Newsletter & Bids 6 2018 – Bumper Edition!

 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. We have a Bumper Edition this week of some 54 pages of information News, Bids Grants and Funds.  Full details can be downloaded from the link below:


Ok lots going on this week.


Subcontractor declaration for 2017 to 2018: Organisations delivering ESFA funded adult programmes, including all apprenticeships and traineeships, must declare their subcontracting arrangements for 2017 to 2018 by Wednesday 14 February 2018.


Our last company for sale has gone through and now this next ones detail is in.

London based Company for sale ROTO and RoATP has been trading since 2014.  It has delivered lots of private qualifications and some funded quals including ALL. It has passed both parts of the ROTO and is approved on the ROATP on the supporting route. It has accounts of £650k for the previous financial year and meets the financial criteria at the SFA.

It also has a contract with a main apprenticeship provider of £500k that can be transferred with the sale of the company. The company has No liabilities or debts, It has awarding body approval and confirmation has been sought to transfer to new owners. Asking price is around £120 – 150k or near offer.


National Apprenticeship Week 2018 takes place from 5 to 9 March 2018. The theme of the week is Apprenticeships Work to showcase how apprenticeships work for employers, individuals, local communities and the wider economy. Training organisations play a vital role in ensuring apprenticeships work for both apprentices and employers. To make it as easy as possible for you to take part we’ve developed a range of engaging resources.  You can support the week on social media by:asking employers and apprentices you work with to take part in the #WorksForMe campaign

using the #NAW2018 on your social media content and encourage other supporters of apprenticeships to do the same Email us at


At the Prospects event on the 27th Of February at the Old Town Hall National Career Service Career Event Adult Apprentice’s and Employers with 20 providers.


The Government has now abolished Pre-Qualification Questionnaires (PQQs) for low-value contracts (under £111,676 in value), meaning that it has never been easier for micro and small businesses to get involved in public sector tendering. But where to start?

Supply2Gov: Introduction to procurement 1st March 11:00am
We are hosting a webinar to help small businesses gain a better understanding of the publicsector marketplace and how Supply2Gov can help grow your business.
The webinar is completely free and lasts for around 45 minutes.
We will cover: 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



Ok two things 1 we are still looking for a good Apprentice Co -ordinator for Ilford.

Next is in relationship to Valentine’s day 14th please post early as last year most came in the day after and blocked the mail box.


Peer Meet Up for Training Providers 16th of March at TWIN Group London

To get your free tickets please go to

Only 45 tickets left this event is for Directors, Owners and decision maker’s follows on from Events in Leeds, Birmingham and London.

Agenda is shown here: Registration 9.30 for reception registration Start 10.00 AM finish with Photos and PR items 16.00

10.00 Welcome from Steve Lawrence EEVT Ltd Housekeeping and general overview on the day.

10.10 MD of Twin Training Group Caroline Fox as Host Welcomes Attendees.

10.30 Pathways Round Robin Safraz Ali Founder of Pathways Group and talking about Pathways 2 Grow

10.55 One File with Susanna Lawson Director who is the Winner of the Forward Ladies National Awards 2017 and OneFile who won the 2017 Queens award for Innovation.

11.15 Comfort break and Networking

11.35 Sam Warne’s Managing Director and Creator of Edlounge looking at AP in the modern world

12.00 ICQ Awarding Body End Point Assessment and what it will mean going forward and changes.

12.20 Lunch sponsored by ICQ and Networking

1.10 Jane Knight Successful Mums her work with Ikea and Waitrose

1.30 Kerry Boffey Founder of the Adult learning Improvement Network and her organisations work on resources were originally designed for study programmes and trainee-ships but have proved equally popular with apprentices.

1.50 Sir Henry Boyle looking at his work in East London Training and provision needs and Partnerships 

2.10 Comfort Break and Networking

2.30 Adam Slone CEO of Men’s Hairdressing Federation and his work with City and Guilds Not confirmed yet

3.00 MAW Ltd with Milly Wildish

3.30 Questions and Answers Session Steve Lawrence EEVT BAME Apprenticeship Alliance member with Panel answer questions AOB and Photos 

4.00 Photo Calls and PR and Networking plus safe journey home 

The event is hosted by collaboration by TWIN Group, ICQ Awarding Body and Pathway 2 Grow. 


DBS has been made aware that a number of people have been targeted by fraudsters asking them to pay upfront for DBS certificates that never materialised.

Dr Sue Smith, Director of Safeguarding, Strategy and Quality at the DBS said:

This sort of scam can be really distressing to those involved and we are keen to do all we can to prevent it. We will be working closely with colleagues in SAFER Jobs to raise awareness of the issue and advising people where to go for more support.

SAFER Jobs is a not-for-profit organisation set up by the Metropolitan Police to raise awareness and combat criminal activities that may be attempted on those seeking a job.

Keith Rosser, Chair of SAFER Jobs, said: Recruitment fraud takes many guises including paying for background checks, identity theft, premium rate phone interview scams, and even human trafficking and modern slavery. The public can fall for fake jobs advertised online or they can even be ‘head-hunted’ by criminals finding their profiles or CVs online. We are proud of the impact we have had so far but there is still so much more to do to prevent job seekers from falling victim to fraudsters. It is great to be working with the DBS to help raise awareness of the issue and help reduce the number of people falling victim to this crime.

The DBS issue around 4 million certificates every year. The type of role you apply for will determine the level of DBS check you are eligible to have carried out. The following are the three types of checks available:

  • Basic Check: This is suitable for any role. The certificate will show any unspent cautions and convictions under the terms of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974
  • Standard Check: This is suitable for certain trusted roles such as security guards. The certificate shows both spent and unspent convictions, cautions, reprimands and warnings that are held on the Police National Computer
  • Enhanced Check: This is suitable for people working with children and vulnerable adults. These certificates show the same information as the Standard but with the addition of further relevant information from the Police. They can in some cases also show if a person is on one of the DBS Barred lists

Applicants can only request a Basic Check to be carried out on them. For a Standard or Enhanced criminal records check they need to get an application form from the employer who asked them for a DBS check. This would then be submitted to the DBS by an organisation registered to do so. The certificate would then be issued to the individual and it would be up to them to share the information with their potential employer. They can however, request a Basic check.

Dr Smith added: If anyone is concerned that they are being asked unnecessarily for a DBS check or that the person requesting a check may not be a legitimate organisation, especially if they are asking for money, then they should get in touch with us or SAFER Jobs to discuss their concerns. It is also worth remembering that if you are applying for a volunteer position we process you application for free.  For more information or to raise a concern visit or contact DBS Customer Services via email call the DBS helpline on 03000 200 190 or for Welsh speakers 03000 200 191.



Following communications with the IFA, they have now approved the H&SC new standards and assessment plans.  Please see updated statement.

From the 6th February 2018, any learners who commence the Adult Care Worker and Lead Adult Care Worker apprenticeship must be registered against the new RQF Diploma’s Level 2 Diploma in Care (QAN : 603/2762/5) Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care (QAN : 603/2764/9)


  • Adult Care Worker Apprenticeship Standard Level 2
  • Lead Adult Care Worker Apprenticeship Standard Level 3


Dear Colleagues As requested by Skills for Care, we recently communicated with you on 2nd February, to provide you with an update on the above named standards, and the measure they asked Awarding Organisations to put in place. This was to ensure that you could register your learners whilst awaiting the revisions to the standard and assessment plan that was pending approval by the IfA. On 5th February we received the following communication from the Care Apprenticeship Board who are responsible for the implementation of the new standards:

The IfA have just published the revised L2 and 3 standards and assessment plans. We know it has been a confusing time for learning providers and awarding organisations who have been trying to find a way around the delayed sign-off by IfA but hopefully this will now settle down the market. We will communicate broadly with employers and suppliers. The Level 2 (updated) Adult Care Worker Standard and Assessment plan is here The Level 3 (updated) Lead Adult Care Worker Standard and Assessment plan is here Please make sure you familiarise yourself with these amendments. What does this now mean for you? From the 6th February 2018, any learners who commence the Adult Care Worker and Lead Adult Care Worker apprenticeship must be registered against the new RQF Diploma’s Level 2 Diploma in Care (QAN : 603/2762/5) Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care (QAN : 603/2764/9)

Prepared by Dionne Broughton, Sector Manager Health and Social Care These qualifications are available for you to register learners against on our systems as standalone qualifications currently; we are working to create apprenticeship bundle codes based on the requirements of the apprenticeship standard. Prior to the 6th February 2018, the Adult Care Worker and Lead Adult Care Worker standards named the following qualifications, respectively, as mandatory: Level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) for England (QAN : 501/1699/X) Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) for England (QAN : 501/1607/1) If you have a learner that commenced either apprenticeship standard before 6th February 2018, you will need to register the learner to the relevant Diploma qualifications that were reinstated by us.

These qualifications are available for you to register learners against on our systems as standalone qualifications only and therefore you will need to make registrations to Functional Skills separately (MAS/bundle codes are not available). We will hold these qualifications open for 4 months (until 31 May 2018) to allow you to register learners who you have commenced on these standards up to and including 5 February 2018. Do not register learners who commenced after the 6th February to the above named qualifications – they will need to be registered to the new RQF qualification. Please note that this revised last date for registration supersedes the previous information provided to you on the 2nd February 2018, which we were asked to provide to you by Skills for Care. The SASE frameworks for Health & Social Care England remains closed


Scope will invest £375,000 in a new scheme to support start-up businesses which provide employment solutions for disabled people.  This comes as part of Scope’s new strategy to provide services, information, advice and support to two million disabled people by 2022. 

At the end of last year Scope announced it would transfer 51 services to a private healhcare provider as part of its plan to reduce direct service provision and focus on activities to bring about societal change.

Three-way partnership: The charity is one of three co-funders supporting Thrive, a funding and support programme launched by foundation for social entrepreneurs Unltd. Through the programme, Unltd will offer six months of intensive support and the option to apply for funding through the Thrive Investment Fund.

Unltd, the UK’s foundation for social entrepreneurs, has launched Thrive, a scheme to support and fund 60 social ventures over three years.

Scope will invest £375,000 to support 24 of these social ventures aimed at disabled people over the next three years, while financial services firm UBS will fund 12 ventures in this time and an anonymous family foundation will fund the other 24.

‘Turning tradition on its head’: Mark Atkinson, chief executive of Scope, said the charity’s co-funding of Thrive fits into its new strategy to tackle disability unemployment.

He said: “The fact that there are still one million disabled people in Britain who can and want to work but who are being shut out of the workplace because of barriers in the workplace and negative attitudes shows that old approaches to employment just aren’t working.

“That’s why we’re delighted to support new approaches to tackle the issue and ensure that disabled people have the same opportunities as everyone else.

“Traditionally, charities are the ones who receive funding to run services. But Scope is turning tradition on its head by investing in a scheme which will provide support directly to ambitious disabled entrepreneurs and social enterprises which will transform disabled people’s lives.”  Repayable finance: The Thrive Investment Fund will offer repayable finance to each social venture to facilitate growth. Investment will be offered to the ventures after six months of support to help them build their financial health and operational capacity.

The decision about who to fund, how much and what terms will be made by the investment panel and ventures team. The investment panel will include partners, funders and other key stakeholders.  The funding amounts will vary between £25,000 and £50,000. Where possible, this capital will be used to leverage further external investment.

Mark Norbury, UnLtd chief executive, said: “Access to meaningful employment is a vital part of our society becoming fairer and more dynamic. Social ventures have shown that they are ideally placed to offer innovative and effective employment solutions.

“Thrive’s distinctive blend of tailored expertise and affordable finance will help these ventures maximise their potential social impact. We will combine this impact with our partners’ expertise and influence, research, policy work and campaigns to bring about systemic change.”


The Department of Health and Social Care is not doing enough to support a sustainable social care workforce. The number of people working in care is not meeting the country’s growing care demands and unmet care needs are increasing, according to today’s report by the National Audit Office (NAO).

While many people working in care find it rewarding, there is widespread agreement that workers feel undervalued and there are limited opportunities for career progression, particularly compared with similar roles in health. In 2016-17, around half of care workers were paid £7.50 per hour or below (the National Living Wage was £7.20 in 2016-17), equivalent to £14,625 annually. This, along with tough working conditions and a poor image, prevents workers from joining and remaining in the sector.

There are around 1.34 million jobs in the adult social care sector in England, across more than 20,300 organisations1. The turnover rate of care staff has been increasing since 2012-13 and in 2016-17 reached 27.8%. The vacancy rate in 2016-17 for jobs across social care was 6.6%, which was well above the national average of 2.5%-2.7%.

However, demographic trends suggest that demand for care will continue to increase and people’s cares needs will continue to become more complex. To meet these challenges, the Department estimates that the workforce will need to grow by 2.6% every year until 2035.

The social care market is operating in challenging circumstances. Care providers, already under financial pressures, are struggling to recruit and retain workers and are incurring additional costs as a result. Local authorities spent 5.3% less on care in 2016-17 compared with 2010-11, and spending is expected to reduce further over the next two years due to continued government funding cuts and increased financial pressures on local authorities.  Uncertainty over funding is limiting local authorities’ ability to plan future spending on care.

The Department cannot demonstrate that the sector is sustainably funded, which impacts workforce planning. Around 65% of independent providers’ income comes from local authority-arranged care. The vast majority of local authorities are paying fees to homecare providers that are below the recommended minimum price for care, putting providers in financial difficulties. Furthermore, local authorities are not paying the full cost for care home placements. If this continues, there is a risk providers will not continue to invest in areas where there are high proportions of people receiving local authority funded care.

The Department has no national strategy to address this workforce challenge and key commitments it has made to help make the sector more attractive, through enhanced training and career development, have not been followed through.

Furthermore, the NAO has not found any evidence that the Department is overseeing workforce planning by local authorities and local health and care partnerships, which commission care, to help with the challenge. Without a national strategy to align to, few local areas have detailed plans for sustaining the care workforce.

The NAO has recommended that the Department produces a robust national workforce strategy with the support of the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government and that it encourages local and regional bodies to align their own plans to it. The Department also needs to invest more to enable commissioners to set appropriate fees for providers, so they can pay staff adequately and afford to offer career development and training opportunities.

The government intends to publish a green paper on reforming care for older people by summer 2018.  1There are around 1.34 million jobs in the adult social care sector in England. This excludes an estimated 145,000 jobs for personal assistants, employed by recipients of personal budgets and self-funders and 91,000 care jobs within the NHS.

“Social care cannot continue as a Cinderella service – without a valued and rewarded workforce, adult social care cannot fulfil its crucial role of supporting elderly and vulnerable people in society.  Pressures and demands on the health and social care systems are increasing, so the Department needs to respond quickly to this challenge by giving the sector the attention it deserves and needs, instead of falling short and not delivering value for money.”  Amyas Morse, head of the National Audit Office, 8 February 2018

Full Report at


Well I never knew about this Taxicard Funding: London Councils has secured an agreement with Transport for London (TfL) to ensure funding for the Taxicard scheme is not reduced in 2018/19. Taxicard will continue to receive the same level of funding from TfL as it did the previous year, plus any increases needed to cover taxi fare rises.

The London Taxicard scheme provides subsidised door to door journeys in licensed taxis and private hire vehicles for London residents who have serious mobility or visual impairments. Cllr Julian Bell, Chair of London Councils’ Transport and Environment Committee, said: “We are delighted that we have secured this commitment…Now we know that TfL’s Taxicard’s budget will be maintained in 2018-19, we can focus on ensuring the scheme works in the best possible way for users and our member boroughs.”


This survey aims to get a picture of the current challenges impacting voluntary sector organisations working with people in contact with the criminal justice system and/or their families in England and Wales. We use the survey to inform the range of support Clinks provides for voluntary organisations, as well as our work with others including government departments and agencies, funders and donors

If you would like to see previous reports, please visit: For hard copies, please email

What we will ask you
We will ask you to provide information about your organisation’s work, staffing, volunteers, beneficiaries and your experiences of partnership working. This year we also want to explore how you are working to identify and meet the needs of your clients with protected characteristics.

Please allow up to 15-20 minutes to complete the survey. You can complete a portion of the survey and return later using the same link to finish the rest.
Some questions will ask you to think about the last year which refers to the financial year 2016/2017.
In the questionnaire we ask about contact details of your organisation. This will help Clinks with data analysis and ensure that a good range of organisations has been reached. Your details will be only be read by Clinks and NCVO who are partnering in the research. We will not share your data with third parties, or use it to do anything other than contact you for further information or clarification on your answers. No organisation will be named or otherwise identified in the report produced. Participants are under no obligation to provide contact details.

Contact If you have any questions about this survey or would like to respond to it over the phone, please contact Nicola Drinkwater, Senior Policy Officer on 0785 0084 018 or at


Tip of the week I: Four nights in, and flights to, Krakow from £89. Details

  • Option 1: with London flights
  • £89-£199 for 2 nights, depending on the dates chosen
  • £139-£209 for 3 nights, depending on the dates chosen
  • £169-£265 for 4 nights, depending on the dates chosen
  • Option 2: with Manchester flights
  • £159-£199 for 2 nights, depending on the dates chosen
  • £199-£269 for 3 nights, depending on the dates chosen
  • £199-£259 for 4 nights, depending on the dates chosen
  • Option 3: with Edinburgh flights
  • £165-£219 for 2 nights, depending on the dates chosen
  • £189-£249 for 3 nights, depending on the dates chosen
  • £215-£279 for 4 nights, depending on the dates chosen
  • Option 4: with East Midlands flights
  • £139-£199 for 2 nights, depending on the dates chosen
  • £199-£315 for 3 nights, depending on the dates chosen
  • £199-£279 for 4 nights, depending on the dates chosen


Tip of the week 2: Valentine’s Day meal at Prezzo for £20. Details

Get three courses for £19.95 per person from the Prezzo Valentine’s menu, available when you dine in at any of its restaurants from Wed 14 Feb – Sun 18 Feb.

You can choose any starter, main and dessert from the a la carte menu. The offer excludes sharing dishes, the lunch sandwich and set menus. Extras will be charged at the normal price.If you choose the most expensive dishes, this offer could save you £10ish. However, you won’t save money if you pick the lowest-priced menu items. It’s likely to be busy so it’s best to book in advance. 25% off ottles of wine and prosecco If you’re eating from the three-course Valentine’s menu, you’ll also get 25% off the price of bottles of wine and prosecco. Due to licensing laws this offer isn’t available in Scotland.


Tip of the week 3: 10% discount at H&M. Details


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