Newsletter & Bids 11 2018 – Bumper Edition

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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 a Bumper Edition of some 53 pages of information News, Bids Grants and Funds.  Full details can be downloaded from the link below:


This week’s newsletter bids, grants and Funds come to you in conjunction with our sponsors London Based Manley Summers Training with our newsletter going out to some 3,516 professional’s in the industry.  This week we have some 53 pages of information News, Bids Grants and Funds.


Paddy Frost tells us we are looking for trainers and assessors for Apprenticeships and NVQ delivery nationally Key subjects

  • Customer service
  • Business admin
  • Leadership and Management
  • Team leading and Supervision
  • Security
  • Events and Stewarding
  • Hospitality
  • Manufacturing
  • Commi Chef
  • Operations Manager
  • Assistant Project Manager

People interested send their CV and covering letter to


Selling or buying a company I’m not sure if you’re aware, can be difficult, but we do have a webinar programme you can watch at your convenience. They cover a range of relevant topics, from earn-outs, due diligence, sale motivations and locating buyers. You will find on-demand and new webinars listed here – alongside the full listing of BCMS Masterclasses and Panel events. Meanwhile, please don’t hesitate to get in touch on 0118 207 9800 if you would like to arrange a 1-2-1 discussion with one of our senior advisers. These experienced professionals can talk through your options, discuss your business and its market, and share insights and advice tailored to you.


The statutory deadline for publishing gender pay gap data is fast approaching. All further education colleges and training providers with 250 or more employees need to publish their figures by no later than Friday, 30 March.  You must publish your calculations on the government’s online reporting service, as well as on your own website. Please register as soon as possible, even if you are not ready to publish your data yet.


College Teacher Training Post: London Candidate will be paid up to 24 contact hours at a rate between £22.40 and £31.22 depending on qualifications and experience. The total working hours = FT equivalent 36 hours with observations, marking and preparation. The candidate would be expected to attend team meetings.

The role is Teacher Training and includes Tues and Thurs evenings until 8.30pm ( flexibility given around observations appointments to complete 36 hours)

10 hours teaching in classroom

2 groups Diploma in Education 3 hours each

4 hours on Supporting Teaching and Learning in schools Level 3

Observations both on site and off site for all DET students with report writing  and feedback

The candidate would need:

  • L2 English and Maths
  • L3 minimum in their vocational subject area
  • L4 teaching qualification L4 or above
  • Hold a full degree or equivalent
  • Have assessor and verifier qualifications
  • Have previous and recent experience of teaching  on teacher training City and Guilds
  • Experienced in carrying out lesson observations and writing reports
  • Be fully up to date with the latest qualifications and marking criteria
  • Have minimum of 5 years teaching experience
  • Deliver consistently good or better lessons

Full time role to start in immediately after Easter on Monday 16th April – would need to be DBS checked, have references available.

We will need to interview and ask them to do a micro teach and marking task.

Full time role to start in immediately after Easter on Monday 16th April – would need to be DBS checked, have references available.

We will need to interview and ask them to do a micro teach and marking task.

E-mail CV to


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 one is just for clients only and also for industry specialist’s that bring value to the clients.  This can be found at


Faith Johnson would like you to know we are running and event July 12th and 13th 2018 at Excel London called Schools College Fashion Week. The event includes four categories. One of which is graphics and media digital tech. This year we are also launching fashion digital tech courses. If you know of anyone looking for sub-contractors within digital tech do let me know.  Faith is on 02074763222


Additional guidance from the ETF on the assessor and QA qualifications (2018)

The ETF have issued additional guidance on using these qualifications in the context of end-point assessment, decisions about whether or not the apprentice is ready at the gateway, and in accredited schemes such as the Care Certificate:  Also Alan J Green Training Consultant Interesting, As I read this, I interpret it as saying, 1) existing assessor, verifier qualifications are fit for purpose at the moment. 2) They consider that there are two points, at which assessment is needed, a) gateway b) EPA? What concerns me here is the omission of any mention of the need to continuously assess or make judgement on competence and vocational knowledge. The second omission concerns the need for coaching throughout. This said I think it clarifies an important point, Wed don’t all need to go out and change our assessor and verifiers qualifications as they are fit for purpose.


The Department for Education is backing HMRC’s decision to collect VAT on subcontracting management fees.  The tax office has launched a major investigation into subcontracting to find out why primes have not been applying a mandatory 20-per-cent charge to their top-slices. The crackdown, which involves a team of around 20 special investigators, has rocked a sector which may now face tens of millions in additional costs.  Many confused providers, who until recently had no idea about the rule, have engaged tax experts to calculate potential liabilities, though colleges are clinging to the belief that they may yet be exempt, and the Association of Colleges is backing them up.

The DfE, however, is one body with its mind made up.

“The rules are clear – VAT must be paid on management fees,” a spokesperson said.

The rules are clear – VAT must be paid on management fees

HMRC rules state that while vocational training is exempt from the tax, management services in subcontracting relationships are not.

Julian Gravatt, the deputy chief executive at the Association of Colleges, believes the department’s statement “oversimplifies a complex situation” and wants its members to tread with caution. He recognised that management fees charged by colleges are “taxable in principle”. But he also pointed out that paragraph 4.4 of VAT notice 701/30 muddies the water. It indicates that supplies of education and vocational training by “eligible bodies” including colleges can be “exempt” from VAT. He stressed that eligibility for payment “depends on some fine distinctions”, and each case needs to be “judged on its circumstances”.

“Education and training are underfunded,” he added. “No-one will benefit if HMRC officials overstretch themselves in interpreting complex legislation.”


FE Week has sought clarification from HMRC, which was unequivocal in its response.

“The provision of education and services that are closely linked and essential to that education are exempt, if provided by an eligible body such as a college,” it said, adding that management services are not regarded as “closely related services” and are therefore subject to VAT.   FE Week understands that HMRC plans to investigate up to six years of unpaid VAT and will attempt to claim all of it back. No-one will benefit if HMRC officials overstretch themselves in interpreting complex legislation. This could rise to 12 years if evidence is found that prime providers knew about the charge and failed to apply it anyway. Substantial fines are also likely, according to one VAT expert.

Evidence seen by FE Week suggests the VAT rule is unknown to most providers, and has not been applied for years, meaning that hardly any of it has been paid.

West Nottinghamshire College, which subcontracted nearly £17 million in provision last year, has been liaising with its financial advisors and is “confident” its subcontracting arrangements “meet the requirements for VAT accounting”.

Eastleigh College, which subcontracted over £17 million worth of training in 2016/17, said it has always taken “external specialist advice” and its view on VAT and HMRC compliancy “has not changed”.  Neither would confirm if they have ever charged VAT on management fees.


The Board of the Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) has decided that AELP should formally withdraw from the sector ownership of the Education and Training Foundation (ETF) and that AELP should give up its representation on the ETF Board with immediate effect.  The Board carefully considered AELP’s continued involvement in the ETF following a review of the Foundation’s mission and information received about its future direction of travel and narrower remit agreed between the Department for Education (DfE) and the ETF’s leadership.  AELP recognises that the DfE is the primary funder of the ETF, but the received information suggests that the Foundation is no longer an organisation run by the FE and skills sector for the sector.

Unfortunately in our view, the ETF is now little different from the government improvement agencies that preceded it and failed (FEDA, LSDA, QIA and LSIS), not helped by the fact that its new remit appears almost exclusively focused on mainstream FE provision.

This is in stark contrast to the original aims of John Hayes, the former skills minister behind the ETF’s establishment, who wrote in a ministerial foreword of July 2012 that it was ‘crucial’ that the new body should be “truly of the sector, by the sector and for the sector”.   Following the recent review, the ETF’s highly successful Future Apprenticeships programme is being discontinued at a time when the levy has got off to a less than auspicious start, there are hundreds of new providers in the apprenticeship market and most of the workforce in the sector is having to change and develop.

AELP is therefore bewildered and extremely frustrated that a strong focus on work based learning, including apprenticeships, will now be absent under the Foundation’s new remit.

The AELP Board is disappointed that it has had to arrive at its decision. The sector owned concept behind the Foundation’s creation was much better than the ones previously established.  As its annual reviews have testified, some of the ETF programmes have been very effective. However in the light of recent developments and despite the best efforts of the AELP’s nominated Trustees on the ETF Board to secure a better outcome to the body’s review, the AELP Board feels it best for all concerned that AELP withdraws from the Foundation’s governance.    The Board will be happy for AELP to explore working with the ETF when the Foundation is offering programmes that are relevant to our members and on terms that reflect the input of AELP and its regional networks.  In the meantime, the Board believes that the DfE should provide AELP members directly or through AELP the share of ETF funding work based learning providers deserve to purchase CPD for their workforce which will make a difference in achieving the government’s overall aims of improving UK productivity, driving forward social mobility and satisfying any post-Brexit labour market shortages.


The Peer meet up for Training Providers was held at Twin Training Group at Greenwich on Friday.  Some 47 people attended during the day with some 8 speakers and indeed the day was a great chance to look at items from Pathways 2 Grow and the Pathways Group, also sponsorship via ICQ awarding body and great presentations from One File, Successful Mums, ICQ Awarding Body, Edlounge, MAWS, Adult Learning Improvement Network, EEVT Ltd (EEVT).  So many thanks to all the attendees on the day and Twin for hosting the event.

This is what one person said:

 Today I attended an event, part information and part networking, I was encouraged to go and was in two minds last night (partly due to distance, partly due to not really liking face to face networking (out of my comfort zone) and that I already had something early which meant a really early start). Anyway I went along… Not only did I learn so much and get great ideas from the speakers. I gained access to an untapped market of clients (via a group I had not thought to approach before as my comfort had always been schools and charities). By the end of the event I was approached by 4 companies and an individual that were interested in me designing training sessions for them or supporting with challenging young people. I have heard many sayings about pushing out of your comfort zone and finding opportunities where you least expect but todays experience has really blown me away. Even if I don’t end up with new clients the experience of today has got me ready to step out of any further comfort zones, has reminded me just how passionate I am about what I do and that I am really good at what I do. It will be a good reminder to explore every opportunity that comes my way. Thank you Steve Lawrence RSA Dip MREC AIFL for the opportunity and for the encouragement to attend.”

 So if you would like to look up

Latoya Maynard Founder of I’M STANDING TALL – Safeguarding Consultant and Trainer / Group Facilitator / Mentor / Speaker



The Chancellor’s spring statement has been released and contains some items that may be of interest.  Experts have welcomed a commitment in the chancellor’s spring statement to make money available for smaller employers to take on apprentices – at the same time as a consultation into the extension of the IR35 tax rules into the private sector was confirmed.

In his speech (13 March), Philip Hammond said the education secretary would release up to £80m to support small businesses to employ an apprentice, after admitting that the current system was challenging for such firms.  “Small enterprises with fewer than 50 people employ some 48 per cent of all private sector workers,” said Geraint Johnes, professor of economics at Lancaster University Management School and research director at The Work Foundation. “So they offer a significant engine for employment creation, and facilitating the adoption of apprenticeships in this area is likely to prove fruitful.”

The apprenticeship levy, which was introduced last April, has been met with criticism from some employers. In February, it was described as “woefully inadequate” at a government select committee hearing.  The levy, which has been besieged by a lack of understanding and evidence of falling apprentice numbers, is paid by larger employers with pay bills exceeding £3m. These firms set up an account with the National Apprenticeship Service through which they can access funds.

Johnes believes that one of the reasons smaller firms have struggled to utilise the funding opportunities for apprenticeships is that they will not automatically have an account with the service, which has limited their use of apprentices. “The extra support [announced by Hammond] implies a transfer of resource from larger to smaller firms, but larger employers will continue to benefit directly from the apprenticeship training when the smaller firms are in their supply chains,” said Johnes. The Federation of Small Businesses welcomed the promise of more funding. National chairman Mike Cherry said: “It’s good to see £80m of much-needed dedicated funding for small firms that are keen to take on an apprentice. Small businesses are key to delivering the government’s target of three million new apprenticeships by 2020.”

Despite this welcome, some were disappointed that the government did not go further to reform the levy.  Elaine Gibson, education director at the Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals, said: “While access to more funding will be useful to businesses, we would like to see wider training opportunities being included through the levy. This would really benefit small businesses that could strengthen the skills and knowledge of their employees through funded opportunities that they may not be able to afford any other way.”

The call mirrors findings from the CIPD’s research into the impact of the apprenticeship levy, which called for the government to transform the levy into a training provision.

Hammond also took other skills and training-related steps, including making £50m available to help employers prepare for the rollout of ‘T-Level’ work placements, and highlighting that the construction skills fund will open for bids to fund up to 20 ‘construction skills villages’ next month.  Launching a consultation on improving the way the tax system supports self-funded training by employees and the self-employed, Hammond’s announcement that the government could extend the existing tax relief available for self-funded work-related training by employees and the self-employed was cautiously received.

Stephen Herring, head of taxation at the Institute of Directors, said: “We welcome the government’s acknowledgment in the chancellor’s spring statement that a broader, simpler, compliance-friendly tax relief to encourage individuals to undertake training that will directly benefit the UK economy is necessary.

“Hopefully, the outcome of the consultation will provide a sufficiently generous but focused new tax relief for those individuals who do not already benefit from courses provided by their employers.”

Hammond’s written ministerial statement confirmed that a consultation into off-payroll working in the private sector would be launched in the coming months to consider how to tackle non-compliance in this area, following the experiences of the public sector. The announcement appears to confirm industry belief that the IR35 may be extended to the private sector.  “While the written ministerial statement did confirm that a consultation on off-payroll working in the private sector will be launched ‘in the coming months’, there are still no firm timelines attached to this,” said Samantha Hurley, operations director at the Association of Professional Staffing Companies, which opposed the move to extend IR35 changes to the private sector.

With no new policy announcements made in the statement, Steven Cameron, pensions director at Aegon, said it was disappointing not to have heard more on other key policy areas.

“While automatic enrolment means nine million extra employees are saving for their retirement through workplace pensions, the self-employed are excluded,” said Cameron.

“With the chancellor saying the Conservatives are the champions for small businesses, we need new policies to stop the self-employed becoming second-class citizens in retirement.”

Despite the lack of new policy statements, the coming tax year will bring in several previously announced changes that affect employers, including rises in auto-enrolment minimum contributions, an increase to the pension lifetime allowance, changes to tax bands and changes to income tax rates for those in Scotland.


Also still looking for a lead Office Manager for Ilford Training Company and this need is for a person to be full time.


Government Invites Views on New Civil Society Strategy

The Civil Society Strategy will be developed by the Department for Digital, Cul*ture, Media and Sport, together with the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government and other government departments. Groups have 12 weeks to submit their opinions, experiences and feedback via the online platform. In addition, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport will be holding events around the country where people can discuss civil society.

The consultation has four sections, and participants are free to respond to the sections they find relevant:

  • Our civil society: is about the big questions of what civil society is, how it is working well and what needs to change to strengthen it further.
  • People: explores how more people could take action on issues that matter to them.
  • Partnership: explores the best ways to work across different sectors to make a better society.
  • Places: explores how we empower local people to improve the places they live and work.

Commenting at the launch, Tracey Crouch Minister for Sport and Civil Society said:

“The civil society sector is incredible and works hard to deliver so much for people and communities. I want to bring these individuals and organisations together even more to improve communities and help tackle the everyday challenges that people face. The strategy will be important in our mission to build a fairer society and help secure a better future for the next generation. I encourage everyone with an interest in this important area to come forward and make their voices heard.”  The deadline for responses is 22 May 2018 (9am).

The consultation can be found on the GOV.UK website


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


Tip of the week I: Up to seven nights in Malta with flights from £129. Details


Tip of the week 2 £58 return to Paris on the Eurostar. Details


Tip 3 Six Better Dreams Non-Allergenic Fibre-Filled Pillows


From me Steve and from all the team have a great week and keep training






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