For those that weren't able to catch the recent webinar from the Strategic Development Network they have made available a short case study of the lessons learned by SCTP member, JTL in their transition from apprenticeship frameworks to new standards.
The DfE has launched a new employers network to help promote and champion diversity in apprenticeships. Click here for the press release.
Ann Potterton, SCTP's new Co-Executive Director starts her new role on Monday 20th February. Ann has experience of running membership organisations as CEO of the Institute of Telecommunications Professionals and developed and delivered national apprenticeship programmes in that role. Ann will be working alongside Paul Mitchell as Co-Executive Directors and sharing the responsibilities of the role. Ann's first contact with members will be at the SCTP Pre-Employment meeting on the 22nd February and she can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org. The SCTP team welcomes Ann to her new role and looks forward to working with her.
On Tuesday 21st February SCTP will be representing its members at the SELEP Skills Advisory Group meeting - a pan LEP meeting covering East Sussex, Kent and Essex bring together skills policy across the whole LEP area. An agenda is here, please let us know if there are any issues that you would like us to raise.
The National Skills Academy for Financial Services won two ESF/SFA Skills Support For The Workforce lots in the Coast To Capital LEP area - one aimed at 'Intermediate & Higher Skills Provision For The Employed', (known as 'Skills For Growth') the other for 'Higher Level Skills Provision For The Unemployed' (known as 'Skills For Jobs'). For Skills For Growth NSAFS is looking for delivery partners that already have employers that they are engaged with, in priority sectors (see links above) in the C2C LEP area that are able to deliver units of qualifications the employers want at Level 3 and Level 4 but have a value of no more than 14 credits to employees in the target demographics (see links above). In relation to Skills For Jobs, partners are sought that can deliver the same types of restricted qualifications to the same targeted groups of people who have been unemployed for less than 6 months and then progress them into employment. Partners will need to undergo a due diligence process and if interested can contact NSAFS here.
The minutes of the last Skills East Sussex meeting are now available here. This is the strategic group that feeds into SELEP convened by ESCC to look at skills strategy in the county. ESCC has also issued a very useful summary of the ESF contracts awarded in the SELEP area that are being delivered in East Sussex and this can be seen here. This included details of lead providers, subcontractors, delivery focus and contact information.
ESCC has worked with the 5 national organisations that are on the framework to tender for delivering the Work & Health Programme in E Sussex. Click here for an overview of the contracting process and associated opportunities. Each of these organisations has provided background information, a link to their EOI if they are looking for subcontractors in the local area and has included questions that they would like to pose about local context, or delivery ideas, with contact details for feeding in/influencing. Click the following links to see the information from each organisation. G4S, Ingeus, APM, People Plus and the Shaw Trust. Deadline for responses is 22nd February.
At a roundtable discussion on the future of post-16 English and maths, co-hosted by TES and UKFEchat and attended by practitioners and sector representatives concluded that the government was right to ensure that all students pursue English and maths, but that the GCSE resit policy was not working and required urgent change. Click here for more.
The DfE/SFA has published the latest 2015-16 apprenticeship achievement rate data. This shows that the percentage of people passing their apprenticeship has fallen to 67 percent. The overall achievement rate for apprenticeship frameworks fell from 71.7 percent to 67 percent in 2015/16, but this did follow a change to the methodology that had a downward impact on the figures. Click here for more and a table of national achievement rates.
Crawley Borough Council is looking to collate and promote events taking place in the town as part of National Apprenticeship Week. To register your event contact Stass Kolakovic.
Latest from the EFA with only one item this issue: Information: annual review of end-year 16 to 19 study programmes data
Click here for the slides from Lsect's 'Apprenticeships Funding Rules Update and Funding Apprenticeship System (FAS)' that took place earlier in the week.
The Coast To Capital LEP has today introduced a Sponsorship Fund which aims to support events that align with the three main strategic priorities that they have identified as being the key opportunities for unlocking growth in the region: skills development, housing and regeneration, and infrastructure investment. More information is here. The call will open on 20th February 2017 and close 3rd March 2017.
AELP is offering a free webinar as part of the Future Apprenticeships programme entitled 'Provider Practice – the transition from frameworks to standards'. The webinar takes place on Tuesday 7th March 10.30-11.30am. Click here for more information and booking.
Congratulations to John Hyde, Executive Chairman of SCTP member, HIT Training who collected his CBE at Buckingham Palace this week. John is a long-time supporter of providers and their cause and has been involved with SCTP and AELP since their early days, so it's good to see John gain this recognition.
Latest from the SFA including: 1. Employers encouraged to register for the apprenticeship service; 2. National Apprenticeship Week 2017 – get involved; 3. Employer satisfaction survey 2016 to 2017; 4. Adult education budget (AEB) procurement 2017 to 2018; 5. Qualification achievement rates (QAR) 2015 to 2016 – final data; 6. SFA complaints procedure.
A third of UK employers who will be eligible to pay the new apprenticeship levy from this April are not aware of its existence according to a survey from City & Guilds. Click here for more.
Large employers are being encouraged to register for the new online apprenticeship service before the launch of the apprenticeship levy on 6 April. Click here for more. At the same time the SFA has updated its employer guidance document with a link to the Apprenticeship Service.
Reports from Fe Week suggest that a government policy change on GCSE requirements for Early Years Educator apprenticeships has the backing of the secretary of state for women, equalities and early years, Caroline Dineage. In the meantime it appears that the final government decision is being delayed by the Prime Minister’s office. Click here for more.
It's free but it's in Warwick! Some members may be able to get there so we have included information and booking details here. The event takes place on the 15th March 10-3.00pm, focuses on innovation in apprenticeship delivery and is designed to inspire providers and employers to improve the quality of their delivery in the move from apprenticeship frameworks to standards.
Latest issue of the South East Region's business magazine.
The next SCTP Members' Meeting is at Crawley Town FC on the 23rd March 9.15-12.30. We are able to announce that, thanks SCTP Member Learning Curve, we have been able to arrange a free seminar from funding expert Beej Kaczmarczyk. This will cover, as a minimum, the funding reforms affecting all providers including impacts of changes in 16-19, adult education budget, advanced learner loans and apprenticeships. The session will run from 1.30-3.00pm and lunch will be provided for those staying on for the session. A request for bookings will be issued shortly.
Click here to see an analysis of the SFA Quarter 1 apprenticeship starts statistics (to end of October) for the counties, districts, boroughs and parliamentary constituencies of Sussex. As well as the Q1 figures there is a forecast based on multiplying the Q1 figures by 4 to give a crude full year figure for the 2016-17 year and comparing this with the 2015-16 full year.
SCTP member, NCFE is offering a free webinar looking at End Point Assessment strategy and planning, the learner journey and readiness to execute EPA fully. The webinar is taking place on Thursday February 16th at 12:15-12:55pm. More information and booking is here.
The following ETF English & maths courses are scheduled to take place in the region soon - click links for information, costs and booking:
This free webinar from SCTP member, Learning Curve will consider the main elements of the funding of adult further education outside of apprenticeships and loans, and the implications for the planning and delivery of provision for 2017/18 in light of the current Adult Education Budget procurement exercise. The webinar takes place on Tuesday 14th February, 11.00-12.00. Click here for more information and booking.
Fe Week is reporting that following consultation with employers, the Digital Apprenticeship Service will change its name to the 'Apprenticeship Service' prior to launch later this month. Click here for more.
The SFA this month published version 1 of the apprenticeship funding rules, which covers from 1 May 2017 to 31 March 2018. This free Lsect webinar taking place on Wednesday 15th February at 2-3 pm will outline changes between the draft and final rules as well as introduce FAS (Funding Apprenticeship Systems), a free online tool for employers and providers to plan apprenticeship delivery and forecast funding for starts in England from May 2017. Click here to register for the webinar.
Five members of the SCTP came forward to collaborate on a campaign that aims to inspire young women aged 14-18 to consider Apprenticeships in traditionally male-dominated sectors by telling short, authentic, relatable stories. The group, comprised of Steve Willis Training, JTL Training, Northbrook College, CXK and Rewards Training, together with design agency Studio Hold, have created a series of videos that tell the stories of 3 young females completing apprenticeships in male-dominated sectors through the use of photographs free from filters and editing. The videos will be shared within the FE sector and local media as well as schools and youth clubs. All SCTP members are encouraged to use the videos as a resource and to share widely. Please let us know what you think here, especially if you do use them, as this is part of a test and learn process being developed all the time. This pilot campaign is part of the Future Apprenticeships programme (delivered by AELP and funded by the ETF and DfE). The limitless website is here or follow @limitlessapprenticeships on Instagram.
AELP, as part of the Future Apprenticeships programme is sending out regular updates to local networks to share with their member providers. Click here for the latest PowerPoint presentation.
The SFA has uploaded its course directory which contains information on courses offered by learning providers who are contracted with the SFA. It is crucial that SCTP members are listed and that their information is up to date in the directory as the information is used for a range of signposting functions including the handling of employer enquiries by the SFA's Employer Support Team.
Click here to see the latest edition of the Sussex Chamber's Business Edge Magazine keeping in touch with the latest economic and business news.
The ETF has announced funding (up to £14,000 per project) for projects which collaboratively explore innovative approaches to transforming teaching, learning and assessment with a focus on improving attainment, retention and progression. This is an opportunity to attract funding to work in partnership with other organisations and assist in changing teaching and learning in whatever part of the post-16 sector you work in. Full details are available here. Please note there is an information evening being held in Crawley on Monday 27th February at 1730 or Basingstoke on Wednesday 22nd February at 1730. There is also an on-line session on Thursday 23rd February commencing at 1730. Register and find out more here. FE Sussex is working with the contract holders, CreativeEducation, to provide support and mentoring services to those interested in setting up a project and also to those who are chosen to deliver projects. You can contact Tim Strickland on for an initial chat about this opportunity or to discuss an idea.
The Education and Training Foundation has awarded FE Sussex the contract for its 'Support for New Governance' programme. The project provides one day of consultancy by leading sector experts to all principals/CEOs of colleges/ITPs, the costs of which will be met by the ETF. Full details of the project and how to register are here.
On behalf of its members SCTP has developed links with the Coastal West Sussex Partnership which brings together leaders from business, education and the public sector to work collectively on economic issues that affect the coast. Their latest newsletter is here. SCTP now sits on the Coastal West Sussex Skills & Enterprise Group and the agenda for the next meeting on the 15th February is here. Please e-mail email@example.com if there are items that members would like us to raise on your behalf.
The SFA has published an updated version of the toolkit aimed at giving information and suggestions for employers, apprentices, MPs, schools, colleges and training providers to help support NAW 2017.
Latest from the SFA including: 1. Funding claims 2016 to 2017 – window closes 4pm this Friday; 2. Adult education budget procurement 2017 to 2018; 3. Apprenticeship grant for employers (AGE) facilities; 4. Work placements in technical education: call for evidence; 5. Re-opening of register of apprenticeship training providers (RoATP); 6. Qualification achievement rates (QAR) and minimum standards MS 2015 to 2016; 7. FE Choices learner satisfaction survey; 8. Updated apprenticeship performance-management rules; 9. National Apprenticeship Week 2017.
Many of you will have heard about the Brighton & Hove Employer Pledge seeking to create 1000 apprenticeships in 1000 days. There is a renewed push to encourage employers (including training providers) to get involved and help local businesses strengthen their workforce and create jobs and training opportunities which the region could benefit from. More information is here and to make the pledge click here.
The Local Government Association has said the government’s plans to boost apprenticeship will negatively impact on small council schools. The LGA’s objection focuses on the introduction of the apprentice levy, specifically in the way it will affect those schools that fall into its remit. Click here for more.
The CBI has said that the first two years of the apprenticeship levy should be treated as a "transition period" for businesses and could pose big risks for employers. Click here for more from the TES.
The SFA's latest newsletter for businesses.
Click here for the slides from Lsect's Institute for Apprenticeships webinar featuring IfA Shadow CEO Peter Lauener. You can send comments about the IfA's draft operational plan by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org up until 5pm on the 27th of February.
Brighton & Hove City Council is keen to hear from providers who have events taking place in the City during National Apprenticeship Week between the 6th and 10th March. To notify your event please e-mail BHCC here.
In a significant demonstration of the Chancellor’s commitment to the Greater Brighton City Region, £48.73million of Local Growth Fund Round 3 is to be invested in the City Region over the coming year, driving key projects forward. For more details click here.
This is the last chance to encourage your Advanced and Higher Apprentices to register for the West Sussex Apprentice Graduation Ceremony in Chichester cathedral on the evening of March 7th. Eligible apprentices are those who completed their apprenticeships in a business in West Sussex during 2016. Apprentices' employers and training providers are invited to attend the business reception prior to the ceremony. Please register now on www.westsussex.gov.uk/graduation. For further information contact email@example.com
Apologies for an item from the 31st March which gave the incorrect date for the Big Bang Breakfast which is at Butlins in Bognor between 9.30-11.30 on the 14th March. Click here for information and booking.
Ofqual wishes to consult with SCTP members on the current reform of Functional Skills qualifications in English and maths. As part of the overall reform programme at Ofqual they are consulting on their overall regulatory approach to the new qualifications. As a result we are now finalising arrangements for a consultation session with SCTP members to take place after the Pre-employment Meeting on the 22nd February (which takes place 9.30-12.30 at Brighton Job Centre). More details will be issued shortly but if you wish to attend please reserve the afternoon in your diary.
The Federation of Small Businesses is holding an event to help business understand and plan for a post-Brexit economy. The event takes place between 6.30-9.00pm on Wednesday 22nd February in Central Brighton. Cost £10. Click here for more information and booking.
Latest from the Coast 2 Capital LEP which covers West Sussex, Brighton & Hove and parts of Surrey and South London.
SCTP's latest webinar in our national series takes place on Thursday 9th February at 11am - titled Knowing your numbers: the role of data, funding formula & LMI in FE management. The Guest Speakers are Beej Kaczmarczyk - Director the Learning Curve Group and Craig Mincher - Business Manager (Sussex & Surrey), HIT Training. For more information and booking click here. For details of forthcoming webinars and how to access previous webinars click here.
Next Thursday, The Strategic Development Network (SDN) is holding a free ‘Coffee Break’ webinar to give you chance to hear from SCTP member, JTL Training and their transition from apprenticeship frameworks to standards. Over 60% of JTL’s apprentices are on new standards, so they have many useful lessons and tips to share. The webinar starts at 10am next Thursday (9th February), with time for a Q&A. Find out more and register here.
SDN has also just launched a new website, which has useful free resources and information including, for example, helpful pointers on what ‘independence’ means for those thinking of delivering apprenticeship end-point assessment - see here.
Coast to Capital LEP has made available a list of potential levy paying employers. This is based on the Government's estimate that 2% of employers will pay the levy. 2% of employers equates to 1700 businesses in the C2C area. Using a turnover cut off level of £8m produces that 1700 figure and a list of business that can be seen here. Please note that there is no guarantee that these turnover levels equate to the payroll levels necessary to become levy payers so this is more of a rough guide.
The NatWest Skills & Opportunities Fund has allocated a further £2.5m to be split across two rounds in 2017. The first round of funding is due to re-open in February. Grants up to a maximum of £35,000 can be applied for. The Fund supports 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. Applicants must be a not-for-profit organisation, a registered charity or state-funded school or college. Find out more about organisations awarded funding in previous years here.
Nick Linford will be joined in conversation with Peter Lauener, shadow Chief Executive of the Institute for Apprenticeships (IfA) for a free webinar on Monday 6th February at 12:30. Click here to register. Nick will outline the key features from the IfA strategic and operational plans and then invite Peter to comment further and take questions.
ESCC has let us know that there are still some places on their Mental Health First Aid Training course taking place on Wednesday 8 February 2017 from 9.00am to 5.00pm at Uckfield Community Technology College. The training covers key topics around young people’s mental health and wellbeing, with a strong practical focus on how to support young people experiencing mental distress. Deadline for applications is noon on Monday 6th February - booking form is here.
Over-60s are being encouraged to do more apprenticeships, in a new government report looking at how to boost employment prospects in later life. Click here for more.
Latest from the EFA including: Information: 2017 to 2018 high needs place change notification process - outcomes; Information: Condition Data Collection programme.
AoC, in partnership with AELP and HOLEX, has been awarded the contract for phase three of the Teach Too programme by the Education and Training Foundation. £100,000 will be available for post-16 providers to fund projects which will bring industry professionals and training providers together to build effective collaborative arrangements to help improve the design and delivery of vocational education courses. The closing date for applications is Friday 10 February 2017.
Click here to see the technical documents that define the ILR data that publicly funded providers need to collect and return including ILR data returns calendar for 2017. Also published was version 2 of the 16/17 ILR guidance on the apprenticeship reform changes.
Click here to give your views and shape the next South East LEP Skills Strategy. The survey will be open for at least a month.
SCTP Member, London Learning Consortium is offering a new partnership and tendering opportunity. LLC is seeking expressions of interest from providers who wish to be considered as a sub-contractor / delivery partner for 2017-2018 AEB funding. The recent publication of the open procurement round of AEB funding by the SFA has enabled them to seek more partners and increase their work with those that need it most. A copy of an e-mail from Chief Executive, Stephen Jeffery is here - this gives more information and how to respond. Deadline for responses is Friday 17th February.
Latest from the SFA including: 1. Guidance for 2016 to 2017 funding claims; 2. Apprenticeship funding rules 2017 to 2018 – final versions; 3. Apprenticeship technical funding guide (from 1 May 2017); 4. Adult Education Budget (AEB) procurement exercise.
The Department for Education has published data showing how each local authority has fared in meeting the September Guarantee which requires local authorities to find education and training places for 16- and 17-year-olds.
Go Train is the latest training provider to join SCTP. A warm welcome to Stephen Bell, David Amos and their colleagues. Go Train will be known to many existing members as a provider of learning and development services across the South East of England including core skills (English, maths, ICT), vocational training and employability. In Sussex, Go Training runs a number of services including Skills Support For The Unemployed, Skills Support For The Workforce, Adult Education Budget provision, National Citizenship Service and Employment Plus. Find out more at www.go-train.co.uk
The first ever procurement process for Adult Education Budget contracts has finally been launched by the Skills Funding Agency. Click here for more background and comment and here from a supporting video clip from the SFA's YouTube channel. The ITT closes on the 27th February. Any members looking for bidding partners can do so via SCTP and this newsletter.
Click here to see the slides from Lsect's 'Making Sense of the Public Sector Apprenticeship Target' webinar.
Click here for details of this free webinar from AELP entitled 'How To Make The Executive Team Accountable'. This webinar will explore the different accountability models that could be deployed to ensure the senior executive team is held to account and what type of performance measures and benchmarking can be used. The webinar takes place on Wednesday 15th February, 10.30-11.30am.
The new minimum target for public sector bodies to employ at least 2.3 per cent of their workforce as apprentices should be scrapped, a new report for the Institute for Fiscal Studies has warned. It warned there is a risk that “the focus on targets will distort policy and lead to the inefficient use of public money”. Click here for more.
The Apprenticeships and Skills Minister, Robert Halfon has outlined his thoughts on the future of careers. Click here for the text of his speech at the Westminster Academy.
Latest news from the inspectorate.
Next Tuesday 7th February sees an event launching the 2nd year of Coastal STEMfest with a networking event aimed at teachers, careers staff and businesses with an interest in supporting Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths for young people and the local region. You can find out more about what’s happening in the area, new projects that are soon to launch and how critical STEM skills are for the local economy. The event takes place at 4.00-6.00pm at Ricardo Engineering in Shoreham. Click here for more details and booking.
Also, on the 14th March there is a Big Bang Breakfast at Butlins in Bognor between 9.30-11.30. Click here for information and booking.
AELP is offering help to the government in an effort to define the minimum 20 per cent off-the-job training apprenticeship rule. Click here for more.
As part of the independent training providers adult education budget procurement exercise, announced on Monday 23 January 2017, the SFA has published a draft of the Adult Education Budget funding and performance management rules for 2017 to 2018 funding year.
Latest information from SELEP for the period 12th December to 19th January.
The first 8 board members of the Institute For Apprenticeships have been announced. Made up predominantly of employers as expected it was nevertheless good to see colleges represented although a disappointing lack of representation for the independent sector. The Institute also appointed its first director. More analysis is here. Meanwhile, the Institute also launched a consultation on its draft Operation Plan (not to be confused with the consultation on the draft guidance).
AELP, the national provider network, publishes a regular briefing to keep MPs up to date on skills sector issues. Click here for the latest edition.
Click here to see an invitation to the Three Southern Counties Provider Skills Event on the 20th March. 3SC is the devolution collaboration between East Sussex, West Sussex and Surrey County Councils. Colleges and provider networks have been invited - if any other of our members would like to attend please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Latest edition of the monthly e-news for MI managers, software writers and suppliers about FE data systems and reports, the ILR, open data and other data news.
The Gatsby Foundation has published its latest data on STEM trends in education pointing to a low take-up in apprenticeships, concerns about numbers at A’ level and worries about the impact of Brexit on future STEM take-up in HE.
The Education & 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. Click here for more.
SCTP is delighted to be working with CXK to extend our digital resource project for providers, young people and parents that improves the image of Apprenticeships for under-represented groups. We need exciting case-studies of Apprentices working in East Sussex, Kent or Essex who come from BME backgrounds, with a disability and/or live in very rural locations who have broken the mould and created a great Apprenticeship story. Any level, sector or gender. For more info or to put forward ideas for nominations, please email email@example.com by 5pm on Friday Feb 3rd.
East Sussex County Council has published the latest figures on young peoples' participation on education and training. Commenting on the figures Caroline McKiddie, ESCC's Participation Manager said 'These figures continue to indicate a great start to the year, we have prioritised resources on reducing our 'Not Known' to enable us to have a clear picture of where our young people are and so we can identify who needs support. We would like to thank you all again for your ongoing commitment and contributions in helping to achieve this, by working together and sharing information and resources accordingly'.
With the apprenticeship levy soon approaching, Surrey County Council are inviting training providers to showcase their apprenticeship offer at an event on Monday 13 February at County Hall, Kingston, 11.00am-2.30pm. This is a great opportunity for training providers to showcase what they are offering in Apprenticeship qualifications and their plans to deliver the new standards. It will also local authorities us the opportunity to explain what they are looking for in a training provider and how to apply to deliver Apprenticeships to: Surrey County Council, East Sussex County Council, West Sussex County Council and Brighton and Hove City Council. For more information and booking e-mail Lien Cross at Surrey County Council.
Click here for research commissioned by the DfE into best practice for raising attainment and aiding transition to post-16 destinations for young people in alternative provision.
The provisional apprenticeship figures were released today relating to Q1 2016/17 (August 2016 to October 2016) showing a slightly upward trend. Click here for comment from FE Week and here for further sector reaction. We'll publish an analysis of the local starts figures shortly.
Latest from the EFA including: Information: schools efficiency and financial health; Information: views sought ahead of review into residential special education; Information: individualised learner record R06 2016 to 2017; Information: traineeship in year growth window 2016 to 2017; Information: Armed Forces Bereavement Scholarship Scheme (AFBSS); Information: 2017 to 2018 high needs place change notification process - outcomes; Information: school and early years finance regulations.
The SFA has published the January Register of Training Organisations.
Latest from the SFA including: 1. Adult education budget: independent training provider contracts; 2. Draft adult education budget (AEB) funding rules 2017 to 2018; 3. Funding rates and formula 2017 to 2018 published; 4. Qualification achievement rates (QAR) and minimum standards (MS) 2015 to 2016; 5. Apprenticeship grant for employers (AGE) facilities; 6. Funding claims 2016 to 2017 guidance; 7. Updated restructuring facility guidance; 8. Process for adding components to the 2016 to 2017 adult education budget local flexibility offer; 9. National living and minimum wage campaign.
Parents, carers and other stakeholders in the services affected by proposed reductions in Brighton & Hove's Youth Service budget have been invited to provide feedback. Click here for more information and the survey.
SCTP Associate member and finance provider, Platform Black has changed its name to Sancus Finance. Click here for more.
Welcome to awarding body BIIAB as SCTP's latest Associate member. BIIAB provides a range of funded and commercial vocational qualifications in the UK and is wholly owned by the British Institute of Innkeeping (BII). Occupational areas covered are Hospitality and Catering, Customer Service, Business Administration, Team Leading & Management. We look forward to meeting James Wingerath, Business Development Manager and other members of the team at future meetings but in the meantime find out more at biiab.bii.org/home
SCTP welcomes CEO, Peter Pledger and his team at NSAFS as the latest full members of SCTP. NSAFS delivers a range of Skills, Financial Capability and Employability support for the financial services sector. Recently the company was successful in bidding for two Coast To Capital ESF/SFA contracts - one offering help to get the recently unemployed back into work and the other helping those in work to progress further in their employment. Find out more about NSAFS at www.nsafs.co.uk.
The SFA has announced details of the funding system for the adult education budget and 16 to 18 traineeships for 2017-18 including funding rates and formula.
SCTP's latest webinar in our national series takes place on Friday 3rd February at 3pm - titled The Business of Learning vs The Learning Business: leading in a FE Marketplace. The Guest Speakers are Louise Doyle, founder and Director of Mesma and Catherine Newman, Director FE Sales at Pearson. For more information and booking click here.
The Learning and Work Institute in partnership with Fair Train have launched a call for evidence on challenges and best practice in work placements in technical education. The role of work placements if felt to be crucial in underpinning the effectiveness of technical education pathways. The online survey can be found here and more information here.
Latest DWP news and articles from across government for advisers, employers and organisations that help people find jobs.
Latest news on the development of the DAS as reported in FE Week.
Congratulations to Interserve and One File, two SCTP members who made the top 100 apprenticeship employers listing announced at the National Apprenticeship Awards last week. The full list is here.
Updated details have been published of how the government will fund apprenticeship training in England from May 2017, and what these changes will mean for employers. This update adds a link to HMRC guidance on paying the apprenticeship levy, and added advice on preparing for the introduction of the apprenticeship service.
After yesterdays pre-emptive press release the government has today published the Industrial Strategy green paper as well as launching an associated consultation. The new Industrial Strategy includes plans for a radical overhaul of technical education aimed to address 'its historic undervaluation in the UK and provide a credible alternative to the academic route for young people who choose not to go to university'. This includes a new network of Institutes of Technology, set to receive £170 million to improve higher-level technical education nationwide. Click here for more.
Next week (Friday 27th) sees the next meeting of Skills East Sussex. This is the East Sussex County Council convened group that operates as a local skills group of SELEP. It involves local councils, employers, schools, colleges, universities and SCTP coming together to oversee skills strategy in East Sussex. This includes the formation of sector based task groups looking at co-ordination and delivery of local skills training. The agenda is here, the minutes of the last meeting are here and a link to ESCC's Skills East Sussex page here. Please let us know if you have any issues that you would like SCTP to take to the meeting on your behalf by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org
The nation’s top apprentices and apprenticeship employers have been recognised at a ceremony at London’s Grosvenor House. Click here for more.
Over £100,000 is to be invested with training providers to help boost partnerships with employers, via a new programme from the Education and Training Foundation. The initiative is part of the ETF’s Teach Too programme, and is being delivered under contract by the Association of Colleges (AoC), in partnership with the Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) and HOLEX. The essence of Teach Too is industry experts spending time teaching current practitioners to help ensure that off-the-job vocational education and training is as up to date as possible with current work practices. All post-16 training providers are invited to apply for funding to run their own projects, from March until September 2017. The invitation to tender will launch on Friday 27 January. Click here for more.
Those providers successful in applying for DWP’s Umbrella Agreement for Employment and Health Related Services (UAEHRS) have now been announced. The organisations involved will now be able to tender in the Work and Health Programme contracts competition which is expected to start later this month. The successful applicants for Lot 4 (Southern England) are G4S, People Plus, Pluss, Prospects, Shaw Trust & Working Links while for Lot 7 (National) the providers are G4S, PeoplePlus, Pluss, Ingeus, Reed, Shaw Trust & Working Links.
West Sussex County Council is inviting providers in the training and learning and development market, from all sectors, including voluntary and charitable organisations and social enterprises, to apply for inclusion on its new Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS). A new 'Apprenticeships' category has been created in response to the Enterprise Act 2016 and the requirements for public sector organisations to meet targets for developing apprentices. The qualification process for this category on the DPS will be open for applications from the beginning of March once full details are known. Click here for further information and how to apply.
Skills Minister Robert Halfon has announced today that the DfE is setting the public sector a target of recruiting 200,000 more apprentices by 2020. Click here for more. Click here for the Government's consultation response on the public sector targets. Lsect is offering a free webinar called 'Making Sense of The Public Sector Apprenticeship Target' on the 30th January 3.30-4.30pm, click here for more information and booking.
Over 50 members gathered at Plumpton College today for SCTP's AGM and Members' Meeting. The AGM saw the 2015-16 accounts and amendments to the Articles and Memorandum of Association approved. Chair Jo Bridger gave a report on the year's activities and the election saw Charlotte Blant and Jo Bridger re-elected as directors (and Jo continue as Chair). The Members' Meeting included new member intros, updates on SCTP Projects from Richard Freeman, a Pre-employment report from Dan Wallman as well as input from Kirsten Trussell (C2C LEP), Kerry Kyriacou (Business Navigator W Sussex & Brighton & Hove), Fred Thomas (Business East Sussex), Mike Bailey (NHS) and AELP CEO Mark Dawe. After lunch Abs Malik from the SFA delivered an informative session on the new Digital Apprenticeship Service to be used by levy paying employers. All slides used on the day can be found on the SCTP website here. The next Members’ Meeting is at Crawley Town FC on the 23rd March (9.15-12.30).
Click here for the slides from this week's Lsect webinar looking at how the new Institute for Apprenticeships will operate.
HBA is hosting a business networking event on the 1st February 5.30-7.30pm at Hove Museum. Tickets cost £10. More information and booking is here.
Unemployment and youth unemployment is at an 11 year low. There were 573,000 unemployed 16-24 year olds (including 193,000 full-time learners looking for part-time work), this includes 35,000 16-17 year olds unemployed and not in full-time education or training, which is 2.4% of all UK 16-17 year olds. In the same period, there were 344,000 18-24 year olds unemployed and not in full-time education or training, which is 6% of all UK 18-24 year olds. Click here for more.
Latest from the EFA including: Action: spring school census 2017; Reminder: deadline for submission of 2017 to 2018 authority pro-forma tool; Information: interest-free loans to reduce maintained schools’ energy bills; Information: competency framework for governance.
Latest from the SFA including: 1. Adult education budget: independent training provider contracts; 2. Use ‘Find an apprenticeship’ to advertise new apprenticeship vacancies; 3. The new apprenticeship service; 4. Industry professionals to lead technical education panels; 5. New apprentices welcome letter from Robert Halfon MP.
Education Secretary, Justine Greening has announced 6 more parts of England to become Opportunity Areas including Hastings. These areas will create local partnerships with early years providers, schools, colleges, universities, businesses, charities and Local Authorities aimed at helping local children get the best start in life regardless of their background. Click here for the official press release and here for Education Secretary, Justine Greening's speech on social mobility that announced the new Opportunity Areas.
Click here for this useful FE News article looking at how colleges and ITPs can move forward in 2017.
Exams regulator Ofqual says that there is widespread confusion about England's new GCSE grading system. Starting this summer, GCSE grades A* to G will be phased out in favour of grades numbered from nine to one. However, around 70% of more than 400 parents and pupils surveyed by Ofqual did not understand the system. Click here for a BBC article that gives more information and links to Ofqual online workshops.
Unusually, we are asking members to book their places for the Members' Meeting on the 19th January - details of the meeting are here. This is so we can guarantee you a seat, a lunch and a badge! We have some great speakers including Mark Dawe from AELP, Mike Bailey from the NHS, colleagues from Coast 2 Capital LEP and an afternoon presentation from the SFA on the Digital Apprenticeship Service.
We like to keep members informed about how SCTP is representing and supporting its members. On Monday the 3rd meeting of SCTP's Strategic Leaders Forum takes place with 15 members coming together to look at how to enhance leadership policy and practice in our sector - the notes from the last meeting are here. Wednesday sees the latest meeting of ESCC Apprenticeships In East Sussex Group looking at apprenticeship promotion and delivery across the county - the agenda is here; please contract Paul Mitchell if there are any issues that you would like us to raise. Finally, we have the latest SCTP Members Meeting on Thursday - see item above!
Latest from the EFA including: Information: post-16 allocation calculation toolkit (ACT); Reminder: transferring learning difficulty assessments (LDAs) to education health care plans (EHCPs); Information: publication of school improvement monitoring and brokering grant provisional allocations; Information: Condition Data Collection programme; Action: spring 2017 school census; Information: headteacher reference groups; Information: buying new computer equipment; Reminder: school workforce census deadline.
According to FE Week, the first ever procurement process for Adult Education Budget contracts has been given the ministerial go-ahead and is expected to begin within days. Click here for more.
Nick Linford will be joined by Mark Dawe, Chief Executive at AELP, to consider the IfA strategic plan and consultation. Just what will the IfA be responsible for and why does it matter? The webinar takes place on Wednesday 18th January at 12.00 noon. Click here to register
The ETF has announced that its 3-day ‘Leading Teaching & Learning for Maths & English first line managers’ programme is now available in the South East. Full details of the programme and how to reserve your place are here. If you have any other queries or needs in relation to the delivery of maths or English then feel free to get in touch with your ETF Regional Specialist Leads Claire Callow (English) or Judy Maguire (maths).
This programme, run by SCTP for East Sussex County Council, trains apprentices to act as ambassadors in promoting apprenticeships at school and careers events. Now's the time for providers to nominate their apprentices to benefit from this developmental opportunity and give your own organisation an increased profile while promoting apprenticeships. To nominate your apprentices, please complete the nomination form which can be downloaded here and return to email@example.com by 5pm on Wednesday 18th January 2017. As this is an East Sussex project all nominated apprentices need to be working in East Sussex. The next Ambassador training is on Friday 20th January 2017, 10am – 1pm in Eastbourne.
This is the same programme as outlined above for East Sussex but covering apprentices that work in Brighton & Hove with the next ambassador training session taking place on Monday 30th January 2017, 10am – 1pm in Hove. The Brighton & Hove nomination form is here and needs to be returned to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5pm on Friday 27th January 2017. Employers can also nominate their own apprentices.
SCTP member, Learning Curve is offering a free webinar 'Update on 16-19 Funding 2017-18'. This takes place at 4:00-5.00pm on Monday 16th January 2017. Click here for more information and booking.
Efforts to increase the participation in higher education of disadvantaged groups across East and West Sussex and Brighton & Hove received a major boost with confirmation that the Sussex Learning Network has been successful in its bid for a share of a new £60 million per year programme. The full press release is here. SCTP is pleased to be working in partnership with this initiative on behalf of its members.
The SFA has published an updated version of the factsheet on the Apprenticeship grant for employers of 16 to 24 year olds (AGE 16 to 24), eligibility information and how to apply.
Crawley Borough Council is offering business grants for local small businesses (under 50 employees) that take on apprentices and local small businesses who wish to implement new ideas in their organisation. Click here for a link to the Council's website and here for the scheme flyer.
A newly released report from YMCA Awards has revealed that increasing numbers of students now expect access to on-demand learning, enabling them to learn at a time and place suited to them. Click here for more.
SCTP is pleased to confirm another chance for members build relationships with the skills leads for our local LEPs. After the 19th January Members' Meeting (10.00-1.00 at Plumpton College) between 1.00 and 2.00pm there will be the opportunity for members to meet 1:1 with Louise Aitken, the South East LEP's Skills Lead and/or Kirsten Trussell Coast 2 Capital LEP's Head of Strategy & Policy. 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 availability allows. Thanks to Louise and Kirsten for taking part.
18 delegates attended SCTP's Prevent Seminar held at Rewards in Crawley today and delivered by Colin Forrest of the ETF. The all day session was well received with feedback showing members found the session informative and useful in implementing the requirements of the Prevent Duty.
The SFA has published a newly designed events map for National Apprenticeship Week 2017 (6th-10th March).
The SFA has published updated information that sets out the funding bands that will apply for existing apprenticeship frameworks and apprenticeship standards.
The DfE has announced a multi-million pound investment to support children and families with special educational needs and disabilities. Click here for the press release.
There are 3 more one-hour webinars coming in January:
Without, within: the secrets of leadership from outside the sector: Friday 13th January – 11am
Space: reflection, critical thinking and making long-term decisions in a short-term world: Thursday 26th January – 11am
Leading upwards: working with LEPs, devolution & government: Thursday 26th January – 3pm
Full details are available on the SCTP website here.
We are pleased to welcome Stephen Jeffery, Heather Armstrong and their team to membership of SCTP. The London Learning Consortium was recently successful in a ESF Coast 2 Capital bid to deliver basic skills in the workplace in West Sussex and Brighton & Hove. Outside of Sussex LLC also delivers apprenticeships, traineeships, adult and community learning an AEB funded provision throughout the South East. For more on LLC go to www.londonlc.org.uk
Jon Graham, chief executive of SCTP member, JTL has called on the government to make a “clear and unambiguous” commitment to 16-to-18 apprenticeships, after he warned that funding reforms will cause its starts for that age group to plummet by two thirds. Click here for more.
Click here for data from the SFA about the nature and volume of apprenticeship vacancies logged via the 'Find An Apprentice' service.
The government has confirmed that for the first time, British Sign Language (BSL) will be accepted as an alternative qualification to functional skills in English for apprentices where BSL is their first language. Click here for more.
Latest from the EFA including: Information: 19 to 25 year olds with education health care plans access to the 16 to 19 Bursary Fund; Information: transferring learning difficulty assessments to education health care plans; Information: 16 to 18 further education (FE) data and management information for local authorities; Information: apprenticeship levy and public sector duty.
This free webinar from AELP looks at what governors, non-executives and/or board members need to know about the new apprenticeship reforms. It will also consider the impact on businesses and the risks associated with the new reforms. It takes place on the 17th January from 10.30-11.30. Click here for more information and booking.
Sir David Metcalf has been named as the first Director of Labour Market Enforcement to oversee a government crackdown on exploitation in the workplace including minimum wage violations. Click here for more.
Latest from the SFA including: 1. Funding for 19+ continuing learners for the 2017 to 2018 academic year; 2. Apprenticeship reforms: withdrawal of frameworks; 3. Preparing to deliver apprenticeship end-point assessment.
Click here to see Robert Halfon's apprenticeship, skills, further education and careers plans, priorities and resolutions for the year ahead. In a TES article, Stephen Evans, Chief Executive of the Learning and Work Institute also given his views on an optimistic outlook for the learning and skills sector in 2017.
The Department for Education is seeking feedback on the draft guidance which sets out government’s views on how the Institute for Apprenticeships would carry out its functions. Click here for the on line survey. The consultation closes on the 31st January. Responses from the sector are here including and a press release from AELP here.
The Education and Training Foundation has awarded FE Sussex the contract for its 'Support for New Governance' programme. The project provides one day of consultancy by leading sector experts to all principals/CEOs of colleges/ITPs, the costs of which will be met by the ETF. Full details of the project and how to register are here.
Latest issue of the newsletter from the inspectorate.
Click here to see details of the 120 people honoured for their contribution to education, children’s services and equality and diversity.
SCTP member Lookfantastic has let us know that they have achieved a grade 2 at their recent OFSTED inspection. Congratulations to them and also SCTP member SIGTA that works with them as a partner provider. More information is here. If other members have similar good news stories please let us know.
A reminder that SCTP is looking to appoint an additional Executive Director. Due to expansion SCTP is looking for a committed and dynamic individual to continue momentum to fulfil its mission to strategically lead and maximise the quality, impact and profile of our members. The successful applicant will have significant knowledge of the work-based learning and pre-employment sectors and an appreciation of the challenges and opportunities it faces. They will be motivated by working alongside and complementing our existing part-time Executive Director, Paul Mitchell. A job and person description is here. To apply please send a covering letter explaining suitability for the role and CV to email@example.com closing date Friday 6th January 2017, interviews 17th January. Please circulate this information to any contacts that you have that may be interested in the role.
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Click here for the latest from the National Careers Service covering E Sussex, Kent and Essex.
In this FE News article AELP CEO, Mark Dawe reflects on outcome statistics for Traineeships and looks at what measures would help to support the growth of the programme.
Latest from the Education & Training Foundation including a summary of the programmes offered to support providers.
The second West Sussex Graduation ceremony takes place at Chichester cathedral on the evening of Tuesday 7th March 2017. It proved to be a celebratory and moving occasion in 2016 and we want to encourage many more newly qualified apprentices to come along next year. Eligible graduands are those at Advanced and Higher/Degree levels who will be completing their apprenticeships by the end of this year and employed in a West Sussex company. There will be robes, photos and refreshments for graduands and their families in the beautiful Edes House from 5pm and a Business reception for their employers and training providers in the Novium museum at the same time. This is followed by the ceremony in the cathedral for all at 7pm. Further information is here or email here.
SCTP member Interserve is offering the opportunity for providers to become one of their approved apprenticeship providers. They want to partner with providers who are able to work alongside them and deliver services to large employers they are working with as well as assisting with their own levy commitment. Click here to complete an expression of interest and here for the invitation e-mail.
The Fund will allocate £5 million of investment funds nationally to scale up many existing, effective careers and enterprise programmes. Details are here. Closing date is 20th January at 3pm.
Latest from the EFA including: Information: schools revenue funding settlement 2017 to 2018; Information: school improvement and brokering grant; Information: other grant funding 2017 to 2018; Information: publication S251 data 2015 to 2016; Information: national funding formula second stage consultation: supplementary information; Information: post-16 funding in academic year 2017 to 2018.
East Sussex County Council has published the latest figures on young peoples' participation on education and training. Commenting on the figures Caroline McKiddie, ESCC's Participation Manager said 'The figures above indicate a great start to the year, so we would like to thank you all for your contributions and commitment to helping ensure that young people in East Sussex participate in education, training or employment with training'.
The EFA has issued a letter explaining the funding for academic year 2017 to 2018 for students aged 16 to 19 and students aged 19 to 25 with an education, health and care plan. Commenting SCTP Director Dan Wallman stated that 'Much remains the same for 17/18 including the baseline funding rate as promised in earlier Government statements. However there is a major change to note that the EFA will now fund 19+ continuing learners through EFA rather than SFA funding (which means that providers without an SFA AEB contract could not offer a continued programme). This is something that SCTP has campaigned for this year, providing more flexibility to members delivering pre-employment provision and we are pleased to see this now being implemented'. For more on the EFA letter click here.
Latest from the SFA including: 1. Finance record 2015 to 2016; 2. Final reconciliation statements and capping release 2015 to 2016; 3. SFA takes over issuing certificates for apprenticeship standards; 4. Provisional qualification achievement rates and minimum standards dashboards 2015 to 2016; 5. Updated provider data self-assessment toolkit.
Welcome back to SCTP to Grant Basson who many members will know from his time with Hill McManus. Grant is now founder and CEO of Best Practice People which started as a a recruitment business and has now developed into a training provider. The company is delivering two contracts locally - the first offering Business Driven Maths™, designed to improve Maths skills for people in work as well as allow them to achieve qualifications; the second is to work with unemployed/inactive young people to move them in to Apprenticeships and employment through high impact skills provision. More information is available at www.bestpracticepeople.co.uk
Two new guides have been released by the authorities to help companies understand the Apprentice Levy. The first is a detailed and specific guide for companies that may be affected by the Apprentice Levy, published by HMRC, it can be found here. Secondly, the SFA has released a new YouTube video to guide companies through the process of using the new Digital Apprenticeship Service.
This report presents findings from a DWP evaluation of the Jobcentre Plus Support for Schools programme in 6 pathfinder areas in England. The report suggests that the Support for Schools pilots are meeting with a positive response. The pathfinders target those at risk of becoming NEET, and cover apprenticeships and traineeships, with both employers and providers getting involved.
The Department for Education has published figures showing average earnings up to 4 years after training for adults that achieved apprenticeships between August 2010 and July 2013. There is a detailed analysis of the results including figures by sector and level.
Click here for a toolkit containing Information and suggestions for employers, apprentices, MPs, schools, colleges and training providers to help support NAW 2017. Also, here is a press release promoting the theme of the week as 'ladder of opportunity'. NAW takes place from the 6th to the 10th March and is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.
SCTP member, The Sussex Learning Network has been successful in its bid for a share of the new £60 million National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP) (funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE)), which aims to help young people from disadvantaged backgrounds progress into Higher Education. The programme will focus on delivering activities which build upon and boost outreach in schools and local communities. The Network’s successful bid, which is worth several million pounds over the next four years, brings local stakeholders together to focus on developing clear and appropriately supported pathways through various educational routes to relevant forms of higher level study aligned to local need and future demand. For more information contact Sarah Williams, Director, Sussex Learning Network.
Latest from the Local Enterprise Partnership covering E Sussex, Kent and Essex.
Latest issue 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.
SCTP member Prevista has submitted details to SCTP regarding a partnership working opportunity that may be of interest to members as follows:
'Prevista has an Adult Skills Budget with the SFA and is looking for subcontractors who have the capacity, capability and employer relationships to start learners immediately. Prevista will provide a full package of support to subcontractors including e-portfolio support; joint observations to ensure quality; safeguarding, equality & diversity and Prevent support; free training for your delivery staff and back office functions; and joint tendering opportunities. If you are confident of being able to deliver this service, please complete and return this Expression of Interest Form to firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday 11th January 2017'.
Latest update from the skills group covering East Sussex by ESCC and linked to SELEP.
Latest from the EFA including: Information: national funding formula: second stage consultation; Information: schools revenue funding settlement 2017 to 2018; Information: authority proforma tool (APT) guide 2017 to 2018; Information: adjustments to local authority funding related to free schools; Information: delivery data for the Youth Contract to the end of March 2016.
Decision making processes used by some LEPs for allocating funding have been called into question recently following a high profile Daily Mail investigation. See more in this FE Week article. Members will know that SCTP has good working relationships with both SELEP and Coast To Capital LEP both of whom have provided reassurances that they are confident in the transparency of their work.
According to research from the DWP: The labour market has finished a record breaking year with unemployment down by over 100,000 people and the rate running at 4.8%. See more on this and the latest figures published today here.
Click here for an article from DTD's Tudor Williams on the potential impact of the Apprenticeship Reforms and Levy on Health & Safety systems and requirements. To book on to the workshop on this subject that DTD is running for SCTP members on the 20th January click here.
Latest from the SFA including: 1. Apprenticeship readiness self-assessment survey – closing Friday; 2. Qualification achievement rates (QAR) dashboards for 2014 to 2015 and 2015 to 2016; 3. Final funding-claim statements for 2015 to 2016.
Parliament's Education Committee has joined forces with it's Health Committee for a new inquiry into the role of education in promoting emotional wellbeing in children and young people and preventing the development of mental health problems. The short inquiry will specifically focus on the capacity of schools, colleges and other educational settings in prevention and early intervention, including how teachers and other professionals can be trained to recognise the signs of mental illness and support pupils when problems occur. It's good to see this issue being explored after these issues were raised recently by members at SCTP's Pre-employment Meeting. Mental health and education is also explored in a report published by Central YMCA looking at the impact of education on learner well-being.
The government has committed to establishing an apprentice panel for the Institute for Apprenticeships. The panel will be made up of apprentices from different occupations and experiences and decide for itself which issues to focus on; it will challenge and make recommendations to the IfA board. Click here for more.
The government has set aside almost three quarters of a billion pounds to cover restructuring costs emerging from the area reviews - primarily in the form of loan funding. Mark Dawe, CEO of AELP commented 'The total sum is roughly the equivalent of the entire adult apprenticeship budget, and some of the money is being used to set up competing provision in an already effective high-quality market'. Click here for an FE Week article on this.
Latest edition of the region's business magazine.
SCTP is still looking to appoint an additional Executive Director having not appointed to the role after the last round of interviews. Due to the expansion of SCTP we are looking for a committed and dynamic individual to continue momentum to fulfil our mission to strategically lead and maximise the quality, impact and profile of our members. The successful applicant will have significant knowledge of the work-based learning and pre-employment sectors and an appreciation of the challenges and opportunities it faces. They will be motivated by working alongside and complementing our existing part-time Executive Director, Paul Mitchell. A job and person description is here. To apply please send a covering letter explaining suitability for the role and CV to email@example.com closing date Friday 6th January 2017, interviews 17th January. Please circulate this information to any contacts that you have that may be interested in the role.
A further £5 million has been awarded to the Education and Training Foundation to 'continue their work to ensure further and technical education is of the highest quality'. The money will allow the ETF to continue to support colleges in delivering the recommendations set out by the area review programme and support all FE providers to expand apprenticeships and prepare for the introduction of new technical routes. Click here for more.
Tuesday the 13th December sees the latest meeting of the South East LEP's Skills Advisory Group. This is a pan-LEP group looking at skills strategy and funding and is attended by LEP staff, local authorities, colleges and provider networks. SCTP will have the chance to raise any strategic issues on members' behalf. The agenda and papers are here. Please take advantage of this opportunity to be heard by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
A careers event is being arranged for Monday 30th of January 2017 at Eastbourne Kings Centre, Eastbourne from 9.30am-12.30pm. An event flyer is here. The aim of the event is to provide an ‘interactive’ careers event for students who struggle with traditional careers fairs (i.e. stalls, high volumes of people and numerous 1-2-1 conversations). Students will attend different time slots so there is a steady stream of students throughout the morning and we hope that up to 200 year 10 and year 11 students will attend. If your organisation is willing to take part in this important event for vulnerable students in East Sussex please can you let Anna Morse know by Wednesday 21st of December 2016.
SCTP member, Learning Curve is offering a free webinar titled: 'Advanced learner loans: making the best of your loans facility'. This takes place at 12:00-1.00 on Wednesday 14th December 2016. Click here for more information and booking.
This programme run by SCTP for ESCC trains up apprentices to act as ambassadors in promoting apprenticeships in schools and with employers. Now's the time to for providers to nominate their apprentices to benefit from this developmental opportunity and give your own organisation an increased profile while promoting apprenticeships for the benefit of all. To nominate your apprentices please complete the nomination form which can be downloaded here and return to email@example.com by 5pm on Wednesday 18th January 2017. As this is an East Sussex project all nominated apprentices need to be working in East Sussex. The next Ambassador training is on Friday 20th January 2017, 10am – 1pm in Eastbourne.
This is the same programme as outlined above for E Sussex but covering apprentices that work in Brighton & Hove with the next ambassador training session taking place on Monday 30th January 2017, 10am – 1pm in Hove. The Brighton & Hove nomination form is here and needs to be returned to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5pm on Friday 27th January 2017. Employers can also nominate their own apprentices.
The Education and Training Foundation, working with a variety of sector bodies, has produced revised guidance on the qualifications in education, training and assessment available and relevant for working in the post-16 education and training sector. Click here for more.
SCTP would like to hear you views about the webinar programme. We would be grateful if you would complete this short survey (only 4 questions), especially if you have NOT participated in the programme! There is also an opportunity for you to enter our prize draw to access one webinar of your choice (worth £25). A winner will be announced week commencing 19th December. Please complete the survey by 5pm on the 17th December 2016. The next available webinars are Leading upwards: working with LEPs, devolution & government 16th December and Without, within: the secrets of leadership from outside the sector on the 13th January click here for details and booking.
The Skills Commission has launched its latest report focusing on innovation and leadership in the FE sector and ways in which it can be developed to help meet the needs of local communities and learners in the future.
Latest issue of the SFA's monthly newsletter for business.
Paul Mitchell today attended ESCC's Increasing Participation Operational Group on behalf of members - the agenda is here. This group looks at how to maximise participation of 16-19 year olds in the county. This meeting looked mainly at detailed planning to implement ESCC's 16-19 Strategy for East Sussex as well as hearing updates from JCP on the Youth Obligation and the Schools adviser service plus a participation data report from ESCC.
To mark the publication of the 800th edition of 'Countdown', AELP's weekly newsletter for its members, AELP has given permission for this edition to be circulated beyond its membership so we have reproduced it here.
The Coast to Capital LEP held their first Partnership Forum on 6th December. Chief Executive Jonathan Sharrock delivered a presentation to introduce the new organisational structure of the LEP followed by input from the Senior Leadership Team. SCTP was represented on behalf of its members. More is on the LEP's Partnership Forum page.
Latest from the EFA including only one item this week: Reminder: deadline for Condition Improvement Fund (CIF) 2017 to 2018 applications.
Latest from the SFA including: 1. Subcontractor declaration form 2016 to 2017; 2. Apprenticeship readiness self-assessment survey – closing soon; 3. New apprenticeship standards approved for delivery; 4. Preparing to deliver apprenticeship end-point assessment; 5. Joint SFA EFA early intervention policy; 6. New apprentices welcome letter from Robert Halfon MP.
Click here for the slides from Lsect's Ofsted Annual Report Webinar that took place yesterday. During the webinar Paul Joyce, Ofsted’s deputy director for FE and skills, revealed that talks have begun between Ofsted and the government over extending the inspectorate’s remit to cover degree apprenticeships - click here for more.
Click here for yesterday's video from Learning Curve on 'Careers Guidance in the Post-16 Sector: improving the scope and quality of your careers advice and guidance services'. The webinar explored the strategic context for careers guidance in schools, colleges and universities and developed an organisational response to the changing context that effectively delivers the entitlements of young people and adults to high quality careers advice and guidance. Click here and here for the slides.
We carried a news item on the 30/11 (now corrected) giving details of the support available via the Education & Training Foundation for Maths & English and the contacts for their specialist support staff. The south east regional lead for maths is Judy Maguire and for English its Claire Callow not the other way around! Apologies for any confusion this may have caused.
Click here for the slides from the presentations made at the recent ALPSE Regional Provider Conference in Farnham. These include presentations from Sarah Stear, Head of Apprenticeship Policy Implementation at the SFA; Georgina Angele, Coast to Capital, Careers and Enterprise Company; Phil Romain, Senior HMI, Further Education and Skills OFSTED; Louise Aitken, Skills Lead, SELEP.
Click here for all the news from Euroskills which finished over the weekend with the UK's 19 competitors finishing 7th in the medal table out of 28 countries with 2 gold medals, 1 silver, 2 bronze and 8 medallions for excellence.
We are pleased to confirm that the speakers for the next Members' Meeting on the 19th January at Plumpton College will be Mark Dawe, CEO of national provider network, AELP, Mike Bailey, Senior Programme Manager at Health Education England (NHS) and Kirsten Trussell, Head Of Strategy & Policy at Coast 2 Capital LEP. In addition there will be another opportunity for 1:1 meetings with Kirsten and her SELEP counterpart Louise Aitken during the lunch period - to book a 10 minute appointment please click here. Finally we are pleased to announce that the SFA will be delivering a post-lunch session on the new Digital Apprenticeship Service (DAS). Further details will be issued nearer the time.
Next Tuesday SCTP will be representing members at the Coast 2 Capital Area Partnership Strategic Review Group meeting in Horsham. The agenda is here. Please e-mail us if you have any issues that you would like to be taken forward.
The Coast 2 Capital LEP has issued a call for bids to the Local Growth Fund. This current call will be open for applications from 2nd December 2016 until 5pm on Friday 6th January 2017. More details are here.
The DfE has published employment and earnings of higher education graduates broken down by graduate characteristic, subject studied and university attended.
The Young Start-up Talent team in conjunction with Chichester District Council and NatWest is holding a celebratory lunch to launch an entrepreneurial initiative in the Chichester area which is aimed at inspiring 16-25 year olds to have a ‘can-do’ attitude towards business. The event is from 6.30pm on the 12th January. Click here for an invitation and more details.
The first apprentice nurses could be working on wards from September, and once established, up to 1,000 apprentice nurses could join the NHS each year. Click here for more.
Latest from the EFA including: Information: institutions providing free meals in further education (FE) support to students in 2016 to 2017; Reminder: Individualised Learner Record R04 2016 to 2017; Information: high needs student numbers recorded in the 2015 to 2016 ILR R14 return and January 2016 school census in special academies; Information: new school improvement funding; Information: updated schools revenue funding 2017 to 2018 operational guide; Information: early years funding reform: consultation response and operational guidance; Reminder: Document Exchange file expiry.
The EFA has also published its High Needs Operational Funding Guide for 2017-18.
Click here for a link to the report and comment from FE Week. Encouragingly Sir Michael Wilshaw's comments focussed on questioning the GCSE English and maths resit policy which was not working as hoped. He concluded: “For many students, an alternative level 2 qualification may be a more appropriate means of improving their English and mathematics and ensuring that they are ready for work.” The report also noted that this year 63 per cent of apprenticeships were found to be good or outstanding, an increase of 12 percentage points compared with last year. Responses from sector leaders are here while an official AELP response is here.
Lsect is running a free webinar summarising Ofsted’s annual report and tackling key questions about the inspection regime. Paul Joyce, Ofsted’s Deputy Director and lead on FE and skills will be taking part. The webinar takes place on Tuesday 6th December at 3:00pm.
A warm welcome to Sandra Coley, Head of Employer Engagement (who attended the last members' meeting as a guest) and her colleagues. As Higher and Degree apprenticeships become an increasingly important part of the apprenticeship offer it is important that apprenticeship providers of all types are brought together to share and explore what they offer. It is great news that all 3 universities in Sussex are now members of SCTP. The University of Chichester offers a range of professional courses and training and more recently has started to deliver degree apprenticeships. Find out more at www.chi.ac.uk/enterprise-and-employers.
SCTP member, Learning Curve is offering a free webinar Careers guidance in the post-16 sector: improving the scope and quality of your careers advice and guidance services from 11.00-12.00 on Tuesday 6th December. The webinar will explore the strategic context for careers guidance in schools, colleges and universities and develop an organisational response to the changing context, that effectively delivers the entitlements of young people and adults to high quality careers advice and guidance. Click here for more information and booking.
The most skilled young people in Europe were told they are becoming the “role models of the future” as the curtain was raised on EuroSkills 2016. Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven gave a powerful speech as thousands gathered for the competition’s opening ceremony. Click here for more.
Latest monthly newsletter from the inspectorate.
Latest from the SFA including: 1. Variation to funding agreements 2016 to 2017; 2. Transactions unit: financial model now available; 3. Qualification achievement rates: 2015 to 2016 business rules; 4. Update to learning aim search on the Hub. The SFA has also published guidance on how providers submit their data for inclusion on the Find Apprenticeship Training web portal.
Support is available via the Education & Training Foundation. A programme of CPD is available for Maths & English as well as specialist support staff being available to help providers of all types. The south east regional lead for maths is Judy Maguire and for English it's Claire Callow. Click the links to make contact. Judy and Claire have been invited to future SCTP Members' & pre-employment meetings.
Also here is a reminder about the ETF's Retrain & Retain programme that financially and practically supports FE providers by retraining practitioners to become teachers of maths or English (with bursaries worth up to £2,000). The provider information pack and application form is here.
The SFA has asked SCTP to issue information about the above survey which is designed to help providers of apprenticeships understand what they need to do to prepare for the apprenticeship reforms in May 2017. Completing the survey will enable providers to assess their progress towards being ready for the reforms. The results will also help the SFA identify any further support the sector might need, to make sure it is ready to provide apprenticeships to employers paying the levy, and those accessing the co-investment model. The survey is open until Friday, 16 December. If you wish to review the survey questions before going on line these can be seen here. If you have any questions please e-mail the SFA here.
The Public Accounts Committee has recommended that the Government must broaden the range of measures it will use to evaluate its apprenticeships programme, particularly measuring the success of the Apprenticeship programme beyond just the overall 3 Million target. It also calls for measures that evaluate the programme’s ability to meet the needs of employers - which would seem sensible as this was the main driver of reform going back to the 2012 Richard Review. Click here to read all of the PAC's recommendations in this FE News article and here for the full report.
Latest from DWP with news and articles from across government for advisers, employers and organisations that help people find jobs.
Click here from the latest from the University of Brighton about plans for their campus in Hastings.
The DfE has published the report and recommendations from the Sussex area review which confirms the main known outcomes regarding mergers and federations between some Sussex colleges. The recommendations are summarised on page 24. Click here for all the other area review reports including those for the South East including Surrey, Solent and Thames Valley as well as comment from the Skills Minister, Robert Halfon. FE Week reports little change in most areas.
This Future Apprenticeships event is designed to inspire providers and employers to improve the quality of their delivery in the move from apprenticeships frameworks to standards. The event takes place in London on the 17th January from 10.00am-3.00pm. There will be input from Grade 1 provider Hawk Training. Click here for more information and booking.
The following statement has just been uploaded to the Coast 2 Capital LEP's ESF page: 'Following an open tender competition we can now confirm that Kennedy Scott Ltd has won the contract to deliver Employability Skills Support in the Coast to Capital LEP area, co-funded under the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) Opt-in European Social Fund (ESF) provision. The delivery contract is worth £1.5m in ESF funding. Delivery is set to commence in January 2017'.
More than £3.5million will be invested in mentoring programmes to support thousands of young people at risk of disengaging from education and not fulfilling their full potential at school. The Careers & Enterprise Company has announced the successful bidders for its latest round of funding from its Investment Fund which will target almost 20,000 students across the country. Click here for more.
FE Week has revealed that 1,753 providers applied to the register to be able to deliver training directly or as a sub-contractor to large, levy-paying employers. Of these, 1,310 (75%) – also applied to deliver training to smaller, non-levy paying employers. Click here for more.
Click here for the minutes of the 21st November meeting of Skills East Sussex - the Employment and Skills Board convened by ESCC to look at skills strategy and actions across the county as part of the SELEP federated structure.
SCTP member, Sussex Cricket has today announced the appointment of Rob Andrew, former RFU Professional Rugby Director, as their new Chief Executive.
The next SCTP Leadership webinar is 'Managing Change, When Change Is All We Have', taking place from 11am – 12pm, 1st December. This webinar will get to the heart of change management principles and will explore how FE & skills leaders can navigate organisational turbulence. Guest speakers are Carole Kitching, Principal and CEO at Lewisham Southwark College and Dr Stephen Reeve, Principal Lecturer and founder of the Institute of Change Management, Brighton Business School, University of Brighton. Click here to book now. For details of other webinars in the series click here.
Jo Bridger, SCTP and ALPSE Chair has sent the following report. 'Last Wednesday, 23rd November, members gathered from local provider networks SCTP, ALPHI, ALPS and KATO for the ALPSE annual regional conference. We heard from Sarah Stear in place of Keith Smith about the latest updates on the Levy and funding including small employers, 49 or less employees, will still get 100% funding for 16-18 year olds. This was followed with a 'state of the nation' from Mark Dawe, Chief Executive of AELP. After Lunch we had input from Georgina Angele, Coast to Capital, Careers and Enterprise Company, Louise Aitken, SELEP and Phil Romain from OFSTED. Lots of interesting questions but still detail that needs to be confirmed. The slides from the conference should be issued in the next few days and these will be available via the website'.
Click here for a research report from Gatwick Airport which looks at its current position and the future skills and employment needs.
Latest edition of the news digest from the City's Youth Employablity Service.
A new role but for a familiar face. Many members will know Coast To Capital LEP's Skills Development Manager Kirsten Trussell not least through her regular appearances as a speaker at SCTP Members Meetings. Kirsten has now been promoted to Head of Strategy & Policy, focussing on housing and regeneration, infrastructure and of course, employment & skills. Congratulations to Kirsten, who will remain SCTP's contact person at the C2C LEP.
Click here for an article on Ofsted's 'Getting Ready For Work' survey which has found that schools could be doing more to prepare young people for the world of work. Also, click here for a related article in which the Open University warns that the UK must boost the employability of young people to improve economic growth.
Click here for the latest newsletter from the Coastal West Sussex Partnership. The partnership brings together leaders from business, education and the public sector to work collectively on economic issues that affect the coast. SCTP is now representing its members on the CWS Skills Group.
Coast To Capital LEP has announced the successful winners of the 3 lots for the ESF/SFA Skills Support For The Workforce.
Lot 1: Basic skills provision - London Learning Consortium
Lot 2: Intermediate and higher level skills provision for the employed - National Financial Services Skills Academy
Lot 3: Higher level skills provision for the unemployed - National Financial Services Skills Academy
We also believe the winner of the ESF/DWP tender is Kennedy Scott although this is still to be officially confirmed. More information on Coast 2 Capital's ESF programme is here.
Latest issue 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.
Latest from the EFA including: Action: set up your Condition Improvement Fund (CIF) portal account; Reminder: making sure EFA has the right contact information; Information: fire risk from school maintenance or building works; Information: EFA now on Twitter.
SCTP will be running a course on the 'Implementation of the Prevent Duty' on the 10th January, 10.00-3.30 in Crawley. Click here for more information and booking.
Click here to see the response from sector leaders to the Chancellor's statement. There was little on education & training which perhaps is a relief to many providers dealing with a raft of current change. Perhaps worthy of note is the devolving of the Adult Education Budget in London, a reduction in the expected levy yield, a planned increase to the apprentice minimum wage (up 10p to £3.50 an hour from April 2017) and a slight easing of Universal Credit cuts. The full transcript of the Chancellor's speech is here.
The head of the new Institute for Apprenticeships, Peter Lauener has given more details on what the new standards body will look like in evidence to a parliamentary sub committee. Click here.
The SFA has launched a project to raise the awareness and prestige of quality apprenticeships in schools. The Apprenticeship Support and Knowledge for schools (ASK) project will deliver apprenticeship and traineeship information to young people in years 10, 11, 12 and 13. This will ensure young people are aware of all the options available to them. We are trying to determine how this new service sits with existing Apprenticeship IAG services already available to schools.
BHCC has released two research reports that it had commissioned. The first is 'Race Equality In Employment & Skills In The City'; the second is 'Addressing barriers to work for disabled people and those with long term health conditions in Brighton & Hove'. Both reports have useful executive summaries and both will be considered by this week's Learning, Skills & Employment Partnership meeting.
Latest from the SFA including: 1. Register of apprenticeship training providers and invitation to tender - closing soon; 2. Apprenticeship readiness self-assessment survey; 3. Subcontractor declaration form 2016 to 2017; 4. Supply chain fees and charges 2015 to 2016; 5. Qualification achievement rates 2016 to 2017: business rules; 6. Feedback on the draft apprenticeship funding rules; 7. Apprenticeship Grant for Employers (AGE) - LDM codes.
DWP has asked us to communicate the following statement: 'Berkshire, Surrey, and Sussex DWP District is now purchasing locally-funded Work Focused Activities using the DWP’s Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS); we are unable to purchase direct from you. The DPS is an electronic process for setting up and maintaining a list of suppliers from whom provision can be procured locally as and when the need arises. DPS is administered via eProcurement which requires you to register on our Bravo Solution system. The DPS comprises an “Employability Journey” which details a number of Service Categories along with supporting narratives to explain what type of provision DWP may be buying. More information about DPS can be found on Contracts Finder. Thank you for your interest in working with DWP to deliver our Welfare Reform objectives'. A national letter from DWP to suppliers is here.
Click here for an interview with FE Commissioner Richard Atkins at the AoC conference last week. He is only several weeks into the FE Commissioner role after taking over from David Collins and chats about leading the new reviews, intervention and sharing the lessons learned from the Area Review Process.
Click here for the latest 2-page guide to the reforms from the SFA aimed at employers.
This interactive training day for apprenticeship training providers will help them meet the needs of deaf and hearing-impaired apprentices and fulfil their duties in the Equality Act 2010. The training day is on the 11th January 2017 in London from 10.00-4.00. A flyer is here, agenda here and a booking form here.
Entries for the Brathay Apprentice Challenge 2017 are now open. Click here for more.
This guidance from the SFA explains how qualification achievement rates (formerly qualification success rates) are calculated.
NCFE and CACHE are hosting FREE webinars for providers and employers to talk more about quality End Point Assessment and what that looks like. The provider focussed webinars focus on how to deliver high quality EPA, and help improve provider confidence in an EPA process that addresses employer demand. The employer webinars are focussed on letting an employer know that there is help available to be levy ready. These are a supportive information-driven sessions which can be offered to employers in order to help them engage more with the levy and EPA. The CACHE's sessions are Healthcare focussed while NCFE's focus on Management. More information and booking is below.
Latest issue of stats and useful background information from AELP including: Apprenticeships starts and achievements data; Apprenticeships providers’ responses to reforms – key research findings; Advanced Learner Loans statistics; Unemployment, youth unemployment and NEET statistics; Adult skills in the digital age; Ofsted inspection reports.
We were able to welcome our latest new full member of SCTP to the Members' Meeting last week. Terry Horton from In2Skills introduced his organisation to the membership as he joined on the spot at the meeting. In2Skills, although based in Crawley, deliver mainly in East Sussex and Brighton offering Apprenticeships, Traineeships, Advanced Learner Loans and support for the long term unemployed back into work. You can find out more at www.in2skills.eu
Existing City College CEO, Nick Juba has been appointed as CEO Designate for the new Metropolitan College formed from the merger of City College and Northbrook College. This news is underpinned by news of City College's Ofsted Grade 2 released recently.
Results from the Skills Show have been made available via Fe Week by competition and by organisation. Good to see SCTP members Chichester College and Sussex Downs College well placed in the league table.
This useful article looks at the potential impacts of moving towards End Point Assessment for the new Apprenticeship standards.
On Monday, SCTP will be at the Skills East Sussex meeting (agenda here) that oversees skills strategy and actions for the county as part of the SELEP structure. On Tuesday we will be at a meeting with the Employers & Education Task Force, and the 3 Local Authorities co-ordinating the resources available to promote apprenticeships in schools; we'll also be attending the Brighton & Hove City Council IAG schools IAG meeting (agenda here) as well as holding a training session for our Apprentice Ambassadors who operate as part of the Apprenticeships In Sussex events service which will continue to do its work in E Sussex and Brighton and Hove schools. On Wednesday we will join many members at the ALPSE Regional Provider Conference in Farnham as well as representing members at the Coastal West Sussex Skills Group in Worthing (agenda here). If you have anything that you would like to feed into SCTP so that we make sure we are representing our members as effectively as possible please e-mail Paul Mitchell.
SCTP member, Learning Curve is offering two free webinars in the near future. The first is Planning and Funding Cost Effective Traineeships from 11.00-12.00 on Monday 21st November 2016, click here for more information and booking. The second is Assessment in apprenticeships: exploring the relationship between continuous and end point assessment from 1.15-2.15 on Thursday 24th November 2016, click here for more information and booking.
This week’s unemployment figures show a welcome continued decrease with unemployment now the lowest it has been since 2005. However, for two groups the data is not so positive and provides evidence for the need for more intensive support – those unemployed for over 24 months and 16 to 17 year olds.
As announced at this week's Members' Meeting we will be running a half day seminar led by Health & Safety Consultancy DTD, on the morning of the 20th January at Plumpton College. This will look into the impact of the apprenticeship levy and other reforms on the Health & Safety responsibilities and procedures required of providers. Further details will be issued shortly.
West Sussex County Council and Crawley Borough Council will be holding the first West Sussex Apprenticeship Jobs Fair of 2017 in the Civic Hall, Crawley on the afternoon of Thursday 12th January. They already have interest from several training providers but if other SCTP members would like to attend please contact Jane Chew at WSCC.
Click here for an article by AELP CEO Mark Dawe reflecting on new research carried out with training providers regarding the impact of apprenticeships reforms. Mark will be a guest speaker at the next Members' Meeting on the 19th January.
Today's Members' Meeting at Hove Cricket Ground saw over 40 members gather to absorb and debate the latest news and information, network, form partnerships and shape the future of their network. Members heard from Louise Aitken, the newly appointed Skills Lead for the South East LEP and Alan Jenkinson, Programme Manager from the SFA. There were also updates from SCTP Director, Dan Wallman on the latest Pre-Employment news and from Chair Jo Bridger on the outcomes of the recent SCTP Board meeting and the latest SCTP projects. There was also an opportunity after the meeting for members to meet LEP contacts Louise Aitken and Kirsten Trussell for 1:1 discussion as well as an excellent presentation from Jo Webb of Pearson on the use of virtual and augmented reality technologies in learning. More details will be in the minutes which will be issued to members soon but presentations from today's speakers are available here now. The next Members' Meeting is on the 19th January at Plumpton College 10.00-1.00 (AGM for full members only is at 9.30). All SCTP event details can be found here.
Click here for information on the free webinar on Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills status called 'New QTLS: You're Questions Answered'. It takes place on the 29th November 12.30-1.30.
The apprenticeship and skills minister visited the fourth annual Skills Show this morning as the three-day event at Birmingham’s NEC kicked off. Click here for this FE Week article on the show. Also, click here for Mr Halfon's speech to the conference.
Click here for the latest A4 NAS guidance sheet.
Click here for a video clip funding update from funding guru Beej Kaczmarczyk from the Learning Curve Group from the Association of Colleges annual conference. Beej chats about funding for 16-19 year olds, Apprenticeship funding, loans and the future funding of adults.
Latest from the EFA including: Information: English and maths condition of funding tolerance - click here for FE Week article; Information: new energy efficiency loan fund; Information: publication of 2017 to 2018 schools funding: historic commitments – supplementary guidance for local authorities; Reminder: Condition Improvement Fund (CIF) 2017 to 2018; Reminder: disapplication request deadline.
Jisc is the agency funded to support providers to develop their use of technology. Jisc has published a new online guide to support skills providers. Enhancing the digital experience for skills learners explores how skills providers can make the most of digital technology to support their learners to gain employment and progress in their careers. The guide draws on findings from their Digital student Skills study which looked at skills learners’ experiences and expectations of technology. There is also a blog post from Clare Killen, author of the new guide, outlines the Five things skills providers are doing in their quest to embrace technology and enhance learning.
There is also a free webinar on Wednesday 23 November between 1.00-2.00pm on learners' expectations and experiences of the digital environment in apprenticeships, adult and community learning and prisons. To find out more and register click here.
Ian Ashman, Association of Colleges President discusses Mental Health in Colleges in this video clip. Ian is calling for this year of his Presidency to be the Year of Mental Health. He explains that last year AoC ran a survey about mental health and wellbeing and 85% of College Principals reported an increase in students with mental health issues. The survey highlighted that poverty and the disadvantaged, pressure of exams and social media were all drivers to mental health issues in students in their colleges. He calls for an increase in and better engagement with, support services available. This resonates with feedback from SCTP's Pre-employment group meeting last month where providers of all types were reporting this mental health trend.
Catherine Sezen, 14-19 & Curriculum Senior Policy Manager for the Association of Colleges (and formerly of Northbrook College), chats about 14-19, Sainsbury and the Skills plan in this useful video clip.
Click here to see the notes from the second meeting of the forum looking at leadership issues facing SCTP members and the wider sector. Please note that the members of this group are representatives of the wider membership so please feed into the group if you have any ideas or comments via Richard Freeman.
We are pleased to welcome Nucleus Commercial Finance as an associate member of SCTP. Nucleus offers bespoke financial services products for the sector based around SFA and EFA funding streams and subcontracting arrangements including an overdraft product, term loans, unsecured loans and property loans as well as providing a facility for match funding bids. The offer intends to alleviate the problem that some providers have historically faced when trying to raise funds from the high street banks. Phillip Speed (formerly of Platform Black and Northbrook College) is our contact. To find out more go to www.nucleuscommercialfinance.com
Latest from the SFA including: 1. New provider data self-assessment toolkit; 2. Register of apprenticeship training providers (RoATP): update; 3. National Careers Service: post-16 course directory.
Click here to see information about how apprenticeships will be promoted at this week's Skills Show.
This programme from the Education & Training Foundation has been developed to financially and practically support FE Providers by retraining teachers and trainers, whose jobs may otherwise be at risk, to become teachers of maths and English. By doing so, it aims to address a number of key issues currently facing FE providers including: teachers and trainers may be facing possible redundancy due to a decline in learner numbers for a particular subject; there is a national shortage of suitably qualified teachers and trainers of maths and English; there is more pressure on FE providers to ensure learners have an appropriate qualification in maths and English. A bursary will be given to FE Providers in return for allowing qualifying teachers and trainers the time and resource to access appropriate training and support to enable them to teach maths or English. Click here for more information.
Click here to view details of the NEET event held by the Coast 2 Capital LEP in Horsham last Thursday, including presentation slides and a listing of potential project roles which were identified on the day.
Welcome to Joe Comper Education & Skills Manager and all his colleagues at Crawley Town FC. The foundation is involved in delivering Sports Development, Higher Education and the National Citizen Service as well as offering Apprenticeships and Traineeships. You can find out more at www.ctcommunityfoundation.com.
The Department for Education’s Apprenticeship Funding Unit will be running a set of webinars for interested stakeholders on the latest information on the funding reforms (please note that if you have been to a recent SFA employer event or webinar then these webinars will cover the same areas). The current dates are: Friday 2nd December, 10:00 - 11:00, Thursday 15th December, 10:00 - 11:00. Further dates will be announced in due course. Click here to book.
Click here for details.
Latest from the EFA including: Information: free meals in further education – carry-over of funds; Information: commercial and charitable providers (CCPs) with over delivery in 2015 to 2016 academic year; Information: publication of schools block and post-16 funding allocations for 2016 to 2017; Information: Bursary Fund audit guide update.
Click here for news about how thousands of new degree apprenticeships are to be created through a new multi-million pound development fund.
The Institute For Public Policy Research has published a report which suggest the government to phase out level two apprenticeships for 16-18 year olds, and replace them with a programme only offered by colleges. The report has been supported by AoC but strongly opposed by AELP. Click here for more.
Please click here to find our latest schedule of webinars and a press release which has been published about the SCTP/ETF project. All webinars cost just £25 and can be booked here. The next webinar is 'The business of learning vs the learning business: leading in an FE marketplace' at 11am – 12pm, 18th November 2016. This webinar will explore the new marketplaces for work-based learning, looking at the role of FE & skills leaders to be beacons of both entrepreneurial and educational excellence. Guest speakers are Louise Doyle, founder and Director of Mesma and Catherine Newman, Director of FE Sales at Pearson. Click here to book.
Click here for details of the funding system to be used for apprenticeship frameworks and standards from 1 May 2017.
Latest from the SFA including: 1. Register of apprentice assessment organisations; 2. Skills funding service availability this weekend; 3. Transfer of powers to DfE; 4. Apprenticeship technical funding guide (from 1 May 2017).
Click here for the SFA's latest new and information for businesses.
Brighton and Hove City Council has published its City Employment & Skills Plan for 2016-2020. The plan aims to increase apprenticeships, support the long-term unemployed into employment and help residents develop their skills, experience and career prospects.
We are pleased to welcome Hastings-based apprenticeship training provider, Improve Your Skills to full membership of SCTP. Some of you will have met Centre Manager, Alison Perry who attended the September Members' Meeting as a guest and we look forward to working with Alison and her colleagues. For more details on the company go to www.improveyourskills.co.uk.
Click here for details of a free support programme funded by the Education & Training Foundation. The successful National Leaders of Governance (NLG) Programme is now available for the first time to Independent Training Providers and is designed to support your Board and your Directors/Trustees to understand and fulfil their responsibilities and to help organisations ensure that they have appropriate and robust governance arrangements in place.
As part of AELP's commitment to support local networks it has published this useful Powerpoint presentation summarising all the details of the final apprenticeship funding in England from May 2017 and information about the new register of apprenticeship training providers (RoATP).
SCTP member, CXK has announced that its new Chief Executive will be Pauline Smith who will start in February. Click here for the press release.
Today’s launch of the consultation on what numeracy and literacy skills are needed by Early Years Educators, by the minister for early years Caroline Dinenage, was greeted as a major step in the right direction as campaigners continue to press for a change to GCSE requirements in EYE apprenticeships. Click here for more.
SCTP is organising a training day on Prevent requirements which will take place on the 10th January in Crawley. Further details and a call for bookings will be issued shortly.
DWP is seeking views on what it will take to transform employment prospects for disabled people and people with long-term health conditions. In a green paper published earlier this week, the government proposed: a review of Statutory Sick Pay and GP fit notes to support workers back into their jobs faster and for longer; encouraging Jobcentre Plus work coaches to signpost claimants to therapy; the launch of a consultation on Work Capability Assessment reform; and encouraging employers to work with their employees with long-term health conditions to stop them from falling out of work.
On Wednesday 9th November Paul Mitchell will be attending East Sussex County Council's Apprenticeships In East Sussex Group. The group is comprised of local councils, colleges and SCTP of behalf of its members and looks at co-ordinating apprenticeship promotion and strategy across the county. The minutes of the last meeting are here, the agenda for next week's meeting here and the group's action plan here. Please e-mail Paul if there is anything that you would like SCTP to feed into the meeting.
18 delegates gathered at Plumpton College today to hear about the power of LinkedIn and Facebook in networking & promotion. This has prompted us to mention once again that SCTP has a closed LinkedIn group which allows members to communicate freely with each other. 59 people have joined so far - if your business is a member of SCTP you can join too!
The Government’s failure to address inadequacies in careers guidance is unacceptable and Ministers must act to improve provision as a matter of urgency to ensure young people are equipped with the right skills to succeed in the modern economy, the Chairs of the Education, Skills and the Economy Committee say in a statement released today. Click here for more.
Skills Minister, Robert Half has reassured MPs that 'the Government will be ready to delivery apprenticeship reforms. His comments came while addressing the parliamentary Sub-Committee on Education, Skills and the Economy. For more on this click here.
Click here to go AELP's post-conference page which includes details of the speakers and their presentations. SCTP Director, Charlotte Blant attended the conference on behalf of SCTP and reported that the main headline was the discontent over the lack of availability of end point assessment organisations for some apprenticeship standards already being followed by some apprentices. For more on this issue see here. There was also a presentation from the DfE on the Skills Plan which provided some clarifications on routes and qualifications - a summary is here.
The Education Training Foundation is funding SCTP's Strategic Leaders Forum which brings together 15 senior leaders from member providers to work together to share and develop forward thinking leadership strategies. This blog written by SCTP's Lead Project Consultant, Richard Freeman, summarises the progress so far after the first two meetings of the forum.
Latest from The EFA including: Action: EFA customer insight survey – allocation calculation toolkit (ACT); Information: due diligence process for new special post-16 providers; Information: funding arrangements for 2017 to 2018 videos; Information: visit EFA at the Academies Show; Reminder: find answers to your questions about EFA.
Latest from the SFA including: 1. Apprenticeships and traineeships growth requests 2016 to 2017; 2. Advanced learner loans – changes to the process for requesting an increase to your loans facility; 3. Register of apprenticeship training providers – new YouTube resources.
Latest from the Education & Training Foundation.
DfE has published a report on the experiences of children with SEND and their parents, of schools and colleges.
Latest from the inspectorate.
Click here for a newsletter which is mainly sent to training organisations in Eastern England but much of the content is generic and may be useful to members interested in e-learning and technology.
After last week's announcements it's especially important to keep track of the apprenticeships standards that are available for delivery - which can be found here.
The SFA has added presentation slides and a link to narrated presentation on YouTube to the information issued last week. Click here.
Click here for an article by Matt Garvey from the West Berkshire Training Consortium. Matt has written often about how the apprenticeship reforms are impacting on providers and this latest article in the TES focuses on how the latest rule changes on the new apprenticeship provider register will improve subcontracting options.
Click here for the slides from yesterday's webinar.
East Sussex County Council has published its Employment & Skills Strategy for 2016-18. It has also published the evidence base that sits behind the strategy and an action plan for implementation. This work is driven by the Skills East Sussex, the county's Employability and Skills Board which is part of the South East LEP structure. The minutes of the last meeting of Skills East Sussex are here. SCTP represents its members on this group. If members have any comments please contact Paul Mitchell.
SCTP welcomes its latest Associate Member, New Work Training. The company supports businesses, large and small, to enable their employees to become more 'tech savvy' and to understand and take advantage of the opportunities available through the apprenticeship programme (although not a provider themselves). SCTP looks forward to working with founder and Managing Director Tom Bewick who is also a Brighton City Councillor and chairs the Children, Young People and Skills Committee. More information is available at www.newworktraining.com.
Click here for details of the procurement round for delivery to non-levy paying organisations after May 1st 2017. This is now open and closes on the 25th November 2016. AELP has been able to establish some important points about the nature of this process including:
It has been a week when many of the long awaited documents related to apprenticeship funding and the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers have been published. We have uploaded these to the resources page of the SCTP website together with the main points we have learned this week. Meanwhile FE Week has published a short interview with Skills Minister, Robert Halfon who comments on the changes made as a result of the consultation.
AELP is offering a free webinar on the new Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers on the 3rd November from 10.30-11.30. Click here for information and booking.
AELP is offering a free webinar on the Apprenticeship funding arrangements from May 2017 onwards. This will take place on Tuesday 8th November between 10.30 and 11.30am. Click here for more information and booking.
Click here for a useful FE News article looking at potential opportunities emerging from the introduction and development of Apprenticeship End Point Assessment (EPA).
The SFA's latest monthly e-news for MI managers, software writers and suppliers about FE data systems and reports, the ILR, open data and other data news.
The Coast to Capital LEP has issued details of a new ESF NEET worth £1m and spilt into 3 lots, namely: Lot 1: Tracking, monitoring and engaging; Lot 2: Re-engagement provision; Lot 3: Route into traineeships, apprenticeships and internships. The specification can be seen here and application information here. The deadline for applications is 22nd December 2016. A workshop for interested bidders is taking place in Horsham on the 10th November 1.30-4.00pm.
The government has today published a bill aimed at improving the quality of technical and further education for young people across the country. Click here for a 3-page DfE policy paper summarising the key points. Click here for a DfE Impact Assessment looking at how the bill will affect private, voluntary or independent sector organisations and groups with relevant protected characteristics. Response to the bill from sector leaders is here.
The revised National Careers Service website is now available, designed to provide a better online experience, particularly for people on smart phones and tablets, as well as laptops and desk top computers. Click here for more.
SCTP member, Learning Curve is offering 2 free webinars on Apprenticeship Funding Changes on the 1st November 11.00-12.15 and the 2nd of November from 1.00-2.15pm. Click on the links for more information and booking.
Latest from the EFA including: Action: ILR final claims 2015 to 2016; Information: letter to FE and sixth-form colleges and independent training providers; Information: PE and sport premium funding for 2016 to 2017; Reminder: autumn school census return; Information: EFA customer reference group.
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.
Skills Minister Robert Halfon has announced a major government review of the industrial training boards. Click here for more.
Click here for a FE News article from AELP CEO Mark Dawe in response to yesterday's apprenticeship funding and register announcements while FE Week has published the results of its number crunching on the new measures and finds that some of the most popular frameworks are still facing significant cuts (although less so than before).
Click here for the encouraging results from the 2015 survey into the views and experiences of both employers and learners involved in apprenticeships.
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 Manager (and SCTP Vice-Chair) Mark Syrett. To book click here.
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.
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.
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.
Ofsted's deputy director for FE and skills Paul Joyce has questioned whether GCSE is the right qualification for everybody and whether it's a realistic expectation that everybody with a D grade can actually achieve a C grade. Click here for more.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Latest from DWP with news and articles from across government for advisers, employers and organisations that help people find jobs.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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).
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..
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.
The SFA has published funding values for colleges, training organisations, local authorities and employers with a contract for 2016 to 2017.
The regional winners have been announced at London and the South East celebration for National Apprenticeship Awards 2016. Click here for more.
Click here for the latest issue of the business magazine covering the South East.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Latest update on the progress towards devolution in Sussex and Surrey.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Click here for details of a range of AELP/ETF webinars to support practitioners facilitating apprentice development in Maths & English.
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.
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.
Click here for an article that gives more information and analysis of how the Work & Health Programme will be commissioned.
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.
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.
'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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
'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.
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%.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Education & Training Foundation wants to know what you think of their services. Click here for more information and the survey itself.
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.
Click here for information and booking for The Skills Show which takes place in Birmingham from the 17th-19th November.
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