Newsletter & Bids 42 2017

 In bids

Dear Members


This week’s newsletter bids, grants and Funds come to you in conjunction with our sponsors London Based Manley Summers Training.  We go out to some 4,138 organisations and around 3,622 plus are organisations or people within the Training and Development Industry. This week there are 45 pages of Bids Grants and Funds. Great to see people when attending the Dedham event and many thanks to Lee and the team, also at Oasis and at AQT this week.

This week coming I will be at Cultural Capital and Care Shield.


So sad to hear the passing of Jane Slowey who was the Chief Executive at Foyer Federation and undertook some very special changes in how it worked.


The Institute for Apprenticeships has launched its new website. The launch of the new site marks a step forward for the Institute. Content created by the Institute and its publications have been historically hosted on GOV.UK – the move to an independent domain reflects the evolution of the Institute and its independent, employer-led approach.  The new website can be found at

Since its establishment in April 2017, the Institute has published almost 200 apprenticeship standards and is working with employers to develop more. Well over 2000 employers are involved in developing apprenticeships through the Institute.

As apprenticeship standards are being developed they are currently published on GOV.UK. The Institute for Apprenticeships has transitioned to the new website all existing standards approved for delivery. A period of further transition will see all standards, including those in development, published to the new website.


The Education and Training Foundation are conducting the largest-ever research survey into what training teachers, trainers and leaders working at all levels within the FE sector feel they need.  The Training Needs Analysis survey will be used to shape future training that’s given within the sector, so it aligns with professional needs and priorities.

For the survey please go: to


The 11th National Apprenticeship Week (NAW 2018) will take run from 5 to 9 March 2018. During the week employers and apprentices from across England will come together to celebrate the success of apprenticeships whilst encouraging even more people to choose apprenticeships as a pathway to a great career.


After trying to locate records recently with a Training Provider pre Inspection I found they did not know where the 2015 to 2016 student ILP were, well they did know where they were but not exactly in which one of some 60 Filing cabinets from three centers in London. This got me thinking so with more organisations gaining AEB funding and Apprenticeship contracts along with Student Loan Company Funds,  retention of paperwork is more important than ever with Ofsted Inspections, Finance Audits via ESFA and with other funding such as DWP and ESF.   So many organisation have to get locations for storage but also Quality Control and Audit, several i have seen have looked at Garages or hiring extra rooms to do this but I have found a very reasonable serviced archive business. Please see covering the Greater London area and Essex and Kent from their specialist storage facility in Rainham. They appear to offer a much cheaper, more secure and better organised service than a garage or even a self-storage unit.  Also are small and flexible enough to offer a real service to customers.  I spoke with the Chairman of the company this week and you can contact David Earl (on 07969 893974).  He will be pleased to help.


NEW WEBSITE from the Government with Ethnicity facts and figures

In the UK, 87% of people are White, and 13% belong to a Black, Asian, Mixed or Other ethnic group.  Use this service to find information about the different experiences of people from a variety of ethnic backgrounds. It gathers data collected by government in one place, making it available to the public, specialists and charities.


An Introduction to GDPR – Free Overview

On the 25 May 2018 the Data Protection Act 1998 will be replaced by a new piece of legislation called the EU General Data Protection Regulation (better known as the GDPR). This free overview explains the changes that you need to be aware of as a risk owner.


Total apprenticeship starts for May, June and July fell a staggering 61% compared to the same period last year. Provisional figures published by the DfE this morning, as part of the Statistical First Release, include the apprenticeship starts after the levy system began on the 1 May. See all the figures at


The FE Commissioner assesses FE colleges and other institutions if they:

are rated inadequate by Ofsted

receive a notice of concern from the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) over their finances

fail to meet SFA minimum standards

The commissioner carries out an assessment and reports to the Apprenticeships and Skills Minister setting out his recommendations for how the FE college or provider can improve.

The Minister for Apprenticeships and Skills then writes to the chair of governors of the college or provider, setting out the outcome of the intervention assessment and confirming the next steps. To read all the backlog which is now released

Only two per cent of micro business owners believe the government’s newly-appointed small business commissioner will be able to make a significant difference in tackling late payments.  Just 100,000 owners at micro companies – the equivalent of around two per cent of the UK total – believe that new commissioner Paul Uppal will be able to bring about a significant change in late payment culture, according to research from FreeAgent.

It is believed that Uppal, the former Conservative MP who was appointed to the commissioner’s role on 3 October will, because of the size and scale of the problem for micro firms, struggle to tackle late payments despite this being the main purpose of the commissioner’s role and office.

Analysing data from a sample of more than 50,000 small business clients, FreeAgent discovered that roughly half of all invoices sent last year to business owners in the UK were paid on time.  The same study asked micro business owners what measures they’d like in place in order to tackle late payments, with some 70 per cent claiming they’d like the opportunity to secure compensation from late-paying clients.

Around 60 per cent of micro business owners would like to see a code of conduct around late payments put in place and adhered to, and 29 per cent of micro company founders thought that being able to name and shame late paying customers would help to tackle the culture. Commenting on the research, FreeAgent co-founder and CEO Ed Molyneux said: “Micro businesses and their owners are acutely affected by late payments. Unlike bigger companies who can often wait to be paid, micro businesses need to get paid promptly to keep their business in the black.  “We need to see a complete cultural shift when it comes to paying invoices so that these types of smaller businesses are not put at risk.”

Further research published earlier this year by FreeAgent revealed that as many as 57 per cent of UK micro business owners had no idea about the small business commissioner, the purpose of the office or the fact that an appointment to the role had long been due.

“It’s good news that the government has finally appointed a small business commissioner, with the specific remit of dealing with the late payment problem faced by micro-businesses,” Molyneux went on to say.   “However, the reality is likely to be that Mr Uppal will actually have limited power to punish companies who routinely pay late, aside from just naming and shaming them.”


Here at the EEVT, we take Health & Safety very seriously and understand the benefit of having a solid safety control management system in business. Our efforts in training, advice and newsletters to health combat occupation illness, safety and health for all our members and their employees is paramount.

We have decided that more needs to be done, and we have sourced a new partner to provide Health & Safety services to our members. SafeAid UK Limited can provide and build a bespoke Safety Control Management Systems (SCMS) and implement into your company. These systems are very comprehensive, easy to use, time efficient and cost effective. SafeAid UK Limited also offer comprehensive Health & Safety Management services and protection for your company and employees. SafeAid UK Limited is different from other Health & Safety service providers in so much as they really get to know you, your company and develop systems bespoke to your business with appropriate organisation, responsibilities and arrangements to operate your company in line with legislation and regulations.

Full training services are included maintaining compliance and statutory requirements for training employees. SafeAid UK Limited will evaluate your current Health & Safety completely free of charge and provide a report on their findings. Please make contact to book your review on either emails or number below.  Become a registered member today !  For full competent advice available 7 days per week, SafeAid UK Limited will be happy to assist any of our members. For immediate advice, SafeAid UK limited can be contacted on their hotline: 0779 538 5380 or at

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When we see items which are either different or of High Value or both we like to spotlight them: Grit: breakthrough programmes – our community approach

Youth at Risk UK has recently changed its name to ‘Grit: breakthrough programmes’, the change comes at a time when the organisation is prioritising a positive and aspirational approach to young people. The name is designed to depict the kind of resilience that is needed from young people when they commit themselves to transform their lives.

Grit delivers work in three key programme areas: education, professionals and community. Their work is all based on changing mind set and attitudes, they work on the premise that when you change your thinking you can change your world and therefore their programmes are very focussed on this developmental aspect. They use intensive personal development workshops combined with individual coaching to achieve outstanding results with young people and adults alike.

Here we look specifically at their ‘Youth congress’ programme delivered across London communities this summer and the opportunities for organisations to partner with them on next year’s roll-out.  The Youth Congress community transformation programme was designed for young people, aged 16-18, from across London, who were interested in recognising their personal potential by working on goals as well as being a voice for other young people. For each participant the process began with an orientation where they found out more about the programme and – crucial to the Grit approach – chose to commit to the project. They identified personal goals to work on for the nine-month programme duration, including; finding a job, improving relationships with parents, building self-confidence, dealing with anger and other emotions.

The programme launches with a six-day intensive residential personal development workshop for the young people, volunteers and professionals that surround them. On departure day, 24 of the 25 young people that had enrolled set off for the residential site.

The residential was a roller coaster of emotions for many of the young people who were engaged in challenging conversations, designed to have them take a ‘no kidding’ look at themselves. They were brave and courageous in opening up about the things that had happened to them, about mistakes they had made and how they wanted to move forward. They did exercises and a challenge run each morning – pushing themselves physically and feeling the achievement of beating their individual time each day.

As the days progressed they began to share more of themselves and work with the volunteers who were there to support them. On day 5 of 6 the young people were matched with their ‘Committed Partner’, a life coach, who will work with them for the next 9 months.  Young people and coaches alike were reminded that powerful coaching starts with willingness and a commitment, there will be times over the next 9 months when likes and dislikes will get in the way, what matters most is the commitment to keep working through it together.

Day 6 flew by and everyone headed back to London for the ‘Welcome Home’ event with family, friends, professionals and supporters. Volunteers shared their experiences of the residential and the impact of working with this group of young people. Then the young people stepped up to accept certificates and share their accomplishments – some young people apologised to parents for past mistakes, some told their mum and dad how much they appreciated their support and others acknowledged different key adults in their lives. The room was often in tears, moved by how far the young people had come in just 6 days and rooting for their continued success.  Now the work really begins, back home where maybe the only thing that has changed is the young person themselves. They now have a Committed Partner and the wider Youth Congress community who are ready and willing to support them towards their goals.  Grit will be working with these extraordinary young people for the next nine months as well as enrolling new organisations across London to partner with them in delivery of their year two programme. Please contact Amira at Grit for more details

Also check out the website

“Words cannot describe how incredible the journey was, seeing them grow and develop a sense of ownership, responsibility, looking at the possibility and knowing they have a choice in how they deal with different obstacles in life. Thank you Grit for allowing me to have this opportunity, it was totally life changing!” Volunteer on Youth Congress residential 2017


VDB will be holding B2B Events in

Bedfordshire 7th February

Ipswich 8th March

Chelmsford 21st March

Berkshire 5th April

Norwich 19th April

Brentwood 22nd May

For details then please contact Tish at


Tip of the week I: Free Apple coding sessions for kids. Details


Tip of the week 2: After hours Harry Potter studio tour with food £49. Details


Tip of the Week 3: 57% off Halloween Thames cruise. Details


Keep training from me Steve and all the Team at EEVT, see you also on social media




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