Newsletter & Bids 15 2017

 In bids

Dear Members


This week’s newsletter bids, grants and Funds comes to you in conjunction with our sponsors London Based Manley Summers Training leading the way on ESF Projects for more than 7 years. This week we have some 43 pages going out to 3,831 organisations and people who are in the Industry. 


Another new document that came out is for employers, apprenticeship providers and assessment bodies. It sets out the responsibilities of each organisation with a role in regulating the apprenticeships system.


Well done to CSJ Training ltd on achieving the Matrix Accreditation well done to the Team up in Walsall.


Also well done to Said and his Team re the re accreditation of the Matrix at Oasis Community Support in South London.


Also I have two companies looking to sell both are London based. 


With all the change and opportunities in the funded skill sector, we are running a PeerMeetup for Training providers in Birmingham in the next few months. If there are any providers that wish to get involved please speak with Steve Lawrence Safaraz Kasim Choudhry or of course myself to get involved in any way. Peer meet up in Birmingham please give your interest to Alan Hill at the following


Also please make sure you have the Updated list of apprenticeship standards that are approved for delivery.] Sets out the funding bands that will apply for existing apprenticeship frameworks and apprenticeship standards.


The EFA and SFA websites have now come together under the ESFA following the announcement of the merger last week. ESFA’s first working day was Monday this week. The new location website


Thousands of employers will publish their gender pay gap figures for the first time from today, helping break the glass ceiling and create a more modern workforce. The new gender pay gap mandatory reporting requirements are part of wider work the Government is doing to support women in the workplace. This includes £5 million to increase returnships, offering 30 hours of free childcare, and introducing shared parental leave and new rights to request flexible working. There is also extensive cross-Government work to get more women into the top jobs at the UK’s biggest companies and to get more girls taking STEM subjects at school.


The UK is one of the first countries in the world to require gender pay gap reporting and follows the government’s commitment to introduce the requirements at the last election. This is a key part of the government’s work to eliminate the gender pay gap.


Voluntary, private and public sector employers with 250 or more employees will be required to publish their figures by April 2018. The regulations will cover approximately 9,000 employers with over 15 million employees, representing nearly half of the UK’s workforce.


The UK gender pay gap is already at a record low of 18.1 per cent. These requirements will help employers to identify the gaps in their organisations and take action to close their gender pay gap.

Ensuring that women have the same opportunities as men to fulfil their potential in the workplace is a key part of building a country that works for everyone, as the Prime Minister made clear in her first speech outside Downing Street.


Register of Apprenticeship Training Agencies: The ATA is now being promoted and people who may wish to apply may do so, if on Bravo an ATA is a business whose core function is the employment and development of apprentices. Under the model the apprentice will be hired out to host employers who provide employment key to the Apprenticeship. Training will be delivered by a Skills Funding Agency contracted training provider.   This can be recognised by the ATA:


Being a separate legal entity established to recruit and employ apprentices with the intention of hiring them out to host employers to support the Apprenticeship. The ATA will have ultimate responsibility for the welfare, health and safety, learning and employment of the apprentice.


Operating a business model that offers sustainability over the longer term and is based on a commercial charge on the host employer and in some instances on the training provider. Income should not be dependent on Agency participation funding which must be used in adherence with the Agency’s Funding Rules, terms and conditions and solely support the delivery of training.


Having clear and robust systems to support their role as an employer. The workforce will include 16-18 year old apprentices, an age group that requires greater support and structure. The systems should reflect this as well as the nature of the operating model.


Offering full time employment of the apprentice as the norm. Part time employment is only available in limited circumstances based on the individual apprentice’s personal circumstances. There will be a contract of employment giving clarity around all aspects of their employment. The contract length should ensure the individual has sufficient time to complete the Apprenticeship with scope for an extension to allow for any delay. An apprentice must not be employed under any form of self- employment.  Agreeing a wage in conjunction with the host employer which must be at least the legal minimum Apprenticeship wage currently set at £3.40 per hour (which is reviewed each year). In line with the ATA delivering a high quality Apprenticeship they should not be promoted as a minimum pay model.


We have so far applied on behalf of some 8 ATA organisations successfully so if you are looking to apply by the 28th of April for the Register of Apprenticeship Training Agencies and need assistance then indeed please feel free to contact


Also this week saw the first official day of work for the Institute for Apprenticeships started its first official working day on Monday this week. The Institute’s website is also in place.

Strategic guidance: The strategic guidance from government on how the Institute for Apprenticeships should carry out its functions for the 2017 to 2018 financial year was published this week. The guidance was informed by a consultation held January. The document explains the purpose of the Institute for Apprenticeships and provides directions for the institute to consider when carrying out its duties


Also this week updated guidance on the Technical documents for the apprentice bulk upload facility for training providers to use in the apprenticeship service.


Collab Group and London Capital Colleges are pleased to announce a new agreement creating the London Capital Colleges- Collab Group Partnership which will support pan-London policy development and lobbying.  The partnership will allow for a stronger voice for the larger college groups within London and speaks to a need work collaboratively to find London wide solutions to the skills challenges faced in the Capital.


As partners we have an exciting opportunity to effectively influence and shape pan-London policy, collectively develop solutions to support technical & professional education across London, and speak to key industry sectors on a London-wide basis.


This is especially important given the issues that will have a significant impact on the London economy and the FE Sector in the coming years, notably: Brexit; the Government’s Industrial Strategy; the creation of Institutes of Technology; the Skills for London Strategy that the Mayor’s office is now beginning to work on; the devolution of AEB; and the Mayor’s stated objective of wanting the 16-19 skills budgets devolved to his office.


Ian Pretty, CEO, Collab Group said, “Working in collaboration to advance national and regional productive capacity is the mission of Collab Group. We are pleased to have the opportunity to strengthen our offer for London by partnering with London Capital Colleges. Our unique collaboration means we are best placed to present real solutions for government, industry, learners and job seekers across the capital.


Employment help for people with health conditions will roll out from April, along with wider reforms to ensure a fair welfare system.  The government is launching the Personal Support Package, which includes £330 million of additional employment support over 4 years for people who due to an illness or disability are unable to work at the moment, but may be able to in the future.  This will also include:

  • 300 new Disability Employment Advisers in jobcentres across the country
  • a one-to-one health and work conversation with a Jobcentre Plus Work Coach to help raise confidence in managing a health condition, when appropriate
  • the introduction, from the summer, of a new Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) Claimant Commitment for disabled people or those with a health condition who are out of work, setting out the support the Jobcentre will provide and what is expected of claimants
  • personalised support provided to new ESA claimants placed in the work- related activity group, and new claimants of Universal Credit’s equivalent group, to help them move closer to the jobs market and, when they are ready, into work

Other welfare reforms also come into effect in April to further help those who can work get back into work, while ensuring support is in place for those who need it. These include the more generous Universal Credit taper, starting on 10 April, which will mean claimants keep more of their earnings as they build up their work hours


Support for growing business

Enterprise Zones are central to the government’s Industrial Strategy. They will help businesses up and down the country seize the opportunities presented by leaving the European Union.

Each Enterprise Zone is unique, building on the strengths of each area. They support some of the country’s most vital industries including manufacturing, technology and renewable energy.

The zones going live include:

  • M62 Corridor Leeds City Region: in a boost to the Northern Powerhouse, the Zone will capitalise on the area’s strong manufacturing industry and focus on digital technology, automotive engineering, textiles and glass making
  • North Kent Innovation Zone: with 3 sites covering Ebbsfleet Garden City, Kent Medical Campus and Rochester Airport Technology Park, the Zone will focus on the life sciences sector
  • Brierley Hill: a new tech office hub for the Black Country will support development of Britain’s advanced manufacturing heartland in the Midlands Engine; it will have easy access to surrounding industrial sites as well as central Birmingham, national and international connections
  • Cornwall Marine Hub: located over 3 sites at Hayle, Tolvaddon and Falmouth Docks, the Zone will establish Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly as a global centre for the marine renewable energy sector

Further information

The Enterprise Zones launching were announced at Autumn Statement 2015 and are:

Northern Powerhouse

  • M62 Corridor (Leeds City Region LEP)
  • North East Round 2 (North East LEP)
  • York Central (York, North Yorkshire and East Riding LEP)

Midlands Engine

  • Brierley Hill (Black Country LEP)
  • Loughborough and Leicester (Leicester and Leicestershire LEP)

South West

  • Cornwall MarineHub (Cornwall and Isles of Scilly LEP)
  • Dorset (Dorset LEP)
  • Heart of the South West (Heart of the South West LEP)
  • An extension to the West of England LEP Enterprise Zone

South East and East

  • Enterprise M3 (Enterprise M3 LEP)
  • Enviro-Tech (Hertfordshire LEP)
  • Newhaven (Coast to Capital LEP)
  • North Kent Innovation Zone (South East LEP)
  • An extension to the New Anglia LEP Enterprise Zone

Businesses basing themselves on Enterprise Zones can access a number of benefits:

  • business rate discount worth up to £275,000 per business over a 5-year period
  • generous enhanced capital allowances (tax relief) worth millions to businesses making large investments in plant and machinery
  • 100% retention of business rate growth for the Local Enterprise Partnership, to enable them to fund development on the Enterprise Zone


Foundation for Social Improvement awarded funds to run a two year training programme.

The Foundation for Social Improvement (the FSI) has been awarded a grant worth £199,580 to run a two year training programme, helping small, local charities and community groups develop their fundraising skills.

The programme run by the FSI in partnership with LocalGiving, the Small Charities Coalition and Charity Finance Group, will provide over 5,000 fundraising training opportunities. It will include face-to-face events across the country, webinars and online learning resources, one-to-one advice and consultancy appointments, fundraising campaign planning support, and intensive mentoring matches. Training will be subsidised, helping organisations to take part who may not normally have the resources to attend.

The training will be for small, local charities and community groups with an annual income of up to £1 million, which have a local focus within England.

Minister for Civil Society, Rob Wilson said:

Small, local charities and community groups provide essential support for local people and are the backbone of our communities helping to build a fairer society that benefits everyone, not just the privileged few.

I want to help them be more resilient and sustainable, and this training programme will give them valuable skills so they can continue their vital work helping to support people up and down the country.

Details of the training events will be added to the FSI’s website as they become available, with online resources for those who might not be able to attend the training. You can also follow the FSI on Twitter for latest news and information about the training.


Tip of the week I: Two nights in Rome for £99. Details


Tip of the week 2: 50% off the Mind Body Spirit Festival. Details


Tip of the Week 3: 10% off Hotel Chocolat. Details


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