Newsletter & Bids 32 2018

 In bids

Dear Members

This week’s newsletter bids, grants and Funds come to you in conjunction with our sponsors KPI DEVELOPMENT Limited.  Exciting news on that next week with our newsletter going out to some 3,133 professionals’ in the industry. This week we have another BUMPER EDITION of 50 pages of information News, Bids Grants and Funds.

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Ofsted will soon call on FE providers to help it undertake a “huge” amount of FE-related research projects, according to its director of corporate strategy.

The education watchdog has set aside around £2.4 million, or 4 per cent of its inspector resource, to spend on 20 studies over the next two years. It is part of Amanda Spielman’s drive for a more evidence-based inspection regime after Ofsted went years without basing judgements on research, under the leadership of former chief inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw.


TCHC ESF Opt-in Call for Partners

The Consultancy Home Counties Ltd (TCHC) is an independent training, advice and consultancy provider delivering skills, employability and enterprise projects as a Government prime contractor (including Education and Skills Funding Agency, Education Funding Agency, DWP) for the past 13 years. The organisation has a strong track record of successfully delivering large prime contracts and extensive experience of supporting both unemployed and inactive people to enter and progress in employment; to increase the number of young people who are in education, employment or training; to help more people improve their skills; and to make skills provision more responsive to the needs of the local economy.

TCHC has a strong commitment to encourage partnership working across the Central and Eastern England region and strives to work with all LEPs in this area to promote initiatives across borders and sectors to improve skills and increase employment. TCHC is also interested in expanding our skills support offer in and around London, the South East, Thames Valley, East and West Midlands, so are keen to explore potential partnerships in these areas.

Through this EOI, TCHC is seeking to identify suitable partner organisations that have existing infrastructure within a specific and/or across more than one LEP area and can deliver one or more of the following:

  1. Education and skills training (including vocational training and life-long learning) to those in work and individuals seeking employment;
  2. Support to individuals seeking employment, including those who are economically inactive, to help them achieve sustainable and quality employment;
  3. Support to young people who are not in education, employment or training (NEET) and help them to progress;
  4. Activities to support labour mobility, promote social inclusion and combat poverty.


Please return by Friday 17th August 2018


Revised deadline of 15 August 2018 for Twin’s ESF Opt-in EOI . Please return to Debra Jackson, Business Development & Performance Director. 



Reminder – ESF Opt-in EOIs still out for Prevista, Steadfast and Seetec


Latest workforce figures Health and Social Care 1.6 million workers

Our Workforce Intelligence team has updated the ‘Size and structure of the adult social care sector and workforce in England report, 2018’ using data from the National Minimum Data Set for Social Care (NMDS-SC).  This report contains the most up-to-date numbers for how many people work in care, which sector they work in, how many organisations deliver care and future workforce projections.

 See the report and infographic here  Order a paper copy by emailing us at


The government has announced it will unlock £20m of new money from dormant charitable trusts, to be given out in the sector, in today’s civil society strategy.

The strategy also includes plans to establish two new institutions to give away £145m of money from dormant bank accounts. That money will be spent on youth services and financial inclusion. It was originally announced last year, but the government has now provided more details on how it will be spent.  But there is no clarity about a much larger pool of money from dormant assets such as stocks, insurance and pensions, which is estimated to be worth £2bn, and is earmarked to be spent in the sector.  £20m from dormant charitable trusts .The government commits to unlocking £20m from dormant charitable trusts, which spend less than 30 per cent of their annual income, to support community organisations over the next two years.  The work will be carried out in conjunction with the Charity Commission and UK Community Foundations.

UKCF says that it has already been working with the regulator to identify charities which are not active in their spending, and that these charities will be approached to understand why they are not spending.  Vicki Papworth, director of programmes and development at UKCF, told Civil Society News that the approach will not force charities to hand over money.

“If you’re building an endowment or saving for a capital project, no problem, we’ll go away,” she says. The money will be pulled into a central endowment, and will be allocated depending on which cause areas and locations the original charity was working in. Some will be held centrally.  “UKCF is currently designing a process to distribute the cash,” Papworth said. “At present, it has not been decided whether there will be an open application process.”

She said UKCF is looking at how the money might be best spent. This could well include a focus on core costs, and on “cold spots” where little grant capital is distributed.

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 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.


Also two companies up for Sale still awaiting Details 1 London 1 Kent.


Updated News and Changes to Apprentice’s Last updated 9 August 2018 

  1. 9 August 2018 Updated attachment to reflect change in registration date for non-levy paying employers.
  2. 4 July 2018 Replaced ‘Top-ups and expiry of funds’ section with ‘How funds enter and expire in my apprenticeship service account’ in the document ‘Apprenticeship funding: how it works’.
  3. 15 February 2018 Updated to include link to ESFA guidance on transferring apprenticeship service funds, and further clarification on state aid rules.
  4. 14 December 2017 Updated guidance on how to share funds with another employer.
  5. 14 July 2017 Updated the definition of the ‘English percentage’.
  6. 30 March 2017 Updated guidance on using the apprenticeship service – added information on the ‘English percentage’ and transferring funds between organisations. Also clarified guidance for employers who won’t pay the apprenticeship levy.
  7. 13 February 2017 Added a link to the apprenticeship service.
  8. 6 February 2017 Updated advice on using funds in your apprenticeship service account.
  9. 23 January 2017 Added link to HMRC guidance on paying the apprenticeship levy, and added advice on preparing for the introduction of the apprenticeship service.
  10. 25 October 2016 Updated guidance to reflect final arrangements for apprenticeship funding from May 2017.
  11. 12 August 2016 Updated guidance and added information about proposals to make changes to apprenticeship funding from May 2017.
  12. 21 April 2016 Added further detail about the apprenticeship levy.
  13. 18 March 2016 First published.


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.


 Have you booked your free tickets to the Recruitment Agency Expo Birmingham?

In just 10 weeks, over 2,000 recruitment agency leaders will gather for the Recruitment Agency Expo Birmingham.

Don’t miss this opportunity to be part of the biggest event for the recruitment industry this year.  Click here to register for your free entry and receive your e-badge.

Recruitment Agency Expo 3 – 4 October 2018 NEC Birmingham




Perry Ingles from Pearson – EPA pricing models for Adult Care, due to efficiencies and higher than expected delivery numbers, we have been able to reduce the cost of End Point Assessment and resit costs (per learner) significantly.


Also Skills for Care say

Current Level 5 Higher Apprenticeship in Care Leadership and Management (SASE) England Framework and new Level 5 Leader in Adult Care Apprenticeship Standard Dear Colleagues, You will be aware that the apprenticeship system has changed. These changes have already taken effect in the adult social care sector for apprenticeships and qualifications at Level 2 and Level 3. Changes at Level 5 have taken a little longer to come to fruition, with the Adult Care Trailblazer Group, in partnership with apprenticeship training providers, Awarding Organisations, and end-point assessment organisations, supported by Skills for Care, working tirelessly to complete and have published the new Level 5 apprenticeship standard for Leader in Adult Care.

Whilst the assessment plan is not yet signed-off by the Institute for Apprenticeships (IfA), we are approaching the final stages and expect to see publication in Autumn/Winter 2018. The publication of the Leader in Adult Care assessment plan will trigger the standard becoming ‘live’ and allow apprentices to commence the new apprenticeship standard. In order to enable the sector to prepare for the change, the following has been agreed: Existing SASE framework · the current apprenticeship framework, the Level 5 Higher Apprenticeship in Care Leadership and Management (SASE), will remain open to learners for registrations until 31st December 2019. The framework contains the current Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People’s Services (England) qualification and the adult pathways within the Diploma will also remain open to learners for the length of the framework.

Of course the biggest load of rubbish when they say we the industry asked for this;

Over 1,500 training providers on the government’s apprenticeships register will not have direct access to funding for small employers until at least a year later than planned.  An update from the Education and Skills Funding Agency revealed the news today which claimed it was “acting on user feedback”.

The agency had planned that all employers would be able to use the apprenticeship service to access apprenticeship funding from April 2019, but this has now been delayed.

“Having listened to feedback about the scale and pace of the apprenticeship reforms that we have introduced since May 2017, we want to make sure that future changes are introduced in a gradual, well-managed way,” the ESFA said.

“This is to give time for employers and training providers to prepare to take full advantage of the new approach and to keep stability in the marketplace.”

To “ensure a more gradual transition”, the government will not open up its apprenticeship service to small employers to use in April 2019 as planned.


Now of Course the AELP and FE week and FE News will all say things but actually will they do anything? No. Robert Halfon may say things but will he do anything? No.

Again the industry is pushed and pulled by the Civil Servants


Tip of the week I: Meal for two at Frankie and Benny’s for £19.99. Details


Tip of the week II: £5 Vue cinema tickets on Mondays. Details


Tip of the week III: Mystery getaways! Four nights with flights from £99 to a surprise location. Details


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

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