Newsletter & Bids 18 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.  Exciting news on that next week with our newsletter going out to some 3,516 professional’s in the industry.  This week we have a BUMPER EDITION of 51 pages of information News, Bids, Grants and Funds.

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Clinks Training: Working and volunteering in prison [5th June, Bristol, from £75]

Are you new to working in prison? Do you have new volunteers or staff members and want to increase their confidence in working in a prison?   This one day course aims to raise awareness of the prison environment and enable voluntary sector staff and volunteers to have meaningful and professional engagement with prisons, in their shared care of those in custody. This highly participative day covers a wide range of topics combining: theory, individual reflection and practical guidance on working in prison and with prisoners.


Who is it for?  The voluntary sector staff and volunteers who are new to working in the prison system.  What does it cover?      Discuss why you want to work in a prison and any worries you might have.  An introduction to the criminal justice system and then The Prison environment and population.  Reducing reoffending.  Also Safe and responsible working

What to expect in your first month. What doesn’t it cover? How courts work; supporting those with a non-custodial sentence; volunteer management; security requirements of your specific prison.

Find out more and book your place here


Skills for Health Funding.  Places available for the Level 5 Certificate in Principles of Commissioning for Wellbeing.  The Level 5 Certificate in Principles of Commissioning for Wellbeing was developed to provide a valuable development opportunity for new and existing commissioners. Emma Sutton, a Practice Manager for the Policy, Performance and Customer Care team at Halton Borough Council, and the first person to complete the qualification, told us: “I now really understand the true meaning of person-centred commissioning for wellbeing and how to engage with users of services to co-design services and improve outcomes.”

New courses are starting soon with two of our endorsed providers; Bespoke Consultancy and Education Ltd and Hasca Ltd. Contact them directly for more information. The qualification will be eligible for Workforce Development Funding during the 2018/19 funding round.


Leicester city council is the latest public body accused of diverting apprenticeship levy funding away from frontline learning via a brokerage-style deal with a third party.

It awarded a contract to a firm known as Salad Skills last October, to operate as a “quality-assurance partner”.  This role involves identifying suitable providers to train the council’s levy-funded apprentices, and monitoring how they get on.  However, one provider involved with the council has claimed that the resulting progress reports are duplication of work that training organisations should already cover.

FE Week’s source is dismayed that the council is not paying Salad Skills for brokerage-style work, given that the firm is taking a cut of levy cash in exchange for vetting providers. The cost is instead passed onto providers at the other end of the chain, which are being asked to hand Salad Skills up to 10 per cent of their payment for delivering the training after “negotiating” a fee.  “Salad Skills is contracted to provide ‘quality assurance’, which isn’t in the ESFA’s list of ineligible costs, so is technically allowable,” said a spokesperson for the disgruntled provider, which wants to remain anonymous.  We feel that the fee they are asking to carry out these services would be diverting ESFA funding away from delivery  “However, we feel that the fee they are asking to carry out these services would be diverting ESFA funding away from delivery,” she said.

Salad Skills has a contract, secured through an open procurement process, to run until September 2019.An advert on the government’s Contracts Finder website indicated that the total amount of levy funding involved is £16 million, so Salad Skills could in theory earn £1.6 million. A council spokesperson insisted the advert is misleading.

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Karen talks about Start-ups and Funds and also other investment funds.

We are now ready to bring to you our new Investment Platform with our NEW website at  Please take a view and let us know your comments which we highly value. We still have a free Membership though have offered our Members choices to upgrade to our New Investment Hub is you are looking to Prepare – Structure to Source to Raise Investment. Only use us when you need us like the bus ‘HOP ON HOP OFF’ when you need us.

Paul Joyce, one of the inspectorate’s head skills honchos, lays out the thinking behind the two new forms of visit Ofsted will be making in the FE sector

Ofsted recently announced it would be conducting two new types of monitoring visit. The first, as announced by HM chief inspector Amanda Spielman last November, are monitoring visits to a sample of new apprenticeship providers. The second, announced in February, are monitoring visits to directly funded providers to look specifically at subcontracted provision. The subcontractor monitoring visits were undertaken as part of an increased focus on this kind of provision, though we are also looking at it in more detail during both our full and short inspections. This reflects our corporate strategy, in which we are committed to ensuring that inspections have the right focus in order to really see what education and training learners are getting.

These monitoring visits focus on how the main contractor manages the quality of its subcontracted provision. We have published the first two of these monitoring visit reports; both found that the management of these subcontractors was not good enough.

When main providers lose sight of what is going on in the subcontracted provision, it can lead to problems with quality.   Subcontracting is changing significantly, a fact which is, at least in part, linked to funding-rule changes and the apprenticeship levy. We do see some providers expanding their subcontracting, but on inspection we have also seen a number of providers drastically reducing and reorganising their subcontracted provision and sometimes even bringing the services back in-house.

When main providers lose sight of what is going on in the subcontracted provision, it can lead to problems with quality. Through our standard inspection process, we see that many subcontractors do a great job and have a positive and effective relationship with their main provider. We know that this is not always the case, however.

These monitoring visits are designed to look specifically at that relationship and at the management and quality of provision in subcontractors. The main provider is responsible for ensuring their learners get high-quality training which meets their needs. We are determined to expose any underperformance in subcontracted provision within the system.

We have also recently published the first three reports from our new provider monitoring visits, and more will be published in the coming weeks. These visits allow us to see if providers are on the right track. They aim to detect problems early, while taking into account that, as new providers, they are just getting started, so some teething problems will be likely.  These visits are not full inspections, and providers do not get an overall Ofsted grade. They are monitoring visits with progress judgements. Providers will then get a full inspection within the usual three-year period. The provider is judged to have either made sufficient, reasonable or insignificant progress against these themes:

How much progress have leaders made in ensuring that the provider is meeting all the requirements of successful apprenticeship provision?

What progress have leaders and managers made in ensuring that apprentices benefit from high-quality training that leads to positive outcomes for apprentices?

How much progress have leaders and managers made in ensuring that effective safeguarding arrangements are in place?

More on this by Paul Joyce is Deputy Director of further education and skills at Ofsted at


In March 2018, Clinks Policy Officer Oonagh Ryder visited a youth custody institution in Ciudad Real, Spain, run by the voluntary organisation Diagrama. This blog discusses what she saw on this visit and asks whether Diagrama’s model could work in England and Wales. 

 As I am welcomed at Ciudad Real train station by two members of Diagrama staff, I can tell that today will be quite different to my experience of visiting prisons in England and Wales. Driving from the station to Diagrama’s La Canada re-education centre, Vicente and José are brimming with enthusiasm about having a visitor – it is already a far cry from navigating the security process to enter an English young offender institution. On entering the centre, besides the bars on the windows, it looks and feels like the entrance to a small school and I am welcomed by more staff and a table full of tea and biscuits.

There are several important distinctions between the Spanish youth justice system and that of England and Wales. The age of criminal responsibility in Spain is 14; children below this age cannot be dealt with by the criminal justice system and fall under the jurisdiction of social services if they commit an offence. Between the age of 14 and 16, the maximum sentence a child can receive is four years, regardless of the crime. Between 16 and 18, this rises to eight years. In England and Wales, the age of criminal responsibility is 10 years old, children can receive life sentences and it is estimated that over 400 people are serving sentences of over 14 years, received under the age of 18.

While the rights of children and a child-specific approach in the youth justice system are enshrined in Spain’s national law, regions have a level of autonomy in delivering sentences. Regional authorities are responsible for the welfare and development of children in the region, inside and outside of custody. For this reason, along with the recognition in law of the importance of family ties, children are rarely placed outside their home region.

“If you just punish me and don’t give me an education or opportunities, then the next crime I commit will be worse.”  We start the visit by dropping into a few of the morning classes in session. The classrooms feel much like any other secondary classroom, although considerably calmer than I remember my school experience being. The teenagers I meet in each class are confident, polite and very gracious about my terrible Spanish. Speaking to one boy who is particularly curious about how the English system works, I explain the difficulties children in English prisons can encounter accessing education and the long periods many spend locked in their cells. He looks confused and asks why this is allowed to continue, explaining, “If you just punish me and don’t give me an education or any opportunities, then the next crime I commit will be worse.”  Read more at


We have clients looking for companies who wish to sell must have ROTO and RoATP.

I have one ROTO and RoATP provider with some sub-Contracting looking for a buyer due to Health issues.  West London. Offers around £45,000.00



Head of Operations Apprentices Grater London

National Coverage

Learning and Development Coordinator

Due to our continued growth and success as industry leading provider an exciting opportunity has arisen for an innovative and committed learning and compliance manager to join our team. we are looking for someone who can offer an equal level of passion experience and knowledge of the development and delivery of bespoke industry relevant apprenticeships training and qualifications.

HSC Training / Tutor Assessor’s 3 required National

Fenestration Assessor’s 2 required national



We have one place free on the 2020 Vision Workshops

Straplan Ltd and EEVT Ltd both look forward to seeing you on the 9th of May

We would note that we hope to start at 10.00 on the day.

Many thanks to our Hosts for the day are London College of Business and Law (LCBL) Station House, 11-13 Mason Avenue, Harrow, HA3 5AH.

It is a minutes’ walk (if that looking at google maps from Harrow and Wealdstone underground/overground,-0.3342698,15z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x3816c79a5273808d!8m2!3d51.5929547!4d-0.3342698

Many changes re Ofsted are underway and some items have come through from Ofsted Inspectors Paul Cooker HMI and lead on Apprenticeships and Chris Jones HMI Specialist Adviser – Apprenticeships

Start 10.00 Introduction to the day Steve Lawrence EEVT

10.15 Work Shop 1 hour Introduction to the Ofsted and the Common Inspection Framework Ofsted Inspection Process and Standards required and 20% off the Job Training Stuart Pyle

11.5 Break

11.30 Workshop 2

1 Hour Performance and Data Management Workshop

12.30 Lunch and Networking Sponsored by ICQ awarding Body

1.30 E-Learning the types available how to use it for your AEB or Apprentice Programmes .Sam Warne’s

2.30 Break

2.45 Workshop 3 SAR and QIP Development

3.45 Questions and Answers


Tip of the week I: 30 minute massage for £17.95 Details


Tip of the week 2: For the tea lovers – FREE Yorkshire Tea on your birthday Details


Tip of the week 3: Cheer on the cyclists at the Tour De Yorkshire Bank Holiday weekend 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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