Newsletter & Bids 25 2017 – Bumper Edition!

 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.


Tomorrow is Father’s day and we have therefore decided to get the bids out early this week. It will be a special day for many of you and for others it will also be a day of reflection;


This week we have a Bumper edition of Bids Grants and Funds with some 70 Pages. Our Health & Social Care section is from page 61 this week.

Please note many of you are not clicking on the link for the bids grants and funds above and may miss some opportunities.


The terrible event in West London has left me numb as I know many people and providers in the area and providers. How this could have happened has left me and the team very confused and upset.


Monday lots of information at the London ESFA event and indeed great to see, some 20 providers I will not name them all as it would take too long but great to see you all.


Then we heard the Minister for apprenticeships and skills had been asked to leave and a new one was on the way.


Yes Tuesday saw this information come out Ref: Department of Education AEB Application

Just to advice that the following message has been sent out regarding the AEB tender:

“Further to our message issued on 9 May 2017 regarding the impact of communication restrictions resulting from the General Election, please note that we will issue a revised timetable for the AEB procurement shortly.”  We will keep you updated and any questions in the meantime, please don’t hesitate to contact us.


Then we herd that we have a new Minister Who? This is Anne Milton? 11 facts about the new skills minister FE Week has today exclusively announced that our sector’s new apprenticeships and skills minister will be Anne Milton, a former nurse and MP for Guildford. Here we have pulled together a few key facts about Anne, to help you get to know your next FE and skills representative: Read more at


Thursday saw many items such as the Apprenticeship, education and training annual national achievement rate tables (NARTs), including open data CSVs. Please check against what your doing


Then the Technical documents that defines the ILR data that publicly funded providers must collect and return including ILR data returns calendar for 2017 came out with an update


ESFA say You are correct that you must have attended one of the sessions before you can start delivering to levy paying employers if you have not delivered in your own right apprentices but if you do have learners before the additional sessions have been arrange then please contact your Provider Manager who will ask some questions and go through some checks.


Next week I will be in Birmingham and the West Midlands.


Clinks have uploaded a short video to YouTube in which our CEO Anne Fox introduces Clinks and what we do for the voluntary sector working in the criminal justice system. Watch the video here


Homeless Link’s Chris Brill looks at how multi agency partnerships will become more important as  requirements in the Homelessness Reduction Act come into force, and how local Housing Authorities can work with a range of agencies to ensure the right support is in place. Chris writes “If the Homelessness Reduction Act is to have the impact that we all hope, it’s vital that we look beyond housing need, and work across sectors and services to ensure the new legislation is backed by a system that understands and responds to individuals’ need.”


A list of lead providers whose funding agreement for education and training delivery has been terminated early by the ESFA at


Mel Stride has been appointed as financial secretary to the Treasury, with responsibility for charity policy,  as part of the Prime Minister’s reshuffle following the election. Central Devon MP Stride was appointed last night to replace Jane Ellison, who had been financial secretary to the treasury for just under a year but lost her Battersea seat to the Labour candidate and disability rights campaigner Marsha de Cordova last week. Stride, who was previously a government whip, has shown interested in military charities, museums and heritage organisations in the past. He is a qualified tour guide entitled to guide a number of national sites including The British Museum, Westminster Abbey, the Tower of London, Tate Britain, Windsor Castle and Stonehenge. Caron Bradshaw, chief executive of Charity Finance Group (CFG), outlined some issues her organisation planned to discuss with Stride. She said: “Charities are facing a number of tax pressures including irrecoverable VAT, increasing Insurance Premium Tax and rising business rates as well as unnecessary red tape through the Making Tax Digital changes.


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College 1. SLC, SLA approved
Courses: DET (Diploma in Education) and Initial Teacher Training (SLC and SFA funded), And a series of other programs from Pearson’s Level 7 Diploma In Healthcare Management to Level 7 Extended Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership
Awarding bodies: Pearson, ATHE, QAA, ISI, Matrix, Pearson, BAC, ATHE, Anglia Ruskin University (Level 5 students can progress into ARU to pup programme)
Seats in DET: 100 (50 full time and 50 part-time)
Asking Price: 1.2 million pound (negotiable)


College 2: Accreditation: British Council, Cambridge ESOL, English UK, Association for Language Learning
Courses: General English, Exam preparation (FCE, CAE, IELTS), Foreign Languages.
Last Financial Year Gross Revenue: £800,000 (expected to touch 1.2 million pound this year)
Asking Price: 1.5 million pound

College 3: An English owned SFA funded college with a long standing track record
Affiliation: Matrix, Nocn, City and Guilds Funding Partners: SFA, esf, JGA, New College Swindon, Newtec
Funding: A combination of sub-contract and a small corpus of prime contract
Apprenticeship Courses: Teaching Assistant, Social Media, Digital Marketing, Business Admin
Asking Price: £200,000 (negotiable)



The new Asian Apprenticeship Awards website is live! Go check it out and get nominating!! I am very pleased and proud to be involved with this great event.

Dr Neil Bentley CEO of World Skills UK & an Ambassador for Asian Apprenticeship Awards

One of the Keynote Speakers is Charlie Mullins, Managing Director and Founder of Pimlico Plumbers.


Latest edition of ‘Recommendations for CQC provider guide’ launches

Our free online ‘Recommendations for CQC provider guide’ launches today, offering new and existing regulated providers a practical resource to help meet the Care Quality Commission (CQC) Fundamental Standards of Quality and Safety.   Split into practical sections, this updated edition highlights our latest products and services to help, including leadership development opportunities and support for registered managers. Services can also find out how to strengthen their recruitment and retention practices and our new ‘Workforce planning and development tool’ enables services to assess their current position and select resources to aid improvements.
For the thousands of services who’ve used earlier editions of our guide, we recommend that the new sections are downloaded from our website. For those who’ve not used the guide before, we invite you to learn more about how we can help you meet the CQC expectations.


I have posts for National Head of Delivery Apprenticeship Division

2 Health and Social Care Assessor / Trainers National Locations Freelance must be up to level 4

1 Childcare Assessor / Trainers National Locations Freelance must be up to Level 3

1 Management / Team Leading / Customer Services Assessor / Trainers National Locations Freelance must be up to level 4

CV with Location and Type of Post being applied for to


The ESFA inform us you must submit your final claims using the 2016 to 2017 claim form by 24 October 2017. You should send the form to Exceptional Learning Support Claims.  If final claims are higher than the approved estimated cost, they will require further approval from the ESFA.

For further information on claiming exceptional learning support, please refer to the funding rules 2016 to 2017, the exceptional learning support page on GOV.UK or email Exceptional Learning Support Claims.


Information about the Funding Information System (FIS), to help further education (FE) providers validate ILR data. Known issues and please see how to use FIS


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Tip of the week I: Three nights in the Peak District from £149. Details


Tip of the week 2: Mystery getaway, two nights in an international city from £89. Details


Tip of the Week 3: Sea view stay and three course dinner in Portland from £69. Details


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