The Sussex Council of Training Providers represents and supports Government funded training organisations operating in Sussex.


26/10/16 - SFA Update Issue 332

Latest from the SFA including: 1. New apprenticeship funding to transform investment in skills; 2. Register of apprenticeship training providers; 3. Procurement for delivering apprenticeship training to non-levy employers; 4. Apprenticeship end-point assessment – workshops; 5. AELP conference; 6. Skills minister’s termly letter; 7. Redesigned National Careers Service website now live; 8. ‘Find apprenticeship training’ tool now live.

26/10/16 - Review Of Industry Training Boards Announced

Skills Minister Robert Halfon has announced a major government review of the industrial training boards. Click here for more.

26/10/16 - AELP Responds To Apprenticeship Funding News

Click here for a FE News article from AELP CEO Mark Dawe in response to yesterday's apprenticeship funding and register announcements.

25/10/16 - Apprenticeship Learner & Employer Surveys Published

Click here for the results from the 2015 survey into the views and experiences of both employers and learners involved in apprenticeships.

25/10/16 - SCTP Webinar: New Apprenticeships & Leadership

The next Future Apprenticeships Leadership Webinar (funded by the ETF and delivered by SCTP) will be 'Reform and Levy: What the new Apprenticeships mean for leadership and vision'. It takes place on Thursday 3rd November 11.00-12.00. The webinar will explore how the biggest ever change to the DNA of Apprenticeships is impacting the role of leaders and hear how provider leaders are embracing the changes across the UK; understand the opportunities for sector leaders to innovate and take positive risks and consider what the future of work-based learning means for future leadership style and skills. Speakers are AELP CEO, Mark Dawe and JTL's Southern Regional Business Managaer (and SCTP Vice-Chair) Mark Syrett. To book click here.

25/10/16 - Children's Mental Health Servcies Struggling To Cope

Figures show that about a quarter of a million under-18s in England are receiving help from NHS mental health services. It is the first time this data has been recorded and it follows a reports that mental illness is soaring among women aged 16-24. Recently providers at SCTP's Pre-employment Group meeting reported an increase in learners presenting with mental health issues. As well as highlighting the issue this Guardian article looks at some of the support available.

25/10/16 - Guidance: Register Of Apprenticeship Training Providers

Click here for the SFA guidance on the new apprenticeship register and the welcome news that for providers delivering less than £100,000 of apprenticeship training per year have the option of whether to register and that an employer's main provider need not deliver a 'significant majority' of the employer's apprenticeship provision. The 8-page guidance document is essential reading.... and just published is the e-tendering portal guidance which is designed to help organisations locate and complete the register of apprenticeship training providers application questions and application instructions. Deadline is 25th November.

25/10/16 - DfE Publishes Apprenticeship Funding Details

The Government has released the long awaited details of how apprenticeship funding will work in the future and has opened the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers. Click here for the official press release and here for a summary from FE Week including links to all the documents published today. Lsect is running a free webinar on Thursday at 2pm on the details and implications of this new information.

21/10/16 - Immersive Technologies Session For SCTP Members

After the 17th November Members' Meeting (9.30-1.00 at Hove Cricket Ground) there will be a free session from Head of Immersive Learning Design at Pearson- Joanna Webb entitled 'Immersive Technology': The Future of Training?'. The session will look at some of the latest technologies in Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) and how they can be applied now and in the future in education and training - with a chance to try the Microsoft hololens and debate the importance of these technologies. There is no need to book for the session which will run from 2.00-3.30pm after the Members' Meeting and the LEP Surgeries (see below). We are grateful to Joanna for giving up her time to share her expertise with SCTP members.

21/10/16 - LEP Surgeries After Next Members' Meeting

SCTP is pleased to announce a new initiative to enhance the ability of our local LEPs to communicate and work with SCTP members. After the 17th November Members' Meeting (9.30-1.00 at Hove Cricket Ground) between 1.00 and 2.00pm there will be the opportunity for full member providers to meet 1:1 with Louise Aitken, the South East LEP's Skills Lead and/or Kirsten Trussell Coast 2 Capital LEP's Skills Development Manager. There will be 6 x 10 minute slots available to see Louise and the same for Kirsten. Please e-mail Paul Mitchell to make a booking. Places will allocated on a first come first served basis with appointments to see both LEP representatives only available if demand allows. We hope to repeat the surgeries after the 19th January meeting as well. Thanks to Louise and Kirsten for taking part.

21/10/16 - Letter From Skills Minister On FE Reform

Robert Halfon, Minister for Apprenticeships and Skills, has written to colleges and training providers updating them on the FE reform programme. Click here for the letter.

21/10/16 - National Numeracy Publishes Free Maths Game

SCTP member, National Numeracy the charity dedicated to promoting maths for all has released a new free mobile app – Star Dash Studios – based on the charity’s Essentials of Numeracy model to help promote functional maths among young people. Click here for more.

21/10/16 - Government Evidence On National Minimum Wage

Click here for a report that sets out the government’s evidence and analysis to the Low Pay Commission on national minimum wage and national living wage policy. There is information about the apprenticeship minimum wage and its enforcement.

21/10/16 - Minutes From The SELEP Skills Advisory Group

The South East LEP Skills Advisory Group (SAG) exists to pull together skills intelligence, policy and strategy across the whole SELEP area and is attended by Local Authorities and provider representatives from the 3 constituent or 'federated' areas of SELEP i.e. East Sussex, Essex and Kent.  SCTP represents its members on this group. Click here for the minutes and actions of the last meeting on the 10th October which provides updates on European funding and the development of a new SELEP skills strategy - presentation here. Please feed any comments that you may have to Paul Mitchell at SCTP. The next meeting is on the 13th December.

21/10/16 - Future Apprenticeships Launches EPA Programme

The government has launched a new programme to tackle the shortage of End-Point Assessors in apprenticeships. The new large-scale scheme is funded by the Department for Education and commissioned by the Education and Training Foundation, with the aim of improving capacity to deliver independent end-point assessment in apprenticeships. It will be co-managed by the Association of Employment and Learning Providers and the Strategic Development Network and ultimately will work towards building up to a critical mass of end-point assessors. Click here for more and here for details of workshops and booking.

20/10/16 - DWP Touchbase Newsletter Issue 115

Latest from DWP with news and articles from across government for advisers, employers and organisations that help people find jobs.

20/10/16 - SCTP Cyber Security Event Report

Only 6 people beat the train strike and attended today's free Cyber Security event which was surprising given the high profile of recent cyber attacks. The areas covered were essential for secure on line personal and business practice and those providers did attend fed back that the information had been informative and essential. For those members that would still like attend one of Barclays Cyber Security seminars (and we would recommend that you do) there are two further public sessions this year on the 3rd November and 1st December.

20/10/16 - ESCC Publishes 16-19 Strategy For 2016-2020

After widespread consultation, East Sussex County Council has published its 16-19 strategy with the subtitle of 'All Young People Learning & Working'. The strategy has four main themes: 1. Education and skills that meet the needs of the labour market; 2. Career management; 3. Support for vulnerable learners
4. Improving work readiness. The strategy document is here.

20/10/16 - EFA e-Bulletin Issue 146

Latest from the EFA including: Action: Individualised Learner Record (ILR) R14 2015 to 2016 and ILR final claims 2015 to 2016; Information: Condition Improvement Fund (CIF) 2017 to 2018; Information: institutions providing free meals in further education (FE) support to students in 2016 to 2017.

19/10/16 - Employment Stays At Record High

The Office for National Statistics has released the latest employment stats which confirm that there are 31.8 million people now in work – up by more than 560,000 in the past year. For June to August 2016, for people aged from 16 to 24, there were:

19/10/16 - Update On Progress Of Area Reviews

Click here for a letter from the Further Education Commissioner sent to chairs and principals of FE institutions to update them about the area reviews and here for the latest Area Review Implementation Guidance.

19/10/16 - SFA Update Issue 331

Latest from the SFA including: 1. Final funding claims 2015 to 2016; 2. Funding allocations to training providers 2016 to 2017; 3. FE Choices employer satisfaction survey 2015 to 2016 results; 4. FE Choices learner satisfaction survey 2016 to 2017.

19/10/16 - University of Sussex Internship Programme

The University of Sussex is offering employers and therefore SCTP members the opportunity to take part in a fully funded Graduate Internship programme. For more information and to apply click here.

18/10/16 - South East NCS Labour Market e-Bulletin Issue 4

Click here for the latest edition of #InspireMe - the National Careers Service E-Bulletin for the South East of England Essex, Kent and East Sussex). 

18/10/16 - Northbrook/City College Merger Consultation

Click here for an announcement of the colleges' merger plans which are out for consultation until 17th November. The merger has also made national news with FE week carrying an article about the consultation..

18/10/16 - AELP Reports On Public Accounts Committee Session

Senior DfE officials responsible for apprenticeships faced questions from MPs at the Public Accounts Committee in the House of Commons recently in an in depth examination of the proposed reforms. Click here for a report from AELP, CEO Mark Dawe.

18/10/16 - Provider Allocations Published For 2016-17

The SFA has published funding values for colleges, training organisations, local authorities and employers with a contract for 2016 to 2017.

18/10/16 - Regional National Apprentice Awards Winners

The regional winners have been announced at London and the South East celebration for National Apprenticeship Awards 2016. Click here for more.

18/10/16 - SE Business Magazine October/November Edition

Click here for the latest issue of the business magazine covering the South East.

18/10/16 - Richard Atkins Is New FE Commissioner

Richard Atkins CBE has been announced as the new FE Commissioner. Richard will take on the role from current FE Commissioner Sir David Collins who will be retiring in November 2016. Click here for more.

18/10/16 - Analysis OF Sussex Apprenticeship Starts Stats

SCTP has carried out an analysis of provisional apprenticeship starts figures released recently by the SFA. We have produced a spreadsheet which shows 2015-16 apprenticeship starts figures for each district/borough in and parliamentary constituency in Sussex and a comparison with previous year's performance.  It shows Sussex performing well, with an increase of 9% made up of E Sussex 9.5%, W Sussex 6.3% and Brighton 19.1%. This is against a SE region contraction of 0.5% and an increase across England of only 0.8%. The analysis also shows starts per head of population.

17/10/16 - ESCC Scheme Enablement Fund

This fund is about enabling and developing new capital investment schemes and can be used for commercial and skills schemes throughout East Sussex. This fund can be used to overcome barriers to grants and other funds by assisting applicants to develop business cases or conduct feasibility studies. There are limited funds available and this is a one-time only offer, so even if you feel you scheme is not yet ready to bring forward, please do not hesitate to submit an expression of interest and we will examine its future potential. ESCC's  aim is to build a strong East Sussex pipeline of commercial, housing and educational/skills schemes that can take advantage of future economic development funding opportunities (including Local Growth Fund, Skills Capital Fund, Growing Places Fund, Home Building Fund, CaSS etc.). To express an interest click here or contact Ben Hook at ESCC.

17/10/16 - Stephen Burkes Is New Sussex Skills Solutions Chief

Many members will know Stephen Burkes, formerly of Woodspeen Training who officially starts today as the new director of Sussex Skills Solutions - a joint venture between SCTP members Sussex Downs College and Sussex Coast College Hastings focussed on the delivery of apprenticeships and employer focused skills training.

14/10/16 - Last Chance To Book On SCTP Cyber Security Seminar

Next Thursday (20th, 10am-12pm) sees SCTP's Cyber Security session taking place in Brighton, in association with Barclays. This session is free to members and with various high profile hacking cases hitting the headlines it is a great opportunity to check that your organisation has safeguards in place to protect against cyber crime. More details and booking information is here.

14/10/16 - Lack Of AAOs For Active Apprenticeship Standards

FE Week is reporting that recently published Government statistics show that 33 of the 56 apprenticeship standards that have at least one start do not have an approved Apprenticeship Awarding Organisation (AAO). Furthermore, 42% of apprentices (1790 in total) have started on apprenticeship standards with no (AAO). This has sparked real concerns across the sector about apprentices following standards where assessment arrangements have not yet been finalised. Click here for more.

14/10/16 - Independent Providers' AEB Contracts To End In July

FE Week is reporting that private training providers have received a letter from the SFA notifying them that their current adult education contracts will end next July – rather than be automatically renewed as before. A new open and competitive procurement exercise for AEB will be introduced to comply with EU Procurement Regulations. Click here for more.

14/10/16 - AELP Party Conference Brief

Click here for a copy of the brief sent to MP by AELP in advance of the party conferences. This is a useful summary of current issues as well as an insight into how AELP is representing providers at national level.

14/10/16 - 3SC Devolution October Newsletter

Latest update on the progress towards devolution in Sussex and Surrey.

14/10/16 - YMCA Training Urge Apprenticeship Rethink

Lady Andree Deane-Barron, managing director of SCTP Member, YMCA Training, has today called on the Skills Minister, Robert Halfon to rethink a number of apprenticeship reform policies. Click here for more.

13/10/16 - High Ratings For Providers In Employer Survey

The SFA has published the results of the latest survey of 60,000 employers involved with apprenticeships and work based learning carried out between March & July 2016. 78% of employers were satisfied with the quality of training and assessment and 80% of employers would recommend their provider to prospective employers. This is a fantastic vote of confidence for providers and a signal to the Government that the new apprenticeship system must build on this success rather than undermine it.

13/10/16 - Number Of UK Businesses At Record High

Click here for a press release from the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (DBEIS) which reports that the number of private sector businesses in the UK has hit a record 5.5 million. Official statistics showing the 2016 business populations for the UK and the regions are here.

13/10/16 - EFA e-Bulletin Issue 145

Latest from the EFA including: Reminder: local authorities (LAs) to submit grant return and use of funds statement by 24 October 2016; Action: high needs place change notification arrangements for 2017 to 2018 for local authorities; Action: EFA customer reference group.

13/10/16 - SCTP Announces Full Leadership Webinar Programme

You will have seen below details of the first two leadership webinars available in this leadership series developed by SCTP supported by the ETF. These are Maths & English: What Success Looks Like and Succession Planning & Future Leadership In FE & Skills and are both open for booking via the links. Details are now available on the content, speakers, dates and times of the remaining sessions which can be seen here. Booking information for the remaining sessions will follow. These webinars will explore what it is to be a leader now (and in the future) in FE, work-based learning and vocational training. They will look at broad strategic themes and new research, as well as specific operational challenges and opportunities such as the levy, delivery of maths & English and working with LEPs and schools. The webinars will feature some key thinkers, problem-solvers and senior leaders from within the sector and also from the worlds of commercial business and academia - with the chance for you to ask questions and be part of the debate. The webinars are for passionate leaders and managers (and emerging leaders) in FE colleges, sixth form colleges, independent training providers, adult & community learning, universities and the wider training and skills sector.

12/10/16 - SCTP Seeks Additional Executive Director

SCTP is looking to appoint an additional Executive Director to work alongside Paul Mitchell as the network continues to expand. Full details of the vacancy and how to apply are here.

12/10/16 - SFA Update Issue 330

Latest from the SFA including: 1. Register of training organisations: last chance for new applications; 2. Final funding claims 2015 to 2016; 3. Find apprenticeship training: update.

12/10/16 - AELP/ETF Maths & English Webinar Programme

Click here for details of a range of AELP/ETF webinars to support practitioners facilitating apprentice development in Maths & English.

12/10/16 - Register Of Apprenticeship Assessment Organisations

The SFA has published updated information on the register that includes an overview of the register, the approved organisations, the apprenticeship standards covered and assessment plans. 

11/10/16 - SCTP Pre-Employment Meeting Highlights

16 people beat the train strike and gathered at Sussex Downs College in Lewes for SCTP's latest meeting of its Pre-employment Group. The meeting discussed Traineeships, funding opportunities with DWP, learners' mental health, collaboration needed with new organisations winning tenders, English & Maths delivery issues and the need to find and support 18 year olds that are not signing on. Key actions from the meeting were to ask DWP to attend the meetings, explore the support available to learners with mental health issues, improve the supply of maths teachers and recruit organisations winning BBO and ESF tenders to SCTP to foster collaboration. The next meeting will be on the 22nd February, 9.30-12.30, venue to be confirmed.

11/10/16 - More On DWP's Work & Health Programme

Click here for an article that gives more information and analysis of how the Work & Health Programme will be commissioned.

10/10/16 - Rise In Volume Of Management Apprenticeships

Management is now the third most popular apprenticeship subject and analysis by FE Week suggests it will rocket to the top spot once the apprenticeship levy kicks in next year. Recent statistics show 83 per cent of all 25+ higher apprenticeship frameworks are currently in management, according to the latest DfE data. Click here for more.

10/10/16 - Erasmus+ Programmes Encourages VET Applications

The UK National Agency for the European Commission's Erasmus+ programme is encouraging more organisations that work with apprentices to apply for this funding to send their learners on work experience placements from 2 weeks to 12 months at a European partner. There will be funding available again in February 2017 for UK organisations and it covers costs such as travel, accommodation, food and linguistic support whilst apprentices are abroad training and learning unique skills. Click here for a factsheet specific to organisations working with apprentices and vocational learners and here for a booklet which explains the Vocational Education and Training funding across Erasmus+. For more information please contact Project Manager, Sara Southam.

7/10/16 - SCTP Webinar: Succession Planning & Future Leadership In FE & Skills

'Succession planning and future leadership in FE & Skills' is the second of a series of 12 interactive webinars running from October 2016 to March 2017 that have been commissioned and funded by the Education & Training Foundation and designed and delivered by SCTP. Our expert guest-speaker is Dr Carol Azumah Dennis, Programme Director: Post Compulsory Education & Training at the University of Hull. The webinar takes place on Friday 21st October, from 3pm-4pm. This webinar will examine current research and thinking on leadership ethics, planning and the traits needed at the top of a changing FE & skills sector. For more information and booking click here.

7/10/16 - Apprenticeship Funding Cuts: Fact Not Fiction?

Click here for an ITP's response to a challenging article on apprenticeship funding that we featured on the 29/9. Matt Garvey, MD of the West Berkshire Training Consortium lays out four reasons why the proposed new funding system is flawed.

7/10/16 - ESCC To Publish Provider Open Day Information

Colleagues at ESCC have received feedback from some parents and foster carers that they don’t always get to hear about provider Open Days. As a result ESCC has created a dedicated page on their C360 website for Open Day/Taster day info which will be kept updated with key users being signposted to the page which is here. Please submit all your information on Open Days or Taster Days to Rob Moore at ESCC.

7/10/16 - Apprenticeship Standards Update

Click here for a SFA list of all apprenticeships standards approved for delivery, approved and in development. Click here for a SFA spreadsheet showing Apprenticeship standards approved for delivery including an approved assessment plan, allocated funding cap and apprenticeship level. These standards are approved for employers and training organisations to use.


7/10/16 - Conservatives Priorities Skills Ahead Of Budget

Ministers put a focus on skills at the Conservative Party conference this week, but the FE sector must now wait to find out if this will translate into extra financial support. Education Secretary Justine Greening put particular emphasis on the implementation of the Skills Plan. Click here for more.

6/10/16 - EFA e-Bulletin Issue 144

Latest from the EFA including: Action: post-16 infrastructure changes in maintained schools; Action: autumn school census; Information: financial assurance on local authority-maintained institutions with sixth form funding.

6/10/16 - DWP Indicative Procurement Timetable Published

DWP has now confirmed an indicative timetable for the procurement of the Work and Health Programme (W+HP) and given more details on its new Umbrella Agreement for the provision of Employment and Health Related Services (UAEHRS). More information is here as reported by AELP.

6/10/16 - SFA Communications Update Issue 39

Latest issue of the SFA's monthly newsletter designed for marketing, communications and business development staff in colleges and other training organisations. This issue includes: National Careers Service Website; National Apprenticeship Awards; National Minimum Wage rate for under 25s increased; Future Apprenticeships – support for providers.

6/10/16 - SCTP Future Leadership Webinar On Maths & English

'Maths & English, What Success Looks Like' is the first of a series of 12 interactive webinars running from October 2016 to March 2017, commissioned and funded by the Education & Training Foundation and designed and delivered by SCTP. The webinar will open up critical debates, challenges, solutions and opportunities in the delivery of quality maths and English as part of a 16+ vocational education offer. It will features Mike Ellicock CEO of SCTP Associate Member, National Numeracy and Dr Tim Strickland, CEO of FE Sussex. It takes place on Friday 21st October from 11.00-12.00. Click here for more information and booking.

6/10/16 - Latest Apprenticeship Starts Stats Issued

These latest SFA apprenticeship starts stats show provisional 2015-16 starts data by Local Authority, sector, equality & diversity, parliamentary constituency and region. Brighton & Hove starts were up 19% on the previous year at 1560, East Sussex was up 9.4% at 3930 and West Sussex up 6.3% to 5740. All these percentage increases look good against the South East region's performance which was a fall in starts of 0.5% and the national increase of only 0.76%.

6/10/16 - ROTO Open Again But Closing Next Week

A reminder that the Register of Training Organisations (ROTO) opened for applications last week but will close again on Friday, 14 October. This is not a full refresh but is intended for new applications for those organisations that are required to enter the register, or who wish to enter it for the first time. This is particularly key to organisations who may wish to bid in any upcoming procurement round (excluding Apprenticeships), and in particular for the Adult Education Budget.

6/10/16 - Record Number Of Young People On Apprenticeships

Click here for a good news DfE press release which contrasts with the previous news item. The conclusion: the apprenticeship programme is growing but has not yet caught up with the volumes in other comparable European nations.

6/10/16 - Only 2% Of UK Youth In Apprenticeships

The OECD, the world’s leading economic research group, has issued research that shows that just 2% of young people are in apprenticeships in the UK – compared with 9% in Denmark and 15% in Germany. Click here for more.

5/10/16 - SFA Update Issue 329

Latest news from the SFA including: Register of training organisations: new applications; Year-end indicative reconciliation statements 2015 to 2016; National Minimum Wage rate for under 25s increased.

5/10/16 - Reed In Partnership Wins SELEP Employment Contract

Reed in Partnership has won the contract for the ESF funded activity supporting people into employment across the SELEP area. SELEP will be invited to a meeting with Reed in Partnership and the DWP soon. Reed in Partnership will be encouraged to engage with partners and work with Employment and Skills Boards to ensure their delivery fits with local priorities and sector need. We will also recommend engagement with other ESF funded employment projects. 

SELEP also provided an update on ESF SFA tenders (worth approximately £24m and covering numeracy, higher skills and apprenticeships) which are all undergoing moderation and evaluation. The SFA hope to announce successful bidders later this month and SELEP will make this information available as soon as possible.

5/10/16 - Apprentices Call For More Apprentices In Schools

Apprentices should be sent into classrooms to tell school pupils about vocational career and training options, according to two learners who chose apprenticeships despite having been discouraged by their schools. The apprentices told their story at a fringe event at the Conservative party conference. SCTP is pleased to hear support for this approach as we continue our work to recruit a team of apprentice ambassadors to go into schools as part of Apprenticeship In Sussex IAG events. To nominate your apprentices contact

5/10/16 - Minister Plays Down Apprenticeship 'Gaming' Fears

The apprenticeships minister Robert Halfon has sought to play down fears in the business community that some companies will “game” the new apprenticeship levy system to subsidise their own in-house training. Halfon told a fringe event at the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham this morning that although it was “inevitable” that there may be some “gaming of the system”, he did not believe it would be widespread. Click here for more.

5/10/16 - £4M Injection From Careers & Enterprise Company

The Careers & Enterprise Company (CEC) is to invest millions of pounds to help thousands of young people into work. The CEC has set out how it will allocate the next round of its multi-million pound government-funded investment programme to boost social mobility and help thousands of young people into the world of work. Click here for more.

5/10/16 - Education Secretary Announces New Opportunity Areas

In her speech to the Conservative Party conference, Education Secretary Justine Greening announced the creation of the first “Opportunity Areas” which will benefit from increased support to schools, communities and businesses to build opportunities for young people. None of the areas are in the South East but more are to be announced. A DfE a press release is here and a full transcript of the speech is here.

4/10/16 - News On Brighton & Hove's Own Area Review

This review was launched last October so that school sixth forms and independent training providers could be fully considered in the larger Sussex-wide area review. This article from FE Week gives an indication of the proposals, especially those affecting school 6th forms in the City.

4/10/16 - Computer Skills To Be Fully Funded Via AEB

Plans have been unveiled to fully fund IT courses for adults, putting ‘digital literacy’ on a similar footing to English and maths. A consultation on the final details of the plans will be undertaken in due course, which will be funded from the existing £1.5bn annual Adult Education Budget. Click here for more from FE Week.

4/10/16 - AELP's Mark Dawe Reports On Tory Fringe Meeting

Many thanks to AELP for allowing us to reproduce Mark Dawe's comment piece from this week's 'Countdown' newsletter. Mark attended a fringe meeting at the Conservative Party conference this week where Apprenticeship Minster, Robert Halfon, had the opportunity to speak and answer questions for an hour. The Minister outlined his 5 key priorities for apprenticeships which Mark then analyses in some detail (and with reference to his love for Chas & Dave)! Well worth a read.

4/10/16 - CITB Grants For Funding & Training Workshops

Click here for information on a series of workshops that may be of interest to members. SCTP member, CITB is offering free workshops on the CITB levy and grants including flexible and structured funding which training providers can partner with registered employers. CITB is keen to encourage any providers who work with construction companies to come along and learn how the grants and funding could help support the training they offer.

4/10/16 - ETF Annual Survey

The Education & Training Foundation wants to know what you think of their services. Click here for more information and the survey itself.

4/10/16 - FairTrain Announces Work Experience Week

Work Experience Week is dedicated to raising awareness of the benefits of high quality work experience. It's an opportunity for organisations across the country to host activities showcasing their work experience provision and to demonstrate the difference a high quality placement can make to an individual’s employment prospects and life. Click here for more.

3/10/16 - Bookings Open For Worldskills 2016 Event

Click here for information and booking for The Skills Show which takes place in Birmingham from the 17th-19th November.

30/9/16 - SCTP Strategic Leaders' Forum To Meet Again

On Monday 10th October SCTP's Strategic Leaders' Forum will meet for the second time. Building on a productive 1st meeting the group is set to look, amongst other things, at the building of a job description for an exemplary future leader as well as developing a manifesto for how the sector can make the most of the opportunities presented by current challenges. The group members are there to represent the wider SCTP membership so please pass any comments to

30/9/16 - Apprenticeship Minimum Wage Rate Increase

The 1st October sees a rise in National Minimum Wage rates including the apprentice rate rising to £3.40 an hour. A Government press release is here and a link to the GOV.UK NMW rate page is here.

30/9/16 - Apprenticeships Checklist For School Governors

Amazing Apprenticeships has produced and issued a self-assessment tool for governing bodies and secondary schools. It's a useful quick checklist that will help governing bodies to develop their role in advising head teachers and senior leadership teams on the strategy for careers guidance in their schools, specifically in relation to apprenticeships.

30/9/16 - Feed In To The Next SELEP Skills Advisory Group

The next meeting of the South East LEP's Strategic Advisory Group takes place on the 10th October and SCTP, on behalf of its members will have the chance to raise any strategic issues on members' behalf. The group will be taking the first steps to writing a revised skill strategy for the LEP area covering E Sussex, Kent and Essex. Please take advantage of this opportunity to be heard by e-mailing

30/9/16 - SFA Inform Issue 111

Click here for the SFA's monthly e-news for MI managers, software writers and suppliers about FE data systems and reports, the ILR, open data and other data news.

30/9/16 - Coast To Capital LEP October Newsletter

Latest from the Local Enterprise Partnership covering West Sussex, Brighton & Hove and parts of Surrey and South London.

30/9/16 - Ofsted News Issue 51

Latest from Ofsted.

30/9/16 - Discounted AELP Membership Offer For SCTP Members

The Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP), the national trade association for private training providers and employers involved in skills and or employability delivery, is collaborating with SCTP in offering its local network members a 15% saving off the annual AELP membership fee. Click here for details. Contact SCTP for the discount code.

30/9/16 - Alton Towers Case & Relevance To Training Providers

Click here for an article from SCTP Associate Member, Tudor Williams of Health & Safety specialists, DTD Training about the implications for training providers arising out of the recent Alton Towers prosecution.

30/9/16 - Who Are The ATAs?

Find out by clicking here for the up to date list of approved Apprenticeship Training Agencies from the SFA.

30/9/16 - SFA Guidance On 'Recruit An Apprentice' System

The SFA has published guidance for 'Recruit an apprentice' users on how create apprenticeship vacancies in England and manage applications. 

29/9/16 - Early Years Educator Childcare Review

National provider network AELP has given an update on this important review: 'In July, then Childcare Minister Sam Gyimah MP announced that there would be a review of the requirements for GCSEs for level 3 qualifications in Early Years, followed sustained pressure from both employers and providers that it was damaging the recruitment of suitable staff into the industry. He has since been replaced in post by Caroline Dinenage MP, but there has been no publicity as to how the review was progressing. On the back of this, we have to report that unfortunately recent enquiries to the DfE by AELP have not given us great reassurance either, to the extent that we are now not sure it is even happening at all. This requirement is having a crippling effect on the sector and it is imperative that action is taken now to resolve the situation. Too much time has been lost already and it is disappointing that the situation is not apparently being treated with the urgency it deserves. We look forward to hearing from DfE as to what immediate steps are now being taken to fulfil Mr Gyimah’s July pledge'.

29/9/16 - SELEP Newsletter

Click here for the latest update from the South East LEP for the period 20th August to the 23rd September.

29/9/16 - EFA e-Bulletin 143

Latest from the Education Funding Agency including: Information: high needs funding arrangements 2017 to 2018; Reminder: autumn school census 2016; Information: local authority planned expenditure for 2016 to 2017; Reminder: sub-contracting controls for schools and academies; Information: workload challenge funding for schools.

29/9/16 - An Alternative View On Apprenticeship Funding Cuts

Roger Francis has written a challenging article for FE News giving an alternative and perhaps optimistic view of the proposed new apprenticeship funding regime. Click here.

28/9/16 - Opening Of Apprenticeship Provider Register Delayed

The opening of the new Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers register has been delayed. The first wave of applications now won’t be accepted until the end of October instead of the 3rd of next month as previously stated. Mark Dawe, AELP's CEO stated “while we can understand the delay, we think it is incredibly unfair to not give providers a revised date. These are busy people and busy businesses who need to plan.” We can only hope that the delay signals significant changes in the design of the register as called for in AELP's recent consultation response. Click here for more from FE Week and here for news of assurances from DfE that the levy implementation timetable will go ahead as planned.

28/9/16 - SFA Pauses Loans Growth Request Process

Growth requests for advance learner loans have been paused until further notice, after growing concerns over lengthy delays with processing. A statement in the SFA's update said the agency was “changing the way providers apply for growth to their loans facility” and would not accept any new growth requests “until the new approach is in place in autumn”. Click here for more.

28/9/16 - SFA Update 326

Latest from the SFA including: Register of training organisations: new applications; Advanced learner loans: changes to loans facilities growth request 2016 to 2017; FE choices employer satisfaction survey results 2015 to 2016; Education and Training Foundation: staff individualised record system; Opening of register of apprentice training providers: update.

28/9/16 - Retail Apprenticeship Standards Support

The Future Apprenticeships programme is offering providers a chance to benefit from a package of support for providers looking to deliver the new Retail apprenticeship standards.

28/9/16 - Does FE Fail The Quality Test?

Click here for a challenging FE News article by marketing consultant, Stefan Drew who contends that a the test of a quality service does not lie in achieving national quality standards but in the daily customer experience of the organisation. He gives many examples which enable providers to self-assess the quality of their own customer experience.

27/9/16 - Barnardos Joins SCTP

SCTP is very pleased to welcome Barnardos as the latest full member of SCTP. Kay Tarry, Head of Operations for the South & Midlands attended the SCTP Members' Meeting last week as a guest and after that experience has decided to join. Barnardos has recently won Big Lottery funding as part of a partnership for their 'Make TRAX' programme which will provide support to 360 young people in Croydon, West Sussex, and Brighton & Hove who are NEET and provide additional support to those at risk of becoming NEET. Barnardos also provide apprenticeships in other areas of the country. Find out more at .

27/9/16 - Minister's Speech:The Importance Of Industrial Strategy

Click here for a speech by Greg Clark, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, to the Institute of Directors annual conference 2016. Quite a few mentions for the importance of skills.

27/9/16 - Ofsted Welcomes 31 New Apprentices

A group of 31 talented young apprentices started work at Ofsted this morning, taking up a variety of roles and responsibilities in five of the organisation’s offices across England using Stockport-based training provider Damar. Good to see the inspectorate getting involved and getting an employer's perspective. Click here for more.

26/9/16 - AIS Service Is Back In Brighton & Hove

We're pleased to confirm the announcement made at last week's Members' Meeting that SCTP's Apprenticeships In Sussex service is now able to offer Apprenticeship events to Brighton & Hove schools as well as developing the Apprentice Ambassador Network for the City. There will also be apprenticeship events for employers. This comes courtesy of funding from Brighton & Hove City Council and will boost the profile of SCTP member providers in the City. For more information contact Richard Freeman at SCTP.

26/9/16 - SCTP Receives Reply From Skills Minister

Back in July SCTP wrote to Maria Caulfield, Conservative MP for Lewes about our concerns about various aspects of apprenticeship reform. Our letter was forwarded to the Skills Minister (then Nick Boles) and this week a reply was received from new Skills Minister, Robert Halfon which can be seen here. Perhaps predictably, while we await the outcome of the recent consultation, the letter is little more than a restatement of Government policy but we are grateful to Maria for at least helping our voice to be heard. SCTP is keen to extend our engagement with local MPs of all parties and has invited Maria to speak at our January Members' Meeting.

26/9/16 - Consultation On Employer Levy Calculations

This technical consultation from HMRC asks for comments on the draft regulations regarding how employers will calculate, report and pay the Apprenticeship Levy. These draft regulations also specify how the levy allowance will operate, on a monthly, cumulative basis. The consultation closes on November 14th.

26/9/16 - Institute For Apprenticeships Shadow CEO Announced

The Department for Education announces that Peter Lauener is appointed as the Shadow Chief Executive for the Institute for Apprenticeships. Click here for more detail and here for the response from the sector and here for some voices of concern.

23/9/16 - Advanced Learner Loan Growth Requests Delayed

According to FE Week some providers are reporting SFA delays in responding to Advanced Learner Loans growth requests as loan applications rise. Click here for more.

23/9/16 - EFA Guidance On High Needs Funding Arrangements

The EFA has published information for local authorities and institutions about high needs funding arrangements for 2017 to 2018.

23/9/16 - AELP Free Webinar: Using Technology With Standards

Click here for details of this free webinar from AELP titled 'Using Technology To Support The Delivery Of Apprenticeship Standards'. This takes place on Wednesday 5th October from 10.30-11.30.

23/9/16 - Provider Support Needed Re Deafness Training Day

The National Deaf Children’s Society is working with the National Sensory Impairment Partnership to develop a training day for apprenticeship training providers on supporting deaf people on apprenticeships.  They are looking for input into their planning for the session from an apprenticeship training provider to ensure it best meets the needs of providers. If you are able to help please contact

22/9/16 - SCTP Celebrates 30 Years and 100 Members

Today's Members' Meeting at Hove Cricket Ground doubled as a celebration of SCTP's 30th anniversary and of the organisation reaching 100 members (106 now actually). Over 70 members attended and heard the latest on skills policy and action from Hove MP Peter Kyle, Caroline Bragg (ESCC), Kirsten Trussell (C2C LEP) and Rachel Carter (BHCC). There were also updates from Paul Mitchell on Apprenticeship Reform, Richard Freeman on SCTP's latest projects and Dan Wallman (Dv8/SCTP) on the latest Pre-Employment news. Chair Jo Bridger gave an important update from the recent SCTP Board meeting on plans to restructure SCTP's Governance, Staffing and Membership Policy. The event also included a 'Market Place' with 17 SCTP associate members exhibiting their products and services. Last but certainly not least, former Chair Baroness Debbie Stedman-Scott led tributes to SCTP's development and achievements and those that had contributed to its success. More details will be in the minutes which will be issued to members soon. The next Members' Meeting is on the 17th November, also at Hove Cricket Ground 9.30-1.00. All SCTP event details can be found on the calendar page of this website. Presentations from today's speakers are available now here.

22/9/16 - EFA e-Bulletin Issue 142

Latest from the EFA including: Information: traineeships; Action: local authorities to submit grant return and use of funds statement by 24 October 2016; Action: EFA email addresses are changing; Information: answers to your EFA questions; Reminder: EFA communications - tell us what you think.

22/9/16 - Two New FE Commissioners

The role of the FE commissioner will be split in two following departing commissioner Sir David Collins’ concern over his workload covering both intervention and area reviews. Click here for more.

21/9/16 - Platform Black Joins SCTP

SCTP welcomes Platform Black as the latest associate member to join SCTP. The company specialises in financial solutions tailored to meet the unique needs of providers and can structure a financial solution where often mainstream banks won't. We welcome Philip Speed, Head of Education Finance and his colleagues and look forward to working with them as part of the network. More information is available at

21/9/16 - Workshop On 'Back Office' Trailblazer Processes

We are grateful to our colleagues at the Hampshire provider network (ALPHI) for opening this session up to SCTP members. The workshop is designed for work based learning practitioners to provide a long half day workshop on the back office systems and procedures that will be helpful when implementing Apprenticeship Standards. The session will take place from 9.30-2.00 on the 21st October in Portsmouth, price £50 per head. Click here for more information and booking.

21/9/16 - FE Week Publishes Technology Supplement

FE Week takes a look at all things technology-related for the FE and skills sector taking its theme from the recent Association for Learning Technology (ALT) annual conference. Click here for the supplement.

21/9/16 - Two Reports On Skills In Higher Education

In their report 'Provision Skills & Graduates' Universities UK looked at the sorts of skills valued in the market place for graduates and how these are being provided for in current HE provision. Meanwhile HEFCE (Higher Education Funding Council for England) published the outcomes of a commissioned report into technical education highlighting the continuing dilemma of both employer demand for, but confusion about, technical skills and calling for greater clarity about skills, routes and pathways.

21/9/16 - 40% Of Business 'In The Dark' On Apprenticeship Levy

Click here for the full details of this survey carried out by the British Chambers of Commerce and reported in Personnel Today. It found that two-fifths of businesses still have no understanding or have not heard of the upcoming apprenticeship levy.

21/9/16 - YEUK Launches 'Young Professional' Initiative

Youth Employment UK has launched its Young Professional initiative which provides an excellent opportunity for young people to improve their employability profile and to get noticed by employers. Click here for more information and to get involved.

21/9/16 - SFA Update Issue 327

Latest from the SFA including: Exceptional learning support claims: 2016 to 2017; Qualifications eligibility principles – 2016 to 2017; Legal entitlements qualifications lists: updated; National Apprenticeship Week 2017.

20/9/16 - Future Apprenticeships Session On....Apprenticeships

As part of the Future Apprenticeships programme, commissioned by the Education and Training Foundation (ETF), AELP is offering a one day ‘crash course’ in all areas of apprenticeship policy, planning and implementation drawing on the latest facts provided by the SFA. Click here for details.

19/9/16 - Skills Minister Sets Out Apprenticeship Vision

In this article for FE News, the new apprenticeships and skills minister, Robert Halfon sets out his case for “boosting social justice, economic productivity, and our country’s skills base”. There is also coverage of his first speech as Skills Minister here in which he targets the need to improve the image and reach of apprenticeships. He states that there have been nearly 1,000 responses to the funding and register consultation and says that “I hope we become and apprentice nation and I hope the levy will be the change maker we think it will be.”

19/9/16 - Digital & Financial Apprenticeship Standards Support

The Future Apprenticeships programme is offering providers a chance to benefit from a package of support for providers looking to deliver the new Digital and Financial Skills apprenticeship standards.

19/9/16 -- SFA Publishes Apprenticeship Vacancies Stats

Click here for the latest statistics on applications and vacancies uploaded to the national apprenticeship vacancies system.

19/9/16 - Save Our Apprenticeships Campaign Asks For Support

Click here for details of a request from Nick Linford for support for FE Week's Save Our Apprenticeship campaign.

19/9/16 - National Apprenticeship Week 2017 Date Announced

The National Apprenticeship Service has announced that the 10th annual National Apprenticeship Week will be taking place from 6 to 10 March. Click here for more.

16/9/16 - 'Save Our Apprenticeships' Campaign Launched

FE Week launched its Save Our Apprenticeships campaign against cuts in apprenticeship funding at the Houses of Parliament to a packed gathering of sector leaders and senior politicians — including Skills Minister Robert Halfon. There are clear, deeply felt concerns about the rate cuts for 16-18 olds from MPs, employers and providers and a perceived conflict between the proposals and Theresa May's declared social mobility agenda. Click here for a full report.

16/9/16 - Recording of AELP CEO Update Webinar

Click here for the recording and slides from AELP’s CEO Update Webinar with Mark Dawe which took place today. There is useful input on the latest on the apprenticeship levy and register, end point assessment and standards as well as an analysis of the opportunities for providers regarding higher and degree apprenticeships and working with universities. Also, there is a look at the Smith Review of English & maths. AELP's position on the apprenticeship funding proposals can also be seen in a FE Week article from Mark Dawe here.

16/9/16 - Concerns As SFA Reveal Need For Employer Contracts

There are concerns among employers and providers after it was revealed by FE Week that the SFA has stated that employers would have to sign strict contracts with them – rather than just with providers as had been expected. Click here for more.

15/9/16 - ETF Sector News

Latest from the Education & Training Foundation.

15/9/16 - SFA Publishes Latest List Of Declared Subcontractors

Click here for the SFA's list of subcontractors that hold contracts to provide education and training.

15/9/16 - SFA e-Bulletin Issue 141

Latest from the EFA including: Information: review of data source for post-16 disadvantage block 2 funding; Information: Key to Success system for colleges; Action: the autumn school census COLLECT blade closes on 30 September 2016; Action: EFA communications - tell us what you think.

15/9/16 - New CPD For Maths & English In Apprenticeships

The Education and Training Foundation has commissioned AELP and their partners the CETT Academy, to develop a CPD programme to support those working with apprentices in the development of their maths and English skills. These bite-sized online seminars delivered over lunch times will cover a range of topics. Click here for more.

15/9/16 - Greening Promises To 'Get It Right' On Levy

Education Secretary Justine Greening has been giving evidence to the Parliamentary sub committee on education and reaffirmed that the apprenticeship levy system would go ahead as planned but that they must get the Digital Apprenticeship Service right for employers. More is here and comment from committee chair Neil Carmichael is here asserting that the priority is the quality, not the quantity of apprenticeships.

15/9/16 - C2C LEP Announce 9 New Social Inclusion Projects

The Coast to Capital LEP has recently announced that a total of 9 social inclusion projects worth up to £4.8 million have been approved. These projects are funded jointly through the ESF and by the Big Lottery Fund. Details of the successful projects and organisations are here.

14/9/16 - SFA Update Issue 326

Latest from the SFA including: Find apprenticeship training: upload your apprenticeship data; Year-end funding claim 2015 to 2016: deadline Friday, 16 September; Earnings adjustment statement 2016 to 2017: guidance published; National Careers Service website.

13/9/16 - Support On Hospitality Apprenticeship Standards

The Future Apprenticeships programme is offering providers a chance to benefit from a package of support for providers looking to deliver the new apprenticeship standards in Hospitality.

13/9/16 - DWP Touchbase Newsletter Issue 114

Latest from DWP with news and articles from across government for advisers, employers and organisations that help people find jobs.

12/9/16 - EFA Communications Survey

The Education Funding Agency has launched a survey to gather feedback on the way they communicate with EFA-funded customers.

9/9/16 - Forthcoming Meetings SCTP Is Attending For Members

On Tuesday, Paul Mitchell will be attending the Apprenticeships in East Sussex group which is convened by ESCC and brings together providers and local authorities with a view to promoting apprenticeships in the county. Also on Tuesday, SCTP director Charlotte Blant will be attending one of a number of new groups in Brighton and Hove that have emerged out of the City's Employment and Skills Plan. Charlotte will attend the Skills Group while Paul will attend the Employer Group on Wednesday. Please could members let us know here if there are any policy issues that you would like us to raise on your behalf. A reminder that the next SCTP Members' Meeting takes place on the 22nd September at Hove Cricket Ground (9.30-1.00) - the agenda will be issued early in the week beginning 12th September.

9/9/16 - DWP Dynamic Purchasing System Seminar Handouts

On the 5th September DWP held a meeting in Lewes to launch the new local procurement process, the Dynamic Purchasing System. A number of SCTP members attended but for those that weren't able to be there we are making the handouts available as follows: DWP Overview; National Employability Journey; DPS Supplier Presentation; DPS Supplier Service Offer Factsheet Upload Guide; DPS Supplier Guide For Basware Registration; Flyer for Conference Call Event for Suppliers 15th September 10.00-11.30.

9/9/16 - FE Week Launches Save Our Apprenticeships Campaign

FE Week, along with many providers remain very concerned about the impact of the proposed changes to apprenticeship funding. Next Wednesday they will launch their campaign to 'Save Our Apprenticeships' at the Houses of Parliament with many MPs due to be in attendance. Last month FE Week research showed that the proposed funding changes could mean funding rates being cut by up to 50 per cent for the most deprived 16 to 18-year-olds. Meanwhile, Skills Minister Robert Halfon has rejected calls from many industry sectors to delay the introduction of the levy - click here for more.

9/9/16 - Worthing Apprenticeship Jobs Fair Reminder

West Sussex County Council and Worthing & Adur Council are holding an Apprenticeship Jobs Fair on Thursday 20th October 2-4pm. Several SCTP members have already booked exhibiting and there are a few spaces still available. To book please contact

8/9/16 - Partner Opportunities With Lookfantastic Training

A reminder that you can click here for details of apprenticeship partnering opportunities which are still available with Lookfantastic Training (owned by Rewards).

8/9/16 - SFA Seeks Providers & Employers To Test DAS

Click here to register an interest in taking part in a pilot of the new Digital Apprenticeship Service. By taking part in the pilot, providers will get an exclusive preview of the system and how it works, as well as helping to shape the design and perfect the process. 

8/9/16 - AELP End Point Assessment Webinar Slides & Recording

Click here for the slides and recording from this week's AELP Future Apprenticeships Webinar on Apprenticeship End Point Assessment.

8/9/16 - EFA e-Bulletin Issue 140

Latest from the Education Funding Agency including: Action: Individualised Learner Record R13 2015 to 2016; Information: claims for 16 to 19 Bursary Fund for vulnerable students; Information: new process for 2015 to 2016 for local authorities (LA) grant return and use of funds statement; Action: making an accurate autumn census return.

7/9/16 - JRF Report Highlights English & Maths Weaknesses

This article from the Education & Training Foundation responds to the findings of a report published this week by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation that found that millions of adults are unable to 'write short messages', 'use a cash-point', 'understand price labels on food' or 'pay household bills'.

7/9/16 - Apprenticeship Standards Approved & In Development

A reminder of where to find the listings of apprenticeship standards approved for delivery and those that are in development as the numbers continue to grow.

7/9/16 - SFA Update Issue 325

Latest from the SFA including: Higher education learning aims request 2016; The hub and data collections service: new website; Financial assurance and year-end funding claims 2015 to 2016; Education and Training Foundation: staff individualised record system.

7/9/16 - SCTP Announces LinkedIn/Facebook Seminar

SCTP has today issued details of a seminar for its members focussed on making best business use of Facebook and LinkedIn. The seminar takes place on the 3rd November 9.30-1.45 at Plumpton College with the option to either attend the LinkedIn session only, the Facebook session or both. More information and booking is here.

6/9/216 - Slides & Recording From AELP Levy/Register Webinar

Click here for the slides and recording of last Friday's AELP webinar 'Latest Government Announcements On The Apprenticeship Levy'.

5/9/16 - MPs Demand Apprenticeship Funding Cut Reversal

More than 50 Labour MPs have urged skills minister Robert Halfon to reverse apprenticeships funding cuts exposed recently in figures produced by FE Week. The group of MPs led by David Lammy, former minister for higher education and MP for Tottenham, have all signed a letter to apprenticeships and skills minister Robert Halfon describing the potential cuts as “devastating” for apprentices in deprived areas. Click here for more.

5/9/16 - National Audit Office Apprenticeship Report Published

The National Audit Office has published its report 'Delivering Value Through The Apprenticeships Programme'. Click here for a summary of the outcomes. The report is particularly critical of the department's risk management with regard to the overall process of Apprenticeship reform, noting that they are unclear as to what "success" will look like and have not properly related the projected increase in Apprenticeship numbers to either increased productivity or impact on the most valuable areas of the economy. The report also states that standards development is more time-intensive than was anticipated and is in danger of leading to a large number of overlapping and narrow standards. Despite this, only 2,600 people have started an Apprenticeship using them. Responses from the sector are here.

5/9/16 - Louise Aitken Is New SELEP Skills Lead

Louise Aitken has been appointed as the new Skills Lead for the South East LEP taking over from Mike Rayner. Members will be able to meet Louise at the 17th November Members' Meeting. SCTP would like to welcome Louise to her new role and look forward to working with her in the future.

5/9/16 - Support On Health & Care & Customer Service Standards

The Future Apprenticeships programme is offering providers a chance to benefit from a package of support for providers looking to deliver the new apprenticeship standards in Health & Adult Care and Customer Service. There is also a support package available on Organisational Action Planning & Change Management.

2/9/16 - SCTP Supports AELP Levy Consultation Response

Having looked at the content of AELP's response to the government consultation on Apprenticeship Funding and The Register, SCTP has come to the conclusion that it is well written, supports the interests and represents the views of the majority of SCTP members. As a result, SCTP has written to the DfE to support AELP's position.

2/9/16 - SCTP Activity Week Beginning 5th September

Paul Mitchell will be attending the latest meeting of the Brighton Youth Employability Trust on Tuesday 6th September on behalf of members. This group is looking at how to structure youth services in the City in the future while looking to link these with services to employers including an apprenticeship brokerage - the agenda is here. Looking ahead to Monday the 12th, this will see the next SCTP board meeting where directors meet to oversee the governance of SCTP on behalf of their fellow members. Please let us know if there is anything that you would wish the board to consider or any pints that you would like to be raised at the Youth Employability meeting by e-mailing here.

1/9/16 - Webinar Recording On Implementing The Prevent Duty

Click here for the recording and here for the slides from the webinar on 'Implementing the Prevent Duty and Strategy in FE and Skills Providers' from SCTP Member, Learning Curve.

1/9/16 - Sector Leaders Call For Rethink On GCSE Resit Policy

A TES article reports that senior leaders across the FE sector have urged the government should rethink the policy of forcing young people to resit their English and maths GCSEs. As GCSE results for English and maths shoed a significant fall AELP CEO Mark Dawe said that "Surely this is evidence enough that hitting students over the head with the same form of learning and assessment is not the way forward." He called for the greater use of Functional Skills as an alternative route.

1/9/16 - Recording of AELP Webinar On Apprenticeship Register

Click here for the recording and slides from AELP’s Future Apprenticeship Webinar – 'Consultation on proposals for Register of Apprentice Training Providers' which took place last Wednesday.

1/9/16 - Employers & Providers To Test New DAS

As part of a pilot employers and training providers will be able to test the new Digital Apprenticeship Service from start to finish to make sure it meets their needs. Click here for more.

1/9/16 - Social Stigma For Not Going To Uni Is Reducing

New research has revealed what young Britons went through when telling their family and friends that they weren’t planning to attend university, highlighting the different reactions from five years ago as opposed to this year. According to the results of a new study, two thirds of young Britons who admit that they do not want to go to university are now supported in their decision, as opposed to the number who were met with shock and disappointment five years ago.

1/9/16 - DfE E-mail Addresses To Change

Click here for information on how to update e-mail addresses for your DfE contacts.

1/9/16 - Senior Apprentice Adviser To No 10 Leaves Role

One of the most senior apprenticeship advisers to the government has left his role and as yet, has not been replaced. A spokesman for Nadhim Zahawi confirmed that the MP, who had been advising David Cameron since November 2015, was no longer serving in the post. Click here for more.

31/8/16 - SFA Update Issue 324

Latest from the SFA including: Year-end funding claim 2015 to 2016: deadline Friday, 16 September; Exceptional learning support claims 2015 to 2016; Register of apprenticeship training providers: survey closes Monday, 5 September.

31/8/16 - OFSTED News Issue 50

Latest newsletter from the inspectorate.

26/8/16 - Recording/Slides From Adult Learner Funding Webinar

Click here for the slides and here for a recording of Learning Curve's recent 'Introduction to the Funding of Adult Learners and Provision for 2016/17' webinar.

26/8/16 - Recording/Slides From Study Programmes Webinar

Click here for the slides and here for a recording of Learning Curve's recent 'Introduction to the Funding of 16-19 Study Programmes' webinar.

26/8/16 - South East LEP Update

Click here for SELEP's update for the period 25th July to 19th August.

26/8/16 - SFA Inform Issue 110

Latest edition of the SFA's monthly e-news for MI managers, software writers and suppliers about FE data systems and reports, the ILR, open data and other data news.

25/8/16 - Quarterly NEET Stats From The DfE

Click here

25/8/16 - GCSE Results: Ministerial Statement & Sector Response

Click here for a statement from Minister of State for School Standards Nick Gibb on GCSE results. Click here for sector reaction to the results.

25/8/16 - EFA e-Bulletin Issue 139

Latest from the EFA including: Information: funding guidance for young people aged 16 to 19 in 2016 to 2017; Information: apprenticeship funding in England from May 2017; Information: early years national funding formula: technical note

24/8/16 - DfE Publishes Single Departmental Plan

The newly restructured Department for Education has published its single departmental plan which describes its priority objectives for 2015 to 2020.

24/8/16 - SFA Update Issue 323

Latest from the SFA including: Find apprenticeship training: upload your apprenticeship data; Financial assurance: monitoring the funding rules 2016 to 2017; Apprenticeship changes: new YouTube presentations.

23/8/16 - Invitation To Take Part In Quarterly Economic Survey

SCTP Associate Member, Sussex Chamber of Commerce is the local communication point for the British Chambers of Commerce Quarterly Economic Survey. This is the largest independent business survey in the UK and a key source of data about the local economy. Click here to take part.

23/8/16 - Free AELP Webinar On Provider Register Consultation

Click here for details of a free webinar from AELP to be held on the 31st August 10.30-11.30 on the new Register of Apprenticeship Training Provider Consultation.

23/8/16 - EFA Publishes Model Contracts For Providers

The EFA has published model contracts for services for commercial and charitable providers and GFE colleges for the 2016 to 2017 and 2015 to 2016 academic year.

22/8/16 - Serious Apprenticeship Reform Concerns From ITP

In this article Matt Garvey, MD of the West Berkshire Training Consortium critiques the apprenticeship levy and other reform proposals and fears for the sector if proposals leading to the under-pricing frameworks and undermining subcontracting are not dropped.

22/8/16 - DFE Presentation On Post-16 Eligibility & Funding

Powerpoint presentation from the DfE about student eligibility and funding for post-16 providers funded by EFA. Click here.

22/8/16 - IPPR Reviews English Apprenticeship System

The think tank the Institute Of Public Policy & Research has reported on how the apprenticeship system was shaping up as it works to meet the government’s declared numbers target, suggesting four areas of concern (lack of involvement of small employers, quantity v quality, re-badging of existing training, need for better all-through progression).

22/8/16 - AELP Issues Update For Local Networks

Following last Friday’s Levy update announcements, AELP has shared a PowerPoint for dissemination to your local network members. This has been created as part of the Future Apprenticeships Support Programme, commissioned and funded by the ETF.  Further updates will be issued in October, December and March.  Details of the Future Apprenticeships programme which includes intensive packages of support, online resources and webinars, all designed to help providers make the transition from frameworks to standards and to  grow their apprenticeship provision are available here.

22/8/16 - West Sussex Broadband Voucher Scheme

A new scheme has been launched in West Sussex to assist SMEs to meet the capital costs of a superfast broadband connection to their premises. The Connection Voucher Scheme is funded by the Coast To Capital LEP under their Growth Is Digital scheme. Click here for more information.

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to assist Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in West Sussex to meet the capital costs of a superfast (>30Mbps) broadband connection to their premises where they are not covered by the planned BDUK superfast rollout. The Scheme is funded by Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership under their Growth is Digital programme. - See more at:
The purpose of the Connection Voucher Scheme is to assist Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in West Sussex to meet the capital costs of a superfast (>30Mbps) broadband connection to their premises where they are not covered by the planned BDUK superfast rollout. The Scheme is funded by Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership under their Growth is Digital programme. - See more at:
The purpose of the Connection Voucher Scheme is to assist Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in West Sussex to meet the capital costs of a superfast (>30Mbps) broadband connection to their premises where they are not covered by the planned BDUK superfast rollout. The Scheme is funded by Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership under their Growth is Digital programme. - See more at:
The purpose of the Connection Voucher Scheme is to assist Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in West Sussex to meet the capital costs of a superfast (>30Mbps) broadband connection to their premises where they are not covered by the planned BDUK superfast rollout. The Scheme is funded by Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership under their Growth is Digital programme. - See more at:

22/8/16 - Sector Response To 'A' Level Results Day

Click here for this FE News article and here for a call for more 'A' Level students to consider apprenticeships.

22/8/16 - Funding Changes Could Hit Most Deprived 16-18s

Proposed funding for 16 to 18 year-old apprentices will result in current rates to colleges and training providers being cut by around 30 per cent, rising to over half for those apprentices living in the most deprived areas of central London - according this article from FE Week.

19/8/16 - SCTP To Deliver National Leadership Webinar Series

SCTP is delighted to have secured funding from the Education & Training Foundation to deliver 12 one-hour webinars on the challenges and opportunities facing organisational leaders in the FE & skills sector. These webinars will explore everything from English & maths delivery and change management to motivating staff and training leaders of the future. There are a number of opportunities for leaders within the SCTP membership to co-design and deliver some of these webinars, profiling your work and organisation to a UK-wide audience. To register your interest, and to find out more, please contact by Friday 2nd September.

18/8/16 - Apprenticeships Earnings Could Outstrip Graduates

A new report has claimed that apprentices can earn up to 270% more over their careers than university graduates. The report, Productivity and Lifetime Earnings of Apprentices and Graduates, was jointly released by Barclays and the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR). Click here for more.

18/8/16 - 2nd Draft Of Functional Skills Standards Published

As part of the Functional Skills Reform Programme the ETF is revising the national standards for adult literacy and numeracy. Once finalised, these standards will be used to underpin a range of qualifications – including Functional Skills – up to and including level two and establish the skills, knowledge and understanding that is expected at each level. A second draft is now available for consideration and feedback until Friday 19 August. Alongside the revised standards the ETF has produced content specification and core curricula for the maths and English Functional Skills qualifications. The drafts have now been published on the Foundation’s website for consultation.  Click here to access the drafts, the consultation is open until 12 September 2016.

18/8/16 - AELP Levy Briefing Paper: Levy Q & A

AELP has issued an updated levy question and answers paper that can be seen here.

18/8/16 - A Level Results Day: Minister's Statement

A statement from Minister of State for School Standards, Nick Gibb on 'A' level results and the exam results helpline.

18/8/16 - AELP's Mark Dawe Reflects On Levy Funding Proposals

After a few days to look at the range of documents issued last Friday on the proposed levy funding model, AELP's CEO looks at what more needs to be changed create an effective system. Click here.

17/8/16 - SFA Update Issue 322

Latest from the SFA including: Changes to apprenticeships funding: proposals; Register of apprenticeship training providers: survey; The hub and data collections service; Financial assurance 2015-2016; Disposal of capital assets: information request form.

17/8/16 - National Apprenticeship Awards Regional Finalists

The regional finalists have been announced by the DfE/SFA, click here.

16/8/16 - AELP Requests Views On Levy Announcements

AELP is formulating a response to the latest levy consultation on behalf of its members and has asked that its members respond to a request for comments issued today. SCTP members that are also members of AELP will have received this e-mail and are encouraged to respond. Non-members can send their comments to SCTP who as associate members of AELP are able to collate comments for onward transmission. Please take this opportunity to make your voice heard as the proposals contain significant potential threats and opportunities.

16/8/16 - Learning Curve Publishes Levy Webinar Recording

Click here for the recording and here for the slides from today's levy webinar from SCTP member, Learning Curve.

16/8/16 - AELP Publishes Recording Of Levy Webinar

Click here for the recording of yesterday's AELP webinar on the levy announcements and consultation.

16/8/16 - RBS Skills & Opportunities Fund - Round 2 Opens

The £2.5 million RBS Skills and Opportunities Fund was set up last year by the Royal Bank of Scotland in support of organisations that help people in disadvantaged communities develop, create or access the skills and opportunities they need to help themselves, skills that will enable them to get into work or start a business, now or in the future. Round 2 of the fund opens on 19 August. For more information click here. The deadline for applications is noon on the 9 September 2016.

16/8/16 - ETF SIR Data Collection Commences

The new SIR Data Insights service is a free strategic decision making tool developed by The Education and Training Foundation for the FE sector. It is designed to help providers to collect, analyse and benchmark vital management data about their workforce, as well as benchmark their organisation against other providers. Click here for more information and to submit data.

16/8/16 - Reminder Of LEP Priority Sectors

We are often asked for this information so we are reproducing it as a reminder. The Coast To Capital LEP priority sectors are here and the full Skills Strategy here. The SELEP priority sectors are listed on page 7 of the current SELEP Skills Strategy with the East Sussex variations on page 8 here.

16/8/16 - SCTP Cyber Security Seminar

SCTP is pleased to announce details of its Cyber Security Seminar arranged with Barclays specially for SCTP members. The event will look at the latest threats of working on line, what you can do to avoid cyber attacks and share some tools and best practices that you can take away to protect yourself and your working environment. The seminar is free for full members with a small charge for associates and takes place 10.00-12.00 on the 20th October in Brighton. Further details and booking are here.

16/8/16 - Phil Beach Takes Over At Ofqual

Phil Beach has been appointed as interim Executive Director at Ofqual replacing Jeremy Benson. More is here.

15/8/16 - Business Edge August/September Edition

Now SCTP has become a member of the Sussex Chamber of Commerce we are able to share this digital version of our associate member's regular business magazine. Click here.

15/8/16 - Chancellor's Statement On Future Of EU Funding

Chancellor, Phillip Hammond has said that British businesses and universities will have certainty over future funding and should continue to bid for competitive EU funds while the UK remains a member of the EU. Furthermore, he said that key projects supporting economic development across the UK will be given the green light, ending uncertainty over their future following the UK’s decision to leave the European Union. See more on the assurances from the Treasury here.

15/8/16 - SE Business Magazine August/September Edition

Latest edition of the business magazine for the South East with features on social media and technology.

15/8/16 - ROSPA Report On Inquiry Into Apprenticeships

The Royal Society For The Prevention of Accidents has issued a report that has found that better advice and information is needed for employers to ensure the health and safety of their apprentices. The reports says that there is a dearth of safety information for companies due to a lack of data, and a misunderstanding of who a “typical” apprentice is. Click here for more.

12/8/16 - Skills Minister & Sector Comment On Levy News

Click here for a statement from Apprenticeships & Skills Minister Robert Halfon about the latest levy announcements and here for comment from sector leaders.

12/8/16 - Free AELP Webinar On Levy Announcements

Click here for details and booking for a free AELP webinar taking place on Monday 15th August 10.30-11.30am looking at the latest Government announcements on the Apprenticeship Levy. The session will be led by AELP CEO Mark Dawe and former CEO Stewart Segal now of SCTP member, 3aaa.

12/8/16 - Latest Apprenticeship Levy Guidance Published

Click here for the updated 'Apprenticeship Levy: How It Will Work' document for employers published today by the DfE and here for a new consultation paper outlining the proposals for Apprenticeship funding with a response date of the 5th September (this link also takes you to proposed funding bands for frameworks and standards). A related press release is here which summarises the main points announced today. The highlights are proposals to:

In addition, important proposals for the new Register Of Apprenticeship Training Providers (opening 3rd October) have been published with a consultation response date of the 5th September as well as guidance for employers on how to become a training provider! Finally, some useful levy stats have been published showing expected levy payment calculations and current apprenticeship spend by sector and company size.

Further summaries have been made available by the TES, FE Week, FE News, and AELP, who welcome the availability of more information and the continuing commitment to an April 2017 start but remain uneasy about any co-investment requirement for non-levy payers.

12/8/16 - DWP To Hold Local Procurement Meeting

DWP is holding a meeting to launch the new local procurement process, the Dynamic Purchasing System, on Monday 5 September 2016 starting at 10:30AM at Lewes Jobcentre Plus. Medwyn House. Mountfield Road, Lewes. BN7 2XR. To book a place click here and to see the slides from DWP's session on the DPS from the last SCTP Members' Meeting click here.

12/8/16 - Value Of University Debated Ahead Of 'A' Level Results

With 'A' level results due out on the 18th August, the Edge Foundation has issued an article championing the benefits of vocational education and training, featuring new paths such as degree apprenticeships and questioning the value of the graduate wage premium against student debt. Meanwhile Universities Minister, Jo Johnson has sent an open letter to all students emphasising the benefits of university education and the government's commitment to monitoring the quality of students' experience. This is all set against a backdrop of a new 'Generation Regret' research report from Aviva that claims that some young people are seriously questioning the costs and advantages of gaining a university degree.  

12/8/16 - AELP Developing Model Employer Contract

AELP is developing a ‘model contract’ template that will support providers in their negotiations with levy paying employers. AELP anticipates that the majority of such contracts will follow an almost identical format but a model template could be amended to suit a provider's particular circumstances and deliver considerable savings in legal fees. However, at this stage it is expected that the final document and guidance will only be made available to AELP members. For more click here.

12/8/16 - SFA Starts DAS Data Collection

A key part of the Digital Apprenticeship Service will be an online search facility for employers to find suitable apprenticeships and to identify approved providers who can deliver that training. To populate the search facility, the SFA needs apprenticeship information from lead providers who have an apprenticeship funding allocation with the SFA. The data collection is now open. Please see the guidance documents on GOV.UK (page 4 of the user guide shows how provider information will be displayed) and provide apprenticeship information through the Course Directory Provider Portal. For further information, please email here.

11/8/16 - Learning Curve Webinar On Apprenticeship Funding

This free webinar from SCTP member's Learning Curve will provide an opportunity to reflect on the implications of the Apprenticeship levy guidance which is widely expected to be published later this week. Titled 'Update on Apprenticeship funding: from high level scope to operational detail' the webinar takes place on Tuesday the 16th August from 12.00-1.00. Click here for more information and booking.

11/8/16 - Ministerial Local Growth Champions Appointed

Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark has underlined the vital role of local growth and the importance of ‘place’ in developing and delivering the government’s comprehensive industrial strategy. For the first time, all ministers in the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy will act as local growth champions across the United Kingdom and will be tasked with building relationships with a number of Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs). Greg Clark added that 'I am giving ministers in my team geographic areas of responsibility so they can build on existing relationships to better connect government policy with the businesses and industries we’re working with'. The minister covering SELEP and Coast To Capital is Jo Johnson. Click here for more.

11/8/16 - EFA e-Bulletin Issue 138

Latest from the EFA including: Information: early years national funding formula consultation; Information: 2017 to 2018 local authority proforma tool (APT); Information: public consultation on reporting and acting on child abuse and neglect.

11/8/16 - DBEIS Names Minimum Wage Offenders

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy has published the largest ever list of employers to be 'named and shamed' for failing to pay their workers the National Minimum Wage.

11/8/16 - FSB Publishes Apprenticeship Report

The Federation of Small Businesses has published a report suggesting that small firms could double the number of apprentices they take on if the government improved the incentives and support available for them. The report is an interesting summary of the survey responses of 2,000 small businesses regarding their attitudes towards and experience of the apprenticeship system put in the context of emerging levy proposals. The executive summary of page 6, key findings on page 7 and policy recommendations on page 8 are well worth a look.

10/8/16 - Slides & Recording From Apprenticeship SEND Webinar

Click here for the slides and here for the recording of today's webinar from Learning Curve 'Improving Access to and Outcomes on Apprenticeships for Young People and Adults with Learning Difficulties and/or Disabilities'.

10/8/16 - Apprenticeships Exam Results Toolkit

Click here for information, key messages and approved quotes for partners who communicate with young people at exam results time.

10/8/16 - DfE Stats On English & Maths Learner Performance

The Department for Education has published 'experimental' statistics on level 1 and 2 English and maths in 16 to 18 study by students who didn't achieve A* to C by the end of KS4.

10/8/16 - Partner Opportunities With Lookfantastic Training

Click here for details of apprenticeship partnering opportunities with Lookfantastic Training (owned by Rewards).

10/8/16 - Venue Confirmed For SCTP Pre-employment Meeting

Sussex Downs College has offered SCTP the use of its Lewes conference room for the next Pre-employment meeting on the 11th October, 9.30-12.15. Sussex Coast College Hastings will be covering the cost of refreshments. Thanks to both colleges for supporting the arrangements. More details will follow nearer the time.

10/8/16 - Free Admission To South East Business Show

Admission is free to the South East Business Show on the 30th September at the Millennium Conference Centre, Copthorne Hotel, Effingham Park, Gatwick. Click here for more details.

10/8/16 - Views From Independent Providers On Levy System

Firstly, an article from MD of SCTP member HIT Training on responding to employers when so little is known about the levy and especially non-levy systems and an appeal for more information soon. Secondly, an article about employers perceptions of the real cost of delivering an apprenticeship and how this relates to levy changes. The article is written by Matt Garvey, MD of a Berkshire-based independent training provider and is based on his discussions with employers in recent months.

10/8/16 - More On Robert Halfon's New Responsibilities

Click here for an FE News article that gives a little more detail on the brief for new Apprenticeships & Skills Minister, Robert Halfon and here for a FE Week article that focuses on the fact that responsibility for schools careers advice and guidance is now part of his skills brief.

9/8/16 - Sussex Business Awards Open For Entries

The 28th Sussex Business Awards are now open for entries and companies have until 31 August 2016 to prepare their submissions. Recognising business excellence across Sussex, the organisers say that 'these prestigious Awards are the longest established of their kind in Sussex and widely considered to be the one to win’. Surely an opportunity for SCTP members to show what they are made of! For more information click here.

8/8/16 - DfE Confirms Ministerial Appointments

The Department for Education has confirmed its ministerial appointments with Robert Halfon confirmed as Minister of State for Apprenticeships and Skills.

8/8/16 - National Mentoring Campaign Prospectus Launch

The Careers & Enterprise Company has launched their national mentoring prospectus setting out details on how to join our mentoring community or apply to their mentoring fund. Their goal is to connect a new generation of mentors to pre-GCSE teens (Years 8, 9 and 10) at the risk of disengaging and underperforming their potential. For more information and how to apply click here.

5/8/16 - First Interview With Skills Minister, Robert Halfon

In this TES interview Robert Halfon backs the creation of a Royal Society of Apprentices, a National Living Wage for Apprentices, the need for better apprenticeship accessibility for single parents, disabled people and the unemployed and the importance of English and maths. On the levy, the minister acknowledged that the successful implementation of the apprenticeship levy was the “single most important” aspect of his new role, but he could not confirm when long-awaited guidance on it would be published. Click here for more.

5/8/16 - Ofqual Annual Market Report

Ofqual has published useful facts and figures in its annual report on the qualifications market.

5/8/16 - University Funding Explained In New Report

Click here for a 16 page report published by Universities UK t that explains the complex picture of university funding.

5/8/16 - Ofqual Materials Explain GCSE, AS And A Level Reforms

Click here to see materials from Ofqual that help explain the reforms to GCSEs, As and A levels. Useful for provider staff, parents and employers.

5/8/16 - SFA Funding Arrangements For Legacy GCSEs

The SFA has confirmed funding arrangements for legacy GCSEs and IGCSEs in English and maths for 2016/17.

5/8/16 - Free Webinar From AELP On End Point Assessment

Click here for details and booking for this free AELP webinar on End Point Assessment that takes place on the 7th September 10.30-11.30.

4/8/16 - Details Of Three West Sussex Apprenticeship Job Fairs

Three Apprenticeship Jobs Fairs will take place in West Sussex during the autumn period. These will be in Chichester on Friday 9th September 2-4pm at Chichester District Council’s Committee Rooms; Worthing – Thursday 20th October 2-4pm at Worthing & Adur Borough Council in the Gordon Room and  Crawley – Thursday 12th January 2-4pm at Crawley Borough Council’s Civic Hall. Providers can get involved and book a table at this free event by e-mailing Jane Chew at West Sussex County Council stating which Fairs you would like to attend.

4/8/16 - SFA Communications Update Issue 37

Latest edition of SFA's monthly newsletter for marketing and communications staff in colleges and training organisations.

4/8/16 - DWP Touchbase Newsletter Issue 113

Latest from DWP with news and articles from across government for advisers, employers and organisations that help people find jobs.

4/8/16 - Apprenticeship Diversity Champions Network: Toolkit

This toolkit from the SFA gives employer diversity champions information to engage and inspire communities and other employers to make apprenticeships more diverse. It includes statistics, tips and case studies with a particular focus on increasing the proportion of apprentices from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds.

3/8/16 - NCFE Trailblazers & EPA Webinar: Slides & Recording

A recording of this week's webinar from SCTP member, NCFE is here. There’s also a copy of the presentation slides available and also a document full of links.

3/8/16 - SFA Update Issue 320

Latest from the SFA including: Find Apprenticeship Training: Submit Your Data; The Hub and Data Collections Service: Unavailable 6.00pm Friday, 12 August to Tuesday, 23 August; Apprenticeship Grant for Employers: 2016 to 2017 Change Request Form; College Financial Reporting Framework: Presentation.

3/8/16 - Education & Training Assessment Plans Consultation

The BIS/DfE consultations are now open for the assessment plans for two Apprenticeship Standards for Education & Training namely: Education and Training Learning Mentor and Assessor Coach. In order to give your feedback please click on the survey here and select the appropriate plans (numbers 15 and 16) at question 4. You will need to do a separate survey response for each plan. Closing date for responses is 14th August.

1/8/16 - Improving Apprenticeships For SEND Learners

This webinar 'Improving Access to and Outcomes on Apprenticeships for Young People and Adults with Learning Difficulties and/or Disabilities' from SCTP member Learning Curve will take place on Wednesday the 10th August between 10.00-11.00. It will reflect on the recommendations of the Parliamentary taskforce chaired by Paul Maynard MP and focus on how providers and employers can respond to improve access to and recruitment onto apprenticeships for those with learning difficulties and/or disabilities. It will also consider different strategies for improving the quality of teaching, learning and assessment as well as outcomes for apprentices with learning difficulties and/or disabilities.Click here for more information and booking.

1/8/16 - Public Accounts Committee To Look At Apprenticeships

The Public Accounts Committee, the main watchdog of public spending in England and Wales’s will consider apprenticeships as part of its new programme of work for the autumn session. Click here for more.

1/8/16 - Full List Of Ministerial Appointments At BEIS Announced

The full list of ministerial responsibilities in the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has been issued and can be seen here.

1/8/16 - 3SC Devolution Newsletter

Click here for the latest update on proposals for devolution in Sussex and Surrey including a letter from the 26 partner local authorities and 3 LEPs to new Business Secretary, Sajid Javid.

30/7/16 - Stewart Segal's Apprenticeship Levy Optimism

The former AELP, CEO and now Director of Strategy at SCTP member, 3aaa shares how his organisation has been working with employers in advance of levy implementation. The article explains how much has been gained as a result of simply having the levy conversation with their employers.

29/7/16 - BACA Joins SCTP

SCTP is delighted to announce that Brighton Aldridge Community Academy (BACA) has become the first school/academy to join SCTP and our 105th member. BACA is a 11-18 secondary school and sixth form in Falmer, Brighton offering apprenticeships as part of a diverse curriculum. We look forward to working with Itziar Leighton 16-19 Director of Education and her colleagues. More information on BACA can be found on their website

29/7/16 - Ofsted News Issue 49

Latest from Ofsted in the form of their monthly newsletter.

29/7/16 - Coast To Capital LEP August Newsletter

Latest news and information from the LEP covering West Sussex, Brighton & Hove, parts of Surrey and Croydon.

29/7/16 - SFA Inform Issue 109

Latest issue of the SFA's newsletter for MI managers, software writers and suppliers about FE data systems and reports, the ILR, open data and other data news.

28/7/16 - Recording Of Learning Curve Access To HE Webinar

SCTP member, Learning Curve ran a free webinar today called 'Optimising Delivery of Access to HE Programmes' looking at: the current position re loans in terms of allocations, eligibility and funding rules; the importance of fully utilising your loan allocations; background to Access Programmes and how they work; review of delivery mechanisms, including an online and flexible approach; analysis of how to best engage loan funded learners. Click here for a recording of the webinar and here for the slides.

28/7/16 - EFA e-Bulletin Issue 137

Latest from the EFA including: Information: college financial plans 2016; Information: online videos on the colleges' financial framework; Information: learning difficulty assessments (LDAs) and high needs funding for 2016 to 2017 academic year.

28/7/16 - SELEP Inclusive Labour Markets Tender

SELEP has issued an ESF specification 'Access To Employment - Enhancing Apprenticeships' which can be seen here.

28/7/16 - SELEP Newsletter

Latest information and news from the South East LEP for the period 8th-22nd July.

27/7/16 - Free NCFE Trailblazers & EPA Webinar

This free webinar, hosted by NCFE policy expert Paul Turner, will look at the reforms involving trailblazers and end point assessment (EPA) and discuss what the reforms mean for providers. It will take place on Tuesday 2nd August between 12.15-1.00. Click here to register.

27/7/16 - SFA Announces AV Replacement Service

During August, the SFA will launch the new Recruit an apprentice service on GOV.UK. This will enable users to advertise apprenticeship vacancies and traineeship opportunities in England and will replace the Apprenticeship vacancies (Av) service. For more, see SFA Update 319 below.

27/7/16 - SFA Update Issue 319

Latest from the SFA including: Apprenticeship Grant for Employers: 2016 to 2017 Change Request Form; Withdrawal of Frameworks Consultation: Closes Wednesday, 3 August; Higher Education Learning Aim Requests 2016; Recruit an Apprentice: New Service; Learning and Work Institute: Online Technology Report.

27/7/16 - Only A Third Of SMEs Provide Staff Training

This is the finding of a new City & Guilds report. For more see here.

27/7/16 - New Survey Finds IAG & Gender Imbalance Concerns

A new survey of 10,000 students by The Student Room found that 40% of students thought that apprenticeships were mainly for men and only 11% said they felt “fully informed” about the apprenticeship training and career option. Click here for more.

26/7/16 - AELP Publishes Briefing Paper On Prevent Duty

Click here to view this useful summary of the recent Ofsted Report looking at how colleges and ITPs are implementing the Prevent duty - or not. The paper summarises the recommendations and comments on issues that arise from these such as the difficulties in implementation when delivery is work-based . With Ofsted looking to raise its expectations of providers from September this is a real call to action for members as discussed at last week's members' meeting. The ETF provides some useful resources here and there is also the opportunity for SCTP to arrange some ETF Prevent courses locally namely British Values For Curriculum Leaders (1 day, estimated cost £75pp) and a Home Office Approved Prevent Duty Workshop For Safeguarding Officers (2 days, estimated cost £175). It would be useful to know if there is demand for these so SCTP can respond accordingly, please let us know.

25/7/16 - First Providers Awarded Chartered Status

The first three members of the Chartered Institution for Further Education have been unveiled, namely Hawk Training, Blackpool and The Fylde College, and Bridgwater College. Each will pay £8,000 to join the membership body for “high-performing” FE colleges and training providers. To be more precise, it costs £5,000 a year to be a member, and colleges and training providers joining for the first time also have to pay a £3,000 non-refundable fee to join. The Institution was granted chartered status in October last year and has been open to members which are rated outstanding or good by Ofsted and in receipt of public funding from the Skills Funding Agency since November. Feedback from delegates at the recent AELP conference showed little interest in the concept but it is interesting to see that at least 3 organisations have been willing to invest. Click here for more.

25/7/16 - Employers Warn Of Apprenticeship Decline

A survey of business in the Midlands has revealed that business leaders believe that apprenticeships will decline rapidly if the government introduces the new apprenticeship levy. This survey is of particular interest as it was carried out by the Black Country Training Group, the provider network for that area. Click here for more.

25/7/16 - NCFE Announces Acquisition Of ForSkills

SCTP associate member, NCFE has announced its acquisition of (former member) ForSkills, an e-learning business that provides diagnostic assessments and learning resources for Functional Skills qualifications to organisations across the UK. Click here for more.

25/7/16 - SCTP Bids For ETF's Leadership Webinar Programme

Last week SCTP submitted a bid to the Education & Training Foundation to design and deliver a series 6 or 7 webinars with guest presenters focusing on different aspects of operational and strategic leadership and management in FE & skills. The aim is for these webinars to be a good resource for members and would support the work being explored by SCTP's Strategic Leaders' Forum.

25/7/16 - NCS South East Labour Market Bulletin Issue 3

Latest news from SCTP member and National Careers Service contractor, CXK.

22/7/16 - AELP CEO Update Webinar Recording

Click here for the recording and slides from this week's update webinar from Mark Dawe, CEO of the Association of Employment & Learning Providers - the national provider network.

22/7/16 - Ofqual On Apprenticeship End Point Assessments

Ofqual has published a document that outlines its approach to regulating the end-point assessments required as part of reformed apprenticeships.

22/7/15 - CBI/Pearson Annual Education & Skills Survey

The report on the annual employers’ survey, completed before the referendum, has been published and shows some familiar themes such as employer concerns about the apprenticeship levy, the growing demand for high level skills and continuing interest in young people’s work attitudes and readiness.

22/7/16 - Call For Closer Working Between Employability & Skills

At this week's Into Work Convention Mark Dawe, AELP's CEO called for closer links between the Skills agenda and the Work Programme while Dave Simmonds of the Learning & Work Institute emphasised the importance of closer working between the Employability & Skills sectors. SCTP has picked up this theme by forging links with DWP at local level including Steve Benwell, Relationship Manager at DWP, addressing yesterday's SCTP Members' Meeting.

22/7/16 - Prevista Subcontracting Offer

Following on from Dan Marks' introduction session at the Member’s Meeting yesterday here are the details of Prevista’s subcontracting offer: ‘Prevista is an Ofsted Grade 2 provider that delivers government funded services across four key strands: Skills, Youth Provision, Employability and Enterprise. Through this broad portfolio of funding we support people of all ages, from a young person at risk of leaving education through to adults achieving Level 5 qualifications whilst in work and entrepreneurs seeking to grow their business. Prevista has a direct Adult Skills Budget with the SFA and is currently looking for new skills subcontractors to deliver Apprenticeships (20-25 starts per month), providers must be high quality and have above average success rates. If you are interested please contact Dan Marks who will send you an Expression of Interest’.

21/7/16 - Sector Response To Skills 'Shake Up'

Click here for the response of a range of sector leaders to the reorganisation of education and skills related departments and ministers.

21/7/16 - Youth Unemployment At Record Low

Latest figures from the Office of National Statistics show that employment rate in the UK is now at a record high of 74.4% and the unemployment rate is at its lowest in over 10 years at 4.9%. At 5.6%, the proportion of 16 to 24 year olds who have left full-time education and are unemployed has never been lower. Click here for more.

21/7/16 - More On The Skills Plan

At today's Members' Meeting SCTP Director, Dan Wallman explained how the Skills Plan could be very important in changing 16-18 technical education. He mentioned a useful AELP Briefing Paper on the Skills Plan & Sainsbury Report which can be found here and there are also slides from this week's Lsect webinar here.

21/7/16 - EFA e-Bulletin Issue 136

Latest from the EFA including: Information: sub-contracting controls guidance for 2016 to 2017; Information: sharing of pupil premium eligibility and SEN pupil data with colleges; Information: schools funding in 2017 to 2018; Information: local authorities dedicated schools grant (DSG) schools block funding formulae for 2016 to 2017; Information: adjustments to local authority funding related to free schools; Information: outcome of Condition Improvement Fund (CIF) appeals for 2016 to 2017; Information: DfE offers schools the opportunity to make cash savings.

21/7/16 - More Info On DWP's New Dynamic Purchasing System

DWP is moving to a Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) as a new way of delivering local provision. The first letter explaining this was issued in June and has been followed up by a 2nd letter with more information. Steve Benwell from DWP gave a detailed presentation on the DPS at yesterday's Members' Meeting which will be available with the minutes to b issued shortly. This represents a potential opportunity for providers to deliver training for DWP locally.

21/7/16 - NCFE Session On Apprenticeship Trailblazers & Levy

After the SCTP Members' Meeting today, SCTP Associate Member, NCFE provided lunch and an excellent afternoon session from Funding & Stakeholder Manager, Warren Creswell on the Apprenticeship Levy and Reforms. Over 35 SCTP members attended - the slides are here.

21/7/16 - SCTP Members' Meeting At University of Brighton

Many thanks to the University of Brighton and SLN for hosting the latest SCTP Members. Meeting. Over 45 members attended and heard from Steve Benwell (DWP) about the new local Dynamic Purchasing System of procurement, Michelle Flux and Helen Frederick (ESCC) about SEND learners and the local offer, Simon Mahony (Remploy) on their free support for apprentices with mental health issues, Charlotte Blant (Youthforce/SCTP) on the new apprenticeship standards for Education & Training, and Jayne Jeffrey (TMSE) on how Talent Match South East is looking to work with providers in East Sussex. There were also updates from Paul Mitchell on SCTP's latest projects and Brexit/Localism/Apprenticeship Reform and Dan Wallman (Dv8/SCTP) on the recently published Skills Plan. More details will be in the minutes which will be issued to members soon. The next Members' Meeting is on the 22nd September at Hove Cricket Ground 9.30-3.00 which will include a celebration of SCTP's 30th Anniversary and the achievement of 100 members as well as lunch, a 'Market Place' event with our associate members exhibiting their products and services as well as some top speakers from Local Authorities and LEPs and a local MP. All SCTP event details can be found on the calendar page of this website.

21/7/16 - SFA Update Issue 318

Latest from the SFA including: Individualised Learner Record R12 2015 to 2016: Opens Friday, 22 July; College Financial Plans 2016 to 2018: Due Sunday, 31 July; Financial Assurance 2015 to 2016; Apprenticeship Reforms: Withdrawal of Frameworks Consultation; Apprenticeship Grant for Employers: Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership.

20/7/16 - OFSTED Warning On Prevent Duty

Ofsted have given clear warning that in the next academic year, all providers will need to engage fully with the Prevent duty. Click here for more in this article from the ETF.

20/7/16 - Stephen Evans Takes Over At Learning & Work Institute

Stephen Evans will take over in September as CEO at Learning and Work Institute, following the departure of David Hughes who will become CEO at Association of Colleges. For more information and sector response click here.

20/7/16 - Amanda Spielman Confirmed As OFSTED HMCI

The Education Secretary has announced the appointment of Amanda Spielman as the next Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills (HMCI).

20/7/16 - ALPSE Regional Provider Conference: Save The Date!

ALPSE will be holding its annual conference for providers on Wednesday 23rd November in Farnham, Surrey. Further details will be available soon. ALPSE (Association of Learning Providers South East) is the vehicle that allows the provider networks of the South East to work together on joint activities for members.

19/7/16 - New Report Exposes Apprenticeship Image Issues

New research from YouGov on behalf of Reed in Partnership and SCTP member, NCFE has shown that only one in five parents of 18 years old would see an apprenticeship as the best option. It suggests that despite the best efforts of employers and the government, apprenticeships still have an image problem, particularly among parents and particularly when compared to traditional degree routes. The report recommends a range of improvements including improving the quality of IAG and employer engagement in schools as well as raising the apprenticeship minimum wage.

19/7/16 - itslearning Apprenticeship Levy Webinar & Tech Report

SCTP Associate Member, itslearning has published a recording of  its recent Apprenticeship Levy webinar which supported the publication of its 'white paper' about the apprenticeship levy and how providers can re-think their delivery using technology.

19/7/16 - New Ministerial Team at DWP

Damian Green, the new Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, has today welcomed the department’s new ministerial team. For the press release and list of appointments click here. Response from the sector is here and some ideas for what might appear in the new minister's in tray here.

19/7/16 - 19-23 Apprenticeship Subcontracting Opportunity

One of our members has contacted SCTP with a subcontracting offer for other SCTP members. They are seeking expressions of interest from training providers who have a successful track record in the delivery of high quality training and achieving high outcomes for learners who complete the 19-23 Apprenticeship programme.  Providers that have unfunded learners who have started/or and completed their Apprenticeship programmes and would like to discuss this further, can contact Paul Mitchell at SCTP for details.

19/7/16 - Robert Halfon Is Apprentices & Skills Minister

Harlow MP Robert Halfon has been given ministerial responsibilities for apprentices and skills. Click here for the full story. Sector response is here.

18/7/16 - National Mentoring Campaign Prospectus Launch

The Careers & Enterprise Company has launched their national mentoring prospectus, alongside two important pieces of research today. For more information and how to apply click here.

18/7/16 - Skills East Sussex Meeting Feedback

Today saw the latest meeting of Skills East Sussex (SES) the local skills arm of SELEP convened by East Sussex County Council and attended for SCTP by Paul Mitchell. There was presentation of feedback from a recent planning meeting which will feed into a new skills strategy for the county as well as news on the increasing merged skills approach from Sussex Downs and Sussex Coast colleges. There was also a focus on the SELEP funding rounds with the group encouraging providers that were bidding to make SES aware of their intentions and seek their endorsement. The minutes will be published in due course on the SES web page.

18/7/16 - CXK Publishes Local LMI Booklet For Young People

To help young people aged 13-19 to better understand current and future local Labour Market Information (LMI), CXK has produced 'The World Of Work LMI booklet' which examines the trends in key sectors, including the likelihood of the sector growing, the potential wages that could be earned, the skills needed and the companies that the young people could work for. There is a booklet for East Sussex. More information is here.

18/7/16 - Slides: Apprenticeships 4 England Levy Conference

Click here for the presentations from Apprenticeships 4 England's 'Are You Ready For The Apprenticeship Levy' Conference held in Coventry on the 14th July.

18/7/16 - SCTP & C2C LEP Develop Provider Engagement Plans

Paul Mitchell met today with Kirsten Trussell, Skills Development Manager at the Coast to Capital LEP. There was agreement that the LEP would continue to use SCTP as it's main conduit for provider engagement and further plans are being finalised that would allow providers to have greater access to the LEPs via post-meeting 1:1 'surgeries'. This would underpin the increasing importance of localism to skills training policy and delivery. Plans were also discussed to co-ordinate skills policy across Sussex via a meeting with the 3 LAs, 2 LEPs and SCTP. The meeting also focussed on the need to understand the supply and demand for Higher Apprenticeships across the county and linking with the Sussex Learning Network on this.

18/7/16 - SCTP Voices Concerns Over Non-Levy Payers

Following a recent meeting between Paul Mitchell and Lewes MP, Maria Caulfield, SCTP has at Maria's request, summarised its concerns about the lack of information and the financial and administrative burden that may fall on non-levy paying employers. The letter, which will be sent on to the skills minister is here.

18/7/16 - Sussex Chamber/SCTP Membership Swap

At a meeting this week between Paul Mitchell and Ana Christie and Jack Mounstephen from the Sussex Chamber of Commerce it was agreed that the Chamber would become an Associate Member of SCTP and that SCTP would become a Silver Member of the Chamber. This will facilitate greater communication and joint working between the two membership organisations and pave the way for joint initiatives especially in the area of apprenticeship promotion. We look forward to working with Ana and Jack and making the most of our Chamber membership. To find out more about the Sussex Chamber of Commerce go to

18/7/16 - Maximising Apprenticeship Recruitment Webinar Slides

Click here for the slides and a recording from this 13th July AELP webinar that forms part of the Future Apprenticeships Programme. The webinar features Claire Cummings, Senior Manager for Communications & Events at the National Apprenticeship Service.

15/7/16 - DfE Takes Responsibility For FE & Skills

The Department for Education has taken on responsibility for higher and further education policy as well as apprenticeship and wider skills policy from the Department for Business Innovation & Skills. Click here for more from FE Week and here for sector responses in FE News.

15/7/16 - SCTP Activity Week Beginning 18th July

We are going to start telling our members what SCTP is doing on their behalf so that members can feed in any information or points to be raised. Next week Paul Mitchell will be meeting with the Sussex Chamber to forge closer links and discuss apprenticeship promotion to the chamber's members; meeting with Kirsten Trussell, C2C LEP Skills Development Manager as well as attending the latest Skills East Sussex meeting - agenda here. If you have any points for Paul please e-mail him here.....and don't forget the Members' Meetingon Thursday followed by NCFEs free Trailblazer/Levy session! There's a lot going on - if you're reading this but you're not a member and want to join click here.

15/7/16 - Introduction To The Society For Education & Training

SET is the professional membership organisation for teachers and trainers working in the post-16 FE and training sector. Click here for information.

15/7/16 - ETF Sector News July Edition

Latest from the Education & Training Foundation.

14/7/16 - AELP Comments On Sainsbury Review & Skills Plan

The Association of Employment and Learning Providers has given a cautious welcome to the Sainsbury Review report on Technical and Professional Education (TPE) for 16 to18 year olds and the Skills Plan which the government published in response. Click here for a summary of the proposals and AELP's views which do contain some serious reservations especially regarding the apparent exclusion of independent training providers. Also see a useful Policy Watch from Pearson here.

A free Lsect webinar on the Skills Plan takes place next Tuesday 19th July 1.00-2.00pm for those who wish to explore this further. Click herefor information and booking.

14/7/16 - SCTP Health & Safety Seminar

11 members attended SCTP's Health & Safety Seminar led by SCTP Associate Member DTD. All aspects of provider practice were covered to make sure learners are kept safe, with a look at how the apprenticeship levy and non-levy systems might change the provider employer relationship on health & safety. Thanks to Tudor Williams of DTD for his input.

14/7/16 - First Apprenticeship Ambassador Training Session

Today saw the first training session for Apprentice Ambassadors in East Sussex. SCTP's Apprenticeship in Sussex service has been commissioned to deliver the Apprenticeship Ambassador training programme as part of the 'Progress!' project - delivered by Skills East Sussex (ESCC) and funded by the Careers & Enterprise Company. The Apprenticeship Ambassador programme will support the uptake of apprenticeships by training 60 young people and adult apprentices to be advocates for the Apprenticeship programme at careers events, workshops and presentations at schools across East Sussex. SCTP will be training 60 apprentices, or former apprentices, to become ambassadors and advocates for work-based learning and the value of apprenticeships. You can still put your apprentices forward as ambassadors by e-mailing Richard Freeman here.

14/7/16 - Ofsted Report On Provider Response To Prevent Duty

Click here for a press release from Ofsted on its new report titled ‘How well are further education and skills providers implementing the ‘Prevent’ duty?’ and here for the response from the sector to Ofsted's concerns and recommendations.

14/7/16 - EFA e-Bulletin Issue 135

Latest from the EFA including - Information: launch of post-16 skills plan and report of the independent panel on technical education; Information: post-16 sub-contracting guidance; Information: finance record template 2015 to 2016; Information: schools financial health and efficiency; Information: consultation on insolvency regime for further education and sixth-form colleges; Information: The Charity Commission consultation.

14/7/16 - Justine Greening Takes Over As Education Secretary

Justine Greening is the new secretary of state for education, replacing Nicky Morgan who has served in the role for two years. Click here for more.

14/7/16 - Skills Minister Nick Boles Resigns

Click here for a statement from Nick Boles and sector response. This may well now delay the publication of the latest levy guidance - see this FE Week article.

13/7/16 - Review Of Area Reviews Launched

The Sub-Committee on Education, Skills and the Economy have launched an inquiry into the Government’s FE area reviews of post-16 education. It aims to scrutinise the progress and effectiveness of the area reviews to date, and in particular will examine the absence of some education providers from the reviews. They will also be looking at the role of local authorities and LEPs in the process. The closing date for submissions is 30th September.

13/7/16 - SCTP Attends SELEP Skills Advisory Group

Paul Mitchell attended the South East LEP Skills Advisory Group (SAG - agenda here). This is the pan-LEP group that pulls together skills agendas from the 3 counties that make up SELEP - East Sussex, Kent and Essex. The group is attended by local authorities, LEP staff, colleges and provider representatives (SCTP & KATO). At this meeting Adam Bryan, SELEP's Managing Director gave an update on SELEP strategy and policy and there was a full discussion on skills priorities in advance of the writing of a new SELEP Skills Strategy.

13/7/16 - SFA Update Issue 317

Latest from the SFA including: Skills Funding Service: 2016 to 2017 Contracts; Funding Agreements 2016 to 2017; FE Choices Employer Satisfaction Survey 2015 to 2016; Report of the Independent Panel on Technical Education and Post-16 Skills Plan Published; Finance Record Template 2015 to 2016; Community Learning Mental Health Research Project; Updated English and maths Legal Entitlements List; Updated Levels 2 and 3 Legal Entitlements List.

13/7/16 - Maynard Report On LLDD In Apprenticeships

Recommendations have been published from a Ministerial taskforce chaired by Paul Maynard MP that looked into access to Apprenticeships by learners with learning difficulties and disabilities (LLDD). The report made 14 recommendations to improve the current situation, including flexing the English and maths requirements and piloting alternative funding models within the Apprenticeship levy for LLDD learners. The government accepted all the recommendations made and work is already underway to implement them. The Maynard Report recommendations, and the government response, are available on this link.

12/7/16 - Sussex Coast College AEB Tender Documents

Sussex Coast College Hastings has issued two tender opportunities to deliver AEB (Adult Education Budget) for the next academic year.  This funding was formerly known as Community Learning and the College is now seeking partner(s) to deliver in Rye and the Battle and Bexhill areas. Click the links for the tender documents.

12/7/16 - SCTP Attends B&H Youth Employability Trust Group

 Paul Mitchell attended the Brighton & Hove Youth Employability Trust Working Group(agenda here) on behalf of members. The group is working towards a joined up approach to youth services and employer engagement across the city including the possible formation of a specialist apprenticeship company as recommended by the city's Employer Skills Task Force. Paul will be at a further meeting on Tuesday 19th July to look at possible sustainable financial models for the latter.

12/7/16 - New FETL Report On Recruiting Out-Of-Sector Leaders

A new piece of research undertaken by AELP and the 157 Group and funded by the Further Education Trust for Leadership (FETL) has been published.  The report, ‘New Blood: the thinking and approaches of new leaders in the FE and skills market’ looks at the contribution and potential of leaders recruited from outside the sector, how to get the best out of them, and how they can help us to think differently in these challenging times. 

12/7/16 - AIS Visits Bishop Bell And Rye Studio School

SCTP's Apprenticeships In Sussex Events Service visited Bishop Bell Schiool in Eastbourne today and Rye Studio schools to raise awareness of apprenticeships, traineeships and pre-employment programmes. Details of training providers and the provision available is at

11/7/16 - More SELEP ESF SFA Specifications Issued

The South East LEP has issued 3 more ESF SFA Tender Specifications namely, Higher Level SkillsHigher Digital Skills and Basic Skills Supporting Progression To Higher Skills. Click the links for the Specification Questionnaires.

11/7/16 - SFA Annual Report & Accounts

The SFA's annual report and accounts for 2015-16 show that the Agency actually allocated less funding to 19+ apprenticeships in 2015-16 (£711m) than it did the previous year (£731m).  Not meeting the government’s growth expectations in relation to the 3 million target for apprenticeships is identified as a ‘significant risk’ in the accounts.  However, in the commentary about the delivery of the programme, the SFA rightly mentions the role of colleges, employer providers and even the contribution of the Employer Ownership Programme which has received a poor evaluation, but there is no mention of the independent training providers who, according to the Agency’s own data, deliver 76% of apprenticeships.  On the issue of financial risk and insolvent ITPs being unable to repay their debts, the SFA states that ‘the overall financial impact of such instances is not material’. The report and accounts can be downloaded here.

11/7/16 - SCTP Submits SFA IAG Bid

Today, SCTP submitted a bid on behalf of provider networks across the South of England for £500k to support Apprenticeship & Traineeship IAG work in schools. Supported by many LEPs and LAs, this resource would allow local provider networks to expand their existing work promoting these programmes in schools. In Sussex this would mean extending the Apprenticeships In Sussex events service across the county. A decision is expected in mid-August.

11/7/16 - SELEP Newsletter

Latest from the South East LEP covering East Sussex, Kent and Essex for the period 17th June to 1st July.

11/7/16 - SCTP Strategic Leaders' Forum Meets In Lewes

Senior leaders from the member providers that form SCTP's Strategic Leaders' Forum met today in Lewes for their first official meeting. In a wide ranging discussion which focussed on how best providers can plan in such uncertain times as well as looking at leadership training and succession planning and the attributes needed for the sector leaders of the future. Research will also be commissioned on the current state on the sector to be used in lobbying policy makers. The meeting also uncovered the fact that SCTP is doing much work to represent its members that isn't well known so look out for more information on SCTP's website and newsletter about what we do on members' behalf. The next meeting is on the 10th October. The membership of the group can be found here.

8/7/16 - Social Market Foundation 'Passports To Progress' Report

The Social Market Foundation supported by SCTP Associate Member, Pearson publishedthe first of what’s intended to be two reports on vocational education in England and Wales showing that increasing numbers of students from all backgrounds are now taking up vocational qualifications but that some parental attitudes particularly in higher-income families remain sceptical.

8/7/16 - RSA/FETL Publish Report On Future Of FE & Skills

The RSA and FETL (FE Trust for Leadership) published a collection of essays from leading commentators reflecting not just on how the FE sector is now but more significantly imagining how it might be in the future. The report titled 'Possibility Thinking: Reimagining the Future of Further Education & Skills' is here.

8/7/16 - Apprenticeships Funding To Have Minimum Price Floor

An FE Week report states that Apprenticeships will have a minimum price tag attached to them for the first time after the apprenticeship levy is introduced. The news has been welcomed by Association of Employment and Learning Providers chief executive Mark Dawe, who had previously called for a price “floor” and warned of a race to the bottom price war without one. We await the latest levy funding update due this month for confirmation.

8/7/16 - Consultation On Revised Literacy & Numeracy Standards

Continuing to the next stage of the Functional Skills Reform Programme, the Education & Training Foundation (ETF) has launched a consultation on the draft revised Standards for literacy and numeracy. These draft standards will be available for feedback from 4th – 25th July.

8/7/16 - BIS Research Paper: Understanding The FE Market

The Department for Business Innovation & Skills has published an economic analysis of the further education system in England. An executive summary is here.

8/7/16 - Guardian Charity Awards Now Open

The annual Guardian Charity Awards is open to charities improving social wellbeing by delivering clear benefit to people who are disadvantaged by poverty or disability or are marginalised in some other way. The awards offer support to the smaller charities that have the fresh thinking, flexibility and reach into communities that make the crucial difference to people's lives. Eligible applicants are registered charities, operating for more than two years, with an annual income of between £5,000 and £1.5 million. Winners each receive a £3,000 prize fund, an iPad mini, one year's free NCVO membership and a tailored package of support from the FSI, Media Trust and Bates Wells Braithwaite. The deadline for applications is 19th  August 2016.

8/7/16 - Plans For New 16-18 Vocational Route Announced

The post-16 vocational qualification system is set for a radical overhaul to replace 20,000 courses with “15 high-quality routes”. The Skills Minister Nick Boles says in the ‘Post-16 Skills Plan‘, published today, that “we accept and will implement all of the Sainsbury panel’s proposals, unequivocally where that it is possible within current budget constraints.” Comment from FE Week is here, responses from the sector, here. A critique from Shadow Skills Minister, Gordon Marsden is here and supportive statement from Ofqual is here.

7/7/16 - EFA e-bulletin Issue 134

Latest from the EFA including: Information: Joint Audit Code of Practice; Information: June 2016 release of 16 to 18 further education (FE) data and management information for local authorities; Information: young people's 2016 to 2017 funding agreements and contract for services; Information: sixth-form college key financial indicator dashboard; Information: update on business cases for 2016 to 2017 academic year post-16 funding allocations; Information: early years capital funding application round; Information: national database of governors.

7/7/16 - SFA Communications Update

Latest issue of the SFA's monthly newsletter for marketing and communications staff in colleges and training organisations including: Get In Go Far’ Campaign Toolkits: Give Us Your Views; The Skills Show: Book Your Free Tickets; The Student Room Website; Supporting Apprentices Service: Mental Health Support; Future Apprenticeship Staff Support Programme.

7/7/16 - SFA Business Update Issue 17

Latest issue of the SFA's monthly information and news update for businesses.

6/7/16 - SFA Update Issue 316

Latest from the SFA including: Apprenticeship Funding for New Starts: 2016 to 2017 Contracts; Skills Funding Service: 2016 to 2017; Reforms: Withdrawal of Frameworks Consultation; Assurance Reviews: Common Findings; Education and Training Foundation: Staff Individualised Record System; New Apprenticeship Standards: Survey.

6/7/16 - Rise In 16-19 Year Olds In Work Based Learning

Work based learning participation went up from 6.2% to 6.9% for 16-18 year olds in England during 2015, according to Department for Education data. 3.9% of 16 year olds, 7.3% of 17 year olds and 9.3% of 18 year olds in work based learning. The rise is in part due to increases in apprenticeships in both Level 2 and 3 at all ages with the largest increases at ages 17 and 18. The proportion of 16-18 year olds NEET was down to a record low of 6.5%. Participation by 16-18 year olds in full-time education remained unchanged between 2014 and 2015 at 71.1%, tending to confirm the view that it is work-based learning that is having the greatest single effect in reducing the levels of NEET young people.

6/716 - Thoughts From ERSA On Brexit Impact

Kirsty McHugh, chief executive of the Employment Related Services Association (ERSA), the national representative network for employment support providers, shares her viewson the implications of Brexit on that sector.

5/7/16 - Possible Movement On GCSE Childcare Requirements

Nursery World magazine has reported that Childcare Minister Sam Gyimah has announced that he will be "reviewing options" surrounding the introduction of GCSE requirements to Levels 2 and 3.

5/7/16 - BIS Select Committee Publishes CEIAG Report

The House of Commons Select Committee of Business Innovation & Skills has published its report on Careers Education Information, Advice & Guidance. It makes 5 recommendations:

5/7/16 - Free Webinar On The Levy & On Line Delivery

SCTP Associate Member, itslearning is offering a free webinar on the 13th July 3.00-4.00pm titled 'Preparing For The Apprenticeship Levy - Is It Time To Rethink Your Offer'. The webinar will look at how providers might position themselves in response to new apprenticeship levy and how to make the use of technology in programme delivery. Click here for more information and booking.

5/7/16 - 3SC Devolution Newsletter

Click here for the latest update on proposals for devolution in Sussex and Surrey. 

4/7/16 - SFA Publishes Growth Request Figures

The government has found almost £100m of additional funding for apprenticeships and traineeships through the latest round of growth requests that were announced last week. Click here for more.

4/7/16 - First ESF-SFA Project Spec Published In SELEP Area

The first SFA project, 'Improving Numeracy', worth £2.16M has gone live.  You can view the details here. Closing date is 1st August. More specifications are expected to follow soon.

4/7/16 - EFA e-Bulletin Issue 133

Latest from the EFA including: Information: maths and English condition of funding; Information: pupil premium funding for 2016 to 2017; Information: universal infant free school meal (UIFSM) allocations and conditions of grant for 2015 to 2016 and 2016 to 2017; Information: EFA e-bulletin publication arrangements - summer 2016.

4/7/16 - AELP Research Briefing Issue 4

Click here for this useful briefing from AELP focussing on data on which types of providers deliver apprenticeships, NEET stats, employer and learner survey results and Ofsted inspection reports.

1/7/16 - One Week After Brexit: Outlook For Education & Skills

Click here for this article from SCTP Associate Member, Pearson that gives a view on how the education and skills landscape looks one week after the Brexit vote.

1/7/16 - SFA Data Compliance Warning

The SFA has written to all colleges and independent learning providers to make sure they are aware of data compliance with funding rules. Providers that fail to comply run the risk of funding clawback. Click here for more.

1/7/16 - Future Apprenticeships: Latest AELP Offer To Providers

As part of the second phase of the Future Apprenticeships programme, commissioned by the Education and Training Foundation (ETF), AELP and partners are offering a package of support designed to develop the skills of those responsible for building new and developing existing relationships with employers to maximise the opportunities for apprenticeship growth. Click here for details and booking. The nearest course to Sussex is being held in Guildford with training days on the 1st September and 19th October.

1/7/16 - A Training Provider's View Of Sub Contracting

Matt Garvey, Managing Director of the West Berkshire Training Consortium talks about the future of good quality subcontracting and the benefits to the sector of the Prime and Subcontractor relationship.

1/7/16 - LEP Chair Offers Advice To Providers On LEP Links

Dr Ann Limb, Chair of the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP) sharessome tips on how Training Providers can get more involved with their local LEP's. Working with SCTP as a pathway to SELEP and C2C LEPs is one option!

1/7/16 - SFA Publishes Funding Rules 2016-17

The SFA has published a suite of funding rules today. These are for the Adult Education BudgetApprenticeship FrameworksAdvanced Learner LoansPerformance Management RulesCommon Funding Rules (that apply to all SFA funded provision), Apprenticeship Common Funding Rules (apply to all Apprenticeships) and a Summary of Changes.

1/7/16 - Free Webinar On New Apprenticeship Provider Register

Click here for details and booking on a free webinar from AELP as part of the Future Apprenticeship Programme looking at the new version of ROTO. All apprenticeship providers will need to register and be approved in order to deliver the new apprenticeship levy and non-levy system.

30/6/16 - DWP Touchbase Newsletter Issue 112

Latest from DWP with news and articles from across government for advisers, employers and organisations that help people find jobs.

30/6/16 - OFSTED News Issue 48

Click here for the latest from OFSTED including the annual report, speeches from HMCI Sir Michael Wilshaw, speech from RD Lorna Fitzjohn on changes to and future of, inspection and data on latest inspection outcomes.

30/6/16 - ESCC Information On UCAS Progress For ITPs

Click here for a briefing on East Sussex County Councils support and use of the UCAS Progress system in schools. The system allows students to see and apply for post-16 provision. All the colleges and 6th forms in East Sussex are already listed and some Independent Training Providers (ITPs) but not many. Will all East Sussex year 11s registered to use UCAS Progress and 82% having logged on and 64% having made an application through the system, this is could be a significant opportunity.

30/6/16 - SFA Publishes Provider Allocation Data

The SFA has published funding values for colleges, training organisations, local authorities and employers with a contract for 2015 to 2016.

30/6/16 - Sue Husband On The Levy & ROTO

Click here for a video interview with Sue Husband, Director of the National Apprenticeship Service about the benefits of the Apprenticeship Levy and the new provider register.

30/6/16 - SCTP Announces Strategic Leaders' Forum Members

We are pleased to say that 13 representatives of SCTP full member organisations applied and have joined the SCTP Strategic Leaders' Forum which will start it's work on the 11th July. For a reminder of the structure and function of the group and to see a list of the participants click here. All members are welcome to influence the work of the group by contacting any of the participants.

29/6/16 - E Sussex Apprentice Ambassador Programme Update

1st training session: 14th July at 1pm at Sussex Downs College, Lewes 

This is your chance to nominate apprentices to be part of East Sussex's Apprenticeship Ambassador Programme. SCTP's Apprenticeship in Sussex service has been commissioned to deliver the Apprenticeship Ambassador training programme as part of the 'Progress!' project - delivered by Skills East Sussex (ESCC) and funded by the Careers & Enterprise Company. The Apprenticeship Ambassador programme will support the uptake of apprenticeships by training 60 young people and adult apprentices to be advocates for the Apprenticeship programme at careers events, workshops and presentations at schools across East Sussex.  SCTP has been tasked with training 60 apprentices, or former apprentices, to become ambassadors and advocates for work-based learning and the value of apprenticeships. To put your apprentices forward as ambassadors please complete the nomination form. More information and background is here.

29/6/16 - SFA Update Issue 315

Latest from the SFA including: Funding Rules 2016 to 2017 Version 3; Apprenticeship and Traineeship Growth Exercise 2016 to 2017; Financial Assurance 2015 to 2016; FE Choices Learner Satisfaction Survey 2015 to 2016: Results; Joint Audit Code of Practice Document; Advanced Learner Loans Facility: 2016 to 2017 Change Request Form.

29/6/16 - AELP Conference Feedback

For those not able to attend the conference all the highlights can be see in a FE Week supplement here. The video of Nick Boles' speech, the highlight of the conference, is in the news item from Monday below. The main theme was post-Brexit vote reassurance - from Mark Dawe in stating his belief that the need for skills development will be as high - if not higher for a post-Brexit Britain; and from Nick Boles' in reassuring providers of the Government's commitment to apprenticeships and the 'rivers of investment' that are available to providers. The next detailed news on the levy will be delayed until mid-July. However, FE Week were quotingan alleged SFA source as saying that the employer contribution for the non-levy system would be 10% of the total cost with 90% coming from government - this is not confirmed.

29/6/16 - DWP Takes New Approach To Local Procurement

DWP is currently rolling out a new approach to local procurement financed by their Flexible Support Fund. This letter gives full details of how suppliers can register an interest. Later in the year DWP will be holding information meetings in both East and West Sussex, details to follow. Steve Benwell from DWP will be speaking at the next members' meeting and will explain the approach in more detail.

28/6/16 - Mindful Leadership Webinar

Click here for a webinar on how Mindfulness can help leaders to manage better personally and professionally.

28/6/16 - SFA Confirms Outcome Of Targeted Growth Exercise

The SFA has communicated the outcomes of the targeted growth exercise first  announced in May 2016 - that it has funded all credible growth cases to grow delivery in these priority areas ahead of the start of the funding year. Click herefor comment from FE Week.

28/6/16 - Pedagogy Of Synoptic Assessment Webinar Video

Click here for a recording of Learning Curve's 'Pedagogy of synoptic assessment  and Strategies to activate students curiosity about and motivation towards learning maths and English' webinar and here for the slides

27/6/16 - 3aaa Takes Technology Apprenticeships To The USA

Click here for information on SCTP Member, 3aaa's bold initiative to take one of its apprenticeship programmes to the USA.

27/6/16 - New Version Of ROTO Will Provide Level Playing Field

Keith Smith, who heads up the levy implementation team at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, sought to reassure  delegates at the AELP conference over the new register of apprenticeship providers, telling them it will be open to providers that are “best placed” to deliver. No details of the new criteria have been released as yet. Click here for more.

27/6/16 - AELP To Extend Future Apprenticeship Programme

The Education and Training Foundation (ETF) has commissioned AELP and partners to run the next phase of the Future Apprenticeships Programme. This will offer range of support to providers - more details are here.

27/6/16 - Boles States Levy Will Proceed As Planned

Skills Minister, Nick Boles has told AELP's National Conference in London today, that the Apprenticeship Levy will go ahead as planned in April 2017 and that the June levy update and the Sainsbury Review Report will be delayed a little but will be issued soon. He also outlined the 'Rivers of Funding' opportunities available for providers to 'fish in'. For more information and a recording of Boles' speech, click here. Comment from Mark Dawe, AELP CEO is here.

27/6/16 - B'ton & Hove Economic Partnerships Brexit Statement

Whilst the UK voted to exit the EU, Brighton & Hove produced a clear majority in favour of staying. The City's Economic Partnership has commented on the possible impact of the result on the City.

27/6/16 - ESCC RPA Dashboard - May 2016 Update

Latest RPA data from East Sussex County Council including NEET and learner participation figures.

24/6/16 - Sector Leaders Call For Post-Brexit Clarity

Sector leaders have called for clarity on whether the government will still press ahead with apprenticeship levy plans and the status of ESF funding following the British public’s decision to leave the European Union. See this FE Week article here and a summary of the sector's response to the news here. The AELP National Conference takes place on Monday and Tuesday with Skills Minister Nick Boles speaking on Monday. We'll keep you updated with all the news.

24/6/16 - What Does Brexit Mean For Education & Employment

As we all absorb the result of the EU referendum provider may be asking what this means for education and employment. This articlepublished by the LTE group on the 15th June explored the potential implications of Brexit on Education & Employment which may give some guide to the future. We'll post more information as it emerges.

24/6/16 - DfE Publish Stats On GCSE Achievement

The Department for Education has publishedexperimental statistics on level 1 and 2 English and maths by students aged 16 to 18 who failed to achieve A* to C by end of key stage 4.

24/6/16 - SFA Inform Issue 108

Latest edition of the SFA's Monthly e-news for MI managers, software writers and suppliers about FE data systems and reports, the ILR, open data and other data news.

23/6/16 - CBI Comments On CIPD Levy Research

The Confederation of British Industry has responded to a report from the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development warning of the concerns that employers have over the current plans for the Apprenticeship Levy. A statement from Neil Carberry, CBI Director for Employment and Skills policy is here.

23/6/16 - ETF Publishes 2014-15 Workforce Data

The Education & Training Foundation has published its annual series of reports on the FE and training sector workforce in England, across all provider types, with this one describing the workforce during 2014-15.  Of particular note was the fact that 61% of independent training providers reported static or declining staff numbers – effectively delivering more with less in many cases.  The report also highlights the differences in age and gender profiles between the different types of FE providers.  A press release is available here with the full summary report available here

23/6/16 - SFA Publishes Latest Apprenticeship Starts Stats

Click here for the latest apprenticeship starts including 2015-16 quarter 3 by Region, Local Authority, Parliamentary Constituency, Equality & Diversity and Sector Subject Area. Nationally, if recruitment levels continue at the rate seen across the first 3 quarters of 2015-16 the result will be just a 2.5% increase in starts - well behind Government ambitions for a 50% increase over the 5 years of the current parliament.

22/6/16 - SFA Update Issue 314

Latest from the SFA including: Invitation to Tender: Apprenticeship and Traineeship Services to Schools; Procurement Opportunity: Higher and Degree Apprenticeships; Apprenticeship Grant for Employers Devolution.

21/6/16 - Northbrook Apprenticeship Delivery Partner Invitation

Northbrook College has asked SCTP to alert its members regarding the opportunity to work in partnership with the college on apprenticeship delivery. See an information flyer here, and Expression of Interest Form here and Subcontract Process Overview here.

21/6/16 - SCTP Pre-Employment Meeting Highlights

15 people beat the train strike and gathered at 3aaa in Brighton for SCTP's latest meeting of its Pre-employment Group. The meeting discussed funding issues and opportunities; the tracking and provision for 18 year olds, the availability of Traineeships, and heard from East Sussex County Council and Crawley Borough Council on latest policy and activity on education and skills The next meeting will be on the 11th October, 10.00-12.30, venue to be confirmed. In the meantime please complete SCTP's Pre-Employment survey that will help us to make sure that we are addressing members' needs in this area.

21/6/16 - Slides From Learning Curve Work Experience Webinar

Click here to view the video recording and hereto download the slides from the recent webinar 'Making the best use of work experience and placements, both internal and external', from Learning Curve.

20/6/16 - South East Business Magazine June/July Edition

Latest edition of the region's business magazine.

17/6/16 - Concerns Re Apprenticeship Assessment Organisations

Concerns have been raised over apprentice assessment organisations (AAOs) for apprenticeship standards — after it emerged that half of those approved so far are not regulated by Ofqual. Also, despite 108 apprenticeship standards now being open to new starts — just 32 (30%) have AAOs assigned to them. Click here for more from FE Week.

17/6/16 - CIPD Publishes Levy Employer Attitudes Survey Report

The Chartered Institute of PersonneI and Development has reported on its survey of employer attitudes to the apprenticeship levy. It finds some support for increasing apprenticeship volumes but concerns about the impact on quality and little evidence that it will help drive employer investment in training generally.

17/6/16 - Digital Skills Crisis Report Published

The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee has published a report claiming that the UK is facing both a digital divide and a digital skills crisis. The reportcontains some alarming figures on training needs, recruitment and lost revenue and offers a useful summary of the state of play in schools, colleges and HE but the key message was addressed to government: namely get on with it and publish the long-awaited Digital Strategy. Comment from FE Week is here.

17/6/16 - Northbrook/Chichester Colleges ESF Partnership Call

Click here for a communication from Northbrook College regarding their partnership with Chichester College for the Coast To Capital SFA/ESIF ITT 30060 - Employees Support in Skills Tender. There is an opportunity to apply to join the partnership as a sub-contractor but the deadline for responses is MONDAY 20th June, 5pm. Details of the tender are here, profiling documents here and application form here. If any other members which to publish details of bidding partnerships that are being formed, please let us know.

17/6/16 - SCTP Announces LinkedIn/Facebook Seminar

SCTP has today issued details of a seminar for its members focussed on making best business use of Facebook and LinkedIn. The seminar takes place on the 27th July 9.30-1.45 at Plumpton College with option to either attend the LinkedIn session only, the Facebook session or both. More information and booking is here.

17/6/16 - Unemployment Lowest Since 2005

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has released the latest unemployment data for the three month period from February to April 2016. There were 1.67 million unemployed people, 20,000 fewer than for the previous 3 months and 148,000 fewer than for a year earlier. This makes the unemployment rate 5.0%. The unemployment rate had plateaued for the previous six months at 5.1% but has now dropped by 0.1% to the lowest since 2005. The numbers unemployed for over 12 months also continue to drop dramatically, down by 114,000 or 20% to 462,000 people. The numbers unemployed for 24 months or more also continue to decrease but at a less fast pace and now stands at 262,000. Regarding young people, the ONS reports that between February and April 2016 there were 621,000 unemployed 16-24 year olds. This includes 216,000 people in full time education who are actively looking for part-time work. The unemployment rate for this group is at 13.6%, down 2.4% from a year ago. 

17/6/16 - National Achievement Rate Tables Published

The SFA has published the data for 2015-16 for achievement rates with the data being cut a number of different ways including by LEP area, local authority area and provider type.

17/6/16 - SFA Issues Nationwide £2M IAG Tender

An inivitation to tender has been published on Bravo Solutions by the SFA for the delivery of Apprenticeship and Traineeship IAG services in schools. Worth £2m, 4 large contracts will be issued covering the whole country with Sussex being included in the South area which runs from East Anglia to Cornwall. SCTP is investigating the viability of a joint provider network bid. For more details click here.

17/6/16 - Student Loans Statistics for 2015-16

Click here for statistics on the status of student loans borrowers and the change in debt in the financial year.

17/6/16 - UKAEA Team Wins Apprenticeship Team Of The Year

Engineering apprentices from the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) have been named the country’s apprentice team of the year. Click here for more.

17/6/16 - EFA e-Bulletin Issue 132

Latest from the EFA including: Information: funding of legacy GCSEs and IGCSEs in English, English language and mathematics in 2016 to 2017; Information: schools financial health checks – could your school help other schools?

16/6/16 - Interserve Report On Attitudes To Apprenticeships

SCTP member, Interserve has published a research report entitled 'The Interserve Society Report: Apprenticeships: the path to success'. The report provides a snapshot of attitudes and perceptions towards apprenticeships among young people, parents and employers and call for the launch of a campaign “similar in scale to that which promoted university attendance – but targeted at apprenticeships – especially in the South where they have the biggest image problem". Click here for more.

15/6/16 - NCFE Trailblazer/Levy Session 21st July

We can now confirm that NCFE will be holding a free seminar on Apprenticeship Trailblazers and the Apprenticeship Levy for SCTP members on the 21st July, 1.30-2.30pm after the SCTP Members' Meeting (which takes place in morning). Lunch will be provided for those attending the seminar. Details of the session can be found here. To book click here.

15/6/16 - SFA Update Issue 313

Latest from the SFA including: Individualised Learner Record R11 2015 to 2016: Opens Thursday 23, June; Adult Education Budget: Payments to Grant-funded Providers; Funding of Legacy IGCSEs in English, English language and Mathematics in 2016 to 2017.

15/6/16 - Update On Apprenticeship Standards Development

Click here for the latest list of Apprenticeship Standards that have been approved, here for those in development and here for the Register of Approved Assessment Organisations.

15/6/16 - Forthcoming Free Webinars From Learning Curve

SCTP member, Learning Curve is offering more free webinars namely: Work Experience in Study Programmes on the 16th June 10-11am, The Pedagogy of Synoptic Assessment on the 22nd June 10-11am and Strategies to Activate Students Curiosity About and Motivation Towards Learning Maths and English, 24th June 10-11am. Click on the links for more information and booking.

15/6/16 - SELEP BBO Successful Bidders

Click here to see the successful applicants for the 12 projects in the latest round of the South East LEP area Building Better Opportunities Fund.

15/6/16 - Prevista Joins SCTP

SCTP welcomes Prevista to full membership of SCTP. London based Prevista delivers government funded services across a wide area in Employment, Skills, Youth Provision and Enterprise supporting people of all ages and needs, from a young person at risk of leaving education through to adults achieving Level 5 qualifications whilst in work and entrepreneurs seeking to grow their business. We look forward to working with James Clements Smith, Mark Sargeant and his team. For more on Prevista see

15/6/16 - Kent Network Offers CPD Events To SCTP Members

KATO, SCTP's equivalent organisation in Kent is offering SCTP members the chance to attend 3 of its forthcoming CPD events namely Teaching, Learning and Assessment on the 30th June, Effective Use of Learning Walks & Using Coaching Skills To Improve Teaching & Learning, 4th July and Self Assessment & Quality Improvement Planning on the 11th July. Click the above links for more info and booking.

15/6/16 - South East LEP Update

Latest information from SELEP the Local Enterprise Partnership covering E Sussex, Kent and Essex for the period 21st May - 10th June. Not included in this update is the more recent news that SELEP's Skills Lead, Mike Rayner is to leave his seconded role at the end of June. A recruitment process for a successor has started. SCTP wishes Mike well and thanks him for his support.

13/6/16 - C2C LEP Business Growth Grants Programme Launch

Click here for information on the Coast To Capital LEP's Business Growth Grants Programme. Expressions of Interest are invited from Small and Medium (SME) sized businesses that are looking to grow and to create new jobs. Deadline is 30th September.

10/6/16 - SCTP Member Gets CBE In Queen's Birthday Honours

Congratulations to John Hyde, executive chairman of SCTP Member, HIT Training, who was one of 20 FE and skills figures recognised in this year’s Queen’s Birthday honours list. Click here for more information and the full list.

10/6/16 - Westminster Debate On Future Of Traineeships

FE Week held a debate on the future and purpose of Traineeships at the Palace of Westminster last week — featuring high profile panellists from across the sector. Click here for the details and conclusions of the debate.

10/6/16 - Alison Wolf Calls For All Employers To Pay Levy

Professor Alison Wolf, who first proposed the apprenticeship levy has called for it to be extended to all employers in evidence given to the parliamentary subcommittee on education, skills and the economy. Professor Wolf said: “One of the mysteries to me remains why – well, I can imagine why politically – we created another problem for ourselves by saying there is only going to be limited number of employers who are involved in this, and there’s going to have to be a completely separate system for small businesses.” Paradoxically, one of the main concerns about the levy system is how the funding system will work for the 98% of employers who will not pay it - details are still awaited. Click here for more.

10/6/16 - AELP Research On Who Delivers Apprenticeships

SCTP's members are diverse and include colleges and independent providers. We use the words 'training providers' to cover all our members. In this Fe News article however the training providers referred to are of the independent variety and this research looks at how many apprenticeships are delivered by independent training providers (76% nationally) and also looks at the volume of subcontracting taking place.

10/6/16 - Two Funding Opportunities

The Heritage Lottery Fund’s 'Skills for the Future' programme opens week beginning 13th June. This is a grants programme for projects which provide paid work-based training placements to meet a skills shortage in the heritage sector and help diversify the workforce. Grants will be from £100,000 to £750,000.

Also, the Blagrave Trust Feedback Fund is offering small grants of between £1,000 and £4,000 to assist organisations with 'a particular aspect of gathering feedback from service users or advancing work in this area'. Four counties are covered including Sussex. Click here for more.

10/6/16 - EFA e-Bulletin Issue 131

Latest from the EFA including: Information: funding of legacy GCSEs in English, English language and mathematics in 2016 to 2017; Information: revised guidance on keeping children safe in education; Information: local authority Section 251 outturn 2015 to 2016.

10/6/16 - C2C LEP ESF-SFA Workshop Slides & Attendance List

Click here for the slides from yesterday's ESF-SFA funding workshop at the Coast To Capital offices in Horsham. A number of SCTP members were there - a full attendance list is here. More information about all Coast To Capital's European funding streams can be found at their dedicated web page here. Members are free to use SCTP as a vehicle for brokering partnerships amongst its members.

10/6/16 - SLN Event: Ecology & Environmental Sector

The Sussex Learning Network is holding a 'Raising awareness of the skills gaps in the ecology and environmental management sector' event, taking place from 3 – 5pm at Plumpton College.  This will be facilitated by Lexie Munro, Professional Development Coordinator at the Chartered Institute for Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM)Click here for more information and booking.

9/6/16 - SCTP Pre-Employment Group Member Survey

SCTP has issued a short survey to members about the nature, purpose and operation of the Pre-Employment Sub Group so that we can make sure that it is meeting the needs of members. SCTP would really appreciate it if members could complete the survey by the end of June.

9/6/16 - SCTP Pre-Employment Group Meeting Details

As previously notified, the next meeting of SCTP's Pre-Employment Group takes place on the 21st June at 3aaa in Brighton from 9.30am-12.15pm. Meeting details are here. Members are asked to confirm their attendance.

9/6/16 - Chair Of Institute For Apprenticeships Appointed

DBIS has announced that Antony Jenkins has been appointed to the role of shadow chair of the Institute for Apprenticeships - the new independent, employer-led organisation established to support the government’s plan to create 3 million apprenticeship starts by 2020. Sandie Bolton has also been appointed as Shadow Chief Operating Officer. Click here for more.

9/6/16 - West Sussex Local Offer Summer Newsletter

This newsletter which aims to keep parents and carers of children with Special Education Needs & Disabilities in touch with the latest information and events, can be seen here.

9/6/16 - AELP CEO Addresses Apprenticeship Enquiry

AELP has reported on their CEO Mark Dawe giving  evidence to a joint select committee inquiry on apprenticeships this week with the MPs’ focus being on the likely impact of the levy reforms.  AELP reports that 'As well as debating the quality of the programme, AELP’s key messages centred on the levy being a potential 'game-changer' with other sector reforms combining to offer parity of opportunity for young people and young adults.  However, Mark Dawe stressed the urgency needed in taking decisions over the outstanding details of the levy scheme.  In particular it was important that the Institute for Apprenticeships should be fully functional as soon as possible, given the responsibilities being assigned to it.  Both AELP and AoC emphasised the importance of keeping non-levy paying SMEs engaged in the programme.  A recording of the evidence session is here with the second part featuring AELP starting at 15.02'.

8/6/16 - SFA Update Issue 312

Latest from the SFA including: Performance-management Point 2: Contract Values Publication 2015 to 2016; Funding Legacy GCSEs in English, English language and mathematics; Education and Training Foundation: Staff Individualised Record System.

7/6/16 - Free Webinar: Maximising Apprenticeship Recruitment

Click here for details of this free AELP webinar taking place on the 13th July 10.30-11.30.

6/6/16 - Whitehead Ross Education Seeks Bidding Partners

SCTP member, Whitehead-Ross Education is interested in bidding in partnership with other SCTP members listed on the SFA register to deliver the SFA Employees Support in Skills tender (Lot 1 - Basic Skills Provision) for the Coast to Capital LEP Area.  They say 'we have a particular interest in delivering in Brighton and Hove and currently deliver City and Guilds Functional Skills and have previously delivered a similar ESF programme in Wales (Welsh Government Essential Skills in the Workplace).  In addition to having bid writing capacity and experience to contribute to the partnership, our Managing Director and business is active in the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) and we have access to 9,000 FSB members in the Surrey and Sussex region'.  If interested please contact Ian Whitehead-Ross on 07730 550607or to discuss further.

6/6/16 - Supporting Apprentices With Mental Health

The Department for Work and Pensions has collaborated with BIS, the SFA and Remploy to trial a scheme tailoring Access-to-Work support for apprentices who have been identified as having mental health issues. For more details of the service and apprentice eligibility click here.

6/6/16 - SCTP Strategic Leaders' Forum Consultation Meeting

The consultation meeting that precedes the launch of the new SCTP Strategic Leaders' Forum took place today. Six SCTP members joined Paul Mitchell and Richard Freeman in Lewes to debate the terms of reference for the group with positive progress made. These terms of reference and an application form to join the group will be issued to full members on the 14th June (deadline for return 22nd June) with the first meeting of the new group to take place on Monday 11th July 10.00am-2.00pm. The forum will look at the strategic issues and opportunities in the employment and skills sector and the actions that can be taken locally and regionally to address these.

6/6/16 - Whitehead-Ross Education Joins SCTP

SCTP welcomes its latest new member, Whitehead-Ross Education and its Managing Director Ian Whitehead-Ross. The company, based in Hove delivers flexible education, youth and social welfare programmes working as a lead provider and sub-contractor for DWP. To find out more go to

4/6/16 - SCTP Heath & Safety Update Seminar Announced

SCTP has released information on a Health & Safety Seminar that is being run for members on the 14th July. Full information and booking is here.

4/6/16 - Government Publishes Latest NEET Data

The first quarter of 2016 saw a small increase in the number of young people classified as NEET to 865,000, but the 12 month figure was still down 69,000 from a year earlier.  According to official data, under half (44%) of all young people in the UK who were NEET were looking for work and available for work and therefore classified as unemployed.  The remainder were either not looking for work and/or not available for work and therefore classified as economically inactive. The latest NEET data for January to March 2016 is available here.

4/6/16 - Stats On Traineeship Progression Onto Apprenticeships

Statistics have been released by the SFA following a Freedom of Information request that showed only 9% of 19-24 age participants were progressing to apprenticeships and 31% of those aged 16-18. See a FE Week article on this here.

3/6/16 - Coast To Capital LEP June Newsletter

Latest newsletter from the Coast To Capital Local Enterprise Partnership covering Brighton & Hove, West Sussex and parts of Surrey and South London.

2/6/16 - Ofsted News Issue 47

Latest news from Ofsted.

2/6/16 - SCTP To Develop E Sussex Ambassador Programme

This is your chance to nominate apprentices to be part of East Sussex's Apprenticeship Ambassador Programme. SCTP's Apprenticeship in Sussex service has been commissioned to deliver the Apprenticeship Ambassador training programme as part of the 'Progress!' project - delivered by Skills East Sussex (ESCC) and funded by the Careers & Enterprise Company. The Apprenticeship Ambassador programme will support the uptake of apprenticeships by training 60 young people and adult apprentices to be advocates for the Apprenticeship programme at careers events, workshops and presentations at schools across East Sussex.  SCTP have been tasked with training 60 apprentices, or former apprentices, to become ambassadors and advocates for work-based learning and the value of apprenticeships. To put your apprentices forward as ambassadors please complete the nomination form. More information and background is here.

1/6/16 - SFA Update Issue 311

Latest from the SFA including only one item this week: Individualised Learner Record R10 2015 to 2016: Closes Monday, 6 June.

1/6/16 - HIT Training Launches Apprenticeship Levy Handbook

SCTP member, HIT Training has launched a guide for its employers explaining the apprenticeship levy. Many providers have been grappling with how to approach employers on the subject of the levy so HIT's approach may be a useful example of how one provider is dealing with this.

1/6/16 - Will 'Apprenticesization' Be Levy Outcome

Apprenticesization is the new word the sector is giving to the process by which employers look to transform existing training and development into levy-funded activities. This article explores how this process works and whether it is desirable or likely.

1/6/16 - Education & Training Apprenticeship Standards

There are now three Apprenticeship Trailblazer standards at levels 3,4 and 5 that have already been approved - these are for Learning Mentor Level 3Assessor/Coach Level 4, and Learning & Skills Teacher Level 5. The end assessment plan is still to be approved and the survey for levels 3 and 4 is currently live and due to close on 10th June 2016. This is the final stage for approval of these two standards so please take this chance to comment.


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