Newsletter & Bids 12 2017

 In bids

Dear Members


This week’s newsletter bids, grants and Funds comes to you in conjunction with our sponsors Manley Summers Training. We have some 53 pages going out to 3,804 organisations and people who are in the Industry. 


We at EEVT had a very good outcome total for the first release of the SFA’s new Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers (RoATP) has been published. Our success rate was 99% so if you want to apply at the next opening please contact us.

After the first round of applications, 1,708 providers have qualified onto the register across England, and only those organisations on the Register can offer apprenticeship training under the new Levy arrangements. 

Of those on the register, 170 are employer providers, levy-paying employers permitted to train their own staff, 1,303 are main providers, meaning they can be selected by levy-paying employers to deliver apprenticeships, and 235 are supporting providers, who can only deliver as subcontractors.  Levy-paying employers will be able to choose their apprenticeship training delivery from this provider base for all apprentices starting their programmes from May 2017. A total of 2,327 providers had applied for the Register in this first round, meaning that 74% successfully qualified.


Many thanks to all who attended the Strategy and Marketing Event on Friday and Saturday at the Hilton at Dartford this event is hosted by the Marketing Think Tank Forum.  I was pleased to be invited by Professor Ernest Kadembo to be a guest speaker Saturday and indeed many thanks to all the other speakers some who came from the USA and the Scotland a great event.


The SFA have released a form to request an increase to your financial year contract values for periods 9 to 12 (April 2017 to July 2017). Traineeships growth requests 2016 to 2017

In preparation for performance-management point 2, we have published the above 2016 to 2017 growth request form for 16 to 18 and 19 to 24 traineeships.

Colleges and training organisations can use this form to submit requests to:

increase 16 to 18 and 19 to 24 traineeships contract values for periods April 2017 to July 2017

When reviewing requests we will consider the following principles:

your final 2015 to 2016 delivery

your 2016 to 2017 delivery against year-to-date profiles

we are confident that awarding an increase to your maximum contract value is good use of public funds

you are listed on the Register of Training Organisations and have successfully completed the capacity and capability questions

Using the principles outlined above, it is important that you submit your request to: before 5pm on Monday 3 April 2017.

The form is at


Also a list of the colleges and training organisations with a notice of concern or serious breach under the SFA approach to intervention. This came out Wednesday and can be found at the following


The new Version Advanced Learner Loans funding and performance management rules for the 2016 to 2017 funding year (1 August 2016 to 31 July 2017) a total of 38 pages of confusing stuff.


The DWP what is effectively known as the Flexible Support Fund is now out This is for all areas and JCP Districts in England Skills training but only: If the contract is valued at over £50,000 or – if this is part of a DPS Routeway, with access to more than one category including skills training.

We are doing bids for these now they require a comprehensive package of support to provide the individual with everything they need both in terms of work-related skills and relevant licenses etc. to enable them to compete in the labour market.


They say we need employer and employment focused training opportunities to meet the needs of a wide range of claimants, which are aligned to local labour markets, supporting those with diverse needs and which lead to paid and sustained employment. This may include pre-determined, pre-employment training for a sector based work academy1 (sbwa).


We are looking for close links between claimants and employers to deliver specific vocational skills which lead directly to jobs, prepare claimants for work and provide certification, accreditation and/or qualifications as appropriate. The training provided must be occupationally focused, accepted as an industry requirement and delivered to industry standards.

They say ideally we want short certificated courses.

Where certification or accreditation is required to allow claimants to access certain working environments and undertake work in particular occupational areas, this should be provided and arranged for by the supplier.


Training courses must provide nationally recognised accreditation/qualifications by appropriate awarding bodies such as NVQ, City & Guilds, ASDAN, NCFE and recognised industry-specific organisations and any Scottish equivalents.


The following training has been offered previously but the list is not exhaustive and we would welcome additional proposals which clearly link to future employment opportunities in new sectors or industries. There must be a demonstrable link to realistic employment.   Examples of short certificated courses include (this list is not exhaustive):

Security Industry Authority (SIA) Certificate; Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) cards; Health & Safety certificates; Manual Handling certificate; Basic Food Hygiene certificate;17th Edition BS7671 electrical wiring regulations update;   Examples of sector-specific training and skills shortage training include (this list is not exhaustive):

For the following Administrative/Clerical/Secretarial, Arts and Media, Care, Construction, Customer Service, Engineering, Financial, Hairdressing and Beauty, Health and Safety, Hospitality, IT Media, Logistics and Transport, Manufacturing. Other: Public Services, Retail, Security, Sports and Fitness, Travel and Tourism

Our costs are shown here for Retained clients and readers of the newsletter use code 2017334

The cost of this is some £1,200.00 then additional £250.00 for each course applied for

So for 1 £1,200.00 and £250.00 total £1,450.00

So for 2 £1,200.00 and £500.00 total £1,700.00

So for 3 £1,200.00 and £600.00 total £1,800.00

So for 4 £1,200.00 and £800.00 total £2,000.00

Please contact Steve at


I would like to offer you a complimentary ticket to DPRTE, the UK’s leading defence procurement and supply chain event, which is taking place on Tuesday 28 March at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff.  My name is Tom and I am the Marketing Executive here at DCO.


Come along and meet the DCI team, enjoy a complimentary lunch, and immerse yourself in a day of learning, networking and collaboration.  My colleague John Bisset will be giving a short presentation at 9:45am in the Supply Chain and Partnering Knowledge Transfer Zone entitled ‘Finding Defence Opportunities with DCI,’ which will provide you with an overview of the DCI application plus the new enhancements brought about by our recent product update. Throughout the day, John will be happy to answer any questions you may have about DCI and how it could work for you.


If you would like to take me up on this offer, please email me at

to register your interest. These complimentary tickets are subject to availability and will be issued on a first come, first served basis, so don’t delay in getting in touch.


Deadline extended to Tuesday! BTEC Awards


Following several requests from customers, we’ve decided to extend the deadline for nominations to ensure that all those who wish to have the opportunity (and time!) to participate in this year’s BTEC Awards.  Nominations will now close at midnight next Tuesday 21st March.

Thank you to all those of you who have nominated so far: we’ve been highly impressed with the submissions and it’s clearly going to be a tough year for our judges!


Volunteers’ Week 2017: You make the difference 1-7 June

Tell volunteers ‘you make the difference’

If volunteers make a difference to your charity, community or organisation then make sure you’ve got Volunteers’ Week 1-7 June in your diary! It’s the annual campaign to be part of to thank your volunteers and celebrate the difference they make.


Last year there was a record breaking 900 events across the country posted on our Volunteers’ Week map and we hope that many more will be inspired by the campaign this year. From running events to sharing thank you messages on social media we want to inspire organisations across the country to come together to let volunteers know that they make a difference and their gift of time matters.


A call to action

In our ‘you make the difference’ message this year there is also a call to action to others to think about what they can do. How can you make the difference? At NCVO we’re passionate about how through volunteering people can take positive action to make a difference to a cause they care about. I think this is a powerful and important message for times when we may not feel empowered or able to change things for the better. Through volunteering we can make the difference; to individuals and communities every day from improving the environment we live in, spending time with those who may otherwise be lonely and contributing to a range of other essential services and support.

For many organisations Volunteers’ Week is also be a chance to recruit new volunteers and showcase the range of volunteering opportunities on offer and so we also hope that it helps to inspire people to find out more about opportunities locally, take part and try volunteering for the first time.


How to get involved 

NCVO will be providing all the information, guidance and resources you need to start planning and make your Volunteers’ Week a success. We are preparing a resource pack full of ideas and tips for making the most of Volunteers’ Week this year to be launched in March.

Sign up to our Volunteers’ Week mailing list to keep up to date with plans and hear first when our resource pack is available. Sign up with your email on the right of the website.

We will also keep you updated in our monthly Volunteering Round-up on the NCVO blog.

Tell us about your plans

Tell us what you’re planning and add your event to our event’s map or you can tweet us @NCVOvolunteers #volunteersweek.

You can also email the Volunteers’ Week team.

We can’t wait to hear about how you plan to celebrate your volunteers and how they make a difference!


Following this occasion, National Apprenticeship Week’ the Asian Apprenticeship Awards will also be launching in 2017, and officially accepting nominations.

Last year I was the head Judge and what an event a great time for all concerned. The acclaimed event will be an opportunity to recognise and celebrate British Asian apprentices, as well as their employers and training providers.  We are proud to announce that this year’s awards will be in association with Advanced Personnel Management (APM). They are the leading international human services organisation, delivering employment, injury management, vocation rehabilitation, assessments and Skills provider delivering services across the country.

The inaugural Asian Apprenticeship Awards that took place in 2016 was a huge success and made a significant impact on businesses and professionals in attendance and the industry in general. Many of our attendees already had an idea about the current lack of apprentices, deriving from a British Asian background. They were familiar with the negative stigma that is attached to apprenticeships within this particular community. Those who were not initially aware of this, had the opportunity to increase their understanding during the event, and learn why recruiting British Asians as apprentices, is an ongoing challenge.


The awards celebrated an array of talent and diversity, found within apprenticeships. The event also showed gratitude towards the commendable employers and training providers- who made the effort to reach out to young people, and offered them a solid chance of becoming successful.

Nominations are currently open and we have several industry specific categories for both apprentices and employers, as well as a specific award for learning providers, schools and academies. In addition to this, our panel will be awarding an individual for their overall contribution towards the field of apprenticeships.


This year’s event will be taking place on 2nd November at Birmingham’s Edgbaston Cricket Ground. To nominate an apprentice, employer, learning provider, school, or academy for an award, please visit our website:

A number of sponsorship opportunities are available to support the cause and celebrate the very best of British Asian Apprentices. For more information, please contact Isa Mutlib at or on 0121 707 0550.


Welcome to the Young Talent Recruitment Survey 2017 in conjunction with AELP, GetMyFirstJob and KPMG.
Thank you for taking part. It should take no more than 4 minutes to complete.

When thinking of all the candidates for skilled, entry level roles your organisation talks to, please let us know your current understanding of the recruitment market and the key challenges ahead in 2017 and beyond.

If you would like a copy of the survey results, plus an analysis of UK apprenticeship demographics compiled from 300,000 registered candidates at, please leave your details at the end of this survey.


Pre Vista celebrates 21 years of Training and Development with their Birthday Event at the Houses Of Parliament Tomorrow Monday Happy Birthday.


Tip of the week I: All-inclusive holiday in Corfu for 3 nights from £149. Details


Tip of the week 2: Mother’s Day family photoshoot for £9. Details


Tip of the Week 3: Free First Aid app. Details


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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