Newsletter & Bids 30 2018

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Dear Members

This week’s newsletter bids, grants and Funds come to you in conjunction with our sponsors KPI DEVELOPMENT Limited going forward.  Our newsletter goes out to some 3,122 professionals’ in the industry and this week we have 46 pages of information News, Bids Grants and Funds.

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The following was announced yesterday 25th  and the rules take place today 26th on wards. Why is it important to you well they say if you do deliver Apprenticeships you should have a copy of the rules to know what they are. They also say if you’re thinking of delivery of Apprenticeships you should know what the rules are. 

Ofqual  on the 26 July 2018 put in place the final piece of the jigsaw in its approach to its External Quality Assurance (EQA) of apprenticeship End Point Assessments (EPAs), with the publication of a tailored set of rules.

These Conditions and guidance, which come into force 27th of July, relate specifically to our regulation of EPAs as a component of an apprenticeship programme. Our end-to-end process is designed to ensure that EPAs are developed effectively and monitored throughout the life of the assessment. Rules are at

Since taking on its role as an EQA provider, Ofqual has already agreed to provide external quality assurance for 55 standards produced by Trailblazers, with another 37 in the pipeline. We have also aligned our review of Assessment Plans with the Institute for Apprenticeships’ “Faster and Better” programme. We have published details of the status of EPAs where Ofqual has been asked to provide EQA. A total of 42 Ofqual-regulated Awarding Organisations are currently on the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) register of End Point Assessment Organisations (EPAOs).


Clinks’ Head of Policy and Communications, Nathan Dick, has completed his secondment with HM Inspectorate of Probation and has now taken up a further secondment at the Ministry of Justice supporting voluntary sector and other stakeholder engagement in the probation consultation announced today. If you want to contact Nathan in this role he can be reached on or 07394 715154. Clinks’ Policy Manager, Jessica Mullen, continues to act up as the Head of Policy and Kate Aldous, our Head of Strategic Development, is providing leadership to our communications work alongside our Communications Manager Ben Watson.


Earlier this month the Institute for Apprenticeships bragged about approving standards at a faster rate than ever before after they signed off their 300th. But since then FE Week has found that over a dozen are being completely ignored by employers. When asked why this was the case, the IfA was tight-lipped and the Department for Education admitted to having no idea – so senior reporter Billy Camden spoke to the trailblazers groups that developed them to find out

Too expensive, complex, and lack of demand were some of the most striking reasons why 13 apprenticeship standards have been available for delivery for over a year but had zero starts.  Among them was the dental laboratory assistant apprenticeship, which has gone a whopping five and half years (see table below) of being snubbed by the employers who developed it.  FE Week’s analysis will surprise many seeing as the DfE changed its rules in recent years to require actual commitment from businesses on trailblazer groups that they will use the standard once approved. It’s all the more shocking given that at least 10 employers have to be involved in development – so even if a few had second thoughts about the standard, the others would be expected to use it.



Skills for Health have produced Manager Induction Standards

Our Manager Induction Standards (MIS) set out what a manager needs to know and understand to perform well in their role. They are a versatile tool for:

  • new managers – those new to management and those new inpost who have previously managed other care services
  • existing managers – to use as a benchmark of their ownpractice and potential learning and development needs,especially if their role has changed over the years
  • aspiring managers – to plan an appropriate developmentprogramme, increase their understanding of the expectations of a manager role and increase their potential of securingmanagement positions in the future.

The MIS can be used in all care settings and are a measure of good practice. To help you achieve your Manager Induction Standards, we have developed a new workbook Becoming a Manager. You can find out more about this resource below

Self-employed learners earning less than £15,726.50 are eligible for full funding under Adult Education Budget flexibility, the Education and Skills Funding Agency has confirmed.  Learners without a full level 3 qualification could be fully funded to undertake an Access to Higher Education Diploma, rather than needing to take out an advanced learning loan. It is also good news for ESOL learners who are on low wages and looking to enhance their career prospects by improving their English further, as they can now be fully funded.


I did not mention much about the Women in Apprentices Event as it was all over every aspect of the internet it was such a great event.  There will be another one in February next year. However The Apprenticeships Conference will take place on the 10th October, at The Welcome Centre, Coventry. We will be taking a 360 look at the apprenticeship Sector.

Speakers are starting to be confirmed: Please see below.
We only have 2 stands left and 1 sponsorship opportunity Conference Brochure
We will only be accepting requests to pay by invoice for the next week: so book now to get early bird prices so to get tickets go to


ICO’s annual report shows most fines ever: The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has released its annual reportfor 2017/18, which shows that they issued the largest number and amount of civil monetary penalties to date in that year.  The report details that the ICO:

Has seen a significant increase in data protection complaints (+15%), self-reported breaches (+30%) and freedom of information complaints (+5%).  Received a ‘huge increase’ in telephone, live chat and written queries from the public and organisations. In the last quarter of 2017 it received 30,000 more such calls than in the previous three months.

Focus on charities: The increase in the level of self-reported breaches and complaints has affected the charity sector as well as others, with 11 fines totalling £138,000 to UK charities for unlawfully processing personal data in the 12 months to 31 March 2018.

These fines were issued under the grounds of the Data Protection Act (DPA) 1998 rather than the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) 2018, meaning the figure for similar breaches would have been higher if discovered and investigated now.

The report does feature a note on the ICO’s work in educating charities on the incoming GDPR, including radio advertising, events attendance for the National Council of Volunteer Organisations and detailed input on guidance produced by the Fundraising Regulator and the Institute of Fundraising on wealth screening.

Important time. Speaking on the report, Elizabeth Denham, Information Commissioner at the ICO said: “This is an important time for privacy rights, with a new legal framework and increased public interest.”  “Transparency and accountability must be paramount, otherwise it will be impossible to build trust in the way that personal information is obtained, used and shared online.”  “We see the introduction of GDPR as a good thing for the charity sector. It encouraged many charities to review their data policies – or create them – to better protect the rights of the people they’re looking to help,” said Matthew Moorut, Head of Digital and Marketing at Tech Trust.

Moorut added: “I hope that the ICO will continue to consider the special positioning of charities, and provide as much assistance and guidance as possible for fundraisers and project managers as we need. On the flip side, the responsibility lies with charities’ trustees and staff to keep looking for any guidance that is produced, and to act sensibly and cautiously with any personal data they handle.

“We’ve yet to see the first fine given out under GDPR, so the fact that more fines were given out last year than ever before is likely a sign of things to come.”


Prevent and British values are still a key part of any Ofsted inspection and the Education and Training Foundation (ETF) continue to offer training for all types of providers across the sector.   A recent employer provider report highlighted that: “Apprentices do not have a sufficient awareness of the risks associated with radicalisation and extremist behaviours.”
A recent Independent learning provider report found that: “……assessors seldom effectively check whether apprentices and learners understand how living in a modern British society may affect them. The questions they ask are rudimentary and they readily accept weak responses from their learners”

The ETF delivered Prevent and British values training for Essex Adult Education this academic year. In their subsequent Ofsted report it was stated that:
“Tutors and assessors have worked hard to put their training on promoting British values into practice in lessons and reviews. Tutors seamlessly integrate these values at appropriate times throughout their courses”.

ETF provide in-house training on British values, Equality and Diversity and Safeguarding for providers across the sector including Employer Providers, Independent Learning Providers, Colleges and Adult Education. Find out more and book your organisation’s training on the following links:

We also run two-day open access courses for Safeguarding Officers. We plan to run a course in October in London. Please visit our booking page for further details and to register your interest.
If you have any queries or would like to arrange a time to discuss your needs in further detail, please contact me on


Some people have asked about free photo use

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 The government is to strengthen the Social Value Act and require commissioners to “explicitly evaluate” social value when they tender a contract. So said David Lidington, Minister for the Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, during a recent speech given at the Reform think tank in which he stressed his commitment to using more voluntary sector organisations to deliver public services. As it stands, the Social Value Act requires commissioners to consider the wider value added to society by each bidder; all major procurements will now have to “explicitly evaluate” those benefits.

Said Lidington: “We want to see public services delivered with values at their heart, where the wider social benefits are recognised. That means government doing more to create and nurture vibrant, healthy, innovative, competitive and diverse marketplaces of suppliers that include and encourage small businesses, mutuals, charities, co-operatives and social enterprises – and therefore harness the finest talent from across the public, private and voluntary sectors.”

We couldn’t agree more, although words need to be transferred to deeds. 3SC’s recent position paper calls for the same changes to be made to the Social Value Act and a greater willingness on the part of public sector commissioners to trust smaller enterprises to do the right things. At a time of great social divisiveness there is only one urgent task for all of us – to start cooperating and spreading the load. The days of monolithic giants motivated solely by how big a dividend they can give to a demanding shareholder ought to be long past.


Item 1 Get a free £50 Tempur travel pillow. Details

From Wed 25 Jul, if you go into a participating Tempur stockist (find your nearest), including Dreams, Bensons for Beds, John Lewis and Furniture Village, and take the ‘Tempur Challenge’ while in store, you can get a free Tempur travel pillow (norm £50), until 11.59pm on Tue 31 Jul


Item 2 £40 return flights to Croatia from London. Details

We’ve found flights to Pula — “Croatia’s uncrowded alternative to Dubrovnik” — and Zadar, the country’s “coolest city” (The Daily Telegraph), for £40, return. These flights are up to 44% cheaper than with other carriers to Pula, while flights to Dubrovnik at the same time are at least £34 more. When

Pula from London Stansted
Depart: 3, 7, 10, 14, 17 October
Return: 10, 17, 21 October

Zadar from London Stansted
Depart: 2, 4, 6, 9, 13, 16 October
Return: 9, 13, 16, 20 October

Passengers can take one small personal bag (35cm x 20cm x 20cm) such as a handbag, a laptop bag or a small backpack on board which must fit under the seat in front.


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

Non-Executive Director at Five Companies and MD of EEVT Ltd

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