Newsletter & Bids 25 2016
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 has some 48 pages. We go out to over 4,000 organisations and decision makers welcome to 8 new readers this week. To get your own copy then e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The weather has been strange this week and also many other things have been quite strange, like the person who said yes you can have this and then changed their mind, well that is fine I have changed mine, I thought you were an honest person but not it appears in the area of truth. Next Happy father’s day to you young or old, enough of my rants in or out shake it all about the EU referendum more on that later on.
Let us start with an article from FE Week
The number of general further education colleges to have been branded ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted since September has hit double figures, exclusive FE Week analysis has revealed.
College leaders have blamed the government’s increased focus on English and maths, pinning what they call “unfair” expectations on colleges for the rise in grade fours.
Ten colleges have now been handed the lowest possible grade from the education watchdog since the introduction of the new common inspection framework in September, compared to five in the same period last year. The most recent of these was Telford College of Arts and Technology (TCAT), which had its Ofsted report published on Tuesday (June 14).
All 10 colleges were slammed by inspectors for their English and maths provision, with criticism in these areas appearing in the key findings on all 10 reports.
When shown FE Week’s figures, Gill Clipson, deputy chief executive of the Association of Colleges said: “It is unfair to expect colleges to help young people achieve the necessary grade C in GCSE English and maths in one year, when they have not been successful after 11 years in school.”
She added that “it is expected” Ofsted would focus on English and maths as improving standards in these areas “is a key government policy”.
“The colleges that do well in inspections are those that can prove that their students, regardless of their starting point, have progressed during their studies,” she continued.
David Russell, chief executive of the Education and Training Foundation, agreed that Ofsted was “placing more emphasis on maths and English in the 16-to-19 phase”.
Skills for Care note Plans for joint qualifications with health
Due to changes to the current Qualifications and Apprenticeship frameworks across all sectors, we are working with Skills for Health to consider our future approach to integrating health and adult care qualifications.
Our Joint Proposal is at level 2 there will be a common qualification for both health and adult care settings. There will be no barrier to entering either the adult care or health workforces
At Level 3 we are proposing Diploma qualifications in health and in adult care. These will have shared core competences with optional specialisms to meet the requirements of health and adult care services. Both of us will now be engaging with employers across both sectors and Awarding Organisations to take this vision forward.
The Near Neighbours programme offers small grants of between £250 and £5,000, as seed funding for local groups and organisations working to bring together neighbours, and to develop relationships across diverse faiths and ethnicities to improve their communities.
Are you in Bury, Rochdale, Oldham and Burnley; Leeds, Bradford and Dewsbury; Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Sandwell, Walsall and Dudley; Leicester and Nottingham; Luton; and across most of London.
Grants have offered funding to a broad range of work; environmental, social, cultural, artistic, and sporting, that furthers the programme’s aims of encouraging community interaction and social action.
Our grants include the following criteria. Projects should:
- Bring together peoples of two or more different faiths and/or ethnicities, to build friendships and develop relationships of trust.
- Work locally. We want to see people who are living very locally (i.e. in the same street, estate or neighbourhood) come together.
- Work sustainably. We want to see long term and natural relationships grow, that will last beyond the period of funding.
- Work to improve the community. We want to see people working tomake their communities a better place to live.
- Involve diverse people in planning and implementation. People from more than one faith group and/or ethnicity are involved in planning and implementing the proposal.
Our Grants Criteria and Guidance explain the full criteria in detail, as well as what we won’t fund and what we prioritise.
- Speak with your local Near Neighbours Coordinator about your idea. They are in place to support you and help you apply. Contact details can be foundhere.
- Download and complete the application form. This is available for downloadhere.
- Where possible, speak to your local Church of England vicar. They are able to act in an advisory role in support of your application. Your local Near Neighbours Coordinator will be able to put you in touch with them.
- Return your application to your local Near Neighbours Coordinator. They will review it locally and may offer you recommendations, before forwarding it to our central office for final assessment.
- Your application will be assessed centrally. We will aim to make a decision within 14 days of receiving all information relevant to your application. For general enquiries, please contact email@example.com
Before you groan and click away, let me reassure you that this blog does not take a stand either way on the EU referendum. It simply considers the implications of a Remain or Leave decision on public procurement rules and policy – TMCS’s core business – and how this may affect suppliers to the public sector. A great overview here from http://www.tmcs-cic.org.uk/article/22/how-will-a-vote-for-brexit-affect-public-sector-procurement
Public Sector procurement in England, Wales and Northern Ireland is currently governed primarily by the Public Contracts Regulations 2015, along with various lesser regulations. Similar provisions for Scotland are contained in the Public Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2015. These Regulations were passed in response to a new EU Directive on public procurement, the EU Public Contracts Directive 2014.
Procurement in the EU is based on the essential EU principles of
- Prohibition of discrimination on grounds of nationality
- Free movement of goods
- Freedom to provide services
- Freedom of establishment
The procurement process is designed to achieve
- Equality of treatment
- Mutual recognition
A ‘Remain’ decision is unlikely to see any significant change to current legislation as we will continue to be governed by the EU Directive, as interpreted through our own Regulations.
A ‘Leave’ decision theoretically allows the UK to make whatever regulations it wishes and so could lead to a much changed process for public sector procurement.
However if the UK leaves the EU, in order to continue trading with Europe we will have to either join the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) or negotiate a separate trade treaty. EFTA ‘membership’ requires countries to abide by EU legislation as a condition of belonging and those countries who have negotiated separate agreements have also had to agree to abide by EU rules as part of their agreement.
So a ‘Leave’ decision is also unlikely to lead to any significant changes.
The one proviso to this is that EFTA members (who are not part of the EU) are subject to scrutiny by the EFTA Surveillance Authority, which ensures that members abide by the rules. So a decision to leave the EU could actually lead to closer scrutiny of our procurement rules and practices than if we remain an EU member. That aside, regardless of what various politicians of differing hues and views may promise or threaten, on this particular issue, the position is likely to remain largely unchanged whatever the referendum result. Many thanks to Malcolm Sutton
Also please make sure you get your sponsorship forms in for the Asian Apprentices Awards please see the links here
Awards Ceremony 10th of November 2016 Birmingham
GUESTS and VIPS and staff plus 24 shortlisted apprentices
Event Hosts – Suzi Mann (BBC) & Ninder Johal
Event Entertainment – Eternal Taal, a Magician plus a comedian -Patrick Monahan
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Tip of the week 2: Get entry to Icebar London including a 3-Course meal and drink for £36. Details
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