Newsletter & Bids 10 2016

 In bids

Dear Members


Well Mother’s Day is here so a very Happy Mother’s day to you all out there.  We have lots of new members this week so welcome to you all.  Many thanks for this week’s Bids, Grants and Funds from EEVT Ltd (EEVT).   With thanks to SLIC International Ltd. This week’s bids attachment has some 34 pages this week.  We go out to over 4,000 organisations and decision makers. To get your copy e-mail

Business Skills Trailblazer Apprenticeship Standards Consultations close on 13 March 2016

Pearson Work Based Learning and Colleges wishes to advise centres that a number of online consultations have been published in relation to new apprenticeship standards and assessment plans within the Business Skills sector. The following survey invites you to comment on assessment plan proposals for a number of Standards including:

  • Customer Service Practitioner
  • Team Leader / Supervisor
  • Operations/Departmental Manager
  • Project Manager

The following survey invites you to comment on the new draft Apprenticeship Standards for a number of occupational areas including:

  • Team Leader / Supervisor
  • Operations/Departmental Manager

If you have any questions around these Standards and/or Assessment plans, please contact Nathan Cookson, Sector Manager on


Last week I informed you of two Events for CEOs , Managing Directors and Directors of London area Training providers I am pleased to confirm that the First meeting which is on the 23rd of March is now nearly full with some 46 organisations I only have availability for another 14 Organisations in March.  The meeting is hosted by Oasis Care and Training, they work very much in the Community across London.  If you would like to book a place then you need to be quick and e-mail me at Saying March or April and name and title of the attendee this is for Owners and Director Level only. This will also see the Peer Meet Up Group for Training Providers, also looking at changes to funding and the landscape of funding going forward.  How we can work with it or how we can look at different formats going forward and 24 plus loans, Trailblazers, the levy and VAT plus many more changes.


Ofsted boss Sir Michael Wilshaw has said all 16 to 19-year-olds should be educated in schools, during a parliamentary session in which he attacked the FE sector again.  He was speaking in front if MPs at an oral evidence session of the Education Committee.  “My view is that 16 to 19 should be done in school,” the Ofsted boss said. Vulnerable learners who need a familiar environment “head off towards the FE institution which is a large, amorphous institution on a number of campuses and do badly. They get lost. Drop out,” he continued.


Funding4Training Opportunities Acquisitions:

Funding4training are interested in speaking to either subcontractors or prime providers located in the Southwest that maybe interested in selling. They are looking for providers within a 60 miles radius of Newbury and who delivery financial services or health and social care. All sized providers will be considered, but providers must be able to evidence good financials and be in profit.

Please note- Funding4training fees will come direct from the vendor and payable upon a successful sale. Due diligence will apply, as per usual.


Funding4training are also interested to hear from prime providers located Nationally, that maybe interested in selling. They will consider all sorts of different types of businesses, as well as those in financial difficulties. Funding4training has a bank of buyers that are looking to acquire prime providers from 250k up to 5 million.  Please note- this does only apply to training companies that hold a direct contract with the skills funding agency.

For more information contact: Benn Carson (Director of Sales & Business Development) 



#Pathway2Grow “Coffee and Natter” FREE Business Networking Event in LONDON 

“Double Your Profits in 2 Years — an introduction to an ActionCOACH Business Growth System WHEN ? Date: Thursday 10th March 2016 – 1.30pm to 3.30pm

WHERE? Venue: Grosvenor, Piccadilly, London, W1D 6BL

Who is it for?

Open to ambitious, proactive SME Business Owners, Entrepreneurs, and Managers that want to get more from their business.

Pathway2Grow “Coffee and Natter” Business Networking bring you Asari St-Hill- an ActionCOACH,Business Mentor and Coach. The presentation will focus on the key drivers of growth and profitability in small businesses. It’s an opportunity for you, to take a step out of your business to network with others and to think about the direction of your business, and the actions you may need to take to increase sales, improve cash flow and boost profits.

Attendees on the day apart from open networking will discover (or be reminded of) :

· A number of strategies on How to Double their profits in 2 years
· How to make more profits while doing the same (or less) level of work
· The potential in your business, and different growth opportunities

Who is ActionCOACH ?
ActionCOACH is the World’s # 1 Small Business Coaching Firm. They specialise in helping thousands of owner-managers, and entrepreneurs to profitably by taking their businesses to the next level, and changing lives.  The introductory session bought to you by Pathway2Grow will inspire you with great ideas and strategies, It is also a chance for you to put any business related question to our expert, and receive some useful business insights.

Advance Booking Essential- Book Via:


Another college bites the Ofsted bullet yet another further education college has plummeted from the highest to lowest overall grade after its first Ofsted inspection in more than seven years.  Mid-Cheshire College (MCC) has been slammed by the education watchdog, which branded its provision ‘inadequate’ overall, with six out of seven headline fields also rated as ‘inadequate’.

Inspectors last visited the college in November 2008, when it was rated ‘outstanding’ across the board.

Today’s report is highly critical of the standard of 16 to 19 study programmes at the college, which it says account for around two thirds of the college’s 2,600 learners.

“The requirements of study programmes are not met,” the report says.


Nick Linford does some great work and one area he looked into was the new Funding Agencies Shared Service Team (FAS2T) covering finance, IT and data will be launched from April.

It is the latest development with SFA and EFA boss Peter Lauener’s drive to identify areas where they can work together more efficiently.  Nick tells us He spoke with me at length about why the Department for Education is in a hurry to recruit for the FAS2T role, and what further efficiency savings can be made across both agencies.  “We have significantly reduced the number of senior roles [across both agencies] by essentially merging two into one,” said Lauener.

“We weren’t able to fill all the roles, as we established the new shared service operation and we have brought in one or two senior colleagues to establish the senior team.

“One senior role that is really critical to the operation is for data [overseeing FAS2T], so that has gone out to advert and I am very interested to get some new ideas and expertise.

“Both the EFA and SFA have got vast quantities of data that we manage and I think we can do a lot better to analyse it, to use it and actually share it.”

He added: “With the EFA, you have the quite significant benefit; we have developed a lot of our data work around 5,500 academies, which as you know has grown enormously over the last four years.

“We are used to handling very large quantities of data and putting it into this matrix, and all that kind of stuff. There are lots of lessons to be learned.” It comes as the number of permanent staff at the SFA fell from 1,241 in April 2014 to 899 by October 2015. This was in contrast to the EFA, where permanent staff numbers increased over the same period from 753 to 837. “When I was appointed chief executive of the SFA back in November 2014 [he already ran the EFA], I looked at a number of areas where I thought, actually, there is scope to join up here,” Lauener said. “Of the areas that I have chosen to do that, first of all we have established a joint area review delivery unit. It’s the team of people that supports the area review steering group.

“People from the SFA and EFA are working on that to make sure we are working with local partners to deliver the programme of area reviews on time.”  Lauener added the second area falling under Mr Mucklow’s responsibility was the drive “to bring together intervention teams”.


At QNUK we are all about Health, Safety and wellbeing.

We are pleased to announce the launch of our latest qualifications: the

QNUK Level 2 Award in Safeguarding and Protecting Children and Young People (RQF)

This increases our portfolio to 38 qualifications. As with all of our qualifications our fees are:
Qualification registration – Free
Trainer registration – Free
Lesson plan – Free
PowerPoint Presentation – Free
In addition the learner registration fee for this qualification is just £7.50 per learner.
If you are interested in registering to deliver this or any of our qualifications please visit our website at:

Being a centre with QNUK not only gives you access to a range of health, safety and well-being qualifications we also have significant discounts for centres on our events including the upcoming Assessor and IQA event in Haywards Heath
Of course you don’t have to be a centre to enjoy being part of our first aid and safety community on linkedin and facebook.


Tip of the week I: Stay for 3 nights at a 5-star hotel in Madrid for £199 including flights. Details


Tip of the week 2: An overnight stay in an 18th century country hotel in Darlington is £89 for two. Deal includes breakfast, dinner credit, and glass of wine. Details


So from the Team have a great week and keep training


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