Newsletter & Bids 18 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 34 pages. We go out to over 4,000 organisations and decision makers and welcome to 14 new readers this week. To get your copy e-mail

We see the sun has just about got its act together for the Bank Holiday. However not so sunny for many Colleges with even more in the news with problems and mergers with a few facing administration.

Let’s get on with a roundup of News:


Advice from HMRC: 15-year olds applying for apprenticeships in their GCSE year

HMRC have recently received a number of queries regarding National Insurance numbers (NINos) for young people applying for apprenticeships prior to their sixteenth birthday. HMRC issues NINos to all young people between the ages of 15 years 9 months and 15 years 11 months so they have a number when they reach the age of 16 and can start an apprenticeship. Numbers cannot be issued on request to young people below the age of 15 years 9 months.

We understand that some training providers will not accept apprenticeship application forms from 15- year olds if the NINo is not supplied. This should not be a requirement at the recruitment stage as they may be too young to have received one. The first time the NINo is required is on submission of the ILR when the young person is enrolled on an apprenticeship.


Perry Ingles from Pearson informs us about 19 + LOANS INFO

From August 2016 advanced learner loans will be available for individuals aged 19 or above for qualifications at Levels 3 to 6. Current loans provision is for 24+ for qualifications at levels 3 and 4. This is great news for both learners and training providers.


The SFA has updated the advanced learner loans toolkit to reflect the expansion of the loans programme. The toolkit gives advice and guidance on how to establish and develop training provision funded by loans and can be found here  This week the SFA has published an  updated loans catalogue If you wish to offer a Pearson qualification that is not currently in the catalogue then please let me know the qualification code and title and we can apply to have the qualification added.


An interesting item from FE Week, the director general of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) wants the April next year launch date for the apprenticeship levy to be delayed unless the government backs down on its phased implementation plan, FE Week can reveal.

Now three people sent this to me and indeed you can read more at  Now  the three people all said was she asleep, one noted she maybe a hedgehog and been hibernating and the last one said has she been on holiday for the last six months.  My thoughts No she knows what is going on its just she has to give a speech to She will raise concerns about the “extraordinarily tight timeframe” and call for a “radical rethink”,  in a speech to business leaders in the City of London on Thursday.


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Well done to some 24 ROTO applications achieved by our Team with the results out this week for Capacity and Capability as well as Due Diligence, we did have one failure which is indeed sad but the SFA are now looking more closely at external Finance which is their right to do so.  However this is one of the few where there is no appeal which is unfortunate.


Free Two Day Equality Act Training – 18th & 19th May 2016

Using the Equality Act 2010: Free two day training for organisations supporting Black, Minority Ethnic and Refugee (BME&R) communities. LONDON

Day one: Complying with the Equality Act 2010 18th May 2016, 9.30am – 4.30pm
Participants will:

Learn who is protected under the Equality Act 2010;

Learn what types of behaviour and discrimination are unlawful;

Review their own organisation’s policies and procedures and identify any changes needed in order to comply with the Equality Act 2010.
Day two: Using the Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) 19th May 2016, 9.30am – 4.30pm
Participants will:

Learn how to use the PSED to advance equality for BME&R mental health service users;

Explore different methods of obtaining and using data to identify racial inequality faced by BME&R people accessing mental health services;

Learn to evidence the need for public authorities to work in collaboration with community organisations in order to meet the PSED, which has implications for how public authorities fund and commission services.


To book your place, please complete our online booking form,

For more information, please email


Pearson tell us: Due to a great demand we are now running a wait list for the London event but we still have a limited number of spaces available for the event in Bradford on Thursday 12 May. Don’t miss out on this free event.


Also this week the Peer meet Up for Training Providers website is about to go live and news on up and coming events in Manchester, Birmingham and again London. The new website is at

Also you can join in at or via WhatsApp Group by mobile 07974650751


Tip of the week I: A 3 night break in Venice is £189. Deal includes flights, dinner on one night, a welcome drink and a tour. Details

Tip of the week 2: Get a year’s 2 for1 pass to 385 UK gardens with a £4.50 magazine. Details

Tip of the week 3: Save 58% on an indoor skydiving experience for one with a digital photo download. Details


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