Newsletter & Bids 38 2018

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Dear Members

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OK, Reed has dropped out of the ESF bid for SLEP along with at least two other Primes.


The education secretary was unable to name a single employer who supported the Institute for Apprenticeships in an interview with FE Week editor Nick Linford this week.  Damian Hinds had arranged the interview while on his fact-finding trip to Germany and the Netherlands.  He was asked if the English version of employer ownership was working, given the well-documented frustration among employers towards the IfA.

The IfA was set up by the DfE last April and is an “employer-led” non-departmental public body of approximately 80 staff, according to the DfE.

Mr Hinds was quick to insist the IfA was doing a “really important job” and that there was “a lot of enthusiasm” from employers about apprenticeships.


An offer this Company recently decided to extend their #FreeBusinessCardoffer and make it a permanent offer for SME’s in the UK. They tell us we took this decision to do this for two reasons…

Our business wants to grow and expand and offering a great deal is a low cost way to connect with potential new customers.

The physical cost of producing business cards is minimal and when we calculated the cost of acquisition of a new customer, the numbers stack up.

So, here we are a printing company offering printing for free.

Some have said  “Surely this could backfire”

“People will just use you for the free stuff and go back to their normal supplier”

But we have made the decision that this is a good offer, gives us something to offer and hopefully the goodwill we will generate will give us revenue opportunities in the future.

So, here we are offering free business cards… feel free to get your own, don’t be shy.

If you need print… think Imprint!
250 Business Cards printed full colour to one side on 350gsm
E: T: 01752 395935
The small print: Please supply PDF artwork ready to print (if you need help we can design for you, ask for a quote).

If we need to post them, you need to cover the P&P (£4.99 Mainland UK).

Delivery times vary, but please allow 5-7 working days.


 HMRC say we have designed a new online guide for employers that’s interactive, easy to use and available when you are. Suitable for new employers and those wanting to refresh their knowledge, the guide covers:

  • periods of incapacity for work (PIW)
  • waiting days
  • qualifying conditions
  • linking periods
  • how much to pay and for how long
  • managing attendance
  • Occupational sick pay.

You can visit any section at any time, depending on what you need to know and when – it’s your choice. Go to


Funding available for learning

Workforce Development Fund (WDF)
Adult social care employers in England have the opportunity to claim money from the Workforce Development Fund, towards the cost of employees completing qualifications and learning programmes between 1 January 2018 and 31 March 2019. Take a look at the list of funded adult social care qualifications and learning programmes that can be claimed for.
There are two ways you can access the fund, which depends on your location.

  • You can join an employer led partnership.
  • Or, if you’re based in one of the advertised local authority areas, you can access funding directly from Skills for Care.

Find out more and apply.


Funding for personal health budget holders now open
If you receive a personal health budget (PHB) from the NHS to employ a personal assistant (PA), you can apply for funding from us.
The funding can be used for care related training to help you as an employer, or to develop the skills of your PAs. It can cover the costs of training and qualifications, travel and the cost of hiring replacement support whilst your usual PA attends training.

Every application is reviewed on a case by case basis and there are lots of courses you could apply for. Find out more and apply now.
If you work with PHB holders, help us spread the word using this leaflet or email us for paper copies.


 Many of you know Lisa, well her Brother in law is on the lifeboat with the RNLI and they have done a video for you here


London’s mayor has been warned that his current adult education budget team of 72 administrators may not be enough to handle the fund when devolution kicks in next year.  The Greater London Authority has calculated a “risk” that the number of contracts and grants to be dished out from the annual £311 million budget will be “greater than can be reasonably managed by the current team”.

In order to mitigate the threat, Sadiq Khan has been told that the authority will either need to recruit more personnel to its current AEB team, and pay them using funds in the budget, or risk “potential negative impact on quality”. FE Week revealed earlier this year that the GLA is having to recruit a huge team of new bureaucrats to hand out the budget to London’s training providers from 2019, with most of their wages paid every year by taking £3 million from the AEB.


Skills for Care New research reveals more about the 20,000 influential people in adult social care.  Posted on Wednesday 12th September 2018

Skills for Care’s research into who registered managers are and what they do has revealed new insights into one of the most influential roles in adult social care.

Despite the crucial role that registered managers play in the provision of good care, relatively little research exists around them or their experiences.

What has emerged from this exploratory research[1], with responses from over 800 registered managers, is a picture of a rewarding, yet challenging and evolving role that needs greater recognition in the sector and robust, ongoing support.

Key research highlights

Registered managers are highly committed individuals running a range of services and the personal rewards of the role can be great, with many managers talking about their role as a ‘passion’ not just a job. That means support for this key group of leaders is vital.

The study found that:

  • almost 80% of managers felt that their role had changed since they first started. Whilst 73% of these managers said their role was more varied, 83% also acknowledged it was more pressured
  • 70% of managers were offered their first registered manager post by an existing employer; the majority hadn’t planned to become a manager (instead taking an opportunity when it arrived)
  • a manager’s role is busy and varied. Managers were typically splitting their time between day-to-day operations, working with families and relatives, working with external partners, leadership and business strategy
  • over a third of respondents also reported performing tasks not in their job descriptions
  • only 20% of managers felt that the role had become better recognised over time.

If there was any doubt as to the importance of registered managers, then in addition to this latest research, we know that, as of June 2018, 92% of providers rated ‘good’ and 100% of services rated ‘outstanding’ overall were also rated as ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ for ‘Well-led’ (one of the CQC’s key lines of enquiry). Supporting the 20,000 registered managers in England is therefore key to providing quality care.

Oliver French, Project Manager at Skills for Care commented: “Our latest research gives us a better understanding of the registered manager role, how it‘s evolving and what support and recognition is needed to recruit and retain this group of managers.

“We already know that the turnover and vacancy rates for registered managers are 23% and 11% respectively, and we expect as many as 10,000 registered managers to retire in the next 15 years. This needs to be addressed by the sector.”  Skills for Care’s research identifies that a clear pathway is needed for the registered manager role. Therefore career planning is vital in ensuring that a skilled and confident group of managers and leaders are in place for the long-term future of adult social care.

 Oliver French concludes: “We’re working hard to ensure that registered managers receive the praise and professional recognition they deserve through a number of initiatives. These include our professional membership body, networks where managers can connect at a local level and our succession planning pilot programmes that are testing models of support for aspiring and new managers.”


So this week where will I be South East London Monday, Office Tuesday, Wednesday London Bridge, Thursday Leyton and Friday Office


When the ESFA published the list of providers on the apprenticeship register in March 2017 we reported that the entire sector was shocked.

 Hundreds of companies, many never having filed a set of accounts, had successfully applied to a register that would give them unlimited access to apprenticeship funding.

In an interview with me the same month, Amanda Spielman, the chief inspector of Ofsted, expressed obvious concern.

Now, 18 months later and after some new providers have been found “not fit for purpose”, the Department for Education has accepted Ofsted’s plea for more cash and ponied up £5.4m until 2020.

The money will be spent on monitoring visits to all new providers, followed by a full inspection within 12 months where insufficient progress has been found.

This is excellent news and shows a genuine commitment from the government to put quality above quantity. However, it still leaves a series of important unanswered questions, and the National Audit Office is currently looking again into whether the DfE is “ensuring that the programme and levy system are not abused by stakeholders.”

The NAO’s follow-up review is due for publication in early 2019, so here are four questions they might want to ask the DfE:

  1. What will the early monitoring arrangements be for providers delivering levels 6 and 7? When we asked the Office for Students and the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education they seemed less than sure.
  2. Why do apprenticeship providers have unlimited access to levy funding? This allowed one employer to recruit 650 apprentices before their Ofsted early monitoring visit exposed serious failings. Surely those with no track record should be limited until their quality is proven?
  3. The provider register has officially been shut to entrants since last October and the rumour is the new version won’t be open this month as promised. So what is the plan to introduce quality thresholds and potentially remove some through a reapplication process?
  4. Now Ofsted has received much needed additional resource, what about the ESFA in terms of what’s needed to manage the fallout from their “market entry” policies? For example, many apprentices will need to be found new providers as part of their “market exit” intervention support.

Read more about this at


Tip of the week I: 20% discount on Moonpig cards. Details

Tip of the week 2: Two or three night log cabin stay and pony trek in Shropshire from £129. Details

Tip of the week 3: All day brunch for two at Patisserie Valerie for £12.95. Details


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

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