Newsletter & Bids 03 2017

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Dear Members


This week’s newsletter Bids, Grants and Funds comes to you in conjunction with SLIC Training. We go out to 3,818 organisations and industry professionals and this weeks publication has some 38 pages.


Friday saw the close of the Portal registration process for levy Training Applicants ROATP, please note you may get an e-mail saying Pass or Fail if it comes back with a fail you will be allowed to do rectifying items.


Gingerbread New CEO Gingerbread – Appointment of Chief Executive

I am very pleased to announce that Rosie Ferguson has been appointed Chief Executive and will take up her new position on 15th February. Rosie joins us from an interim Director role at Youth Business International. She was previously Chief Executive of London Youth, having spent her earlier career working with young people. She is a Trustee of the Centre for London and a former Commissioner on the London Fairness Commission. She is passionate about the role of the voluntary sector in supporting people and communities to be the best they can be and brings proven skills in strategic leadership, impact led planning, managing growth and developing people and teams.

Addressing staff, Trustees and supporters, Rosie says:  ‘I have been impressed with the work of Gingerbread for many years and I am excited and honoured to accept the role as Chief Executive. I look forward to working with the team, building on Gingerbread’s incredible 100 years and ensuring we deliver even more impact with and for single parents in the future.’


We received notification that the first ever procurement process for adult education budget contracts has been given the ministerial green light and is expected to begin within days.


ERSA have now confirmed the outcome of DWP’s Umbrella Agreement for Employment and Health Related Services (UAEHRS) competition. Only bidders who qualify onto the UAEHRS will be able to tender for Work and Health Programme contracts, with the mini-competition for this due to commence later this month. The UAEHRS is broken into six geographic Lot areas covering the totality of England and Wales. Five providers have qualified in each Lot, except for Southern England, where there are six qualifiers. Eleven different providers have secured a place on the UAEHRS. These are all established employability providers in the UK, there are no new market entrants. PeoplePlus were successful in all six Lot areas, whilst G4S and Shaw Trust were both successful in five each. Ingeus, Working Links, and Reed were each successful in three Lot areas, whilst Pluss were successful in two. The Work Company, APM, Prospects and Remploy all qualified in one Lot area each. The providers who qualified in two or more Lots, will also qualify to bid for any national opportunities commissioned by DWP through the UAEHRS. Whilst DWP have not indicated which other providers bid to be included on the UAEHRS, several established DWP prime contractors do not appear on the list. These include Interserve, Learndirect, Maximus, NCG, Rehab Jobfit, Seetec, and Serco.

The full UAEHRS result is as follows.
Lot 1 – Central England: G4S, Ingeus, PeoplePlus, Reed, Shaw Trust
Lot 2 – North East England: G4S, PeoplePlus, Reed, Shaw Trust, Working Links
Lot 3 – North West England: G4S, The Work Company, Ingeus, PeoplePlus, Reed
Lot 4 – Southern England: G4S, PeoplePlus, Pluss, Prospects, Shaw Trust, Working Links
Lot 5 – Home Counties: APM, G4S, Ingeus, PeoplePlus, Shaw Trust
Lot 6 – Wales: PeoplePlus, Pluss, Remploy, Shaw Trust, Working Links
Lot 7 – National: G4S, PeoplePlus, Pluss, Ingeus, Reed, Shaw Trust, Working Links.


This Friday the 20th I will be attending the Apprentice of the Year Awards at the Dorchester Hotel in London so if you’re going to be there by all means come and say Hi, I will be there this year as Guest of the Awarding Body ICQ.


Updated Guidance to employers re the AGE 16 to 24 grant for employers aims to support businesses, who would not otherwise be in a position to do so, to recruit individuals aged 16 to 24 into employment though the apprenticeship programme.   The Skills Funding Agency will provide AGE 16 to 24 to eligible employers, in respect of qualifying apprentices, with an individual value of £1,500.

AGE 16 to 24 is for employers with fewer than 50 employees, who are new to apprenticeships or haven’t enrolled a new recruit or existing employee onto an Apprenticeship programme in the previous 12 months. Employers can be paid up to 5 grants in total.

To discuss your eligibility:

  • employers who are already linked to a training provider should consult their training provider for further advice
  • employers who are not already linked to a training provider can complete theonline enquiry form or call 08000 150 600 – an adviser will contact you to discuss the support available in more detail
  • you can also contact your local training provider direct –search for a training provider

Fact sheet is at updated as of the 11th of January and is at


IQA’s required for Hair / Beauty / Nails

IQA’s @ £20-£25 per hour required for Smarter Brokers Ltd – Training Provider based in Manchester. Please email with CV and copies of Certificates to: or phone 07869306864.


Child care and HSC Assessors and IQA’s @ £20-£25 per hour required for Smarter Brokers Ltd – Training Provider based in Manchester. Please email with CV and copies of Certificates to: or phone 07869306864.


Nominations are now open for the Small Business Friendly Borough Awards 2017. Categories include Best All-Round Small Business Friendly Borough, Best Small Business Friendly Procurement to Support Local Trade, Best Programme of Support for Small Businesses and Best Small Business Champion. Councils can nominate projects delivered in 2015/16 or 2016/17. Nominations close on 10 February 2017.,4P7DN,71ST1U,HL0U8,1


New apprentices all occupations approved by the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) to develop an apprenticeship standard. Please go to also there is a list of employers involved in the standards development EG Adult Care – Led by organisations including Barchester Healthcare, Caretech Community Services, Creative Support, Hand in Hands, Hendra Health Care (Ludlow), Hertfordshire County Council, Housing and Care 21, Oxfordshire County Council, Progressive Care, Surrey County Council, West England Centre for Inclusive Living, Woodford Homecare.


Do you know about the Apprentice’s delivery, Sales, Managing Cyber Security Risk, ICT and Corporate Security then please send your CV to 


Special Offer Thursday 9 March 2017 – Titanic Hotel, Liverpool Skills for Care Annual Conference Book your place now using your enews discount for £195+VAT (regular price £245+VAT). Enter SPECIAL in the discount code box.


This document provides a list of all the apprenticeship standards that are currently being developed by groups of employers (trailblazers). It identifies their stage of development – including whether they are ready for delivery. A standard is considered ready for delivery when it has an approved assessment plan and a funding cap assigned.


The SFA has updated the list of apprenticeship frameworks that will no longer be available for new starts. The SFA expects to move from frameworks to standards over course of parliament (2020) with most frameworks being phased out and standards in place by the start of funding year 2017/18. The withdrawal will be phased and notice will be given. The SFA will announce next steps for withdrawing the remaining live frameworks in the spring.

The latest news means that:

  • 82 frameworks so far have been, or will be, withdrawn.
  • 7 frameworks were withdrawn in June 2016.
  • 54 frameworks were withdrawn in December 2016.
  • 1 framework will be withdrawn in April 2017.
  • 20 frameworks will be withdrawn in October 2017.


Also be aware a body called the National Skills Academy for Food and Drink has been accused by industry figures of “misleading” the sector with aggressive sales emails and erroneous claims of being “the skills body for UK food and drink manufacturing”.  A week ago, the government announced that the Institute for Apprenticeships (IfA) would crack down on “unnecessary” income-generating behaviour.

The NSAFD, which no longer receives public funding as a sector skills council, appears to make a number of bold claims about its status and services. Please see the story at


Neighbourhood Planning Officer Organisation: Locality Salary: £34,500 per annum (including London Weighting)  Closing date: 01/02/2017

Locality is the national network of ambitious and enterprising community-led organisations, working together to help neighbourhoods thrive.  We support organisations and individuals to make a positive, lasting difference to their communities – and the people who live in them.

For more information, please read our candidate pack.

To apply, candidates should complete the application form and the diversity monitoring form.

Please email your completed application to:

Dates Closing date for applications: 0900am on Wednesday 1 February

Interviews: Thursday 9 February in London

Please let us know if you have any access requirements so we can make appropriate adjustments for you to attend an interview.  Information

For an informal conversation about the role please call or email:

Emma Critchley, Programme Manager 07595 068019

Or Carole Reilly, Head of Neighbourhoods and Housing 07515 993103

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Tip of the week I: Train tickets from £5 in a Great Western sale. Details

Tip of the week 2: 20% off outdoor clothes and equipment at Mountain Warehouse. Details

Tip of the week 3: 25% off a tour of Paris. Details


With the bad weather keep safe and keep training from me Steve and all the Team at EEVT, see you also on  in Groups EEVT Limited or  On Facebook also our website at

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