Newsletter & Bids 15 2016

 In bids

Dear Members


Many thanks for this week’s Bids, Grants and Funds from EEVT Ltd (EEVT) and SLIC International Ltd. This week’s bids attachment has some 44 pages.  We go out to over 4,000 organisations and decision makers. To get your copy e-mail


We have had to change the date to the 19th of April for the next The Peer MEET up for Training Providers. Due to the amount of people wishing to attend, so e-mail me at

This is only for owner or Director level delegates. Please go to


If you looking for 24 Plus Loans funds then please feel free to contact me re an EOI and the application process


Congratulations to Oasis Community Services on achievement of their Matrix Accreditation this is now our 30 client to achieve Matrix Standards and we have 100% success rate! We can look at taking on another two clients for this as we have another 3 who are part way to achievement.


SFA tell us and good old BIS funding system for non-levy payers

At the end of March Minister for Skills, Nick Boles MP, confirmed that the new apprenticeship funding system is not expected to be rolled out to all employers until 2019. The levy will be introduced as planned in April 2017 and the digital apprenticeship service (DAS) will support these employers but the current funding system will continue for non-levy payers for perhaps two years. The timescale for the switchover is not yet decided but it is expected to be by the end of the Parliament in 2019-20. It means that large employers who pay the levy will use the digital accounts but employers not paying the levy will continue to be funded in the way they currently are: colleges and training providers will receive contracts for provision.  We expect more information to be available in an employer operating guide due to be published in April. Draft funding rates for apprenticeships funded via the levy are expected in June and final funding rates are expected in the autumn.


Also they tell us we have rescheduled the launch of the ‘recruit an apprentice/trainee’ service to the early summer to carry out more development work and user testing. We will host the new service on GOV.UK; it will replace Apprenticeship vacancies (Av) and offer the following benefits: 1. A self-serve facility for colleges and other training organisations to advertise vacancies more quickly. 2. Built-in validations for wages/working hours on the vacancy posting form. 3. Simpler vacancy management tools, with enhanced quality assurance features 4. Clearer and timely feedback from our advisers to providers on their vacancies. We will publish details about how to use the new service on GOV.UK later this spring.


This week Stephen Broadhurst Operations Manager at The Funding Brokers Ltd tells us we work with quality training providers to support them in sourcing sub contracted funding opportunities with FE colleges and private organisations in receipt of SFA, EFA and ESF funding contracts.


We have been providing this service for over 3 years, securing in excess of £100m in the process for our clients.  We provide our services on a national basis, consulting with your Senior Team to identify funding needs and matching your organisation with suitable lead providers.   We currently have direct contract holders with surplus funding capacity in Apprenticeships, Traineeships and Advanced Learner Loans. Our experienced team of brokers will also provide support throughout the due diligence and contracting process.


We work on a no win no fee basis whereby we will provide our support free of charge to the point of contracting.  Our fees will only become payable once contracts are successfully secured and are based on the total value of the contract awarded.

For a no obligation discussion please get in touch.


Also this week some 30 Colleges and including some University and Six form Colleges are involved in merger negotiations.


Also this week SFA say that only 33 of the 524 qualifications remained eligible for entitlement funding as a result of this, because they “evidenced demand, local need and entry to highly specialised job role/occupation, or the qualification serves as a prerequisite to a specialised job/occupation”. This was due to the Consultation- on the Qualifications which took place in a very short window and part of that was half term.  But it refused to provide a list of the remaining 491 potentially losing entitlement to full funding status An SFA spokesperson said only 33 qualifications were added to the entitlements list because “428 qualifications did not receive any submissions from a provider or an awarding organisation indicating they wanted them to be added to the list”.

She added: “Of the 63 qualifications where we did receive a submission, but which have not been added to the updated list, there are small number we are further reviewing as they were below the minimum size threshold.” When asked which of the 524 had lost full funding or were still under review, an SFA spokesperson said: “We don’t hold an updated non-core list, this list was only used for consultation.


College looking to subcontract high volume of adult apprenticeship funding-

We are working with a college that has significant underspend for adult apprenticeship funding. They have 500k ‘in year’ to spend and looking to engage with a high quality subcontractor, with experience that can satisfy either all, or a proportion of the funding. Providers must have the following:


  1. ROTO
  2. Matrix accreditation
  3. Success rates above 80%
  4. Learners pipelined and ready to go
  5. Hold existing contracts with primes
  6. Turnover 750k+
  7. Delivered over 200 apprenticeship learners in 2014/15 contract year
  8. Trading for 3+ years

If this opportunity is of interest, contact Benn Carson on 07875687154 or email him


Intelligence & Data Analysis & Cyber Threats & PREVENT

Inteltrain is pleased to offer a selection of very specialist nationally accredited qualifications that cover three very important areas for many of the organisations in the education and training arena. Intelligence / Data Analysis –

All organisations need access to high quality business intelligence so enabling them to make tactical and strategic management decisions. It may be of great value to your organisation to improve the skill set of your analysts and equip them with knowledge of current cutting edge search and analysis techniques.

Cyber Threats –

Any organisation accessing the internet is at risk and the vast majority are simply not insured against the potential financial consequences of a serious breach. As every employee can provide the entry point through lack of awareness – the Level 2 Cyber Awareness is appropriate for all internet users . Are your key IT personnel fully equipped to manage the risks and put preventative strategies in place? Perhaps the Level 4 Diploma in Cyber Security and Intrusion should be considered.

Prevent –

It is now a statutory obligation on relevant organisations to train all their staff and associates in Prevent. Many have simply not got around to it or are not as aware of what they should do. There is free Prevent training out there that can tick a box. However, Inteltrain can now offer the new nationally accredited Level 2 qualification – Understanding Safeguarding & Prevent Strategies – which covers both key subject areas. This is an e-learning delivery supplemented by specialist audio and video resources and depending on numbers can be supported by a half day workshop.

If you would like to know more, please contact us through the website or direct to or 03330-431410. We hope these new qualifications will be of interest and look forward to hearing from you.


Understanding and responding to challenging behaviour in young people. Following a popular series of mental health workshops last year, we are offering a new, half day workshop suitable for teachers, youth workers, social workers and others who work with children and young people. Where: Bore Place, nr Edenbridge, Kent TN8 7AR When: Friday 22 April 10.30am-2pm. The workshop is facilitated by Paula Conway who has over 20 years’ experience working with children, young people and families. This is a chance to:- Focus on why some young people don’t achieve their potential or actively sabotage their own progress and development Help you understand why some children find it hard to socialise and use behaviour rather than words to communicate Look at strategies for helping prevent young people from undoing and spoiling the opportunities they receive, academically and socially. To make a booking contact Hannah Cutts 01732 463255 or to find out more please contact me, Sally Potter, Health and Wellbeing Manager at SALLY POTTER Health and Wellbeing Programme Manager Bore Place Road, Chiddingstone, Kent, TN8 7AR 01732 463255



Please take a look at this webpage and book your place at this free conference.

Many important areas are covered including:

  • have the opportunity to network with colleagues, key industry figures and experts in the field
  • hear practical examples from other providers and employers relating to the new assessment requirements and how to embed these into your delivery models
  • share best practice, tools and ideas with peers to support your learners and to help shape your organisation’s systems and processes
  • gain a clear understanding of the new apprenticeship proposals and the implications around delivery
  • understand how funding changes will impact curriculum models and design
  • hear how we are working with schools and IAG to promote apprenticeships
  • receive guidance and tailored support in vocational and apprenticeship pathways to help your learners progress onto further education or into employment.



Pearson’s Events Free LONDON | 13 April 2016, 10:30am – 3:30pm

Health, Health and Social Care & Childcare Sector Forum

This Sector forum is for Assessors and Verifiers who deliver Health, Health and Social Care and Childcare and Early Years Diploma’s in Apprenticeship’s and as standalone qualifications.

BIRMINGHAM | 6 October 2016, 10:30am – 3:30pm

Health, Health and Social Care & Childcare Sector Forum

This Sector forum is for Assessors and Verifiers who deliver Health, Health and Social Care and Childcare and Early Years Diploma’s in Apprenticeship’s and as stand alone qualifications…

LONDON | 30 June 2016, 10am – 3:30pm

Healthcare Science Apprenticeship Event

This event is for anyone who is interested in knowing more about the new Healthcare Science Assistant (Level 2) Apprenticeship that will be available from 1st September 2016…

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ONLINE | 7 June 2016, 3:30pm – 5:30pm

Getting Started with Traineeships (Live Online Event)

This live online event is designed for centres that will be delivering the traineeship bundles for the first time, or putting traineeship programmes together using Skilled for Life…

ONLINE | 17 May 2016, 3:30pm – 5:30pm

Building innovative Employability programmes (Using Skilled for Life, Traineeship bundles and Workskills)

This online event is designed for tutors who are looking to build employability programmes using Pearson products..

LONDON | 14 June 2016, 10am – 3:30pm

Workskills new Specification Launch

These face to face events are designed for tutors who are going to be delivering Pearson’s BTEC Workskills qualifications using the new specification from September 2016.

ONLINE | 27 June 2016, 3:30pm – 5:30pm

Workskills new Specification Launch (Live Online Event)

These online events are designed for tutors who are going to be delivering Pearson’s BTEC Workskills qualifications using the new specification from September 2016…

ONLINE | 7 July 2016, 3:30pm – 5:30pm

Workskills new Specification Launch (Live Online Event)

These online events are designed for tutors who are going to be delivering Pearson’s BTEC Workskills qualifications using the new specification from September 2016.


As a word of warning the Australian ASQA issued a Media Release announcing the NEW Cert IV in Training and Assessment has been endorsed and will be released soon. Here is what we know so far:
1. The code for the new qualification will be released soon.
2. There will be one additional Core unit of competency. It is to be called Design and develop assessment tools. There is currently a unit TAEASS502B Design and develop assessment tools which we expect will be the unit they stipulate.
3. It also appears that the TAELLN411 Address adult language, literacy and numeracy skills will a requirement going forward.
4. All RTO’s will have to make a fresh application to add the new qualification to scope if they wish deliver the new Cert IV TAE. There will be “additional scrutiny applied to each RTO’s application”. They are deliberately making it harder to be a Trainer and Assessor in the VET sector. The aim is to improve the standards in our industry. I guess we can thank the rubbish Trainers and Assessors operating out there for this. So what does this mean for existing holders of TAE40110 Cert IV TAE.
As far as we can tell you will need to complete and add the two extra units, TAEASS502B and TAELLN411. (yet to be confirmed by ASQA). We will continue to issue more news as it comes to hand.


Tip of the week I: A 3-night holiday in Rome with Vatican views, flights, and dinner is £199 per person. Details


Tip of the week 2: Get a free Ben & Jerry’s ice cream if you visit a participating store between 12-8pm on Tuesday 12th April. Details


Tip of the week 3: Get 2 for 1 tickets to Merlin theme parks including Alton Towers and Legoland with £3ish cereal. Details


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