical ability or industry knowhow with those of quality management, which will ultimately reap results for the business. The apprenticeship levy is ready and waiting to alleviate skills, retention and productivity issues for business, but leaders need to act now to join the dots,” he said.

Crowley added that imperfections in the current levy system would lead to longer-term issues around skills. “Evidence suggests that the apprenticeship levy isn’t stimulating higher investments in training by businesses,” she said.

“A portion of businesses are not using it and another portion are rebudgeting it, which suggests there won’t be an overall increase in training in the UK economy, which is one of the things the levy was designed to deliver.”

Introducing greater flexibility in how funds could be spent, she said, should be a government priority. “We know that apprenticeships are not the only answer to the UK’s skills challenges. They are part of the solution, but it would be much better if businesses were potentially able to draw down funding to address other skills gaps that are not necessarily addressed through apprenticeship structures and rigid forms of training.”

A Department for Education spokesperson said: “Our apprenticeship programme was designed specifically to be employer driven and employers are using their levy contributions to invest in their staff and the long-term skills and needs of their business.

“We work closely with employers to help them take advantage of the levy. We meet with them regularly to understand the impact of the changes and use this feedback to improve the system.

“This has led to us making the levy more flexible by introducing transfers in April 2018, allowing levy-paying organisations to transfer up to 10 per cent of the annual value of funds entering their apprenticeship service account to other employers. This will increase to 25 per cent from April 2019.”


 Ok so where are we well we have the

London ESF for GLA and NEET

We have the Tees Valley AEB

The New RoATP being done and open

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.


Westminster Social Policy Forum Keynote Seminar The future for LEPs: boosting performance, developing Modern Local Industrial Strategies and supporting economic development:

With Stephen Jones, Director, Cities and Local Growth Unit and James Palmer, Mayor, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority

And Paddy Bradley, Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership; Christine Gaskell, Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership; Bev Hurley, Institute for Economic Development; Jacqui McKinlay, Centre for Public Scrutiny; Kevin Richardson, UKRI; Hannah Richmond, CBI and Dr Philippa Roles, Field Seymour Parkes and Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership Board Chaired by: Lord Lucas

Morning, Tuesday, 29th January 2019  Central London

There will be keynote addresses from Stephen Jones, Director, Cities and Local Growth Unit and James Palmer, Mayor, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority, as well as contributions from Paddy Bradley, Director, Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership; Jacqui McKinlay, Chief Executive, Centre for Public Scrutiny; Christine Gaskell, Chair, Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership; Bev Hurley, Chair, Institute for Economic Development; Kevin Richardson, Local Growth Consultant, Research England, UKRI; Hannah Richmond, Regional Senior Policy Adviser, CBI and Dr Philippa Roles, Partner, Field Seymour Parkes and Member, Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership Board.

The agenda has been structured following consultation with the Cities and Local Growth Unit. The draft agenda is copied below my signature, and a regularly updated version is available to download here. The seminar is organised on the basis of strict impartiality by the Westminster Social Policy Forum. Follow us @WSPFEvents for live updates.

Speakers.  We are delighted to be able to include in this seminar keynote addresses from: Stephen Jones, Director, Cities and Local Growth Unit and James Palmer, Mayor, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority.

Further confirmed speakers include: Paddy Bradley, Director, Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership; Christine Gaskell, Chair, Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership; Bev Hurley, Chair, Institute for Economic Development; Jacqui McKinlay, Chief Executive, Centre for Public Scrutiny; Kevin Richardson, Local Growth Consultant, Research England, UKRI; Hannah Richmond, Regional Senior Policy Adviser, CBI and Dr Philippa Roles, Partner, Field Seymour Parkes and Member, Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership Board.

 Lord Lucas has kindly agreed to chair part of this seminar.

Networking: This seminar will present an opportunity to engage with key policymakers and other interested parties, and is CPD certified (more details). Places have been reserved by officials from BEIS; Cabinet Office; DCMS; Defra; DfT; DIT; DWP; HMRC; MHCLG; Office for Product Safety & Standards; Office of Government Property; The Scottish Government and the Welsh Government.

Also due to attend are representatives from bpha; Burges Salmon; CITB; Cornwall Council; Croydon Borough Council; Doncaster Council; East Sussex County Council; Ecosystems Knowledge Network; Enterprise M3; IWM; Ixion Holdings (Contracts); KPMG; Middlesex University; Natural England; Norfolk County Council; Power to Change Trust; Skills for Care; South East Local Enterprise Partnership; Suffolk Coastal and Waveney District Councils; Taylor Wimpey Major Developments and Worcestershire Local Enterprise partnership.

Overall, we expect speakers and attendees to be a senior and informed group numbering around 120, including Members of both Houses of Parliament, senior government officials involved in this area of social policy, representatives of citizen groups, local authorities, campaigning organisations, businesses and their advisors and social and academic commentators, together with reporters from the national and trade media.

A key output of the seminar will be a transcript of the proceedings, sent out around 12 working days after the event to all attendees and a wider group of Ministers and officials in central government departments affected by the issues; and Parliamentarians with a special interest in these areas. It will also be made available more widely. This document will include transcripts of all speeches and questions and answers sessions from the day, along with access to PowerPoint presentations, speakers’ biographies, an attendee list, an agenda, sponsor information, as well as any subsequent press coverage of the day and any articles or comment pieces submitted by delegates. It is made available subject to strict restrictions on public use, similar to those for Select Committee Uncorrected Evidence, and is intended to provide timely information for interested parties who are unable to attend on the day.

All delegates will receive complimentary PDF copies and are invited to contribute to the content. The Westminster Social Policy Forum is strictly impartial and cross-party, and draws on the considerable support it receives from within Parliament and Government, and amongst the wider stakeholder community. The Forum has no policy agenda of its own. Forum events are frequently the platform for major policy statements from senior Ministers, regulators and other officials, opposition speakers and senior opinion-formers in industry and interest groups. Events regularly receive prominent coverage in the national and trade media.

To book places, please use our online booking form.

Once submitted, this will be taken as a confirmed booking and will be subject to our terms and conditions below. Please pay in advance by credit card on 01344 864796. If advance credit card payment is not possible, please let me know and we may be able to make other arrangements.

Places at The future for LEPs: boosting performance, developing Modern Local Industrial Strategies and supporting economic development (including refreshments and PDF copy of the transcripts) are £230 plus VAT Concessionary rate places for small charities, unfunded individuals and those in similar circumstances are £85 plus VAT. Please be sure to apply for this at the time of booking.

For those who cannot attend: Copies of the briefing document, including full transcripts of all speeches and the questions and comments sessions and further articles from interested parties, will be available approximately 12 days after the event for £95 plus VAT;

Concessionary rate: £50 plus VAT.

Michael Ryan Deputy Editor, Westminster Social Policy Forum  T: 01344 864796 Follow us on Twitter @WSPFEvents UK Headquarters: 4 Bracknell Beeches, Old Bracknell Lane West, Bracknell, Berkshire RG12 7BW


 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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