Newsletter & Bids 3 2016

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Dear Members

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A warm welcome to you all to this week 3 of 2016, Bids, Grants and Funds from EEVT Ltd and Elephant in a room with thanks to SLIC International Ltd and EEVT Ltd. This week’s bids attachment has only some 58 pages this week. Welcome to the new 7 members this week. So we go out to some 4,266 people and organisations this week.

One of our members is looking for ASB contract but specifically for Maths and English only. We deliver maths and English functional skills to employed individuals across the country with centres in Sunderland, Newcastle, Northampton, Luton, Birmingham, Milton Keynes and soon to be Gravesend. We deliver this training to generally workers who want to improve their chances of promotion or job changes. Over the last 6 months we have delivered over 1000 functional skills qualification with over 97% success rates. They have direct claims status and over 600 more ready to start if we can acquire growth. They have ROTO, Matrix, excellent accounts and track record and we feel with maths and English being a priority it could be an excellent investment of someone’s ASB. Please e-mail dave@jb-skillstraining.co.uk

Also doing your bid for SFA ESF NEET have you looked at Tracking and evidencing employability and soft skills progress in young people? Navigate is an employability and soft skills assessment and eLearning platform used by over 20,000 young people across the country. “Navigate is an essential part of our drive to support young people in our region develop the skills they need to make a successful transition to employment.” Kim Hodgetts, Programme Manager – Youth Unemployment, Telford and Wrekin Council

The platform is designed around a unique framework of 24 skills providing engaging learning opportunities for young people and rich tracking for organisations:
• An engaging employability and soft skills self-assessment providing starting point and distance travelled data.
• eLearning activities that support young people in building their skills and evidencing their development through ‘real world’ experiences.
• An online journal that enables young people to document work placement activity and receive feedback from employers.
• Rich tracking and auditing tools that evidence individual and group employability and soft skills development – essential evidence for funded programmes.

Find out more about Navigate at www.navigate.uk.com or contact Chris Rowe at chris.rowe@navigate.uk.com.

Date for your Diary Possibly Tuesday the 2nd and Wednesday the 3rd of February 2016 from 09:30 – 17:30 at Old Billingsgate (London).
The Business Funding Show (BFS) is the UK’s first and only exhibition on SME Funding and Growth Support – an event supported by Gateway2Entreprise.

The show brings together ambitious growing businesses and leading industry-players spread across three exhibiting zones: Lending, Investment and Growth. Special guests include celebrated entrepreneurs like Richard Reed (Innocent), Charlie Mullins (Pimlico Plumbers), Lord Bilimoria (Cobra Beer) amongst others.

This event is a great chance for lenders to meet hundreds of qualified borrowers actively looking for external finance, whilst prices are highly affordable with all-inclusive packages from £1,000. We would love you to come and become a partner with us at BFS. Spaces are running out and you do not want to miss out on this opportunity. To support our partners and clients, Gateway2Enterprise offers a discount of up to 30% on the remaining stands.

Want to become a partner now – send an email to Karen@gateway2enterprise.co.uk.
Aspire Achieve Advance limited (3aaa), a leading provider of apprenticeship training and delivery in England and Ofsted ‘Grade 1’ Outstanding provider are delighted to announce two important senior appointments to the business. Sat Bains has joined 3aaa as the new CEO and Stewart Segal will join at the beginning of April in the newly created role of Director of Strategy, Policy and Funding. Both will also join the Board of 3aaa alongside Chairman Derek Mapp, Chair of Quality & Standards Sub Group – Sir Howard Newby and founder owners Peter Marples and Di McEvoy-Robinson.

Sat Bains in his role as CEO will drive the strategic direction of the business at an important point, as changes to the apprenticeship environment take effect across the sector and with the guidance of the wider Board. Sat joins from the commercial sector where he has built a reputation of success through his innovative style and unrelenting energy.

Sat said “I am excited and energised to have joined 3aaa at a period when apprenticeships are playing such a strategic part of the government’s skills agenda. To join a dynamic forward thinking senior team and Board will provide a platform to take the business to the next level and ensure that we offer more young people and employers an opportunity to enhance young lives and the businesses within which they are employed. My background in the private sector, including in the IT space will ensure that I can bring new thinking and ideas to what is already an Outstanding and exciting business. I look forward to working with colleagues at 3aaa as well as meeting with many key stakeholders across the sector in the coming months.”

The Board is also delighted that Stewart Segal will be joining as Director of Strategy, Policy and Funding. He joins us from his CEO role of the Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) where he has driven the organisation forward and lobbied government effectively on apprenticeship reforms. Sat and Stewart will work closely with the other talented management team to take 3aaa to the next level at this exciting time.

Stewart has worked with AELP in a number of roles since its formation in 1998. He was one of the original Directors and then worked with AELP as the funding and contracting expert for 10 years before becoming CEO in 2013. Stewart will have completed around 3 years as CEO and will continue to work with the AELP as a representative member organisation and continue to support the work on policy issues. 3aaa looks forward to continuing its’ membership with AELP from January 2016.
Stewart said “I am delighted to be joining 3aaa who have established a very strong delivery model that was recognised with an outstanding rating by Ofsted. There are many opportunities to develop the Apprenticeship programme even further and I look forward to working with the 3aaa team. I am also delighted to be able to continue to support AELP, as a member. It is more important than ever that we have a strong provider voice and I will be delighted to continue to support the work of the AELP on important policy issues.”

Peter Marples and Di McEvoy- Robinson, Founders and joint owners of 3aaa said “We are absolutely delighted to announce these two complimentary appointments. We have invested heavily in the business over the past five years and these appointments are further commitment of this.
The apprenticeship market is going through an exciting period of change over the next two years. We are determined to ensure 3aaa remains at the forefront of these changes and to remain innovative and relentless in our pursuit of excellence. We will be the partner of choice of Government, the SFA, employers and most importantly young people wishing to embark on the first step in their careers. With over 4000 apprentices and employers, the majority of whom are aged 16 – 18, we are proud to be at the leading edge of apprenticeship growth for the sector.

We create and deliver over 100 life changing opportunities each week for young people through their participation in our apprenticeship programmes and our aim is for this to grow progressively over the next few years.”

For any queries, contact Peter Marples on 07979857438 or Di McEvoy-Robinson on 07903 503462 in the first instance.

An ongoing dispute over a Hampshire college’s VAT rebate that has “a potentially wide impact” has gone all the way to the European courts, after a third visit to the courtroom failed to resolve the college’s battle with the taxman. The European Court of Justice will now decide whether supplies for Brockenhurst College’s training restaurant, MJs, are exempt from VAT, after the Court of Appeal at the Royal Courts of Justice agreed to refer the case following a hearing on November 4. In his summary of the hearing, the Chancellor of the High Court, Sir Terence Etherton, said: “The interpretation and application of the exemption in Article 132(1)(i) on the facts of the present case is not acte clair. The facts are not unusual and so the decision in the present case has a potentially wide impact.”

This week’s list of people to mention are all the team at Pathways Group, AQT in Waltham Forest, SSL and the Enrola Team, also a big Hi to Talented Training in Leeds also Oasis Training, South London, Opportunity Workshops in London, Sussesx, Suffolk and Norfolk. People Pus, Lifecare at Stratford and all Dimension Ltd. Also many thanks to some 45 people on e-mails and phone calls to many to mention.

Tip of the week I: For £99 two people can stay overnight in an 18th-century retreat in historic Battle, East Sussex. Deal includes breakfast and two-course dinner. Details
http://www.travelzoo.com/uk/local-deals/Southeast/Getaway/208070

Tip of the week 2: For £75 two people can stay overnight at an Art Deco seafront hotel in Bournemouth. Deal includes breakfast, three-course dinner and 25% off spa treatments. Details
http://www.travelzoo.com/uk/local-deals/Southwest/Getaway/208167

Tip of the week 3: Restaurants want January diners. Get up to 50% off with these vouchers. Details
http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/deals/cheap-restaurant-deals

• Giraffe 2for1 on mains
• Pizza Express 40% off food
• Prezzo 2for1 on mains
• Carluccio’s 2for1 for £1
• Pizza Express two courses £10
• Pizza Hut £14 meal deal
• Domino’s £15 meal deal
• Papa John’s 2for1
• Pizza Hut Delivery 2for1
• Domino’s 2for1

Well that’s all for now folks from myself Steve and the Team until next time!

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