Newsletter & Bids 31 2017 – Bumper Edition!

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Dear Members



This week’s newsletter bids, grants and Funds come to you in conjunction with our sponsors London Based Manley Summers Training.  We have a Bumper Edition of 67 pages including some of the recently published ESIF opportunities from page 53 and are going out to some 3,610 organisations or people within the Training and Development Industry.


Ok every now and again among the 100 odd bids we send out every week I find one to make me smile this one is DfE Contracts for Governance Leadership Development

Contracts for the provision of Governance Leadership Development and Clerking Development across England from 2017-2020 to improve the effectiveness of governing boards.

United Kingdom-London: Education and training services

2017/S 142-292483 Contract notice Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority Department for Education

Sanctuary Buildings, 20 Great Smith Street London SW1P 3BTUnited Kingdom


NUTS code: UK

IInternet address(es):Main address:

The procurement documents are available for unrestricted and full direct access, free of charge, at:


Message from ESFA Following the earlier message issued on 28th June, the ESFA can now confirm that the award notification as a result of the Invitation to Tender for education and training services – Adult Education Budget 2017 to 2018, will be made on the 4th August 2017.Contract awards resulting from the tender exercise will be for a nine-month period running from 1 November 2017 to 31st July 2018

The document which sets out the rules that will apply to all adult education budget (AEB) funded provision for the 2017 to 2018 funding year.


Many have asked about working with Schools and the levy the Guidance published on Apprenticeship Levy for schools: For maintained schools, the local authority is the employer. Each local authority has an annual allowance of £15,000.

For voluntary-aided schools, foundation schools and academies, the governing body is the employer. Each governing body will be entitled to an allowance of £15,000.

Multi-academy trusts will get a single annual allowance of £15,000.

If a school becomes an academy part way through a tax year, the academy’s governing body will be responsible for the Apprenticeship Levy from this point and get a full allowance of £15,000. Full guidance is available on the website.


Edge Fund’s 5th Anniversary Fundraiser JULY 24, 2017. Its been five years, seven funding rounds, and a few hundred radical grassroots groups supported and funded through the Edge Fund. This feels like something we should be celebrating with all the members, applicants, supporters, and groups and individuals that sustain, empower and inspire Edge Fund’s existence.

We’ll be sharing delicious food, enjoying live music, listening to spoken word, and taking inspiration from the radical organisers who have sustained the struggles against systemic oppression. We’re also hoping to fundraise a little extra money to go into the pot.  The event will take place on Saturday, August 5 at 5 PM – 11 PM at the Hackney Showroom.  Suggested donations are: £3 unwaged, £5 waged, £10 solidarity ticket.

Speakers and performers include: Sharmilla Beezmohun, XANA, Stef Fi, Bridget Minamore, Mwen, Liv Wynter Melz Yaa, Alexander D, Jembe Explosion, Resis’Dance, with more excellent performances to be announced! We’ll have cheap tasty food from: Bliss St. and Interstellar Eats.  This is a family friendly event, in a fully wheelchair accessible venue. Contact us if you have further accessibility needs. Check our our Facebook event page for more details, and please let us know if you are attending via our Eventbright page. See you there!


Following a meeting with the skills minister on 17 July, AELP has submitted a paper to the Department for Education with substantial evidence from named employers calling for the universally applied 20% off-the-job training rule for apprenticeships to be withdrawn in favour of the employer-led trailblazers recommending the appropriate amount of off-the-job training for each of their standards.  The employers include NHS Trusts and household names such as Rentokil Initial, Pret A Manger and Toni & Guy.  As well as supporting the case that a mandatory 20% doesn’t offer any correlation with the quality of the provision actually being delivered, the employers maintain that the costs of meeting the requirement are acting as a significant barrier to engagement.  While it is not the only one, AELP member providers are feeding back that the rule is a factor in the huge fall in apprenticeship starts since the beginning of May and therefore in AELP’s view, it requires urgent review.


Pearson Tell us about the new process we wrote to you in September 2016 to tell you about our proposed new approach to Quality Assurance for our work based learning provision. We ran a pilot of this with a number of customers, and as a result we are pleased to announce that we will roll out the new Quality Assurance model to all work based learning providers from September 2017. 

How does the new model work? The new Quality Assurance model is a four stage process:
Stage 1: Centres complete self-assessments for each programme area using the Centre Self-Assessment form [insert link]. This is a short and quick review of your programme area(s). It allows you to be as critical as you want of your delivery and quality assurance systems. The best time to complete this is in September, ahead of your Lead Standards Verifier (LSV) visits.

Stage 2: Pearson will allocate your LSV in October; they will introduce themselves, and ask that you complete your Self Assessments per programme and send this to them (this will allow them to plan and tailor their visit to your needs).
Your LSV will also undertake the following responsibilities:
Act as a single point of contact for all your competence based provision. This includes all components of an Apprenticeship framework (excluding the Functional Skills suite) and the new post 16 BTEC Technical.

Liaise with your sector specific Standards Verifiers (SVs), to ensure a team approach to all standards verification activities.  Support you by providing upfront guidance for your programmes, and identify any issues ahead of your standards verification activities

Stage 3: Your LSV visit should take place before December, but this will depend on your needs. They will mainly be reviewing your management systems across all programme areas, with a view to removing any duplication and reduce your administrative burden.
After the visit you will be provided with a report outlining their findings. This will include good practice, and any actions to help improve programme delivery or your quality assurance systems.
Their aim is to identify any ‘risk to valid certification’; therefore unless significant failings are evident, the findings should be used to prepare for your standards verification visit(s) later on in the year. This means, if any ‘risks’ are identified in one of your programme areas, your will be able to mitigate these ahead of your sector specific standards verification visits.

Stage 4: Your sector specific SV will review Direct Claims Status annually as normal, but later in the year (May – August), unless certification is urgent.
Once you have been allocated an LSV, your sector specific verification will be set to ‘one’ visit. This however, is subject to the type of programme, volume of registrations, number of assessors and cohorts, and your centre needs. This is because your LSV will work with your sector specific SVs throughout the year, and provide them with sufficient information regarding your management systems. As a result, your sector specific SV will focus more on sampling standards and supporting you with sector specific issues.
Once your sector specific SV has completed standards verification, they will be responsible for releasing certification as usual.

LSVs will then use the outcomes of your standards verification to complete a final report and provide recommendations for your verification cycle for the following year.

Please note for sectors such as security, childcare, health and social care, these will still be subject a minimum of two visits. However we will endeavour to ensure your LSV is also your SV for one of those sectors.

Three way partnership: The new Quality Assurance model has been designed as a three way partnership between you, your SV and Pearson. This means that during the year, and the standards verification process, you will be supported throughout, and continued communication should ensure that we can work together to quality assure certification ahead of claims, as opposed to checking certification claims annually.

Applying flexibilities: Whilst we have reduced the number of visits in the first instance, the approach we have taken is to work closer with you, allowing us to have better visibility. This means at the end of the verification cycle, we will have a clearer understanding of ‘risk’ at your centre. This allows us to amend the two visit approach, and tailor sampling to your programme needs. On releasing their final report your LSV will provide Pearson with their recommendations for next year’s verification cycle. This may include recommendations to change sampling from visit to remote.

Feedback from the Pilot: We asked some of our Pilot centres what they considered were the key advantages of the model, some of their responses were:
It makes the process smoother and reduces visits based on risk. This allows us to concentrate on programmes needing support

  • Particularly clear and sensible approach which has reduced the number of conversations between SV/EV’s and given us the opportunity to share our quality processes in a centralised and targeted manner
  • The LSV point of contact is responsive to need and help[s] sort out numerous issues
  • Having a single point of contact who is familiar with and has an overview of our centre practices and standards.
  • SV rationalisation and closer working relationship with the LSV
  • There is an advantage of having one LSV looking at the policies and procedures rather than each individual SV looking at them. We have so many SV visiting our centre that this hopefully will reduce the visit times for our centre.
  • Going through policies, procedures at an LSV visit, should save time on SV visits. It is also an opportunity to sort out any amendments to SV allocation
  • Reduces repetition and should cut down on time spent reviewing policy docs allowing more time on portfolios 

Common questions we received during the pilot:
Q: What qualifications are included within the Lead SV’s remit?
A: Qualifications included in the Lead Standards Verifier’s remit include:
Level 1 -7 NVQs/SVQs and other competence based qualifications

  • Components of an Apprenticeship framework (Levels 1-7) excluding the Functional Skills suite
  • Stand-alone BTEC specialist
  • New post 16 BTEC Technicals

Q: Does the LSV visit replace QMR?
A: If you run any BTEC First or National qualifications, you will still need to undergo QMR.
However, if you deliver BTEC specialist as stand-alone and you run competence based qualifications, you will not be required to undergo QMR.

Q: Who will look at CVs, staff CPD?
A: As this needs to be checked by an SV with the required CPD and occupational competence, this will still be checked by SV for that sector and not by the LSVs.

Q: How many visits will I receive?
A: You will receive one visit from your LSV, with further support throughout the year being provided remotely. In the first year of the new approach, you will receive one visit from your sector specific SV. However, the exact frequency and duration of sector specific Standards Verification visits will continue to reflect a centre’s performance, taking account of the number of assessment sites; number and throughput of learners; number and turnover of assessors; number and turnover of internal verifiers.

Q: What if my certifications are urgent?
A: Your sector specific SVs will still receive their allocations as normal in October, if your allocations are urgent, you may let them or your allocated LSV know directly. Alternatively, you can let us know at

Quality Assurance Handbook 2017 – 2018
It is important to note that all recognition and approval criteria will remain the same and this will include the sanctions that apply. Details can be found in the current Quality Assurance Handbook. However, we will revise our Quality Assurance Handbook to reflect our new approach and the new LSV role. This will be available from September 2017.

Want to know more? 
We have planned four dates in July for online events designed for Quality Nominees. They will be designed to introduce you to the new Quality Assurance model. If you would like more information, please contact us at
Wednesday 19 July    12:00 – 13:30

  • Thursday 20 July        16:00 – 17:30
  • Wednesday 26 July    12:00 – 13:30
  • Thursday 27 July        16:00 – 17:30

We anticipate more dates will be announced in the future and will keep you updated with these.
In the meantime, if you have further queries or feedback regarding this update, please contact the WBL Assessment at

Joanne Fowler Head of Technical and Professional Assessment

Michelle Chu Assessment Delivery Manager, Work Based Learning


Apprenticeship Levy Conference, 22nd August, The Welcome Centre Coventry.

To find out more about the Conference


Dr. Chris Jones: HMI Further Education and Skills: Specialist Advisor Apprenticeships at Ofsted. Chris joined Ofsted as one of Her Majesty’s inspector in 2013. He is a qualified teacher, has a master’s degree in education leadership and special education, and a doctorate specialising in continuing professional development and the pedagogy of ICT.

Previously he taught in schools, colleges, work-based learning providers and in initial teacher education for a total of 20 years. He worked with DfE for 11 years on school improvement, 14-19 diploma, functional skills, raising the participation age, qualification reviews, and one-to-one tuition and pupil premium. He has led or contributed to Ofsted surveys in areas as diverse as family learning in children’s centres and securing the future for young people not in education, employment or training.


The apprenticeship levy: implications for inspection. App4England is delighted to announce confirmed attendance from Chairs of 21 Trailblazer Groups. Trailblazer Groups in Attendance will be: Chair Motorcycle Technician Trailblazer Group, Chair of the Waste Resource Operative trailblazer level 2 and 4, Chair of the Education and Training Trailblazer Leadership Group

Chair (on behalf of the IEP) the Employability Trailblazer Employer Group.

Vice Chair Beauty Professional Standard Trailblazer Group, Chair of the insurance Trailblazer Group, we’ve developed level 3,4 and 6 Standards. Chair Maritime Trailblazer Group.  Management Trailblazers Group.  Chair of the Public Relations & Communications Apprenticeship trailblazer. Co-Chair of sporting excellence trailblazer group

Chair the Automotive Retail Trailblazer. Deputy Chair of the Veterinary Nursing Trailblazer

Chair Passenger Transport Trailblazer. Chair Data Scientist Level 6 Trailblazer. Chair Fire, Emergency and Security Systems Trailblazer. Chair Mineral Trailblazer Group

Chair Construction & Highways Trailblazer Group. Chair Assembly Technician, Lifting Technician, Piling and Engineering Technician Trailblazer Groups. Chair Carpentry/Joinery) & Deputy Chair Construction Trailblazer Group. Chair of the Youth Work Trailblazer group.  Chair Sales Professional Standard and the Sales Executive Standard Trailblazer Group


What is the Register of Apprentice Assessment Organisations – Introduction.

Employers are working together to design new Standards and assessment plans for apprenticeships. The Standard describes the skills, knowledge and behaviours that an individual needs to be fully competent in an occupation. The assessment plan sets out how the apprentice will be assessed to demonstrate that they have met the standard.

The sole purpose of the Register of Apprentice Assessment Organisations (the Register) is to provide employers with a list of organisations who have shown us that they are capable of delivering independent end-point assessment. The Register is not for the training elements of the apprenticeship. If you are interested in training apprentices, you should refer to our recent guidance. The Register will enable the delivery of end-point assessments and help employers select who should deliver their end-point assessment. Employers can only select organisations to conduct end-point assessment from the Register.

Because the decision to select an organisation will be made by the employer, we will not be contracting with organisations on the Register. Being on the Register does not guarantee that an organisation will be selected to deliver end-point assessment. Once the employer selects their end-point assessment organisation they will confirm this with their training provider.

There is no link between this Register and other registers such as our Register of Training Organisations, Register of Apprentice Training Providers or Ofqual’s Register of Regulated Qualifications. About end-point assessment

Although each standard has an employer designed synoptic end-point assessment, the nature and approach to assessment varies across standards. The detail of the assessment is set out explicitly in each assessment plan.

The end-point assessment is separate to any qualifications or other assessment that the apprentice may undertake during training. The apprentice will not be able to achieve the apprenticeship without passing the end-point assessment.

As well as being separate to the delivery of the apprenticeship, the end-point assessment must be independent. Assessment plans are developed according to published guidance, from which an extract is included below: An independent EPA ensures that those making a decision on the competency of the apprentice have nothing to gain from the outcome of the assessment. To ensure high quality apprenticeships, it is vital that all apprentices are assessed in a fair and objective manner. Independence and impartiality are critical to ensuring rigorous and high quality assessment and that the standard is maintained over time. The end-point assessment organisation

The end-point assessment organisation will, in line with the assessment plan:

  • design and develop the content of the end-point assessment. For example, test questions, project topics or interview scripts.
  • check and verify that the apprentice has completed any prerequisites to endpoint assessment, including any mandatory qualifications
  • conduct end-point assessment of apprentices
  • quality assure the end-point assessments they deliver
  • adhere to the external quality assurance arrangements
  • ensure end-point assessment is synoptic and independent
  • identify and record when the apprentice has passed the end-point assessment
  • apply and pay for the apprenticeship certificate How the Register will assist employers.

Employers will use the Register to select an organisation to deliver end-point assessment for them. Once the employer has selected their end-point assessment organisation, their lead training provider will contract with them for their services, on behalf of the employer. We have produced information for employers on the overall funding of apprenticeships. Employers may use the Register in different ways. Employers will determine who they will select and the process for selection. The SFA will have no involvement in selection decisions.

The Register process The Register opens and closes every month for new or updated applications. Through the application process we ask organisations to give us evidence of their corporate governance, financial standing, occupational and assessment capacity and capability and delivery model, including conflict of interest policy. We then assess these, to seek assurance that they have the right experience, personnel and procedures in place to deliver independent end-point assessment. The list of standards we invite applications against is available within a separate document. Organisations will be able to apply against other standards that are approved for delivery as they are added.


Tip of the week I: Seven nights all-inclusive holiday in Crete from £199. Details

Tip of the week 2: 40% off trampoline park access. Details

Tip of the Week 3: Learn to play the guitar for £9. Details


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