Newsletter & Bids 26 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.  Exciting news on that next week with our newsletter going 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.

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The entire senior executive team at Learn direct Apprenticeships Ltd (LDA) along with 18 other senior employees have today quit to work for PeoplePlus Group, the firm that had only recently had a purchase offer rejected.  The unexpected mass exodus of 22 key staff has been met with a furious response from the Learndirect Group, calling it “dirty tricks”, something PeoplePlus “absolutely deny.”  As reported exclusively by FE Week, Learndirect had been working for weeks on a sale to PeoplePlus Group, a division of Staffline Group, a listed company and one of the biggest recruitment firms in the UK. PeoplePlus undertook several weeks of due diligence on a purchase of the entire Learndirect Group, but FE Week understands the talks ended after their offer to only take ownership of Learndirect Apprenticeships Ltd was rejected.

Early last week Learndirect, owned by the private equity firm Lloyds Development Capital (LDC), then turned to entrepreneur Wayne Janse van Rensburg and a deal was done to take ownership of the whole Learndirect Group.  Mr Janse van Rensburg is the Managing Director of the Stonebridge College Group, which supplies Learndirect with a Virtual Learning Environment known as PEARL. Stonebridge College Group includes Dimensions Training Solution (DTS), a training provider that Mr Janse van Rensburg purchased in 2015, and the ESFA approved the change of ownership for LDA on the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers.

Mr Janse van Rensburg, who has only been owner of the Learndirect Group for a week, this evening told FE Week: “Colleagues that don’t share our vision and values, placing learners and employers at the heart of our provision have no place in my business.” But a senior employee at the Learndirect Group, that did not wish to be named, went further, saying: “this is pretty dirty tricks from PeoplePlus, having spent several weeks in our data room [during the due diligence phase of the sale process].

“The 22 staff that resigned today can expect a letter from our lawyer stating that they would be in breach of contract to leave without seeing out their notice period, which would allow for an orderly handover.”



This week I was at the West Midlands Combined Authority meeting which was hosted by APM and also ersa with Chief Executive Kirsty McHugh also assisted by Roger Horne Head of Membership for ersa. We should have the slides out from this soon and indeed ersa and the West Midlands Combined Authority say they will be announcing some dates for warming events soon.


A sharp fall in the number of 16-year-olds taking up level two apprenticeships is being blamed for a startling rise in people of that age who are not in education, employment or training.  Provisional ‘participation’ figures for the year ending 2017 released by the Department for Education this morning show that the proportion of 16-year-olds that are NEET has risen (0.7 percentage points to 3.9 per cent) for the first time since the end of 2011.  It is also the first increase in this group since the government’s Raising of the Participation Age policy came into force – which means that all young people must continue in education or training to 17 from 2013 and to 18 from 2015.  The rise would appear to be directly related to the number of 16-year-olds participating in level two apprenticeships.  There were two per cent fewer 16-year-olds overall in England, but the fall in apprenticeship participation was far greater at nearly 12 per cent, from 23,700 to 20,900, of which it was an 18 per cent fall at level two (from 18,100 to 14,900).

In terms of the age 16 NEET cohort, this rose a massive 20 percent, from 19,500 to 23,400.

When we showed the dramatic fall in 16-year-old apprenticeships and rise in NEETs to the AELP, its chief executive Mark Dawe said: “Once again we predicted this would happen when the government announced that we would move to the same funding rate for all ages.

“We also said that that £1,000 employer incentive for 16-18 year olds across the length of an entire programme would be insufficient for many sectors. “The minister acknowledged at the AELP conference on Monday that Brexit has to be a consideration in the government’s thinking and sectors like care, hospitality and retail are going to be badly affected unless the entire funding system for 16- to- 24-year-old apprentices is reviewed immediately.



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.

 Your main duties will involve 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

Also Level 3 Occupational Site Supervision. Then Administration and Customer Services

Functional Skills, Employability

Send your CV to HPL Recruitment Limited at


 The response for becoming a Change Maker with the BAME Apprenticeship Alliance has been superb. So far we have – MP Futures – Zurich Insurance – Kier Group – Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust – Milton Keynes College – EEVT – Learning and Work Institute – Families against Violence – Birmingham Youth Sports Academy You can become a Change Maker in apprenticeship diversity.


We have a new group which is going to be looking at Essex as an area


Whether you are a School, College, Training Provider or Employer, we want to attract as many organisations to support our mission by promoting apprenticeship diversity.

There are no costs attached to becoming a Change Maker. Simply complete the form below and you’ll be a Change Maker within 24 hours

Working with conviction: Clinks seminar and Extraordinary General Meeting

25th July, Central London, free 3.30-5.30pm followed by a drinks reception

This evening seminar will celebrate and explore the ways in which people with convictions play a vital role in the work of the voluntary sector in criminal justice and beyond. Many organisations are user-led or actively involve their beneficiaries in the design and delivery of services and as volunteers, employees and trustees. This event will explore how we support people with convictions to contribute to the work of the voluntary sector.

The seminar will be followed by an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM). Clinks members will be asked to pass a resolution which will ensure that, under new automatic disqualification rules, Clinks can continue its commitment to involving people with lived experience of the criminal justice system in the leadership of its work.  Formal notice of the EGM can be found here. Speakers include:

Chris Stacey, Co-director, Unlock – the implications of the Charities Act automatic disqualification rules for involving people with convictions as trustees and senior staff

Richard Davis-Lyons, Head of Recruitment, Working Chance – the experience of supporting people with convictions into employment

Ryan Harman, Advice and Information Manager, Prison Reform Trust – providing opportunities for people on release on temporary licence.


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


I have been invited to take part on the 2nd of July in the FE Week and Pearson Great Debate this is the first in a series of sessions designed to provide an opportunity for sector leaders to debate and share ideas on current and future FE and Skills policy.

Our first debate will focus on whether there is a need to make changes to the apprenticeship reforms. Sue Pittock, CEO of REMIT Training will be speaking for the motion and Nick Linford editor of FE Week will be against the motion, Each will start the session by outlining their core argument. Following this we will open contributions to our three panellists; Anne Milton, Robert Halfon and Cindy Rampersaud and the allow contributions from the audience. At the end of the session, the audience will have the opportunity to vote on the motion. This debate is kindly hosted by the Rt Hon Robert Halfon MP, chair of the education select committee and former skills minister. It is also kindly supported by Pearson.

 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, REMIT Training (Speaking for the motion) Nick Linford, editor, FE Week (speaking against the motion) Followed by a panel discussion and contributions from attendees Rt Hon Anne Milton MP, Skills Minister Rt Hon Robert Halfon MP, chair of the education select committee Cindy Rampersaud – Senior Vice President – BTEC & Apprenticeships Chaired by Shane Mann, managing director of Lsect

This is a unique opportunity to share experiences of what’s currently working and what, if anything, should change to make a success of the levy policy and still achieve the three million starts by April 2020. At the AELP conference yesterday, Anne Milton said she needed more evidence before justifying any change, such as scrapping employer co-investment. So this session is an opportunity for the minister, as well as the chair of the education select committee, to hear first-hand what’s working and what’s not working from apprenticeship providers and employers. We all want the reforms to be a success, so what if any tweaks or significant policy changes would help?


Women returners Survey we have had over 550 returned so far Jane Knight Successful Mums and Susanna Lawson One File tell us and we only have a couple more days to complete or PLEASE share with your network – the more data we have the more effective the results and impact we can make for returners and employers too… You can complete the survey here..


 You may have seen items around FE Spotlight and FE Insight more from industry leaders will be coming out  if you want to have a look at all the FE  Insights and spotlights then go to


 The Association of Colleges has announced Julie Nerney as its next chair of the board.  She will take over when Carole Stott MBE steps down at the end of the year.

 Ms Nerney is currently chair of the board of governors at Greater Brighton Metropolitan College, having previously led the City College Brighton and Hove board.

“I’m thrilled to be joining the AoC as their new chair,” she said. “I am passionate about the contribution that colleges make to support students in achieving their goals.”

“It will be great to be part of an organisation that does such fantastic work providing support and leadership to the sector at both national and local level, including its influencing of government on policies impacting the sector, students and staff.

“I’m really looking forward to meeting members once I take up post in January.”

Ms Nerney has spent much of her career as a successful entrepreneur and now supports businesses with organisational transformation and change management.

In 2012, she was part of the leadership team delivering the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. A chartered director for the Institute of Directors, she also undertakes voluntary work with the Prince’s Trust, and ambassadorial roles for government aimed at improving diversity in public life. Read more at


 A second register for apprenticeship training providers is being created for the public sector, and the Association of Colleges is furious that its members must pay to reap the benefits.

The apprenticeship dynamic purchasing system has been launched by ESPO, which describes itself as a public sector-owned “professional buying organisation”.

Providers must register before they can bid for apprenticeship training contracts with public sector employers across the UK.

These include local authorities, educational establishments including academies, central government departments and agencies, the police, fire and rescue and coastguard emergency services, and the NHS.

Colleges and independent learning providers will pay ESPO a “rebate” if they win a contract, expecting to earn it at least £500,000 from public skills contract funding.

Teresa Frith, the AoC’s senior policy manager, is not happy about the arrangement. She has “raised this issue with the Education and Skills Funding Agency and Department for Education and we know that they have taken the issue seriously and investigated”.



 ESFA Action: submission of external assurance on subcontracting controls certificates by providers and employer-providers who deliver adult provision, including apprenticeships and traineeships You must send your completed certificates for 2017 to 2018 to by Friday, 14 September.

You can find information about this requirement in the updated guidance document alongside the certificate proforma on GOV.UK.


Information: 16 to 19 funding guidance for academic year 2018 to 2019

We have published the final 2 16 to 19 funding guides for academic year 2018 to 2019:

16 to 19 ILR funding returns guide

16 to 19 subcontracting controls guide

We have revised the guides, in particular the subcontracting guide and made a number of significant clarifications that all institutions should be aware of.

These guides outline the main features of the 16 to 19 funding arrangements for 2018 to 2019. The guidance books are an integral part of our funding agreements and contractual arrangements for young people aged 16 to 19 and those aged 19 to 25 with an education, health and care plan. We have also made a small addition to paragraph 28 of the 16 to 19 funding regulations book. This is in respect of an additional group of eligible students for those having been granted leave under section 67 of the Immigration Act 2016 (the ‘Dubs’ amendment).


Information: AEB funding and performance management rules 2018 to 2019

This week we will published  version 2 – adult education budget (AEB) funding and performance management rules 2018 to 2019.

The main changes from version 1, published May 2018 is the inclusion of:

performance management included in section 3

amendments to low wage flexibility regarding evidence and wage threshold requirements

status under section 67 of the Immigration Action 2016 leave (Dubs amendment)

The rules apply to all providers of education and training who receive AEB funding through the ESFA. We will be holding a webinar on Monday, 16 July at 10.15am to 11.30am to introduce the revised rules and the changes for 2018 to 2019, please register with Eventbrite to confirm your place.


 Information: feedback on the apprenticeship funding rules 2018 to 2019

We recently published the 2018 to 2019 apprenticeship funding rules. These documents set out the rules for apprenticeship funding, including the evidence required to support it and will apply to apprenticeship starts from 1st August 2018.

We have provided a period for feedback on the published documents. Following feedback, we will issue a final version of the rules in July to reflect any areas of clarification.

Please make sure to email suggestions to Monday 2 July.


Information: in-year Qualification Achievement Rates for 2017 to 2018

We will release the in-year Qualification Achievement Rates (QARs) data for 2017 to 2018 this week, on both the Hub and through the Business Intelligence (BI) dashboards. The in-year QAR briefing and QAR webpage provide details about this data release and accessing the dashboard.  We have also published the QAR data extract guidance for 2017 to 2018 and the BI dashboard guidance on the QAR webpage.

To access the data, please ensure you have the correct IDAMS user access. Please see the IDAMS user guides for creating access or checking your user permissions.

If you have any questions, please contact the service desk.


 Tip of the week I: Two pizzas and two sides at M&S for £10. Details

Tip of the week 2: Seven nights in Crete for £269. Details

Tip of the week 3: Two pairs of prescription sunglasses for £36. 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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