Newsletter & Bids 42 2016

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Dear Members


Well I am feeling a bit better and so this week’s newsletter I hope will get us back on track.

EEVT ltd (EEVT) working in conjunction with SLIC training welcomes you to this week’s news round up. With some 14 new members we now go out to some 3,845 members. Over the last few weeks we have seen several mergers, buy outs and closures.


The ROTO closed on Friday this was not a refresh but a chance for some to go for Capability and capability.


The Delays announced for RoATP, however still need clarity however the  DfE claim there will be no delay in the levy and funding reforms planned for April 2017.


My very good colleague Rob George brought up some great questions and one of these was can the SFA staff manage do they have enough people to do the job on the ground. I have to concur with him from my side I see lots of items with no action and others with no feedback and this is not their fault this is to many cuts to soon against a very large work load.


Many people have asked about the Loans side this is what we know Advanced learner loans: changes to loans facilities growth requests process for 2016 to 2017

The advanced learner loans programme continues to grow and establish its market within the FE Sector. This is in line with the planned expansion of the loans programme to support 19- to 23- year-old learners for the first time. To support this growth we have a larger provider base. This includes new loans providers and previous loans subcontractors who, as part of the transition to remove subcontracting from the loans programme from 2017 to 2018, now have a loans facility.

We have seen over 25% increases in loan applications compared to this time last year. We wish to continue to support growth in 2016 to 2017 and beyond so we are taking the opportunity to review our approach to managing loans facilities.

This will help ensure the programme continues to be effectively and robustly managed in line with its size, capacity and complexity. We will confirm any changes in an update to the Advanced Learner Loans funding and performance-management rules 2016 to 2017.

As a result of this review we will no longer accept any further growth requests from 28 September 2016 until we confirm any changes. We will seek to process existing growth requests we have received up to this date as quickly as possible.

Any changes we make will enable us to continue to plan and manage the pace and scale of loans growth appropriately. Providers are reminded that they must operate within their current loans facility value for the 2016 to 2017 funding year or financial year. If the loans facility is exceeded without our permission we will instruct the Student Loans Company to stop processing loan applications for that organisation with immediate effect. Having up to date, accurate loans information in the ILR is also very important.  Going forward, the SFA will seek to align the loans programme within the government’s broader priorities to support medium and higher level technical skills, as set out in the Post-16 skills plan and Sainsbury review. We encourage providers to consider this as part of any plans to grow their loans facility.

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Dates and information for your Diary Dear members With less than 2 weeks until the Apprenticeship Levy Conference Coventry: book your tickets now http:://
I can confirm the SFA will be speaking on Implantation at the Conference.
NAW 2017 Apprenticeships 4 England will be hosting The Celebration of Apprenticeships Conference 7 & 8 March 2017 The Troxy London
For more detail information please click conference will cost £30.00 a day to attend or free if a Gala Dinner ticket is purchased. The Conference will include prominent key note speakers from top politicians, civil servants, providers, employers and most importantly Apprentices The Apprentice Debate which is chaired by apprentices 4 apprentices will be held on the 7th March 2017

At the stage please just send an email if you would like to register your interest in attending with your support we can make this the apprenticeship conference of the year and also the most affordable FOR organisations to attend. Further information on how to book etc will be made available in November at this stage we are just looking at the level of interest

Day 1 will be focused on Businesses and Day 2 will concentrate on Training Provision & the Levy If you have any ideas, suggestions or just want to ask a question please contact me

Private training providers have been told their current adult education contracts will end next July – rather than be automatically renewed as before.

The news came in a letter from the Skills Funding Agency to all training providers, dated October 12, and seen by FE Week.

It stated that changes to contracting regulations, which came into force in February, meant that the SFA could no longer automatically renew contracts when they ended and instead “must procure future training provision”.

The letter continued: “Please therefore accept this letter as formal notice that your current contract will terminate on 31 July 2017.

“We will shortly be launching an open and competitive procurement exercise for AEB [adult education budget] funded provision.”

Further information about the procurement exercise would be provided “over the coming weeks”, it said. Colleges – which contract with the SFA through a grant funding agreement – are not affected by the changes, the letter said.

The news has prompted Association of Employment and Learning Providers chief executive Mark Dawe to call for all providers – including colleges – to have to compete to deliver adult education budget provision. He said: “If it is true that all providers, including those that already have a grant, are able to tender for this part of AEB, then we believe that all AEB funding (contract and grant) should be put out to tender.  “Without this, it would seem the process is incredibly biased against large independent providers.”

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I watched the which was indeed very interesting and again it brought several items to the fore such as End Point Assessment and general situation, if you have a couple of hours well worth the time.


Moving forward this week the HRMC have sent out a new clarity on the levy from their perspective HMRC has published draft regulations to implement the new apprenticeship levy coming into force in April 2017.  What is the apprenticeship levy?

Our previous articles looked at the proposals.

The levy is essentially a new tax on employers to be introduced from 6 April 2017, the purpose of which is to fund an increase in the number and quality of apprenticeships.

The levy will apply to all UK employers in both the private and public sectors, regardless of whether or not they have (or intend to have) apprentices.

The levy will be charged at a rate of 0.5% of an employer’s payroll bill. Employers will have a fixed annual levy allowance of £15,000 to offset against their levy payment.

The draft regulations amend exiting PAYE Regulations and cover the calculation, payment and reporting of the levy including the operation of the £15,000 annual levy allowance.

What do the draft regulations say?

Employers will fall within the levy payment and reporting requirements if their total payroll bill exceeds £2.8 million in the previous tax year or is expected to reach £3 million in the current tax year.

The payroll bill is the amount on which secondary Class 1 NICs are payable, including salary amounts falling below the secondary threshold and chargeable at 0%.

The levy will be reported, through the Pay as You Earn (PAYE) process, along with Income Tax and National Insurance contributions.

In summary, the draft regulations

  • set out that an employer is required to assess their annual pay bill amount for the previous and current tax year to decide if they are liable for the levy
  • make provision for the levy to be paid by the 19th (or 22nd if the employer reports electronically) of the following month
  • place a requirement on employers to notify HMRC of the levy which is to be paid and make provision for the information which should be included in this return
  • set out how to calculate the monthly levy allowance on a cumulative basis, in order to calculate levy liability (see below)
  • allow both single and employers who are part of a group to apportion the annual levy allowance between multiple PAYE schemes (provided this is notified to HMRC in the first month of the tax year)
  • make provision for recovery of overpaid levy by the employer

The regulations confirm that the annual levy allowance will operate on a monthly cumulative basis, so the levy allowance will increase evenly throughout the year. For example, where an employer has an annual levy allowance of £15,000 and applies this to a single PAYE scheme, this would mean an allowance of £1,250 a month. Any unused allowance will be carried over from one month to the next. If the levy liability in month 1 is £1,000 the employer won’t pay the levy and the allowance in month 2 will be £1,500. At the end of the tax year, if the levy has been overpaid, the employer can use the overpayment to offset against their other PAYE liabilities.

Next steps

HMRC is seeking comments on the draft regulations by 14 November 2016 following which a final set of regulations will be published. Further draft regulations covering other aspects of the levy such as assessment, repayment, recovery from third parties and records are expected to be released in the coming months.

The Judges have undertaken the Judging day for the shortlists can be seen at  Also tickets can be purchased via the website.


The Education and Training Foundation annual survey runs until the 26th of October.  This survey is entirely confidential and is conducted for us by RCU, an independent research company. This is your chance to let us know what you think about our work, and results are carefully considered by our Board.  All individuals and organisations in further education and training are strongly encouraged to take part.

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Often we find pockets of people who need help but they do not get noticed as they are not large numbers, within the area Offender Behaviour and Training programmes. We have found such a group with young Somali men and support for young Somali’s offenders or in risk of offending.  If you can assist with this then please e-mail myself


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