Newsletter & Bids 47 2018

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Dear Members

This week more news and Views and Bids Grants and Funds in conjunction with our sponsors KPI DEVELOPMENT Limited.  Over 3,000 people are contacted with this Free Newsletter every week and we have some 57 pages of bids, grants and funds.

Full details can be downloaded from the link below:


Very pleased to take part in the Leonard Cheshire Event at the Hoses of Parliament next Wednesday when Lord Shinkwin will lay forward plans for the Charity.


Thursday I will be in Birmingham at Edgbaston for the Asian Apprenticeship Awards as an Ambassador and former Judge; this event is always a pleasure to attend.


Skills for Care say come along to your local event
If you support individual employers or if you’re an individual employer, come along to our free events to keep you up to date with latest good practice and network with other people in the sector.

Each event will be slightly different, but they’ll focus on the latest initiatives and best practice from your local area.

  • Thursday 13 December, Liverpool
  • Thursday 10 January, Leicester
  • Wednesday 16 January, Birmingham
  • Wednesday 23 January, Taunton
  • Tuesday 19 February, Doncaster
  • Wednesday 27 February, Durham


Clinks training: working and volunteering in prison 27th November, Durham | 28th November, London | £75 members, £150 non-members. Are you new to working in prison? Do you want to work in prison but not sure where to begin? This is the last chance to book the few remaining places on these popular training courses.  This one day course aims to raise awareness of the prison environment and enable voluntary sector staff and volunteers to have meaningful and professional engagement with prisons. The day combines theory, individual reflection and practical guidance as well as the opportunity to share experiences with others. The training will cover: An overview of the criminal justice system; including different elements of the prison and probation services

An understanding of the prison environment and the demographics of those in custody; including an individual’s journey through the system

An introduction into the current thinking in desistance theory and routes to rehabilitation

A guide to safe and responsible working within a custodial setting.

Each training day has a maximum of 15 places so book now to avoid disappointment.


A new initiative to increase the number of people from disadvantaged communities taking up high-quality apprenticeships opportunities has been launched today.

Four local authorities – Portsmouth, Nottingham, South Tyneside and Torbay – have all signed up to take part in the new ‘Opportunities Through Apprenticeships’ pilot scheme. Each area has pledged to work with employers, training providers and local partners to promote and encourage people to consider doing apprenticeships in key sectors such as engineering, manufacturing, construction and ICT.

This will include developing an action plan to help break down barriers and support individuals to access apprenticeships in their local area, and promoting higher level apprenticeships, as a great way to work with some of the UK’s key employers.

Anne Milton, Minister of State for Apprenticeships and Skills concluded:

We want to increase the number of people taking up apprentices from more disadvantaged areas. This exciting new project will provide people of all ages a great opportunity to do exactly that, especially in growing engineering and ICT sectors.

An apprenticeship gives someone the chance to get new skills, get a better job and get on in a career.  I’m really looking forward to seeing the positive impact the project has on the lives of people in Portsmouth, Nottingham, Torbay and South Tyneside!

Apprenticeships offer people of all ages the chance to earn while they learn, with options to train right up to degree level in a range of exciting and rewarding jobs.

The government is working with employers across the country to create more high quality apprenticeships to change the lives of apprentices and so that business have access to the higher skills they need for a rapidly changing world.

This work forms part of the government’s commitment to improve social mobility by creating more high quality education and training opportunities for people across the country. The project will help identify and spread ‘what works’ so that successful approaches can be adopted more widely.  The pilot projects will run until 2020. Their success will be evaluated and will be shared across other local authorities in England.


So as the Devolution rolls on more events keep coming up and information, and slight changes to the process, information:  Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority Provider AEB Open early engagement. This means that a procurement idea is currently active, it is in the early stage of development and judging interest from potential suppliers. We are issuing an invite for interested suppliers to register an interest to attend our second Market Engagement Workshop. We anticipate that this will be held in early December.

The purpose of the Market Engagement Workshop is to test principles and seek provider input ahead of the issue of tender documents. It forms part of a wider stakeholder engagement; including a consultation process with members of the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority Provider. Buyer Cambridgeshire District Councils.  Contact Lesley-Ann George Email Telephone 01223458178

Cambridge City Council Cambridge Cambridgeshire CB2 3QJ.


Scope has appointed Mark Hodgkinson as its new chief executive, starting in January 2019.  He will replace Mark Atkinson, who left the charity at the end of October to join Action on Hearing Loss.  Hodgkinson most recently worked for McDonald’s as their development license representative in Nordic countries. Before that, he was the interim chief executive of the government’s housebuilding agency Homes England and held the same role at private care home business brighterkind.He also previously held marketing roles at HMV, Asda, EMI Music and Virgin.

Andrew McDonald, the charity’s chair, said: “I am delighted that Mark has agreed to join us. His understanding of, and empathy with Scope’s history and ambitions for equality for disabled people shone through, as did his qualities of leadership, acumen and character.

“I am delighted that he will be at the helm of Scope as we strive to make equality a reality for disabled people, every day.” Hodgkinson will join Scope on 7 January 2019.

You can see more at:


Perry from Pearsons informs as always about some new items 2 Pieces of Info below. I expect the Adult Care & Healthcare Science event to fill very quickly so book asap.


CLICK HERE  sector event for Adult Care/Healthcare Apprenticeships/Select a Subject/Healthcare?

The purpose of this event is day looking at preparing the learner to get the best out of end point assessment, sharing best practise to focus on apprenticeship delivery of the Adult Care and Healthcare standards, an interactive and solutions.  We will be scheduling more of these events (other locations) in the New Year.

Large Goods Vehicle (LGV) Driver L2 and Supply Chain Warehouse Operative L2

LGV Driver L2 & the Supply Chain Warehouse Operative L2 will be live and ready for live EPA bookings from w/c 17th Dec 2018. The Full Specs will be released next w/c 26th Nov 2018.  Supply Chain Operator L2,  

The Supply Chain Operator L2 will be available for EPA bookings from mid Jan 2019, with the Full Specs available then too.


I have clients looking for additional AEB funds and as you know there are many out there not spending, contact me for companies London, Sheffield, Leeds and Birmingham.


The outsourcing firm Mitie has sold its social housing business to the Mears Group in a deal worth up to £35m. Mite announced to the city this morning it had sold its MPS Housing business for an initial payment of £22.5m, with a deferred consideration of up to £12.5m. The business employs more than 1,000 people and provides property services to over 30 social housing providers in the UK. In addition, the business carries out over 265,000 responsive repairs each year, along with 25,000 repairs for critical services delivered 365/24 hours a day to clients. Initially, housing activities will transfer to a new company, called MPS Housing Limited.

This initial transfer is to enable Mears to buy just the housing services, while other parts of MPS UK will remain with Mitie. According to Mears, it expects this transaction to complete on the 30 November.


Event [29th November, London, free]. Clinks has been collecting information about Clinks tell us we are launching our State of the sector report at an afternoon how voluntary organisations working in criminal justice are faring for the last six years. Again this year, our research has highlighted the sector’s many successes, as well as uncovering some of the significant challenges organisations face. We’ve included an additional thematic focus to our 2018 research exploring how organisations are recognising and responding to the particular needs and vulnerabilities of people protected under the Equalities Act (2010). Join us to hear the findings and discuss how they impact you and the sector. to book your place.


Also if you love Taco Bell it is making a move toward its goal to become a $15 billion company in global system sales by 2022, with 9,000 restaurants in total.

The Irvine, Calif-based company is opening its first Taco Bell in London on Friday, with three more in the city to follow in the coming months. The first Taco Bell will open in the Hammersmith area of the city, and it comes with a ring — literally.

The company, known for its eccentric marketing stunts, announced in a news release this week that it had recreated the Westminster chimes, which have been missing from the city as Big Ben is under construction. So watch out they are on the way.


The Ministry of Justice has released details for market engagement events [11th, 12th, 13th December, London, free] as part of ‘Strengthening probation, building confidence’ on commercial strategy, transition, estates and IT. You can now book the 11th and 12th of December London events online (scroll to the bottom of the page for more information).

Find out more here.


Year Here is a full-time postgraduate course in social innovation based in London, and it is looking for criminal justice organisations that may be interested in hosting a Year Here Fellow for a five month placement. Fellows take on a frontline role and, after a few weeks in placement, initiate and lead an Innovation Project. Past innovation projects have included Odyssey Workbook, a therapeutic aid for female survivors of sexual violence and Trading Up, an employability project challenging homeless hostel residents to try their hands at market trading. Find out more here


Tip of the week I: Two- four nights in Amsterdam with flights from £99. Details


Tip of the week 2: Walk with dinosaurs for half price. Details


Tip of the week 3: Two for one mains and cocktails at Revolution. Details

Revolution is offering 2for1 on mains, sandwiches, salads and selected cocktails (the ones with an ‘R heart’ logo beside them on the drinks menu), valid at most of its bars in England and Wales until 10pm Sun-Fri until Fri 30 Nov.


From me Steve and from all the team have a great week and keep training

Non-Executive Director at Five Companies and MD of EEVT Ltd East


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