Newsletter & Bids 14 2017

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Dear Members


This week’s newsletter bids, grants and Funds comes to you in conjunction with our sponsors London Based Manley Summers Training, and going out to 3,811 organisations and people who are in the Industry. This week’s Bids Grants and Funds News has some 42 pages.


Ok the Government has looked at and given their thoughts the Committee’s Apprenticeship recommendations in full re Strategy

  1. Alongside the 3 million starts target, the Government outlines far clearer outcome measures for individual apprentices. These should include programme completion, progression to higher levels and subsequent achievement of secure relevant employment. It should publish an annual survey of performance against these measures.
  2. The Government has not set out how its increase in apprenticeship numbers will help fill the country’s skills gaps. The current balance of provision is skewed towards sectors with low wage returns and few skills shortages and we are not convinced that tinkering with funding bands will bring about the major changes necessary. The Government already makes immigration decisions on the basis of identified skills shortages; it should make greater use of this existing knowledge.
  3. The Government publishes an annual document setting out skills shortages on a national, regional and sector-specific basis and sets clear targets to ensure apprenticeship uptake in these areas is prioritised.
  4. The Government should keep the public sector target under review and enable increased participation in areas of the public sector with clear skills shortages.
  5. The Government examine further measures to make apprenticeship more accessible to all. This could include changes to benefits rules, subsidised transport or direct financial support.
  6. The Government sets out its careers strategy as soon as possible. As we said previously, it is urgently needed and must include immediate steps to ensure all young people have access to high quality careers advice.


The Institute for Apprenticeships

  1. The committee are concerned that the Institute, a body with a clear mandate to protect the quality of apprenticeship standards and assessments, is also being asked to work towards the Government’s three million target. This risks incentivising quantity rather than quality. If the Institute proves successful in raising the quality of apprenticeships, they will sell themselves.
  2. The Government carefully monitor whether the Institute has sufficient resources to fulfil its role and acts quickly to solve any emerging capacity issues
  3. The Institute appoint a permanent Chief Executive as soon as possible.
  4. The Institute should not be required to work towards the three million target. Its role should be confined to ensuring quality within the system. Its independence should be respected by Government.


  1. New standards should include greater detail about how training could be delivered, although there should be no obligation for employers to follow this advice.
  2. The Trailblazer system has not made a clear enough distinction between the roles of the employer—defining the skills, knowledge and behaviours an apprentice must acquire and demonstrate—and the role of assessment professionals—designing the means by which this is evaluated. We welcome the Institute’s proposals to clarify these roles.
  3. Standards should have at least one approved assessment organisation in place before they can be delivered.
  4. The integrity of the apprenticeships undertaken under new standards depends on the consistency and reliability of end-point assessment. We are unconvinced that the Government’s current model of external quality assurance will achieve this.
  5. Ofqual should be given responsibility for the external quality assurance of all end-point assessments.



The Apprenticeship Levy is a blunt tool in which contributions are unlikely to bear any relation to the skills needs of individual employers and their sector more generally. It is not sufficiently focussed on areas of the economy, and of the country, where training is most needed.

  1. We recommend that the Government, as part of its continuing review of the operation of the levy, consider whether a single rate is the best approach and explore ways of restructuring the levy on a sectoral and regional basis.
  2. There remains a lack of clarity about the long-term funding arrangements for non-levy-paying employers, and how this may or may not relate to levy yield and how much training levy-paying employers choose to provide.
  3. We are not convinced that introducing price competition into the apprenticeship system will have the effect the Government intends. It is unclear whether there will be enough information available to employers to choose between providers. If this proves to be the case, there will either be little competition or, more damagingly, competition based purely on price which could drive down quality.
  4. We recommend that the Government, in cooperation with Ofsted and the Institute, closely monitor the effect of price competition on apprenticeship quality.


  1. We recommend that Ofsted develop and publish a clear strategy, and related guidance for training providers, setting out how it plans to inspect standards-based provision, in particular that provided by employer-providers.
  2. If the Government’s reforms prove successful, far more employers will offer apprenticeships. It is important that they all have the knowledge and capacity to support and mentor these apprentices in the workplace.


Student Loans Company learning provider seminars Information

The Student Loans Company will be holding 5 events across the country in April/May 2017.

These events are an opportunity to share knowledge and gain an insight into the operational policy, systems and resources of the advanced learner loans programme.

More information and registration details can be found on the website.


The Education Funding Agency and Skills Funding Agency are to merge to become one body, the Secretary State for Education announced today (Tuesday 28 March).  The new, single funding agency – to be called the Education and Skills Funding Agency – will sit within the Department for Education and begin to operate from April 2017.  The new body will continue to carry out the roles of the Education Funding Agency and Skills Funding Agency and will therefore be responsible for effectively and efficiently overseeing:

  • the funding of education for pupils aged 5 to 16
  • education and training for those aged 16 to 19
  • apprenticeships and adult education
  • managing school building programmes
  • Its responsibilities cover these functions in England.

Secretary of State for Education Justine Greening said:  Creating the Education and Skills Funding Agency will mean we are able to provide a more joined-up approach to funding and regulation of schools, colleges and other providers, with improved accountability and better service.

We will be working closely with our staff, unions, stakeholders and the education sector to finalise and deliver our plans for the new agency. Current chief executive of both agencies, Peter Lauener, has announced that he intends to retire following the merger and plans to recruit a successor are under way. Mr Lauener will carry on as chief executive of the Education and Skills Funding Agency until a permanent replacement has been recruited and is in place.

Jobs 2 Organisations looking for good Level 5 Assessor HSC and a Functional Skills Tutor London based send CV via e-mail

Announced on Tuesday a serious blow has potentially been dealt to plans for a rigid post-16 divide between academic and vocational education, after it emerged the government is retaining Applied General qualifications.

Great to visit CJS Training and the Team this week also good to see all the team at Pathways group talking about the Asian Apprentices awards. Then this week on to see the team at Training Skills Uk, and indeed the guys at Cultural Capital.


Employer agreement with the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) to pay training providers to carry out apprenticeship training, can be found at


We have 1 place left for ROATP applications if you wish to apply please contact us.


The SFA have updated the list which sets out the funding bands that will apply for existing apprenticeship frameworks and apprenticeship standards this can be found now at

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.


The web address for Bravo has changed to You must use the new link if you want to access the SFA e-tendering portal.


I’m Isa, Project Director for The Asian Apprenticeship Awards. It is a privilege to be writing up this newsletter about a cause which is very important for us all in the current climate we live in today. As I write my first piece, we are witnessing the most important period most certainly in the last few decades, the triggering of Article 50 signalling the process of exiting Europe and the start of the apprenticeship levy next week. So, as my first post, it’s fair to say that this will be a memorable one. But, this is all about the wonder that happened at the Asian Apprenticeship Awards in November 2016 and what’s to come.


On the evening of 10th November 2016, Thinkfest, the organisers of the Asian Apprenticeship Awards held a spectacular event to celebrate the very best British Asian apprentices, their learning providers and employers. For those who want to relive the 2016 awards, we have now got a dedicated YouTube Channel which has all the recordings from the first awards. To watch, click here.


We would like to thank our headline sponsors CareTech and category sponsors Birmingham Metropolitan CollegeSemtaCity Training ServicesLearning Curve GroupDudley CollegeOffermomentsSpearhead eLearningWorld of LearningSevern Trent and AELP for their support for the 2016 awards. Without having the backing of such key sponsors, we would not have been able to hold such a fantastic awards and gala dinner.


We are now delighted to share that the Asian Apprenticeship Awards will be held again on Thursday 7th November 2017 at Edgbaston Cricket Ground. This year we aim to go above and beyond the high bar we set in 2016. We will once again be bringing in some great entertainment and another 4-course tasty meal to celebrate the very best of Asian Apprentices, their employers and their learning providers.

This year, we are grateful to be sharing the news of our newest sponsors for 2017. They are:

  • APM(Headline Sponsor)-a mainstream training provider working with people of all ages all over the UK including those with physical and mental disabilities that make it harder for them to find work. The company also works on offender rehabilitation programmes.
  • Birmingham Metropolitan College(Greater Birmingham Professional Services Academy) – a Midland’s based Further and Higher Education College with several campuses
  • Severn Trent Water– suppliers to eight million people with almost two billion litres of water, every day.
  • Association of Employment and Learning Providers(AELP) – a National trade association representing providers involved in skills and employment deliver, responding to the needs of employers, learners and the local community.
  • NOCN– a leading awarding organisation and top three Government-approved Apprenticeship Assessment Organisation (AAO) that has been creating opportunities for students and learners for nearly 30 years.

We will be announcing some more sponsors very soon. All sponsors are strong investors in diversity of apprenticeships and we welcome their support for this year.


And that’s what it is all about – celebrating the very best talent and diversity of apprentices found within the British Asian community. More importantly, when we spoke to most of our attendees from last year, there was sense of urgency to bring action. We are now working very closely with organisations to use the awards as a platform for reaching out to ethnic minority communities to promote the value of apprenticeships. So if you wish to Nominate a person or organisations please go to


With the continual growth of social media and use of smartphones, tablets and desktops, more and more children are engaging in or being affected by sexting, with the number of reported cases increasing.   Whilst we understand that it may be an awkward topic to discuss, it’s vital that all teachers and education professionals have the appropriate guidance when dealing with this issue.

To make it easier, we’ve produced a free guide entitled ‘how can you safeguard children from sexting? which you can download from our website below.


GCSE new grade 4 set as ‘standard’ pass, and impact on English and maths condition of funding:  Education Secretary Justine Greening has confirmed the new GCSE grade 4 will be classed as a standard GCSE pass. It means that students achieving this grade will not be required to continue studying English and maths post-16. In a letter to Neil Carmichael MP, Chair of the Education Select Committee Ms Greening writes:   ‘I want to provide certainty about how this new grading will work and, in particular, the consequences for individual pupils of achieving a grade 4 or grade 5. Rather than reporting on the ‘good pass’, we will instead distinguish between a grade 4 as a ‘standard pass’ and a grade 5 as a ‘strong pass’ and report on both.

Under the new system, a grade 4 and above will be equivalent to a C and above. This is – and will remain – the level that pupils must achieve in order not to be required to continue studying English and maths post-16. Therefore, a GCSE pass at new grade 4 will continue to have real currency for individual pupils as they progress to further study and employment. Where employers, FE providers and universities currently accept a grade C we would expect them to continue recognising a grade 4’.

It had previously been announced that a ‘good’ pass, currently a C grade, would become a grade 5 under the new scale. The grade 5 would be comparable to a high C or low B under the current system. The DfE were going to phase in the alignment of the 16-19 English and maths condition of funding with the new GCSE good pass so the funding condition would be based on the new GCSE grade 5 after the date of the 2018/19.


Active Communities- New funding available for local groups in Sunderland

New funding available for local groups in Sunderland Local groups and organisations with great ideas to make their communities an even better place to live are now invited to apply for funding to turn their ideas into reality.

People’s Health Trust has just launched Active Communities in Sunderland – a funding programme for local people wanting to create fairer places to grow, live, work and age. Using money raised by HealthRespect through The Health Lottery, People’s Health Trust is looking to invest in projects that support people living in the most disadvantaged neighbourhoods of Sunderland.

Active Communities is a funding programme for not-for-profit groups with an income of less than £350,000 a year, or an average of £350,000 over two years, seeking investment of between £5,000 and £50,000 for projects lasting up to two years. Projects could be almost anything that encourages strong connections between people, and that help people to make their communities or neighbourhoods even better places to grow, live, work and age. We’re looking for small and local projects, genuinely designed and run by local people. By small, we mean just a small group of people on an estate, in a few streets or villages. We’re also looking for great ideas from communities of interest. By this we mean a group of people who have something in common and wish to come together to address something that is important to them.

These ideas could be based in one neighbourhood, or cover a wider area. John Hume, Chief Executive, People’s Health Trust, says: “We’re looking to support ideas designed and run by local people which help create even stronger links and ties within communities. Whether it’s a women’s volunteering group run by and for Bengali women; a computer skills support group run for and by older people; support for local people to become community organisers; or young people living with mental ill-health wishing to address access to work issues or discrimination, we’re interested to hear about it.

“Applying couldn’t be easier – it’s about local people telling us what would make their local community an even better place grow, live, work and age.”

The closing date for applications is 1pm on Wednesday, 12 April 2017. To apply for funding, visit


Tip of the week I: Up to seven nights all inclusive at a four start hotel in Corfu from £199. Details


Tip of the week 2: Two pizzas for £10 at Pizza express. Details


Tip of the Week 3:  Picnic in the sky with cocktails for £29. Details


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