Newsletter & Bids 13 2017

 In bids

Dear Members


Happy Mother’s Day and this week’s newsletter bids, grants and Funds come to you in conjunction with our sponsors London Based Manley Summers Training. This week we have some 60 pages going out to 3,811 organisations and people who are in the Industry.


The Adult Learning Improvement Network (ALIN) are staging two dissemination events to present the findings and good practice from the projects covering Study Programme work experience and innovative approaches to successfully including maths and English into the vocational programmes.  The free to attend Dissemination events to include guest speaker Chris Jones Ofsted HMI: Friday 31st March. West London’s College, Giddon road, Hammersmith, London. W14 9BL13.30-4.00pm and Wednesday 26th April


Blackley Golf Club, Victoria Ave E, Blackley, Middleton, Manchester M9 – 7HW 9.00-12.00pm.

To register your attendance at one of the dissemination events, click here.


RI’s Workforce Conference is FREE for recruitment agency directors, owners, finance directors and compliance managers to attend. All the content will be focused around helping you to manage your non-PAYE workforce. The event is taking place on Tuesday 28th March 2017 at 99 City Road, London, EC1Y 1AX – by Old Street Station from 8:45am to 4:30pm.

At the event, you will:

Learn about IR35

Hear the latest on the gig economy and automatic enrolment

Gain an insight into global talent challenges and international contracting plus much more!

Alongside the presentations and breakout sessions, there will be an opportunity to meet and get the help and advice from a select number of service providers who will be on hand to assist you with all aspects of managing your temporary workforce. There will be ample time to talk to these providers as well as network in general. For more information please visit our website. Or register at


We have some 5 places left for ROATP applications if you wish to apply please contact us.


Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Apprenticeships – online learning course Future Apprenticeships: This free two-hour online course aims to help front-line apprenticeship staff to engage and support a diverse range of apprentices (and their employers) right the way through the new apprenticeship standards journey. It will help you to identify barriers, find solutions and improve your practice at all stages of apprenticeship delivery, from marketing and business development, to employer engagement, induction, on-programme training, on-programme assessment and progression and Pricing options.  This is a free online course. You must first be registered on the Foundation’s Online Learning platform. Once you have completed this you can book onto the course here. You will then receive an enrolment key in your joining instructions to access the online course.

This course is now live, click ‘Book’ to access the course.


SFA have updated their list of qualifications at level 2 and 3 in the legal entitlements.]

The policy and processes the Skills Funding Agency uses to make qualifications eligible for public funding.


Looking to sharpen your project planning skills? If so, East London Business Alliance are running a Project Planning workshop on 28th March, 2pm – 4:30pm. This is a free workshop, working alongside business volunteers. To sign up


Skills for Care ‘Good and outstanding care’ guide launches to NSA members

Registered managers who have renewed their membership of the National Skills Academy (NSA) for Social Care, since January 2017, can now access the electronic version of the new ‘Good and outstanding care’ guide: workbook edition. It can be viewed on the right hand side of your dashboard, through your membership portal. The hard copy of the guide will be posted to renewing members in the next fortnight. Places still available for mentoring training

We still have places available on the next free mentoring training session on 27 April. Exclusive to NSA members, this full day session will be held at Skills for Care’s London office. To book your place, or for more information, email


Wednesday 29 March 8.45am – 1.30pm at the Essex Business School, University of Essex

The Haven Gateway Partnership, in collaboration with the BEST Growth Hub, is hosting a half-day funding conference and exhibition at the University of Essex’s Business School. At the event, you will hear from a range of funding sources including European and lottery funders that are available for your business.  You will also have the opportunity to pre-book 1:1 appointments with funders and explore your opportunities to grow and develop.


Representatives from Tendring District Council’s Regeneration Team will be present at this event, promoting local initiatives including the Tendring SME Growth Fund.  Tickets are £20 (plus VAT) per delegate; places are limited and will be awarded on a first come, first served basis.
To find out more information, please find attached the event’s flyer, or visit Haven Gateway Partnership’s dedicated website.  Kind Regards,  Laura Richardson Funding Officer  (01255 686355)

Tendring District Council, Regeneration, Inward Investment and Growth, Thorpe Road, Weeley, Essex, CO16 9AJ


Create your Future is a new and exciting project that aims to help women into work from BAMER communities.  They are working with various organisations in Hackney including, Refugee Women’s Association, Peter Bedford Housing Association, Hackney Marsh Partnership and Hackney Play Association who will be delivering courses to help you reach your career goals. The courses are for unemployed women living in Hackney, 18 years+, from (BAMER) Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and Refugee communities. Launch event Wednesday 29th March from 12.00 to 2.00 pm Morningside Community Centre, Cresset Road, E9 6SJ (Lunch will be provided) For more information email:


One of the most important apprenticeship funding rules from May is the requirement that every apprentice “spends at least 20 per cent of their time on off-the-job training”.

This simple sentence actually raises a series of questions, such as how to define “their time” and “off-the-job training”.  The SFA will shortly publish dedicated guidance about the off-the-job training rule, but in the meantime we asked for a definition of “their time”.

The SFA today told FE Week that “their time” refers to contracted employment hours and said:

“Off-the-job training must amount to 20 per cent of the apprentice’s contracted employment hours across the whole apprenticeship.

“We do not stipulate how this should be spread out.

“It cannot include time spent on English and maths, or on training to acquire skills, knowledge and behaviours that are not required in the standard or framework.”

Thus, if an employee is on a two year apprenticeship and has an employment contract of 7 hours x 5 days x 46 weeks x 2 years that is a total of 3,220 contracted hours. Hence, at 20 per cent the minimum off-the-job training would be 644 hours (equivalent to one day per working week).

And for current completeness, here’s what version two of the ‘Apprenticeship funding and performance-management rules for training providers’ says:


The 20 per cent minimum off-the-job rule

“To use funds in an employer’s digital account or from government-employer co-investment for an apprenticeship, you must have evidence that the apprentice spends at least 20 per cent of their time on off-the-job training, recognising that apprentices may need more than 20 per cent off-the-job training, for example if they need English and maths. It is up to you and the employer to decide how the off-the-job training is delivered. This may include regular day release, block release and special training days/workshops.”


Definition of off-the-job training

“Off-the-job training is defined as learning which is undertaken outside of the normal day-today working environment and leads towards the achievement of an apprenticeship. This can include training that is delivered at the apprentice’s normal place of work, but must not be delivered as part of their normal working duties.”

The off-the-job training must be directly relevant to the apprenticeship framework or standard and could include:

“The teaching of theory (for example, lectures, role playing, simulation exercises, online learning, manufacturer training).

“Practical training; shadowing; mentoring; industry visits and attendance at competitions.

Learning support and time spent writing assessments/assignments.”

Off-the-job training does not include:

“English and maths (up to level two) which is funded separately

“progress reviews or on-programme assessment required for an apprenticeship framework or standard

“training which takes place outside the apprentice’s paid working hours”

Evidencing the off-the-job

“The evidence pack must, among other things listed in the funding rules, contain:

“evidence to support the funding claimed and must be available to us if we need it. This must include details of how the 20 per cent ‘off-the-job’ training, excluding English and maths, will be quantified and delivered.

“details of employment including: the name of the employer and the agreed contracted hours of employment, including paid training and 20 per cent ‘off-the-job’ time, the total planned length of the apprenticeship.”

Great event at Houses of Parliament for Pre Vista 21st Birthday, good to see Thomas and Zak from Get Set there and of course the team from Cultural Capital Asad and Nathan, Steve Delaney from Urban Futures, Richard Alberg, James and the team and my very good friend Martino, plus many more to many to mention.


PROUD TO CARE: LGBT+ Training 2017 by LGBT Hackney Carers Centre

PROUD TO CARE is a free LGBT+ awareness training daytaking place on Tuesday 23rd May at St. Luke’s Community Centre, London.

This training day, organised by the LGBT Carers Project is aimed at people working in the public and charity sectors who haven’t previously received any formal training in this area. It is essential for anyone wanting to feel more confident working with LGBT+ clients and addressing issues of sexuality and gender identity. This event and the LGBT Carers Project are funded by The Big Lottery Fund.

The training will cover:

Sexuality and gender identity language

The barriers to LGBT+ people accessing your service and how to overcome them

Equality legislation: Are you working in line with the law?

How to effectively monitor sexuality and gender identity

…and much more!

We have conducted training with organisations such as the Prince’s Trust, The Alzheimer’s Society, Carers Centres and GP surgeries. 100% of training participants said that they would highly recommend the training.

‘I would definitely recommend this training. I learnt a lot that I didn’t know existed and feel sure of what I am talking about now. The trainer was brilliant, very interesting and informative. I feel everyone dealing with people should know about this.’ (Sally, The Alzheimer’s Society)’

The training day is free to attend, but you must register, and we would be very grateful for a donation which will go towards services for LGBT Carers. Suggested donation £25.

There are two sessions, to choose from. Either the morning session or the afternoon session. Each training session is 3 hours long. Both morning and afternoon delegates are invited to join us for lunch (which will be provided) and a chance to hear what we have learnt from three years working with LGBT carers and our tips for engaging and supporting LGBT people in your organisation. Please book the lunch separatley to your training session.

Places are limited, so book your place now!

If you have any queries please do contact or phone 0208 501 1963.


Tip of the week I: Four nights in a 4* hotel in Barcelona from £199. Details


Tip of the week 2: Free pop up travel dog bowl. Details


Tip of the Week 3:  One year’s full vehicle breakdown cover for £27. Details


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