Newsletter & Bids 31 2018

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Dear Members

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EPA Conflicts of interest are the “biggest risk” to the effectiveness of external quality assurance, the Institute for Apprenticeships has admitted.

Employer groups developing apprenticeship standards name the organisation to deliver this service, but so far just a quarter – 10 out of 40 – of those chosen have been approved by the IfA.  The body’s concerns were revealed in newly-published minutes from January and March meetings of its quality assurance committee, which is responsible for approving organisations to check apprenticeship assessments.  These minutes, along with those from the IfA’s approval and funding, and audit and risk assurance committees, have been published for the first time following a Freedom of Information request by FE Week.  Conflicts of interest are “one of the main reasons for rejecting potential EQA providers” and there is an “ongoing need to manage” these conflicts, according to the minutes from a March 14 meeting.

“It is also one of the biggest risks to the effectiveness of EQA and the reputation of the institute,” the minutes warned.  FE Week previously reported in March that the IfA had “concerns” about conflicts of interest in its new EQA model, according to minutes from a December 2017 quality assurance committee meeting obtained via a previous FOI request.  At the time the committee agreed to develop “a register of interest for EQA providers” which “should list any declared interests that EQA providers have and how these are to be mitigated”.

According to the March minutes, the committee now plans to “mitigate conflicts” through this register of interests, “conditions of recognition” and ongoing management.  The assessment and quality team at the IfA had also been asked to “draw up a decision tree” to outline conflicts and how they are being handled. “The committee agreed it needs to ensure that the relevant checks and balances are in place for managing conflicts of interest for EQA providers,” the minutes noted.



Health and Social Care Level 3 Assessor/ ICQ required who can also look at Admin Level 3 IQA work. London NW9 required CV to



Prevista has acquired the brand, assets, goodwill and the key staff of SMART Training. This took place on 1st August 2018.

Prevista has been a leading skills and training provider for over 22 years, delivering Apprenticeships, Traineeships, employability and NEET programmes successfully to a wide range of employers and learners across England. With our Ofsted Grade 2 accreditation, Investors in People Gold, 79% success rates, high employer and learner satisfaction rates and highly talented teams of Account Managers and Tutors, Prevista has rich experience of transforming the skills of workforces through government funded training.

Underpinned by Prevista’s quality systems and processes, we will provide our learners and employers with a market leading service of improved quality, infrastructure, learning and teaching resulting in positive outcomes.  Prevista will build on the successful delivery model of SMART Training, including the established learner and employer centred delivery model and use of study days.

James Clements Smith, Managing Director of Prevista, commented, ‘This news provides an exciting outcome for learners, employers and staff. This transition will enable learners and employers to continue their journey with our service offering evolving to meet the unique demands of the dynamic Apprenticeship, Traineeship and Student Loans market. Our vision and commitment to support our learners and employers will drive our continuous innovation of technology, processes, products and services to ensure we are best placed to meet their needs now and in the future’.


The latest All about Construction is now available from City and Guilds. 
This month’s edition has information on
• NVQ Incremental changes
• Update on City & Guilds apprenticeship standards
• Network and support events
• Assessor opportunities at City & Guilds
• Government reforms

Plus we have added T Level and Apprenticeship standards update to the Construction summary document. Please see links below for further details.
T levels
What are T Levels?
Originating from the Government’s Post-16 Skills Plan, T levels are new technical study programmes set at Level 3 that will sit alongside apprenticeships and be equivalent in size to three A Level programmes within a reformed skills training system.

Construction is one of 15 industry routes, which will contain three pathways:
• Design, Surveying and Planning;
• Onsite Construction
• Building Services Engineering
When will T levels be available?  Design, Surveying and planning will be among the first T levels to be developed, potentially introduced in September 2020, with the remaining construction pathways scheduled for September 2021.

Public consultation on the T levels closed on 8th February 2018. The Institute for Apprenticeships (IfA) are currently reviewing the output of the consultation before any further announcements.

What will a T level look like?
The below is a draft structure of the T level programme proposed during the public consultation:

For more information visit:


Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) fined £200,000 for revealing identities of abuse victims in mass email. ICO warns about GDPR


Clinks is seeking a Corporate Services Manager [£45,816 pa, London, full time] to lead Clinks’ internal management work including finance and HR. We are seeking a dynamic individual with excellent relationship building skills to oversee the financial, governance, IT, HR and facilities support and work with the wider staff team and trustees. The role involves providing effective financial management and control of financial assets, establishing, implementing and maintaining accounting policies and procedures and the systems necessary to provide high quality financial support to the organisation. The successful candidate will ensure the appropriate governance arrangements are in place and that the organisation meets its regulatory requirements as a registered charity and company limited by guarantee.

The deadline for applications is 7th September see application at


Wipers Youth CIC is holding a ‘Overrepresentation and Disproportionality of BAME Young Men in the Criminal Justice System’ training course [20th September, London | 15th October, Manchester | 22nd November, Birmingham | £85]. It examines the issue of racial disproportionality within the youth justice system and explores how the growing disproportionality of black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) children and young people in the system can be best addressed. Attendees will gain a greater understanding of this group’s distinct needs and how these can be met. Find out more here


On Wednesday, September 5th, Apprenticeships4England in association with Bolt 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.


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On Tuesday I think the week has been so busy I was over at Haringey with one of the leading youth providers and indeed bumped into Keesha Sinclair who with her colleague Andrea Wershof she is doing mainly Hornsey they  are doing great work as part of the Local Area Coordination in Haringey  Rather than waiting for people to fall into crisis, assessing deficits, testing eligibility and fitting people into more expensive (and increasingly unaffordable) services, it works alongside people to:

  • Build and pursue their personal vision for a good life
  • Stay strong, safe and connected as contributing citizens
  • Find practical, non-service solutions to problems wherever possible
  • Build more welcoming, inclusive and supportive communities

Local Area Coordinators are a single, local point of contact, working with people of all ages with mental health conditions, physical disabilities, learning disabilities and older people.

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NCS funding should go to local youth services, says LGA 

The Local Government Association has called for some of the money going towards funding the National Citizen Service, the government’s flagship volunteering programme, to be devolved to local youth services.

The LGA, the membership organisation for local authorities, said that the £634m spent on the NCS by the government between 2014/15 and 2017/18, 95 per cent of its youth services budget, would “be better spent on all-year-round provision for young people in their local areas”.  However Michael Lynas, chief executive of the NCS, has said that taking away money from a youth service that is working does not make sense.

Youth centres closing

The LGA said that more than 600 youth centres closed and nearly 139,000 youth service places were lost in the UK between 2012 and 2016. Central government funding for children and young people’s services has fallen by £2.4bn since 2010, and LGA analysis shows that a further £3bn will be needed by 2025 just to maintain services at their current levels.

The LGA pointed out that just 12 per cent (93,000) of eligible youngsters took part in the NCS in 2016, while in some areas take-up was as low as 4 per cent. It said NCS money would be better spent on all-year-round provision for young people in their local areas, rather than a “time-limited programme which is restricted to a certain age group and is attracting only a relatively small number of teenagers”.

It said that council leaders want some of the scheme’s funding to be “devolved to councils to help make up the spending reductions in local youth services, which have been cut by nearly 40 per cent (£260m) since 2010”.

‘Plug the shortfall’   The LGA is calling on the government to devolve the amount from the NCS programme’s funding between now and 2020 to local councils to help “plug the shortfall in youth services spending”.

It says that this would help councils reverse some of the cutbacks in local youth service provision.  Cllr Anntoinette Bramble, chair of the LGA’s Children and Young People Board, said: “While the National Citizen Service is a good programme which can be a positive experience for those who take part, we believe this should be part of a much wider youth service offering to support children and young people.

“A time limited programme of work cannot provide the trusted, longer-term relationships that are a valued element of youth work, and that are needed by some young people to develop the self-esteem, confidence and skills to take part in such programmes.

“Councils have been forced to cut important services for thousands of young residents in recent years as a result of increasingly squeezed budgets, so it is wrong that nearly all of the government’s funding for youth services is being spent on a very short programme which attracts only a small number of participants.

“The government needs to devolve a slice of the funding to councils so they can begin to scale back the cuts to council youth services and provide targeted support to a much wider group of young people locally all year round, whether that is giving them safe spaces to meet, diverting them away from crime or supporting them to succeed in school, training or employment.”

‘Like comparing apples and oranges’  Michael Lynas, chief executive of the NCS Trust, told Civil Society News that although he agreed that local youth services do need more money, “taking money from another service that is proven to work does not make sense”.

He said that comparing the NCS with local youth services was “like comparing apples and oranges” and said that the NCS is the fastest growing youth programme in 100 years.

Over 400,000 16-17 year olds have participated in the NCS to date, with tens of thousands more expected by the end of the year.

He added that the LGA figures are for 2016 and are out of date as they show that one in eight of the relevant age group are signed up to NCS, where as it is now one in six.

He also said it was frustrating that much of the criticism levelled at the NCS in the past is that it is a “middle class programme”, but its own analysis of participants suggests it reaches a broad base.

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