Newsletter & Bids 18 2017

 In bids

Dear Members


This week’s newsletter bids, grants and Funds come to you in conjunction with our sponsors London Based Manley Summers Training.   We have a Bumper Bank Holiday Edition with some 60 Pages, going out to 3,688 organisations and people, who are in the Industry. We hope you have a Great Bank Holiday weekend!


Well, Friday saw the awaited documents The ESFA today reissued the rules that will apply to all apprenticeship provision funded by the ESFA following the introduction of the apprenticeship levy.

These documents set out the funding and performance management rules for employers, employer-providers and training providers delivering the new apprenticeship programme from 1 May 2017.

The funding rules cover the period May 2017 to March 2018 and apply to all apprenticeship programmes starting on or after 1 May 2017. This includes both apprenticeship frameworks and standards.  The funding rules form part of the terms and conditions for funding apprenticeships by the Education and Skills Funding Agency.


Training providers can contact the ESFA through their Business Operations Service Desk at or telephone 0370 2640001. You can also contact your provider management manager/adviser. Employers requiring further support can contact them through their Apprenticeship Business Support team on 0800 015 0600.


Please go to


There are 5 different documents at this location.


Well as always great things going on so we have a New List of SFA Providers of Concern


How the Agency selects colleges for funding assurance reviews and how the related documents will be used by the SFA and appointed auditors.


Next I have three companies looking to sell they are

1 West London £250K

2 South London £300 K

3 One South West TBA


All have contracts varying sizes and types all have good History and all are ROTO and ROATP and two have clients who are Levey payers.


Peer meet Up Birmingham is fully booked for the 25th of May however we are looking at adding another 10 spaces taking this up to 60 this should be done by Wednesday so please make sure you have booked in at We have also had requests from people wishing to be speakers and indeed we have a full list for this event with some 8 speakers. However please send through for other Peer meet Ups for London, Leeds and Liverpool.


Both the House of Commons and the House of Lords have agreed on the text of the Technical and Further Education Bill, which relates to provisions for technical and further education. The Bill received Royal Assent, becoming an Act of Parliament (law), on 27 April 2017.


A London merger that had previously gone from a three-way to a two-way is now not happening at all.  Barnet and Southgate College and Waltham Forest College announced plans to join forces in October, after talks with College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London about three-way link up were shelved.  But staff at the two colleges were told earlier this week that the merger had been scrapped.  The news was confirmed in a statement published to Barnet and Southgate College’s website after it was exclusively revealed by FE Week.


It said: “Following lengthy and detailed discussions Barnet and Southgate College and Waltham Forest College have decided to continue their collaboration as partners and not to continue to a full merger at this stage.”


NOCN’s new On-line Level 2 – Ofqual Approved Qualification in Health and Safety: –

NOCN in collaboration with Mylearnadfriend Ltd  has joined forces to provide an innovative new Health and Safety qualification which is HSE compliant and meets the needs of employers from all business sectors, appropriate for all levels of the workforce and fully accredited by NOCN. Safe Worker’ is available via a new website. It is an easy to use online tool with activities covering over twenty essential safety topics, with interactive 360-degree risk assessment tools, online testing and assessment, leading to instant electronic NOCN certification.

The qualification content includes:

  • Adverse events
  • Accident reporting
  • Manual handling
  • Working at height
  • Personal protective equipment

For a full break down of the content, go to


New Challenge, is able to provide to your customers through the National Careers Service (NCS). The National Careers Service is funded by the Skills Funding Agency and is free to customers. NCS is the Government’s official careers information, advice and guidance service and operates nationally. In London, the service is delivered by a number of regulated careers advice and guidance organisations that are able to offer customers impartial careers guidance and support to advise them on their journey into sustainable employment, education or a productive learning outcome. Further details on the National Careers can be found at:


We particularly support Priority Group (PG) Customers if they belong to one of the following categories:

Jobcentre Plus, JSA, ESA Customers, including 18 years olds

Low skilled adults without a full Level 3 qualification

Adults facing redundancy, newly redundant or distant from the labour market

People with learning and or physical disabilities

Young adults aged 18-24 not in education, employment or training

We have a team of highly experienced and qualified careers guidance practitioners who deliver a range of workshops covering topics such as: (a) developing a winning CV; (b) interview preparation; (c) exploring career options for the active job seeker; (d) self-employment and (e) sector/occupational specific opportunities. We can also develop bespoke workshops, as long as there is a careers focus.


Workshops generally last for around two hours and every attendee will be provided with a customised Skills Action Plan that will summarise their career goals and a set of agreed activities that will help them to reach their goals

Please feel free to contact me to explore the workshop options we have on offer for your learners. I would be delighted to come and meet with you upon your request.

Raymond Quintal Business Development Director New Challenge Limited 07982 911554


Also Retained clients and RoAPT clients received a Special offer and a CODE to use please use this prior to the 2nd of May.


Are you a provider and you are looking to sell or undertake a merger in Health and Beauty then a leading London Fitness provider may have an interest e-mail


Current apprenticeship frameworks in Health and Social Care and in Care Leadership and Management will be withdrawn by Skills for Care and Development on 29 December 2017.

In-line with government changes, the planned closure comes after the approval of the new employer-led apprenticeship standards at levels 2, 3, 4 and 5. Level 2 and 3 are already open for registration and level 4 and 5 are anticipated in the very near future.  This means that no one will be able to start an apprenticeship on the framework after the end of this calendar year, and all apprentices starting after that date will do so through the new standards.


A massive thank you to all our new followers and everyone who has shared our page with others.
Please see our list of events below:

Thursday 4th May – Bromsgrove Coffee & Natter
Bromsgrove “Coffee & Natter” – FREE Business Networking Thu 4 May
Guest Speaker: Jae-Lex Linsey / Jae-Lex Linsey – The Business Brandmaster

Wednesday 10th May – Wolverhampton Coffee & Natter
Wolverhampton “Coffee & Natter” – Free Business Networking Wed 10 May
Guest Speaker: Craig Petty / Slightly Unusual

Wednesday 17th May – Birmingham Chutney & Chat

Thursday 18th May – Walsall Coffee & Natter
Walsall “Coffee & Natter” – Free Business Networking Thur 18 May 2017
Guest Speaker: Anna Goodwin / Anna Goodwin Accountancy – Your Business Champion

Saturday 20th May – Birmingham Samosa Saturday (Ladies only networking)
Birmingham “Samosa Saturday” Ladies Only Networking
Guest Speaker: Zoe Bennett / Zoe Bennett aka Motivational Queen / Training Personified Learning / Support the Midlands Business and Community Charity Awards

Tuesday 23rd May – London Chutney & Chat (Launch event)
ChutneyandChat – Business Networking ***London***
Guest Speaker: Zoe Bennett / Zoe Bennett aka Motivational Queen / Training Personified Learning / Support the Midlands Business and Community Charity Awards

Wednesday 24th May – Birmingham Coffee & Natter
Birmingham “Coffee & Natter” – Free Business Networking by Pathway2Grow
Guest Speaker: Terry Livesey / Terry Livesey Photography

Wednesday 24th May – Bromsgrove Chutney & Chat
ChutneyandChat – Business Networking ***Bromsgrove***
Guest Speaker: Michele Ibbs /

Thursday 25th May – Birmingham Peer Meetup
Peer Meetup for Training Providers on 25th May in Birmingham

Thursday 25th May – Burton Coffee & Natter (Launch event)
Burton “Coffee & Natter”- Free Business Networking Thu 25 May
Guest Speaker: Ralph Watson / Ralph Watson – Coaching Wolves
Pathway2Grow – Simply Great Networking!
Ian J Preston Mike Gardner Lyn Calver Abid Khan Edwin Ladd Nadia Rasul Kasim Choudhry Steve Lawrence Hira Malik Brad Edwards



The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has launched Skills for Londoners – a new skills agenda for the capital – to ensure that all Londoners have the opportunity to train in the skills that the capital’s economy needs, so all Londoners and businesses can realise their full potential.

The Skills for Londoners Capital Fund will invest £114m in high-quality equipment and facilities at London’s further education colleges and other education and training providers to enhance post-16 training.


Sadiq has also established Skills for Londoners Taskforce comprising business leaders and employers, skills and education experts and London government representatives. The taskforce will develop a city-wide strategic approach so that Londoners and businesses can access the skills they need for future success.


The Mayor is also proposing to establish a Construction Skills Academy later in the year, in partnership with the housebuilding industry. This will aim to close the gap between the demand for new housing in the capital and the need for more skilled construction workers.

London has a strong, dynamic, global economy, but the region’s employment rate has lagged behind the national average for three decades.  More than 280,000 Londoners are unemployed, with particularly high rates of youth unemployment. London also has a growing problem of in-work poverty, associated with low-skilled, low-paid work. Ensuring an effective and responsive skills system is critical to tackling these issues.


Sadiq believes that an effective skills system is also critical to meeting the needs of London’s businesses. Employers repeatedly report skills shortage vacancies and skills gaps in their workforce, impacting on growth and productivity. Given the uncertainty surrounding the terms of Britain’s exit from the European Union, ensuring a more responsive skills system – as well as continued access to global talent – is more important than ever, according to the Mayor, in meeting employers’ needs.

The Skills for Londoners Taskforce, working closely with the London Economic Action Partnership (LEAP), will take an inclusive approach to post-16 education and skills, focusing primarily on further education and training but also looking at progression pathways from school and into higher education (HE).


It will also ensure that communities across London have access to training, and that from a young age both girls and boys are encouraged to explore the skills they need to make progress in the future economy. It will have a strong emphasis on gender equality, targeting opportunities for girls to excel in science, technology, engineering and mathematics skills in particular.

Delivering on a key manifesto commitment, the Mayor officially launched Skills for Londoners today at South Thames College, in Merton, where he joined students who are training to repair motorcycles before seeking employment or setting up their own business.


The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “I want all Londoners to have the same opportunities I had growing up. Skills for Londoners is the first step towards making that happen.

“While London is a great place to learn, there is no doubt that not enough Londoners are getting the skills they need to live up to their potential. This also impacts businesses, hampering their growth and forcing them to look further afield for talent.

“Now that we are leaving the European Union, it is more important than ever that we make sure more Londoners gain access to the skills they and our economy truly need.

“The further education and skills sector has a vital role to play in making sure all Londoners can truly be part of London’s prosperity.

“Through Skills for Londoners, we will address these problems head-on, giving Londoners the chance to train in the skills that will boost our economy and creating a pipeline of local talent and expertise for our businesses to tap into.”


The Skills For Londoners Capital Fund comprises £56m secured by LEAP, in the latest Growth Deal from Government, together with £58m of previously secured LEAP funding to invest in the estate and equipment of London’s skills providers over the next four years.


Further Education colleges and approved training providers can now apply for funding for capital projects that are responsive and adaptable to current and future requirements of employers, improve training for those most at risk of falling out of education, employment and training, and create new apprenticeships.


In addition, the fund will look to invest in schemes that create strong partnerships with employers to support the development of provision and the creation of jobs.

London Economic Action Partnership Board member, Dr Celia Caulcott said: “We are delighted to be working alongside the Mayor to invest in learning spaces and equipment to boost skills in the capital. Ensuring more world-class learning environments that reflect the realities of the world of work will help Londoners of all ages and backgrounds to develop the skills they need to access employment and maximise their potential.”


The Skills for Londoners Taskforce will work closely with LEAP on investments through the Skills for Londoners Capital Fund. It will also support the Mayor to develop a city-wide strategic approach to skills, overseeing the development of a London Skills Strategy and specific initiatives to ensure Londoners can make the most of the opportunities in London.

Chaired by the Deputy Mayor for Planning, Regeneration and Skills, Jules Pipe, it will look at a range of issues including all-age careers information, advice and guidance, technical and vocational education, adult learning and links with higher education.  In addition, it will look at how London’s businesses can get the maximum benefit from the new Apprenticeship levy paid by businesses to government.


Taskforce member, Ian Ashman, who is also President of the Association of Colleges said: “I believe that the Skills for Londoners Taskforce will have a really positive impact on the capital, helping Londoners to develop the skills to improve their lives and helping our employers get the skilled people they need to succeed.  I am therefore delighted to have been invited by the Mayor to join the Taskforce, and look forward to bringing the perspective of 25 years of experience in London’s colleges to its work.”


Taskforce member, Seetha Kumar, who is also CEO of Creative Skillset, said: “London’s creative industries are buoyant.  But sector growth means we need more skilled people as well as people with different skills – for example, due to technological change.  I’m looking forward to working with the Mayor and Taskforce members to improve skills development opportunities – for Londoners preparing to join the workforce and those already in employment – and build a more inclusive, agile workforce to support economic growth.”


Jasmine Whitbread, chief executive of London First, said: “This is the kind of initiative on skills that London business has been wanting to see for some time, and the need is now even more acute with current uncertainty over immigration. With the clock counting down to Brexit, it’s vital to move quickly to ensure Londoners have every opportunity to get skilled up and ready to fill the quarter million vacancies in London each year. Business will work closely with the Mayor to address our skills shortages and get the UK into the best possible shape ahead of 2019.”

Members of the Skills for Londoners Taskforce are:


Anthony Impey – Anthony is the CEO of Optimity. He has run programmes to help local young people start careers at thriving tech businesses in East London, and chairs the Government’s Apprenticeship Stakeholder Board, FSB Skills Policy Board, and 50,000 Homes Advisory Board at London First.


Asi Panditarathna – Asi is Director of Apprenticeships and Employability at Catch22. He has over 15 years’ experience of managing social regeneration, employability, skills and apprenticeships programmes in local government, the private and social enterprise sector.


Hang Ho – Hang is the Head of Europe, Middle East and Africa for the JP Morgan Chase Foundation, overseeing work across 17 countries to deliver economic inclusion and social mobility outcomes through skills, employment and financial health activities.


Ian Ashman – Ian is the President of the Association of Colleges (AoC). He was previously Chair of AoC’s London Regional Committee and Principal of Hackney Community College, as well as Principal of Lambeth College before that.


Lubna Hussein – Lubna is currently an advisor on the Prevent programme for the Department for Education. She was previously a consultant working with a range of FE, HE and work-based learning providers, and was a vice principal at Newham Sixth Form College.


Marilyn Hawkins – Marilyn is an Associate FE Commissioner and led the London Area Review. She has many years’ experience in the FE sector including as Principal of Barnet and Southgate College for almost ten years, and Executive Director of the Learning and Skills Council for Lincolnshire and Rutland.


Seetha Kumar – Seetha is CEO of Creative Skillset, which works with the UK’s screen-based creative industries to develop professional skills and grow new talent.  She was previously Vice President at Pearson Qualifications International and had a long and successful career at the BBC.


Stephen Evans – Stephen is Chief Executive of the Learning and Work Institute, which he joined from Working Links. Prior to that, he was Director of Employment and Skills at the London Development, Chief Economist at the Social Market Foundation and worked at the Treasury.


LEAP is one of 38 LEPs across England. LEPs are voluntary partnerships between local authorities and businesses set up in 2011 by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills to help determine local economic priorities and lead economic growth and job creation within the local area.


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