Newsletter & Bids 12 2018

 In bids

Dear Members

This week’s newsletter bids, grants and Funds come to you in conjunction with our sponsors London Based Manley Summers Training who we are pleased to announce have agreed to sponsor us going forward for the next year. This week we have some 42 pages of information News, Bids Grants and Funds.  Full details can be downloaded from the link below:


The ESFA sent out a reminder to advertise all traineeship vacancies on the find a traineeship service. A great resource for individuals, employers and providers; ‘find a traineeship’ is a brilliant way to ensure your vacancies are widely publicised, increasing the pool of applicants and enabling providers and trainees to find the right opportunities for them.  As we launch a new social media campaign to promote traineeships do take advantage of increased interest in the programme and use ‘find a traineeship’ to maximise successful and proactive engagement with your vacancies.  Except in instances where an individual has already been matched to an employer all opportunities must be advertised on this service.


ESFA financial assurance: monitoring the funding rules

These are updated and lists the current areas that we are monitoring and working with the sector on during the course of the funding year. It gives the ESFA assurance that provision we buy meets our published funding rules.  The four key documents are at


Ofsted will expose training providers who rip-off apprentices by collecting subcontracting management fees without taking “responsibility for quality”, the chief inspector has revealed. Amanda Spielman made the promise in a fierce speech at FE Week’s Annual Apprenticeship Conference, warning prime providers that the inspectorate would not stand idly by while poor provision goes unmonitored.

“Our message here is simple: as the direct contract holder, you are responsible for your learners,” she told delegates.

“If you subcontract, for whatever reason, you are still responsible for making sure your apprentice gets high-quality training.


The following announcement came out this week.

The register of apprenticeship training providers will not open again until September – nearly a year after the last window closed, the government has revealed.

The register has been under review since November, but Rory Kennedy, the Department for Education’s director of apprenticeships, admitted to general surprise at FE Week’s Annual Apprenticeship Conference that it was still in its “early stages”.

“We expect to complete the review in the summer and the register will open again in September,” he told delegates. “The work in that review is still in its early stages.”

He admitted he was “very hesitant” to give a “flavour” of some of the outcomes of the review, though he said the DfE would “welcome views on” whether the window approach is the “right one” or “should we be talking about a rolling approval basis”.


As part of the preparations for devolution/delegation the Department for Education have issued illustrative AEB allocations for 2018 to 2019 to MCAs and the GLA. These illustrative budgets give MCAs and the GLA an indication of the AEB they can expect to receive in the funding year 2019 to 2020. The budgets are based on 2016 to 2017 actual grant deliveries and assumed 2017 to 2018 independent learning providers’ delivery to learners resident in MCAs/GLA areas.

During the funding year 2018 to 2019, the ESFA will remain in control of the AEB and will continue to administer and manage in line with its current funding and performance management arrangements.

Once the budget has been devolved to MCAs and delegated to the GLA, they will be responsible for funding residents of their areas. ESFA will be responsible for funding residents of non-devolved areas.

The devolution/delegation of AEB will encompass all providers who deliver AEB provision irrespective of where the provider is geographical located, as it will be based on the residency of the learner.

Ministers have agreed to the ESFA funding nationally, for a period of 2 years following devolution (funding years 2019 to 2020 and 2020 to 2021), providers which meet the following criteria:

  • qualify for a financial residential uplift for their learning provision, and
  • receive more than two thirds of their income from the AEB, and
  • predominantly target the most disadvantaged learners.

This will be to aid their transition to devolution/delegation given their specialist nature and reliance on AEB. The providers which currently meet this criteria are:

  • Fircroft College, Birmingham,
  • Hillcroft College, now part of Richmond and Hillcroft Adult and Community College London
  • Northern College, Barnsley
  • Ruskin College Oxfordshire

Traineeships for 19 to 24 year olds will remain a nationally funded programme with allocations provided by ESFA, regardless of where trainees reside.

Confirmation of the final AEB to be devolved/delegated to MCAs and the GLA for the 2019 to 2020 funding year is expected in early 2019, once the functions necessary for the delivery of adult education have been transferred and the AEB budget for the that year has been finalised. In preparation for full devolution/delegation, MCAs and the GLA will, during this coming funding year, refine their Strategic Skills Plans (outlining their adult education priorities), whilst further engaging with providers to ensure a smooth transition towards delivering these priorities. The ESFA will continue to support the MCAs and the GLA as they build sustainable relationships with providers and stakeholders.

Providers who wish to deliver AEB provision, post devolution/delegation, in one or more of the MCAs/GLA areas should start to build, if they have not already done so, effective working relationships with the relevant MCAs/GLA.


Ok the New Group just for Clients of EEVT on Linked In called 2020 Vision is now up and running, our other 2 groups EEVT Ltd and Peer meet Up will continue but this is just for clients only and also for industry specialist’s that bring value to the clients.  This can be found at


Are you a voluntary organisation working with people with convictions aged over 50? If yes, we’d like to hear your experiences and views. Clinks is carrying out a rapid research project to get a snapshot of current voluntary sector work with or for older people in the criminal justice system, aiming to identify priorities and ideas for future developments. The findings will be published in June 2018. The researcher is Tim Robertson (formerly of the Koestler Trust). To contribute or find out more, please contact Hazel Alcraft, Clinks’ Development Officer for Health and Justice


Pearson tell us “We’re getting in touch with some welcome news: Ofqual has published an open letter encouraging Awarding Organisations to “consider changes” to their level 3 Applied General and Tech Level qualifications “to provide a ‘safety net’ for students who narrowly miss a pass on one or more externally-assessed units.”.

This means that learners can now pass the overall BTEC National qualification without having to achieve a Pass grade in every externally assessed set test and task. However, they can only do this if they narrowly miss the Pass grade, and if they still achieve enough points throughout the qualification. Take a look at the full announcement on Ofqual’s website.

Here to help: Our subject teams are already exploring how to make these changes in time for learners completing their studies in summer 2018.

We’ll be in touch in early April 2018 with more news on what this will look like in practice for our BTEC Level 3 Nationals, and our Subject Advisors will be on hand with guidance for teaching teams preparing for assessments in the summer term.


We highlight members companies and here we have Brian Reeves

Sales Director EQT (e-qualtest) Limited

EQT Limited is a multifunctional company supplying online and face to face educational support services to Schools, Colleges, Training Organisations, and employers. We are able to offer compulsory regulatory short courses, along with longer ongoing courses to complement either fixed term or ongoing training.

A secondary function of the company is to develop and host individual bespoke training courses, developed to meet an individual educational establishment or company requirements. These can either be short courses with end testing or ongoing CPD training which needs to be updated on a regular basis with or without end testing.

As part of the changing face of Apprenticeships, we are also able to offer online training in line with the new apprenticeship standards, which can be used as blended learning to meet part of the 20% off the job training requirement. The online offer will allow candidates the ability to learn online whilst being periodically tested to make certain that the information is being absorbed and retained. They will not be able to move on to the next unit of the course until they have completed the end test for the previous unit, and achieved the necessary pass mark.

As part of our offering, we are able to take any of the new apprenticeship standards and devise an online learning package around the standards. This will enable the candidate to cover part of the 20% off the job training as distance or aided learning. we design the online learning into sections with example case studies, YouTube or bespoke video at the end of which there will be a multiple choice, drag and drop, or word insert bank of questions revising the candidate on the subject they have just covered. Once they have completed all sections of the standards we are able to put in a final end test prior to the candidate going through the gateway to complete their EPA. At any point in time, they are able to go back and revise any of the sections even when they have completed the section tests.

Once the candidate has gone through the gateway to complete their endpoint assessment we are also able to set up an EPA online test if it suitable for that particular qualification. As we run a secure online platform this can be taken like any other online test with an awarding body with an exam invigilator. these test can be sat remotely on any PC or laptop as long as you have a WIFI connection.

As regards costs for this service, this will very much depend on the qualifications that you would require us to develop into online learning. Once we have an idea of the qualifications you would like hosting with us, we will be able to give you a cost to cover the development of these on the platform. These can be bespoke and your centre name and any centre information can be put on the platform. Once the qualifications have been put on the platform we would charge £10 per month per candidate for access to the platform. There would be a separate charge for the development of an endpoint assessment test depending on the complexity of the test and the number of people that will be accessing it.

We are also able to develop any other bespoke online learning e.g Induction courses, Safeguarding, Fire Safety, Management CPD, Safety at work, and anything else that may be relevant to the industry you are working with. We are also able to do Management Consultancy and Sales training within companies looking at the ways to improve efficiency either in working practises, manufacturing, packaging, distribution, marketing and Sales functions. We can offer a bespoke service to suit your requirements in any of these areas.

We aim to work in partnership with you and build up a longterm relationship with a win-win attitude towards the development of the work, We would strive to offer you a professional service at reasonable costs, with excellent customer service throughout our working relationship.

I hope that has outlined what we are able to offer you, if you would like us to come out to see you and demonstrate the platform and further talk about the services we can offer, please do not hesitate to come back to us with some dates, and we would only be too pleased to come and see you to further discuss the opportunities for working in a partnership together.  For a full brief of our service offerings, please see our website at Or Tel 01325 788 033


IT recycling & Data Destruction Canopus Solutions Limited are industry specialists in the area of secure data destruction and IT asset disposal. Our range of services have been developed in response to the increasing importance of data protection legislation, waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) directive, UK (England & Wales) waste legislation, and the hazardous waste

act, all of which make businesses responsible for the ethical disposal of used IT equipment. As part of J Brand, with a business philosophy based around “My Customer, My Responsibility” many clients see Canopus Solutions as a key “strategic partner” with a determination to deliver solutions on time, within budget and to a first class standard.

Please contact us: 01928 593 884


Have you booked your free pass yet for the World Cyber Security Congress taking place in London at the end of this month? With time running out before the event, make sure you book your free exhibition pass now at

Attendance to our exhibition and seminar theatres is completely free, and as our guest you’ll hear from the likes of Verizon, Kaspersky, Neustar, BitSight, DarkTrace and over 30 other leading companies. What’s more, you’ll have access to over 30 leading exhibitors from around the world as well as some of the most exciting start-up’s and tech companies in the UK cyber security space. Looking forward to seeing you in London!

Jennifer Clark Conference Manager E: T: +44 (0) 207 092 1220


Adfam and Sheffield Hallam University has published a study entitled ‘Understanding recovery from a family perspective: a survey of life in recovery for families.’ The report is a large scale study into the impact of recovery from drug and alcohol dependence on family members. This report highlights the toll that addiction exerts not only on individual drinkers but on those around them, and it establishes the importance of recovery in mitigating some of these adverse effects. One finding was that 3.4% of respondents served prison time while their family member was in active use, compared to 1.2% when they were in recovery.


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Tip of the week 2: Visit Milan and Lake Garda from £169 for four nights. Details


Tip of the week 3: Have firefighters wash your car for charity. Details


Tip of the week 4: 55% discount on the Ideal Home Show. 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

2020 Vision is at






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