Newsletter & Bids 27 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 a BUMPER EDITION of 54 pages of information News, Bids Grants and Funds.

Full details can be downloaded from the link below:


Last week Ninder Johal, chief executive of the awards organisers Nachural, spoke about the uncertainty around the Brexit situation. Whilst he asserted that it was going to be very problematic in the short term, the long term future was still very bright if the UK continued to innovate and add value to their products and build on the strengths of its economy and its role in world affairs. 

He spoke about the need to assert leadership and more critically to involve the voice of business during the Brexit negotiations. He spoke positively around the role of entrepreneurship and the positive contribution of the region and its broad range of sectors.

Other award winners included :
Business Start up – Little Dessert Shop
Community Excellence – BYSA
Customer Service of the year – Wolverhampton Council
Small Business of the Year – BCRS
Business Person of the Year – Shahid Sheikh
International and Enterprise of the Year– Haji Baba
Entrepreneur of the Year – Matt Jones
Businesswoman of the Year – Sameera Ali Saddiq
Hospitality Business of the Year – Park Hall Ramada, Wolverhampton
Promoting Apprenticeships in the Workplace : Grainger and Worrell
Business of the Year – Warley Carriers


 Please see my thoughts and overview of the day at the House of Commons

The core of the Debate: This house believes the fall in apprenticeship starts since last May and the unspent levy proves urgent policy changes are needed.

Sue Pittock, CEO of REMIT Training was speaking for the motion and Nick Linford was against the motion, each started the session by outlining their core argument. Moving on they allowed contributions from the audience, and opened up contributions to the three panellists.

Please go to for my thoughts


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Good Employer Links Including Levy Customers

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 HSBC student account extended to all apprentices

Following the initial introduction of the HSBC UK Student Account to Level 4 (degree level) apprentices last year, HSBC UK is extending the availability of the account to all apprentices aged 18 and over. Extending the availability to these apprentices will enable one million apprentices to enjoy the same benefits as those studying a full time degree at a university or college.

More information can be found by visiting:


Did you know that “Most Accidents Happen in the First Few Days of Young People’s Working Life?”  As an Education & Training Provider, “You are Responsible for Preparing Your Learners for the World of Work.”

You can help reduce the risks of accidents by providing your learners with the Health and Safety knowledge they will need throughout their working life by offering the following Qualification.  NOCN Accredited Safe Worker Level 2 Qualification

The Safe Worker is an online Interactive Health and Safety Qualification which leads to the NOCN – Accredited Level 2 Award for the Safe Worker

Aim of the Qualification: The aim is for the learner to demonstrate an awareness of significant health and safety risks in the working environment and being aware of how to identify and deal with them appropriately.

Qualification Time: It can be completed in 11 hours and will transform the way you deliver health and safety to learners.

To learn more about how the qualification is delivered visit the following link.


 The “I am a Motivational Queen Masterclass” has been designed to create a power team of Queens. This is a beneficial opportunity to create a monthly masterclass designed to empower, encourage, equip and educate ladies.

Whether they are an aspiring entrepreneur, are already on their business journey, or are at a crossroads and need a helping hand with gaining clarity, this class has been designed for businesswomen at all levels.  This platform will not be a one way discussion, but a collaborative interaction session for women to gain advice, guidance, knowledge and upskill themselves to make better decisions and become well versed in the world of business. The class will make them aware of the possibilities that are out there, expand their presence, and stretch themselves to be the best they can possibly be. #business #empower

Within the sessions we set realistic and measurable goals, give timely tasks, provide a learning platform around building/adapting/maintaining a personal brand, and offer constructive feedback – plus so much more.


Lloyds Bank Foundation: New Strategy Includes More Unrestricted Grants (England and Wales)

Lloyds Bank Foundation for England & Wales has published its new strategy for the next five years. Included in the ‘Reaching Further’ strategy is:

  • A pledge to boost its additional support for the charities that it funds, which will include an expansion of its mentoring scheme whereby members of Lloyds Bank plc volunteer their expertise to grant receiving charities.
  • The Foundation mainly funds organisations with an income of less than £1m.
  • An increase the size of its largest grants to £200,000 over their six-year duration
  • A target of funding 700 charities at any one time until 2022
  • A pledge to offer longer, unrestricted grants to more small charities together with six-year grants with a break clause after the third year
  • The continuation of its advocacy work, with a particular focus on producing research and campaigning for policy changes on behalf of small charities.

The Foundation offers two grant programmes:

Invest grants – long-term funding for the day-to-day running of a charity (core costs), and/or the direct delivery of a charity’s work. Grants of a minimum of £30,000 to a maximum of £100,000, delivered across three years are available with the opportunity for continuation funding (up to six years in total). There are set annual rounds – details are available here. The next round opens on 27 August 2018 and closes on 5 October 2018

Enable grants: Enable grants are awarded to charities which have identified clear development needs with grants of up to a total of £15,000 across one or two years available to cover, for example, pilot initiatives, strengthening monitoring systems or creating stronger business plans and service development plans. This programme is temporarily closed and will reopen for applications under new guidelines on the 27th August 2018.

Charities can apply for either programme, but not both.

 Useful Links: Eligibility Criteria


enrola is designed to be your go-to system when recruiting an apprentice.

Use enrola for posting vacancies, receiving applications, processing candidates, and co-ordinating employers.  We find that a lot of our clients were spending time copying and pasting the same information across different pieces of software and spreadsheets.

In the age of cloud-based software, that’s not only unnecessary, but also potentially unsecure for both you and your applicants.  enrola is designed from the ground up to solve your pain points. It’s easy to set up, and because it’s hosted online there’s no maintenance involved – it just works.

We update our system on regularly with all the latest features as part of the service. Like being able to automatically retrieve learners ULN number and prior attainment at point of application. Saving you time looking up data, instead allowing you to action knowing its 100% verified.  We help you attract, manage, and recruit more easily with our purpose built software.  But don’t just take our word for it. Anna Clarke, Head of Apprenticeships, Milton Keynes College needed a system driven by the learner experience, find out when she decided to invest in a recruitment system she choose enrola

 If you would like to book a free demo to see how we can help, visit or email us at


We are looking for quality Freelance Assessors to deliver Level 2 QCF / NVQ qualifications to our learners within their place of work (onsite assessment) in London and surrounding areas. We are looking for experienced and motivated individuals.

 Main duties will include all the following but not limited to:

  • Assessing learners on site using a rage of assessment methods
  • Completing all learners’ reviews in a timely manner.
  • Maintaining a high standard on all learners’ paperwork
  • Delivering a high standard

Construction in the following trades:

Bricklaying, Formworks, Carpentry, Drylining, Groundworks, Painting and Decorating

Plastering , Wall and Floor Tilling , Plant Operations, Curtain Wall Installation, Level 3 Occupational Site Supervision and also Administration and Customer Services,Functional Skills and Employability

Please send your CV to HPL Recruitment Limited at


 A fast growing company is looking for Functional Skills Tutor to deliver Maths and English in East London on contract basis. For more info please send your cv to


We are inviting you to our open day to find out the exciting opportunities that Revolving Doors has for people with lived experience of the criminal justice system to #JoinourLondonteam.

At Revolving Doors we are passionate about ending the Revolving Door that keeps people trapped from exiting the criminal justice system.

Who should attend?

We are looking to work with people with recent experience of the criminal justice system. People who work in the criminal justice system or related fields, including housing, mental health and drug and alcohol services.

Light refreshments will be provided.  To find out more go to


Significant underpayments to apprentices as HMRC ‘names and shames’ errant employers. Businesses fined record £1.97m for falling short on minimum wages, but experts call for more details on common errors

Underpayments to apprentices and unlawful deductions from wages were among the most common reasons given for employers failing to pay minimum wages, according to a newly released round-up from HMRC that ‘names and shames’ a large number of businesses across the UK.

Nearly 240 employers who underpaid the National Living and Minimum Wage named today. £1.44m in back pay has been identified for 22,400 workers, with the employers fined additional £1.97m

Employers underpaid workers by taking deductions from wages for uniforms, underpaying apprentices and failing to pay travel time

The names of 239 employers found to have underpaid 22,400 UK workers by a total of £1.44m have been published today by the government.

The back pay identified by HMRC was for more workers than in any previous single naming list and has generated record fines of £1.97m.

The earliest underpayment dated back to 2011, with the most recent happening this year (2018).

Almost 240 employers that underpaid the national living wage and national minimum wage were named by the government, with £1.44m in back pay identified covering more than 22,400 workers. A record £1.97m in fines was issued by HMRC for offences that in some cases dated back to 2011.

Speaking to People Management, CIPD head of reward and policy Charles Cotton said there were multiple reasons for employers falling short on minimum wage payments, including recent changes to the apprenticeships system brought about by the introduction of the apprenticeship levy.

“With the government’s target of increasing the number of apprentices in the UK, this could become an area where people fall short on minimum wage payments. The question is why,” he said.

“It could be down to employers failing to increase rates in the second year of the apprenticeship, because HR and payroll are failing to capture the new data, or another reason. In other instances, rules around workplace travel have also changed, so it could be that employers haven’t been keeping up to speed.”

Beyond illegal deductions from wages for work costs such as uniforms, many of the named employers were also found to have failed to pay for travel time, misused the accommodation offset or used the wrong time periods when calculating pay.

The single biggest under payer named was retailer Card Factory, which failed to pay a total of £430,097.87 to more than 10,000 workers. Other notable names on the list included Odeon and UCI Cinemas Group – which failed to pay £4,438.92 to 237 workers – and Costa Coffee, which underpaid 41 workers by £3,116.85.

Funding for minimum wage enforcement has more than doubled since 2015, with the government set to spend £26.3m on the measure in 2018-19. However, Cotton said HMRC could go further in keeping employers informed about common payroll mistakes.

“It would be helpful to receive more feedback from HMRC alongside these lists, giving not only the top reasons for undercutting wages but outlining the common mistakes made by companies that have been fined, whether it’s not gathering enough data or failing to update their payrolls regularly,” he said.  “Ignorance is no defence but, if people are not kept informed, the first they will hear of it is when they are fined by HMRC.”

Bryan Sanderson, chairman of the Low Pay Commission, said it was “crucial” for employers to understand their responsibilities regarding the minimum wage, adding: “That is why active enforcement and effective communication from the government is so important.

“It is therefore encouraging to see that HMRC has recovered unpaid wages for the largest number of workers yet in this round of naming and shaming. I’m confident that the government will continue to pursue underpayment of the minimum wage vigorously.”

In a significant finding earlier this week, a director of recruitment company Euro Contracts Services was disqualified by the secretary of state for failing to pay 246 manual seasonal workers on British farms the national minimum wage between August 2010 and January 2011, equating to more than £110,000. 


National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) brand guidelines and logos for employers and training providers to use on marketing materials promoting apprenticeships can be found on GOV.UK. Employers requiring the apprenticeships logo in another format, please email Other apprenticeships resources, including fact sheets and campaign information can also be found on GOV.UK.

Employers requiring the Education and Skills Funding Agency logo, please email with intended use and UKPRN number.

People have been asking about transferring funds from Levy payers to others;

How will transferring funds work

Employers who pay the apprenticeship levy and have unused apprenticeship funds can find employers who want to receive a transfer in a number of ways, for example:

  • work with employers in your supply chain
  • get in touch with employers in your industry
  • get in touch with an Apprenticeship Training Agency (ATA)
  • work with regional partners

How much can you transfer

You can transfer a maximum amount of 10% of your annual funds.

Levy-paying employers can currently transfer funds to 1 other organisation from their apprenticeship account. From early July 2018, levy-paying employers will be able to make transfers to as many employers as they choose.

The apprenticeship service calculates this amount by:

the total amount of levy declared in the previous tax year

with the English % applied

plus the payment of 10% from the government

What transfers can pay for

Transferred funds will be used to pay for the training and assessment cost of the apprenticeships agreed with the receiving employer.

Sending and receiving employers need to know that:

funds are paid monthly for the duration of the apprenticeship

only levy-paying employers can make a transfer

any employer can receive and use transferred funds

sending and receiving employers have to be registered on the apprenticeship service

a transfer can only be used to pay for training and assessment for apprenticeship standards

transfers can only be used for new starts

What you need to do to start a transfer

The sending employer and the receiving employer need to first agree the details of the transfer of funds; for example, which apprenticeship standard, how many apprentices, the cost.

Once both employers are registered on the apprenticeship service the following must be done in their accounts to complete a transfer:

connect with each other receiving employer to add the apprentice details

confirm the transfer.

Employers who are transferring funds

Before you make a transfer from your apprenticeship account, make sure that you:

have enough funds to transfer to another employer have a clear understanding of the forecasted cost to you, which will cover the duration of the apprenticeship you’ve agreed to fund through a transfer understand you will be funding the total cost of their apprenticeship and not just the 10% co-investment

agree with the employer who is receiving the transfer, details of the apprenticeships you’re funding are aware of the funding rules around transferring apprenticeship funds

You should also know:

you can’t transfer funds to another employer if you currently receive a transfer

if you’re currently transferring funds to another employer, you can’t receive transferred funds to pay for your apprenticeships transfer payments will leave your apprenticeship service account first, each month if the apprenticeship stops, your transferred payments will stop as well

Employers who want to receive a transfer

If you want to receive a transfer from another employer you must be aware of the following:

you can only use the transferred funds for apprenticeship training and assessment

transferred funds can only be used for apprenticeship standards

you’ll need to create an account on the apprenticeship service to receive the transfer and pay for apprenticeship training you’ll need to sign an agreement with the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) transfer payments will be made monthly from the sending employer to your apprenticeship account if the apprenticeship stops then the funding will stop too you won’t have to pay any funds back to the sending employer

if the employer sending you funds runs out of funds, you must make a 10% contribution to the cost of apprenticeship training and the government will pay the remaining 90% (this is called co-investment)

a transfer can fund up to the funding band maximum of a standard, if the cost of training is more, you’ll have to pay the difference to the training provider

if a training provider transfers funds to you, they cannot deliver the training for that funded apprenticeship funding rules around transferring apprenticeship funds

10% of all the funds you receive as a transfer from another employer count as state aid.

What is state aid?

So that you do not go over the allowed limit of €200,000 for state aid in any 3 year period, you should check:

how much state aid you’ve already received if you’re part of a connected organisation, how much combined total state aid you have received


Tip of the week I: Four nights at Pontins in Somerset from £89. Details

Tip of the week 2: 25% discount on Domino’s pizza. Details


Tip of the week 3: Two hanging baskets of flowers for £20 including delivery. 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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