Newsletter & Bids 43 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 are organisations or people within the Training and Development Industry. This week there are 39 pages of bids Grants and Funds.

Well quite a busy week, with clients in Coventry, Birmingham and Walsall.



Perry tells us w​e are pleased to announce that Pearson are now an approved End Point Assessment Organisation for the following Transport and Logistics Standards.

Supply Chain Warehouse Operative – Supply Chain Operator- Large Goods Vehicle (LGV) Driver


ESFA Friday the 20 Oct updated their guidance and forms for further education colleges to apply for financial support from the government’s ‘restructuring facility’.

The guidance and application forms are for further education colleges that:

  • need to make major changes following an area review recommendation
  • can’t fund it themselves

It’s not for sixth-form colleges – restructuring is part of the process of becoming an academy.  Now my question is as a Training Provider due to the area review I need to change things I get nothing, yes I hear you say but in fact many of our large Training Providers are also Charity status.

ESFA Thursday updated their information for employers considering offering traineeships to young people, including the benefits of traineeships for business.

A traineeship is an education and training programme with work experience that is focused on giving young people the skills and experience that employers are looking for.

Traineeships can last up to a maximum of 6 months and will include:

  • work preparation training provided by the training organisation
  • English and maths support if required, provided by the training organisation
  • a high-quality work experience placement with an employer

In addition to these basic elements, employers and the training provider can add flexible additional content to meet the needs of the business and the local labour market.


PLEASE READ Four providers have been stripped of more than £100,000 due to the controversial English and maths condition-of-funding rule, although one is questioning the ruling.  The ESFA deducts funding from providers for students who do not achieve at least a grade C (now 4) in GCSE English and maths and then do not enrol in the subjects for their further education courses.

The original rule stated that any student who failed to enrol would be removed in full from funding allocations for the next-but-one academic year.  However, the condition was relaxed from 2016/17, with the penalty halved and only applied to providers at which more than five per cent of students did not meet the standard.

The DfE decided earlier this month to extend this five-per-cent tolerance indefinitely “in recognition of the continued efforts of institutions” to achieve the targets.  Lambeth College faced the highest deductions this year, losing out on £231,162 after it failed to meet funding conditions for 209 students in 2015/16.  “Problems in 2015/16 arose from higher recruitment numbers than planned and the need to recruit additional staff,” said a spokesperson for the college. “For subsequent years, numbers have been closer to plan and therefore the same issue has not arisen.  “As in all colleges, any reduction in funding causes operational difficulties.”

Cornwall College had the second highest deduction total, with £211,946 removed from its allocation for 329 non-compliant learners.

Newcastle-based provider group NCG had the highest number of learners who did not meet the condition, and had £156,884 wiped from its funding for 463 students.  However, it has a total of 13,356 students, putting its proportion of non-compliant students at 3.5 per cent, well within the tolerance limit.  A spokesperson for NCG said it was “checking the figures” with the ESFA but are yet to receive a response.  A spokesperson for the DfE said it would be looking into NCG’s concerns. “This is an exceptional case based on the merger of two colleges, where one of the colleges had been above the five-per-cent tolerance,” they said. “As a result of this merger, NCG has gained around £10 million in funding overall.

Manchester’s YMCA Training became the only independent learning provider in the top five biggest fines, losing out on £102,385, with 103 learners not meeting the funding conditions.

A fifth provider, Birmingham Metropolitan College, was deducted £97,522 for 456 non-compliant learners. Analysis of latest 16-to-19 allocation data for this academic year revealed that in total, 19 general FE colleges were deducted £1,211,930 under the condition-of-funding rules.  A further 45 ILPs shared losses of £673,456, and 39 local authority providers were fined £377,498. No sixth-form colleges were penalised.

These figures are an improvement on last year, when £2,842,016 was deducted across 26 general FE colleges.  City of Liverpool College alone lost almost £500,000.  FE Week revealed a glaring flaw in the way the condition is calculated last year, which makes it impossible for any institution to achieve 100-per-cent compliance, and could even cost them funding.  If a learner drops out of a course after the qualifying period of 42 days, they are counted as “funded”, but if they record fewer days studying English and maths during the same period they count as not complying with the rule – even if their last day of attendance on each course is just a few days apart.

Last year, FE Week estimated that as many as 9,000 college learners across England could be affected by this failure in the system.  “All providers including colleges can ensure they are not having funding deducted by identifying those who don’t yet have English or maths GCSE grade four, and provide them with the opportunity to achieve this standard as part of their study programmes,” said a spokesperson for the DfE.  “Providers must ensure this is compliant with the specific condition of funding requirements set out in 16 to 19 condition of funding guidance.”


NETWORKING for the CARE Sector Networking for the #care sector – let me know directly if you wish to attend #peermeetupcare #care #HSC #Healthcare #CARERS2017


The Long Term Report on Review of the long-term apprenticeship model

Review of the long-term apprenticeship model, to see if it is working well and if it can be improved.  DfE Thursday  (19 Oct) released a report “Long-term apprenticeship model appraisal” evaluating the design of the model, including:

In 1987 Diane Abbot, Keith Vaz, Paul Boeteng and Bernie Grant were elected to the House of Commons; the first time four BME MPs took seats on those green benches. 30 years later, we have 52 BME Parliamentarians in the Commons, the tragedy of Grenfell and the Prime Ministers release of the race disparity audit. So it is within this context that you are invited to the annual finale of the Great Debate Tour in the House Commons on November 21st – from 6pmThe Great Debate Tour is the first national debate forum targeting cultural communities across the UK. The tour, now in its 8th year, is a celebration of diversity and heritage as well as a forum for powerful, thought provoking discussion. With a help of a panel of experts, people are encouraged to explore issues that our research indicates is most relevant to the audience. Our Annual Finale in Parliament will be unique this year as it will also be the official launch of the African-Caribbean Alumni Network (A-CAN).

A-CAN has been created to bring together professionals that were previously members of an African Caribbean Society at any UK university. Over the last 10 years we have kept a record of former African Caribbean Society (ACS) Presidents, committees, and society members to create a comprehensive list of over 20,000 black professionals within England, Scotland, and Wales. Our speakers on the night will include:

Diane Abbott MP: Our Parliamentary Host

Sophie Chandauka: Chief Administration Officer (CAO), Morgan Stanley & Co-Founder of the Black British Business Awards (BBBAs)

Tom Chigbo: First Black President of Cambridge Students Union & Non-Executive Director, Amnesty International

Lorraine Wright: Director,  UBS & Founder of the University Gospel Choir of the Year (UGCY)  Spaces are very limited. To register please visit:


 We continue to offer our executive search services to organisations looking to increase diversity on their boards and/or senior management teams. Do visit our upgraded website for more information:


Early Bird tickets at £30 for individuals & £45 for organisations are available for Arts Alliance and Clinks members until 3rd November.  4th December 2017, London

Join the National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance (NCJAA) to discuss the future priorities for arts and criminal justice.

In light of increasing cross-governmental support from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, the Ministry of Justice, and the recent inclusion of engagement in creative activities in Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons’ new Expectations for adult male prisons, this event will explore current topics relevant to the arts and criminal justice sector.

Incorporating innovative examples of good practice, there will be sessions on:

Digital provision,

Employment within the creative industries & Diversity

There will also be discussion on how we can continue to build on recent support. The event will consider what our next steps might be, and how we as a sector can produce more high quality, meaningful creative interventions for people who have come into contact with the criminal justice system.

Conversations will feed into the NCJAA’s priorities for a new national arts and criminal justice agenda as we begin our journey to become an Arts Council England National Portfolio Sector Support Organisation from 2018 onwards.


Jobs Posts SIA Freelance Trainer Talented Training – LS1 Leeds

Talented Training is looking for Freelance Trainer for CCTV, Door Supervision & Employ-ability; you MUST have experience in these fields

You must be able to demonstrate a strong work ethic and be able to achieve aggressive objectives within tight time frames. Excellent communication skills both orally and in written form are essential with importance placed on the administration of the function.  You will have a 24-month traceable training history with evidence of positive feedback.

Must have the below qualifications:

Level 3 Award in PTLLS/EAT

Level 3 Certificate for Deliverers of Conflict Management

Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement (CAVA-NVQ’s)

Level 3 Certificate for Deliverers of Physical Intervention

Job Location: Leeds

Required education: Diploma

CV to




  • Coordinating activities across all existing teams (curriculum, coaching, ops, sales, marketing and engineering);
  • Ensuring we comply with Ofsted and other regulations and legislation;
  • Strategic planning to maintain and improve quality and quantity;
  • Building your own team to deliver Apprenticeships as we scale.

Your background

  • You have started (successfully or not) a number of new, risky initiatives, whether on your own as a founder or as an intrapreneur;
  • You are comfortable in a highly uncertain, early stage environment;
  • You are fastidiously meticulous in ensuring we comply with complex regulatory requirements;
  • You have an interest in education, perhaps a background in it too;
  • Experience with apprenticeships delivery is a plus but not essential.


End-point assessment has hit crisis point – as FE leaders warn that the first wave of learners is reaching the end of their courses without a final test in place.

FE Week has crunched the latest government stats and found 790 apprentices started on various standards in 2016/17 without an organisation in place to deliver final exams.

Added to those who began in 2014/15 and 2015/16, the total number of apprentices on courses with assessors is 1,460.  Sue Pember, the director of policy at Holex, labelled the situation “shameful”, and said she is aware of many learners who have been unable to complete. “I am hearing that apprentices have actually finished their programme but have been unable to complete and qualify because there is no end test in place,” she told FE Week. A representative for the AELP said he understood that this related to an “early-approved standard that still doesn’t have an EPA ready”.

Sallyann Baldry, from the Federation of Awarding Bodies, said another EPA organisation had been “very quickly contacted” after it was approved, as there were “learners waiting for assessment” – even though it had said in its submission it wouldn’t be ready until next April.

Read FE Week deputy editor Paul Offord’s view As a result, the organisation in question has “had to work flat out to tool up far more quickly than it had originally planned”, and was now expecting to be ready in November. The DfE declined to comment on the claims.


VDB will be holding B2B Events in

Bedfordshire 7th February – Ipswich 8th March – Chelmsford 21st March – Berkshire 5th April – Norwich 19th April and Brentwood 22nd May

For details then please contact Tish at


What every parent should know.


Tip of the week I: Up to 50% off on all toys at Sainsbury’s.


Tip of the Week 2: 3-night Venice stay for £89pp including flights. Details


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




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