Newsletter & Bids 33 2018

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Dear Members

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Apprenticeship starts for May are down 40 per cent compared with the same period in 2016 – but up 9,400 on last year.  There have been 22,300 starts recorded so far in May 2018, compared with around 36,700 in May 2016 according to the Education and Skills Funding Agency’s monthly apprenticeship statistics update, published this morning.

The 2016 figures are final, whereas the 2018 figures are provisional. May 2016 is a better comparator than May 2017 given that there was a huge drop in starts following the introduction of the levy.  These are the first statistics published in which the year-on-year comparison is against post-levy figures.   Comparing first recorded starts for May 2018 to May 2017 gives an increase of 9,400 or 72 per cent, which is the first year-on-year increase since the introduction of the levy last May.  However, starts for the month in 2017 were down 65 per cent on May 2016, according to final statistics for the year. There were just 12,900 starts in May 2017, compared with 36,700 in 2016.

Simon Ashworth, chief policy officer at the Association of Employment and Learning Providers, said: “On A level results day, it’s particularly disappointing to have further confirmation that the levy reforms have led to a massive drop in apprenticeship starts which mean opportunities are limited for those young people who want a debt-free alternative to university.  “The picture looks no better for those getting their GCSE results next week who will want to start earning while learning instead of staying on in sixth form or college.


 Manchester City Council and development partners Far East Consortium (FEC) have invited the public to a series of consultations across the city to discuss The Northern Gateway, which is one of the largest regeneration projects currently proposed in the UK. The project will transform north Manchester from Angel Meadows to Queens Park – including Collyhurst, New Cross and the Lower Irk Valley, and involve the creation of seven new and emerging neighbourhoods each connected through ‘high-quality green spaces and public squares that will celebrate the existing heritage architecture.’ Three thousand of the 15,000 new homes will be ‘affordable,’ and the council have promised improved transport infrastructure and enhanced walking and cycling routes. Six drop-in events are planned across the Northern Gateway area through August and September:

  • Wednesday 15 August from 11am to 3:30pm at Yes Community Centre, 35-39 Southchurch Parade, Collyhurst, M40 7GE
  • Thursday 16 August from 2:30pm


TCHC have extended their ESF EOI due to many people being on Holiday the following areas: Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough (GCGPEP), New Anglia (NALEP), Hertfordshire (Herts LEP), South East Midlands (SEMLEP), South East (SELEP), London Enterprise Panel (LEP), Leicester & Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP), Derby Derbyshire Nottingham Nottinghamshire (D2N2), Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP), Bucks Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership (BTVLEP) and Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership (TVBLEP). For EOI see


 For London Area I have been let down very badly by a prime this past week so looking for a Prime to sub Contract Level 5 HSC Apprentices 10 in total.

Also Another Provider needs 10 Apprentices Places for Hairdressing in SELEP area after Prime had not informed ESFA and also had no Audit in place for Sub Contracting First Time.


Ofsted has officially been given the final say over poor-performing apprenticeship providers following an early monitoring visit, the Education and Skills Funding Agency has confirmed today.  FE Week reported back in May that the move was on the cards, following embarrassment for the government over apprenticeship accountability.

According to the ESFA’s ‘Removal from register of apprenticeship training providers and eligibility to receive public funding to deliver apprenticeship training’, updated today, any provider making ‘insufficient progress’ in at least one of the themes under review will be barred from taking on any new apprentices – either directly or through a subcontracting arrangement.  They can continue to work with existing apprentices, but must tell the employers, and any lead providers, about the monitoring visit outcome.

These restrictions will remain in place until the provider has received a full inspection and been awarded at least a grade three for its apprenticeship provision.

The ESFA can only overrule this guidance if it “identifies an exceptional extenuating circumstance”.  FE Week reported in May that Ofsted was set to be given these new powers – along with up to £7 million more cash to visit every new apprenticeship provider.

That followed an Education select committee hearing at which skills minister Anne Milton admitted it wasn’t clear who was accountable for quality at these new providers.


Up for sale looking for someone looking to purchasing a Prep School from the Head teacher based in Essex then contact Alex Lockley  at for details.


 Ok Jobs we have the following being looked out for

1 Operations LEAD IQA in South London

2 Data Input and Compliance in South London ILR and ILP need to understand ESFA inputting.

3 Central West Midlands Data Input and Compliance in ILR and ILP need to understand ESFA inputting.

4 North London HSC Assessor and IQA also able to undertake Business Administration North London.


I do not think you would but here we go while driving in flip flops isn’t illegal in itself, wearing them could lead to a careless driving charge if they impede your ability to drive safely.  Under Rule 97 of the Highway Code, drivers are advised they must have “footwear and clothing which does not prevent you using the controls in the correct manner”.  Flip flops could slip off, become wedged under pedals and prevent you from pressing the pedals with enough force to brake quickly, which could cause you to drive erratically or even lead to a collision.

If you are stopped by police while driving in a potentially dangerous manner or your footwear is a reason for an accident, you could be charged with driving without due care and attention (careless driving). Cost £2,500 fine and 3 points on your licence


 The Ministry of Justice has announced a public consultation on proposals to stabilise the delivery of probation services over the next two years and a longer term strategy for probation services beyond 2020.

 As part of the Ministry of Justice market and stakeholder engagement activity for this consultation, Clinks is hosting a series of events for the voluntary sector.

This event is being held in partnership with HMPPS Wales and will specifically focus on proposals for Wales.

These events will provide an:

Overview of the proposals from the Ministry of Justice and how you can engage with the consultation process

Opportunity to ask the Ministry of Justice questions about the current proposals

Opportunity to feed in your views to the Ministry of Justice regarding how voluntary sector engagement can be improved in future probation services

Opportunity to feed in your views to Clinks’ consultation response.

You can read a Clinks blog on the proposals and our press release.

The Ministry of Justice is also holding events for those interested in providing probation services in the future.

Details are available on the Bravo portal here.


 School leavers are being failed by the government’s apprenticeship levy because fewer are getting the training they need than before the scheme came into force, employers have said.  After publication of the latest figures, business groups called once again for urgent reforms of the levy to help more young people into apprenticeships and equip the economy for the future.

The Department for Education’s figures showed that the number of apprenticeship starts in the ten months to May this year had fallen by 31 per cent, compared with the same period last year, to 315,900.  The levy came into effect in April last year and is charged at 0.5 per cent on annual pay bills of more than £3 million. It was supposed to improve productivity by aiding skills training and close the gap on rivals such as Germany and France, where workers take one day less a week to produce as much as workers in Britain.

The government set a target of three million new apprentices by 2020 but the scheme’s rigid rules and complex bureaucracy have been blamed for a huge drop in numbers.

Business groups have said that the target will not be met. Edwin Morgan, director of policy at the Institute of Directors, claimed yesterday that the publication of the figures confirmed that the prospect “was sinking below the horizon”.

Starts for the ten months over the academic year, the official timescale used, are more than 100,000 less than in 2016-17 and 2015-16. Monthly data does not provide a useful comparison because the introduction of the levy drove up the number of starts in April last year and reduced them in the following month.

Simon Ashworth, chief policy officer at the Association of Employment and Learning Providers, whose members train three out of four apprentices in Britain, said the drop meant that “opportunities are limited for those young people who want a debt-free alternative to university”.

The levy only affects 2 per cent of companies but small businesses were dismayed by other changes, including a requirement that they pay 10 per cent of the cost of an apprenticeship. Before the levy there were greater state subsidies for small businesses. There has also been concern about a shortage of authorised apprenticeship providers.


Jane Gratton, head of business and skills at the British Chambers of Commerce, said: “To maximise the number of people taking advantage of this route we urgently need to see reform of the system.

 “Once again we’re seeing a disappointing number in apprenticeship starts due to the shortcomings of the levy. Employers are crying out for more skilled staff but they can’t train apprentices if there is no local provider to deliver the high-quality service they need.

“For smaller firms, the 10 per cent co-investment requirement has significantly increased the cost of recruiting and training apprentices. On top of the other costs of employment, such as pension auto-enrolment and above- inflation wage increases, it is pricing people out of apprenticeship jobs and development opportunities, and needs to be scrapped.”


On Wednesday, September 5th, Apprenticeships4England in association with Bolt Recruitment and Ingredient Films, will launch FEQ, a unique hybrid event and programming strand, focused on two panel discussions and offering exhibitors and sponsors opportunities to engage with a large audience made up of training providers, employers, AOs, EPAs and other organisations working within the FE sector.  The panel discussions will be broadcast in a BBC Question Time like format, live on the internet, enjoying TV production values and sponsorship branding space within what is a first in terms of content marketing.

Tickets are free but limited – to find out more and book your tickets to attend, click on the FEQ website link below.


 What an Inadequate Ofsted grade means now

Organisations graded as inadequate by Ofsted for “apprenticeships” (or inadequate for “overall effectiveness” under its FE and skills remit where there is no separate apprenticeship grade) are ineligible to apply to the register. In line with the conditions of acceptance that an organisation signed on joining the register, when Ofsted inspects an organisation on the register, and the grades are as described above, ESFA will remove that organisation from the register.

We will write to the affected organisation following publication of the relevant Ofsted report advising that:

  • they are being given 5 working days’ notice of their removal from the register of apprenticeship training providers
  • they must not start any new apprentices
  • they can continue to deliver training to existing apprentices if employers want to continue working with them

If an organisation is not listed on the register, but is completing the delivery of apprenticeships that started before May 2017, we will write to them to advise that they can continue to deliver training to existing apprentices if employers want to continue working with them.

After we have contacted the provider, providers will contact each existing apprentice’s employer. Each employer can choose to allow their apprentices to remain with the organisation until their apprenticeship is complete, or they can select a different provider. Where the organisation is also the employer of the apprentices, they can choose to continue to deliver training to these apprentices, or can transfer them to another provider. We will help employers to transfer their apprentices where they want this to happen.

We will look at the planned end date of training for each apprentice that remains with the organisation to determine the final date that the organisation’s apprenticeship funding will end.

If Ofsted has raised concerns about safeguarding in an inspection report, and identified a significant risk to apprentices, we reserve the right to remove an organisation from the register and stop all current and future apprenticeship delivery, requiring employers to move all apprentices to other providers.

All organisations delivering apprenticeship training who are in scope for inspection by Ofsted will be subject to this policy, irrespective of the type of organisation they are. These actions apply irrespective of whether an organisation is delivering apprenticeship training for levy paying employers or for those who do not pay the levy.

Re-inspection by Ofsted

Organisations must normally wait until at least 3 years from the date of the original inspection before re-applying to the register. This reflects the register’s published eligibility criteria.

Organisations removed from the register will not normally have their apprenticeship provision re-inspected by Ofsted. In the event an organisation’s other FE and Skills provision is re-inspected, they can re-apply to the register if their grades mean that they become eligible to do so.

If this applies to your organisation, please email If the application is successful, ESFA will add the organisation to the register.


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Tip of the week 3: M&S pizza, two sides and a dessert for £10. Details


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

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