Newsletter & Bids 48 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, 238 organisations of which some 3,544 plus are organisations or people within the Training and Development Industry. This week there are 43 pages of Bids Grants and Funds.

A big Hi to our new readers this week and remember, we like to hear about any events or items.


Can social investment help you?  5th December, Taunton, 6th December, Manchester, 12th December, London from £20. Social investment has brought great benefit to organisations, providing finance to help them grow, or start new projects. Hear from those who have made it work about what they did and the lessons learnt. Find out more about the newer offers of packages of grants and loans, as well as Social Impact Bonds.  Paul Humphries from The Together Group will outline his considerable experience of raising and deploying social capital to train prisoners to refurbish properties (London and Taunton). James Sainsbury from Addaction will reflect on securing a grant from the Life Chances Fund to implement a Social Impact Bond, aiming to reduce accident and emergency admissions in Cornwall (Taunton)


Charity Bank will speak about on social investment opportunities which bank offers to charities (London and Taunton).  Andy Simpson from Refurnish will discuss how he has used social investment in their project helping disadvantaged people and reducing landfill (Manchester). Lynn Mumford from the Mayday Trust discussing their first local authority commissioned Social Impact Bond for Homelessness (London).


Taunton and Manchester events follow on from regional forums which will focus on police and crime commissioners, give a general update for the sector and provide networking opportunities. This means you can attend two events in one day, and save on travel. Click below for information on both events.


Prevista will be submitting a tender to deliver services for the ESFA National Careers Service in the London region only. We require the support of partners who will support participants with multiple barriers to access the careers information they require to progress in life. We are keen to hear from partners who are able to deliver activities that meet the Specification either on an end-to-end basis, or via specialist interventions. .Please e-mail for an EOI


Marc Ewen, Diploma in Social Work. DipHE Cert. Training Practice.

Cert in social care & applied social sciences Community mediator. Trainer &  Founder Of EXE Expert service user trainers & independent mental health consultant Contact:

Tel 0208 432 6929 Talks about Mental Health and indeed with 1 n 4 being affected at some stage it is very relevant. We can help you with Reducing absenteeism, Workplace well-being, Team-building MH champions at work and Strategies for improved performance, and increased productivity.  We have people who have experienced mental health issues in the workplace and have extensive practitioner professional and academic experience.  We believe this is our U.S.P. We offer bespoke packages to everybody with no extra charge. We will co-produce with you if needed and fit your exact training needs.


A new list with a full list of all the current apprenticeships on offer was posted on Friday at


Adult education has the potential to improve employability, skills development and cultural integration, according to an independent survey of 4000 adult learners in the UK, conducted by the WEA. The figures are published in the organisation’s annual Impact Report and reveal the positive impact that lifelong learning can have on individuals, their communities and society as a whole.

Participation figures for adult education have fallen every year since 2011 due to funding cuts and changes to policy. This is despite evidence which shows how it can improve the quality of life of the most disadvantaged in society, enabling them to contribute more and rely less on the health service and government funded financial support.

The report findings will be presented at a meeting of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Adult Education held on 23rd November 2017, Chaired by Chi Onwurah MP.

The WEA has over 50,000 students across the UK and they represent some of the hardest to reach in society. Almost a quarter (24%) reported having a physical health condition or illness, 12% a learning difficulty or a disability and 12% a mental health condition. Over one-fifth (21%) reported being carers for their ill, disabled or elderly relatives or friends.

The findings from the report are published alongside a stark warning from the charity, that without sustained funding and a new national strategy for lifelong learning, the positive impacts it reveals are coming under threat.

Key findings from the report include:  Employability and skills – prospects improve through adult education

  • 28% of student on benefits are off them 4 months after going on a WEA course
  • 57% of students who were unemployed and looking for work before the course became employed after
  • 62% of employed students gained new skills or knowledge that could be used in a job, rising to 88% for students with no qualifications and 84% for BAMER students
  • 63% improved their communication skills with over a third improved language and literacy skills

Health and wellbeing – lives improved through community learning

  • 82% of students with mental health issues reported improvements in their condition
  • 57% of those surveyed felt that studying helped to reduce stress
  • Nearly three quarters reported an increase in confidence

Family and the community – better engagement in society and at home

  • Nearly half of those surveyed (48%) reported being more understanding of other cultures and 38% felt they were more respectful to difference than they were previously
  • 27% felt a heightened sense of belonging to Britain than before their WEA course
  • 65% of WEA students with children under 18 improved their confidence in helping their children with reading, writing or maths as a result of their course

Chief Executive of the WEA, Ruth Spellman said: “The figures in this report highlight the vital role adult education plays uplifting our communities. We face increasingly complex challenges as a country which compulsory under-19 education alone cannot address. We need to make education attractive and stimulating for adult learners – this is what the WEA does, even with very disadvantaged groups of learners.

“We know adult education can improve national health and productivity but we’re deeply concerned about the impact of cuts to funding and changes to policies.. We need to act now to secure the future of adult education, and reach out to those on the edges of society and offer them the chance to contribute in a positive way.”

 Trevor Phillips, Chairman of the WEA said: “The need for community learning in today’s society is more important now than it ever has been since the WEA began in 1903. The findings in this report provide vital evidence of how lifelong learning or community learning positively transforms the lives of thousands of people across the country.”


The amendment to the Technical and Further Education Act, enshrined into law in May, was proposed by former education secretary Lord Baker, who acknowledged the move was likely to be universally hated by schools.

According to today’s guidance, “from 2 January 2018 all local-authority-maintained schools and academies must give education and training providers the opportunity to talk to pupils in years 8 to 13 about approved technical qualifications and apprenticeships”.  It continues: “Schools must have clear arrangements in place to ensure that all pupils have opportunities to hear from providers of post-14, post-16 and post-18 options at, and leading up to, important transition points.”

All schools must also publish a policy statement outlining how providers can access the school, the rules for granting and refusing access and what providers can expect once granted access.

Lord Baker, the architect of the controversial UTC programme, proposed his amendment while the technical and further education bill was passing through the House of Lords in February.  He accused schools of “resisting” those who tried to promote more vocational courses to their pupils, and insisted that “every word” of his proposed clause was needed because it would be “met with great hostility in every school in the country”.

The decision by the parliamentary undersecretary of state for the school system, Lord Nash, not to challenge the amendment, was met with surprise as it is considered unusual for the government to accept an amendment in this manner.

The amendment also went unchallenged when the bill was passed – meaning that the requirement became law.

However, there is still no sign yet of the government’s long awaited careers strategy.

Skills minister Anne Milton outlined the four main pillars of the strategy earlier this month, and later promised delegates at the Association of Colleges annual conference that it was on its way.


Development Fund calls worth a total of £14.35M on 15th December, 10-4 in Horsham. More details & booking info through the link.


Coast to Capital LEP are delighted to invite you to the launch of 6 new ERDF Calls, worth a total of £14.35m. Further information on the ERDF Calls is available here. This event will also be a workshop where prospective applicants can gather to make project contacts, define project roles, seek match funding opportunities, develop project ideas, form project partnerships, and ask eligibility questions. Delegates should start looking at the information on this link and start forming project ideas ahead of this workshop in order to get the most out of the day. An agenda for the day will be circulated to all confirmed delegates closer to the event date. There is free parking on site, but it is limited – so please be prepared to use the low-cost Pavilions leisure centre car park just a few doors down from our offices. Alternatively, we are only a 5 minute walk from Horsham train station. We look forward to seeing you there.


Minimum wage rates From April 2018, hourly minimum wages will increase as follows: · National Living Wage (NLW) (age 25+): from £7.50 to £7.83 (this will give a full-time worker an annual £600 pay increase); · NMW for 21-24 year olds: from £7.05 to £7.38; · NMW for 18-20 years olds: from £5.60 to £5.90; · NMW for those over school age but not yet 18: from £4.05 to £4.20; · NMW for apprentices: from £3.50 to £3.70.


Apprentice levy The government is continuing its aim to deliver 3 million apprenticeship starts by 2020 through the operation of the apprenticeship levy (where large employers (with an annual wage bill of £3million or more) have to pay 0.5% of their wage bill into a pot from which they pay for apprenticeships). The government has pledged to review the flexibility levy payers have to spend their money. Although no details have been announced, this could look to extend the time employers have to spend the money in their levy account or improve the way group structures can share their money.


Also lots about Ofsted. I know lots of you will be fed up with Ofsted but they say Inadequate (4) Leadership and management are likely to be inadequate if one or more of the following applies

  • Capacity for securing further improvement, including in subcontracted provision, is poor and the improvements leaders and governors have made are unsustainable, too slow or overly dependent on external support.
  • Leaders are not doing enough to tackle poor teaching, learning and assessment. This significantly impairs the progress of learners or groups of learners.
  • Leaders are not aware of, or are not taking effective action to stem, the decline in the quality of provision or in outcomes for learners.
  • The range of provision offered fails to meet the needs of learners, employers or the local community as reflected by the low proportion of learners who progress to destinations relevant to their career aims.
  • The provision does not equip learners with the skills, knowledge or understanding required to enable them to progress to their next steps.
  • Leaders are not taking effective steps to secure positive destinations for learners and are not preparing them for life in modern Britain.
  • Leaders, managers and governors, through their words, actions or influence, directly and/or indirectly, undermine or fail to promote equality of opportunity. They do not prevent discriminatory behaviour or prejudiced actions and views.
  • Safeguarding is ineffective. The provider’s arrangements for safeguarding learners do not meet statutory requirements or they give serious cause for concern; or insufficient action is taken to remedy weaknesses following a serious incident.
  • Leaders, managers and governors are not protecting learners from radicalisation and extremist views when learners are vulnerable to these. Policy and practice are poor, which means learners are at risk.


Over the next few months’ we will be undertaking course for Retained clients these will be at discounted rates. Any Non Retained Clients courses are at £250.00 each half day and two on the same day and location at £400.00:

GDRP – Safeguarding my organisation.  Healthy Sexual Relationships, Safeguarding in Sport, Understanding Consent, Sexually Harmful Behaviour, Bullying

Child Sexual Exploitation, Gangs and County Lines, Radicalisation, Trafficking and Modern Slavery, Honour Based Violence, Managing Challenging Behaviour and Positive Handling*, S47 Joint Investigation, Missing Persons, Female Genital Mutilation, Parents who misuse drugs, Domestic Violence, Deprivation of Liberties, Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults, Introduction to Safeguarding Children, Advanced Safeguarding, Designated Safeguarding Lead, Staying Safe online and Social Media

Local Authority Designated Officer and Safer Recruitment/Safer Organisation


Why should the corporate world of mergers, cartels and market abuses apply to those teaching and training young people? Lindsay Draffan explains.  I was rather surprised by the number of times the words “competition” and “competitors” were used at the recent FAB conference in Leicester.  I didn’t expect that. Neither did I expect references to “collaboration”, “market dynamics” or difficulties for new entrants against the relative comfort for more established players.  What was lacking, however, was any mention of competition law as a means to help a) establish a level playing field for those providing educational services and b) choice, quality and innovation, all at a reasonable price for the learner.  What does competition law have to do with FE?

In a nutshell, competition law regulates the activities of those offering services (or goods) for the benefit of the consumer.

So a training provider offering an FE course for a fee must comply with competition law. To price-fix a course with a competing provider, for example, is a complete no-no.  To price-fix a course with a competing provider, for example, is a complete no-no.  In exactly the same way, awarding organisations must comply when they carry out their business activities. And those with the good fortune of holding a leading market position, usually 40 per cent or more, must not try to prevent a rival from offering a competing product. That can happen through abusive behaviour in related markets, not just in the award process itself. You might think it’s a great tactic to make sure your competitors cannot get their materials to print due to a network of exclusivity with publishers, but it’s highly unlikely the competition authorities would agree!  What are the penalties for anti-competitive behaviour? The law penalises anti-competitive agreements with fines based on annual turnover, and the severity and duration of the infringement. The maximum financial penalty is 10 per cent of worldwide turnover, not just which generated in the UK. The same goes for abusing a dominant position. Read more at


A new inquiry into the apprenticeships and skills training has been launched by the House of Commons education select committee. Former apprenticeships and skills minister Robert Halfon, who now chairs the committee. The deadline for submissions is January 5. This link can be used to submit written evidence.

The spokesperson for the committee said: “While many independent training providers and further education colleges are providing excellent training, too much provision is poor. For example, Ofsted last year reported that 37 per cent of apprenticeship providers were less than good.”  The committee is inviting written submissions on the following issues:  The quality of current provision, how this varies by sector, level and region, and the impact of this on learner outcomes;
The effectiveness of the quality monitoring system, in particular the role and capacity of Ofsted;  The role of the ESFA in ensuring value for money, and the impact of different funding models;  Quality and oversight of training provided by subcontractors; and Quality of training received by the socially disadvantaged, and barriers to them undertaking this training.


Tip of the week I: 20% off at Clarks. Details


Tip of the week 2: 24 tulip bulbs and a book on tulips for £9.98. Details


Tip of the Week 3: New Year’s Eve party at Disneyland from £159. Details


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






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