Newsletter & Bids 46 2018

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Dear Members

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Ok what a week and also the weather is changing again. I hope you all had a great “Children in Need Friday”.


This week London bound for a few days and also looking at a range of items. I now see over and over again events and Awards and just this week I have been invited to do Judge duties on three awards events. Now I have a set thing yes I do this sort of thing but I have to truly believe in the thing to do it. We will soon have the awards for the best Awards. Anyway rant over.


Information: T Levels professional development: DfE has awarded a contract to the Education and Training Foundation to lead on the development of T Level Professional Development (TLPD). TLPD will help teachers and leaders prepare for the change and successfully deliver T Levels. Teaching professionals will be offered the opportunity to participate in the new TLPD to help them to develop their skills and knowledge so they are ready to deliver T Levels (the technical equivalent to A Levels) from 2020. We expect training to be available from spring 2019.


Skills for Care say “Safe staffing is about having enough staff, who have the right values and skills, to deliver high quality care and support. Without it, services struggle to provide people with the safe and effective care they need and deserve”.

 Our new guide will help you get the right quantity and quality of staff to meet the needs of your service, and meet the regulatory standards of the Care Quality Commission (CQC). It explains what the CQC will inspect around safe staffing and will help you decide and maintain safe staffing levels, embed safe recruitment practices and ensure your staff are safe and competent.  The guide includes tips about deciding how many staff you need to provide a safe service, contingency planning for short-term staff shortages, doing the right recruitment checks and how to effectively use bank and agency staff.

It’s for anyone involved in CQC inspections in regulated adult social care services, to help you improve safe staffing practice. Download here for free


Nuneaton marketplace A scheme to revive Nuneaton town centre has received £7.5m of funding from the Government’s Local Growth Fund through the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (CWLEP). The funding will focus on the development of Vicarage Street and the area around the railway station, creating a ‘modern, high-quality and vibrant’ gateway to Nuneaton. Other key developments include Horiba MIRA Technology Park and the growth of Bermuda Park employment site. The plans also involve improving the use of public space in Nuneaton town centre and investing in the road, rail and transport infrastructure to improve connectivity in the North/South corridor. In addition, flood protection will be improved in the town centre to protect businesses and more sites will be opened for other uses including housing schemes.


More than three quarters of colleges are now rated ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ and none are deemed ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted as further education continues its ascent into excellence. FE Week analysis of Ofsted results shows that an impressive 76 per cent of all general FE colleges are now rated in the inspectorate’s top two categories, up from 69 per cent in 2016/17.


An exodus of college leaders has rocked the FE sector over the past two months. Meanwhile, regulations that will allow colleges to go bust for the first time will come into effect in just two and a half months’ time. FE Week asks: is there a connection?

Garry Phillips’ resignation from City College Plymouth on Tuesday follows that of other high-profile leaders, including Dame Asha Khemka, former principal of West Nottinghamshire College, and Joe Docherty, ex-boss of college mega-group NCG.


In total eight leaders of some of the nation’s biggest colleges have stepped aside in the space of 50 days.


Funding available for end of life care awareness programme

Employers are now able to claim up to £140 from the Workforce Development Fund (WDF) towards the cost of our End of life care awareness programme. Delivered by our endorsed providers, this programme has been designed to cover the main aims and principles of end of life care. It provides learners with ways to develop their understanding of the different views of death and dying in our society and how these views may affect an individual.  Find out more about the programme.


Employers will be able to submit claims on completion of this programme dating back to January 2018 until March 2019. Please note this programme has been added for a limited period of time and may not be available for funding beyond March 2019. You can view the updated list of funded qualifications and learning programmes here.
Use the endorsed provider directory to search for a learning provider offering this training.


The Kings Fund’s Cascading Leadership programme is open for applications. The programme is aimed at leaders from all health and wellbeing charities, from small start-ups or support groups to major national organisations. This year, the fund is particularly keen to support smaller and newer charities. The deadline for applications is 30th November. Cascading Leadership provides an invaluable free opportunity for leaders working in health and care organisations of any size in the voluntary and community sector in the UK to develop their leadership skills and receive practical support.Find out more here


The majority of landlords are getting basic safety requirements wrong, and most do not understand that they are required by law to protect tenant’s deposits in protection schemes, according to a nationwide survey of landlords conducted by lettings company, The survey found that 51% of landlords answered incorrectly when asked how often they need to apply for a Gas Safety Certificate for their rental property and just 32% of landlords knew the legal requirements for the number of smoke alarms required.

‘It’s very worrying that over 50% of landlords are unaware of the correct procedures to follow with regards to gas safety in their rental properties, the importance of understanding gas safety cannot be overstated,’ said Adam Male, director of Lettings at By law, landlords must protect a tenant’s deposit inside a tenancy protection scheme but according to the survey, 91% of landlords aren’t following the correct process.


A quarter of apprenticeship providers that have received early-monitoring visits from Ofsted so far have been rated as making ‘insufficient progress’.

The inspectorate has published 90 of its new early-monitoring visit reports since they began in March this year, and 22 of these have been found to be ‘insufficient’ in at least one category. Of the 20,298 apprentices in providers assessed under the new visits, 4,914 (24 per cent) are receiving training from providers that have been found to be ‘insufficient’ in one or more category.

In August, the Education and Skills Funding Agency confirmed that any new apprenticeship provider which Ofsted deemed to be making ‘insufficient’ progress would be barred from taking on new apprentices, either directly or through subcontracting arrangements.


There are only three weeks left to apply for ACEVO’s Jane Slowey memorial membership programme. It will provide expert support, guidance, advice and mentoring for women who are aspiring CEOs, or are in their first two years as a CEO for a charity or social enterprise. It is encouraging applications from women from black and Asian backgrounds and/or who have a disability. ACEVO’s aim is to help create diverse leadership within the sector, so it wants to reach out beyond the ACEVO community.

Do you know any women leaders that could benefit from expert support, guidance, advice and mentoring? Find out more here


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.


Ok the London GLA AEB is now out and indeed the timelines look good but hey some little items in there to trip you up, take care looking at the SSQ, deadline for Clarifications Wednesday 12 December 2018 at 17:00 Tender Submission Deadline Friday 21 December 2018 at 12:00 noon Tender Evaluation Period Friday 21 December 2018 – Tuesday 23 April 2019 Deadline for submission of revised SSQ due to changes to Consortium members and subcontractors Friday 1 February 2019 SSQ Feedback to Bidders Thursday 28 February 2019 ITT Feedback to Bidders Tuesday 23 April 2019 Standstill Period (10 calendar days) Wednesday 24 April – Friday 3 May 2019 Mobilisation / On boarding June – July 2019 Contract Start 1 August 2019

We have a couple of possible spaces but need to confirm with the team


Greater Manchester AEB Key Dates & information

  • Information Event 12th of November 2018
  • Stage 1 SSQ submission deadline 03/12/18 4pm
  • Stage 2 ITT by invitation out 04/01/2019 & submission deadline 25/01/2019
  • Negotiations and clarifications 28/01/19-22/02/19
  • Notified result 28/02/19
  • Contract start 1st of August 2019
  • Lot 1 £17M Budget GM wide Min contract £1M Max £5M
  • Lot 2 £3M Budget No Geographical requirements but must support GM residents – person centred flexible targeted intense specialist support Min £150k Max £1M
  • NB currently 300+ providers in GM region plus subcontractors
  • Looking for fewer larger contracts.
  • Looking to support 15,000 residents average learner fee £1333.33 budget per learner
  • Other funding routes available include community grants programme funded through ESF (£5M from April 2019-July 2021)
  • Princes Trust Team Programme

NB There will be an ITT stage following on from this submission stage! At this time we have not got sight of what the submission requirements for the ITT will entail.


Only a tiny proportion of large employers’ apprenticeship cash was passed on to smaller employers in the first three months of the transfer scheme, the skills minister has revealed. Since May this year levy-paying employers have been able to transfer up to 10 per cent of their funds to smaller employers in their supply chains.

Take-up was understood to have been low, and this has now been confirmed by Anne Milton. In the three months from May to July “less than 1 per cent of levy funds in employer apprenticeship service accounts were used to fund apprenticeships in this way for non-levy paying employers,” she said in response to a parliamentary question.

Despite multiple enquiries, FE Week has only been able to find a handful of employers that have passed their levy funds along in this way.


Last month the chancellor Philip Hammond announced an increase in the amount of cash that employers will be able to pass on from April 2019, up to 25 per cent. Ms Milton said at the time that she hoped this would boost take-up “because then it’s a substantial proportion”. Speaking to FE Week at the Conservative party conference in October, she admitted that “possibly yes” the 10 per cent wasn’t being passed on because it was “too small to make it worthwhile”. Also add on the 20% off the job training most supply chains will be looking at the bottom line.


Tip of the week I: Free advent calendar from Thorntons. Details


Tip of the week 2: Two pairs of glasses for £15. Details


Tip of the week 3: Three to six night yoga retreats in Andalusia from £177Details


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

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