Newsletter & Bids 21 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 41 pages going out this week to 3,651 organisations and people who are in the Industry! Please note many of you are not clicking on the link for the bids grants and funds above and may miss some opportunities.

 Well, back from a break in the woods and we have lots of details out on the Manifestos from the main political Parties.  FE Week doing some great information on what they all say, what I say is they all change their mind when in power.




Lib Dems


Skills for Care Money available for innovative projects

Applications for the Workforce Development Innovation Fund (WDIF) will open on Thursday 25 May 2017. It supports innovative projects which increase the skills and competence of staff. Its fundamental aim is to improve service quality and embed person centred values within the workforce.
If you have an innovative workforce development project which is in development, being tested, improved or is looking to reach new audiences then this might be for you. The deadline for applications is 1pm on Thursday 22 June 2017.

For more information and to apply, please put the date in your diary to visit our website on or after Thursday 25 May.


I am delighted to let you know that SEND bursaries for staff training are now available for a second consecutive year.  The bursaries are available to pay for the new SEND Workforce Development events and courses, including the new programme to develop study programmes.

Book now for the launch events and claim back the £100 event fee with a bursary. You can claim for up to £250 per individual to support travel and the cost of the course. More details about the application process are on the Natspec website bursaries page.


*BOOKINGS NOW OPEN* – launch of new programme to support providers to design and deliver high quality study programmes for SEND learners.

 Bookings are now open for four events in Leeds (June 6), Taunton (June 8), London (June 15) and Nottingham (June 29).  These events mark the start of an exciting new project on developing high quality Study Programmes for SEND learners – part of the ETF’s SEND FE Workforce Development Programme.   Led by ACER and Natspec, the Study Programmes project will help post-16 providers of all types design and deliver high quality study programmes for students with SEND, in both mainstream and discrete provision, and including students both with and without EHC plans.

These open events will be an opportunity for managers and practitioners to come together to consider how to improve study programmes for students with SEND, hear about existing SEND-related CPD resources and opportunities, and discover how to get involved in the remainder of the project including applying for funding for some regionally-based collaborative development work.  Each cluster can claim up to £2,500 in funding to support the development work. There will be inputs from SEND experts and a chance to share good practice on a range of topics. The events will be of particular value to SEND/inclusion managers, ALS managers, curriculum and quality leads, and staff responsible for Foundation Learning and NEET provision.

Find out more information about the whole programme.

Book now for the launch events.

Download the event programme

Rob Shaw Project Management Professional Development Services Phone 07432 642 532

I have some six organisations up for sale and some are ROTAP and some ROTAP and ROTO in different locations of the country.  These vary in types and some have fund up until December and others do not as yet. Price wise going from £1,000 up to £300,000.00


Moving Up Leadership and Management Programme – coaching and celebration event

Our Moving Up programme has delivered another very successful series of development days, leading to its current cohort celebrating completion of the leadership and management programme.
Delivered by Skills for Care, with support and expertise from delivery partners, this development programme is for senior managers aspiring to take up a senior leadership role in the future.
Held at our offices in London, the day was a huge success with the group’s spirits high and included an afternoon celebration tea. The inspirational guest speaker was Professor Laura Serrant, Professor of Nursing from Sheffield Hallam University. We aim to offer another Moving Up programme, starting this November. Find out more about the programme or contact our leadership team on


PLIAS Resettlement has been working on a brand new website with Joe Gardham from Social Vision. The new website has numerous new features and is designed to make it easier to navigate around, and improve the overall look of the site. We hope you have a chance to look around!



I look forward to seeing many of you next Thursday at the peer meet up in Birmingham there are some 5 places left so if you have not yet booked please go to the link  This will enable you to registrar for the event and also give us numbers for the food and also travel directions and any special needs for you. 

 The days Agenda will start off with 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 Safaraz Ali Business Networking Group Founder and CEO of Pathways Group Importance of Networking 

 11.55 People 1st Gold Standard and their Levy overview Andy Doyle, Membership Operations Manager at People 1st

 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 

 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 


The Learning Technologies Awards is widely regarded as the premier awards programme within the learning industry attracting over 400 entries each year.

Any organisation anywhere in the world, whether from the public, private or non-profit sector can enter, regardless of size or industry.  There are lots of reasons why entering makes good business sense.  As well as being a terrific way to showcase the quality of work you produce to as many potential customers as possible, it’s also an opportunity to look at your business from a unique perspective and compare yourself to your competitors.  Winning or even just being shortlisted for an award is an independent endorsement that sets you apart from your competitors.

Check out all the categories at – there’s a brand new one for learning developers as well as all the old favourites!  Remember that you can enter as many categories as you like.

The gala evening, where the winners are exclusively revealed will take place on 29 November 2017 at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel in London, UK.


Entering is easy – just follow these steps….

  1. choose your categories: Decide which categories best suit your outstanding products, projects and people.
  2. register your entries: Complete the entry form to register your entries – all we need at this stage are your contact details, the name of your entries and payment. The deadline for registration of entries is 30 June 2017.
  3. submit your entries: Make your written submission – the deadline for submissions is 31 July 2017.

It costs just £160 + VAT per individual entry and all entry fees are non-refundable. See our terms and conditions for further information.


Why not also consider……

  • making a joint entry with a partner or client – good PR, good business sense and a fantastic way to spread recognition.
  • entering the same project into more than one category – with a bit of tailoring one award entry might suit another category.
  • putting an entry in for your team or an individual – it’s a terrific way to reward staff or clients.

To find out more please visit or email Kate Vose at and she will be delighted to help with any queries you may have.

Don’t miss your opportunity to shine!

Kind regards,

The Learning Technologies Awards Team


Moves away from subcontracting need to be ‘carefully managed’ Official data, obtained by AELP from the Education and Skills Funding Agency through a Freedom of Information request, has revealed for a second year how dependent the government is on independent training providers for the delivery of its flagship Apprenticeship programme.

75% of the 509,000 apprenticeships started in 2015-16 were delivered by independent training providers (ITPS) in partnership with employers either under a direct contract with the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) or under a subcontract with a further education college or another provider.

This is virtually unchanged from last year despite ministers wanting to see the now 20% college share of the market increase substantially.

For every 20 apprenticeships, 15 are delivered by ITPs, 4 by colleges and 1 by other provider types.

The Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) recognises that these market shares might change as the levy reforms take effect and new entrants such as universities and employer providers take on more apprentices. Many of these new entrants, more FE colleges and the new End Point Assessment organisations are joining AELP and this strengthens the provider voice to secure apprenticeship reforms which work best for employers and apprentices. At the same time, a strong AELP can promote the case for a sustainable and diverse provider base that is needed to support employers of all sizes across all sectors.

Carefully managed subcontracting

The training for nearly 1 in 3 apprenticeships (29%) is contracted out by the lead ESFA contract holder to another provider as a subcontractor, nearly all of which are ITPs. 40% of college apprenticeships are subcontracted, 97% of which are delivered by ITPs.

The government has previously made clear its desire that the level of subcontracting (29%) should be substantially reduced. The recent much smaller funding allocations for the apprenticeships of non-levy paying SME employers have been interpreted as a means of achieving this because lead contractors now have much less funding to pass on to subcontractors.

AELP has urged the government to step back from attempting to manage the supply-side market, pointing out that under the apprenticeship reforms, it will be employers who decide which providers deliver the training and whether or not subcontracting is permissible.  If all employers including SMEs were to join levy payers on the new Apprenticeship Service system (TAS) from January 2018, then the determination of provider market share and the amount of subcontracting would be left entirely to employers, which is something AELP would strongly support.

In the meantime the ESFA should be increasing provider allocations immediately from within its £440m non-levy budget to safeguard new SME apprenticeship starts in the period May-December 2017 and to prevent good quality subcontractors from going out of business.

AELP CEO Mark Dawe said: ‘It’s no surprise that the 75% ITP share of the apprenticeship market is unchanged. Strong employer engagement of levy and non-levy payers allied with good quality provision and a flexible response to the customer’s needs are the key to success.

‘AELP supports the employer-driven principles behind the government’s apprenticeship reforms. With the information available including Ofsted judgements, employers are perfectly capable of choosing a training provider, college or another type of provider that will be responsive to their needs. Let them get on with it. AELP has excellent college members who are comfortable with this and they don’t need the government to try and fix the market for them.’

‘Too much subcontracting in the past has been about preserving the contract value allocated to the lead contractor rather than delivering best value of the taxpayer. The overall level should come down under the reforms although employers should decide what level is acceptable.’

This data covers 16-18 and 19+ Apprenticeship starts by provider type for the year 2015-16. There were 509,400 apprenticeship starts. 26% of these were by 16-18 year olds and 74% were by adults aged 19+. The Agency has not made this provider-type breakdown data publicly available since 2011-12.

The key findings for the year 2015-16 are:

  • 75% of all apprenticeship starts in 2015-16 were delivered by independent training providers (‘Private Sector Public Funded’), whether direct or subcontracted, compared with 76% in 2014-15. ITPs delivered 61% of 16-18 and 80% of all 19+ apprenticeship starts.
  • FE colleges delivered 1 in 5 (20%) of apprenticeship starts, again in line with 2014-15.
  • The remaining 5% were delivered by local authorities, universities, sixth form and specialist colleges etc.
  • 29% (148,140) of apprenticeship starts were delivered by subcontractors, 92% of them by ITPs.

Before stripping out subcontracted delivery, 60% (306,450) of starts were under lead contractors who were ITPs while 32% (160,590) were under lead contractors who were colleges – again no real change from last year.  But 40% of the delivery of these college starts were subcontracted, nearly all (97%) to ITPs. This explains why 75% of all starts were actually delivered by ITPs when you often hear ministers and others refer to colleges delivering a third of apprenticeships instead of the actual 1 in 5.

About AELP: The Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) nationally represents the interests of 800 organisations delivering vocational learning and employability support. Our training provider members deliver the majority of Apprenticeships, Traineeships and programmes for the unemployed. AELP Full Membership is for all independent training providers, employer providers, universities, local authorities, FE colleges and schools engaged in skills and employment.


How about a brand new Incubator programme from Allia Serious Impact?

You’ll get training, workshops, mentoring and talks from people who have already been on the same journey as you.


Join a cohort of like-minded entrepreneurs and ventures to build, develop and consolidate your knowledge and skills, with expert help from great founders who want to grow sustainable impact venture’s that will make an impact in East London. We’ll work with you in key areas of Sales and Marketing, Operations, and Finance, to develop and action the right plans to make your business grow.

What is included?

Free access to 24/7 office space for the duration of the 9 month programme

Mix of full day workshops and short sessions bespoke to the needs of the cohort to help take important next steps; guided by you, not led by the curriculum

Topics covering the full range of business needs but will include Sales and Marketing, Operations, and Finance

On site expert business advisors, there to give support for the duration of the programme, but also for those moments when you just need an answer

Regular 2-hour sessions with the group. Peer-to-peer support with people who understand the business journey, who can celebrate the wins and talk through tougher times

No equity and no fees, but we are looking for your commitment


Who is it for?

You will be ambitious to grow your business and you will also be keen to support the people, economy and community in East London by creating jobs and bringing wealth and opportunities. Your business should be based in East London, or you can demonstrate that your business will have a positive impact on East London.

Teams should be two or more people, who can show their venture has potential to grow and who are ready and committed to making their business a success.

Successful applicants must commit to attending a review session at the start as a condition of enrolment and then a  weekly 1-2-1 with our business advisors, even if it just a phone call to touch base when you are away.

What will it cost?

This sought after programme is free to successful applicants

Where do I sign up?

The next Incubator starts in Hackney on 19th June.  Applications are now open and will close 25th May, 2017 for details go to



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