Newsletter & Bids 36 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 33 pages.  We go out to over 4,000 organisations and decision makers welcome to 14 new readers this week. To get your own copy then e-mail


Ok lots this week so if you have been away on Holiday welcome back.


SFA tell us Employers and training providers across England are getting the chance to test out the new digital apprenticeship service, to make sure it meets their needs and is ready for when the new apprenticeship funding system comes into effect.  As part of a pilot employers and training providers will be able to test the service from start to finish to make sure it meets their needs.

As part of the design process, around 400 employers and 200 training providers have already tested the system. Even more are now being invited to register to take part in a pilot of testing during October and November 2016. A representative sample of employers and training providers will be selected from those who register and will test the service from start to finish, just as they will when using the service for real.

We want to be sure the new service is easy for employers and training providers to use, and the best way to make sure of that is to ask them. By taking part in the pilot employers and training providers will help to shape the design of the digital apprenticeship service.

We will issue more information on how employers and training providers can use the digital apprenticeship service later this year.  Whether they pay the levy or not, the digital apprenticeship service will help employers to select an apprenticeship framework or standard, choose the training provider or providers you want to deliver the training, choose an assessment organisation and advertise and recruit to apprenticeship vacancies.

Buying and selling organisations I have three organisations looking to sell:

1 in the North West, 1 in the South West and 1 in London.


World of Learning Conference & Exhibition NEC Birmingham Wednesday 19 October 2016 – Thursday 20 October 2016 Free of charge Hall 20  Car Parking: Charges apply Trade Show

The World of Learning Conference & Exhibition is the essential event for all learning and development professionals, delivering the most cost-effective methods and solutions for successful workplace learning.  Now in its 24th year, the World of Learning will showcase the latest developments in L&D in everything from e-learning and mobile learning to experiential and classroom learning, as well as live workshops, the Technology Test Drive, one-to-one advice consultations, free seminars and its renowned annual conference.

To register free for the exhibition and book the conference visit

We recommend you book early for the conference to take advantage of the early booking discounts!

If you’re going to this event I will be there and doing a guest slot.


I would like to take this opportunity to inform you of an exciting new development. Having secured ESF grant funds, Meaningful Education and Arteria Mentoring are working in partnership to deliver a free training and personal development programme: M.O.V.E for the Military; open to all who have previously served within the Armed Forces including Veterans, or close family members, who are facing challenges in the day to day.

The programme will provide participants with:

  • Confidence, Self-Esteem and Motivation
  • Understanding Personal Identity
  • Goal Planning and Steps to Achieving
  • Understanding Emotions, Behaviour and Importance of Self-Reflection
  • Practical Development in Life Skills
  • Building Positive Relationships
  • Health and Relaxation
  • Mental Health Awareness and Well-Being
  • 1:1 Mentoring
  • CV Production and Exploring Transferable Skills
  • Interview Techniques
  • Local Industry Needs/Volunteering and Training Opportunities
  • Self-Employment

For any further enquiries or to refer any potential participants, please do not hesitate to contact us for details. Kind regards, Anna M Flynn Director Mobile: 07891 577 553 or Email: Clare Copleston Director Mobile: 07711 169 725



Yourfeed, an interactive platform that connects rising talent to innovative brands, has pledged to connect 2 million millennials to commercial opportunities by 2020. With 75% of the workforce set to be millennials by 2025, Yourfeed will use their platform and work in partnership with companies and Top Executives from Havas Media, Go Think Big, Borne Digital Agency and Careers College to name a few to support millennials to showcase their skills and ambition in front of the UK’s leading brands. 

Yourfeed pledge to connect 2 million millennials to commercial opportunities by 2020.

“CV’s are a thing of the past and there’s a lack of resource out there for young professionals in today’s modern working world,” says 22 year old Jack Parsons, Yourfeed CEO. “We encourage young professionals to be passionate about what they do, don’t you think we should help them to achieve that?”

Register your interest now at For more information on how you can support the pledge contact @jackparsons_CEO and @haydongodbeer.


Youth Employment UK Youth Friendly Awards 2016. Do you consider your organisation to be Youth Friendly?
Youth Employment UK will be recognising organisations who recruit and support young people, and promote the principles of Youth Friendly employment. For the third year running organisations will be able to take part in these awards with our Youth Ambassadors judging the categories. The awards will be presented during the gala dinner on the night of our annual conference. Following the dinner and awards a full entertainment programme will be available including a charity casino, band and disco.

Youth Friendly Employer Award categories:
Corporate Employer, Medium Enterprise, SME
Download the process and application form here.
Closing date for entries is 21st October 2016
Nominees will be announced 28th October

Last few days 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  Strange but you need to see this SFA You tube sent this out Thursday Please watch this as it gives more clarity to the NEW Registrar for Apprentice Providers.  They keep saying it’s a consultation but at the same time saying this is what we are going to do.

This week News that Peer Meet up is coming back after the summer break so what is it about and how does it relate to you: Some 12 people have pre booked so far

Are you an owner of Training and Delivery Company or a Director?

We hold these meetings every so often and the past three at Capital Culture, Oasis Care and Training and Economic Change in London also in Manchester. The meetings are FREE and you come and Network, listen to some speakers and join in with your ideas, thoughts and views.


If you want to hold an event at your Location (need to be able to seat some 50 people)

Want to come along Then e-mail for London

Manchester then e-mail

Sponsor ICQ Awarding Body.

iCQ is an Ofqual accredited Awarding Organisation who also provide a funding data management system and a learner management system (including learner ePortfolio and eLearning hosting). The iCQ directors have many years’ experience in developing learner management solutions and Awarding Organisation services. Our associates – quality advisors, qualification developers and customer support team – all have occupational sector and role-specific experience.


Paul’s poems used to inspire NHS mental health workers By ZENA HAWLEY

POETRY recited by a Derby man will soon be part of county-wide NHS training for staff working in mental health.  Paul Wiggins was asked to record a video after he was featured in the Derby Telegraph for the inspirational work he does reading poetry in schools.

Paul Wiggins addresses a video camera as he records a tape of poetry to be played to mental health workers across Derbyshire as part of their training.

Initially, he was asked to recite one of the poems, Please Hear What I’m Not Saying, by Charles C Finn, at a Derbyshire carer’s event.  This went down so well that he has spent time recording the video with the NHS, which will be used in future staff training.

Wendy Slater, care programme approach manager for Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, said: “In June, during Carers Week, Derbyshire Healthcare, in partnership with mental health carer groups across the county, held a Festival of Caring to celebrate the work of carers.

“This included afternoon tea sessions in Derby and Chesterfield where carers shared their feelings about caring for friends and relatives – both the joys and the difficulties, and the impact this has on their everyday lives.

“One carer identified the Please Hear What I’m Not Saying poem, saying that it spoke very strongly to her about the mask that carers sometimes have to wear.

“Paul read this for her and his delivery of the poem powerfully affected many of the carers, staff and service users who were present.

“So the reading of this poem by Paul will be used by the trust in training staff and to help people understand the impact that caring for someone with a mental health problem can have on partners, friends and relatives.”

Paul spent time at Kingsway Hospital recording the video.

Afterwards, he was praised by Kate Majid, Derbyshire Healthcare NHS head of transformation and patient involvement.  She said: “I just wanted to pass on my sincere thanks for reading the poem on film.  “I’ve had the pleasure of a sneak preview and it is extremely moving – not simply the words but the way in which Paul presented them.”

Paul has previously given talks at school assemblies on a range of subjects, including preparing for the world of work, careers, health and safety, life situations and team work.

He is hoping that, after finishing work at Rolls-Royce earlier this year, he will find a new career with reciting poetry at its heart.

Paul mainly composes his own acrostic poems – a type of poetry where the first, last or other letters in a line spell out a particular word or phrase.

He said: “It’s amazing the response I have had since my appearance in the Derby Telegraph.

“As well as this video, I was also asked to appear at the start of a city council cabinet meeting to recite Please Hear What I’m Not Saying. It’s all been very exciting and the recording was the icing on the cake.”


Work Experience Week, organised by national charity Fair Train, developers of the Work Experience Quality Standard accreditation, is dedicated to raising awareness of the benefits of high quality experiences of work, including traineeships and apprenticeships, demonstrating the difference a high quality placement can make to an individual’s employment prospects and life.   As an official Work Experience Week Champion for this year’s campaign, Nadhim said: “Before entering Parliament I founded the market research company YouGov and so I know first-hand that whenever I was looking to hire somebody I wasn’t interested in what qualifications they had. Instead what I was looking for was the work experience that showed they could do the job.

Providing real world, on the job experience is often the key to helping young people into work, whether you gain it through an internship, a traineeship or an apprenticeship. That is why initiatives like Work Experience Week are absolutely vital, and I am delighted to play a part in supporting it.”

Beth Brook, CEO of Fair Train said: “We are thrilled to have a number of high profile individuals supporting Work Experience Week 2016, who all agree that high quality work experience is vital to closing the skills gap. The week really provides a platform for employers and learning providers to showcase best practice and encourage others to do the same. The apprenticeship levy and implications following Brexit will lead to policy reform and change within the sector; let’s use this opportunity to ensure that quality remains the priority when it comes to education and training.”

Work Experience Week takes place from 10th-14th October 2016, and will see hundreds of events happening across the country, engaging employers, learning provider and learners. See who else is supporting the campaign and download your free toolkit at Join in the conversation using #WEWeek2016.



Apprenticeship grant for employers allocation adjustment request

Version 3 of the apprenticeship frameworks funding and AGE performance-management rules describes the process to request an increase to your Apprenticeship Grant for Employers (AGE) allocation for the 2016 to 2017 financial year (starts from 1 January 2016 – 31 December 2016)

You must request an increase if you are likely to exceed your allocation. You can also use the form to request a new allocation for the 2016 to 2017 financial year if you have not previously been allocated one, but you must already have a contract with us for 16 to 18 apprenticeships or adult skills budget funding.

The form will be available until 16 December 2016. Growth requests are subject to budget availability.

For further information about AGE, refer to the apprenticeships section. If you have additional queries, please contact your Business Operations Provider Manager.


Tip of the week I: A spa day for two in Sheffield including a treatment and wine is now £19.50 per person. Details

Tip of the week 2: A holiday in Cyprus with flight and meals is £199pp. Details–2327208/

Tip of the week 3: Cheap school uniform deals. Details


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