Newsletter & Bids 2 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.   We go out to 3,517 people or organisations in Training and Development and this week have some 50 pages of information News, Bids Grants and Funds.


Ok the Loan’s facility is open please note that these have to be in by Providers must submit a growth request to be considered for an increase.  For further information, please refer to the advanced learner loans funding and performance management rules 2017 to 2018. Please note they must be in by Friday the 26th also you must either have loans facility or be applying as New if New application this would mean you must have had an ASB/ AEB contract 2015 to 2016 or Apprenticeship contract in 2015 to 2016 or both:  You must have been Ofsted inspected Grade 1 or Grade 2

Also your ROTO must show all sections with Capacity and Capability.


Apprentice’s in relation to Sub Contracting on the Non Digital please note the: New requirements about Sub Contracting.


Ok the Peer Meet Up for training Providers in Leeds on the 18 th of January in Leeds is hosted by Talented Training Ltd they are pleased to be holding the event conjunction with ICQ Awarding body the sponsors. We have only 18 seats left for the event. Tickets for this free event are available at

Agenda for the day

9.30 For reception registration Start 10.00 am finish with Photos and PR items 16.00

Welcome and Housekeeping Steve Lawrence 10.00

10.10 Host organisation Talented Training Ltd MD Marios Chrysostomou

10.30 Alan Hill Chairman of Pathways Group and  Shaheed Ladak

10.55 MAW Ltd with Milly Wildish

11.15 Comfort Break and Network

11.45 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

12.15 Sue Cawdron ICQ Awarding body and Sponsors for the Food for the event ICQ End Point Assessment

12.45 Lunch sponsored by ICQ and Networking

1.30 Sam Warnes Managing Director and Creator Edlounge looking at AP in the modern world

1.45 Alex Miles MD WY Learning Providers The What we do and how we can support you

2.10 Comfort Break

2.25  Reed and what we do where we do it and how.

3.00 Steve Lawrence EEVT BAME Apprenticeship Alliance member with Panel answer questions AOB and Photos

3.30 to 4.00 approx. end and safe journey

Great stuff from The Edgazette has a range of pre-recorded Ofsted webinars to view please go to


Just in case you missed it we do have a New Minister for Education again;’

However also Anne Milton will remain as a minister as the latest government reshuffle comes to an end, FE Week understands.  Number 10 confirmed that only new appointments had been announced on its official Twitter account today. And with no announcement forthcoming about Ms Milton, it is understood that she remains in her position, though the Department for Education.  The appointment of Nadhim Zahawi as a junior minister at the Department for Education was announced as part of today’s reshuffle. Number 10 tweeted that Mr Zahawi had become a parliamentary undersecretary of state for the DfE, we now know Zahawi, the MP for Stratford-Upon-Avon, was appointed parliamentary under-secretary of state at the Department for Education (DfE) on Tuesday, hours after news emerged that Robert Goodwill had been sacked following little more than six months in the role.

The DfE is yet to confirm Zahawi’s ministerial responsibilities, but the chief social worker for children, Isabelle Trowler, has said he will be the new children’s minister with responsibility for children’s social care. But would not confirm what his brief will be. It will be revealed by the DfE “in due course”.   The DfE refused to comment when asked about which junior minister would have the brief at this time.


At this time the Government are still saying that preparing for Adult Funding Devolution the Mayoral Combined Authorities (MCAs) and the Greater London Authority (GLA) will take on more responsibility to deliver quality adult education in their local areas from 2019 to 2020 when adult funding is devolved, subject to agreed readiness conditions.

A transitional year for MCAs will be created for the 2018 to 2019 academic year to give authorities time to learn the skills for success strengthen their relationships with providers and test out mechanisms before Adult Education Budget (AEB) devolution comes fully into force. There will be a significant step towards devolution, in the transitional year, giving MCAs for at this time Greater Manchester, West Midlands, Tees Valley, West of England, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough and Liverpool City Region, a greater role in shaping local area provision, to ensure a smooth transition and the continued protection of learners.

During the transitional year, the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) will continue to manage the AEB budget nationally, and will be responsible for calculating AEB allocations and notifying all providers. The Department for Education is supporting authorities as they build sustainable relationships with providers and will continue to work with them to align national and local policy on adult education. These changes were outlined in the Adult Education Budget Changing Context and Arrangements for 2016 to 2017 and the Industrial Strategy. This means that once the MCAs are in receipt of the AEB, ESFA will be responsible for only around half the current AEB it currently manages, giving greater powers to local areas. More information on devolution (which excludes the delivery of apprenticeship provision and that associated with employer delivery, adult traineeship provision or provision for those in adult detention), will be published early this year.


So funny I had to share it: A man walks into a London bank & says he wants to borrow £2,000 for three weeks. The loan officer asks him what kind of collateral he has. The man says “I’ve got a new Rolls Royce — keep it until the loan is paid off — here are the keys.” The loan officer promptly has the car driven into the bank’s underground parking for safe keeping & gives the man £2,000. Three weeks later the man comes into the bank, pays back the £2,000 loan, plus £50 interest & regains possession of the Rolls Royce. The loan officer asks him, “Sir, if I may ask, why would a man who drives a Rolls Royce need to borrow £2,000?” The man answers, “I had to go to Europe for three weeks, where else could I store a Rolls Royce safely for that long for £50?”


ESFA News: 1. Qualification Achievement Rates (QAR) provisional data for 2016 to 2017 released Action: Providers can now access their provisional QAR data for 2016 to 2017 on the data returns tab of the Hub and through BIRST reports. Guidance on how to use data extracts in the Hub and how to navigate BIRST are now available on GOV.UK.  You have until 5pm Friday, 2 February to inform us of any 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. If you have a query about specific data, complete the data queries form and email the form to the service desk.

We will publish your final QAR data during March 2018.

2. Apprenticeship off-the-job training and annual leave: Information

To provide clarification, off-the-job training is an essential part of an apprenticeship and therefore, must take place during employed time. If, by exception, training takes place in an evening, or outside of contracted hours, this should be recognised (for example, through time off in lieu).  Should an apprentice not be able to attend a planned training session (due to leave, sickness, operational pressures) the apprentice should be given the opportunity to catch up on what they missed (e.g. by attending one to one sessions with their provider or using on-line learning materials). As above, this should take place during paid working hours.

The programme is sufficiently flexible to accommodate exceptional periods of leave or sickness.

As in previous years, ESFA will be operating a business case process for traineeship in-year growth (IYG) for providers with an ESFA 16 to 18 contracts. The IYG window will open after the R06 data return closes on 6 February 2018. Providers will have until 28 February 2018 to submit a business case for growth through our online enquiry form.  For colleges and independent learning providers (ILPs) we will look at the R06 data return to assess how much of your 2017 to 2018 allocation you have used to date. For other provider types, we will use other latest data available. Provider business cases must include supporting evidence of employer support for additional starts in year, together with evidence of student demand. All awards in this window are subject to overall affordability. We will assess business cases during March 2018 and inform providers in April 2018, with growth being paid from May 2018.


Just a reminder Now several things here some it will be up to you but if you have a contract with ESFA for both or AEB or Apprentice delivery. Now they also say they will be inspecting sub-contractors so please note these items

Request to provide to Ofsted your self-assessment report or equivalent by 31 January 2018 We request that you send to us your self-assessment reports (SARs) or their equivalents, as we did last year. There is no requirement to produce or provide a SAR, but you will no doubt have a SAR or a similar quality improvement document that you produce and update periodically. Ofsted uses this for the planning and preparation of inspections. Providing a SAR or equivalent will have no bearing on whether you will have an inspection or not during the course of the year – the frequency of inspection is set out in the inspection handbook. But the information you provide this way means any inspection team will be better informed. This will help ensure any inspection goes smoothly both for the provider and the inspection team. We now request that you send your very latest SAR or equivalent by 31 January 2018 to this mailbox:
Subsequent versions can be sent to the same mailbox at any point in the year. Aviation House 125 Kingsway London WC2B 6SE T 0300 123 1231 Textphone 0161 618 8524 2 If you could include in the document filename the name of the college/ provider, your UKPRN and the date of the document version that would be very helpful. Ofsted will continue to ask for any updated version at the point of inspection notification. We look forward to receiving your SAR or equivalent. Inspection of careers guidance The Technical and Further Education Act 2017, which was passed at the end of April 2017, included a requirement that Ofsted should comment on careers guidance provided for students in colleges. This requirement will now come into effect from 2 January 2018.


The government has been accused of shocking double standards on transparency, admitting it probably won’t publish its long-delayed findings on subcontracting fees in time for parliamentary inquiry hearings.


The Education and Skills Funding Agency has taken over responsibility for publishing all subcontracting “management” fees, but it “aims” to publish them by the end of March – four months after its own deadline and too late to make them available for scrutiny by MPs.

There are several imminent select committee inquiry hearings on the matter, both from the Commons education and public accounts committees, which will focus on major concerns that have arisen on subcontracting, and on providers including Learndirect.

The chair of the education select committee, Robert Halfon (pictured), has told the DfE to redress this “deeply worrying” situation, and collect the data “immediately” so it “can be collated and we can see them”.

“The taxpayer should have the exact information readily available as soon as possible, as to how much money is being creamed off,” he insisted.

The taxpayer should have the exact information readily available as soon as possible, as to how much money is being creamed off

His demand was echoed by the shadow skills minister Gordon Marsden.


A network has just set up over x-mass proclaiming they are the ‘Voice.’ For Women in the region and they are seeking support from west midlands combined authority.

If we want progress for change in the West Midlands region we need it to be inclusive. So I have set up the following FB so EVERY woman can have a say:


Now in case you’re new to Apprentice delivery then AELP have an item which is quite good please see

The free guide can be accessed by downloading


Tip of the week I: Up to seven nights in Santorini including flights from £299. Details

Tip of the week 2: Two for one vegan burgers at Handmade Burger Company for Veganuary. Details

Tip of the week 3: Great Western Railway seat sale until January 19th. Details


Keep training from me Steve and all the Team at EEVT, see you also on social media






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