Newsletter & Bids 42 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.

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Cyber Security London EXPO 2018 You are invited to attend the Cyber Security Expo which is the only dedicated recruitment EXPO for Cyber Security professionals.

When and Where QEII Centre Westminster London SW1P 3EE

Tuesday 23rd October 2018 – 10am – 4pm (last entry 3.30pm)


Meet with over 80 Exhibitors Network with 1,500 like-minded professionals

Connect with Companies exhibiting prior to the event

Listen to Expert Speakers

Find out which jobs are currently in demand

Training Advice on your next Cyber Security Career move

Permanent and Contract roles available


Celebrate difference: This month we’ve been embracing diversity, building confidence and dispelling myths around recruiting and caring for those with individual person-centred needs. So far, we’ve heard about our popular ‘Confident with difference’ event in Bradford, Alice Wallace from Opening Doors London spoke to us about their work supporting the older lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) community, our Vice Chair Neil Taylor told us how a diverse workforce can be a real asset, and Project Manager Jeanine Willoughby introduced three case studies around recruiting people from all kinds of backgrounds.

Follow the campaign here or on Twitter using #embracediversity


Now we have had 5 gone in 4 weeks. The principal of another struggling college has resigned with immediate effect.  Terry Jones (pictured) had been in charge of Peterborough Regional College since July 2015 but today stood down after agreeing with the board that a “different skill set is now required”.  He will however stay on as the college’s chief executive until the end of the year. It comes over a year since the college was hit with a ‘requires improvement’ verdict from Ofsted, which heavily criticised leaders for allowing achievement rates to fall.


CPCS Trainer Needed! We need a CPCS trainer who is qualified to deliver CPCS 360 Excavator training and testing and must be available on the 1st & 2nd November! If this is you Total Training need you e-mail


The IFA today start to look for feedback and information and guidance We welcome views on draft outline content for two T Levels in Construction – Onsite Construction and Building Services Engineering; and one Digital T Level – Digital Support and Services. We welcome views on draft outline content for two T Levels in Construction – Onsite Construction and Building Services Engineering; and one Digital T Level – Digital Support and Services.  This content has been developed by T Level panels of experts and will be used by awarding bodies to develop technical qualifications for each T Level.

T Levels are new two-year, technical study programmes that will be available across 11 industry routes. Alongside apprenticeships and A levels, T Levels will be one of the three major options available to students aged 16 – 19. T Level panels of experts set out the knowledge and skills required for each T Level, based on the same occupational standards as apprenticeships. This ensures that individuals taking T Levels can develop the technical knowledge and skills required by employers in that industry.

The outline content for the first three T Levels (in Education and Childcare, Construction and Digital) has already been approved and published, and forms part of the Invitation to Tender (ITT) for the first wave of T Level Technical Qualifications. These T Levels will be rolled out from September 2020. We are now consulting on the outline content for a further three T Levels, which will form part of a batch that will be rolled out from 2021 onwards.

The Institute for Apprenticeships oversees the development and approval of the standards, qualifications and occupational maps for T Levels and apprenticeships.

In addition to their role in approving apprenticeship standards, the Institute’s Route Panels – made up of employers and industry experts – are scrutinising the outline content for all T Levels.  The Institute will also award and manage contracts for the development of T Levels.

Why we are seeking your views
Draft outline content has been submitted for three T Level pathways:

In Construction: – Onsite Construction – Building Services Engineering – In Digital:

Digital Support Services  Please respond by midnight on Monday 12 November 2018 to the consultations. We will consider your responses as we scrutinise the outline content for the two pathways. Please provide your consultation responses through the links below:

Onsite Construction – Building Services Engineering- Digital Support Services

What happens next: We are seeking your views to help ensure that the content captures the right knowledge, skills and performance outcomes that will enable students to enter employment within their chosen occupational specialisms.

Our Route Panels of employer experts will take your views into consideration when scrutinising the outline content documents.

We will publish the final content for these T Level pathways in spring 2019.


Money towards developing your workforce

Since its launch in 2011, the Workforce Development Fund (WDF) has helped to support over 140,000 learners complete adult social care qualifications and learning programmes. We disburse this limited pot of money on behalf of the Department of Health and Social Care, to use as a contribution towards the costs of employees completing qualifications and learning programmes.

You can claim up to £1,200 per learner per funding year, which runs from April to March, depending on the size of the qualification or learning programme. Take a look at the list of funded adult social care qualifications and learning programmes that can be claimed for.

Find out more and apply here.


Comic Relief has launched Power Up: Resourcing Women’s and Girls’ Movements for Change. Funding is available to women and girl-led organisations, partnerships, consortia and women’s funds who are supporting women to have collective power, build movements and become change agents. The funding is available for three to five years. Grants range from up to £300,000 for single applicants or up to £500,000 for partnerships. The funding is intended to support the development of specific work (such as campaigns, advocacy and/or services) when it is part of long-term change. The deadline for applications is 7th December.

Find out more here


An annual report has been published by Acting Prisons and Probation Ombudsman (PPO) Elizabeth Moody. The PPO annual report for 2017-2018 expresses concerns over drug related deaths, rates of suicide and self-harm, mental health, and treatment of older and dying prisoners. It finds prisoners are dying preventable deaths, particularly as a result of the alarming levels of drug abuse in jails, and some prisons and their health providers struggle to learn from investigations into deaths


Tony Armstrong is the chief executive of Locality, a charity that supports community organisations across the UK. He spoke to NewStart about how to make a financial success of community projects, the state of localism, and ‘the end of austerity.’ What is Locality working on at the moment? In June we launched a Save Our Spaces campaign based around Freedom of Information requests where we asked every local authority what their figures were around land and buildings.

We found that over 4000 physical assets are being sold off by councils every year and many of these have a community use. We wanted to highlight there’s a massive sell-off going on, and lots of councils aren’t prioritising community ownership models to keep some of the really important assets in local hands. Lots are selling them off to private developers, and many don’t have information on who they are selling them off to.

Free Counter Terrorism Training Course for Companies in UK

Over 1500 companies across the UK have signed up to an innovative training scheme that could help prevent terror attacks.

Over a thousand companies sign up for new counter terrorism training course

ACT Awareness is an innovative course that could save lives

National Counter Terrorism Security Office

ACT Awareness is an innovative hour-long course that could save lives

Over 1500 companies across the UK have signed up to an innovative training scheme that could help prevent terror attacks.

In just six months since the product was first made available, organisations as varied as John Lewis & Partners, the English National Opera and Manchester Cathedral have enrolled their staff.

Called ACT Awareness e-Learning, the training was developed in a ground-breaking partnership between Counter Terrorism Policing and retail giant Marks & Spencer. It covers how to spot the signs of suspicious behaviour and what to do if an attack should take place.

Free to use, the course can be divided into short sections to suit business needs. However it takes just 45 minutes in total to complete – 45 minutes that could save lives.

John Frost, Head of Business Continuity from Marks and Spencer, helped lead the project. He says:

The feedback from the staff at M&S and the other organisation taking part has been very positive. Colleagues found the content informative and engaging and a second version of the product is now being planned to keep the training up to date with any emerging threats.

The digital format is proving popular with shopping, entertainment and sports venues with more companies applying to take part every day.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Lucy D’Orsi, national police lead for Protective Security, says:

All staff working in crowded places – not just those who have a security role – can follow the course and be in a stronger position to help protect themselves, colleagues and the public.

We are grateful to Marks and Spencer who entered into this collaboration with us. This is the type of joint working we want to see more of in the future across all sectors.

Our officers will still be available to deal with companies on a one-to-one level but this will lead to many more ‘eyes and ears’ available to help us that could potentially save lives.

Organisations wanting more information, or to apply for registration, should visit the National Counter Terrorism Security Office website’s ACT Awarenss page


Tip of the week I: 40% discount on mains at Cafe Rouge. Details


Tip of the week 2: 20% discount on a friends and family railcard. Details


Tip of the week 3: 20% discount on a stay in a Travelodge. Details


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

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