Newsletter & Bids 50 2016
EEVT ltd (EEVT) working in conjunction with SLIC training welcomes you to this week’s news round up. With some 9 new members we now go out to some 3,826 members.
Partnership opportunities for public and voluntary organisations to help Jobcentre Plus to move people off benefits and into employment. Jobcentre Plus wants partnerships with local public and voluntary organisations that will help unemployed people move off benefits and into employment. Some of the opportunities focus on specific measures or specific groups. For details please contact the area Managers at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/local-partnership-opportunities-with-jobcentre-plus/jobcentre-plus-district-managers-contacts-for-partnership-opportunities
Closing the disability and employment gap, a new report published by VODG (the Voluntary Organisations Disability Group), calls for more practical solutions to close the disability employment. New report sets out ways to reduce the disability employment gap. The report outlines successful employment and training schemes delivered by specialist disability organisations. It includes recommendations for government, employers and care providers to boost employment for working-age disabled people. CEO Sharon Allen said: “Skills for Care knows from our own experience the benefits of employing highly skilled and knowledgeable workers with a disability who bring significant benefits to our business. “This very timely VODG report reminds us why we urgently need to close the employment gap between disabled workers and their non-disabled peers, especially when a recent SCOPE ‘Enabling work: disabled people, employment and the UK economy’ report showed that if we successfully get a million more disabled people into work over the next 15 years it would boost the economy by £45 billion.” Download a free copy of the report.
One of the biggest changes in the apprenticeship reforms is the introduction of independent end point assessment for all apprenticeships. Existing models of assessment will need to change to reflect the introduction of apprenticeship standards, the move to synoptic end point assessment and the greater emphasis on teaching and learning. The respective roles of assessors, trainers and employers will also need to change in response. This webinar with Beej Kaczmarczyk and Bob Craig explored the issues raised by these changes and provided participants with an opportunity to consider how they could respond, especially in respect of the relationship between continuous and end point assessment. Click here to view the video https://youtu.be/ZLI05Y2YG00
Click here to download the slides http://www.e-memoir.co.uk/uploads/5/4/7/4/54741903/e-memoir_synoptic_assessment_webinar_nov_2016.pdf
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London APM are giving the opportunity to our readers; If you have something to offer to jobseekers with disabilities or poor health, then APM would like to hear from you and to discuss working together on the upcoming Work & Health Programme tender.
Still owned and run by the Occupational Therapist who founded the business in 1994, APM is the largest provider of Australia’s Disability Employment Programme and is proud to be the highest rated major provider, with 22 of its contracts rated 5 stars. After a year of major investment in the newly acquired UK business this has now become the highest performing provider of the Work Programme as well. APM is bidding to run the Work & Health Programme across London. However, we believe that delivering a great service for Work & Health will mean integrating the great work already being done by local providers rather than replacing it. To speak to APM about the Work and Health Programme, or other opportunities, please contact Steve@eevt.org who will then pass on your information as local meetings need to be booked up and this all takes time.
The set up for the Digital Registrar is taking longer than most people thought and indeed can take six hours depending on your offer.
The deadline for completing your information on the Course Directory Provider Portal is 5.00pm on 13th January 2017. Failure to add your information to the Portal by this date may result in your RoATP application not being accepted If you have problems please contact myself at Steve@eevt.org or firstname.lastname@example.org
A call has been made for local enterprise partnerships to have a new contracting process that’s “fair and transparent” if they’re dealing with cash from the adult education budget, following allegations that board members are allocating valuable contracts to their own companies.
An investigation published by the Mail Online has alleged that LEPs have made more than 270 payments to companies or other projects connected with their own board members, with sums for example ranging from £13,000 to £1 million. Conflicts of interest like these will be of concern to the sector, as LEPs already control much of the funds available to FE providers for capital spending – while last month’s autumn statement confirmed that the government is pushing ahead with plans to devolve the AEB. The investigation prompted Mark Dawe, chief executive of the Association of Employment and Learning Providers, to hit out at “a system set up in a manner that leads to institutional bias”.
The best way to do this is to make the machines running the digital apprenticeship service talk to the machines that run HMRC levy collections. To do this, we needed to create a connection between the computers called an application programming interface (API).
We needed a whole new set of APIs to get the information we needed from HMRC. I’m a senior platform developer at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), but I had prior experience of working with the HMRC Digital Tax Platform. Because of this, I was able to suggest to the apprenticeship team that they built the APIs as a service on that platform.
I work for BEIS, but the APIs needed to be housed and built inside HMRC. So we set up a small team with HMRC to build them. Because of my knowledge of the apprenticeship service requirements and previous experience of the tax platform, I was seconded onto the team.
We worked out of the BEIS offices on Victoria Street in London. It was quite revolutionary: a cross-departmental, agile team. Every Thursday we had a co-location day with people from the apprenticeship service, including the SFA team from Coventry. There was a lot of strong communication going on and it took us about two months to build the API services.
Each API we built answers a different question:
How much levy has been declared for each PAYE scheme? To link an employer’s payroll schemes to their apprenticeship account, employers need to go through a Government Gateway log-in to access HMRC data. This means they’ll need their Government Gateway user ID to register.
What is the English percentage for each payroll? The English percentage is the percentage of the employer’s payroll relating to employees who live in England. HMRC calculates it and it is used to allocate the right proportion of levy funds to each employer’s account, in order that they have the right amount to spend on apprenticeships.
What payroll schemes does each user of the apprenticeship service have access to? There’s an amazing array of ways in which people use payroll schemes. Many corporations, especially those that have franchisees, run more than 150 PAYE schemes. As we said in our blog post on building registration, these employers want to choose how to join their schemes together. This API shows that a user of the apprenticeship service has the authority to access funds collected through the levy for the payroll schemes they control.
Are certain individuals really employed by certain organisations during specific dates? To confirm that each apprenticeship is actually taking place, we check to see that each individual is employed by the organisation that buys the training on the dates entered when that employer has added an apprentice.
One of the useful features of the tax platform was that we could build asandbox that would allow our application to do early testing of the APIs before we had any live data in place. In order to use any of the APIs you have to register with the tax platform so HMRC knows who you are. If users have adeveloper ID they get access to the sandbox so they can test their code. If they have a production ID they get routed back to the live service because they are a real user. (We built private APIs that are only visible to users who we thought were safe.)
HMRC had a whole bunch of changes they needed to make to their PAYE systems to enable the apprenticeship service to work. For example, the employer payment summary form had to be amended to carry levy information. Changes to the back-end legacy systems are still in development, so the early-testing capability is key.
As far as the apprenticeship service is concerned, it just has to send queries to each API. There’s an endpoint (the answer to each query) and the sandbox we can route calls through. Rather than an end-to-end test to prove it all works, at each section we have contract-based guarantees. The APIs are essentially a set of promises. Each piece of the chain makes a promise about what it will do to the next piece along, and each piece has to fulfil its promise. We can test the promises at each stage so we have confidence that when we link them all together they’ll do the right thing.
My experience of the HMRC tax platform proved invaluable. If I had gone in naively and asked for things based on what I needed, I could have been frustrated. Knowing how they worked, as well as several of the key people, and the underlying principles made it a lot easier to find solutions. We could move forward rapidly where it might otherwise have taken months to sort out.
Everyone involved has worked really well to enable the apprenticeship service to get information out in a way that’s simple and easy to use. We’ve had to go through a lot of loops to get the right answers. And we’ve had strong collaboration and communication throughout.
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