Newsletter & Bids 15 2018

 In bids

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 some 44 pages of information News, Bids, Grants and Funds.

Full details can be downloaded from the link below:


Stephen Piper is arranging to Cycle to Paris in July this is for the BHF and Saint Francis Hospice two great causes and I hope we can encourage people to support this and his Team. Also Stephen Piper will also be after raffle prizes for a Quiz Night he’s trying to put together as a Fund Raiser. So any items of help will be great.

If you can help in terms of raffle prizes or things you think people will bid for via an auction please contact Stephen on  The Just Giving link


Ok we have an EOI for London Only Providers as Prevista plan to respond to the Department of Work & Pensions Reducing Parental Conflict tender, which is due to be released in the Summer 2018. The programme is looking for delivery partners to provide evidence based interventions, targeted at families with workless parents, with the aim of reducing parental conflict and contributing better outcomes for their children.  Prevista intends to work with a variety of Supply Chain Partners who can meet the requirements of the specification and deliver innovative services which support participants into positive outcomes. The EOI is available from Lisa at We will be submitting an application in the London region only.



This week we have lots of Jobs available and these will be on our jobs section of 2020 Vision group on Linked in at

We have 1 Health and Social Care Assessor’s trainers in London for one organisation

We have 1 Apprenticeship Coordinator Stevenage Herts

We have 1 National Manger Apprentices London, Peterborough or Leeds

We have 3 Care / Health and Social Care Assessors Trainers National.

1 Project Director for Big Picture Learning  Education and training services
Description Project Director for Big Picture Learning
Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham
MBC Contact Jane Mills Email Telephone 01302 862676 Address Civic Office Doncaster South Yorkshire DN1 3BU


2020 Vision Training Workshop Day on the 9th of May West London

This is not a Peer meet Up this is a Training workshop day. And it’s FREE – what’s the catch?

10.00 Until 4.00 with Lunch

Introduction to the day

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

11.5 Break

11.30 Workshop 2 1 Hour Performance and Data Management


12.30 Lunch

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

2.30 Break

2.45 Workshop 3 SAR and QIP Development

3.45 Questions and Answers and Networking

The catch is your turnover should be under £1 Million

1 Person per organisation with the exception of Straplan and EEVT Clients



It is a requirement for all providers of adult education and training services to declare to us the actual level of funding paid and retained for each of their subcontractors in the academic year 2016 to 2017. Our funding rules for 2016 to 2017 included a change of process for publishing that year’s actual fees and charges. Instead of asking providers to publish these on their website, all providers of adult education and training that had ’provision subcontracting’ last year must tell us the actual level of funding paid and retained for each of their subcontractors. We will publish this information in a single location on GOV.UK. This new approach to publication will make subcontracting fees and charges even more transparent. All providers that ‘provision subcontracted’ last year have been contacted by email. If you ‘provision subcontracted’ for adult education last year, you need to submit the template that we sent to you to the ESFA fees and charges mailbox by 5pm on Friday 27 April.


Open University analysis finds £1.28bn remains in digital accounts, as experts call for improvements to system.  Just 8 per cent of apprenticeship levy funds have been spent in the 10 months since the scheme’s launch, with £1.28bn of £1.39bn paid in by businesses “sitting unused” in accounts, according to an Open University analysis. 

Since 6 April 2017, organisations with an annual wage bill of more than £3m have been required to pay an apprenticeship levy to the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA), which companies can then recoup from a digital account administered by the National Apprenticeship Service, to be spent within two years (24 months).

With the scheme a year old, a freedom of information request to the ESFA by The Open University (OU) has revealed that £108m of funds were withdrawn between 6 April 2017 and the end of February 2018 – roughly 8 per cent of the total paid to the government account.

Under the new scheme, eligible organisations must register their own apprenticeship accounts with ESFA under a PAYE scheme.


Largest government suppliers required to report on charity subcontractor spend The government has announced a requirement for its largest suppliers to report on their spend with charity subcontractors.  From 1 May, suppliers with government contracts worth over £5m per annum will have to report to government on the type and value of all subcontracts over £25,000 they advertise and award.  They will have to report on how much they spend on subcontracting, and how much they spend directly with SME or voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations in the delivery of the original contract.

Suppliers will be required to advertise all subcontracting opportunities on a government website. There are separate websites for contracts being tendered in ScotlandWales and Northern Ireland.  However, suppliers will only have to report subcontracts worth over £100,000 if they consider the £25,000 threshold “overly burdensome” for a particular contract.  Cabinet Office minister Oliver Dowden said suppliers will be excluded from major government procurements if they cannot demonstrate fair and effective payment practices with their subcontractors.

He said: “This government is listening to the business community and is committed to levelling the playing field for smaller suppliers to win work in the public sector.

“We have set a challenging aspiration that 33 per cent of procurement spend should be with small businesses by 2022 – and are doing more than ever to break down barriers for smaller firms. “Small businesses are the backbone of the UK economy, and play a key role in helping us to build a strong, viable private sector that delivers value for taxpayers and jobs for millions all over the UK.”

Sector response

Michael Birtwistle, Public Services Manager at NCVO, said: “The problematic supply chain management by prime contractors is pretty well documented and the voluntary sector has been particularly affected by so called bid candy practices, which I think were most prominent as part of the Transforming Rehabilitation programme.

“We very much welcome efforts to improve the longstanding situation around subcontracting supply chain management.  “I think the compulsion to advertise subcontracting opportunities through Contract Finder is a very practical proposal that is also going to help improve the data on how much contract spend is going to VCSE and SME organisations.” However, Birtwistle said the new requirements should be supported by a push from Cabinet Office to improve how commissioners advertise tenders on Contracts Finder.


Childcare vouchers to remain open to new entrants for an additional 6 months

On 13 March the government listened to representations from MPs during the

Parliamentary debate on childcare vouchers and as a result announced that childcare

Vouchers will remain open to new entrants for an additional 6 months. This will give

parents more time to consider their options for childcare support.

On 4 October, the vouchers scheme will close to new entrants.

This means that parents will continue to benefit from the tax exemption and National

Insurance disregard if they join the voucher scheme beforehand. Employers will also

similarly continue to receive the National Insurance disregard for those employees

who have joined the scheme.  Tax-Free Childcare completed its roll-out to parents of under 12s in February, helping to reduce childcare costs by up to £2,000 per child, per year. Families who are eligible can get support, regardless of who their employer is or whether they are self-employed.  Under Tax-Free Childcare, lone parents can also access the same support as couples.  Parents can apply for Tax-Free Childcare from the Childcare Choices website.  What do employers need to know about the new voucher date?

We have updated our ‘Top tips for employers’ within our communications toolkit

to reflect this change. Employers can continue to offer childcare vouchers to new entrants until October.  However, employers may still choose to close their schemes to new entrants from April.

What do parents need to know about the new date?  Parents can keep getting vouchers if they’ve joined a scheme and received their first voucher before the scheme closes on 4 October 2018, as long as:

They stay with the same employer and they continue to run the scheme

They don’t have a break in receiving vouchers of a year or more, for instance when,

taking an unpaid career break. We recommend that parents use the childcare calculator at


 CLINKS SEEKS NEW CHAIR Terms: Two days a month (non-remunerated)

Application closing date: 5 pm, 23rd April, 2018 Interview date: TBC Flexible, London.

Clinks are the highly regarded infrastructure organisation for the voluntary sector working in criminal justice. We are seeking a new Chair to lead Clinks and our experienced and knowledgeable Board of Trustees.

The Clinks Chair will provide leadership to the Board and staff, ensuring our strengths and skills is co-ordinated in order to build on Clinks success into the future. You will have experience in how to govern a charity and be able to build and motivate teams around a strong set of shared values.

With experience of supporting and coaching fellow Board members and/or managers you are able to motivate people to create and sustain change. You will have experience of criminal justice and knowledge of voluntary sector infrastructure organisations, and a willingness to keep abreast of developments in the criminal justice system and voluntary sector. We are seeking a pragmatist with vision.

Interested applicants should send a letter of application (not exceeding 1,000 words) to Rachael Byrne, Vice-chair via email to by 5pm on Monday 23rd April.

Shortlisted candidates will be offered a meeting with the current chair as well as the CEO and invited to meet with a panel of Clinks trustees and members in early to mid-May.

The preferred candidate will be co-opted onto the board to attend the following meetings:  14th June 2018 • 12th July 2018 (away day – date to be confirmed) • 18th September 2018.

The preferred candidate will be presented to the AGM, which will be held in the week beginning 5th November 2018, for formal approval.  To arrange an informal telephone call about the role with either the CEO or Vice Chair, email Sarah Loader on the email provided above.  Download Pack


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



Hundreds of colleges and training providers have between them failed to deliver £73 million of allocated funding, exclusive FE Week analysis has revealed.

Education and Skills Funding Agency figures show that 441 providers delivered less provision over 2016/17 than the money they were allocated from the adult education budget would have allowed. This will be a source of major frustration for huge swathes of the sector, especially considering the heavy criticism directed recently at the government for wider underfunding of FE. Julian Gravatt, the deputy chief executive of the Association of Colleges, claimed the fault lies with “restrictive” rules and low funding rates, rather than providers. And an email sent last month by the ESFA to one provider that underspent, seen by FE Week, states that officials are reviewing college budget forecasts and comparing them with delivery projections. It goes on to offer “voluntary” ways to lessen the impact of funding claw-backs for under-delivery, such as reducing their current allocations either mid-year or in 2018/19.

Our analysis compared figures showing the ESFA’s final 2016/17 funding year values with the most recent allocations from June 2017.

We found a whopping shortfall of £73,050,404 between what providers were allocated compared with what they actually delivered. Of the 441 providers affected, 11 underspent by more than £1,000,000. This was on top of the £5,059,522 that was paid to 86 colleges and local authority providers for courses that didn’t take place, thanks to a three-per-cent tolerance rule on grant-funded AEB under-delivery.


Tip of the week I: Two nights in the Peak District, dogs allowed, from £59. Details


Tip of the week 2 Five Plain Lazy t-shirts for £35. 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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