Newsletter & Bids 4 2018

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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.   When we started we used to be called Elephant in a Room,   we are now going out to 3,514 organisations in Training and Development.  We will be known re the Newsletter as KPI Development Limited trading as 20/20 Vision which will be part of our other company KPI Development Limited. Company Number 01888963 – Incorporated on 22 February 1985.

This week we have some 44 pages of Information, News, Bids, Grants and Funds – use the download link below to get all the details!


Ok Clients that we have worked with or are working with I send out e-mails to update or warn them of items now most weeks I send out no one comes back to say Great or Thanks so this week I sent out with subject line Please Note From 25th of Jad and all of a sudden people e-mail me about that well many thanks but just checking to see if you read the e-mails.


From now on you need to be aware New Identity Checking Guidelines – Disclosure and Barring Service New identity (ID) checking guidelines have been introduced for standard and enhanced disclosure checks. The new guidelines have been running in parallel with previous guidelines since October 2017. However, the previous guidelines now cease to apply and you must use the new version. The change is being introduced so that the DBS’s identity checking process is aligned with right to work checks. These state that employers must prevent illegal working in the UK by carrying out document checks on people before employing them to make sure they are allowed to work. If you have any questions about the changes: Contact


Skills devolution needed to power economy: London and other parts of the country are experiencing severe skills shortages that could hinder economic growth and leave them vulnerable to the impact of Brexit, the All-Party Parliamentary Group for London (APPG for London) argued at Westminster Tuesday. In a specially convened Westminster Hall debate, Catherine West MP set out how the present skills system is unable to meet the growing demand for skilled employees, and made an urgent case for skills devolution to London and other major towns and cities such as Manchester, Leeds and Liverpool. Catherine West said: “I’m asking government to act now to free our skills system so it truly delivers the education and training employers are looking for. In London we want to respond to the needs of our growing population and dynamic business community but our powers are limited.”


Company for sale in Surrey on ROTO and ROTAP has Sub Contracts for Apprentices Year end 2016 the Turnover £212,939.00 with a Gross profit £152,959.00

Net profit (PBT) £66,875 (30%) Please note offers around £140,000.00 only.


The ESFA must be mad but here we go last year, as part of our continued customer experience work, we held interviews and workshops with a range of our customers.

In order to consider feedback and to enhance customer experience, we have set up improvement projects. As we progress these projects we want to talk with you again and will be doing 45 minute telephone interviews from 26 February to 9 March.  We are also developing our online reference group and will be using this more to test our plans, ideas and services with you in a quick and simple way. If you are interested in being interviewed or joining the online group please


TCHC on our NEETs contract in Northants have been given additional starts. If you are interested or know anyone that would be interested in funding to support young people progress into Education, Employment or Apprenticeships, let me know. Starts between now and end of March for delivery in reg or non reg. Short Pre Apprenticeship programme for 16-18 year olds, or other delivery and support that gets progressions for young people that they want! Email


Ministry of Justice Commissioning of New Prison Education Contracts

Offender learning and Skills Service (OLASS) contracts come to an end in 2018, making way for a new era of prison governor-led education commissioning. Prisons are being given increasing flexibility and control over education budgets and the ability to commission a wide range of provision.

To stay up to date with announcements on this fast-moving area of reform, sign up to the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) online ‘Sourcing Portal’ here:


ESFA tell us Employers are already making the switch to standards. As of 18 January 2018, there are 220 standards approved for delivery and employers are already recruiting apprentices onto those standards. In the academic year 2016 to 2017, we saw 24,600 starts on standards, up from 4,300 starts in the previous academic year. At this stage we are confident that standards are being taken up naturally.

Over the course of 2017, we sought feedback on a 4th and 5th batch of apprenticeship pathways and frameworks which our analysis suggested would be well covered by new apprenticeship standards. As a result of that feedback exercise, we are confident that there are a number of frameworks that are covered by standards that have been approved for delivery and are being taken up by employers. Those frameworks can be found on the removal of apprenticeship frameworks page However, recognising this is a time of significant change for the sector, we will not withdraw any further frameworks until 2020.  For further information, refer to the removal of apprenticeship frameworks page contact the ESFA service desk.

We encourage employers and providers to let IAs know when they think that frameworks have become redundant. You can see which IAs manage which frameworks on the apprenticeship framework delivery list.


QAR 2016 to 2017 – re-release of provisional data for all providers Action

From the feedback received during the Qualification Achievement Rates provisional window, we will be applying some minor changes to the calculations. We will re-publish provisional data for all providers in the coming days and will communicate through both the Hub and the QAR FE connect blog once complete.

Although the changes do not affect the majority of providers, we still advise that you check your data.  The BIRST dashboards will not be available while we update the data. We will communicate the outage through the HUB. Please ensure you check for these communications before raising an incident with the service desk.

You have until 5pm on Friday, 2 February to inform us of any further concerns about how we have implemented our published methodology; you cannot request fixes or adjustments to your 2016 to 2017 ILR data.  If you have any queries, please contact the service desk.

For specific data queries, please complete the data queries form and email the form to the service desk.


Skills for Care annual conference 2018 Thursday 1 March 2018, ILEC Conference Centre, London Quality people, quality care Recruit, develop and lead for a sustainable service.  A national conversation for leaders and managers in social care and health. book now for our national conference to take advantage of our early bird offer of £180+VAT – available until Friday 31 January 2018. Registered manager members can take advantage of a special membership price of £170+VAT.

This day-long conference focuses on the core themes of quality and sustainability. Showcasing best practice and the latest thinking from across the sector, the day is packed with high quality speakers and interactive workshops.

Come along to hear from Andrea Sutcliffe CBE, Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care at the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and Sir Andrew Dilnot CBE, a member of the Green Paper expert advisory group, as well as colleagues from:
National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)
The Outstanding Society
Royal College of Occupational Therapists
Disclosure and Barring Service
Wakefield New Models of Care Partnership (Connecting Care) – an NHS England Enhanced Care Home Vanguard.


Pitman Training Group has introduced a community category to its annual Super Achievers awards to recognise the excellent work done by local community groups across the country. Please share with your network to get recognition and the chance of £1,000 reward for your local groups.  Nominations are open until 2nd March. Find out more at


Social Firms Wales is delighted to be celebrating the launch of The Bridge Project.

Barod CIC, Social Firms Wales and three partners would like to invite you to the launch of The Bridge Project on the 1 February at TechHub in Swansea. 2pm – 4.30 pm.

There will be a buffet tea and cake and the opportunity to come together as a community to share our experiences and build new friendships for the future. The Bridge project aims to change assumptions about work, business ownership and generating income for people with Learning difficulties. Booking is essential so that we can prepare your place at the table. Email: to book your place advising of any dietary requirements. We hope to see you there. Please feel free to share this invitation to anyone you think would be interested in attending.


The CPD Standards Office tell us as part of their Campaigning for Excellence in Lifelong Learning tell us everywhere you look, there is great advice on how to run training courses, what to do and how to do it. But no one tells you what not to do – those things that are guaranteed to disappoint or detract from your training.

So here is the top list of 7 things to never do:

  1. Don’t do Monday mornings or Fridays: Obvious really, but it’s amazing how often courses are agreed without checking which day of the week they are on.
  2. Don’t create a 5 day course: Delegates simply won’t put aside a full week to attend your training course. Their boss simply won’t allow it and if they are the boss, they won’t want to take a week out. Condense your 5 days content into 3 days.
  3. Don’t pin your hopes on public courses:You won’t get the take up you are expecting, the training market has moved on – sorry!
  4. Don’t isolate your delegates: Introduce your delegates to each other, get them to network together and create ways they can carry on their conversations after your training. Share their contact details with each other – with their permission.
  5. Don’t set overnight assignments: Rather start the next day with a summary of the previous day. You avoid embarrassing those that didn’t have time or were not staying over, forgot or could not be bothered.
  6. Don’t immortalise one delegate: Constantly referencing one of your delegates because you happen to know they are good in an area is guaranteed to embarrass that person and alienate the rest of your audience.
  7. Don’t overrun: With child care charges of up to £5 per minute for overtime, and on the run busy lives, you’re not making friends by overrunning. Finish 10 minutes early and offer your delegates the chance to join you for an informal coffee or drink.


The conference on Thursday at Coventry had the keynote speaker for this event which was Rt Hon Anne Milton MP – Minister of Skills & Apprenticeships, who discussed the importance of changing the way Apprenticeships are positioned, to be viewed as a mark of quality, and programmes which help people of all ages to achieve big dreams, but mentions that there’s still a long way to go.  The question and answer session followed;

Q: In 2020 what will success look like in terms of apprenticeships? 

A: We need to ensure the economy has all the skills needed post Brexit, therefore our focus is on skills over knowledge.

Q: Why have starts been so low?

A: Starts are a bit lower than expected because there was initial resistance from employers. Historically employers in general have put low amounts of money into skills development therefore the government was right to push ahead with the levy, simply a ring fenced ‘tax’, to fund the skills that employers need. It takes time to change mind-sets and understand / embed a new system. It has taken employers time to decide / plan what they want to spend their pot of money on. We’re now seeing much better understanding and uptake with the new Standards.

Q: The 20% off-the-job is an arbitrary requirement that emphasizes quantity over quality, which goes against what you have just said. Many learners have numerous opportunities outside of the workplace and outside of normal hours to attend events but at the moment, they cannot be counted or have to be given time-off-in-lieu.

A: We need to find a balance between people not abusing the system and being creative about the ways we can develop these skills. The minister is keen to have us send her suggestions as to how activities outside of the workplace and normal working hours (e.g. attending networking events) can be incorporated into the 20% requirement.

Q: is it right that organisations use this levy to upskill or super-skill their existing staff, particularly in areas like management development, rather than on bringing in new young staff?

A: Upskilling and super-skilling is a good thing for the economy, particularly where it is related to management where it has been demonstrated that better managers drive more effective businesses. The key however, is to get a balance between upskilling existing workers and ensuring there are still the opportunities for the young and those with other needs.

Taking fees for brokering apprenticeship funding is acceptable, according to correspondence from the Skills Funding Agency – as long as payments aren’t made directly from government funding.

The government recently promised to crack down on brokering, which can see subcontractors charged up to five per cent of their total contract funding in commission to be matched with a prime.  The AELP now wants this loophole fixed for good, to “ensure the need for brokerage is eliminated”.

Funding rules were changed last year to prevent brokering, and state that “funds in an employer’s digital account or government-employer co-investment must not be used for… specific services not related to the delivery and administration of the apprenticeship”.  But the director of a Yorkshire-based firm that openly offers a “subcontracting and brokerage service” on its website has denied any wrongdoing, and has correspondence from the body that became the Education and Skills Funding Agency to prove it. Please see:


A huge college rocked by a string of senior leadership departures that’s currently rated ‘requires improvement’ by Ofsted has been revisited amid portents that standards could be slipping further.

Sheffield College lost its chief executive in November and its governing body chair in January, after both resigned with immediate effect.  Its latest accounts, dated December 18, reveal an ongoing decline in achievement rates – particularly among 16- to 18-year-olds. However, the college denied there was any connection between these upheavals and Ofsted’s visit.

Fake HMRC Text Messages: HMRC halts thousands of scam text messages.  As part of Take Five to Stop Fraud Week, the tax authority explains its work to protect customers from text message scammers.

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has stopped thousands of taxpayers from receiving scam text messages, with 90 percent of the most convincing texts now halted before they reach their phones. The milestone comes during Take Five To Stop Fraud Week, with the tax authority working to raise awareness of the tell-tale signs of fraud ahead of the Self Assessment deadline. Fraudsters alleging to be from HMRC send text messages to unsuspecting members of the public. In these messages they will make false claims, such as suggesting they are due a tax rebate. Messages will usually include links to websites that harvest personal information or spread malware. This can in turn lead to identity fraud and the theft of people’s personal savings.

HMRC will never contact customers who are due a tax refund by text message or by email.  Reports of this type of fraud have quickly increased in volume over the last few years. People are 9 times more likely to fall for text message scams than other forms like email because they can appear more legitimate, with many texts displaying ‘HMRC’ as the sender, rather than a phone number. HMRC, working with public and private partners, began a pilot in April 2017 to combat these messages.

The new technology identifies fraud texts with ‘tags’ that suggest they are from HMRC and stops them from being delivered. Since the pilot began, there has been a 90% reduction in customer reports around the spoofing of these specific HMRC-related tags on SMS and a five-fold reduction in malicious SMS reports. The initiative has helped reduce reports of these scams from over 5,000 in March 2017, before the new programme was introduced, to fewer than 1,000 in December 2017. This progress comes after similar successes in tackling fraudulent emails and websites. In the last 12 months, HMRC has initiated the removal of 16,000 malicious websites, meaning even if the texts are delivered, the associated phishing website is likely to have been removed.  We have made significant progress is cutting down these types of crime, but one of the most effective ways to tackle it is still to help the public spot the tell-tale signs of fraud. HMRC is working with the National Cyber Security Centre to further this work and extend the benefits beyond HMRC customers.


Tip of the week I: 30% discount on sale items at Urban Outfitters.

Tip of the week 2: National Express coach journeys for £5 or less. Details

Tip of the week 3: Four nights in Rome including flights from £79. Details


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