Newsletter & Bids 45 2017

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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 43 pages of Bids Grants and Funds.

The Asian apprenticeship Awards took place on Thursday and several things come to mind. As the Head Judge my job has been made easy by the Team behind the scenes so first of all many thanks to them. I will not name them all as I only have so much room, but thank you Pathways Group each and every one of the team and Isa Mutlib how could I not mention you always there 24 / 7.

Next the Great Sponsors who are fantastic, all the entrant’s which this year were of a very high standard so win or not you’re all winners in my book for being nominated. Our Headline sponsor APM. Thank you to all the employers who have got behind the event, and indeed we have sold out tickets and could have sold another hundred. So a big thank you to all the Judges Shazia Awan, Rob George, Sharon Walpole, Kavita Oberoi OBE, Stephen Ram Kissun, Last year’s Winer Sanna Shabir, Lindsay McCurdy who needs no introduction, Ninder Johal and Sheikh Bilal Khan. So I wish each and every one of you all the best as you go forward I have given up my judges post as it only lasts for two years I do so with great pride of all the great people I have meet during that time. But I will still be supporting for next year. Also so many thanks to Saf for his vision and concept. So keep looking out at


The DfE have launched their Flexible Learning Fund up to £10 million to help providers design and develop new ways of supporting adults to engage with learning. This is part of a £40 million package piloting new approaches to lifelong learning that were announced in this year’s spring budget.   It will provide grants of up £1 million to innovative projects that focus on new ways of delivering learning so that more adults are engaged. Projects should centre on the delivery of basic skills, or intermediate / higher level technical learning and should fit within at least one of four “categories of interest” which cover learning outside normal working hours; learning outside the classroom; blended / online learning; and delivery that engages those with caring responsibilities or labour market returners.   The deadline for applications to the fund is January 31st 2018 and grant support is available until March 2019. We have had interest from some 8 organisations we will be sending out an EOI and overview in the next few days.


The government must rethink how it supports low-achieving, disengaged, and special needs students, as help from local authorities and the European Union continues to diminish.  This is one of the main recommendations from the new ‘Educating for our economic future’ report, produced by an independent advisory group of senior figures assembled from the higher and further education sectors, commerce and industry by Pearson, in partnership with the Education Policy Institute.

There are, it claims, “increasingly limited resources of local authorities responsible for education participation”, and warns that schemes which previously helped young people not in education, employment or training are now “in flux”.

For example, previous support from the European Social Fund “may cease after we leave the European Union”.  Education, health and care plans, introduced in 2014 to provide better SEND support for young people under the age of 25, “may support the design of better-tailored support for students”.  However, a local government ombudsman report into EHCPs, published last week, found that councils aren’t doing enough to ensure learners with special needs got the help they need.

Some learners and their families face a “disproportionate burden” to get the support they are entitled to.   As part of its recommendations to help students in need of extra support, the report wants the transition year into T-levels – which is left over for learners who are not yet ready to enter the new vocational programmes from the age of 16 – to be “designed as part of a fully-formed three-year journey”.

This would help to “ensure young people are equipped with the right skills to progress into FE and to re-engage with English and maths over a sustained period”.

It suggests this transition year “may involve traineeships”.

The report cites recent evidence showing that 82 per cent of traineeship participants were satisfied with their programmes, but notes that “there were not wide differences in destinations between those who had completed the traineeship and those who left before completion”.  Other recommendations include urging the government to “launch a high-profile national campaign” promoting free English and maths courses for adults without GCSEs in these subjects.  It also wants functional skills to be developed into a “high-quality, relevant and recognised qualification”, and to review whether apprenticeships are suitable for “those lacking basic literacy and numeracy”.  The government is also asked to “avoid focusing on narrow numerical targets” for apprenticeships, and to instead “develop broader measures of success that consider the quality of training and its value to employers and learners”.

The independent advisory panel was chaired by Professor Sir Roy Anderson, a professor in infectious disease epidemiology at Imperial College London.

“With the UK’s decision to leave the EU, longstanding economic pressures, and disruptive technologies set to change the composition of the labour market, young people today are faced with unprecedented challenges navigating the complex path from education into the workplace,” he said.  Other members of the advisory panel include Neil Carberry, CBI’s managing director of people policy, Martin Doel, the FETL professor of leadership in further education and skills at the Institute of Education and former chief executive of the Association of Colleges, and Lesley Davies, the principal of Trafford College.

The Department for Education has been approached for a response.


Training leaders are calling on the government to urgently take forward the skills minister’s own acknowledgement that a more flexible approach is needed if the apprenticeship reforms are going to be the success they should be.  If the government is genuinely concerned about social mobility and productivity, then action needs to be taken.

A top priority must be a response that recognises and addresses employer resistance to a new rule that requires 20% of all apprenticeship training to take place off the job.  Employers in both the private and public sectors, including NHS Trusts, say that they can’t afford an apprentice to be non-productive for the equivalent of a day a week nor the cost of staff backfill to cover their absence when there are many other appropriate flexible and effective ways of delivering knowledge, skills and behaviours required.

Two large levy paying employers are expected to voice their concerns about this at today’s AELP autumn conference in Manchester.  The conference, sponsored by City & Guilds, is taking place only two weeks after official government statistics revealed a 61% slump in apprenticeship starts compared with a year ago.

AELP, whose member providers train 3 out of every 4 apprentices in England, points to the collapse also being due to the way the government is now funding the apprenticeships of smaller employers who don’t pay the levy.  A disastrous procurement exercise, which had to be scrapped by the incoming minister, and a requirement for small businesses to make a financial contribution towards the cost of the training have led to huge falls in starts among SMEs across the country, including in the many areas where levy payers don’t operate.

AELP CEO Mark Dawe said:

“The skills minister has said that she has heard two different stories about how the reforms are going but encouragingly she has also said that she is very willing to listen to those who are experiencing their impact on the ground.  Many of these people will be at our conference today and AELP will be calling for urgent action so that providers can work with their local employers to get things moving again.”

In AELP’s view, the government needs to:

  • remove disincentives for employers to recruit young apprentices
  • halt the decline in apprenticeship opportunities at levels 2 and 3
  • guarantee a minimum £1bn budget for the apprenticeships of non-levy paying SMEs
  • allow flexibility between on and off the job training and
  • review the co-investment requirement for non-levy payers.

An early open debate is needed on the design of the funding model which will be used for apprenticeships after the non-levy paying employers join the levy payers on the digital Apprenticeship Service in April 2019.  Otherwise training providers are warning that we could stumble into another catastrophe in a programme which has so many positives.

Move towards full commissioning of skills programmes

After the reported £280m underspend in the grant-allocated part of the Adult Education Budget (AEB), AELP chairman Martin Dunford will say in his opening remarks at the conference that whether the AEB is devolved or not, the government, the combined authorities and the LEPs should start a transition to full commissioning of publicly funded skills programmes. The AELP chairman will argue that commissioning leads to better outcomes that are generally more efficiently delivered for the taxpayer and that it also reduces the amount of ‘non-genuine’ subcontracting and top-slicing that ministers hate.  He will add that if government is really serious about meeting the Brexit skills challenges, supporting the Industrial Strategy, improving productivity and bringing about a sea-change in social mobility, then it must be bolder about commissioning. The AELP autumn conference will also hold debates on improving quality, the T Level reforms, overcoming barriers to social mobility and English devolution of skills programmes.  City & Guilds managing director Kirstie Donnelly will chair a panel on ensuring that the reforms to apprenticeships and technical education complement each other.  Delegates will be hoping that the DfE will offer some assurances that it is taking action to halt the 14.6% drop in traineeship starts.


Hannah tells us we’re hosting a free webinar next week that I think would be of interest to you,

Make Your Learning Stick with Neuroplasticity Principles is a beginner’s guide to neuroplasticity so that you can use the latest scientific findings to make your training more effective.  It’s next Tuesday, November 7th at 15:00pm you can sign up Here (and feel free to invite team members).


Next peer meet up for training providers is in Leeds details to follow so please any guest speakers please let me know your interest



  • 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.


I have a Top Level person who role finishes in a few days’ time Where they would best fit: 
– Government Relations
– Transformation and Project Management
– Participation
– Leadership & Management Training
– Coaching and Consultancy

What they are good at:
– Strategy and Implementation
– Problem Solving
– Leading teams
– Seeing the bigger picture
– Forming new collaborations

Where their knowledge sits
– National and local government policy and funding
– Further education policy and funding (particularly work-based/focused learning programmes)
– Leadership and management theories and techniques
– Problem solving and change management theories and techniques

They are available from 1st November for full/part-time and temporary/permanent-roles. Location isn’t a particular concern either – including international work.
E-mail me for their CV


Five people who want work experience in Birmingham in Health and Social Care.

Please contact


EEVT has the privilege of being one of several Patrons of the BAME Apprenticeship Alliance along with Coco Cola, Severn Trent Water, APM, NOCN, Royal Air Force, JTL, One File, World Skills, Dudley College, Birmingham Metropolitan, COLLAB Group and the Pathways Group


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