Newsletter & Bids 8 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 46 pages of information News, Bids Grants and Funds.  Full details can be downloaded from the link below:


Ok lots going on this week

An Ex FE College Principal and company CEO looking for a new role to challenge and develop his and a company’s future with a wealth of knowledge and understanding over many years.  They are based in South East and London. Details can be gained by an e-mail to


Ok ESFA NEWS to give as many apprentices as possible the opportunity to celebrate their achievements at our ‘Class of 2018’ graduation ceremonies, extended the registration deadline.  Apprentices now have until 9am on Monday 26 February to register their attendance using the link:

Employers and providers can also use the link to register their interest in attending the ceremonies being held in London, Duxford, Brighton, Durham, Leeds, Derby and Weston Pier on Monday 5 and Friday 9 March, during National Apprenticeship Week.


Non levy apprenticeship procured growth requests Information

Shortly, we will be publishing guidance on our GOV.UK page on how you can request increases to your non levy apprenticeship procured contract value for the funding year 2017 to 2018 and 2018 to 2019. Once the guidance has been published, providers will have until 5.00pm on Tuesday 6 March to submit their requests.

For further information or related queries, please contact your provider manager.  Form to request Growth Non levy apprenticeship procured growth requests:  Use this form to submit requests for increases to your non levy apprenticeship procured contract values for the 2017 to 2018 and 2018 to 2019 funding year.


Review of apprenticeship funding bands Information

We are reviewing the effectiveness of the current funding band structure and are considering changes to incentivise negotiation and drive better value for money.

Any new structure would apply to new starts from August 2018. The maximum funding band will remain at £27,000. We will confirm any changes in Spring 2018.

If we do change the funding band structure, we will work with the Institute for Apprenticeships to ensure that any new standards that are approved for delivery are allocated to both one of the 15 current funding bands and to a new, post-August funding band. We welcome any views on these changes. Please email You can find further information on GOV.UK.


Final Qualification Achievement Rates (QAR) for 2016 to 2017 Information

We will publish the final QAR data for 2016 to 2017 on Thursday 22 March 2018 on both the HUB and through the Business Intelligence (BI) dashboards. The BI dashboards will include both the national and provider type QARs for benchmarking your rates.

We will publish the National Achievement Rate Tables for 2016 to 2017 on Thursday 22 March at 9:30am. If you have any questions, please contact the service desk.


Also if you have any Apprentices Vacancies next week I will be doing an event in East London with Prospects so send over details and I will try and get candidates mainly EAST and NORTH LONDON details to


Charities Act Workshop Prepare for changes to the rules on trustees and senior managers with criminal records

14th March, Manchester | 16th March, London | 16th April, Birmingham | 17th April, Plymouth | £15 members /£30 non-members

From 1st August 2018, changes to the ‘automatic disqualification’ rules mean that there will be more restrictions on who can run a charity, particularly affecting trustees and certain senior managers, such as CEOs and Chief Finance Officers.

This half day workshop will provide you with the information your organisation needs to prepare for these changes.

For charities working in criminal justice, people with lived experience of the system are key to the difference we can make in the lives of people with convictions and their families – improving the quality and impact of the services on offer, and enabling service users to build a new identity which supports their journey to desistance from crime. For the wider voluntary sector a diverse range of trustees and staff is vital to ensure a broad range of perspectives, skills and knowledge.  Organisations need to act now to update their recruitment processes to reflect the new rules and understand how they can support anyone involved in the organisation, who will be affected, to apply for a waiver in advance of the changes.

This workshop will be delivered by Unlock and is based on Unlock’s guide to the new rules Leading Charities with Conviction and simple easy to use tools which Clinks has supported them to develop.



We have announced some Quality Assurance workshops for Quality Nominees/lead IVs within Work Base Learning

We have now confirmed these dates for April &​ June.  We will announce details of our summer face to face events in a few weeks.

Introduction to Qualty Assurance for Competency based provision

19 Apr 12:00 –

11 Jun 12:00 –


Cyber Security Bristol EXPO 2018 Register now to attend

You are invited to attend the Cyber Security Expo which is the only dedicated recruitment EXPO for Cyber Security professionals.

When and Where UWE Conference and Exhibition Centre, Bristol

Thursday 5th April 2018 – 10am – 4pm (last entry 3.30pm)


Meet with over 80 Exhibitors

Network with 1,500 like-minded professionals

Connect with Companies exhibiting prior to the event

Listen to Expert Speakers

Find out which jobs are currently in demand

Training Advice on your next Cyber Security Career move

Permanent and Contract roles available

Register here to secure your place at the Cyber Security Expo


Organisation for Sale offers in the region of £15 million London 

The college is a 15 year old company with an excellent reputation and an excellent track record.  The college for sale delivers courses from Level 2 Functional skills, through to Level 6 Degree programmes and including a Masters at Level 7. The college has 3000 students in total across its 3 campuses in various cities across UK. The college also has two University partnerships and offers courses in Business, Computing, Health & Social Care, Law, Travel & Tourism, Digital Marketing and ICT. The college also offers various HND and Foundation degree programmes.  The college is designated for HE courses with HEFCE, is QAA approved and has Matrix accreditation. The college receives SLC funding, is a prime provider for Adult Education Budget and has a subcontract for Adult Learning Loans. The college has one of the highest annual SNC allocations from BIS at 1200 students.

We are currently negotiating an additional University Franchise which, if successful will increase our course portfolio and total student population.


News on the Peer Meet up we only have 3 places left Peer Meet Up for Training Providers 16th of March at TWIN Group London To get your free tickets please go to


 This week organisations up for sale Incorporation date – Sept 2015 

Bankers – Barclays – either transfer director’s name or close this account

1 Shareholder  100 % shareholding transfers for sale. Listed on the Register of Training Organisations to operate a sub contract over 100k since 2015. Listed on the Register as passed the relevant due diligence of Capability and Capacity to enable you to submit tenders for education and training direct to the government. Has centre accreditation’s with City and Guilds and Cskills  Would come with any relevant policies for you to gain further centre accreditation with awarding bodies. Will supply and historic EQA reports we hold for any of your future due diligence purposes. Included in the price I will give 4 months remote support from my management team at 6 hours per month for any support needs with awarding bodies etc  Any further support will be subject to agreed charges

The company has no current learners and has historically sub contracted with Loans before the changes came in. The company comes with no current sub contract values

If you require us to gain any further awarding body accreditation s prior to the sale, this can be achieved through my management team for agreed costs

The accreditation used is as follows, we have got permission to deliver level 2 also.

Level 3 Plastering – Level 3 Trowel occupations – Level 3 Child care – Level 3 Paint/dec

Level 3 OWS – Level 3 Joinery – Level 3 dry lining – Level 3 Interior systems –

Level 3 Business admin – Level 3 Personal fitness. Interest at £30k or very near offer


Do you understand the HSC Apprentices if you think you do skills for Care have a Quiz to have a go at their quiz


The FE Commissioner assesses FE colleges and other institutions if they:

The commissioner carries out an assessment and reports to the Apprenticeships and Skills Minister setting out his recommendations for how the FE college or provider can improve.

The Minister for Apprenticeships and Skills then writes to the chair of governors of the college or provider, setting out the outcome of the intervention assessment and confirming the next steps. The reports can be seen at

We only collect basic personal data about you which does not include any special types of information or location based information. This does however include name, email etc.

Why we need it we need to know your data in order to contact you about any additional support or items to assist you that we may be able to provide you we will not collect any personal data from you we do not need in order to provide this service.

What we do with it All the personal data we process is processed by our staff in the UK however for the purpose of IT hosting and maintenance this information is located on servers within the European Union. No 3rd parties have access to your personal data unless the law allows them to do so. We have a Data Protection regime in place to oversee the effective and secure processing of your personal data. For more information on this please contact our Data Protection Officer James Stephan Lawrence

How long do we keep it? We are required under UK tax law to keep your basic personal data (name, address, contact details) for a minimum of 6 years after which time it will be destroyed. Your information we use for marketing purposes will be kept with us until you notify us that you no longer wish to receive this information. For more information on our retention schedule please contact our Data Protection Officer James Stephan Lawrence

What are your rights? If at any point you believe the information we process on you is incorrect you can request to see this information and even have it corrected or deleted. If you wish to raise a complaint on how we have handled your personal data, you can contact our Data Protection Officer who will investigate the matter.

You also have the right to withdraw your consent at any time. This wouldn’t affect any use of your data carried out up until that point, but would have immediate effect from when we receive your request. You can withdraw your consent by contacting us by phone or e-mail, or by writing to us using the details given above.

If you are not satisfied with our responses or believe we are processing your personal data not in accordance with the law you can complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).


An FE-focused research centre has been given the ministerial nod to continue its work until 2020, and the apprenticeship levy will be particularly in focus.

The Centre for Vocational Educational Research had its mid-term review at the beginning of this year.  After an initial £3 million grant from the Department for Education in May 2015, and there had been speculation about its long term prospects.

It has now been given an extra £2 million to continue until the end of the decade, and has some stirring projects up its sleeve. These include evaluations on FE’s role in increasing social mobility, and the impact of university technical colleges.  Its work on the apprenticeship levy, however, is likely to bring the most interest.  After gaining recent approval from its steering group, CVER has started planning a major evaluation of the policy, which came into effect last April.  “The focus of the work on the apprenticeship levy will be on its effect on training outcomes, overall and by sector,” said Dr Sandra McNally, who leads the centre.  “Questions will include: ‘to what extent has the training been additional to what would have taken place otherwise?’ ‘How has the volume and composition of apprenticeship training been affected?’ and ‘Has there been any change on the characteristics of those being trained by firms?’”


The government will audit the results of its employer satisfaction survey for the first time, due to concerns over the way it is distributed by providers.

The ESFA said it would provide “additional quality assurance” in this year’s survey, in new guidance, in order to ensure the data is comparable between providers.

It specifically wants to “ensure that colleges and training organisations are using the prescribed methods to survey their employer customers”.

To pass the audits, providers must email their employers with a link to the survey along with their employer ID.

The ESFA claims this is the “best method” for surveying, as results are “instant” and easily comparable. If employers are more likely to respond by paper, a hardcopy of the questionnaire can be sent.

The guidance makes clear, however, that interviews must not be done over the phone or in person as employer confidentiality “must be protected”.

The agency will “monitor” cooperation with the rules through its audits, which have been introduced to ensure comparability.

The questions themselves will also be different this year.

These are being updated to “ensure the survey continues to provide information that employers find useful”, but the agency did not provide examples.

As with previous years, the survey will be provider-led, requiring colleges and training organisations to administer it to their employer customers themselves in the first instance.

If providers are unable to meet their minimum response target, the ESFA will step in and ask the polling company Ipsos MORI to contact employers directly to gather the answers.  The employer satisfaction survey runs every year. It asks employers to rate their pleasure with different aspects of training delivered by individual college and training organisations. The data collected then allows employers to make comparisons.

The survey for 2017/18 will start on March 26.


Tip of the week I: Five cinema tickets for £20 at Odeon. Details

Tip of the week 2: Seven nights in Crete, plus flights from £189. Details

Tip of the week 3: Free NHS health and fitness app. Details


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






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