Newsletter & Bids 34 2016

 In bids

Dear Members


Many thanks for this week’s Bids, Grants and Funds from EEVT Ltd (EEVT) and SLIC International Ltd. This week’s bids attachment has some 32 pages.  We go out to over 4,000 organisations and decision makers welcome to 12 new readers this week. To get your own copy then e-mail


Items that are hot topics and need your input as they affect you and your business:

Register of apprenticeship training provider’s survey: When the digital apprenticeship service is introduced in May 2017, employers will be able to choose the training they would like their apprentices to receive from an approved training provider. The basis of this list will be the register of apprenticeship training providers (RoATP). On behalf of employers who do not pay the levy, the SFA will contract with RoATP providers who are successful in an additional invitation to tender. The SFA has worked closely with employers and providers on the proposals for the register of apprenticeship training providers. We have published our proposals and would welcome your feedback. The survey will remain open until Monday, 5 September


After the the success of the 1st Are Your Prepared for the Apprenticeship Levy Conference, now we have more information. Video and Presentations can be downloaded

Lindsay tells us I am delighted to be able to announce we will be hosting our follow up conference on the 27th October, The Welcome Centre, Coventry Speakers confirmed can be seen on the website and more will be added daily

As members of Apprenticeships 4 England and as a thank you for your support Use promotional code Thankyou to receive an additional £20.00 of ticket price for each person.

Cost of tickets using promotional code Thankyou
1 person £150.00
Book 3 places and it will cost you £130.00 per person Third person will attend for £30.00
Book 5 places and it will cost you £118.00 per person. 3 and 4th person will be able to attend for £20.00 each
If you booked to attend the 1st conference and were unable to attend you will receive a free transfer ticket to attend the 2nd apprenticeship levy conference To receive the promotional code will contact so you can book your free transfer please contact conferences@apprenticeships4england
We look forward to seeing you all again on the 27th. The 1st Conference we saw 325 attendees attend.


EEVT News (EEVT Ltd).

We have one London based CIC, for sale which is on ROTO Due diligence; it also has a domain name, with it.  This Social Enterprise is good for Grants and Funds, also Zero Business rates, could also be used as a DWP lead or for Flexible Support Funds applications it is procurement ready to go. The Paperwork ready to be reviewed Data protection registered and UKPRN. Contact me for Clients details.


We have clients looking to buy small training organisations ltd company with Trading and on ROTO for both Capacity and capability and Due diligence.  For both e-mail me


Also I will be finishing work with one client who I have worked with them on ROTO, Matrix and with Bids and contracts they are now around £750,000.00 a year and my work is done with them as they have now come to the target they set with me. So I will have space for one more new retained client of NED Post. 


I have no space for any more clients at this time on Matrix but should have space in September for another client looking to achieve matrix.

I have two clients for additional small contracts on Apprentices around £100, 000.00 each.


Also we have now working on a specialist joint working formulation on some aspects going forward with another leading organisation more details on this to come.


Apprentices Training Agency we have applied for three so far this year with all three being achieved.


Delays announced on some results from the SFA on ESF projects now looking at September within the first two weeks.


NATWEST Our Skills & Opportunities Fund is one of the many ways we’re contributing to the communities we live and work in. In 2015, we committed £2.5m to fund projects in charities, social enterprises, community groups, state-funded schools and colleges across the UK and Ireland, and we have allocated a further £2.5m to be split across two rounds in 2016. Our focus for this funding is to support organisations that help people in disadvantaged communities develop, create or access the skills and opportunities they need to help themselves; skills that will enable them to get into work or start a business, now or in the future. We believe that helping people gain such skills and access opportunities to learn can help turn their lives around and build better communities for everyone; when we build stronger communities, we all grow.

We want to support as many people and organisations as possible. So even if we don’t shortlist your project, we may be able to help you in other ways. This might include offering our skills and expertise to help you get your project off the ground in addition to a grant. To be eligible for this type of support, make sure your project meets the regional priorities and the set criteria, and – where we believe we can add value and your project has particular merit – we will contact you.


We’ve split the country into seven regions, each with its own decision making board, in order to distribute our Skills & Opportunities Fund. Although all regions will be looking to fund projects that enable people to help themselves, each will have differing priorities recognising regional differences. Prior to applying for funding, you must look at your region’s priorities next to the map below, and make sure your application complies with the requirements otherwise your application may not be eligible and may get rejected. Grants up to a maximum of £35,000 can be applied for.

Applications for round 2 of the Skills & Opportunities Fund are open from midday 19 August until midday 9 September 2016.  Map can be found at


Lots of people have asked about the NEW RULES re companies, so here we go:

Change in Company Law from 6 April 2016 affecting you and your company and action after From 30 June 2016.  Are you aware that changes introduced with effect from 6 April 2016 will affect you and your company?


From 6 April 2016, each and every company (and LLP) is required to have, and keep available for public inspection, a register of people (or entities) with “significant control” over the company (PSC Register).  From 30 June 2016 you will be required to provide this information to Companies House in the replacement for the current annual return, to be known as a “Confirmation Statement”.

What does my company/LLP need to do?

Have a PSC Register and keep up-to-date information on registrable persons and relevant legal entities with “significant control” over the company;

Write to those shareholders that may be persons/entities with “significant control” in your company;

Keep the PSC Register available for public inspection and provide copies when requested; and

From 30 June 2016 provide information from the PSC Register as part of a new annual “Confirmation Statement” to Companies House, which will replace the current annual return.

Who must be included in the PSC Register?

The primary obligation is to record details of all people/entities with “significant control” over the company. A person with “significant control” is a person/entity who directly or indirectly:

holds more than 25% of the company’s shares; or holds more than 25% of the company’s voting rights; or has the right to appoint or remove a majority of the company’s directors; or

has the right to exercise, or does exercise, significant influence or control over the company; or

has the right to exercise, or does exercise, significant influence or control over the activities of a trust, and that trust meets one or more of the above four conditions. I hope this helps you.


Following the success of its inaugural conference in 2015, the University of Kent welcome back HR professionals and small business owners from Kent and the surrounding areas for the 2016 event.

This year’s conference is entitled ‘Talent for Tomorrow’ and will be held at the Canterbury Campus, on Wednesday 16th November.  There will be presentations from the University and some of Kent’s most successful businesses speaking about valuing and retaining existing talent, as well as identifying potential new talent for your workforce.


All speakers have now been confirmed for the event. Details of the full and varied agenda will follow shortly.  There will be ample time for networking during the day, and lunch and refreshments will be provided. Tickets cost £99 per delegate and can be booked here. This year’s event is kindly sponsored by AXA PPP Healthcare.  If you have queries, please contact me on 01227 824 804 or at


Pearson has a handy guide to the way things are going for 14 to 19 in the future A Handy Guide to the Sainsbury Review:  As an overview to understand where the direction of travel to date in 14-19 education has been to emphasise the difference between qualifications that prepare learners for further study, and those that prepare them for employment. This can be seen in the comparative purposes of current Technical Awards and Technical Certificates at level 2, and Applied General and Tech Levels at level 3. The first recommendation of this report emphasises this separation, with a call for the creation of two distinct pathways post-16, the ‘academic’ and the ‘technical’.

Developing what is meant by the ‘academic’ pathway is not the purpose of this report, so little is said about it beyond stating that the Applied General suite of ‘vocational’ qualifications, which has a primary purpose of supporting progression to HE, should be part of the ‘academic’ pathway. The Skills Plan adds that there will be a review of the part AG qualifications will play in this new structure. There is also the recognition that learners who have chosen a particular pathway at 16 could want to change their plans at a later stage, and so there is a recommendation for ‘bridging provision’ to allow movement between the two. This is an area where more work will be needed to scope out what this might look like in practice.

The technical pathway will have two modes of learning – one which is ‘college-based’ (a term that includes other providers such as schools, UTCs and training providers) and one which is ‘employment-based’. The two routes are designed to end up at broadly the same place, and take into account that at 16 not every learner will have access to an apprenticeship. The content of the two routes will be aligned, but inevitably there will be certain aspects that cannot be fully delivered through a course based in a college, and there will be aspects of learning that an employment-based learner will need to acquire in college.

The Report defines a framework of 15 routes which will encompass all technical education at levels 2-5. These routes are divided up into a number of occupations. The Report identifies some examples of those occupations; work is under way to expand these into a definitive list for each route. Each occupation or clusters of related occupations (perhaps12-15 per route?) will have a single technical qualification at level 2 and another at level 3. Awarding bodies, or consortia of awarding bodies, will follow a bidding process to be awarded the licence to deliver each of these qualifications.

The 15 routes are:

  • Agriculture, Environmental and Animal Care
  • Business and Administrative
  • Catering and Hospitality
  • Childcare and Education
  • Construction
  • Creative and Design
  • Digital
  • Engineering and Manufacturing
  • Hair and Beauty
  • Health and Science
  • Legal, Finance and Accounting
  • Protective Services*
  • Sales, Marketing and Procurement*
  • Social Care*
  • Transport and Logistics*

* Routes primarily delivered through apprenticeships

The full programme for a route will consist of a technical qualification, English and maths, digital skills and a significant work placement, together with any sector-specific learning deemed to be essential by employers – this might include a food hygiene certificate in the Catering and Hospitality route, for example. On successful completion of this programme the learner would get an over-arching certificate.

The Report is clear that learners should be focusing on preparation for an occupation, rather than a broader ‘sector’ or a narrow job- or employer-specific role. To this end it recommends that there should be a review of all existing apprenticeship standards to ensure this is the case.

To oversee this work it is proposed that the emerging Institute for Apprenticeships expands its remit to cover all of technical education – something the Skills Plan suggests is likely to happen by the autumn.

It is recognised that not all learners will be ready, at 16, to access a technical route or start on a level 3 academic qualification. The Report proposes a ‘transition year’ programme for these learners and gives some indication of what this might look like for the technical pathway. However, like the bridging provision, this is another part of the plan that needs more working out.

In order to deliver this vision, it is recognised that there are systemic issues that must be addressed. The first of these is high quality careers education and guidance to ensure learners are aware of the options open to them at 16. There also needs to be a network of providers which have the appropriate specialist and up-to-date expertise and facilities to be able to deliver the new courses.

Time scales for this are as follows:

  • October 2017 – first standards in two routes are approved
  • February 2019 – new qualifications for those two routes are approved
  • September 2019 – first teaching of new qualifications
  • September 2021 – first certificates issued on successful completion
  • September 2022 – all 15 routes available.


Also did you know about Petition to make calls to DWP FREE?

180,000 plus have signed so far.


Make all calls to the Department for Work and Pensions free.   Why is this important?

Because charging struggling families up to 45p a minute to claim vital benefit payments by phone is extortionate.  When the government introduces Universal Credit, families will be forced to call a 0345 number, incurring charges of up to 45p a minute to claim their benefits. It’s difficult enough as it is living on disability benefits without being charged 45p/ minute to call the DWP.

More often than not it’s their mistake you’re rectifying when you call, I don’t see why anyone should be charged such an extortionate fee for simply making a phone call.

45p a minute to something that will have you wait and wait and wait for 20 minutes on average. That’s £9 GONE before you even talk to anyone!!! Stop this madness!


Tip of the week I: a week’s 5-star break in the Algarve is £199pp with flights from the North EastDetails

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  • Fill outthis Sky form* by 59pm on Fri 2 Sept to get one of 35,000 codes and a special email link to get the deal, though it could sell out earlier. To get the deal you must follow that special link and sign up between 10am Today and11.59pm on Fri 2 Sept.
  • Note: if you get the codebefore 10am Today you’ll get the link email after 10am.
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Tip of the week 3: get free mobile roaming in 42 countries. Details

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