Newsletter & Bids 16 2016
Many thanks for this week’s Bids, Grants and Funds from EEVT Ltd (EEVT) and also to SLIC International Ltd. This week’s bids attachment has some 46 pages. We go out to over 4,000 organisations and decision makers and welcome to 12 new readers this week. To get your copy e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Letter from the SFA which will give an insight into changes from Peter Mucklow Director for Young People, EFA Director for Intervention, SFA
I am writing to inform you of some changes to EFA and SFA senior management teams working with institutions. For some months now, the Education Funding Agency (EFA) and the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) have been working increasingly closely together on assessing risk in relation to providers, especially financial risks, and on intervention to help prevent or remedy significant difficulties in individual institutions.
The key drivers for this have been the need to deliver an ambitious programme of Area Reviews, and also to make more effective use of our resources working across a largely shared provider base. In addition to being Director for Young People in EFA, I have been appointed as Director for Intervention for the Skills Funding Agency, providing leadership for risk assessment and intervention work across both agencies.
From 1 April, we have extended our joint working by bringing together EFA and SFA staff under six deputy directors who will have combined responsibilities on risk assessment and intervention across both agencies. Karen Riley, Paul Lucken, Paul Williamson and David Jeffrey – will lead teams with territorial responsibilities as follows: Paul Williamson – North (North West, North East, Yorkshire and the Humber) Karen Riley – Central and East (East Midlands, West Midlands, South East Midlands and East Anglia) Paul Lucken – South West and South (South West, Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire & the Isle of Wight) David Jeffrey – London and South East (London, Surrey, East & West Sussex, Kent, Hertfordshire, Essex) Nick Rashley will lead a central team. Catherine Christie will continue to lead the Area Review Delivery Unit. This is not a merger between the agencies. Staff will continue to be employed by either EFA or SFA, and will act on behalf of one of the two Secretaries of State for Business, Innovation and Skills and Education respectively. Contact details in terms of email addresses and telephone numbers for EFA and SFA are unaffected and remain as now. Bringing staff together across EFA and SFA will enable us to work more efficiently to:
- identify institutions at risk through use of analytical tools and local intelligence
- intervene to prevent or remedy significant difficulties in individual institutions
- support the delivery of Area Reviews and support implementation of their agreed recommendations
I hope you find this communication of interest.
Yours sincerely Peter Mucklow Director for Young People, EFA Director for Intervention, SFA
The Manchester and London Peer meet Up for Training Providers
ICQ Awarding Body Sponsors the next London meeting on the 19th of April for the next for the Peer MEET up for Training Providers only 10 Places left. This is only for owner or Director level delegates. After this we have one in Manchester also Sponsored by ICQ Awarding Body. The London meeting will have Economic Change as the Host and ENROLA showing their product, along with Guest Speaker Saf Ali from Peer Meet Up and the Pathway Group and Steve Lawrence from EEVT Tickets for this FREE EVENT can be placed via
Looking at the Levy and how awarding bodies will be involved and also funding issues along with Impact Contract readiness. Also the Manchester Event is now being planned and for details please contact Peter at email@example.com
We look forward to small and large organisation’s alike, so from Gingerbread, YMCA, ICQ, Pearson’s and John Smith Training we look forward to seeing you all.
If you looking for 24 Plus Loans funds then please feel free to contact me re an EOI and the application process Steve@eevt.org this is a Free Service and no charge is made by me or the Primes.
This week an article in FE week which can be found at http://feweek.co.uk/2016/04/14/the-multi-million-pound-cowboy-trade-in-subcontracting/ Deals with the Broker industry the Article which highlights “No win no fee’ brokers raking in up to five per cent commission fees on seven figure contracts” Government says the SFA will look at ways to ‘limit the use of brokers’ after seeing investigation”
The government is reviewing the use of subcontracting brokers after an FE Week investigation found huge sums of public cash meant for frontline learning is being hived off in commission.
In what is the first exposé of this lucrative but little-known industry, we found brokers typically charge subcontractors up to 5 per cent of the government funding for matching them to a prime provider.
You will see we are mentioned and I will reiterate what I said, we give equal space to all Brokers and we make no charge for Adverts it is simply letting people know what is out there if they need it and where to look and to look at the different offers on the table.
Also congratulations to Oasis Community Services on achievement of their Matrix Accreditation this is now our 30 client to achieve Matrix Standards. We indeed can look at another one client to take on for this as we have another 3 who are part way to achievement.
Another item from FE Week highlights
The 157 Group’s proposals for a ‘hub and spoke’ approach to provision at level 3 and above in London have been given qualified support by several non-member colleges in the capital, as well as the Association of Colleges (AoC). See it at http://feweek.co.uk/2016/04/15/colleges-agree-hub-and-spoke-london-proposal-could-work/
I think that it is a crazy idea but then I would! As I think great work is done by the SME and Not for Profit Training Providers who have much to give that Colleges do not have, I am not saying Colleges should not provide these qualifications, but they cannot control it via a hub. Only this week I was with a Provider, who goes into Night Shifts and weekends to work with Level 3 and Level 4 learners, also the College is not everyone’s cup of tea often they are very large and scare of learners some who are charged £6.00 an evening for parking and told to attend twice a week.
A quick reminder that BIS is currently running a consultation on the introduction of maintenance loans for higher-level learners in technical and professional education. This includes the new National Colleges and learning at the emerging Institutes of Technology. BIS want to remove the up-front cost and increase the uptake of technical and professional learning in sectors that are important to the economy. The evidence gathered through this consultation will be used to make decisions on whether introducing the loans would increase take up, the scope of the loans, and eligibility to receive the loans. The consultation closes on 16 June to find out more go to. https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/further-education-maintenance-loans-technical-and-professional-education
Pearson: Tell us again, little new news this week but below is a summary of the latest on qualifications approved for funding in 2016/17. Qualifications approved for the 19-23 level 2 and 3 entitlement 2016/17. On 23 March the SFA published the list of qualifications approved for the 2016/17 funding year for the 19-23 level 2 and 3 entitlement (third document down).
We continue to wait for the DfE to publish the final level 3 Applied General and Tech Level lists as these qualifications will be automatically approved for 19-23 entitlement funding. The lists were expected before Easter but the DfE has indicated these will not be available until mid-late April.
The following qualifications were not approved for 19+ legal entitlements funding in 2016/17 and following an appeal the SFA has confirmed these will not be approved:
Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Extended Certificate, and Diploma, in Sport
Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Extended Certificate, and Diploma, in Business
Pearson QCF BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma, and 90-credit Diploma, in Music Technology (we are awaiting confirmation from the DfE that the replacement qualifications for level 3 music technology are approved for 16-18 performance tables and if approved, the new qualifications will be will be approved for the 2016/17 funding year for the 19-23 level 2 and 3 entitlement).
More on how the SFA are approving qualifications for the 19-23 level 2 and 3 entitlement in 2016/17 can be found here.
Qualifications approved for the 19+ English and maths entitlement 2016/17
On 23 March the SFA published the list of qualifications approved for the 2016/17 funding year for the 19+ English and maths entitlement (fourth document down).
More on how the SFA are approving qualifications for the 19+ English and maths entitlement in 2016/17 can be found here.
Qualifications approved for local flexibility funding 2016/17
The government is moving towards full devolution of the Adult Education Budget (AEB) and as part of this transition the SFA have introduced local flexibility funding. This recognises that localities, colleges and other training organisations are best placed to decide on the most appropriate type of provision to respond to local needs. To support local area needs and deliver agreed local outcomes, colleges and other training organisations will decide on the most appropriate form of training provision. This may or may not include qualifications.
The SFA has therefore removed the requirement for all the activity they fund to be in the form of a qualification. Delivery of a qualification is only required where a learner exercises their legal entitlement to a first full level 2 or 3 qualification and/or English and maths.
Where qualifications are delivered, these will not now have to go through a formal approvals process but the SFA will apply principles to identify which qualifications are eligible.
Qualifications approved for the 2016/17 funding year for the 19-23 level 2 entitlement are automatically approved for local flexibility funding. In addition, many qualifications not approved under the entitlement will be approved for local flexibility funding.
The process for uploading the Hub is starting this week so qualifications will begin to appear shortly and the SFA will then start a monthly eligibility process for new qualifications.
More on how the SFA are approving qualifications for local flexibility funding in 2016/17 can be found here.
Qualifications approved for loan funding 2015/16 and 2016/17
In 2015/16 loans are available those aged 24+ for qualifications at levels 3 and 4; from 2016/17 loans will be available for individuals aged 19 or above for qualifications at Levels 3 to 6.
Qualifications approved for the 2016/17 funding year for the 19-23 level 3 entitlement are automatically approved for loan funding. In addition, many qualifications not approved under the entitlement will be approved for advanced learner loans.
On the 23 March the advanced learner loans qualifications catalogue was updated. It lists the qualifications available for an advanced learner loan up to 31 July 2017, and the date the qualification is available to start (i.e. level 5 and 6 qualifications aren’t available to start until the 2016/17 funding year). (Learners will be able to make applications for a loan for 2016/17 from May 2016.)
More on how the SFA are approving qualifications for 24+ loan funding for levels 3 and 4 in 2015/16, and 19+ loan funding for levels 3-6 in 2016/17 can be found here.
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