Newsletter & Bids 27 2016

 In bids

Dear Members


Many thanks for this week’s Bids, Grants and Funds from EEVT Ltd (EEVT) and to SLIC International Ltd. This week’s bids attachment has some 55 pages.  We go out to over 4,000 organisations and decision makers welcome to 10 new readers this week. To get your own copy then e-mail


Ok this week has seen turmoil all around and a wish for clarity! No not at Westminster but at the AELP Conference, several items of note Skills Minister Nick Boles announced at the AELP conference this week that the apprenticeships funding information due out before the end June will now be delayed as a result of Brexit. It is expected to be published ‘well before’ the summer recess (21 July). He also confirmed that the levy plans are still going ahead as planned: ‘We should continue to work on the basis that the apprenticeship levy is coming in April of 2017 as planned, and in the way it was planned’. The information we are expecting (explained here) will set out the following for apprenticeship funding from April 2017:

  • provisional funding bands, which set maximum amount of funding available for each apprenticeship
  • provisional level of government support available towards the cost of apprenticeship training if you aren’t a levy paying employer
  • provisional level of extra payment for hiring 16 to 18 year old apprentices
  • provisional amount paid for English and maths training for apprentices who need it
  • eligibility rules that set who you are able to spend apprenticeship funding on, and where
  • more information on who can provide apprenticeship training and how you can set up your organisation to deliver apprenticeship training.

Further information is due out in October and December this year:

  • October 2016: the final levels of funding, government support, 16 to 18 payments, and English and maths payments for apprentices starting from April 2017, and full, draft funding and eligibility rules
  • December 2016: final detailed funding and eligibility rules, and further employer guidance from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) on how to calculate and pay the apprenticeship levy.
  • Furthermore the item which notes 76 per cent (378,170 of 499,900) of all apprenticeship starts in 2014/15 was shown to be delivered by ITPs rather than colleges.
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Funding Opportunities 2016/17 from Benn Carson @Funding4Training

We are looking for providers who are seeking additional apprenticeship funding for 2016/17. Providers must have a proven track record of delivering high quality provision. Providers must hold existing contracts, be ROTO and Matrix approved. No associate providers please. Contracts 500k+


After some recent success, I am on the lookout for any providers that maybe interested in selling. Ideally prime SFA contract holders only, but will consider subcontractors.


Job Opportunities Head Of Department- Northeast

Job Opportunities Head Of Department- Northeast

The Deputy Head of Department will be responsible for the detailed interpretation of the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) regulations along with the financial forecasting, implementation delivery. While it will be important for the candidate to have an overall knowledge of apprenticeships, workplace and adult skills it is clear that the skill shortage is within 24+ loans and traineeships which will form a key requirement in the desired skills of the ideal candidate.

Essential duties:

  • MIS Systems – Ideally MAYTAS 5 but other related systems will be considered
  • In depth knowledge of SFA
  • Data Self-Assessment Toolkit (DSAT)
  • Analytical skills
  • Attention to detail
  • The ability to interpret complex documents to formulate a clear understanding of the document content
  • Audits – Internal processes and subcontractors
  • Creating financial forecasts and budgets from raw data

Salary- 35-40k Position- Permanent

2 Employability tutors- Manchester and surrounding areas

Tutors must hold relevant teaching qualifications and have experience of delivering classroom based provision to unemployed individuals. Tutors must have excellent organisational skills and be able to deliver an engaging curriculum. Tutors must be able to inspire and captivate an audience whilst ensuring all learners complete in a timely fashion. Tutors will have the ability to deliver a wide range of teaching methods to meet the needs of individuals.

Salary- 26-28k depending on experience and expertise Position- Permanent

2X Business Development Managers- Manchester and surrounding areas

I am looking for experienced sales individuals who have an appetite for success. Ideally, applicants will have experience in the further education field, in particular selling staff training to employers. Applicants will need to be able to hit the ground running from day one and start producing results. Applicants will be expected to be field based the majority of the time, but will also be expected to be in the office some of the time. I am looking for dynamic individuals who can make things happen and not afraid to make calls, knock on doors and build relationships. I Will also consider individuals from alternative industries who can demonstrate the required core qualities and skills.

Salary- 26k basic + open ended commission Position- Permanent

For more information on the above please contact:


The Asian Apprentice Awards are now in full flow and the Ambassadors are announced:

Please go to see the full list at

Lindsay McCurdy and Stewart Segal to name just two, also the full list of Judges so do not forget to get your Nominations for the different categories at

Nomination Categories

Financial, Legal and Professional Services Employer & Apprentice

Health, Medical and Social Care Employer & Apprentice

Retail, Hospitality and Tourism Employer & Apprentice

Charity, Voluntary Organisations and Public Services Employer & Apprentice

Construction Employer & Apprentice

Engineering and Manufacturing Employer & Apprentice Transport and Logistics
Employer & Apprentice Creative and Digital
Employer & Apprentice

Small Medium Enterprise up to 250 employees

Large Business of the Year 250+ employees

School or Academy of the Year

Learning Provider of the Year

Overall Contribution to Apprenticeships

Apprentice of the Year


1st of July Version 3 Learner Loans Guidance is now out at


The AURELIUS Group, a leading European investment group, has acquired Working Links, the major provider of welfare and rehabilitation services with operations in the UK, the Republic of Ireland, and the Middle East. Working Links is a prime contractor of both the Work Programme and Work Choice for DWP, as well as delivering Ministry of Justice Community Resettlement Companies in Wales and the South West. Working Links was previously owned by three shareholding organisations: Manpower, Capgemini, and Mission Australia.

Phil Andrew, Chief Executive of Working Links, said: “Today marks an exciting new chapter in the history of Working Links. The long-term investment from AURELIUS will enable the organisation to accelerate its growth and transformation plans and to continue to provide best-in-class services for socially excluded people.” “The timing of this investment may seem surprising to some audiences directly following the UK’s decision to leave the European Union. However, AURELIUS has always sought investment in complex situations, including turbulent macroeconomic backdrops which often create interesting investment opportunities that fit with our investment model”, said Dr. Dirk Markus, CEO of AURELIUS. “We do not expect detrimental consequences for Working Links due to Great Britain’s upcoming exit from the EU, nor do we expect consequences from Brexit to negatively affect the AURELIUS Group.”


The CQC identify that there are five key principles that are at the heart of how they regulate care provision. These principles enable them to concentrate on the things that matter most to the people who receive care from our service provisions. These 5 questions are asked of all the services that they inspect:

  1.  Are they safe? Is the service user protected from abuse and avoidable harm?
  2. Are they effective? Does your care, treatment and support achieve high outcomes? Does it hep you to maintain a high quality of life?
  3. Are they caring? Do the staff involve and treat you with compassion, kindness, dignity and respect?
  4. Are they responsive to people’s needs? Is the service organised sufficiently to meet the service user’s needs?
  5. Are they well-led? Does the leadership, management and governance of the organisation ensure that they are providing high quality are that is focused on the service -user’s needs, encouraging learning and innovation, and promotes an open and fair culture? Understanding these key questions enables us as service providers to concentrate on the important matters.


Media Environment can help you with creation of beautiful designs for such Social Media Networks as LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter; Build Your Company Brand, get you Leads using LinkedIn Network and consult your Sales/Marketing Team. The result is the Higher Client Conversion, and close more deals.

Here is how Media Environment is helping businesses to grow:

With Media Environment, you are going to create better Brand Awareness and Convert More Leads via Social Marketing approach and LinkedIn Network Building.  And the best part of it, it is inexpensive and highly effective collaboration.

“The result ? More contracts signed faster.” – Alla Antoniuk, CEO of Media Environment.

Contact us:


The People with Significant Control (PSC) register includes information about the individuals who own or control companies including their name, month and year of birth, nationality, and details of their interest in the company.

From 30 June 2016, UK companies (except listed companies) and limited liability partnerships (LLPs) need to declare this information when issuing their annual confirmation statement to Companies House.

A person of significant control is someone that holds more than 25% of shares or voting rights in a company, has the right to appoint or remove the majority of the board of directors or otherwise exercises significant influence or control. This information will form a central public register of people with significant control, which is free to access.

The Prime Minister first put corporate transparency on the international agenda when he chaired the G8 summit in Lough Erne and secured commitment to action, the commitment to enhance corporate transparency in the UK was reaffirmed at London’s International Anti-Corruption Summit in May 2016. Since then the EU and G20 countries have also agreed to act. The UK is the first country in the G20 to create a public register of this kind.

The UK has high standards of business behaviour and corporate governance. The overwhelming majority of UK companies contribute productively to the UK economy, abide by the law and make a valuable contribution to society. But there are exceptions.

Some of the features of the company structure which make it good for business also make it attractive to criminals. Companies can be misused to facilitate a range of criminal activities – from money laundering to tax evasion, corruption to terrorist financing. Sometimes those individuals running companies will not conduct themselves in accordance with the high standards we expect in the UK, posing a risk to other companies and consumers alike.

Information about the ownership and control of UK corporate entities will bring benefits for law enforcement, business, civil society and citizens. By making this information publicly available, free of charge, the government is setting a standard that we are persuading other countries to follow.

Keith Smith, who heads up the levy implementation team at the BIS, spoke at the AELP conference this week and assured delegates that a new register of apprenticeship providers will be open to providers that are ‘best placed’ to deliver. Government will be consulting shortly on a new set of criteria for providers who want to deliver apprenticeships and any new criteria will allow for providers who currently subcontract to be able to access the new register.


People have said I have not been doing what they call shout outs to people so here we go, Great to see Sarah from WEA at the Essex Council Briefing last Monday, also catching up with David Colman, Nigel Sweeny from SSL, Safraz and his Team with the Asian Apprentice’s Awards, sad to say bye to Serge from People Plus, Christian and John from Careshield, Caroline from All Dimension Ltd Sue Reynolds at AOC, Asad and Nathan at Cultural Capital, Jane Knight Successful Mums, Eamon Wilson, Alan Hill, Stuart Pyle at Straplan, Salman at KBM Group, Rose at TCHC, Paul at ICQ, Tony and Linda Phil at Sarina Russo, Peter at Seetec and many more.


Skills for Care have again pushed forward the digital working, learning and information sharing. The social care workforce can use technology to support people to live independently and have meaningful lives.

When we talk about digital working we mean working with computer systems, tablets, phones etc.

There are many benefits of working digitally, for example, staff can gain quicker access to information and find new and engaging ways to stay in touch with those who need care and support.

Digital capabilities of the adult social care workforce

In 2014 we asked the adult social care workforce how they used technology and how confident they were with it. An infographic shows the results of this work in an easy to read format and a short bulletin shares more detail.  You can read the full report by visiting our Research Knowledge Base.

You can read more about our work using the sections below.

About the strategy

Our role in this work

Information sharing guide

Become a Digital champion

Core digital skills

Best practice



Become a Trustee for Skills for Care is looking for experienced trustees to help us develop the adult social care workforce in a growing sector.

Led by Dame Moira Gibb DBE, our board of trustee’s works with the sector’s 17,000 employers to help shape the strategic development of learning and development opportunities for the 1.4 million strong adult social care workforce in England. We are seeking to appoint new trustees will have a proven ability to provide robust oversight, help ensure effective governance arrangements are in place and rigorously monitor the company’s performance. We particularly welcome applications from employers and those with commercial and marketing skills. We welcome applications from candidates of all backgrounds, ages and geographic locations. These are challenging times for adult social care so we are looking for individuals with outstanding communication skills and the clear ability to work collaboratively with others. You will share our aspiration to create a skilled and knowledgeable workforce capable of delivering high quality care and support to people in our communities. Experience of the adult social care sector is desirable although not essential.


You will need to be available to attend four board meetings a year with possibly a similar number of committee meetings. The position is unremunerated but expenses are paid for meetings that will be held in London or at our Leeds head office. For more information on our work please visit To request an application pack please contact the Human Resources Team at or 0113 241 1255.

For a confidential discussion please contact David Towns on 0113 241 1259.

Closing date: noon on 22 July 2016.


Tip of the week I: This 3-night 5-star stay on a superyacht in Gibraltar, including flights, is £199pp. Details

Tip of the week 2: Book your child on Apple’s free Summer Camp, a three-day interactive workshop for 8 to 12 year olds. Details

Tip of the week 3: Buy a bottle of Pimms for £10. Details


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