Newsletter & Bids 16 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.  Well it is a Happy Easter to you all and hopes are that you all have a great break.  This week going out to 3,696 organisations and people, who are in the Industry.


I would like you to know due to work this weekend we cannot receive inbound e-mail so please e-mail over the next three days.  This week’s Bids Grants and Funds News has some 50 Pages.


Yes indeed here we go again another change message from ESFA The government is committed to investing in high-quality apprenticeships to make sure all employers have the skills they need, and young people and adults alike across the country have a chance to reach their full potential.

The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) has carefully considered the applications made in response to the recent procurement for apprenticeship training provision for non-levy-paying employers. This procurement was markedly oversubscribed, a sign of the significant level of interest from the training provider market in the apprenticeship reforms. In response, ESFA intends to pause the current competition. This will allow us to review our approach to ensure that we achieve the right balance between stability of supply and promoting competition and choice for employers. It is important that we fully consider how best to achieve these outcomes in a way that achieves the best value for employers and apprentices as we move to a fully employer-led system.

We will undertake further engagement with the market to clarify our approach, and ensure that this meets the government’s wider objectives of securing stability in the market, good sectoral and geographical coverage of provision, and a market which meets the skills needs of employers. We will issue further guidance shortly.

In order to maintain stability in the system through the start of the next academic year, in the interim period we will extend existing contracts held by all current providers until the end of December 2017. To maintain our quality standards, current providers with extended contracts will be able to undertake new starts on those contracts provided they are on the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers. The ESFA will notify providers of specific arrangements shortly so that amended contracts are in place ahead of 1 May.  This will not affect training provision for existing learners. Extending existing providers contracts means employers can be confident in taking on new apprentices without disruption over the months ahead.


Job Title: Employer Engagement Executive Employer Engagement Executive

About Us:

Net Security Training is a specialist training provider of CyberSecurity courses. We have a 13-year enviable history of delivery high end Cybersecurity courses. We are looking for dynamic and ambitious individuals to help lunch our Apprenticeship solutions. You will be joining one of the fastest growing sectors within IT.

Overview of the role:

This is a key role in driving and delivering our growth plans. You will need to be proactive in engaging new Employers as well as maintaining high quality service levels with existing employers by networking and building business relationships.

Essential Requirements:

Experience of working in a similar role for a training organisation – securing apprenticeships starts

Exceptional sales, marketing and networking skills

Experience of developing relationships, influencing and negotiating with employers to secure new business

Proven experience of working towards and achieving targets

Excellent communication skills – written and verbal

Must be flexible with travel and working hours

No of Vacancies: Two    Benefits: Great Package ££££ +

Bonus/Incentive scheme and 20 days annual leave plus bank holidays also Pension scheme

Please contact Richard on


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The Reducing Reoffending Third Sector Advisory Group (RR3) exists with the purpose of building a strong and effective partnership between the voluntary sector and the Ministry of Justice (MoJ). The chair for the group and its secretariat is provided by Clinks.  You can read the full Terms of Reference of the RR3 group here and you can find out more information about the members of the RR3 group here

The process of bidding, for both public and private sector, work can be complex and time consuming. If you get it wrong, it is expensive and potentially detrimental to your business.  What is SSQ and how is it like a PQQ

The questions in the SSQ have been developed to ensure compliance with the European Single Procurement Document (ESPD). Its overall purpose is to streamline the supplier selection process, especially for SMEs. Although there are many similarities with the PQQ, many of the questions have been refined and simplified. The SSQ is divided into three distinct parts:

Part 1

Request basic company information, such as name and bidding model, for example, and whether you are part of a wider group and have any parent companies.

Part 2

This section requires you to self-certify you comply with the selection criteria, such as required levels of insurance. You must also confirm that none of the mandatory exclusions apply to you, for example, having committed criminal offences.

Part 3

Within this section, there will be a number of questions specific to the services you are bidding to deliver.  Suppliers who successfully pass are then shortlisted, and progress through to the tender phase. It is of central importance that all the information supplied is accurate, as just one wrong box ticked can lead to failure at this stage. Completing the form incorrectly could cut short your opportunity to tender for the contract.


See lots of bids grants and Funds like in our Bids section like The Drapers’ Company has announced that the next closing date for applications to its charitable fund is the 1st June 2017.

The fund supports projects that aim to improve the quality of life and expectations of people and their communities within the UK, particularly those disadvantaged or socially excluded. Most of the support is focused in Greater London and covers the following areas:

Social Welfare – including homelessness, prisoners, ex-service personnel, support for the elderly, carers, community and family services, disabled adults

Education and Training – projects which raise the aspirations or help to realise the full potential of disadvantaged young people under 25 years old

Textiles and Heritage – including textile conservation, projects within the textile industry, museums, memorials and monuments relating to the armed forces, history of London or the textile trade.

There is no minimum or maximum grant; grants are normally awarded for sums up to £15,000.


About Time Calls are being made for widespread changes to the minimum 20 per cent off-the-job training apprenticeship rule, in a new report expressing Association of Employment and Learning Providers frustration.  According to the government, off-the-job training must amount to “20 per cent of the apprentice’s contracted employment hours across the whole apprenticeship”, but AELP wants more detailed guidance on how this will work in practice following widespread reforms coming in next month.

Final apprenticeship funding rules for training providers from May 2017 to March 2018, stated that “training is defined as learning which is undertaken outside of the normal day-to-day working environment and leads towards the achievement of an apprenticeship”.

AELP has now called for the 20 per cent minimum to include time teaching compulsory English and maths resits training (where required), in a report unveiled today.

It also wants blended learning to be properly recognised within the definition as “well supported distance learning should be supported and not discouraged, with the utilisation of technology to enhance innovative learning being embraced and not stifled”.  A spokesperson added that in AELP’s view, the funding rules and guidance for the requirement should “fully recognise training which takes place away from the workplace”; training in the workplace but “in a separate training room”; or “effective training” at the apprentice’s “own workstation when non-productive”. Read More on this at


Secretary of State for Education Justine Greening on Tuesday 11 April 2017 announced the appointment of Professor Julius Weinberg as next Chair of Ofsted.

As former Vice Chancellor of Kingston University and Deputy Chair of Ofqual, Professor Weinberg has had a wide-ranging career in the education sector.  Professor Weinberg has served as a board member of:
the Universities and Colleges Employers Association (UCEA)
London Higher, the umbrella organisation for higher education (HE) institutions in London
Access HE
He replaces interim Chair James Kempton and he will step down as Deputy Chair of Ofqual when he takes up his new role at Ofsted.

Education Secretary Justine Greening said: Julius brings a wide range of experience from organisations in the education sector, and I’m pleased to welcome him to the role as the next Chair of Ofsted. I am confident he and Chief Inspector Amanda Spielman will form a strong partnership.
Professor Julius Weinberg said: I am honoured to be asked to take on the role of Chair of Ofsted and look forward to working with Ofsted in its important work of raising standards and improving the lives of children and young people.


Safraz Ali would like you to know I am seeking to interview for a video series senior executives operating in any industry who began life as an Apprentice. Do you know of anyone who began their working life as an Apprentice and has risen to the role of an Executive? This is going to be for a series of six interviews that we will be undertaking as part of general promotion of Apprentices and the Asian Apprenticeship Awards. The working title of the video series is currently “From an Apprentice to an Executive” Please e-mail


Ok also this week came out the ESFA the following document this is for technical staff in FE and skills training providers and includes the rule base which performs the funding calculation.


I would also like to point out that as an SME I wanted to see how I could gain the funds for SME and this is what happened:

1 They asked me to fill in a form I did this

2 They sent an e-mail thanking me and said they would phone me

3 They phoned I answered they cut the call off without speaking

4 They phoned about 1 hour latter I answered and they cut the call off

5 They sent an e-mail saying they had attempted to contact me but I did not answer so could I phone their 0800 number

6 I phoned and was put in a waiting line

7 After 20 minutes’ I gave up

Please see the e-mail

Thank you for the interest that you have shown in Apprenticeships.
We have attempted to contact you to discuss your requirements, but unfortunately you were not available.
We will try calling you again, however please do not hesitate to contact us at a time convenient to you. You can contact us on 08000 150 600, Monday to Friday 8am-6pm. When calling please choose option 1 and then hold for an adviser.

In the meantime, you can read more about apprenticeship programmes on the following link:

Please also find attached some useful documents for you to look over relating to Apprenticeships and the Apprenticeship Grant for Employers.

We hope to speak with you soon.
Amanda Blair
Employer Support Team
National Apprenticeship Service


They need to do more and also get it right otherwise there will be no SME providers who want Apprentices.


Lists the colleges and training organisations with a notice of concern or serious breach under the ESFA approach to intervention please go to and download

A great story on this can be found at


Changes to UK company law removed the option for small companies to file abbreviated accounts for accounting periods starting on or after 1 January 2016.  Small companies

If you’re a small company you have 4 options for filing your accounts:

Micro-entity accounts

You must meet at least 2 of the following:

turnover is no more than £632,000

balance sheet total is no more than £316,000

average number of employees is no more than 10

Abridged accounts

You must meet at least 2 of the following:

turnover is no more than £10.2 million

balance sheet total is no more than £5.1 million

average number of employees is no more than 50

Full accounts with us and HMRC

These joint accounts are suitable for small companies who are audit exempt and need to file full accounts to us and HMRC. You can also file your tax return with HMRC at the same time.

Dormant company accounts

These accounts are suitable for companies limited by shares or by guarantee that have never traded and can be filed using our WebFiling Service.

How to file your accounts

Micro-entity accounts:

To file micro-entity accounts you need to sign-in to our WebFiling service and choose the micro-entity accounts type.

Abridged accounts: We’re working on a replacement service that will enable you to file abridged accounts on Companies House Service. We expect to launch it this year.

Currently, there are 2 options for you to consider:

You’ll need a Government Gateway account and you can file your tax return to HMRC at the same time.

This service benefits those who file regularly.

See our accounts guidance for more information.


TIP 1 £9 – Entry for 2 to Green Island Gardens with Hot Drink Colchester


Tip 2 Intimo Restaurant, a local gem in the town of Maldon, is now offering Travelzoo members a 2-course meal with a glass of prosecco each, for £12.50 a head — that’s a saving of up to 60% on the regular price.


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