Newsletter & Bids 09 2017 – Bumper Edition!

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Dear Members


This week’s newsletter bids, grants and Funds comes to you in conjunction with SLIC Training and is going out to 3,804 organisations and people who are in the Industry. This week’s Bids Grants and Funds News is a bumper edition with some 65 pages.


Well Doris the storm gave many problems and indeed some people did not have power for 12 hours or more, indeed I travelled back from London and it took nearly 5 hours normally 3. I offer my apologies to Martyn Davis sorry for the delay in getting back to you.  What a great weekend of Rugby so good well done England but the real test comes in two weeks’ time.  


If you are interested in employing an apprentice but cannot currently commit to the length of time needed for a full apprenticeship, or you have employers like this then an apprenticeship training agency (ATA) may be the right option for you or them. Apprenticeship training agencies recruit, employ and arrange training for apprentices on behalf of employers. Last year we helped 6 organisations become ATA status at the moment there are 66 for the full list go to


Have you booked your ticket to attend the Celebration of Apprenticeships Conference: Over 200 organisations are booked to attend? 180 organisations who are sending representatives, with many sending 2/3 delegates. Book your place now. We will be hearing from Karen Riley Deputy Director SFA: Who will be speaking on End Point Assessment, and on the afternoon of the 8th Dr. Sarah Stear will be speaking on Funding, RoATP and Standards, followed by apprenticeships sector experts panel session. Download the draft agenda now and


The Levy and what it means many companies still do not know or understand it and how it works.


National Careers Week (NCW) starts on 6 March 2017. The NCW website has a page of resources to help you celebrate your careers work. These include ideas for PR, social media and events.  Please share this with your communications and marketing teams and use the hashtag #NCW2017 in your own communications.


Why me? is seeking office accommodation of approximately 9m2, to fit 6 desks, inside zone 2 in London. They need a dedicated and quiet space for two people to take calls for their helpline and to talk to victims of crime. Extra staff can hot desk or sit in an open office. They have limited storage requirements consisting of a four drawer filing cabinet and small cupboard for books and DVDs. Access to meeting rooms is required for 2-15 people.

For more information please email


We wish the 14 organisation who applied for the AEB with us all the very best with their submissions. Also did you know on the recent RoAP that only a total of 1,753 providers applied to the register to be able to deliver training directly or as a sub-contractor to large, levy-paying employers.

Then only 1,310 – or 75 per cent – also applied to deliver training to smaller, non-levy paying employers. This then means that 25 per cent of providers turned down the opportunity to receive an allocation to deliver apprenticeships to companies that won’t be subject to the levy – despite them making up the overwhelming majority of businesses in England.


The SFA have sent out Technical documents for the apprentice bulk upload facility for training providers to use in the apprenticeship service. These can be found at the following:


One of our members sent over an item about Self Harm they found

Unfortunately more children are resorting to self-harm as a response to the pressures of growing up. With 60% of parents reporting they feel uncomfortable discussing self-harm with their children, thousands of children could be suffering in silence.

To help parents we’re launching a completely free online course next week that provides information on how to sensitively talk to your children about self-harm and tactics for increasing mental resilience.

Before then, take a look at our free resource pack that includes information and statistics about parental communication and self-harm. To get the document from Virtual College download free at:


The SFA are asking for feedback on the withdrawal of the fourth batch of apprenticeship frameworks by 5pm on 5 April 2017. The frameworks included in this proposal have replacement apprenticeship standards that cover the same occupations. The SFA expects the replacement standards to be ready for delivery by 1 April 2018 and the proposed last date for new starts on these frameworks is 31 March 2018. Feedback can be provided through the SFA’s online survey. More information can be found on the SFA’s removal of apprenticeship frameworks page.


Free Pearson apprenticeship webinars: opportunities for employers in new apprenticeship standards. The next webinars in the Pearson series look at opportunities for employers in new apprenticeship standards. One is aimed at large organisations and will be held on Tuesday 7 March 2017 (4–5 pm), and the other at SMES and will be held on Tuesday 23 March 2017 (4–5 pm). Do sign up if you are interested as they fill up quickly. You can sign up to access recording of all the previous webinars at the bottom of the page, and these cover: new apprenticeships, the story so far; new standards, new delivery challenges; targeting and winning employer clients; a new approach to apprenticeship funding; opportunities for employers in new apprenticeships standards; and progress towards the new funding regime. Details at


Company for sale has 250k direct ALL with growth case going in for 500k.  Prime partner with up to 200 ALL on offer, works with other Primes and has Just got an extra 250k AEB from Primes. 350k – 450k AEB with Primes – regular contracts annually with growth potential. 

100k EFA for Study programmes

16-18 Apprentices Good numbers

19+ Apprentices “as much as required

ESF London – new opportunity for NEET progression

ESF SW  – BBO bid just approved

Erasmus up to 60 free placements in Europe for placements of 15 day 40, 60.

3 levy employers in negotiation

FCR opportunity with China in negotiation. 150k initially.

Strong client base e.g with clients in Newcastle and Birmingham

Priced at 500K for a sale and MD would stay for transition of up to 18 months



The government has shut down the trailblazer group for early year’s educator apprenticeships, in a move described by sector insiders as “very disappointing”.

The employer-led Early Years Apprenticeship trailblazer group was disbanded by the Department for Education last week, due to what a spokesperson described as “slow progress” in developing its apprenticeship standard. FE Week understands it is the first of its kind to be shut down by the DfE.

“Given the very slow progress of this particular trailblazer, the decision has been taken to terminate its work on this apprenticeship standard,” they said.

“We remain committed to employers developing apprenticeship standards for use in the early years sector.” Read more on this at :


Facts About the New Business Rates Revaluation Information on the business rates revaluation which comes into force on 1 April 2017.  Business rates revaluation: the facts from:

Department for Communities and Local Government and The Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP

Part of: Local government spending

First published: 17 February 2017

Information on the business rates revaluation which comes into force on 1 April 2017.

The next business rates revaluation takes effect from 1 April 2017

The government is regularly required to update the ‘rateable values’ of business properties in England to make sure that they are paying the right amount of rates.

Alongside this we’re introducing the biggest ever cut in business rates – a £6.7 billion package over the next 5 years.

This is about making business rates fairer.  The revaluation will make the system more accurate by ensuring business rates bills reflect the property market.

Nearly three-quarters of businesses will see no change or a fall in their bills from 1 April 2017 thanks to the business rates revaluation, with 600,000 businesses set to pay no business rates at all.

The government will not benefit financially from the revaluation – it is a revenue neutral process.

In addition, from April 2020 business rates will switch from being linked to the Retail Price Index (RPI) to the Consumer Price Index (CPI), saving businesses around £370 million in total from 2020-21.

The government is providing £3.6 billion directly to businesses to help with the revaluation

The transitional relief scheme will support ratepayers by capping and phasing in any rise in bills.

600,000 small business will pay no business rates at all

As part of the £6.7 billion package of business rates cuts over the next 5 years, the government has permanently doubled Small Business Rate Relief.

Eligible properties with a rateable value of £12,000 and below will receive 100% relief.

Eligible properties with a rateable value between £12,000 and £15,000 will also benefit from business rates relief, offering significant reductions on their business rates bills.

See your new rateable value and estimate your bills for next year online.

Contact your local council to apply for Small Business Rate Relief.


16th International Conference on the Care and Treatment of Offenders with Intellectual and/or Developmental Disability When:   4–5 April 2017

Where:  Manchester Conference Centre, Manchester, UK

Do you work with offenders with an intellectual and / or developmental disability, including autism?  Do you struggle to find time in your daily work to learn about new strategies that are available and to keep up with the research on best practice?  If so, join us at this two-day conference to discover the latest thinking from eminent international speakers, as well as learn from smaller scale research and innovations in the concurrent sessions. The conference also offers unparalleled networking opportunities for delegates from the UK and overseas.


Tip of the week I: Get a mystery 4 star holiday for £89. Details


Tip of the week 2: Free Covent Garden soup with voucher. Details


Tip of the Week 3: 33% off Papa John’s pizza. Details


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