Newsletter & Bids 25 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 45 pages of information News, Bids Grants and Funds.

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A little-known education entrepreneur has swooped to seal an audacious takeover of Learndirect, Brit‎ain’s biggest provider of apprenticeships and adult training services.
Sky News can reveal that Dimensions Training Solutions (DTS) struck a deal on Saturday to acquire Learndirect in a deal which will preserve roughly 1,000 jobs and the training courses of thousands more people.

The ‎acquisition will be transformational for DTS, which is part of a wider group owned by Stonebridge Colleges, a mini-conglomerate in the further education sector.  It will bring to an end months of uncertainty about Learndirect’s future, with doubts about its survival prospects exacerbated by an adverse Ofsted evaluation of part of its business but which were originally triggered by government cuts to adult skills funding.

Learndirect, which has had apprenticeship contracts with companies such as Marks & Spencer and Tesco, has been owned since 2011 by LDC, the private equity division of Lloyds Banking Group.The company has recruited hundreds of thousands of apprentices to its programmes, with that part of its business seen as an important contributor to a wider government target of delivering three million apprenticeships during this parliament.

Sources said that LDC had fought vigorously in recent weeks to secure a solvent sale of the business, at times in the face of heated opposition from some members of Learndirect’s lending ‎syndicate.  Lenders to the company comprise Ares, CYBG, Lloyds Banking Group and Royal Bank of Scotland.  In a statement issued to Sky News, Wayne Janse Van Rensburg, DTS’s chief executive, said: “The LDL [Learndirect’s adult skills arm] sale protects learners and the future of LDA [its apprenticeships business] was never in doubt.
“The essential building blocks are there to deliver a service that will more than satisfy government requirements.


Prevista will be bidding for the recently procured DWP ESF Hertfordshire NEET contract, ‘Sustainable Integration of Young People into the labour market in Hertfordshire’. If you have a track record of delivering positive activities for young people that helps them return to education, employment or training please complete our Expression of Interest Form and return to Mark argeant, by Friday 13th July 2018.



The response to the public T levels consultations held by the DfE, which ran from 30 November 2017 to 8 February 2018, has now been published.  We have summarised some key points from the response to share with you alongside research conducted by City & Guilds and AELP among providers and employers to ask for their thoughts about the T levels work placements. Summary of Government response T level Industry Placements

The 45-day minimum work placement component is still a mandatory requirement for the achievement of a T level programme.

English and maths English and maths GCSE or functional skills achievement will be a requirement of a T level programme.  T level grading

An overall pass grade will be introduced for the achievement of a T level programme.

The full roll-out delayed until 2023. The DfE has confirmed the full roll-out of T levels will not actually take place until 2023. The report also contains details around progression, transition year, staff CPD and possible pilot centres.You can read the full response on the DfE website.  You can keep up to date on the reforms on our T levels webpage which has many valuable resources.,5P5C5,PTODSK,M6J8K,1


All seven of the Applying your digital skills short online courses are FREE of charge.
Every teacher, trainer and assessor in the sector will be able to access the courses for FREE as part of a special promotion to develop the capability of practitioners in the FE and Skills sector.  Whilst the courses are FREE, there is an expectation that staff who enrol for theses short supported online courses are committed to completing them.

To find out more and enrol on this course, please click HERE


Great week this past week on Monday the AGM for Collab Group, this was great and seeing some old acquaintances not that they are old. Many thanks to Matt Harvey. Tuesday was very busy and had a few meetings you know who you are. Then over to the old Dragons Den to meet Nathan from Ingredient Films, and the team and Alex Lockey Founder and Director of Bolt Jobs, seeing Julie Weekes, Gavin Freed, Susanna Lawson, Angela Middleton, Lindsay McCurdy and  Adam Sloan. Then Wednesday meeting with an Awarding Body then Thursday over to the 02 a Charity Management meeting with Gordon Bentley and the Team from Oasis Care.


Claire Pyle had a super day spent at Thomas Cook training base on Thursday with Sheffield College Aviation students. She notes it is always good to see them getting out into industry, The students really enjoyed it and were a credit to the college. From my perspective – great work by your department Ali Chapman and once again a great Quality Assurance visit. Well done to you all.


The nation’s largest college group and its troubled private training provider have officially been downgraded to ‘requires improvement’, after Ofsted published inspection reports on the pair. FE Week revealed last week that NCG and Intraining were expected to receive poor ratings – down from their previous ‘good’ overall, following serious concerns about their achievement rates and management.

Ofsted noted some ‘good’ provision at the group. However, its chief executive has since hit back and claimed the current inspection framework is “no longer fit for purpose when inspecting college groups”. Inspectors observed that NCG’s “leaders’ and managers’ actions do not bring about rapid enough improvement to rectify weaknesses in, for example, learners’ attendance, the quality of training on apprenticeships and the quality of teaching, learning and assessment on too much of the study programme provision”.

Inspectors noted that in the last 18 months, “executive leaders” have spent a “substantial amount of their time on due diligence for the mergers with Carlisle College and Lewisham Southwark College, as well as reviewing other merger requests”.

Governors are now “clear that there needs to be a period of consolidation on what the group offers in order to reach their ambition of being a group of consistently high-performing divisions”. At Intraining, which is currently cutting staff numbers owing to financial trouble, inspectors found that the NCG board “does not provide managers with sufficient challenge on the underperformance of apprenticeships”.  The group has extremely low achievement rates. In 2016/17, the combined overall apprenticeship achievement rate for NCG’s colleges was just 55.6 per cent, while Intraining’s was 58 per cent. Both are around 10 points lower than the national average of 67.7 per cent, and lower than the minimum threshold of 62 per cent, according to the latest government data. Read more at


Every now and again we highlight companies this week GPRS Recruitment 

GPRS is an award winning specialist in the recruitment of permanent staff for work-based learning and training organisations. At GPRS we always work to the highest possible recruitment industry standards – we are one of only 0.5% of UK recruitment companies who are Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) Audited.  This ensures at GPRS we always operate best practice in customer service, staff development, diversity and client management.

GPRS is committed to ensuring it’s staff is professionally trained in all aspects of recruitment and selection.  This is demonstrated by GPRS being an IIP Gold & IIP Champion, so not only do we understand the work based learning and training sector, but our interviewing and short listing skills are far more advanced than many of our competitors, which is achieved through ongoing professional training.  This means that the only CVs which find their way onto our clients’ desk are accurately matched to the roles for which GPRS is recruiting.

Are you struggling to find skilled Trainers and Assessors?  GPRS possess a huge pool of Work Based Learning Candidates – GPRS have a database that they have been adding to for 10 years, many candidates of which are exclusive to GPRS.  In addition, we have  a social media executive who works social media to generate more interest in roles.  And if that’s not enough, all of our clients’ roles are advertised free of charge across the major job boards.  Minimal risk – if GPRS is unable to find a candidate for your company, there will be no charge – no placement no fee.  If a candidate placed by GPRS proves to be unsuitable or leaves, within the first three months of joining your company, GPRS will endeavour to find a like for like replacement free of charge – giving our clients added assurance with our three month replacement guarantee.

If you are a company looking for an employee or a candidate looking for a new role, please get in touch:  01785 430 507


Information: apprenticeship funding rules 2018 to 2019

We have 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 1 August 2018.

These incorporate the recent policy changes announced in May. There are no other major changes beyond those detailed within this announcement.

The 2018 to 2019 apprenticeship funding rules include:

  • rules to reflect new policy (such as the care-leaver bursary and continuation of 16 to 18 uplift for frameworks)
  • further clarifications to existing rules with the aim of making them clearer

For further information, please visit the summary of changes.

The published documents are subject to further clarification to give the opportunity to provide feedback. Email suggestions to by Monday 2 July. Following feedback, we will then issue a final version of the rules in July to reflect any areas of clarification.


Information: planning and preparing for adult education budget devolution

In March this year, we issued providers with their adult education budget allocations (AEB) for the 2018 to 2019 year. This contained important information about how AEB allocations for 2019 to 2020 will change because of devolution.

This week, we will be writing to AEB providers again, giving more detail on how we will calculate 2019 to 2020 ESFA non-devolved AEB allocations and how changes to AEB may affect them from 2019 onwards.

To further support providers, we will publish a narrated presentation this summer, covering the technical aspects of ESFA non-devolved allocations.

We will write to all providers in December 2018 with more details on ESFA non-devolved AEB allocations. We will issue ESFA non-devolved AEB allocations, before the end of March 2019. Information: Centres for Excellence programme for basic maths

The Department for Education have recently launched the Centres for Excellence programme for basic maths. The application process for post-16 institutions is now open.

You should submit your application to no later than 5pm on Tuesday, 10 July.


Information: qualification achievement rates (QARs) 2017 to 2018 – in-year data release  For 2017 to 2018, there will be an additional release of QAR data at the end of June 2018. This new, in-year QAR release will provide indicative apprenticeship and education & training QARs based on the 2017 to 2018 Individualised Learner Record (ILR) R10 data. Providers can use this data internally to identify and resolve potential data issues prior to the ILR R14 hard close on 18 October 2018.

We will publish this data on the Hub and through an additional Business Intelligence dashboard. The 2016 to 2017 QAR data will continue to be available in the current QAR dashboard. We will release provisional QAR data for 2017 to 2018 to individual providers in January 2019, and then publish final QAR data in March 2019.

For further details about the in-year QAR, go to the QAR webpage.


 Ok you will all know One File and many of you know Successful Mums

If you work with returners to work could you send out the “Returner Survey”

Calling all mums that have returned to work after a break! Jane Knight (Successful Mums) has partnered with Susanna Lawson (OneFile) to design an important survey to find out about Women’s experiences of returning to work after maternity or adoption leave.  This survey is part of a bigger project to help with the transition for employees when returning to work. The results will help support employers to create the right environment for returners and allow businesses to thrive.  Being a returner to work will affect the majority of us at some point in our lives. The chances are it will also affect our children in their career, so, your contribution is important and valuable for the future careers.

Please take a few minutes to complete this survey, this would really support the work Jane and Susanna do and there is a chance to win Amazon Vouchers too. Get involved, complete the survey and help returners on their career journey.  Jane Knight is the founder of Successful Mums a London Training Provider and Susanna Lawson is Business Women of the Year and Co Owner of OneFile. Both are passionate about positive change for employers and returners in the workplace. Please start the survey here


 Come and join the fight against stigma 11 Jul 2018 Join us as we launch our campaign against the stigma experienced by families affected by a loved one’s drug or alcohol .#StigmaMakesMeFeel Wednesday 11 July 2018, 5-7.30pm

Westminster, London RSVP: From our many conversations with families affected by drugs and alcohol, we know that stigma is rife, with societal attitudes about substance use to unhelpful remarks from friends causing families to feel isolated and obstruct them from accessing support through fear of being judged. One family member told us stigma is “like being labelled with a big invisible sign that I can’t see but others can”. Often stigma isn’t malicious, or deliberate, it’s due to people misunderstanding the issue and what families are going through.

That’s why we are launching our new campaign #StigmaMakesMeFeel to tackle stigma face-on by getting it out in the open. We want people to think about how families experience stigma, and tell us how that makes them feel.

We are aiming to get 1000 photos of people posing with our #StigmaMakesMeFeel campaign boards, starting at the event! We will also be showcasing some of our recent stigma-busting partnership projects – ‘Family Lives in Recovery’, ‘Bereaved through Alcohol and Drugs (BEAD)’, ‘Changing Lives’ and our advocacy work on Dual Diagnosis. Tea, coffee and light snacks will be available on the night.  If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Rob Stebbings who will send further details: / 020 3817 9410


Perry at Pearson sent through this BUSINESS SUITE OF SASE / QCF QUALS all of which are extended until 2021. Please see the attached list of quals, all-encompassing Business, Sales, Marketing, and Contact Centre etc, all of which are extended until 2021

Qualification Number Qualification Title New Date
600/1637/1 Pearson BTEC Level 2 Certificate in Contact Centre Operations 31-Aug-21
600/3575/4 Pearson BTEC Level 2 Certificate in Principles of Marketing 31-Aug-21
600/1237/7 Pearson BTEC Level 2 Certificate in Principles of Sales 31-Aug-21
601/3405/7 Pearson BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Business Administration 31-Aug-21
601/3424/0 Pearson BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Customer Service 31-Aug-21
601/3430/6 Pearson BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Team Leading 31-Aug-21
600/1636/X Pearson BTEC Level 3 Certificate In Contact Centre Operations 31-Aug-21
600/3576/6 Pearson BTEC Level 3 Certificate in Principles of Marketing 31-Aug-21
600/1337/0 Pearson BTEC Level 3 Certificate in Principles of Sales 31-Aug-21
601/6283/1 Pearson BTEC Level 3 Certificate in Recruitment Practice 31-Aug-21
601/3406/9 Pearson BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Business Administration 31-Aug-21
601/3478/1 Pearson BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Customer Service 31-Aug-21
601/3396/X Pearson BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Management 31-Aug-21
601/3499/9 Pearson BTEC Level 4 Diploma in Business Administration 31-Aug-21
601/3500/1 Pearson BTEC Level 4 Diploma in Management and Leadership 31-Aug-21
601/6284/3 Pearson BTEC Level 4 Diploma in Recruitment Management 31-Aug-21
601/3594/3 Pearson BTEC Level 4 Extended Diploma in Business Administration 31-Aug-21
601/5622/3 Pearson BTEC Level 5 Certificate in Management 31-Aug-21
601/3596/7 Pearson BTEC Level 5 Diploma in Management and Leadership 31-Aug-21
601/5623/5 Pearson BTEC Level 5 Diploma in Management 31-Aug-21
600/1635/8 Pearson Edexcel Level 2 NVQ Certificate In Contact Centre Operations 31-Aug-21
600/2933/X Pearson Edexcel Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Marketing 31-Aug-21
600/1159/2 Pearson Edexcel Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Sales 31-Aug-21
600/1235/3 Pearson Edexcel Level 3 NVQ Certificate in Sales 31-Aug-21
600/1226/2 Pearson Edexcel Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Contact Centre Operations 31-Aug-21
600/2850/6 Pearson Edexcel Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Marketing 31-Aug-21
601/6188/7 Pearson Edexcel Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Recruitment 31-Aug-21
600/1236/5 Pearson Edexcel Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Sales 31-Aug-21
601/3425/2 Pearson Edexcel Level 4 NVQ Diploma in Business Administration 31-Aug-21
601/3401/X Pearson Edexcel Level 4 NVQ Diploma in Management 31-Aug-21
601/5877/3 Pearson Edexcel Level 4 NVQ Diploma in Recruitment 31-Aug-21
601/3402/1 Pearson Edexcel Level 5 NVQ Diploma in Management and Leadership 31-Aug-21
600/1225/0 Pearson Level 1 NVQ Certificate In Contact Centre Operations 31-Aug-21


Women in Apprenticeships: Conference Celebration of women in Apprenticeships Conference.  The Top 10 trades and sectors for apprenticeships in 1918 shows  how engineering and construction were popular choices both then and now. In contrast, the most popular trade in 1914 was dressmaking, whereas today health and social care tops the list.

Today the growth sector for apprenticeships include: the digital sector, banking and professional services such as tax consultancy.

​Today the majority of apprenticeship starts are in the service sectors. 86% of all starts were in four subject areas: Health, Public Services and Care; Business, Administration and Law; Retail & Commercial Enterprise; and Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies.


​To get tickets be a Woman or a man


 Ok people ask what are you doing next week?

This week Monday Office then off to Birmingham Central Tuesday then over to Walsall on Wednesday. Then back by next Friday for a meeting in Essex.

Someone asked what makes you mad you always appear calm?

Ok question why do people ring you up and you say ok I am driving please send through details I will stop in about 2 hours and get back to you, then nothing.

Also I work on a very strict way re-funding. We work with you for about two or three weeks this is FREE then we start invoicing start of each month this gives you staff and my time booked in advance.


I am pleased to now be able to tell you TrueBlue , a global provider of specialised workforce solutions, has, through its PeopleScout Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) segment, acquired TMP Holdings LTD (“TMP”) which operates in the United Kingdom under the brand name TMP Worldwide.

TMP is an award-winning provider of employer branding and recruitment marketing solutions with a portfolio of marquee RPO clients. The acquisition achieves two primary objectives. First, it expands PeopleScout’s global RPO capabilities and EMEA client base, team and operations. Second, the acquisition creates a powerful talent advisory offering for PeopleScout’s global client base comprised of a broad array of services, including employer branding, recruitment marketing, assessment services and talent acquisition strategy.

TMP’s London headquarters will serve as PeopleScout’s EMEA headquarters, joining its worldwide headquarters in Chicago and APAC headquarters in Sydney. TMP’s Bristol delivery centre will join PeopleScout’s global delivery centre network which supports clients in more than 70 countries.  “With TMP, we significantly strengthen our RPO footprint and delivery capabilities in EMEA – deepening our expertise in this strategic market,” said PeopleScout President Taryn Owen, who will continue to lead the organisation. “Additionally, the TMP team infuses PeopleScout with decades of experience in recruitment.


Tip of the week I: Five nights glamping in Wales from £89. Details

 Tip of the week 2: 20% discount on school uniforms at M&S. Details

Tip of the week 3: 70% discount on camping goods at Mountain Warehouse. Details


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

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