Newsletter & Bids 05 2017

 In bids

Dear Members



In conjunction with SLIC Training, this week’s newsletter bids, grants and Funds has some 27 pages and is going out to 3,818 organisations and people who are in the Industry.


Happy Chinese New Year to you all, Saturday saw the Year of the Fire Rooster.


Big Issue Invest has launched Impact Loans England, a new £5 million lending scheme aimed at enabling social enterprises to access loan funding of between £20,000 and £150,000.

The programme is funded by Access – The Foundation for Social Investment, with finance being provided by its partners Big Lottery Fund and Big Society Capital.

The Impact Loans England programme is now available to organisations across England with the £5 million to lend over the next three years. The funding is available to organisations keen to do more of the good work they do, whether it’s buying equipment, hiring new talent, or progressing with business development plans.

Daniel Wilson-Dodd, Head of Lending at Big Issue Invest says, “A lot of great organisations struggle to access small and medium-sized loans, so we wanted to provide support for those exciting social enterprises and charities.”

One of the first organisations to take advantage of the new finance scheme is Impact Hub Birmingham. It offers office and events space for like-minded social enterprise and arts organisations, hosting one-off workshops and ongoing collaborative projects. The hub’s city centre building opened in May last year, after a crowdfunding campaign raised an initial £65,000 for an impressive refurbishment of a Victorian warehouse.

“We were interested in building a better Birmingham, and thought that having a place to bring together lots of organisations with good ideas was a good way of achieving that,” says Andy Reeve, co-founder of Impact Hub Birmingham.

The team behind the Hub has encouraged a range of groups to work together on specific policy challenges and themes, like better childcare. “We’re providing the opportunity for people to work together on a consistent basis,” Reeve explains. “The financial support from Big Issue Invest will allow us to expand what we do.”

The Impact Loans England programme is a continuation of what Big Issue Invest has been doing over the past few years in other schemes aimed at helping social enterprises grow, often by accessing finance for the very first time.
Big Issue Invest anticipates the popularity of this programme and is planning to deliver a deal a week for the first six months after launch. Applications for Impact Loans England are now open. Email or tweet @BigIssueInvest #ADealAWeek.


Friday saw the SFA send out the AEB – we also have a few bid writing places left, going quickly though!

1.Adult education budget: independent training provider contracts


We have written to all existing independent training providers with information about the changes in public contract regulations which affect their contracts for services to deliver the adult education budget (AEB).

These changes mean we cannot automatically renew all contracts at the end of the current contracting term, 31 July 2017. As a result of contracts ending a competitive procurement exercise for funding made available will open to all eligible providers on the Register of Training Organisations this week. Successful providers will be awarded a contract for 1 year with the potential to extend in the future.


2.Draft adult education budget (AEB) funding rules 2017 to 2018


As part of the independent training providers AEB procurement exercise, announced on Monday 23 January 2017, we will shortly publish a draft of the adult education budget funding and performance management rules 2017 to 2018 on GOV.UK.

We will publish an updated version in March 2017, incorporating feedback from providers and relevant stakeholders.


3.Funding rates and formula 2017 to 2018 published


We have published version 1 of the adult education budget funding rates and formula document for the funding year 2017 to 2018.

This document sets out the details of our funding system for the AEB and 16 to 18 Skills Funding Agency funded traineeships.

For further information, please contact the service desk.


4.Qualification achievement rates (QAR) and minimum standards (MS) 2015 to 2016


In Update 340 we confirmed that the provisional qualification achievement rates (QAR) data and SFA minimum standards (MS) data for 2015 to 2016 had been released for review and feedback. We also informed you of our intention to release the final data following publication of the Further Education Statistical First Release at the end of January 2017.

Due to some technical issues with provider access to the provisional data, we have extended the QAR provisional data window to allow sufficient time to deal with feedback and to implement corrections where necessary. As a result the Department for Education has delayed the publication of the national 2015 to 2016 QAR data in the Further Education Statistical First Release.

If you have any queries, please contact the service desk.


5.Apprenticeship grant for employers (AGE) facilities


We will shortly issue funding statements setting out the amount of funding available to colleges and training organisations for AGE eligible starts during the period January to April 2017. Statements will be issued through the Hub.

We will also shortly publish an updated version of the Apprenticeship frameworks funding and AGE performance-management rules (this document sets out the rules for funding, including the evidence required to support funding and the operational performance-management rules).

We will communicate arrangements for AGE from May 2017 in the near future.

For more information, please contact your business operations provider manager.


6.Funding claims 2016 to 2017 guidance


We have published the funding claims 2016 to 2017 guidance.

Your 2016 to 2017 mid-year claim form will be available in the Hub from 9am Tuesday 7 February for four days and will close at 6pm Friday 10 February. It will be pre-populated with your earnings following the R06 data collection return. You must add your forecasts for the remainder of the 2016 to 2017 funding year.

Full and completed ILR data returns for AEB will be required. The value of actual data submitted at R06, as well as the value of the funding claim, may be taken in account when setting up 2017 to 2018 adult education allocations.

For further information or related queries, please email the service desk.


7.Updated restructuring facility guidance


We have published updated restructuring facility guidance for applicants, including additional sections on due diligence and assessment framework, which is a key tool we use to review restructuring facility applications for financial support from government by sixth-form and further education colleges following an area review.

For further information or to request a copy of the accompanying financial model, please email the Transactions Unit.


8.Process for adding components to the 2016 to 2017 adult education budget local flexibility offer


We have published guidance for awarding organisations (AOs) on how and when we will add components to the local flexibility offer for the remainder of 2016 to 2017.

Colleges and other training organisations, must check before delivering a component that the:

AO provides a facility for the learner to be registered on it

learner can achieve it alone or as part of accumulating achievement towards a qualification

For further information see GOV.UK.


9.National living and minimum wage campaign


The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s national living and minimum wage campaign aims to make sure that employers and employees are aware that the rates will rise on 1 April 2017, and that workers are being paid at least the national minimum wage, or national living wage, depending on their age.

From this date, the new national minimum wage for apprentices aged under 19 (or aged 19 or over and in their first year of their apprenticeship) will rise to £3.50.

More information can be found on the national minimum wage and living wage page.


Reminder The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s national living and minimum wage campaign aims to make sure that employers and employees are aware that the rates will rise on 1 April 2017, and that workers are being paid at least the national minimum wage, or national living wage, depending on their age.  From this date, the new national minimum wage for apprentices aged under 19 (or aged 19 or over and in their first year of their apprenticeship) will rise to £3.50.


Every now and then we highlight companies and especially if they have changes to their format:  This week it is FIGSOL UK the company has two split sides to its functions. This is corporate and hard to Reach. Here Solse tells us more It’s aims are to bridge the gap and blend the labour force. Our federal service provision is based on Consultancy branding for the individual and the business. For companies we look at the effects of Brexit and how it effects the SME and Larger organisations. We look at those in the management/ senior levels and concentrate on their performance too.

For the hard to reach we have been in over 50 prisons across the country, hosting Business Challenge Days where the ethos is to give a second chance to a niche class of prisoners.

A group of business partners from various companies spend a day of activities with prisoners who they get to understand. At the end of the day’s event, a business partner chooses what prisoner he or she wants to either mentor, provide training or even a employment opportunity for.

The types of prisoners referred to us are not the typical “revolving door” criminals. They aren prisoners who have made a mistake, perhaps even for mitigating factors, have always contributed to society through employment, never had a criminal conviction and really want to get a second shot to life.  These types of prisoners are the “economical Inactive”.  Those who possess the skills, competences, qualifications and means to be reintegrated back into society’s employment threshold.


1: Rebranding companies to think CSR and training and Labour. 

  1. Inviting senior individuals from companies to assist us on our BCD
  2. To receive effective coaching and Rebranding in view of the companies CSR and Suppliers chain mandate in raising awareness for the company 


Please do call me if needed on 07462013913 Kind Regards Solse

The FIGSOL Team FIGSOL UK   07462 013 913


EMPLOYER ENGAGEMENT WORKER Location: London Salary Dependent on experience and skills

Contract type:    Fixed term for 3 years

PLIAS Resettlement has secured 3 year funding from the Lloyds Bank Foundation to employ an Employer Engagement specialist with experience in casework.  We are looking for someone with working knowledge of the London labour market.

The Employer Engagement Worker will be required to develop an employability service which creates, promotes and delivers job opportunities for ex-offenders and other disadvantaged members of the community.

To identify and build relationships and partnerships with local and national employers to identify current and future vacancies for employment and apprenticeships opportunities for ex-offenders and other disadvantaged members of the community.

The role will require effective communication and negotiation skills as key relationships are built and managed with employers.



Location:           London

Salary:              Dependent on experience and skills

Contract type:   Fixed term for 3 years

Do you have what it takes to work on this exciting project funded by the European Social Fund?

This is an exciting opportunity to become an integral part of a new dynamic team. We are looking for an individual who is performance focussed and target driven who will support a case load of and women ex-offenders. The Employment Adviser will provide casework support to individuals, particularly those from marginalised groups into employment.

The ideal candidates will be experienced and assertive practitioners, well-equipped to provide support for marginalised individuals over the phone, via email and in person and develop a robust and effective case management service of supporting people into work.  You will work  directly with prisoners and ex-offenders and their families to help them access support and/or develop skills that will enable them to build and enhance relationships, reduce reoffending and intergenerational offending to ensure the best outcomes for families.
You will deliver the service in partnership with a range of professionals in the community and will be passionate about your work, with a creative approach and can-do attitude.

The post-holder will have excellent communication skills and the ability to remain calm in challenging situations. You must be able to work with a diverse group of people as well as service users. Experience of working with families and disadvantaged groups in a multi-agency environment is also required.

This post is subject to pre-employment checks and a Satisfactory DBS disclosure.

Benefits offered 25 days a year annual leave plus bank holidays Pension scheme

Work place staff well-being initiative Closing Date:  17th February 2017
To apply for these roles, please email or telephone him on 0208 838 6800 for a Job Description, Person Specification and Application Form Please also submit an up-to-date CV,  showing the more significant positions, responsibilities held and relevant achievements  with a mandatory cover letter of no more than two sides outlining your motivation and relevant experience and how you fit the persona specification criteria.


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