Newsletter & Bids 28 2018

 In bids

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 a BUMPER EDITION of 50 pages of information News, Bids Grants and Funds.

Full details can be downloaded from the link below:


Yes Friday the 13th came and went however  quite rightly the chair of an influential committee of MPs has hit out at the rushed pace of T-level implementation – after Ofqual gave the sector just four weeks to respond to its consultation.


Meg Hillier, head of the Public Accounts Committee, pronounced the timescale “ridiculous” when the exams regulator began asking for views on July 10 on how it should frame its rules when policing the new technical qualifications, with a deadline for submissions of August 6.  Four weeks is half the usual time period set aside for responding to an Ofqual consultation. The document isn’t light either, as it includes 71 pages with 52 questions.  “It is a very short timetable and at the wrong time of year for educational institutions, which are just about to break up for the summer,” Ms Hillier said. “If you are going to introduce a new qualification, getting it right is really important. Rushing it through and risking getting it wrong could undermine it completely.”

To read more go to

To do the consultation go to


Perry Ingles as always comes up with items here we have


Please take a look at the published EPA Practise and Prepare resources for the following Standards. We’ve now have free sample materials (video clips and printable worksheets) added on the website.

Full resources only cost £250 and are yours to use across all your learners. They are great resources to supplement your own and to support the learners.

Many thanks to Perry Ingles Regional Account Manager Pearsons.


Skills for Care our 2018/2019 leadership programmes

We recognise that investing in the development of leaders is critical to delivering high quality care and support. Our leadership programmes are designed to support leaders at all levels and we’ve just launched dates for our 2018/19 programmes.

For more experienced and senior managers take a look at our successful Top Leaders programme or our New Directors programme. For those wanting to accelerate their career and step up into senior management roles there is our popular Moving Up programme focusing on social care managers from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds. For managers of adult social care services we have our Well-led programmes which have been designed to enable you to deliver care in line with the expectations of a well-led service.

You can book now to secure your place on our popular programmes. If you have any questions or want any further information please email


We have two complimentary tickets for upcoming event “I AM A MOTIVATIONAL QUEEN – London event which will be held on Saturday 21st July 2018 at The Hilton, Croydon.  I AM A MOTIVATIONAL QUEEN is a ‘must attend’ event for Business Owners who want to network with likeminded individuals.

We are interested to hear from training providers who deliver apprenticeships!

Your invitation will include a fabulous networking luncheon.

If interested to attend: Email

Your provider name and how you support back into training or employment.


The Trustees of Global Kidney Foundation cordially invite you to attend its Fundraising Gala Event that will take place in the infamous White House, which is a palace of Polish Prince John Zylinski, who lives there. The building has been named one of five unmissable buildings in London, next to the Buckingham Palace, where celebrities and famous politicians dine and wine. Prince Zylinski will be hosting the event and will give a talk.

The event will take place on Saturday the 20th October, starting at 6 pm, ending at 10 pm. Food cooked by the best chefs in London, fine wines and we will be accompanied by one of best London’s pianist Antimo Magnotta, who is a pianist at the Victoria & Albert Museum.  The Trustees and Advisory Members of the Global Kidney Foundation will also speak. The event will be attended by high profile guests from the world of politics, business, health, arts, top kidney doctors, patients and families.


City and Guilds have been in touch and wish to let you know.

A number of our eagle-eyed customers have noticed that the last registration date for new starts on these qualifications is 31 December 2018. We wish to reassure centres that we intend to continue to offer this valuable suite of literacy and numeracy qualifications and are currently in the process of extending the last registration date.

The information on the Qualifications page will be updated in due course. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact


Charities – the rules about automatic disqualification for trustees are changing, more reasons are being added and the rules will also apply to some charity senior manager positions (chief executives and finance directors – and those in equivalent roles).

New reasons for disqualification include being in contempt of court, being named under particular anti-terrorism legislation or being on the sex offenders register.

There are several things you can do to get ready for these changes.

Make sure you read the guidance for charities to help you understand what is changing. This guide also includes a handy disqualifying reasons table that you can download.

Ask your trustees to check that they won’t be affected by these changes. Senior managers (at chief executive or finance director level) should also check if the disqualification law will affect them from 1 August.  We’ve produced sample declarations for senior managers and trustees to state that they won’t be disqualified from acting in these positons after the 1 August. You can download these from the preparing for the rule changes section of the charity guidance.

Update the checks you make before appointing someone to any of these positions.

If someone is going to be disqualified, tell them that they can apply to have their disqualification waived. They can find out more in the guidance for individuals.


If you’re a trustee or senior manager (at CEO or finance director level) at a charity, check that you’re not going to be disqualified by reading the guidance for individuals.

If you will be disqualified, you can apply to us to get your disqualification waived. Otherwise, from 1 August you must resign if you’re a senior manager. Charity trustees will also have to stop acting in that role. If you apply for a waiver before 1 August, you won’t be disqualified until you get a decision from us, or the tribunal if you appeal against our decision.

You can read more about how we make waiver decisions.

Further support  Unlock is an independent charity that provides support for people with convictions. They have a dedicated charity page with further advice and support.


Well this week up in the West Midlands traveling up for a 12.00 on Tuesday and looking forward to seeing the Team at Total Training, then looking at seeing ANZ and another.

Wednesday seeing Nathan and Alex also some other great guys then off to the VIP prior to the Women in Apprentices  Conference at Coventry with  Lindsay McCurdy, Jane from Successful Mums and Suzanna from One File . Then Thursday and hope to talk to some of the people at the event then a meeting in the afternoon and travel back Friday morning.


 A great new post for Peter Robinson, vice principal, Blackburn College

Start date: August 2018. Previous job: Assistant principal, Heart of Worcestershire College

Interesting fact: Peter once walked for 24 hours non-stop to raise money for charity.


We have a New Group which is on Linked In which is BAME Essex Business and Training  this is at


We have our other Group which is 2020 Vision which is at


Apprenticeship funding bands currently under review by the Institute for Apprenticeships will be given a minimum two-month notice period if their funding rate is reduced.  But in the case of standards whose funding rate increases, the change will be immediate. Lucy Rigler, the IfA’s acting deputy director for funding policy, revealed the extra detail regarding the funding-band review of 31 of the most popular standards at a Westminster Employment Forum on apprenticeships this week.



Tip of the week I: £13 world cup football. Details


Tip of the week 2: Free summer car check. Details

Halfords values it at about £15 and it’s available in 700+ locations nationwide.

What’s covered by the Halfords car check?

  • Battery
  • Light bulbs
  • Windscreen wipers
  • Oil levels
  • Screenwash levels (topped up for free)
  • Air conditioning

Halfords says it’ll take 15 minutes and you don’t need to book in advance – just turn up and speak to a member of staff. Be warned… they may try to sell to you, but there’s no obligation to buy anything or act on any advice you’re given. These checks are completely free.


Tip of the week 3: Up to four nights and activity pass at Woolacombe Sands from £179. Details


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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