Newsletter & Bids 9 2016

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Dear Members



We have lots of new members this week so welcome to you all.  Many thanks for this week’s Bids, Grants and Funds from EEVT Ltd (EEVT).   With thanks to SLIC International Ltd. This week’s bids attachment has some 35 pages this week.  We go out to over 4,000 organisations and decision makers. To get your copy e-mail

OK the BIG EVENT this week was the We Love Apprenticeships Conference 2016. I was involved one as a Guest speaker and also as a Judge on the awards which I can now tell you.

So many thanks to Lindsay who has done a Great Job again this year.   However there are many more URGENT ITEMS which came out of the conference and I will deal with that and a special event towards the end of the NEWSLETTER.

 The SFA will cease to allow subcontracting within the Advanced Learner Loans programme from the start of the 2017 to 2018 funding year.  This decision has been taken following a review of subcontracted loans delivery and aims to protect the interests of learners who choose to fund their provision with a loan, and public funds.

This means:

  • the delivery of all loans-funded subcontracted learning aims must be completed by 31 July 2017
  • providers must not enter any new subcontracting agreements for the delivery of loans funded provision in 2016 to 2017, over and above those which they are already be engaged with in 2015 to 2016
  • in 2016 to 2017 any provider which holds a loans facility directly with the SFA cannot also act as a subcontractor to another prime contractor for the delivery of loans funded provision

This will be reflected in Version 2 of the Advanced Learner Loans Funding Rules 2016 to 2017 due to be published in spring.

During week commencing 22nd February 2016, the SFA will be contacting existing loans subcontractors whom it considers may meet its criteria to access a loans facility directly. These organisations will be invited to apply for a direct loans facility for the 2016 to 2017 funding year (subject where applicable to them entering the Register and/or passing the capacity and capability questions).

Good news from one of our members Lightbulb had the results of their Ofsted a Great Grade 2 Also Suzanne tells me she is doing a talk next week at Kato’s meeting about the “journey” and then at the Essex Provider network in mid-March.


A part of the Governments National Apprenticeship week, the NXG Group would like to invite you to celebrate Apprenticeships at the Empire Cinema Leicester Square on Wed 16th March. Aimed at senior executives from skills and employment and those involved in Apprenticeships this event lists a number of notable guest speakers including:

Rt Hon Nadhim Zahawi MP Specialist Adviser to David Cameron on Apprenticeships

Tim Patterson ex Vice President of Nickelodeon

Richard Woods’s finalist from the BBC’s Apprentice

To book Tickets please go to


Has Child trafficking increased in Nepal since the earthquakes of 2015 and how does trafficking happen? Next Tuesday we present the preliminary findings of a major independent survey generously funded by a foundation to assist Child Rescue Nepal’s work and effectiveness.

Concern that loss of homes and livelihoods caused by the earthquakes might lead to an increase in child trafficking prompted a supporter to commission one of the largest independent research studies into child trafficking in Nepal, and the first since the quake. The study involved a survey of nearly 1,200 households (about 6000 people including children), interviews with a large number of key informants such as Women’s Development Officers and Children’s Rights Officers, and group discussions with children.  The findings include:

  • Nearly four times as many families said they had had a child trafficked after the earthquake as before. However there is a lack of clarity in villages about trafficking.
  • The increase was mostly concentrated in one area, Bara.
  • Families where a child had been trafficked were three times as likely to have a male head of household.
  • A worrying new trick has been developed by traffickers – they are  reported posing as aid workers to help with earthquake relief, or as long-lost relatives, to gain the confidence of children and families
  • Children returning home after trafficking are often stigmatised and girls find marriage more difficult.
  • Concern continues about under age children still working in carpet factories.

If you are near London and would like to know more, there is an informal and more detailed presentation of this survey and our Nepal partner’s response at our offices on March 1st at 12.30 – 1.15. Ian Kerr and Karna Tamang will be discussing the findings and answering questions. You are welcome to bring a sandwich: we will provide tea or coffee. We are limited to 20 people so please let us know if you are intending to come. Contact or myself on the email above. The results are being clarified will be available on our website shortly.


Join us on 22 March 2016 for an afternoon of inspiring speakers, topical discussions and practical workshops. This year’s conference will be addressing issues facing social entrepreneurs at every stage from start-up to sustain and scale-up.

Workshop topics include:

Investment for growth – what investment is available and how can you get involved

Financing start ups – exploring the various options for funding your new social venture

Impact measurement – how can you capture it, use it and share it

European funding – what’s available now and what to look out for

Community enterprise – funding and support for community businesses

There will also be an opportunity to help us shape the future of support for social entrepreneurs as we launch both the East Sussex Social Enterprise Strategy and the formation of Social Enterprise East Sussex CIC. To find out more and book your space visit:


Ok if your looking for any prints/signs/coaster/pop up banners, would you mind passing our details on? The company is called Mayfair Imagery – the website is also ask for a discount and say EEVT sent you


We are pleased to highlight SSL Care Ltd this week. SSL Care ( part of the SSL group of companies provides consultancy services to organisations within Residential Care and Domiciliary Care. They specialise in:

  • Domiciliary Care Start Up
  • Quality Assurance and CQC Compliance
  • Staff Management
  • Change Management
  • Business Development

Please contact them on 0800 0885784 or if you need support or are seeking to venture in to Domiciliary Care.


Mylearnadfriend and Redcar & Cleveland College Join Forces to Go On-Line:

Mylearnadfriend Ltd is delighted to announce that they have secured a Strategic Partnership with Redcar & Cleveland College which will see the delivery of Accredited On-line Health & Safety Awards.

Speaking about the new agreement Tony Abbott – MD said “this is a major milestone for Mylearnadfriend Ltd as it will open doors to an increased number of UK and International Industrial Customers and Clients and also from Colleges and Private Providers across the Post-16 Education Sector”.

This collaboration will be managed by the college and will initially focus on supporting the SSI Task Force by offering 4 Health & Safety Awards including:

  • The Safe Worker
  • The Safe Supervisor
  • The Safe Manager
  • The Safe Director

John Chance, Acting Principal said, “We are delighted to be working with Mylearnadfriend and the new collaboration will enable us to further develop On-line eLearning to our internal market of learners and staff as well as our current commercial customers. We are now also seeking new partners from the Post-16 Education Sector including Colleges and Private Sector Providers wishing to introduce or extend e-Learning opportunities to their own learners. We also recognise that by providing e-solutions for enhanced Health & Safety training, we will help to ensure that our apprentices and learners on work placement are operating in safe environments with their increased awareness of safe working practices”.

Organisations and Training Providers are now encouraged to come forward with ideas and requests for working in partnership with us by contacting either: Redcar & Cleveland College 01642 777157 or

Mylearnadfriend 0203 397 4349 or or


OK many have asked for more information around PREVENT as there has been much uncertainty around the above British Values and Prevent.

Remember there is FREE TRAINING at   for staff and management Prevent training.  On recent Ofsted visits they have been looking at Schemes of work to see British Values are promoted and guidance on what they are shown here.

What are ‘British values’?

According to Ofsted, ‘fundamental British values’ are:

  • democracy
  • the rule of law
  • individual liberty
  • mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith.

What must be taught?

  • Enable students to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence
  • enable students to distinguish right from wrong and to respect the civil and criminal law of England
  • encourage students to accept responsibility for their behaviour, show initiative, and to understand how they can contribute positively to the lives of those living and working in the locality of the college and to society more widely
  • enable students to acquire a broad general knowledge of and respect for public institutions and services in England
  • further tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions by enabling students to acquire an appreciation for and respect for their own and other cultures
  • encourage respect for other people, and
  • encourage respect for democracy and support for participation in the democratic processes, including respect for the basis on which the law is made and applied in England.

What is Extremism?

The government has defined extremism in the Prevent strategy as: “vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs.” This also includes calls for the death of members of the British armed forces.


Ok here we go please note some of my thoughts and information. Yes I was at the Conference and from this area of FOG around how it’s all going to work we had some clarity.


Item 1

It is still a minefield with most things not yet set in Law but even the people at the Top are not clear, Penny Power OBE Digital Ambassador for SEETEC and Sue Husband  NAS had very little clarity. Peter Corbin who was the MC tried to get many questions answered around IAG and other issues, Gemma Peck Deputy Director Government’s Apprentices Unit while well-meaning had no clue but said she would take questions back to the unit. People like Dr Deidre Hughes who I have great respect for said nothing other than we had to take action ourselves as she thought the Government could not do many of the changes required.


Item 2

Some people could see through the mist and Fog like Beej Kaczmarczk had very clear ideas along with other like Paul Champion and Safaraz Ali from the Pathway Group who were also Speakers and they all had seen the light for change and a PLAN B and even a PLAN C.

Look out for and join today.  Also the steadfast Angela Middleton and Sharon Walpole, who both have very strong ideas on help for young people could see the need to get ready for change,. Along with Jill Whittaker from HIT Training who took no prisoner’s with her scathing attack on the way the SFA are dealing with funding at this time.


Item 3

I am concerned about the providers who are specialist and ones that are mid-size and what you know and what you want to do to protect yourselves as we go forward.

I will be holding an event in London around the 23rd of March for only 100 training organisations I call it the 100 club.  For information on where and to book a place e-mail me at the following If you’re a Director or MD or indeed a decision maker then this event is for you.  Partnership – Funding – what the changes mean for you – we will let you know all we know.  These reforms will affect everyone that is involved in the delivery of apprenticeship, including employers, training providers and assessment organisations.


So from the Team have a great week and keep training


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