Newsletter & Bids 7 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. We have another Bumper Edition this week of some 53 pages of information News, Bids Grants and Funds.  Full details can be downloaded from the link below:


Ok it’s all going on and not many changes other than more changes:

Again the ESFA do it Anger as apprenticeship providers asked to log off-the-job training Paul Offord | 13:59, Feb 15, 2018 Anger as apprenticeship providers asked to log off-the-job training Providers will be asked to log apprentices’ off-the-job training hours to prove that the deeply unpopular minimum funding requirement is being met, the government has revealed. A new data field for individual learner records (ILR) – which is to be updated monthly – is supposed to “help” providers “demonstrate compliance” with the requirement for at least 20 per cent of apprentices’ time to be spent training away from work. It will not be introduced until 2018/19 and is described in new ILR guidance as “optional”. But the Association of Employment and Learning Providers believes that it goes against previous assurances over how the rule, which is hated by employers, will be enforced. “All along Education and Skills Funding Agency has assured us that there would be no additional administrative burdens, but this a significant add-on,” said AELP boss Mark Dawe.


A new college campus identifier will be introduced into individualised learner records from 2018/19, potentially paving the way for campus-level inspections at mega-colleges.  The additional data will identify a “campus within a college group and no longer a separate legal entity but previously operated as an incorporated college with a UKPRN”, according to new guidance published today by the Education and Skills Funding Agency.  A campus identifier will “allow identification of provision delivered across the various sites of merged institutions”.

The new identifier will be in use from the start of 2018/19, which means that colleges will have a year’s worth of campus-level data in time for the new Ofsted common inspection framework, expected from September 2019.


ESFA tell us Learner satisfaction survey 2017 to 2018 for Information

The learner satisfaction survey runs from 30 October 2017 to midnight on 4 May 2018.

Providers can now access their first indicative report (includes responses up to 12 January) on the Provider Extranet. A further report will be available after the survey has closed. Providers are encouraged to use the report to ensure they are on track to obtain a valid score. Guidance to support providers is available on GOV.UK.

This year, we are testing some new enhancements to further improve the quality and usefulness of the learner satisfaction survey data. These include:

Additional quality assurance checks, ensuring comparable responses between providers, by contacting a sample of learners who have completed the survey to ask them about their experiences, sending direct online invites, from 3 April, to learners who haven’t yet participated (who have given their consent on their ILR) to encourage their responses

This does not affect the provider led approach, where providers have invited their learners to participate in the survey.  For further information, please email the service desk.


The only FE College instituted in the last 20 years has been issued with a financial notice to improve, just six months after its former leader retired.

Prospects College of Advanced Technology, which converted from being an independent training provider to college status in 2014, was hit with the notice – published today – on January 30. “PROCAT has been assessed as having inadequate financial health by ESFA following a review of the college’s latest outturn figures for 2016/17 and the revised budget for 2017/18 and associated information, submitted to ESFA 5 January 2018,” it said.


News on the Peer Meet up we only have 7 places left Peer Meet Up for Training Providers 16th of March at TWIN Group London To get your free tickets please go to


Slavery & Human Trafficking Statement. Section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 only requires organisations that supply goods or services and have a consolidated global turnover of £36 million per annum to prepare a statement for each financial year. However, there has been an increased emphasis of late on smaller organisations with bids to have their own statements having such a statement as a matter of transparency and good practice, so we would recommend one be created and also made available on your website.


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


Levy News Businesses ‘will be able to transfer’ apprenticeship levy funds to other organisations: Employers that pay the apprenticeship levy will have the option to transfer 10 per cent of their annual apprenticeship funds to other organisations from April 2018 – giving them extra flexibility in how they use it to help close skills gaps, the government has announced.  

The Education and Skills Funding Agency said that employers wishing to transfer a proportion of their annual levy funds will be able to choose who they want to give it to – providing their designated recipient wants to receive it and both parties are registered on the apprenticeship system.

Up to 10 per cent of levy funds can be transferred, calculated from the total of the employer’s declared levy value and the government’s 10 per cent top-up, including a percentage for English apprenticeships. The apprenticeship levy, introduced on 6 April 2017, applies to employers with an annual pay bill of more than £3m.

In its guidance to transferring apprenticeship service funds, the government confirmed that any employer registered on its apprenticeship service is eligible to receive and use these transferred funds, and that the money can only be used to pay for the training and assessment cost of the apprenticeships agreed with the receiving employer.

There are no restrictions as to whom employers can transfer the funding to, however.

Funds are to be paid monthly for the duration of the apprenticeship, and companies making transfers and those receiving funds are required to agree on the details of the transfer, including factors such as how many apprentices it will cover.

Jake Tween, head of apprenticeships at ILM, welcomed the development, which he told People Management, would give employers “more control over apprenticeships” and represented a shift towards genuine employer ownership. 

Tween said this flexibility was what “employers have asked for since the consultation on the levy first took place in 2015. It is extremely likely to have a positive effect on productivity.”

Tween added that it would also incentivise employers to take on more apprentices and upskill their existing workforces, and had “huge potential to strengthen the ties between employers in the wider supply chain, fostering more seamless collaboration and greater portability of skills”. 

The regulations the government will introduce alongside this new option include that where an organisation currently has an apprentice funded by a transfer, it cannot transfer funds to another employer and, once a transfer is made, organisations cannot refund it to the sending employer.

Should the business funding another employer’s apprenticeship run out of funds, the government will pay 90 per cent of the remaining cost, and the receiving organisation will be required to pay the remaining 10 per cent contribution – known as co-investment. But employers are free to choose to which organisations funds can be transferred.

Mark Dawe, CEO of the Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP), told People Management that AELP found it “interesting” that the government’s guidance was that the transfers can be given to any employer the levy payer chooses.

The difficulty in policing “big employers helping out smaller firms in their supply chains” may be the reason the government has introduced this level of flexibility, he said.

The change may be a response to companies calling for greater flexibility in the apprenticeship levy. Assessing the early impact of the apprenticeship levy, a report from the CIPD published on 11 January found that 53 per cent of employers that pay the levy wanted a more flexible ‘training’ version.


study released this week by recruitment company Alexander Mann Solutions revealed that a third of businesses viewed apprentices as the most valuable source of emerging talent in 2018. Twenty-eight per cent of those surveyed were finding it difficult to fill graduate roles this season.

With Britain’s exit from the EU on the horizon, upskilling British citizens through apprenticeships and other training is widely required to help close the skills gaps.


This is particularly pertinent as potential new government visa restrictions may also result in fewer EU migrants working in the UK. The number of EU migrants arriving in the UK for work fell for the first time in a decade in February 2017, according to the Office for National Statistics.  Becci Newton, associate director of the Institute for Employment Studies, said the change was a positive move: “It is intuitively beneficial to all stakeholders – government, employers, potential apprentices – that other businesses can draw on these resources to enable them to provide training. “The change should, in principle, increase the number of apprenticeship opportunities available,” even if the administrative demands could be off-putting to some, she added.


Private providers are being let off millions of pounds in unpaid VAT because the tax office gave them bad advice, FE Week can reveal.

ITPs were meant to start adding a 20-per-cent charge to advance learner loans courses when the scheme was introduced in 2013, but it seems as though the rule has not been applied consistently. HMRC finally seems to have realised that it is missing out on considerable sums of money, and has now published “clarification guidance” emphasising that all independent providers – many of which were unaware of the requirement – must pay VAT.


A cash-strapped college in line for a multi-million pound emergency bailout has announced plans for a make-or-break merger – its second attempt at finding a forever partner. North Shropshire College, which is currently consulting on proposals to merge with Herefordshire and Ludlow College, expects to receive £3 million in exceptional financial support to ensure that “adequate cash balances will be in place until December 2018”, according to its 2016/17 accounts.


Just wanted to let you know that our Free Introduction to Procurement webinar has been rescheduled from Thursday 1 March to Friday 2 March. We will now be joined by PASS Principal Procurement Consultant Eddie Regan has spent the last 19 years lecturing and consulting on procurement policy and processes, making him a fount of public sector procurement knowledge!

Together we will deliver a webinar which aims to help small businesses gain a better understanding of the public sector marketplace and how Supply2Gov can help grow your business.

What does this mean for you if you’ve already registered for the webinar?

You will have already received an email from WebEx, our webinar provider, notifying you that the session has been moved.

You don’t have to re-register for the 2 March webinar. Your spot has been automatically saved for the new webinar date and time.

If you’re unable to attend the webinar during the new date, let me know and I’ll be sure to send you a recording of the presentation.

Apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused. We hope you can join for the Supply2Gov: Introduction to Procurement webinar with PASS procurement Friday 2 March at 11am.  If you haven’t already registered, remember that the webinar is completely free and lasts for around 45 minutes.

We will cover:

An overview of what public sector procurement is and entails

How to access your slice of the £242 billion procurement pie

Some top tips on how to get procurement ready


Today marks the official opening of the sixth annual Employment Related Services Association (ERSA) Employability Awards sponsored by Clarion Futures. Entries are now open to individuals, organisations and businesses that help jobseekers in their journey into or towards employment. The ERSA Employability Awards 2018 celebrate and champion best practice across the employment support sector, and seek to demonstrate the day-to-day hard work and dedication of those working to improve the lives of jobseekers, communities and the wider workforce. ERSA encourage applications from a range of organisations working with disadvantaged jobseekers, including charities, community groups, health services, housing associations, local authorities, training providers and employers.

 Kirsty McHugh, ERSA’s Chief Executive, said:

‘The ERSA Employability Awards recognises the unwavering dedication of employment support providers and businesses helping people into or towards employment. It presents an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of those on the frontline, who are working tirelessly to change people’s lives, and those of their families and communities around them’.  The deadline for entry is 9 March. Finalists in each category will be announced at the ERSA AGM in April, with the awards presented at a special ceremony in London in the summer. More information and how to apply can be found here.


Tip of the week I: Five fruit trees for £24.99. Details

Tip of the week 2: Up to three nights for two with breakfast and dinner at Gairloch Hotel from £49. Details

Tip of the week 3: 20% discount at Karen Millen. Details


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






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