Newsletter & Bids 19 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 some 49 pages going out to 3,688 organisations and people who are in the Industry.


Well not much going on? But yes indeed there is! All the people I talk to and the more I read, make me think who knows what. Almost every conversation I have these days is met with a wringing of hands and shaking of heads. In the 18 years with my own company and also with 36 years in the Industry such confusion, the only thing I can say is if you are down and feeling bad please watch this


OPPORTUNITY: voluntary sector workshops

Surrey Council has free spaces on workshops for the voluntary sector. The workshops will be held over May and June. Courses include: delivering presentations, budget monitoring, developing interview skills, first aid at work and investment appraisal. For more information email


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Next week (8-14 May) marks Dying Matters and Mental Health Awareness Week. We’re helping to raise awareness around building resilience for those delivering end of life care.

For many, caring for someone approaching the end of their life can be extremely challenging, and so it’s important to build resilience to support good mental health and wellbeing.

One of our Fellows, Bill Mumford, runs a hospice and has written an informative blog around what a good death means.

We have a range of resources on mental health and end of life care. They can support social care workers to improve their wellbeing and develop their knowledge to provide greater care.

We’ll be promoting the importance of discussion and communication and ask that you get involved to help raise awareness and support for these topics – look out for  #MHAW17 for mental health and #WhatCanYouDo for dying matters.


This past week several people seen and also Martin this week at Manley Summers, also Paul at MARS Health Care Services UK Ltd and of course Nigel from SSL.  Indeed good to see Christian at Careshield with Emma and the Team, and Emma explained one of their products.


Our initial package covers all level 1&2 mandatory and statutory eLearning including the care certificate. Pricing is simple, £52 per user per year on a 12 month contract.

So £1 a week per learner.

This package includes access to training compliance reporting, our eappraisal system and the classroom training management module through our workforce development solution – Myrus.

Class room based training for mandatory and statutory courses such as moving and positioning and basic life support is £350 per course based on 12 learners per session. This too can be added on a contract basis. We also offer further savings should the client wish to enter into a 3 or 5 year contract.


This week coming I will be seeing several more clients Oasis and Cultural Capital also Abi and the team at FTA Training.


Delivering the new Apprenticeship standards Tuesday 23 May 2017 Additional places now available: New venue announced: Methodist Central Building
Central Hall Oldham Street Manchester UK M1 1JQ

Registration from 10.00 Start 10.30 and Finish 15.00At Skills for Care we are regularly talking to employers and we are now in a very good position to share with you what they are telling us they are looking for!

These one day events will talk through the new adult care apprenticeship standards and funding systems but will also include information on:

Apprenticeship reforms

What employers want

Exploring delivery

Assessor and Trainer CPD

Please note that we will not be covering degree apprenticeships at these events. If you would like further information on this, please email


These events are partially subsidised and will cost £100 (+VAT) per person. There will be a number of resources available on the day to support you with your delivery of the new Standards.

Book a place on this event

Each place on this event is charged at £100 plus VAT. Please see Terms and Conditions for details and cancellation terms.  All payments need to be made by credit or debit card at the time of booking. We are unable to raise invoices for this event.  If you wish to make several bookings for this event, and the total cost is more than £500 (or £600 with VAT) please contact us on or 0113 241 1288 before making your booking.


TO VAT or not to VAT has been a long running question for many years in training.

A Hampshire college has won a long-running dispute with the taxman, in a landmark ruling from the European Court of Justice which could save the sector millions.

The case centred on whether supplies for Brockenhurst College’s training restaurant, MJs, were exempt from VAT, and was originally sent to the EU’s highest court in January 2016, after three courts in the UK failed to resolve it for good.  Legal experts believe the verdict will set a precedent which could save the sector tens of millions of pounds as many colleges operate similar facilities. In their summary of the case proceedings, published this week, the judges wrote that supplies for the college’s restaurant “may be regarded as supplies ‘closely related’ to the principal supply of education and accordingly be exempt from value added tax (VAT)”.  This is the case “provided that those services are essential to the students’ education and that their basic purpose is not to obtain additional income for that establishment, by carrying out transactions which are in direct competition with those of commercial enterprises liable for VAT”.  The court agreed with the arguments made on behalf of the college, that VAT was not due on the income generated from areas such as the training restaurants or hair and beauty salons, where members of the public pay for services supplied by students as part of their courses.  Brockenhurst’s principal Di Roberts said: “We are pleased with the recent judgement by the European Court regarding the ongoing VAT case and the treatment of income from our training restaurant.” The case has now been referred back to the UK courts, but Ms Roberts added that the college “remains hopeful” it will ultimately be successful and set a precedent for other educational institutions in similar situations.


Julian Gravatt, assistant chief executive at the Association of Colleges, agreed the verdict was positive.

He said: “It is useful for Brockenhurst College to get this clarification on the VAT status of their training restaurant.  “The education VAT rules are very complicated. Brexit could be an opportunity for a wider review that removes VAT entirely from publicly funded sixth form education.”

Noel Tyler, director of VATangles, the VAT consultancy which advised Brockenhurst College, welcomed the “extremely good news”.

“The European Court has agreed with the arguments that we have consistently made on behalf of Brockenhurst and other colleges through the First Tier Tribunal, Upper Tribunal and the Court of Appeal,” he said.  “Hopefully, this will now finally result in HMRC making the repayments due to the colleges who have made claims to them.”  An HMRC spokesperson said only that HMRC is “currently considering the judgment of the CJEU”.  Further successful payback campaigns in the vein of Brockenhurst’s could net the sector tens of millions of pounds if this case starts a trend.

hearing in February 2014 awarded Brockenhurst College £55,000 – representing four years’ worth of tax payments – and the college went on to win a second hearing in August 2014, after HMRC appealed the decision.


It is now over two years since the reforms to probation were formally instituted. A series of reports have suggested a range of concerns about the effective operation of services, particularly in some of the CRC areas. It is time to review.

The Probation Institute Second Annual Probation Practitioners Conference will give attendees the opportunity to take stock, to share lessons learned from the numerous reports and to look at what ways the probation world goes forward. Speakers and workshops will discuss pathways for the future with key messages about partnership, communication and integration. They will focus on innovative practice, research outcomes, professional development and ways in which organisations can engage better with NPS and the CRCs.

This is a targeted conference on probation, rehabilitation and resettlement with those most likely to benefit from this event including senior leaders from HMPPS, practitioners and managers from the NPS and CRCs, the Third Sector and the wider criminal justice sector including prisons and police.

The day will conclude with the Probation Institute sponsored 14th Annual Community Justice Portal Lecture to be delivered by Dame Glenys Stacey. The Chief Inspector of Probation will draw on the Inspectorate Reports to suggest how probation can move forward and regain its place as an excellent set of services.  The link to the full conference brief and booking information is HERE
Richard Rowley (on behalf of the Probation Institute) Business Development & Relationship Manager
SAFE Innovations Ltd a: 15 Queen Square, Leeds, LS2 8AJ t: 0113 335 1488 m: 07841 677683
Peer meet Up Birmingham has had another 10 places added for the 25th of May taking this up to 60 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.



Registration and Networking 10.30 to 11.00 

Steve Lawrence Welcome and Housekeeping 5 Mins

11.05 Sue Cawdron ICQ Awarding body  looking at how I Learner will work with the New Standards our sponsors for the day 

11.25 Safraz Ali Business Networking Group Founder and CEO of Pathways Group Importance of Networking 

11.55 People 1st Gold Standard and their Levy overview

12.15 Comfort Break 10 minutes 

12.25 Sam Warnes Managing Director and Creator EDL Lounge Ltd  Schools and the role of Learning and moving into Apprenticeships 

12.50 Colin Bell Careermap and Going forward with the Levy 


1.15 Lunch and Networking sponsor’s ICQ 


1.45 Richard Nwanze   FBCS, CRISC, ECSA Re the Cyber Security Agenda also opportunities re Primes and Levy payers and Apprentices  

2.15 Stuart Pyle Changes ESFA update and Strategy going forward for Providers

2.45 Ajay Purbhoosing NOCN End Point Assessments and New Standards 

3.00  Stuart Pyle and Saf Ali  and Round up Questions session  

3.30 End Networking and Photos 


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York College principal Dr Alison Birkinshaw has been announced as the president-elect of the Association of Colleges


FE WEEK FESTIVAL OF SKILLS will take place at WELLINGTON COLLEGE | THURS 22 – FRI 23 rd of JUNE 2017 you can find out more at


Tip of the week I: Four night mini cruise in Amsterdam from £129. Details


Tip of the week 2: Two pairs of glasses for £17. Details


Tip of the Week 3: 270 plants for £13. Details


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