Newsletter & Bids 30 2016

 In bids

Dear Members

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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 40 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 steve@eevt.org.

 

Well, Schools out and also the sun has been working hard so this week I am not saying much other than keep using the sun cream and keep up to date on https://twitter.com/EevtSteve

 

National awarding organisation, NCFE, has announced its acquisition of ForSkills, an e-learning business that provides diagnostic assessments and learning resources for Functional Skills qualifications to organisations across the UK.  Newcastle-headquartered NCFE has already worked with Mansfield-based ForSkills on a partnership basis, providing customers with access to ForSkills’ diagnostics and interactive learning resources in order to support them in delivering NCFE Functional Skills. Building on this, NCFE decided to enter into an acquisition agreement with ForSkills so that the organisation can continue to meet customer needs and adapt to changes in the sector.

This follows on from NCFE’s acquisition of St Albans-based awarding organisation CACHE last year, and is part of its ongoing plans to grow and diversify.

 

ForSkills will continue to operate from its offices in Mansfield and County Durham, with its 14 staff – many of whom are specialists in online diagnostic testing and learning content for Functional Skills and GCSE qualifications. ForSkills will now be overseen by a management board made up of NCFE directors and Myles Ponsonby, Executive Director of ForSkills. Esme Winch, NCFE’s Managing Director, said: “As a result of recent changes and challenges in the awarding sector, we are looking to diversify from our core business of awarding and this acquisition aligns with that growth strategy.

“With ForSkills as part of NCFE, we will have a full end-to-end solution for the Functional Skills market, which is a sustainable market protected by the legal entitlement to funded training and qualifications for English and Maths. We will be in a strong position to increase our market share with an offer that meets the proposed new Functional Skills standards in 2018, and we look forward to working closely with ForSkills to achieve this.”  Myles Ponsonby, Executive Director of ForSkills, said: “Following on from a successful few years, in which we have enjoyed working with NCFE, we are pleased to now become part of the organisation. This is an exciting new chapter for us, and we are confident that NCFE – an ambitious and forward thinking organisation – is the right company to take ForSkills forward and pursue the opportunities in the growing Functional Skills qualifications market.”

 

Next up several people have been in touch and I am now fully booked for Matrix for the next 6 weeks.

 

SFA intend to change the arrangements for funding apprenticeship frameworks, in preparation for April 1s t2017

All frameworks will be put into a funding band, to be announced (in draft) by end of July

SFA are removing apprenticeship frameworks that have low registration or where an apprenticeship standard has been developed that replaces the framework

Providers wishing to deliver apprenticeships from 1stApril 17 onwards, will have to register on the new ‘Register of Apprenticeship Training Organisations (ROATO)’.

 

Ofsted’s chief inspector’s criticism about “uniformly weak” careers guidance in colleges has been exposed for lacking any identifiable external source or inspection based evidence.

Sir Michael Wilshaw made the accusation yet again during a speech at the Baker Dearing conference today. He said: “Report after report finds that careers guidance in both schools and colleges is uniformly weak, while the way we prepare young people for the world of work remains poor.”

But when asked by FE Week if Ofsted could provide evidence to back Sir Michael’s claims, a spokesperson admitted that the chief inspector was not referencing individual Ofsted inspection reports, he was instead, “talking more about external reports on this matter”.

Read more about this at http://feweek.co.uk/2016/07/21/busted-wilshaw-caught-making-up-evidence-in-effort-to-further-criticise-colleges/

 

This week I will be Monday seeing Successful Mums, ICQ and Genesis Fitness.

Also I have a Matrix inspection on Friday.

 

Also this week we have several clients looking for Partners for two bids

Access to Employment South East LEP – Enhancing Apprenticeships Lot specific requirements

Lot 1 Increasing Apprenticeships in Greater Essex in priority sectors

The Services must focus on the follow priority sectors in Greater Essex:

  • Transport and Logistics
  • Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering
  • Health/Social Care
  • IT, Digital and Technology
  • Creative, cultural and media and the visitor economy
  • Environmental Technologies, Construction and Energy

The Services should deliver 90% of apprenticeship starts in the priority sectors.

The successful candidate must work with the Essex Employment and Skills Board to ensure delivery meets local needs and must report on progress on a quarterly basis.

Lot 2 Increasing Apprenticeships in Kent in priority sectors

The Services must focus on the following priority sectors in Kent and Medway:

  • Transport and Logistics
  • Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering
  • Health/Social Care
  • IT, Digital and Technology
  • Creative, cultural and media and the visitor economy
  • Environmental Technologies, Construction and Energy

Services should deliver 90% of apprenticeship starts in the priority sectors.

The successful Candidate must work with the Kent Skills Commission to ensure delivery meets local needs and must report on progress on a quarterly basis.

So if either of these looks good for you please e-mail Steve@eevt.org

 

Also Primes if you’re looking for Delivery Partners I have some six people looking for Contracts all with learners ready to go.

 

Tip of the week 1: Fly from London to Bordeaux in September for £26. Details

http://www.fly.com/uk/deal/?id=Cheap-flights-to-Bordeaux-190716&utm_source=tzuk&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=top20&utm_content=stn-bod-190716

 

Tip of the week 2: A 3-night break in Venice is £119pp. Deal includes return flights, 4-star accommodation and a gondola ride. Details

http://www.travelzoo.com/uk/holidays/city-breaks/-119pp-Venice-3-Night-Lido-Stay-w-Flights-Gondola-Ride-2301217/?placement=Top20Redesign-DealLink-2301217-3-0-SignUpOB

 

From the Team have a great week and keep training from me Steve, you can follow us on

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