Newsletter & Bids 23 2016 – Bumper Edition!

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Dear Members


Many thanks for this week’s Bids, Grants and Funds from EEVT Ltd (EEVT) and with thanks to SLIC International Ltd. This week’s bids attachment is a bumper edition with some 62 pages including further SFA tender opportunities.  We go out to over 4,000 organisations and decision makers welcome to 11 new readers this week. So to get your copy then e-mail


Funding Opportunities

19+ apprenticeship funding available in 2015/16 contract year. We are looking for providers that have learners ready to start in June/July. No start up providers, experienced organisations only. We have two PTP’s and one college looking for providers. Opportunities into 2016/17 available as well.

We are looking for subcontractors who require additional funding in 2016/17 contract year. The Apprenticeship funding available, both 16-18 and 19+ with excellent primes. Providers must have a solid track record of delivery and be able to evidence strong success rates.

Interested in talking to providers that have a track record of delivering ASB classroom provision in Dudley and Birmingham. Providers must have a presence in these specific areas and links into job centres etc. This opportunity is for 2016/17 contract year.

Also if you’re in London or Staffordshire looking to buy a company

Staffordshire 24+ direct SFA contract holder looking to sell their business. Historically, the provider has a solid track record of delivering ASB classroom provision as well as commercial activity, mainly in the construction industry. Their direct contract is currently dormant due to only recently securing it. They do however, have plans to start delivery due to a history of subcontracting loan funding from colleges. They will also have subcontracts for AEB classroom funding in 2016/17. They have an EBITDA of 150k and looking at a price of 600-750k. The MD is also happy to stay in and continue to run if required or alternatively is happy to walk away.

London Direct SFA contract holder with contract value of 800k is looking to sell. They have an EBITDA of 150k and looking at 750k. Specialisms in digital marketing and IT.

If any of the above is of interest, please contact- Benn Carson Director of Sales and Business Development 07875687154


The Sainsbury review of technical and professional education expected in mid-May will not now be published until early July given we are now in the purdah period until 23 June. The post-16 skills white paper (or a ‘Skills Plan’ as it was referred to in the Queen’s Speech) is also expected in July.


EM Skills are looking to find the gaps to develop English and maths resources to fill the gaps…where are they? Have your say tell us what you think is needed and where.


The Asian Apprenticeship Awards details are on the way and more News to follow on this next week. The categories are:

  1. Finance, Legal and Professional Services
  • Employer
  • Apprentice
  1. Health, Medical and Social Care
  • Employer
  • Apprentice
  1. Retail, Hospitality and Tourism
  • Employer
  • Apprentice
  1. Charity, Voluntary Organisations and Public Services
  • Employer
  • Apprentice
  1. Construction
  • Employer
  • Apprentice
  1. Engineering and Manufacturing
  • Employer
  • Apprentice
  1. Transport and Logistics
  • Employer
  • Apprentice
  1. Creative and Digital
  • Employer
  • Apprentice
  1. SME up to 250 employees
  1. School or Academy of The Year
  2. Large Business 250+ employees
  1. Learning Provider of The Year
  1. Overall Contribution to Apprenticeships
  2. Apprentice of The Year


Well yes half term and many people not around, but the 2nd of June was a great Peer Meet Up for Training and Development Leaders. Were there problems? Yes for me the sound system played havoc with showing a great film from Resurgo and one of their clients. But you can watch it here at

The food was great and many thanks for the Sponsorship from ICQ Awarding body and a great informative session from Paul Paice. Also a great room provided by our hosts for the day Asad and Nathan Directors from Cultural Capital in the Great Hall, formerly known as Leyton Town Hall. The building is located minutes away from the London 2012 Olympic Village. It’s also a heritage building of baroque style and close to lots of local amenities.
Also there was Helen from EM Skills, Enrola and Not Going to Uni, along with one of the stalwarts of the industry Richard Alberg who is Chief Executive at MWS Technology and also Chair of North Hertfordshire College. Also some of the great supporter’s such as M1 London and Midland training, new members such as David Coleman. Due to Ramadan we will now not be having our next meeting until the end of July. Great to see many like Lorna, Faith and of course Shan for his skills with the camera and also our friends like Tim and Tariq.  We will be sending out PowerPoints’ and items so e-mail me if you would like them.


The Skills Show 2016: Book Your Free Tickets

The Skills Show 2016 will take place at the NEC Birmingham from 17 to 19 November and you can now book your free ticket. The show provides hands-on experiences for young people to explore skills, jobs, training and apprenticeships. Visitors can meet employers from a range of industries and try out different skills for themselves in an interactive environment. Travel bursaries for schools and colleges are also available; these will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis.

For further information or related queries, please email the marcomms team.


Pearson remind us

The SFA has produced this updated guide on the definitions and guidance for each category on the funding hub. New categories have been introduced for 2016/17 which helps colleges and providers identify qualifications eligible for funding:

  • Legal entitlement level 2: shows the level 2 qualifications that can be fully funded for 19-23 year olds if they are studying for a first qualification at level 2. These qualifications are also available for local flexibilities where a 19-23 year old learner is not undertaking a first qualification at level 2, or if the learner is 24 years old or above.
  • Legal Entitlement level 3: shows level 3 qualifications that can be fully-funded for 19-23 year olds if they are studying for a first qualification at level 3.
  • Legal Entitlement English and Maths: shows English and maths qualifications and their components that are available as part of the English and maths entitlement.
  • Local Flexibility entry to level 2: shows qualifications at entry to level 2 and their components which can be delivered as part of local flexibilities.

The guide also explains the categories already in place and these include work preparation and work placement (for traineeships), Tech Levels achieved in 2017, Early Years Educators (EYE) 2015/16, loans length for qualifications which are not EYE or Tech Levels which identifies the maximum length which applies when the learning aim is funded by a loan, Local Enterprise Partnership Initiatives, Trades Union Congress, ‘Standalone’ and Licence to Practise, and class codes.


Firms taking on apprentices have been advised to stick “to their core business” — after Citroën UK became the second employer branded inadequate by Ofsted under the common inspector framework. See More at


Skills for Care’s Accolades reward adult social care organisations for their commitment to delivering high quality care and developing their workforce.

Entering the Accolades gives you the chance to recognise the great work you do and also to share best practice across the sector – so we can continue to make improvements to help those who need care and support.

Nominations will open for the 2016/17 awards on Thursday 9 June 2016.

Who are the awards for?

The Accolades are awarded to adult social care organisations in all sectors and individual employers in England.

2016/17 awards categories

Best employer of fewer than 50 staff

Best employer of between 51 and 249 staff

Best employer of over 250 staff

Best individual who employs their own care and support staff

Best recruitment initiative

Best employer support for registered managers

Best employer support for Apprenticeships

Most effective approach to leadership and management

Most effective approach to integration and new models of care

Best endorsed provider of learning and development

Nomination forms will be available to download from Thursday 9 June 2016.

The closing date for entries is Friday 23 September 2016.

Winners will be announced at our awards ceremony in Liverpool on Thursday 9 March 2017.

Benefits of entering

Winning an Accolade shows you are the best of the best. It gives those working in adult social care a chance to show what you’ve achieved.

It gives teams a rare and very public opportunity to pat themselves on the back for their work in improving the lives of people who need care and support.


Tip of the week I: Stay for 2 nights in North Yorkshire for £89. Deal includes breakfast. Details

Tip of the week 2: Travel by National Express coach for £1 in June. Details

Tip of the week 3: Receive a ‘free’ gift with Ikea purchases from 30th May. Details


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