Newsletter & Bids 23 2018

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Dear Members

This week’s newsletter bids, grants and funds come to you in conjunction with our New sponsors KPI DEVELOPMENT Limited going forward.  Exciting news on that next week with our newsletter going out to around 3,516 professionals in the industry.  This week we have 48 pages of Information News, Bids Grants and Funds!

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The government is preparing to launch its consultation on the design and development of the revamped register of apprenticeship training providers.

Employers and providers have been denied the opportunity to win a place on to RoATP ever since the third and most recent application window shut at the end of October.

The application process has since been put under review and will not officially reopen until September, but hardly any news about how this is going has been forthcoming.

However, according to a new job advert, the Education and Skills Funding Agency will launch a consultation on the refreshed register soon.

“The design and development of a new register of apprenticeship training providers that acts as market entry gateway and delivers and maintains a healthy delivery marketplace for employers and learners alike; and is fit for purpose in terms of providing assurance to the accounting officer and employers,” the advert stated. “This will be through consultation and is planned to launch in September 2018.” The Department for Education has been approached for more detail.It is now eight months since the government paused applications, though some bodies have enjoyed special treatment during this period.

FE Week revealed in April that 36 teacher-training organisations joined the register during a secret application window. The ESFA allowed for an “extenuating circumstance” following a “disastrous” previous round which saw most of these applicants get rejected.

A spokesperson claimed that the special window was to ensure there are enough accredited ITT providers in place to deliver the postgraduate teacher apprenticeship from September 2018.  Other employers and providers wanting to join the register have to wait until September to apply, as confirmed by Rory Kennedy, the Department for Education’s director of apprenticeships, at FE Week’s Annual Apprenticeship Conference in March.

He said the review of RoATP was not expected to be completed until the summer, even though it started in November. Read more at


 Following a House of Commons reception last Monday night, the ‘Limitless’ campaign calls for world-leading, revolutionary careers education for people of all ages.

A survey of 120 MiddletonMurray learners earlier this year* revealed that 30% never received careers advice and of those that had, nearly 60% said it was ‘not very useful’ for life after secondary education.  Angela is concerned that the current lack of careers guidance is creating a generation of disengaged, disillusioned and unproductive workers. She advocates that everyone should have access to information on the further education options and career paths available, both technical and academic.

Every day at MiddletonMurray I meet young people who were prevented from starting their dream careers because they didn’t know where to start or lacked the confidence to seek advice. This is devastating for any young person setting out in life and the missing talent is detrimental to the UK’s economy. So what is the answer? I believe that it is a radical overhaul of careers advice.  Recruiters must contribute towards providing young people with the careers advice essential to tackling UK plc’s productivity problem. That was the message from Angela Middleton, the founder and chairman of MiddletonMurray, as the training and recruitment consultancy launched its Limitless Manifesto at the Houses of Parliament last Monday night. A poll of our learners at MiddletonMurray found that nearly 30% hadn’t received any careers advice, and of those that had, nearly 60% said that it was ‘not very useful’. Clearly, the current system isn’t working.

I am launching the Limitless campaign to call for world-leading careers advice. I recognise the positive steps forward that the government has taken in this area, but I believe that we need a considerably more ambitious approach.

The Limitless manifesto sets out 5 key points, which I believe will positively transform careers education in this country:

The campaign has been launched with a Limitless Manifesto to parliament and policy makers:

  1. Careers advice is failing – too many young people are leaving school without being fully aware of their options.This can mean that many don’t take that vital first step on the career ladder, or accept a job that isn’t suitable for them, causing problems longer term.
  2. Schools should no longer deliver the bulk of careers advice.Delivery by those with first-hand knowledge such as employers and training providers should be the norm, unburdening teachers so that they can concentrate on delivering the rest of the curriculum.
  3. Careers advice should be free and open to all, regardless of age and employment status.Those in need of careers advice aren’t just young people, but those in the middle of their career looking for a change, or even pension age professionals looking to boost their income.
  4. Careers advice should adapt to fit the jobs of the future: there is no point encouraging people to go into a job that will not exist in ten years’ time.
  5. To be more accessible, careers advice should be delivered more innovatively: it is essential that comprehensive information is able to be accessed on all of the platforms people frequently use in their everyday lives, for example social networks, podcasts or YouTube.

Angela Middleton comments, “I am launching the Limitless campaign to call for world-leading careers advice to address the UK’s skills crisis.

“I recognise the positive steps forward that the government has taken in this area, but I believe that we need a considerably more ambitious approach.”

“It is essential that careers advice is provided by expert external consultants, rather than adding to teachers’ curriculum-heavy workload.”

“The Limitless manifesto sets out to positively transform careers education in this country and I will work alongside the government to effect positive, productive change.”

Rt. Hon Robert Halfon MP, Chair of the Education Select Committee and Former Skills Minister, added, “As a Minister, I was pleased to visit MiddletonMurray and experience its extraordinary careers advice first-hand.”

“This training company understands that for apprentices to succeed, good quality careers advice is everything.” For more information on the manifesto, please visit:


 ICO Enforcement action The University of Greenwich fined £120,000 by Information Commissioner for serious security breach

The University of Greenwich was fined £120,000 by the Information Commissioner following a serious security breach involving the personal data of nearly 20,000 people – among them students and staff. The investigation centred on a microsite developed by an academic and a student in the then devolved University’s Computing and Mathematics School, to facilitate a training conference in 2004.

Also the CPS fined £325,000 after losing victim interview videos
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) was £325,000 by the ICO after they lost unencrypted DVDs containing recordings of police interviews.
The DVDs contained recordings of interviews with 15 victims of child sex abuse, to be used at the trial. This is the second penalty imposed on the CPS following the loss of sensitive video recordings.


I had a very interesting meeting with Roger Horne who I have not seen for years and indeed ersa are doing lots at this time myself I will be going to the West Midlands event on the 27th of June. In 2018, ERSA members and non-members across the UK will be supported to open their doors to show what employment support means at the frontline and the impact it is having in the local area. There are many ways your organisation can get involved – contact us for ideas and inspiration!

Ersa is pleased to announce that the sector’s third UK Employability Day will take place on 29 June 2018.  Last year saw over 200 centres taking part, with activities including jobs fairs and stakeholder visits, conferences, report launches and employability day tea parties. Some organisations welcomed hundreds of visitors and many signed up more jobseekers as a result. Notable visitors to the frontline included Home Secretary Amber Rudd MP, the Scottish Minister for Employability and Training, numerous MPs and councillors, Mayors and over 20 government officials.

 Activities generated lots of local media coverage (including broadcast) and #Empday17 trended all day with over 600 unique tweets, video blogs from MPs and members creating their own Snapchat filters. Overall, Employability Day enabled organisations to share the sector’s fantastic work in a variety of ways.

The Employability Day Map 2018 is now available

ERSA has produced a toolkit with helpful resources to get you started:

ERSA Briefing on employment support

Key messaging

Template local press release

Template invitation

Template internal briefing for staff and colleagues

Template external briefing for visitors

Suggested sources for invitees

How to run an MP visit by The Salvation Army

Marketing materials (including posters and banners)

We’ll keep you updated and want to know what you will be doing to celebrate Employability Day 2018. Please fill out the form below to tell us what you’re planning. Feel free to email with any questions.


 The Ministry of Justice has opportunities for new providers, charities, colleges and others to work with prisons and some of the country’s most disadvantaged learners. In the new approach to education, governors will commission education in line with their establishment’s curriculum plan via two distinct routes: The Prison Education Framework (PEF) and the Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS). The DPS will provide a route for governors to directly commission provision without subcontracting through their PEF provider. They can use it to try an innovative approach to meet a short-term need, and/or to help build and grow relationships with local employers, educators and providers.

So to register yourselves at

If you need help once registered then indeed talk to us


The ESFA is seeking prime contractors to deliver the National Careers Service Area Based Service in the 9 English regions from 1 October 2018. Deadline 22nd June.

Also if you wish to be accepted as a sub-contractor you need to complete registration on Bravo.


You may have seen lots of Posts from EEVT EEVT Ltd.  This is to let you know that we only work with 12 clients at any one time as retained clients.  We have now reached a situation with one client that they cannot grow much bigger than they are and after some 4 years we will still work on one off items but not as a retained client. So we are looking for the next new retained client but we are looking to find a special company to work with.

So if your company needs our help be they PLC, Ltd or, CIC or indeed a Charity then tell us about your organisation and what you want to do in the next three years.  What will you get from us you ask? Well that depends on the Plan you go on but to start off

1 Day of my Time

2 The team will do a due diligence spring clean on Policy and Procedures

3 We will then give a set Plan of what we will do and how much cost will be so the first three weeks set up is Free then you start to pay.

We will only take on Organisations which have a desire to achieve and an understanding of what is required.  So e-mail and tell me why we should work with you.


Do you have an ATA and are you looking at selling then Andy is looking to buy. Let me know at


 Ok we have been asked by many to do the National Careers Services PQQ. Organisations wishing to be subcontractors for National Careers Service delivery need to pass the Standard Selection Questionnaire (SSQ) Bravo solutions, deadline 22nd June 2018.  Even if you already have an agreement with a potential Prime Contractor, you still need to submit to this SSQ process. So please let us know by Tuesday 12th to


Whilst separate, aligned to this is the PCDL Application and even if you had one you need to reapply.  Unless the organisation has good links to a NCS prime currently then I would suggest that new entrants might want to think about it in terms of logic of doing this.

 Things you need to know 

The interest is paid while you study

You may be able to borrow between £300-£10,000

Courses must only last up to two years

You can’t have savings over £16,000

You must repay the loan even if you do not complete the course.

Who can apply

To apply you must:

  • be 18 or over
  • be a British citizen
  • have been living in the UK for at least 3 years before your course starts
  • plan to work in the UK, European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) after the course

Please note learners who apply must know they need to apply around 8 weeks prior to the course starting

Please contact by Tuesday12th June.


Lots going on this week with great coverage from Queens Birthday list


 The Institute for Apprenticeships has appointed yet another military person to its leadership team – and they’ve been given the unenviable task of running T-levels.

Carmel Grant OBE, who had been the head of army reform at the Ministry of Defence since January 2016, has taken on the role of deputy director of technical education at the institute.

This makes her the second appointment with military ties under Sir Gerry Berragan, who is a former adjutant general in the army himself. Read more about this so if you’re an ex services they may have a job for you but only if you had a high ranking post.


People looking for work:

OK, one person looking for a post is Director Level knowledge covering levy, non-levy, loans, traineeships, AEB, ESF across a range of specialisms, plenty of experience in sales, marketing and operations – based in Kent.

Also a person with Operational background a commercial manager looking to step up into has been focused on professional services apprenticeships but has an operational background too – based East Midlands.

For either contact me at


Tip of the week 1: Frankie and Benny’s specials Details

If you’re an NUS Extra card holder, you can get 20% off your total food bill at Frankie & Benny’swhen you buy two main courses.The offer’s valid every day of the week when you dine it all of its restaurants excluding airport locations. It’s good for a table of up to six people – simply show your card to the waiter – but it can’t be used on drinks or with any other offer, including the breakfast, lunch, midweek, kids and juniors menus, and the Family Feast.

It’s also worth checking out our Frankie & Benny’s deals page as there may be other offers that work better for you.

Get 40% off main courses when you register with Frankie & Benny’s, valid Sun-Fri until Tue 12 Jun. One voucher’s good for the whole table and you can print it or show it on your smartphone.

The offer’s available at all Frankie & Benny’s restaurants except airport branches.

It excludes the Italian Family Feast and takeaways, and can’t be used in conjunction with any other offer.


Tip of the week 2: Buy-one-get-one-free Krispy Kreme milkshakes. Details

Struggling to get through Monday? Shake it up with our buy one, get one free offer on Kreme Shakes!  We have some great flavours available to satisfy your taste buds, that are a perfect pair with your favourite doughnut flavour. So grab a friend and head on down to a participating Krispy Kreme store to make the most out of Milkshake Monday!

To claim our Milkshake Monday offer simply show the voucher available via the link below, on your mobile device or printed copy, to a member of staff to claim. Make a date with a friend now and give your taste buds a treat!


 Tip of the week3: 99p Father’s Day photo-personalised card. Details

If you go via this specific Snapfish* link, you can get a ‘free’ personalised greetings card, which could be handy with Father’s Day coming up (Sun 17 Jun). You’ll just need to pay 99p for delivery – normally they’re £2.49 plus 99p delivery. The offer ends at 11.59pm on Mon 11 Jun. It’s worth noting that, while you can bank your free credit on a mobile or tablet (see below), you’ll need to use a desktop computer to create your design.


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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