Newsletter & Bids 24 2018

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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. We have been asked to do a special edition this week in relation to Father’s Day and the World Cup start and have a Bumper Edition of 57 pages of information News, Bids Grants and Funds.

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Did you know as an Apprenticeship there is funding for a person to achieve the Level 4 Diploma in Intelligence Operations as part of an Apprenticeship framework?
Individuals will receive the most comprehensive training in analytical techniques. This will enable them to influence high level decision making through intelligence analysis.


Women’s networking forum 4th September, Bristol, £15 members/ £30 non members

If you provide services designed for women in the criminal justice system, stay up-to-date and informed through our women’s networking forums. At this event you will:

  • Get an update on government policy
  • Receive information about voluntary sector campaigns and projects
  • Influence Clinks’ policy work and ensure your voice is represented
  • Share ideas, good practice and support.

Our networking forums provide support, information and networking opportunities to those working with women in contact with the criminal justice system. They are hosted in partnership with Agenda who will provide updates on their work. The events are aimed at Project Managers and Chief Executive Officers.


EMPLOYMENT SUPPORT WEST MIDLANDS ERSA have partnered with West Midlands Combined Authority to deliver the inaugural Employment Support West Midlands network on 27 June from 11 to 1pm in Birmingham. The meeting is open to anyone with an interest in employment support services in West Midlands. Attendees will hear from Kirsty Mchugh, CEO ERSA and John Hall, Programme Manager from the West Midlands Combined Authority about the Regional Skills Plan and the Employment Support Framework. You do not need to be an ERSA member to attend, register here or email #networking #employability


Women in Apprenticeships: Conference Celebration of women in Apprenticeships Conference

The Top 10 trades and sectors for apprenticeships in 1918  show 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.

 One hundred years ago, women made up 22% of apprentices, a figure that has significantly increased to 54% today.

Today apprentices are made up of females of all ages, and attending the conference we will have apprentices from ages 16 to ladies in their 70s.

As they do today, a hundred years ago employers offered a mixture of on-the-job training and formal education. However, the research also reveals some major differences: apprentices were ‘indentured’ (legally required) to work for an employer for a number of years and had to pay a fee to their employer to cover the cost of their training. They were also required to pay for their tools out of their salaries.

Any apprentice that was felt to be performing below par could be summoned to appear in court at their employer’s request. This could be for turning up late, being ‘idle’ or just having a bad attitude and could even result in a prison sentence.

Today, in contrast, apprentices have quality apprenticeship frameworks, their training funded by the government and employer*, their tools are provided, they have access to higher education and employers provide further support through mentoring.

​We still have a long way to go, but this Conference will celebrate the female apprentices of today and the women who work in the Apprenticeship Sector to make it happen. WHAT A JOURNEY WE HAVE MADE IN THE PAST 100 YEARS.

​To get tickets be a woman or a man


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


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.


We are only running the technology and recruitment innovation conference once this year so this really is your only chance to find out about the latest recruitment technology in this unique format.  It’s from 10-5pm next Wednesday 20th June at Great Portland Street in London. Tickets are incredibly cost effective and can be booked here.

Call me if you’ve any questions about the event – would love to see you there.

Louise 07917 058523


We are encouraging providers with exceptional technical education and training to identify and encourage a suitable member of staff to submit an expression of interest for the Technical Teaching Fellowship programme.  This new programme, funded in partnership with the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851, will celebrate, develop and disseminate exceptional practice in technical teaching, to support and empower the industrial and technical expertise of the next generation.

Funded fellowships will enable successful applicants to develop and promote a model of professional excellence in their delivery of technical education, raising the profile of organisations employing and encouraging individuals who exhibit exceptional practice.
Find out more at


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


The largest college group in the country is to be dropped from the government’s final bidding round for Institutes of Technology after Ofsted hit it with a grade three rating, FE Week understands.  Two teams of inspectors were deployed to NCG last month, in a visit prompted by achievement rate concerns. FE Week understands that they are expected to deliver an overall ‘requires improvement’ rating for the group, down from ‘good’, raising particular concerns with its leadership and management. Its training provider, Intraining, was subject to a separate report and is also expected to be awarded a grade three.

The ramifications of a ‘requires improvement’ are likely to be severe. For instance, FE Week also understands that NCG will now be thrown out of the final stage of the government’s competition to open an IoT.  It was one of 16 providers to make the cut in bids for a share of £170 million put aside for the institutes. In a wide-ranging interview below, NCG’s chair Peter Lauener  explains that NCG’s bid was a “good model” which included a “hub and spoke involving a lot of other providers”.

However, he would not be drawn on Ofsted’s findings, nor his thoughts about the bid being dropped by the DfE, other than to say “that is not a decision for us”. DfE guidance for opening an IoT states that a provider’s Ofsted grade must be at least ‘good’.  As revealed by FE Week last month, alarm bells started ringing at NCG after Ofsted took a highly unusual decision to extend its inspection. Generally the watchdog would expect only to carry out a short inspection had there been no concerns. NCG was rated ‘good’ in September 2016 following a five-month standoff during which it successfully overturned a lower grade. Intraining was also given a grade two that June.

However, overall achievement rates at NCG are well below the national average. 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. Read more about this at:


My name is Joyce Archbold I am writing to you from SocietyLinks Tower Hamlets; a small charity based in Tower Hamlets, East London. We are based in a community centre where we provide youth club sessions, exercise classes, food co-op, playgroup, job club and through our partnership working we provide courses in ESOL and childcare.

Currently we have 5 sessions of childcare training courses running ranging from levels 1-3. However, the training provider we have been working with over 5 years are going to cease trading from the end of July. The way in which our partnership operates is that we recruit participants through our community links and partnerships and refer them on to be signed up by the training provider at the appropriate level to their needs. The students are then registered and enrolled on Pearson Edexcel Children’s Learning and Development courses. We currently have waiting lists for each level; the courses have been running term time only on a roll on roll off basis. Some students also complete employability skills and vocational skills as part of their training.

We are now seeking to develop partnerships with other training providers who will be able to deliver childcare training from our centre. We do not charge for any of our outreach work and recruitments drives, we only charge hall hire for our IT room or main hall from £15/hour.  If you feel that you are in a position to deliver courses from our centre please get in touch by email or by phone.
Tel: 0207 702 0901 Email: Website:


Former Select Committee Chair Neil Carmichael to lead inquiry with leading education provider.  Pearson, the digital education company, has announced a new, independent group to examine the UK’s future skills needs and landscape.

The Commission on Sustainable Learning for Life, Work & a Changing Economy will be chaired by former head of the Education Select Committee, Neil Carmichael.

 The expert group is designed to provide a clear and independent overview of the challenges facing education in the UK – with an emphasis on vocational and technical education – and generate practical solutions.  The Commission will seek to engage the widest possible audience – including educators, learners and employers – to look at the factors driving our skills needs well into this century, how our current education system is or is not equipped to deliver them, and the innovations, changes and challenges that may be faced along the way.

The initial cohort of members includes:

  • Neil Carmichael (Chair);
  • Ian Ashman (former President, Association of Colleges);
  • Alice Barnard (Chief Executive, The Edge Foundation);
  • Jim Clifford (Partner & Director of Advisory/Impact, Bates Wells Braithwaite);
  • Ann Francke (Chief Executive, Chartered Management Institute);
  • Nick Hudson (Chief Executive, Ormiston Academies Trust);
  • John Laramy (Principal & Chief Executive, Exeter College);
  • Dave Phoenix (Vice-Chancellor, London South Bank University);
  • James Kirkup (Director, Social Market Foundation);
  • Mark Stewart (Hr Director, Airbus);
  • Ian Looker (Education Lead, PWC); Professor Geoff Wake (University of Nottingham);
  • Pearson’s Rod Bristow (President, UK & Core Markets) and Cindy Rampersaud (Senior Vice-President, BTEC & Apprenticeships, Pearson) will also attend.

In particular, but not exclusively, the group will seek evidence, in the form of research and testimony on the following six issues:

  • Predictions about the future of work and skills, taking into account global and local trends, many of which have been documented in recent industry reports.
  • The relationship between academic study and vocational, or career, training.
  • The interface between employers/entrepreneurs and educators – establishing the equilibrium between supply and demand for skills.
  • The relationship between curriculum design and assessment/awards.
  • Routes & signposting in the education for the learner, including lifelong learning.

Neil Carmichael commented: “I am delighted to be leading this commission. This is a time of huge challenges in education and society. To meet those challenges we need the independent expertise of schools, colleges, universities, employers, learners and policy makers to be collated into practical suggestions to aid the government and others in equipping Great Britain for the task ahead.”

Rod Bristow, President of Pearson in the UK commented: “Pearson is committed to supporting high quality research, investigation and public dialogue which improves the quality of education in the UK. That is why I am so pleased to have joined and be supporting the new Commission on Skills under Neil Carmichael. This work will build on the publication of Pearson’s recent ‘Future of Skills: Employment in 2030’ report which highlights the critical skills citizens will need in the challenging and evolving decades ahead.”

The Commission has made its first call for evidence and will be hosting a public session on ‘The future of the world of work’ on 11th June at London South Bank University, and a second on 21st June at the Festival of Education.


How are you fixed to attend the Dartford FC Business Club luncheon on Monday 25th June? For event details and to register your FREE ticket, please click on this link; These tried and tested meetings are strictly ticket-only events; no walk-ups on the day. Are you able to join us on Monday 25th June?


  1. Right Monday I will be with the AGM for Collab Group. The accumulated impact of former Collab Group learners who are currently employed in the UK’s workforce amounts to £31.6 billion in added income to the UK’s economy each year and altogether, the economic impact of Collab Group to the business community in the UK is £33.2 billion each year. Collab Group colleges make a significant, positive contribution to this country. Together they represent a combined annual turnover of around £1.2 billion, spread nationwide around the country. As an organisation, we have a combined total of over 800,000 learners and over 30,000 employees, supporting over 50,000 apprentices each year. All of our colleges and college groups have incredible partnerships with employers, co-creating and delivering high quality, and professional skills. They each offer transformative leadership in the education sector, providing learning environments which support enhances technical, professional and other skills, enabling learners to be ready for work. Working together, we will achieve real change to impact the lives of learners and to strengthen the economy.
  2. Tuesday is a very busy day when I am seeing about five lots of people but I cannot tell you too much but I will also be seeing Alex Lockey Director of Bolt Jobs. Bolt was founded by Alex Lockey in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK. Alex I ͛ ve always had a passion for working with people. In my earlier days of business I recruited for the FE & Training sector for a multi-sector agency before moving on to run a successful e-commerce business and then return to the education and healthcare recruiting sectors. After much success tackling new frontiers and running successful teams, I feel like I ͛ve seen the great, the bad and the ugly of education recruitment. Hence, I founded Bolt. My goal is to make hiring an honest and value adding process for all involved. This means honest, valuable and stress free for both employers and talent in the FE, HE and Training sectors. So far, we ͛ve been able to innovate to the point where we deliver industry-leading results. See more at
  3. Wed I am also fully booked
  4. Thursday off to the 02 for a Charity Management meeting.
  5. Friday back for invoices and Admin


Some people are asking about the New London Skills Strategy which is the Skills for Londoners Strategy. The Mayor of London launched the Skills for Londoners Strategy. It sets out the contextual skills challenges London faces, along with the priorities and actions required to make changes.

Its three key priorities are to:

  1. Empower all Londoners to access the education and skills to participate in society and progress in education and work.
  2. Meet the needs of London’s economy and employers now and in the future.
  3. Deliver a strategic city-wide technical skills and adult education offer.

You can get it at:


Tip of the week1: Seven nights in Majorca from £119. Details


Tip of the week 2: Five Odeon tickets for £25. 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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