Newsletter & Bids 40 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 51 pages of bids, grants and funds.

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The government on the  (1 October 2018) announced a package of reforms to ensure the Apprenticeship Levy provides people with the skills they need to succeed.

The changes are aimed at providing flexibility for businesses, so they can take full advantage of the benefits of employing apprentices, and to help as many people as possible find the right training to equip them for the new economy.

An extra £90 million of government funding will enable employers to invest a quarter of their apprenticeship funds on people working for businesses in their supply chain – boosting the number able to benefit from high-quality apprenticeship training.

A further £5 million was announced for the Institute for Apprenticeships to introduce new standards and updating existing ones so that more courses can be offered – meaning more choice for those considering their training options. The government will discontinue the old frameworks so that all new apprenticeships will be on the same higher-quality standards by the start of the 2020/21 academic year.   The government has worked closely with business groups to ensure the Apprenticeship Levy works for employers who are at the heart of delivering this move to world-leading training.

In the coming weeks, the government will set out a process to seek views on the operation of the levy after 2020 to ensure it supports the development of the skilled workforce businesses need for the new economy.

Further Information  the apprenticeship levy is making good progress – with 1.41 million apprenticeships started since May 2015. There were 119,500 starts reported in the first three quarters of 2017/18, more than ten-times higher than the same period the previous year the government is also establishing a National Retraining Scheme – during this Parliament – to support adults across the country and equip the workforce with the skills needed for the new economy. While this scheme is developed, the government is also funding additional projects including £30m to test the use of AI and innovative Edtech, and £34m for construction skills funding


JAG Training are looking for freelance staff in the following areas.

Facilities Management Assessor

Data Analyst Assessor

Health (clinical) Assessor

Commis Chef Assessor

Regards Geraldine Julius   JAG Training Tel: 0203-754-7019 or Mob: 0741-509-4440

Web:  Address: 12 Newmarket Green, Eltham, London, SE9 5ER



Many thanks to Perry for this update.

Introduction to QA for Competency based qualifications


Total Training are looking for various Associate Assessors who can cover the following apprentices: Team Leader (Birmingham) Facilities Management (Hampshire, Gloucestershire, Cornwall, Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire) Customer Service (Hampshire) Business Admin (Hampshire) Please contact


Clinks is seeking an enthusiastic and committed individual to become our Treasurer. With the other trustees, the Treasurer will help lead the organisation and build on the solid foundations of our existing work. They will bring financial and human resources skills and knowledge to assist our staff and trustees and help ensure Clinks’ continuing financial resilience and compliance with legal and procedural requirements, as well as ensuring the organisation is well managed.

If you are interested in this role please send a copy of your CV and a supporting letter, saying why you are interested in this role and what you would bring to it, for the attention of Rachael Byrne, Vice-Chair c/


An employer group that won an appeal over the Institute for Apprenticeships’ handling of funding rate recommendations is still waiting for a final decision, FE Week can reveal.

We reported in May that the education and training trailblazer group had rejected the IfA’s recommendations for the three FE teaching standards it is developing.

The group lodged an appeal against the IfA’s process, and was told in July that it had succeeded – leading to the original recommendations, which ranged from £5,000 to £9,000, being binned by the appeal panel.  This meant the three standards were sent back to the IfA’s route panel to have new funding bands assigned to them, which should have happened at a meeting on September 13.

Instead, the panel deferred its decision, according to Jo North, chair of the trailblazer group.

She told FE Week that the group hasn’t been told the reason for this delay, only that the panel needed to carry out “further work with training providers to inform the funding band recommendations”.


Ok Essex based organisation is looking for

Recruitment Trainer/Assessor out there to deliver the new standards? Also looking for an HR trainer/assessor. If you do know of anyone who would be interested in these roles please can you ask them to get in touch as we have an opportunity?  Contact Suzanne Tilling on


 Whether new or wanting to refresh yourself, we offer an event to support you with understanding and implementing quality assurance arrangements for your work based learning qualifications: Our next session for 2018 is on 23 October 15.00-16.30.


Up coming Insight Webinar Insight webinar #17 – Apprenticeships for existing staff   Tuesday 23 October, 11:00am-12:00pm.  A common misconception around apprenticeships is that they are for young people at the start of a career, but increasingly they’re being used by employers to provide professional development opportunities to existing employees. Employee career progression is core to most workforce strategies and apprenticeships are an ideal complement to this, through structured and highly-regarded programmes of learning.

If you are just getting started with apprenticeships or looking to develop your programmes further, existing employees are candidates well worth considering for your levy fund investment.  In this webinar you’ll hear from those who believe in the value of apprenticeships for existing employees, from the senior decision-makers to the apprentices themselves, and get an insight into their experiences and recommendations in this area.

Register for this event HERE 


 Sharing good practice: resources and learning to support individual employers
Skills for Care. If you support individuals who employ their own personal assistants through a direct payment, personal health budget or with their own money, or if you’re an individual employer, come along to this free event to keep you up to date with latest good practice and to help you network with other people in the sector.

Wednesday 31 October 2018 Registration from 10.00 Start 10.30  Finish 15.45
Cathedral View, St Vincent’s Centre, Carlisle Place, London SW1P 1NL

The event will focus on latest initiatives, and include presentations and workshops on:

partnership working in recruiting people with potential

person-centred disability awareness and tailoring training to meet expectations

the role of personal health budgets

learning from individual employers.

There’ll also be the opportunity to network and share best practice with others, to address some of the main challenges and issues that individual employers and supporting organisations face.  

 Who should attend?

  • Individual employers or people considering taking up this option.
    People who work for an organisation that supports individual employers including:
  • user led organisations,
  • direct payment support organisations
  • personal health budget support organisations
  • charities
  • people who support individual employers within their role
  • other third sector organisations.


The rushed timeframe ahead of next year’s devolution of the adult education budget means providers will struggle to “hit the ground running” next August and may lead to “market instability”, an expert has said.

 The warning comes as the first combined authorities are gearing up to start their tender process this month, with contracts due to be in place in April – just four months before the authorities get control of the cash.


Future enhancements: We are currently designing ways to notify training providers when they receive feedback so that they can address any issues raised. In future, we plan to make employer feedback a key metric in all searches made on the Find apprenticeship training service. The aim is to give employers the information they need to help them filter search results so that they can choose training providers that best suit their needs.  We’re also looking to allow users to filter feedback results based on the kind of feedback they want to see – for example, some employers are keen to only see reviews from employers in their sector. Once the initial feedback model is up and running, we’re looking to rollout a similar model more widely. We want employers to give feedback on specific apprenticeship standards and end-point assessment organisations.

The first release is due very soon. We’ll start with a small number of users and steadily build it up. We’ll learn, iterate, and improve.  For regular apprenticeship service updates follow @ESFAdigital


Tip of the week I: Free Ideal Home Show Christmas tickets. Details


Tip of the week 2: 25% discount on food at Ask Italian. Details


Tip of the week 3: Two-five nights in Iceland from £169. Details


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

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