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

LATEST NEWS

25/7/16 - Free Webinar On Access To HE & The Link To Loans

SCTP member, Learning Curve is running a free webinar on Thursday 28th July 1.00-2.00pm looking at: the current position re loans in terms of allocations, eligibility and funding rules; the importance of fully utilising your loan allocations; background to Access Programmes and how they work; review of delivery mechanisms, including an online and flexible approach; analysis of how to best engage loan funded learners. Click here for more information and booking.

25/7/16 - First Providers Awarded Chartered Status

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

25/7/16 - Employers Warn Of Apprenticeship Decline

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

25/7/16 - NCFE Announces Acquisition Of ForSkills

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

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

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

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

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

22/7/16 - AELP CEO Update Webinar Recording

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

22/7/16 - Prevista Subcontracting Offer

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

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

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

21/7/16 - Youth Unemployment At Record Low

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

21/7/16 - More On The Skills Plan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

21/7/16 - SFA Update Issue 318

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

20/7/16 - OFSTED Warning On Prevent Duty

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

19/7/16 - New Ministerial Team at DWP

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

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

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

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

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

18/7/16 - National Mentoring Campaign Prospectus Launch

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

18/7/16 - Skills East Sussex Meeting feedback

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

18/7/16 - Maximising Apprenticeship Recruitment Webinar Slides

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

15/7/16 - ETF Sector News July Edition

Latest from the Education & Training Foundation.

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

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

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

14/7/16 - SCTP Health & Safety Seminar

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

14/7/16 - First Apprenticeship Ambassador Training Session

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

14/7/16 - Skills Minister Nick Boles Resigns

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

13/7/16 - Review Of Area Reviews Launched

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

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

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

13/7/16 - SFA Update Issue 317

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

11/7/16 - SFA Annual Report & Accounts

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

11/7/16 - SCTP Submits SFA IAG Bid

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

11/7/16 - SELEP Newsletter

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8/7/16 - Guardian Charity Awards Now Open

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

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

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

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

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

7/7/16 - SFA Communications Update

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

7/7/16 - SFA Business Update Issue 17

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

6/7/16 - SFA Update Issue 316

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

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

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

6/716 - Thoughts From ERSA On Brexit Impact

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

5/7/16 - 3SC Devolution Newsletter

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

4/7/16 - SFA Publishes Growth Request Figures

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

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

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

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

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

4/7/16 - AELP Research Briefing Issue 4

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

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

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

1/7/16 - SFA Data Compliance Warning

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

30/6/16 - DWP Touchbase Newsletter Issue 112

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

30/6/16 - OFSTED News Issue 48

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

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

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

30/6/16 - SFA Publishes Provider Allocation Data

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

29/6/16 - SFA Update Issue 315

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

29/6/16 - AELP Conference Feedback

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

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

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

28/6/16 - Mindful Leadership Webinar

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

24/6/16 - SFA Inform Issue 108

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

22/6/16 - SFA Update Issue 314

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

21/6/16 - Northbrook Apprenticeship Delivery Partner Invitation

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

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

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

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

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

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

Latest edition of the region's business magazine.

17/6/16 - Concerns Re Apprenticeship Assessment Organisations

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

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

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

17/6/16 - Digital Skills Crisis Report Published

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

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

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

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

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

17/6/16 - Unemployment Lowest Since 2005

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

17/6/16 - National Achievement Rate Tables Published

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

15/6/16 - SFA Update Issue 313

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

15/6/16 - Update On Apprenticeship Standards Development

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

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

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

15/6/16 - SELEP BBO Successful Bidders

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

15/6/16 - Prevista Joins SCTP

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

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

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

15/6/16 - South East LEP Update

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10/6/16 - Two Funding Opportunities

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9/6/16 - AELP CEO Addresses Apprenticeship Enquiry

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

8/6/16 - SFA Update Issue 312

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

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

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

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

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

6/6/16 - Supporting Apprentices With Mental Health

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

4/6/16 - Government Publishes Latest NEET Data

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

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

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

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

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

2/6/16 - Ofsted News Issue 47

Latest news from Ofsted.

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

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

1/6/16 - SFA Update Issue 311

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

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

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

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

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

1/6/16 - Education & Training Apprenticeship Standards

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

31/5/16 - SLN Event: Careers In Health & Social Care Roundtable

The Sussex Learning Network is holding a Careers in Health and Social Care roundtable event on 23rd June 10am – 12pm in Brighton at the Hotel du Vin, Brighton. The focus will be a discussion on how partners can work together to better support the recruitment and development of the workforce across health and social care services in Sussex.  We are keen to ensure all of the relevant stakeholders who can help make this happen get involved and pledge to drive forward on actions we determine. Click here for more information and booking.

31/5/16 - C2C LEP ESF-SFA Specifications Issued

ESF-SFA Funding Specifications for the Coast To Capital LEP are now available via Bravo Solutions but can also be seen here. Members are reminded that the C2C LEP is holding an information session on the 9th June in Horsham from 1.30-3.30pm - click here for more information and booking. Members are also encouraged to use the pages of this website and the SCTP newsletter to forge bidding partnerships - if your organisation is intending to be a lead bidder and is seeking partners you can let SCTP know here.

27/5/16 - Brighton's i360 Starts Recruitment Drive

The British Airways i360 has announced three recruitment days in their search for top candidates to fill around 80 jobs, both full- and part-time, that are being created when it opens this summer. Click here for more.

27/5/16 - ETF Confirms 2016/17 Grant Funding

The Education and Training Foundation has confirmed its grant funding for the 2016/17 year with the lion’s share for support on English and maths, Functional skills and apprenticeships. This support is aimed at providers so this will be of interest to members.

27/5/16 - New Report Defines World Class Standards

SCTP Associate member, Pearson has published research conducted by the University of Derby on what constitutes world-class standards in apprenticeships and how these can best be applied to the system in England.

27/5/16 - ETF Launches Staff Individualised Record Tool

The Education & Training Foundation is offering a new 2015/16 Staff Individualised Record (SIR) aimed at giving all providers – including colleges, independent training providers and adult community learning services – a useful strategic decision making tool, as well as giving policy makers broader-based evidence. The benefits include the ability to benchmark vital management data including pay, staff qualifications, age, gender, ethnicity both internally and against other providers by type and size. More information is here.

27/5/16 - Lord Sugar Returns As Enterprise Tsar

Lord Sugar has accepted a second “enterprise tsar” role to encourage more young people onto apprenticeships. Click here for more.

27/5/16 - Mental Health Support Service For Apprentices

The Department for Work and Pensions have collaborated with BIS and the SFA to trial a scheme tailoring access-to-work support for apprentices who have been identified as having mental health issues. The scheme is to be delivered by Remploy. Leaflets aimed at employers and apprentices are available. 

27/5/16 - AELP Publishes Committee Submissions

Members may be interested to see national provider network AELP's evidence to the Sub-Committee on Education, Skills and the Economy Inquiry into Careers Guidance as well as its evidence to the Work and Pensions Select Committee Inquiry into The Future of Jobcentre Plus.

27/5/16 - More On Subcontracting Non-Compliance

Any lead providers that have received letters from the SFA advising them of non-compliance with sub-contracting requirements are urged to take action in order to avoid possible termination of subcontracting facilities in 2016/17. The details of any non-compliance should be established with the SFA Central Delivery Service and conformation of compliance sought after any corrective actions have been taken. Sub-contractors are advised to check that their lead providers have complied.

27/5/16 - Skills East Sussex Newsletter

Latest information from East Sussex County Council's Skills East Sussex group that brings together providers, the local authority and other key agencies involved in skills policy and delivery across E Sussex. SES is also the county's link to the South East LEP on skills.

27/5/16 - David Hughes Is New CEO Of The AoC

The Association of Colleges (AoC) has announced that David Hughes, currently the Chief Executive of the Learning and Work Institute, will become its new Chief Executive in September 2016. Click here for more.

27/5/16 - SFA Inform Issue 107

Click here for the latest issue of this monthly e-news for MI managers, software writers and suppliers about FE data systems and reports, the ILR, open data and other data news.

27/5/16 - AELP Chief Executive Update Recording & Slides

Yesterday saw the latest useful webinar from AELP CEO, Mark Dawe offering the latest news and analysis for the skills sector. Click here for a recording, the slides used and the questions raised and answers given during the session.

26/5/16 - DWP Touchbase Newsletter Issue 111

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

26/5/16 - EFA e-bulletin Issue 130

Latest from the Education Funding Agency including: Action: Individualised Learner Record R10 2015 to 2016; Reminder: establishing local authority dedicated schools grant baselines - historic commitments; Reminder: local authority bank account details; Information: schools financial health case studies; Information: school capacity collection 2016; Information: Portakabin fraud alert.

25/5/16 - Major Apprenticeship Pay Study Launched

Thousands of apprentices are expected to take part in the 2016 Apprenticeship Pay Survey. This is an important research project providing information on training, hours and pay from current apprentices. The findings will be used by government to help set pay policy generally and make improvements in apprenticeship training. Apprentices selected to take part in the survey will receive a letter prior to receiving a call from one of the researchers. Click here for more.

25/5/16 - South East LEP Weekly Update

Latest information from SELEP the Local Enterprise Partnership covering E Sussex, Kent and Essex for the weeks ending 13th and 20th May.

25/5/16 - Coast To Capital ESF/SFA Workshop

This rearranged information session will take place on the 9th June in Horsham from 1.30-3.30. Click here for more information and booking.

25/5/16 - SFA No Longer To Attend SCTP Members' Meetings

At last week's Members' Meeting Ben Payne confirmed that he would no longer be able to attend SCTP Members' Meetings on a regular basis. The SFA restructure and the rise of localism has meant that the SFA has decided that it is no longer possible or appropriate for them to attend local network meetings across the country. However, SCTP will ensure that members are kept informed through the SCTP newsletter and via regular speakers from Local Authorities and LEPs. SCTP will continue to work with Ben on an ongoing basis and would like to thank him and Hannah Caldwell for their excellent contribution to SCTP meetings.

25/5/16 - SFA Update Issue 310

Latest from the SFA including: Apprenticeship Reforms: Withdrawal of Frameworks; College Financial Planning Template: 2015 to 2016; Monitoring Plan 2015 to 2016; FE Choices Employer Satisfaction Survey: Interim Report; Supporting Apprentices Service: Mental Health Support.

25/5/16 - SFA To Remove More Apprenticeship Frameworks

The SFA has now published a second batch of 60 apprenticeship frameworks that they will withdraw for new starts from 1 December 2016. These frameworks had a low number of reported starts in the 2014 to 2015 and the 2015 to 2016 funding years or have provision covered by developing apprenticeship standards. The change will not affect those apprentices currently completing their apprenticeship on these frameworks.

24/5/16 - ESCC RPA Dashboard - April 2016 Update

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

23/5/16 - National Careers Service Customer Feedback Stats

Click here to see a report on the results of a survey of National Career Service customers for the year ending April 2015 with 93% of customers rating the service as 'good'.

20/5/16 - New SCTP Strategic Leaders' Forum: Information Event

SCTP will soon be launching applications for full members to join a new Strategic Leaders’ Forum. This forum, developed with support from The Education & Training Foundation, will use analysis, action and research to tackle some of the local sector-wide challenges with leadership pipelines, resilience, change management and forecasting at all levels of work-based and vocational learning. Please join us for a complimentary breakfast and a chance for you to get more information and to influence the remit of the forum; Monday 6th June, 2016. Pelham House Hotel, Lewes, 9-10.30am. Please book your place via richardfreeman@sctp.org.uk 

20/5/16 - AELP Looking Closely At Traineeship Policy & Practice

Colleagues at the national provider network AELP are looking closely at the apparent tension between Ofsted prioritising qualification outcomes at inspection whereas the main objective of the programme is progression into apprenticeships and jobs. There is a concern that providers are shying away from involving themselves in Traineeships in case this affects their Ofsted grade. As a result AELP is keen to know providers' experiences of a range of Traineeship issues including – are you filling your allocations? What is the relationship like with JCP? And does this tension between Ofsted priorities and your progression data sound familiar? Your views can be submitted to AELP via SCTP here.

20/5/16 - Unemployment & NEET Numbers Unmoved

Latest official statistics on unemployment and NEETs show that although the overall trend over the last few years is downwards, the pace of reduction has slowed right down. Indeed, the number of unemployed has been at around 1.6 million since early autumn last year, and currently 5.1% of the working age population are unemployed. The number of young people who are NEET follows a similar trend over time with what were rapid post-recession declines have now slowed virtually to a halt.  For the three months from February to April 2016, 13.7% of 16-24 year olds are unemployed. Around a third of these were seeking work while in full time education.  Four out of every five NEETs are over-18, only one in five are 16 or 17 years old. 

20/5/16 - Coates Review Into Prison Education Published

A comprehensive plan to transform the standard of education in prisons has been published. The recommendations include the freedom for prison governors to tailor prison curricula; the creation of Personalised Learning Plans for each prisoner, and an introduction of a stand-alone judgements by Ofsted of educational performance in prisons. Click here for more.

20/5/16 - Schools Required To Promote NCS

Secondary schools will be required to promote the National Citizen Service under new legislation announced in the Queen’s Speech. Click here for details.

20/5/16 - Queen's Speech Announces 'Education For All' Bill

According to Mark Dawe, CEO of the AELP, vocational learning could soon be on an equal footing with the traditional academic pathway as a result of the Education for All Bill outlined by the Queen this week. Click here for more.

20/5/16 - OFSTED FE & Skills Inspection Update

Latest Ofsted information for inspectors and providers on inspection.

19/5/16 - Subcontracting Controls Assurance & SRF Offer

The SFA have sent letters to all Prime Contractors with regard to non-compliance of the Subcontracting Controls Assurance work that was required by the end of January 16. The SFA has stated that there are 300 providers that haven't met these requirements including needing to obtain a report from an external auditor that provides assurance on the arrangements in place to manage and control their subcontractors and also for Primes to publish their fees and charges.  Continued non-compliance will result in termination of sub contracting for those providers from 1st August 16 which would not only affect them but also their sub contractors. SCTP associate member, SRF Consultancy have let SCTP know that they are able to assist with making sure that providers are compliant with these SFA requirements and are offering a 20% discount to SCTP members on their normal fees. Contact Tom Glover for more information.

19/5/16 - EFA e-Bulletin Issue 129

Latest from the Education Funding Agency including: Information: high needs allocated place numbers; Action: summer school census; Reminder: establishing local authority dedicated schools grant baselines - historic commitments; Reminder: schools financial value standard – CFO statements

19/5/16 - SCTP Members' Meeting Arrives In Crawley

For the first time in some years the SCTP Members' Meeting moved from Plumpton - this time to Crawley, hosted by Central Sussex College. The Members' Meetings will move around the county now but will always be accessible at a location in the middle of Sussex.  34 members attended and heard from Kane Tudor of ESCC on the Careers & Enterprise Company and Progress! projects; Kirsten Trussell from the Coast 2 Capital LEP on skills developments and European funding; Claire Mitchell from the Education Training Foundation on their range of services to support providers and their work with SCTP and the latest SFA news from Ben Payne. SCTP's Richard Freeman announced two new projects - one to form a Strategic Leaders' Forum (see first item in this newsletter) and the other to extend Apprenticeship In Sussex Events across all schools in E Sussex. More details will be in the minutes which will be issued to members soon. The next Members' Meeting is on the 21st July at Mithras House, University of Brighton, Moulsecoomb 9.30-1.00 with a NCFE Trailblazer session taking place after lunch. All SCTP event details can be found on the calendar page of this website.

18/5/16 - SLN Health & Social Care Event

The Sussex Learning Network is holding a free event on Thursday 23rd June 10-12 at the Hotel du Vin in Brighton. The event is a 'Career in Health and Social Care roundtable' and will be discussing how partners can work together to better support the recruitment and development of the workforce across health and social care services in Sussex. For more information and booking click here.

18/5/16 - Education & Training Foundation Sector News - May

Latest from the ETF including the launch of the next part of the ETF's Functional Skills Reform Programme and more on the Future Apprenticeships offer.

18/5/16 - National Careers Service 'Inspire Me' e-Bulletin Issue 2

Latest news from the National Careers Service for the South East.

18/5/16 - Lsect Free Webinar On National Achievement Tables

Click here for information and registration for a free webinar on Monday 23rd May at midday which will look at some of the figures in the recently published National Achievement Rate Tables 2014/15 to see what they reveal about classroom and apprenticeship performance in 2014/15.

18/5/16 - SFA Update Issue 309

Latest from the SFA including: Individualised Learner Record R10 2015 to 2016: Opens Tuesday, 24 May; Skills Funding Service: New Digital Platform; FE Choices: Community Learning Learner Satisfaction Survey; European Social Fund: New Logos.

16/5/16 - Get In Go Far Campaign Launch

The new national apprenticeship promotional campaign launches today.

16/5/16 - Will The Apprenticeship Levy Change Health & Safety

Tudor Williams from SCTP Associate Member, DTD discusses the implications of the apprenticeship levy for providers' health and safety responsibilities.

13/5/16 - AELP Seeks To Provide Apprenticeship Funding Clarity

AELP CEO, Mark Dawe has sought this week to provide a summary of where we are with the implementation of the apprenticeship levy (and non-levy). This is useful and concise, he states: 'funding for all apprentices starting from April 2017 will change to either a Levy system or a non-levy employer cash contribution system.  While we know there will be a 16 -18 incentive, the government is silent on whether any other incentives will be paid.  We won’t know what the proposed proportion of cash contribution non-levy payers will be expected to pay until June and this will only be finalised in October.  From all the conversations we are having with members and employers, AELP now firmly believe that any net cash contribution from non-levy payers (and those levy payers who exceed their levy fund) will have a significant negative impact on Apprenticeship starts and will threaten the target of 3 million starts by 2020.  We will provide a briefing over the coming days and it is a message AELP, and all providers, should be saying constantly with one voice'. 

13/5/16 - Support For Maths & English CPD

The Education and Training Foundation provides a support network of maths & English Regional Specialist Leads who are advocates for sector professionalism and quality improvement and are able to support professional development in maths and English, signposting to the activities that best suit providers' needs. For more information on your local RSL and how to get in contact click here.

13/5/16 - ROTO Open Again

The Register of Training Organisations (ROTO) is now open for new applications and for organisations that are required to enter as per Funding Rules 2015/16 (paras 4 and 24). Applications will not be taken after at 5.00pm on Tuesday, 31 May. For more information, please refer to the Register page of GOV.UK

13/5/16 - Associated Neighbour Training Joins SCTP

SCTP welcomes Operations Manager, Andrew Greenslade and his colleagues at Associated Neighbour Training. Based in Godstone, Neighbour Training is a long-established training provider that offers a range of apprenticeships throughout Surrey, Sussex and beyond. Andrew will introduce himself and his organisation at the 19th May Members' Meeting. In the meantime more information can be found at www.neighbour-training.co.uk.

13/5/16 - Apprenticeships 2015 Evaluation Published

DBIS has published research into learner and employer satisfaction with the apprenticeship programme. The research shows the maintenance of high satisfaction rates with 9 out of 10 learners satisfied with their apprenticeship and 87% of employers.

13/5/16 - 20% Of SFA Funding Delivered Out Of Region

An analysis of recently published SFA figures shows that on average SFA lead providers deliver 20% of their provision outside of their 'home' region. This has implications as the Adult Education Budget is devolved to local areas. As Skills Minister, Nick Boles said in his grant letter to the SFA regarding the Adult Education Budget, “devolution deals will provide specific localities with the power to make their own funding decisions and it may become less appropriate to let large national contracts spanning multiple geographic areas”. For further comment and analysis see here.

13/5/16 - Coast To Capital LEP ESF/DWP Workshop

Coast 2 Capital Local Enterprise Partnership has issued an invitation to a free ESF workshop on 23 May 2016, 1.30-3.30pm. This is an opportunity to find out about funding opportunities under the new ESF/DWP opt-in call covering employability. Click here for more information and booking.

13/5/16 - Growth Requests Offered For Apprenticeship Standards

Growth requests are being offered for the delivery of specific sectors and any of the new apprenticeship standards. The SFA has announced this as part of a “targeted growth exercise” to increase 16 to 18 and 19+ apprenticeship delivery. Click here for comment from FE Week.

13/5/16 - New Apprenticeship Taskforce Announced

Three government departments are getting together to sponsor a new taskforce aimed at helping more people with learning difficulties get opportunities to take up an apprenticeship. Click here for more.

13/5/16 - 'Finding The Right Route' Careers Report Published

This report by The Resolution Foundation for the Social Mobility Commission, calls for a simplified system of career progression for the ‘forgotten 40%', the 40% of the workforce with good GCSEs but not a degree. 

13/5/16 - DBIS Report On Learner Impact Of 24+ Learning Loans

DBIS has published an evaluation of the first year of implementation of 24+ Advanced Learning Loans and the impact they have had on learners' decisions. The research found that there had been a drop of 31% in the volume of learners aged 24+ on courses eligible for 24+ Advanced Learning Loans funding although despite the drop in the volume of learners there was evidence to suggest that the loans were viewed positively by learners.

13/5/16 - Gov't Response To Outcome Based Success Measures

Click here for the Government's response to the Outcome Based Success Measures consultation.

13/5/16 - South East LEP Weekly Update

Latest information from SELEP the Local Enterprise Partnership covering E Sussex, Kent and Essex for the weeks ending 29th April and 6th May.

13/5/16 - Future Apprenticeships Portal & Toolkit Launched

AELP and the ETF have launched a new portal and provider toolkit to support providers in making the transition for apprenticeship frameworks to standards. Click here for more information on this and other support available to providers via the Future Apprenticeships programme. Click here for a further exploration of the available resources from FE News.

13/5/16 - Slides From The Lsect Apprenticeship Levy Webinar

Click here from the slides from this week's Lsect webinar on the apprenticeship levy.

13/5/16 - Information On The National Citizenship Service Offer

SCTP member CXK is the Regional Lead for the delivery of the National Citizens Service across Brighton & Hove, East and West Sussex. The NCS programme is for 15-17 year olds and helps young people build skills for work and life. To ensure that no one misses out on the opportunity to take part this summer please ensure you share with all your students including those undertaking Traineeships. Recruitment for the 4 week summer programmes is ongoing with phased start dates beginning from early July 2016 including two residential weeks. The cost for the whole programme is £50 and there are bursaries available. You can find out more about NCS here and who is delivering locally here.

12/5/16 - Morgan Speech To Careers & Enterprise Conference

Click here for a transcript of Education Secretary, Nicky Morgan's speech to the the Careers & Enterprise Company conference.

12/5/16 - Opportunity For Free Listing In Apprenticeship Guide

There is an annual publication called The Apprenticeship Guide which is printed and circulated to every school in England, promoting apprenticeships and providers. Previously the number and nature of providers listed in the guide had been limited but free listings are now open all. To find out more and get your free listing click here. Deadline for replies is 31st May.

12/5/16 - EFA e-Bulletin Issue 128

Latest from the EFA including: colleges directly enrolling 14 to 16-year-olds for the first time; area review - VAT reclaim information.

12/5/16 - Latest New Apprenticeship Standards

Many members will wish to note that the SFA has issued guidance on a new apprenticeship standard for 'Business Administrator' at Level 3, while new standard for 'Retailer' at Level 2 is ready for delivery as well as more specialist standards such as 'Cyber Security Technologist'. A full list of standards approved for delivery is here and a full list of those under development is here.

11/5/16 - SFA Update Issue 308

Latest from the SFA including: Apprenticeship and Traineeship Growth Exercise: 2016 to 2017; The Register of Training Organisations: Open; Advanced Learner Loans: 2016 to 2017 Applications; ‘Get In Go Far’: Government Campaign; Learning Aim Search Functionality: Updates; Area Review: VAT Reclaim; FE Choices Learner Satisfaction Survey; New Portal: Apprenticeship Reforms; EU Referendum: Register to Vote.

10/5/16 - SFA Business Update Issue 16

Latest issue of the SFA's monthly round-up of information and news for businesses. 

10/5/16 - Upcoming Free Learning Curve Webinars

SCTP member, Learning Curve is offering a number of free webinars in the coming weeks namely: Personal development, behavior and welfare: implications for post-16 providers - Tuesday 17th May 2016, 2.00-3:00pm; Apprenticeship Levy and the Funding of Apprenticeships for SMEs - Wednesday 11th May 2016, 10.00-11:00am; Sub Contracting and Partnerships: Opportunities and Challenges - Wednesday 11th May 2016, 2.00-.300pm; Innovation in Study Programmes & Traineeships- Tuesday 17th May, 10.00-11.00am  Click on the links for more details and booking.

9/5/16 - Government Confirms £80M For 5 National Colleges

The government has announced details of nearly £80 million in funding to support the creation of 5 new National Colleges. The centres of high-tech training are intended to ensure that the UK has skilled people in industries crucial to economic growth such as high speed rail, nuclear, onshore oil and gas, digital skills and the creative industries. Click here for more.

9/5/16 - itslearning Joins SCTP

Welcome to new Associate Member 'itslearning' and our local contact Steve Escott. Steve attended the last meeting as a guest so some members may have met him already. itslearning 'helps educators create innovative digital learning environments, to improve retention rates and reduce the cost of instruction'. Find out more at www.itslearning.co.uk

9/5/16 - AoC Calls For Delay In Devolving The AEB

The Association of Colleges has called for a delay in Government plans to devolve the Adult Education Budget to local areas as the system is not ready for implementation. Click here for more.

itslearning helps educators create innovative digital learning environments, to improve retention rates and reduce the cost of instruction. - See more at: http://www.itslearning.co.uk/our-story#sthash.OmJkgdI3.dpuf

itslearning helps educators create innovative digital learning environments, to improve retention rates and reduce the cost of instruction. - See more at: http://www.itslearning.co.uk/our-story#sthash.OmJkgdI3.dpuf

itslearning helps educators create innovative digital learning environments, to improve retention rates and reduce the cost of instruction. - See more at: http://www.itslearning.co.uk/our-story#sthash.OmJkgdI3.dpuf

6/5/16 - Jisc 'Connect More' Events

Jisc is running a series of 'Connect More' events across the country that encourage providers to make the most of using digital technologies. Click here for details of all events - the nearest being in London on the 28th June.

6/5/16 - ETF Workshop On Maths & English Pipeline

The Education & Training Foundation are invitinginterested parties to a commissioning workshop for the Maths and English Pipeline which seeks to raise the standards of English & maths for learners. The event is taking place on Wednesday 18 May, 2016 from 10am – 1pm in London. The intention is to implement an 'agile' commissioning process with the invitation to tender (ITT) for the next phase of the Maths and English Pipeline being issued on 16 May with a deadline of 13 June 2016.  More information is available on the ETF website. Contracts will be awarded from 20 June onwards.

6/5/16 - BHCC Apprentices To Expand Ambassador Network

For some time an apprenticeship ambassador network has been run by apprentices working for Brighton & Hove City Council. They go into schools to promote apprenticeships and also produce a blog. The intention is now to extend the ambassador network to more apprentices outside BHCC, more providers and to form a Greater Brighton Apprenticeship Ambassador Network. They are 'particularly interested in shining examples of apprentices, who are likely to engage with young people and who represent a range of organisations and backgrounds'. Providers/apprentices that wish to get involved can e-mail Stephanie Baker here.

6/5/16 - Free Apprenticeship Levy Webinar From AELP

This free webinar will take place on 17th May 10.30-1130 which will look at the latest information on how the apprenticeship levy will work. Click here for more information and booking.

6/5/16 - New Skills White Paper To Simplify Post-16 Offer

Fe Week has revealed that the Government's first skills white paper in a decade will bring an end to mixed provision and expect 16-year-olds choose between academic courses leading to university or a new technical professional education (TPE) route into work. For more click here.

5/5/16 - First Details Of Work & Health Programme Released

The first detail of DWP plans for the procurement of the new Work and Health Programme have appeared outlining Supplier Accreditation and Passporting (SAaP) plans and announcing a series of briefing events to be held in Birmingham and London at the end of May – details are available through Bravo. There will additionally be a Virtual Data Room offering online access to background data and early draft versions of documentation, along with regular new and updated information. The value of the programme is indicated at around £120m per year, with multiple contract packages being available (although there is as yet no indication of how many).

5/5/16 - EFA e-Bulletin Issue 127

Latest from the EFA including: Information: traineeships – intention to deliver in 2016 to 2017; Information: Secretary of State approved list of independent special schools in England and Wales and special post-16 institutions; Reminder: Document Exchange file expiry; Information: new and updated energy for schools guidance.

5/5/16 - 'Get In Go Far' Apprenticeship Campaign Information

Click here for a letter from the SFA to partners giving information on the new 'Get In Go Far' Youth and Employer Marketing Campaign for apprenticeship campaign will begin on the 16th May.

5/5/16 - SFA Communications Update Issue 34

Latest monthly newsletter from the SFA for marketing and communications staff in colleges and training organisations.

5/5/16 - DWP ESF Invitation To Tender Published For C2C LEP

Click here for a letter which confirms that Invitations to Tender for DWP Opt-in ESF 2014-2020 contracts have now been published for the Coast to Capital LEP area. The relevant link to Contracts Finder is here.

5/5/16 - AELP Summarises Provider Levy Concerns

This article from Mark Dawe, AELP CEO for FE News summarises providers' concerns about the levy and non-levy systems including the strong likelihood of small employers needing to pay for their apprenticeships from April 2017. AELP is working hard to lobby Government to ensure that the new system incentivises employers and maximises participation and SCTP continues to feed member views to AELP. More answers to the many outstanding questions regarding the new funding systems are expected in June.

4/5/16 - SFA Update Issue 307

Latest from the SFA including: Individualised Learner Record R09 2015 to 2016; Advanced Learner Loans: Eligibility Criteria Expanding; New Apprenticeship Standards: Survey.

4/5/16 - C2C Low Carbon Call For Evidence & ERDF Tender Calls

The Coast to Capital LEP has issued a call for evidence on the Low Carbon and Environmental Goods and Services (LCEGS) sector. This sector has been identified as being important for future economics and jobs growth, as well as being key to meeting the UK’s commitments to reduce CO2 emissions, increasing energy efficiency, and increasing the use of renewable energy.  To help the C2C LEP further support the local economy and businesses and to help the UK meet its environmental obligations, evidence is needed detailing the key opportunities and issues, companies and projects and skills needs in the local LCEGS sector. We are inviting local businesses, organisations, and industry experts to take part in a short survey that explores these questions. The survey is open until the 13th May.

In addition the C2C LEP has also issued 2 European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) calls relating to Low Carbon opportunities. These calls can be seen here and here. There is also a low carbon event on the 11th May - details here.

4/5/16 - East Sussex 16-19 Summit Event

East Sussex County Council is holding a 16-19 summit partner event aimed at looking at working together to develop a new strategy that will engage, retain and progress 16-19 year olds in learning and work in the county. The event will take place on Tuesday 28th June 2016 between 2-5pm at Eastbourne Winter Gardens - more information and booking details are hereDeadline for registrations is 27th May 2016.  

3/5/16 - Onefile Joins SCTP

We are pleased to welcome Onefile Ltd as SCTP's latest Associate Member. Onefile specialises in building, hosting and managing software applications for the training and education sectors aiming to assist in replacing paperwork with technology. We look forward to welcoming Richard Meredith, Onefile's Business Development Manager to future meetings. To find out more about Onefile go to www.onefile.co.uk

3/5/16 - Ofsted News Issue 46 & ITP Grades Article

Latest from Ofsted, plus an article from FE Week examining the pattern of recent Ofsted grades for Independent Training Providers.

29/4/16 - CBI Concerns Over Apprenticeship Levy

CBI Director-General Carolyn Fairbairn made a wide–ranging speech this week on the importance of skills and of getting the apprenticeship levy right calling among other things for a delay in implementation, more flexibility on how employers should spend the levy and a more strategic role for the Institute for Apprenticeships. Click here for more. It will be interesting to see how the Government responds to the country's main employer group over what is intended to be an employer-led system.

29/4/16 - Boles Announcements To Parliamentary Committee

Skills Minister Nick Boles addressed the Parliamentary Sub-committee meeting on education, skills and the economy this week. Two statements raised some eyebrows: firstly that apprentices might be 'obliged' to visit their old schools to promote apprenticeships once qualified - more here and secondly that 6th form colleges might be penalised for early drop out from A level courses - more here. Although most agree that ex-apprentices are the best advocates for the programme there must be a question mark as to whether an 'obliged' apprentice would deliver the message with the required knowledge and enthusiasm. Similarly,  there are questions as to whether 6th form penalties are any substitute for a fully resourced impartial IAG service in their institutions.

29/4/16 - DfE SEND Report Published

The Department for Education has publishedcommissioned research into how well the Education, Health and Care (EHC) system is working for SEND (Special Education Needs & Disabilities) users and finds that while some are concerned that it’s a tick-box ticking exercise, most people are broadly satisfied.

29/4/16 - SFA Inform Issue 106

Click here for the latest issue of this monthly e-news for MI managers, software writers and suppliers about FE data systems and reports, the ILR, open data and other data news.

28/4/16 - Slides & Video From Advanced Learner Loans Webinar

Click here for the slides and here for the recording from today's 'Increasing The Demand For Advanced Learner Loans' from SCTP member, Learning Curve.

28/4/16 - SFA Publishes Latest Apprenticeships Starts Stats

Click here to see official statistics showing apprenticeship starts figures back as far back as 2005/6 and up to the first half of 2015/16 (August 2015 to January 2016). These figures are split geographically by region, parliamentary constituency and local authority and also show national equality & diversity splits and sector subject area.

28/4/16 - EFA e-Bulletin Issue 126

Latest from the Education Funding Agency including: Reminder: local authorities to submit grant returns by 30 April 2016; Information: local authority allocations for 2016 to 2017 for extended rights to home-to-school travel; Information: release of COLLECT familiarisation blade.

28/4/16 - AELP CEO Update Webinar Recording

Click here to see the recording and slides from yesterday's useful one hour update webinar from new AELP CEO, Mark Dawe. The update focuses on the latest information on the levy (and non-levy), devolution and higher & degree apprenticeships.

27/4/16 - SFA Update Issue 306

Latest from the SFA. Only one item this time - Higher and Degree Apprenticeship Expansion: Opportunity to Tender.

27/4/16 - Coast To Capital April Employment Snapshot

The latest quarterly update on employment in West Sussex, Brighton & Hove and parts of Surrey.

26/4/16 - South East LEP Weekly Update

Latest information from the Local Enterprise Partnership covering E Sussex, Kent and Essex for the weeks ending 15th and 22nd April.

26/4/16 - Lsect Free Webinar On Apprenticeship Levy

At the end of last week the Government published more detail on the levy operating model. Lsect is holding a free webinar about it this Friday the 29th with the DfE/BIS Director of Levy Implementation, Keith Smith. Click here to register for free.

25/4/16 - SELEP Launches Round 4 Of Skills Capital Fund

The South East LEP (SELEP) has launched the latest round of its Skills Capital Fund (SCF). Please note the deadline of 25th May. Bids up to £500,000 are permitted for any capital project that meets local skills needs but note that match funding may be requiredThe fund is open to all providers. Click here for application guidance and here for the application form. Please note that for this SCF round local Employment & Skills Boards (Skills East Sussex) and Federated Boards (Team East Sussex) will be working together to prioritise and endorse bids before they are considered by SELEP. Potential applicants are encouraged to discuss their proposals with Holly Aquilina at ESCC in the first instance.

25/4/16 - Skills East Sussex Bulletin

Latest news from ESCC's Skills Partnership.

25/4/16 - New Administrator For SCTP

We're pleased welcome our new administrator Gail Murphy who has now started working with us. Gail will gradually take over some of Paul Mitchell's administrative work so he can spend further time on representing members at a strategic level. Members will be able to meet Gail at the next Members' Meeting on the 19th May. Diana Freestone continues to work on CPD events and the www.apprenticeships-in-sussex.com website. Gail's e-mail address is gailmurphy@sctp.org.uk

22/4/16 - Review Of 16-19 Study Programmes Data For 2013-14

The Education Funding Agency (EFA) has examined data on programmes of study for 16- to 19-year-olds in 2013/14 and reported on the emerging standardization of delivery patterns.

22/4/16 - The Local Impact Of College-Based Higher Education

The Education and Training Foundation (ETF) has published a commissioned report into HE in FE showing how this form of provision impacts on local needs and local learners.

22/4/16 - Further Update On Area Reviews Issued

Updated feedback from DBIS on the Area Review programme including added information on wave 3, updated detail on waves 1 and 2 and updated the indicative list for 4 and 5.

22/4/16 - National Audit Office Publishes Devolution Report

The National Audit Office has published a useful report on English devolution deals raising some issues about aims, accountability and the transfer of power to mayors and the impact on some Government depts.

22/4/16 - Unemployment Continues To Fall

Latest available data for the three months from December 2015 to February 2016 from the Office for National Statistics puts the number of unemployed people at 1.7 million. This is 142,000 fewer than for the same period last year. However, the number of people unemployed for 12 months and over dropped substantially from 623,000 in December-February 2014/15 to 476,000 in the same period in 2015/16. Further, those unemployed for 24 months and over dropped from 351,000 to 262,000 over the same time period. Regarding youth unemployment, there were 627,000 unemployed 16 to 24 year olds in the three months from December 2015 to February 2016. This included 214,000 full-time students looking for part-time work and is made up of 128,000 16-18 year olds and 499,000 18-24 year olds. 

22/4/16 - Save Our Early Years Campaign

Apprenticeships4England is campaigning for the Government to reverse its decision that all Level 3 Early Years Educators (EYEs) must have at least a Grade C in GCSE English and maths to count in the ratios - with no equitable alternative at Level 2 such as Functional Skills allowed. They say 'This catastrophic policy – introduced from September 2014 – will bite from this September, and will mean there will be a significant shortfall in the number of Level 3 EYEs. This threatens the quality of care that children will get in early years settings, and means childcare costs for parents will increase. It also puts at risk the Government’s manifesto pledge to give working parents 30 hours’ free childcare for their three- and four-year-olds'. To support the campaign click here.

22/4/16 - AELP Webinar: Lessons From New Ofsted Inspections

AELP is offering a webinar entitled 'Ofsted's Lessons Learnt from New Inspections'. This will take place 10.30-11.30 on the 11th May. More details and booking are here. AELP members get the usual discounts and SCTP members that are not AELP members receive a 10% discount. E-mail here for the discount code.

22/4/16 - Skills East Sussex: Progress To Date

Skills E Sussex is the Skills Group for East Sussex convened by East Sussex County Council to look at the development of skills policy and activity in the county linking in with the South East LEP. SCTP represents its members on this group and many of the sub groups. These documents give an update on progress to date which will be of interest to many members especially those that operate in the groups priority sectors. Click here for the minutes of the last meeting of the group and here for a summary of actions taken in the group's first year. Keep up to date on the groups progress wia ESCC's dedicated web page here.

22/4/16 - Apprenticeship Levy Parliamentary Debate

An invitation has been issued by FE Week to a free parliamentary debate hosted by the shadow skills minister Gordon Marsden looking at whether the Apprenticeship Levy will be successful. This will take place on May 3rd at the Houses of Parliament between 1.30-3.00pm. For more information and booking click here.

22/4/16 - Research Into Deaf People In Apprenticeships

The National Deaf Children's Society (NDCS) is pulling together research on deaf young people in apprenticeships. The work involves Simon Harris who until recently was part of SCTP representing CXK and is now Post-14 Development Manager at NDCS.  The views of apprenticeship providers are very important in helping them to shape their research and they are asking SCTP members to complete a short online survey here.  The answers will help the NDCS in shaping their future 14+ resource planning. The survey is available until 8 May 2016. NDCS has also issues a guide to recruiting and supporting deaf people which can be found here.

22/4/16 - Presenters Needed For Schools AIS Events Programme

Presenters/facilitators/workshop leaders now being recruited for SCTP's Apprenticeships in Sussex (AIS) programme. Between May 2016 and April 2017, AIS will be delivering workshops, talks and presentations to every local authority secondary school and academy in East Sussex. The aim is to raise awareness of local Apprenticeship opportunities through fun, memorable and informed sessions for students, teachers and parents. We are recruiting a team of experienced work-based learning and careers professionals who would like to lead some of these sessions, assisted by an Apprentice Ambassador.  This role could be suitable for IAG specialists, assessors, tutors, learner recruitment staff or classroom assistants who have a clear and dynamic presentation style, and are unfazed leading a Q&A with large or small groups of school children of mixed level and ability.  Training, presentation resources and Q&A prompts will be provided. The rate payable is £25p/h + travel for workshop delivery on a freelance contract. Please send a CV and covering letter by email to richardfreeman@sctp.org.uk. The deadline for applications is 5pm - Wednesday 4th May.

21/4/16 - Updated Apprenticeship Levy Guidance

Updated guidance for employers from the Department of Business Innovation & Skills explaining who the levy affects, how much is payable and what happens once the money has been paid. AELP CEO Mark Dawe added 'the guide represents a step forward on where we were a few months ago and training providers can use it to help employers prepare for the start of the levy system. Nevertheless the clock is ticking and the outstanding further guidance is crucial to determining how successful the apprenticeship programme is going to be after April 2017'. To see AELP's press release and summary click here.

21/4/16 - EFA e-Bulletin Issue 125

Latest from the Education Funding Agency including: Information: review of the 2013 to 2014 data submitted against the core principles of the study programme; Information: post-16 funding for 2016 to 2017 academic year; Reminder: Document Exchange folder removal; Information: Teachers’ Pensions monthly data collection.

21/4/16 - SCTP Pre-Employment Meeting Date Now 21st June

SCTP's Pre-Employment meeting originally scheduled for the 14th June has been moved back one week to the 21st June due date clashes with other meetings. The venue and timings remain unchanged with the meeting taking place at 3aaa in Brighton between 9.30 and 12.15. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

21/4/16 - SFA Business Update Issue 15

Latest edition of the SFA's monthly round-up of business-critical information and news for businesses.

21/4/16 - ESCC RPA Dashboard - March 2016 Update

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

20/4/16 - SFA Update Issue 305

Latest from the SFA including: Individualised Learner Record R09 2015 to 2016: Open Friday, 22 April; European Social Fund 2014 to 2020 Programme: Invitations to Tender; Advanced Learner Loans Toolkit: Updated; Learning Aim Search Functionality: Updates.

18/4/16 - Pearson Education To Employment Conference

Click here for details of this free conference in London on the 19th May from SCTP member, Pearson. The conference focuses on the changing landscape of work based learning and how to prepare for it.

18/4/16 - Brighton Chamber Wins Business Support Contract

Brighton Chamber of Commerce has successfully bid to deliver a new 'Ride the Wave' business support programme. Funded and led by Brighton & Hove City Council, Ride the Wave will deliver subsidised training and mentoring to entrepreneurs in the city and will formally launch in late April. More information is here.

15/4/16 - National Numeracy Calls For Practical Maths GCSE

This article by Wendy Jones from SCTP member, National Numeracy calls for the introduction of a more practical maths qualification at GCSE alongside the more traditional ‘academic’ version. Meanwhile Maths in Education and Industry (MEI,) published a discussion paper about what a L2 Functional Skills in maths should look like in terms of content, standards and assessment. All this against a backdrop of Prince William telling Indian school children this week “I’m terrible at maths… very bad at it”. Surely what we need is poor maths skills to become as socially unacceptable as poor reading skills!

15/4/16 - Eastbourne BIG Futures Show 20th April

The annual BIG Futures Show at the Winter Garden is organised by Eastbourne Education Business Partnership in association with Eastbourne Borough Council. The show is targeted at Year 10 students, their parents and the wider community across the Eastbourne ‘travel to work area’. A wide variety of partners are involved working to consolidate local ‘careers education’ experiences into one high profile event. For more information click here.

15/4/16 - What Happens After An Area Review?

This useful article looks ahead to what the FE sector will look like after area reviews. The focus is on colleges but the themes will be useful for all providers.

15/4/16 - Festival Of Learning Launched

The Festival of Learning (previously Adult Learners’ Week) is a national celebration of lifelong learning, with 'Have a Go' learning events taking place during May and June. For more information, to get involved or list any events click here.

15/4/16 - 3SC Devolution Newsletter For April

Latest from the Three Southern Counties (E Sussex, W Sussex, Surrey) Devolution Bid Team.

15/4/16 - More On UKCES Labour Market Projections

Following last week's publication by the UK Commission for Employment & Skills of their Working Futures report, this short FE News article summarises the main conclusions of the report and identifies sector shifts in employment and skills demand.

14/4/16 - SELEP Weekly Update

Latest information from the South East LEP for week ending 8th April.

14/4/16 - DWP 'Touchbase' Newsletter Edition 110

Click here for the latest news and articles from across government for advisers, employers and organisations that help people find jobs.

14/4/16 - HEFCE Degree Apprenticeship Development Fund

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has asked the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) to manage the Degree Apprenticeship Development Fund. The fund will provide £8m starting in academic year 2016-17 to help universities and colleges work with employers to develop new degree apprenticeships ready for delivery from academic year 2017-18. Click herefor more.

14/4/16 - EFA e-Bulletin Issue 124

Latest from the Education Funding Agency including Action: local authorities to submit grant returns by 30 April 2016; Information: post-16 allocation statements for 2016 to 2017 academic year; Information: financial planning handbook; Information: 2016 to 2017 academic year student support scheme guides; Information: funding guidance for young people aged 16 to 19 in 2016 to 2017; Information: maths and English condition of funding; Information: 14 to 16 in further education; Information: intervention work in EFA and SFA; Information: final pupil premium allocations for 2015 to 2016; Information: high needs funding operational guide 2016 to 2017; Reminder: establishing local authority dedicated schools grant baselines; Action: early years capital funding: call for expressions of interest (EOI) from local authorities; Action: Document Exchange folder removal; Information: buying tablet devices for schools; Information: Children’s Social Care drive improvements over the next three years.

14/4/16 - Updated Traineeship Guidance Issued

The SFA has issued 4 new Traineeship guidance documents aimed at employersyoung peopleand training organisations as well as a referral sheet for careers advisers and intermediaries to decide whether young people might be suitable candidates for a Traineeship.

14/4/16 - Free Marketing Seminar In Uckfield

Wealden District Council in association with Pro-actions Business Coaching & Support are offering a free 'Marketing For Growth' Seminar on the 4th May in Uckfield 9.30-12.30. For more info and booking see here.

14/4/16 - Central Sussex College To Close Two Sites

Central Sussex College is to close its sites in Haywards Heath and East Grinstead in order to reduce costs. Click here for details from the Mid Sussex Times.

13/4/16 - Free Webinar On Advanced Learning Loans

SCTP member, Learning Curve is offering a free webinar that will give providers the opportunity to consider how they can best respond to the recently announced expansion of Advanced Learner Loans. It will take place between 10.00 and 11.00 on the 27th April. Click here for more information and booking.

13/4/16 - Draft AELP Response To Jobcentre Plus Inquiry

Click here to see AELP's draft response to the Inquiry into Jobcentre Plus services being carried out by the Work & Pensions Select Committee. Non-AELP members can send comments via SCTP by e-mailing here.

13/4/16 - SFA Update Issue 304

Latest from the SFA including: Subcontracting Data: Second Collection; Financial Planning Handbook 2015 to 2016; Geographic Delivery Data 2014 to 2015; Intervention Work: Letter to Sector; FE Maintenance Loans: Consultation; Future Apprenticeships: Impact Survey.

12/4/16 - SFA & EFA Bring Intervention Staff Together

Click here for a letter from Peter Mucklow, Director for Young People, EFA & Director for Intervention, SFA which provides an update on changes to intervention work across the Skills Funding Agency and Education Funding Agency.

11/4/16 - FE Week's 3rd Annual FE & Skills Survey

Click here for information and to take part in this survey that helps to gauge the views of the sector on government policy including area reviews and localism and their impacts on staff and business practices. The results will be published in May.

11/4/16 - South East Business Magazine April/May Edition

Latest edition of the region's business magazine.

8/4/16 - NIC Change For Apprentices Takes Effect

New tax changes came in this week which mean employers won’t have to pay National Insurance Contributions (NICs) for apprentices aged under 25 and earning under the high tax threshold (this extends the arrangements already in place for apprentices aged under 21). More on all the tax changes for the new tax year is here.

8/4/16 - UKCES Publishes Latest Labour Market Projections

The UK Commission for Employment and Skills has published its 'Working Futures' labour market projections for the period 2014 to 2024. This highlighted projected growth in sectors like construction and business services and a continuing shift towards more high level qualifications.

8/4/16 - ETF Sector News April Edition

Latest from the Education and Training Foundation.

8/4/16 - Lack Of Trailblazer Assessment Organisations

Concerns have been raised over delays with government approval of apprentice assessment organisations (AAOs) for Trailblazer apprenticeship standards after just 13 were cleared. The SFA first began taking on submissions to their new Register of Apprenticeship Assessment Organisations (RoAAO) in March last year. However, FE Week reports that despite 88 apprenticeship standards being open to new starts — just 23 (26 per cent) have 13 AAOs assigned to them.

8/4/16 - Apprenticeship Achievement Rates Rising Again

The SFA has published the 2014/15 nationwide qualification achievement rates (QAR) which revealed that the apprenticeship success rate has bounced back 2.8 percentage points to 71.7 per cent. Click here for more.

8/4/16 - ETF Survey On Leaders & Managers Support

The Education & Training Foundation has issued a survey to providers to help them in their work to improve their support programmes for the sector’s leaders and aspiring leaders. Click herefor the survey and more information.

8/4/16 - West Sussex Apprentice Ambassador Network Launched

Chichester based Apprentices, Rachael and Freya, launched the West Sussex Apprentice Ambassador Network (AAN) during the Graduation Ceremony at Chichester Cathedral in National Apprenticeship Week. They are blogging about their own apprenticeships and encouraging others to tell their apprenticeship stories.

They want to a) invite current and recently qualified Apprentices to join the Network and so build up the group of Ambassadors to promote apprenticeships across the county b) encourage current Apprentices to go back to their old schools to talk about their work and training c)encourage would-be Apprentices in schools and colleges to read these blogs to find out more about apprenticeships d) ask training providers to promote the AAN by passing on the contact details to new Apprentices and spread the word by promoting the AAN as widely as possible.

Contact them via apprentice.network@westsussex.gov.uk or the social media links on the AAN postcard.

7/4/16 - Reports Call For Greater Promotion Of Vocational Routes

A report published by the Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) and learning company (and SCTP member) Pearson, examines the trend of young people becoming NEET unless they find grounding in the form of an apprenticeship or other training route. The report – Routes into Work – it’s alright for some – finds that there is a lack of awareness among young people about traineeships and suggests the programme needs to be better promoted. For more comment and information click here. On a similar note the House of Lords Select Committee on Social Mobility published its report on the transition from school for young people titled 'Overlooked and Left Behind' which drew similar conclusions.

7/4/16 - SFA Communications Update Issue 33

Latest edition of the SFA's monthly newsletter designed for marketing, communications and business development staff in colleges and other training organisations. It includes information on the National Apprenticeship Awards 2016; National Apprenticeship Week 2016; Learning at Work Week 2016; the Future Apprenticeship Impact Survey for providers - more information here.

7/4/16 - Coast To Capital ESF SFA Information Workshops

C2C LEP has announced new dates for its ESF SFA information events which will take place on the 3rd and 10th May 10.00-12.00 in Horsham. The event on the 3rd will be repeated on the 10th. Click here for more information and booking.

6/4/16 - SCTP Pre-Employment Meeting Venue Confirmed

The next SCTP Pre-employment Meeting on the 14th June (now moved to 21st June) will take place at 3aaa in Brighton from 9.30-12.15. We grateful to Louise Freeman and her team for making their premises available. More details will be issued nearer the time. We can also confirm that the 21st July SCTP Members' Meeting will take place at the University of Brighton, Mithras House, Moulsecoomb, Brighton.

6/4/16 - SFA Update Issue 303

Latest from the SFA including: Subcontracting Data: Second Collection; Cost Model: Updated; Recruit an Apprentice/Trainee: Launch Rescheduled (more here); New Apprenticeship Standards: Survey.

4/4/16 - Sussex Learning Network Newsletter

Latest update from SLN, the network of Sussex universities and colleges focussing on higher vocational learning.

4/4/16 - Changing Nature Of Adult Education/Training Funding

Another useful FE News article in which Learning Curve's funding expert Beej Kaczmarczyk looks at the future on funding in the light of changes relating to loans levies and localism.

4/4/16 - Guide To Higher & Degree Apprenticeships Published

The SFA has published a Complete Guide To Higher & Degree Apprenticeships which can be seen here.

4/4/16 - National Living Wage Goes Live

The 1st April saw the introduction of the National Living Wage (NLW) for workers aged 25 and over and not in the first year of an apprenticeship.  Workers are now entitled to receive at least £7.20 per hour. Click here for more.

4/4/16 - Specialise To Survive?

This interesting FE News article looks at how providers of all types might best respond to the new skills landscape emphasising the need to specialise occupationally while expanding delivery to all levels.

1/4/16 - Boosting Skills In Visitor Economy Event

Yesterday saw the breakfast event ‘Boosting Skills in the Visitor Economy’, co-hosted by SCTP and the Sussex Learning Network, with support from the National Apprenticeship Service. Click here for the slides from Kirsten Trussell's (Coast To Capital) presentation and here for Dan Power’s (People 1st) presentation slides.

1/4/16 - Ofsted News Issue 45

Latest from Ofsted.

1/4/16 - Coast to Capital LEP April Newsletter

Latest edition is here.

31/3/16 - Care Co-ops Changes Name To The Platform

SCTP Member, Care Co-ops has announced that they are changing the name of their organisation from the 1st April to 'The Platform'. The name change comes from a desire of the organisation 'to better represent our values, aims and delivery focus'. At the same time Charlie Turner will be stepping down from the role of CEO and Julie Rossiter will become CEO from 1st April 2016.  More information is here.

31/3/16 - AGE Grant: Updated Employer Factsheet

Latest information sheet for employers of 16 to 24 year olds on the Apprenticeships Grant for Employers (AGE) including eligibility information and how to apply.

30/3/16 - Annual Apprenticeship Conference Supplement Issued

FE Week has published this comprehensive record of the conference which took place from the 16-18th March.

30/3/16 - SFA Update Issue 302

Latest from the SFA including: Individualised Learner Record R08 2015 to 2016: Closes Wednesday, 6 April; Subcontracting Data: Second Collection; FE Choices Employer Satisfaction Survey 2014 to 2015: Results; FE Choices Employer Satisfaction Survey 2015 to 2016: Guidance; Qualification Achievement Rates: Final Release 2014 to 2015 and Minimum Standards Dashboards; National Careers Service: New Data Collection Service; Provider Gateway: Decommission in June; Letter to Colleges and Other Training Organisations: Minister of State for Skills.

29/3/16 - AELP Chief Executive Update Webinar Slides

Today saw the latest webinar from AELP CEO, Stewart Segal offering the latest news and analysis for the skills sector. Click here for a recording, the slides used and the questions raised and answers given during the session.

29/3/16 - Skills E Sussex Win Careers & Enterprise Funding

The Careers and Enterprise Company has announced the winners of its new government matched fund intended to help with careers advice and support for some of the least privileged young people. The ESCC led Skills East Sussex group has been successful in securing funding to support initiatives to improve work readiness & boost apprenticeship uptake.

29/3/16 - National Audit Office Report On LEPs' Capability

The National Audit Office has published its report on LEPs arguing that as they have been increasingly asked to take on more and more responsibility issues of capacity and accountability have come more into focus.

24/3/16 - Launch Of £10M Fund To Grow Degree Apprenticeships

Click here for information on a new multi-million pound fund that has been launched to increase the number of degree apprenticeships available to young people.

24/3/16 - New £1.8bn Local Growth Deal Bidding Round

The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government has announced the opening of a new bidding round for the £1.8bn of Local Growth Deals announced as part of the budget. Speaking at this week's national LEP conference, Greg Clark MP urged LEPs, who will lead the bidding process for each area, to be ambitious in their plans.  Skills are a top priority for the vast majority of LEPs and they will be keen to engage with providers who can provide innovative thinking around responding to local growth priorities, developing higher level skills and ensuring provision is responsive to the needs of local employers. For a statement from Coast 2 Capital LEP regarding the announcement click here.

24/3/16 - AELP Webinar: Supporting SEND Learners Into Work

AELP is offering a webinar entitled 'Supporting People with Specific Learning Difficulties into Sustainable Employment'. This will take place 10.30-11.30 on the 19th April. More details and booking are here. AELP members get the usual discounts and SCTP members that are not AELP members receive a 10% discount. E-mail here for the discount code.

24/3/16 - Care Co-ops BBO Project 9 Call For Partners

SCTP member, Care Co-ops are looking for partners for their application for this Building Better Opportunities tender. Any interested parties can complete and return their EOI form. The specification is here.

24/3/16 - Summary Of Latest BBO Tender In C2C Area

Click here for a summary of the Coast To Capital Building Better Opportunities Round 3 and herefor the tender specification relating to volunteering and work experience.

24/3/16 - EFA e-Bulletin Issue 123

Latest from the Education Funding Agency including: Information: post-16 allocation statements for 2016 to 2017 academic year; Information: area reviews and reshaping the college sector - FE Commissioner letter; Action: Establishing local authority dedicated schools grant baselines; Information: Condition Improvement Fund (CIF) outcome; Information: visit EFA at the Academies Show; Information: Key to Success (KtS) availability.

24/3/16 - City College To Merge With Northbrook College

City College Brighton and Hove and Northbrook College have announced they will merge to create a new Greater Brighton and Sussex Institute of Arts & Technology. Click here for more.

24/3/16 - SCTP Members' Meeting & Reforms Seminar

35 members attended the SCTP Members' Meeting today at Plumpton College. As well as all the latest news on how SCTP is supporting its members, delegates heard from James Corbett from BIS about apprenticeship standards development (slides here), Kirsten Trussell from the Coast 2 Capital LEP on skills development and the latest SFA news from Ben Payne focussing on provider allocations (slides here). After lunch Richard Freeman delivered a thought provoking, interactive seminar looking at how the apprenticeship reforms will impact on providers (slides here). The next meeting is on the 19th May at Central Sussex College 9.30-1.00. All SCTP event details can be found on the calendar page of this website. Minutes of the meeting will be issued in the week beginning 4th April.

23/3/16 - ESCC RPA Dashboard - February 2016 Update

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

23/3/16 - SFA Inform Issue 105

Click here for the latest issue of this monthly e-news for MI managers, software writers and suppliers about FE data systems and reports, the ILR, open data and other data news.

23/3/16 - Advanced Learning Loans Provider Support Pack

Click here for this information pack for 'colleges and other training organisations covering a range of loans-specific areas'.

23/3/16 - Apprenticeship Standards Ready For Delivery

Click here for an updated list from the SFA of standards ready for delivery and here for those in development.

23/3/16 - Welcome News As SFA Publishes Provider Allocations

As outlined in the Skills Funding letter for 2016-17, the new Adult Education Budget is to be kept for the next four years at £1.5bn, allowing for the SFA to end the cycle of annual cuts. Priority areas such as apprenticeships and traineeships see automatic provider allocation increases and advanced learner loan facilities, which will be also available for 19 to 23-year-olds for the first time next year, also automatically increase. Click here for a summary from FE Week and here for the official SFA announcement.

23/3/16 - SFA Publishes Funding Rules Version 2

These can be seen here with a summary of changes here.

23/3/16 - SFA Update Issue 301

Latest from the SFA including: Funding Statements 2016 to 2017; Apprenticeship Levy: How It Will Work; Funding Rules 2016 to 2017 Version 2; Provider Gateway: Quality Improvement Activity Documents; Publicly-funded Qualifications Guidance; Legal Entitlements: Eligible Qualifications; Advanced Learner Loans 2016 to 2017; European Social Fund: Supplementary Data Guidance; Funding Rates and Formula Version 2 and European Social Fund.

22/3/16 - UKCES Employer Skills Survey Local Toolkit

Click here for summary slides of this employer skills survey from the UK Commission for Employment and Skills which shows labour market and skills data for England and the regions including the South East.

22/3/16 - Report Identifies Challenges For Youth Apprenticeships

report by the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission has identified 3 'substantial challenges to overcome if the youth apprenticeship offer is to improve and 16-24 year olds are to reap the benefits of apprenticeship growth'. These are the need for a) more apprenticeship starts by younger people, b) at higher apprenticeship levels and c) in higher paid sectors with better proespects.

22/3/16 - Report Says High Needs Learners Need Better Support

An Ofsted report has found that many young people with learning difficulties and/or disabilities are poorly prepared for adult life. The reportexamines how well further education and skills provision meets the needs and interests of young people with high levels of need.

22/3/16 - News On Progress Of Area Reviews

David Collins, the Further Education Commissioner has written to chairs and principals of corporations and FE institutions with an update about the area review process.

22/3/16 - 3SC Devolution Newsletter For March

Latest from the Three Southern Counties (E Sussex, W Sussex, Surrey) Devolution Bid Team.

21/3/16 - Apprenticeship Levy Could Cost Councils £600M

Changes to the apprenticeships system could cost councils across the country £600 million a year, according to the Local Government Association (LGA). This is through the joint impact of the levy and the workforce apprenticeship targets. Click here for more.

21/3/16 - Brighton Employer Skills Taskforce Plan & Pledge

Last Friday (18/316) saw the launch of the Brighton Employer Skills Taskforce Plan to boost apprenticeship recruitment in the City. The event was attended by business leaders, training providers and the public sector who came together at Brighton Dome to pledge their support to creating 1000 apprenticeships in 1000 days. Click here for more about the event and the 8 recommendations of the report.

18/3/16 - SCTP Report On FE Week Apprenticeships Conference

SCTP Chair, Jo Bridger attended the FE Week Apprenticeship Conference and has providers a summary of key points for members here.

18/3/16 - Report On Future Growth Of Degree Apprenticeships

Universities UK has published a report on Degree Apprenticeships as part of National Apprenticeship Week, highlighting how important a form of provision this could be for many universities but making a number of recommendations on working together, sharing best practice and resources.

18/3/16 - West Sussex Alternative Provision College Joins SCTP

SCTP is pleased to welcome WSAPC as an Associate Member of SCTP. Many of you will have met Nina Thair at recent Members' and Pre-employment Meetings when she attended as a guest. The school provides full time education for children and young people from West Sussex who have been permanently excluded, those at risk of exclusion, those out of school for medical reasons and those too sick to attend school. The school is keen to link with a wider range of providers and partners in the education and training sector. Find out more at apcollege.co.uk.

18/3/16 - Launch Of SE Business Hub and Creative Prospectus

SELEP's launch event on Monday was well attended with MPs John Whittingdale and Jackie-Doyle Price MP supporting the event promoting business support initiatives.  Please find a link to the press release for the event hereand to the Growth Hub video which was shown at the event here.

18/3/16 - BIS Publishes Guidance On How Levy Will Work

This document explains the official position on who the levy affects, how much  will be paid and what happens once the money has been paid. Click here. Meanwhile the Prime Minister's Special Adviser on apprenticeships Nadhim Zahawi has stated at the FE Week Conference that when the levy funding system launches in April 2017 it will be for levy payers only 'while maintaining stability in the rest of the system' - click here for more.

18/3/16 - Sue Husband's FE Week Apprenticeship Speech

Sue Husband, Director of the National Apprenticeship Service addressed the 2016 FE Week annual apprenticeship conference at the ICC in Birmingham. A transcript is here.

18/3/16 - SELEP Weekly Update

Latest information from the South East LEP for week ending 11th March.

18/3/16 - National Apprenticeship Awards: SFA Guidance

Click here for information, categories and process for entering the National Apprenticeship Awards 2016.

18/3/16 - Summary Of NAW Events & Pledges

Click here for a summary of events that have taken place across the country for National Apprenticeship Week (including the W Sussex Graduation event at Chichester Cathedral) and here for a summary of pledges received. Also here is a Policy Watch summary from SCTP Associate member Pearson of the key messages of National Apprenticeship Week. Well done to all our members who supported the week with their own local activities.

18/3/16 - Ofqual Standards Presentation FE Week Conference

Jeremy Benson, Executive Director for Vocational Qualifications and Bryan Horne, Associate Director, Standards for Vocational Qualifications and Apprenticeships, gave the presentation at this week's FE apprenticeship conference. It is entitled ‘What makes for good standards in apprenticeships?’ and can be seen here.

18/3/16 - Michael Wilshaw Speech To FE Week Conference

HM Chief Inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw addressed the 2016 FE Week annual apprenticeship conference at the ICC in Birmingham this week. Here is a transcript of his speech which was mostly encouraging about apprenticeships.

17/3/16 - EFA e-Bulletin Issue 122

Latest from the Education Funding Agency including: Information: post-16 allocation statements for 2016 to 2017 academic year; Information: consistent financial reporting (CFR) framework for 2016 to 2017; Information: EFA Information Exchange improvements.

17/3/16 - Training Providers Rate Highly In Satisfaction Surveys

Training providers have continued to score highly in the FE Choices learner and employer satisfaction surveys. Click here for this news story from BIS.

17/3/16 - Future Apprenticeships Programme Extended

AELP has announced that the Future Apprenticeships provider support programme will be extended throughout April and May. For details of the support and events available click here.

17/3/16 - DWP 'Touchbase' Newsletter Edition 109

Click here for the latest news and articles from across government for advisers, employers and organisations that help people find jobs.

17/3/16 - AELP's Mark Dawe Lays Out His Plans

Click here for an interview with the new AELP CEO.

16/3/16 - Are You Ready For Apprenticeship Reform?

See this challenging and thought provoking FE News article looking at the commercial opportunities and issues regarding preparing for apprenticeship reform.

16/3/16 - DfE SEND Reform Survey

The Department for Education is trying to gain a better understanding on how well the SEND reforms are being implemented and the implementation challenges they give providers, especially independent providers who are not subject to the statutory duties in the same way as colleges. The survey is here.

16/3/16 - 10% Top Up For Levy Payers Announced

Employers will receive a 10 per cent top-up to their monthly levy contributions as a result of today’s budget. Chancellor George Osborne only briefly mentioned the levy in his speech to the House of Commons at lunchtime, however, the 10 per cent top-up plans were unveiled in a budget report subsequently published by the Treasury. It will mean, for example, if an employer pays a £2,000 levy, then its levy pot will be £2,200. Click here for more here for a useful summary (pre-budget) of the current levy situation from AELP's Stewart Segal and herefor the FE sector's reaction to the budget.

16/3/16 - SFA To Fund Growth In 16-18 Apprenticeships & T'Ships

The SFA has announced that 'we will fully fund all high quality 16 to 18 apprenticeship and SFA-funded 16 to 18 traineeship delivery from August 2015 to March 2016'. See Update Issue 300 below. It is good that the Government has seen sense and SCTP thanks all those that supported our lobbying to make sure that the hard work of providers in growing these programmes is supported by sufficient funding. More information and comment from FE Week is here.

16/3/16 - SFA Update Issue 300

Latest from the SFA including: Individualised Learner Record R08: Opens Monday, 21 March; Funding 16 to 18 Apprenticeships and SFA-funded 16 to 18 Traineeships; Growth and Virement Requests for Performance-management Point 2.

16/3/16 - 16-19 Study Programmes Webinar Recording & Slides

Click here for a recording of Learning Curve's webinar on Planning & Delivering Cost-Effective 16-19 Study Programmes. Click here for the slides.

16/3/16 - EFA e-Bulletin 121

Latest from the Education Funding Agency including: Information: post-16 allocation statements for 2016 to 2017 academic year; Information: post-16 allocations for 2016 to 2017 and the English and maths condition of funding; Information: national funding formula and high needs funding consultations; Reminder: S251 outturn data collection 2015 to 2016 – local authority consultation; Update: safer recruitment pre-appointment checks - European Economic Area (EEA) teacher sanctions; Information: updated guidance on trading activities and tax; Information: new school and college performance tables website.

16/3/16 - AELP Higher Apprenticeships Webinar Slides & Video

Click here for a recording of the AELP webinar 'Delivering Higher Level and Degree Apprenticeships that took place earlier this week.

16/3/16 - NCFE newsletter

See the latest monthly newsletter from SCTP Associate member, NCFE including a post budget analysis webinar to be held on the 23rd March. Congratulations to NCFE on being placed in The Sunday Times 100 Best Not-for-Profit Organisations to Work For again this year.

15/3/16 - WEA Joins SCTP

The Workers' Educational Association has become the latest provider to join SCTP. We welcome Kerrith Bell and her colleagues. WEA is a charity and the UK’s largest voluntary sector provider of adult education and 'brings education into the heart of communities, helping people learn whatever they want – from maths, English and skills for employment, through health and wellbeing courses, to cultural studies that help students broaden their horizons and community engagement programmes that encourage active citizenship'. Find out more at www.wea.org.uk.

14/3/16 - 80% Of Parents Would Prefer Degree Apprenticeship

In a survey of 1,000 parents commissioned by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), more than 80 per cent said they would prefer their offspring took on a degree-level apprenticeshipthan to follow the traditional degree route. And three in five parents would choose for their kids to do an apprenticeship with a top firm over a degree from Cambridge or Oxford. Click here for more.

14/3/16 - Apprenticeship Minimum Wage To Rise By 10p Per Hour

The national minimum wage rate for apprentices will increase from £3.30 to £3.40 from October 1st 2016. The announcement was made by Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, in a written statement to parliament this morning, the first day of National Apprenticeship Week. Click here for more on this and other NMW rates.

14/3/16 - NAW Launches With Event At London's Shard

Click here for this SFA press release and herefor Business Secretary Sajid Javid's speech to launch National Apprenticeship Week 2016. A FE News article by the SFA's director of Apprenticeships and Delivery Service, Sue Husband provides a call to action for the week's activities.

11/3/16 - New Apprenticeships In Sussex Website Goes Live

Monday will see the relaunch of a redesigned Apprenticeships In Sussex website with a new look and new functionality. The site that is financed and managed by SCTP on behalf of its members, provides an easy search function to find local SCTP members that offer Apprenticeships, Traineeships and Pre-employment Training as well as listing local Apprenticeship and Traineeship vacancies. SCTP Executive Director Paul Mitchell said 'we're pleased to be able to offer the public, employers and schools the chance to search for local Traineeship and Pre-employment Training as well as Apprenticeships. These are new and unique functions that will help everyone easily find the training that they need'. The site can be found at www.apprenticeships-in-sussex.com.

11/3/16 - Higher Apprenticeship Networking Breakfast 31st March

A networking breakfast event is to be held on the 31st March between 8.45am and 10.30am in Brighton. The event organised by SCTP and the Sussex Learning Network and supported by the National Apprenticeship Service, will focus on Higher & Degree Apprenticeships related to the Sussex Visitor Economy. A flyer is here and an invitation to members will be issued early next week.

11/3/16 - Improving Special Needs Support In Apprenticeships

This FE Week article looks at the need to improve support for those with special needs wishing to undertake Apprenticeships.

11/3/16 - Nick Boles' Apprenticeship Statement To Parliament

Click here for transcript of Skills Minister Nick Boles' statement on apprenticeships (and interventions) where he warms up for National Apprenticeship Week by summarising the Government's position on Apprenticeship developments and ambitions.

11/3/16 - Number Of Young People In Education & Training Rises

Local authorities have recorded a nationwide increase in the proportion of young people in education or training across England. Click herefor more.

11/3/16 - Opportunity To Deliver The NCiS in Brighton & Hove

SCTP member CXK is offering the opportunity to tender for the delivery of the National Citizen Service in Brighton & Hove between 2016 and 2018. CXK Ltd is a charity based in Kent and operating across the South of England, they are the current Prime Contractor delivering the National Citizen Service to young people across the South East 1 area.  They have published a tender opportunity to expand their delivery partner network delivering the NCS programme in the Brighton & Hove area.  They are delivering a full tender process to appoint a new provider which starts with an Invitation to Express an Interest (EOI). Those successful at EOI stage will be invited to complete a full Invitation to Tender (ITT) on the 1st April 2016.  If interested, please complete the Part A & Part B EOI documents and return them to tenders@cxk.orgby 12 Noon on Friday 25th March 2016. Please refer to the Read Me First document for full information and application instructions.

11/3/16 - No Guarantees On Apprenticeship Budget Says Boles

Skills Minister Nick Boles has said that the government “can’t make any guarantees” it will be able to fund all apprenticeship growth requests as he spoke to the ETF Leadership Summit in London this week. This will obviously not fill SCTP members with too much confidence about taking risks on over delivery to meet demand. Click here for more.

10/3/16 - SFA Business Update Issue 14

Latest issue of the SFA's newsletter for businesses.

10/3/16 - Crawley Employment & Skills Plan Launched

Last week saw the launch event for the Employment & Skills Plan for the Crawley Area. Some SCTP members were present and those that weren't were represented by SCTP. See Crawley Borough Council's press release here.

10/3/16 - Webinar: Delivering Cost-effective Study Programmes

This free webinar from SCTP member Learning Curve looks at Planning & Delivering Cost-effective 16-19 Study Programmes. It will take place on the 15th March between 3.00 and 4.00pm. Click here for information and booking.

10/3/16 - AELP Appoints Mark Dawe As New CEO

Click here for the AELP press release

9/3/16 - SELEP Weekly Update

Latest information from the South East LEP for week ending 4th March.

9/3/16 - AELP Study Programmes Project Dissemination

AELP has issued a presentation showing the findings of an ETF funded project that 'aimed to support strategic leaders and those involved in governance in developing good quality, personalised study programmes that offer all learners the opportunity to successfully progress'. Further details of the project are available here.

9/3/16 - SFA Update Issue 299

Latest from the SFA including: FE Choices Employer Satisfaction Survey; New Apprenticeship Standards: Survey; Updated Guidance on Area Reviews.

9/3/16 - Employability Skills Workshop For Providers

Click here for a link to details of an Employability Skills Workshop being run by KATO, the Kent provider network in Ashford on the afternoon of the 12th April. The session will focus on raising awareness of the technology available and to develop digital capabilities that will improve employability skills within work based learning and adult community learning providers and colleges.

9/3/16 - Elite Hair Academy Seeks Lead Providers

Hastings based SCTP member Elite Hair Academy is looking for lead providers who would like to work with them as sub contractors delivering the Traineeship programme not only for hairdressing and barbering, but also customer service. Elite Hair Academy currently delivers apprenticeships in hairdressing and barbering. Any lead providers that are interested can contact director Linda Smith here.

9/3/16 - Pearson Provider Support Survey

SCTP member Pearson is researching how the support needs of providers might change as the new apprenticeship standards are introduced so that they can design the most effective support for its centres. Please click here for the survey. The response deadline is the 22nd March.

8/3/16 - Institute For Apprenticeships Shadow CEO Appointed

Rachel Sandby-Thomas CB has been appointed to the role of Shadow CEO of the Institute for Apprenticeships at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). We await details of how the new Institute will oversee the impact and quality of the apprenticeship system. Click here for more.

7/3/16 - South East LEP DWP Tender Briefing

Click here for a SELEP briefing on the DWP European Funding that is currently out to tender with a closing date of the 10th March.

7/3/16 - SCTP Members Win Apprenticeships 4 England Awards

Congratulations to SCTP members Learning Curve Group (Silver in Large Subcontractor category) and Bowles Learning and Development (Bronze in the Support To The Apprenticeship Sector category) who have won these awards at the Apprenticeships4England Training Provider & Employer Awards.  Click here for more.

7/3/16 - AELP Issues Parliamentary Newsletter To MPs

Click here to see the current edition of AELP's 2-page Parliamentary newsletter sent to English MPs and covering the following: apprenticeship reforms must keep smaller employers on board; apprenticeships can help address teaching and nursing recruitment needs; negative signal sent to employers on limited current Apprenticeship expansion; more school pupils to get careers advice about Apprenticeships and Traineeships; Work and Health Programme, a step closer to integrated support for sustainable employment; Area Reviews must be informed by full range of local FE and training provision; and SFA reduces funding rates for high priority IT sector.  

7/3/16 - AELP Publishes Spring Research Briefing

Click here to see that latest research briefing from national provider network, AELP covering topics such as latest unemployment and NEET figures, trends in Apprenticeship and Traineeship starts, patterns in Ofsted inspection results since the introduction of the new CIF and insights from the Employer Skills Survey.

7/3/16 - Brighton & Hove Skills Task Force Pledge Launch Event

The Brighton & Hove Skills Task Force was formed to look at how best to meet the skills needs of the City's employers and to promote apprenticeships as part of that process. A breakfast event is being held on the 18th March at the Brighton Dome to encourage employers to pledge their support to the apprenticeship programme. To find out more and book to attend click here.

4/3/16 - Webinar Delivery Opportunity With ETF & SET

SCTP Consultant Richard Freeman is inviting members to put forward anyone interested in co-faciliating a webinar on Apprenticeship reforms for a national audience of Society for Education & Training members. The webinar will take place on 21st March, and will be looking at future challenges and opportunities from an Apprenticeship tutor or assessor’s perspective. To register your interest and for more information and next steps, please email Richard by 12pm on Tuesday 8th March. A full fee and travel expenses will be payable to whoever becomes involved.

4/3/16 - Video/Slides From Apprenticeship Reform/Levy Webinar

Click here for the video and here for the slides of Learning Curve's webinar on the 'Apprenticeship Reforms and Levy and the Implications for Employer Relationships'.

4/3/16 - NAS Apprenticeship Newsletter For The South

Click here for the latest newsletter from the National Apprenticeship Service in the South that provides apprenticeship information for employers.

4/3/16 - ETF News March Edition

Click here for the most recent news from the Education & Training Foundation.

4/3/16 - AELP's Draft Response To Apprenticeships Inquiry

The Parliamentary Sub-Committee on Education, Skills and the Economy are currently conducting an inquiry focussing on Apprenticeships.  AELP has drafted a response which can be seen here. SCTP members are able to comment via Paul Mitchell who will collate and pass on any feedback for AELP.

4/3/16 - National Careers Service Apprenticeship Lesson Plans

As part of the National Careers Service Inspiration Agenda, SCTP Member, CXK has announced that in addition to the already available free Pre-Careers Event Lesson Plan, there is now an Apprenticeships Lesson Plan. These can be requested by emailing SEINSPIRATION@CXK.ORG. You can also subscribe to CXK's regular LMI bulletin via the same e-mail address.

4/3/16 - National Apprenticeship Week Key Facts

The SFA has issued a range of National Apprenticeship Week 2016 branded resources is now available for our partners and employers to use.

4/3/16 - EFA e-Bulletin Issue 120

Latest from the Education Funding Agency including: Information: academic year 2016 to 2017 post-16 final allocation statements; Information: reviewing post-16 education and training institutions - updated guidance for area reviews; Action: S251 budget data collection for 2016 to 2017; Action: EFA Information Exchange - your feedback; Information: asbestos in schools - data collection deadline extended to Thursday 31 March 2016.

3/3/16 - SELEP Weekly Update

Latest information from the South East LEP for week ending 26th February.

3/3/16 - SCTP Solutions Selling Training Day Announced

SCTP has issued details to its members of a Solutions Selling Training Day on the 21st April at Plumpton College. The day will enable provider staff to hone their expertise in engaging employers in the context of the new market environment created by the apprenticeship reforms. For more details and booking click here.

3/3/16 - SFA Communications Update Issue 32

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

3/3/16 - Latest Data On Apprenticeship & Traineeship Starts

Click here for starts figures for Apprenticeships by local council areas and parliamentary constituency and here for Traineeship starts by Local authority. These figures go up to the first quarter of 2015-16.

3/3/16 - Skills East Sussex Meeting Minutes & Sector Focus

Click here for the meeting notes for the last Skills East Sussex General Meeting which included a focus on the Creative & Digital Sector. Skills East Sussex is taking a sector based approach at strategic level backed by sector specific curriculum planning meetings in Construction (led by Sussex Downs College), Engineering (led by Sussex Coast College Hastings), Land Based (led by Plumpton College) with future meetings being planned for Health & Social Care and Creative & Digital - if any SCTP member providers wish to lead on the last two areas please contact Paul Mitchell at SCTP.

3/3/16 - Higher Level & Degree Apprenticeships Free Webinar

A free webinar from AELP on the 15th March 10.30-11.30 looking at opportunities and issues surrounding the delivery and expansion of degree and higher level apprenticeships. This is part of the Future Apprenticeships support programme. Click here for more information and booking.

3/3/16 - East Sussex Skills Bulletin

Latest from East Sussex County Council's skills team.

3/3/16 - SFA Update Issue 298

Latest from the SFA including: Individualised Learner Record R07 2015 to 2016: Closes Friday, 4 March; Individualised Learner Record R07: Apprenticeship and Traineeship Data; Funding Statements 2016 to 2017; Apprenticeship Reforms: Withdrawal of Frameworks; Apprenticeship Funding Rules for Higher Education Institutions; FE Choices: Learner Satisfaction Survey Indicative Results; Survey: Skills Competitions and Skills Shows.

3/3/16 - Apprenticeship Reforms: 1st Frameworks Removed

A sign that the reforms are progressing as seven existing apprenticeship frameworks are removed for new starts from the 1st June. The announcement is here and comment from Fe Week here.

2/3/16 - South East Business Magazine February/March Edition

Latest edition of the region's business magazine.

2/3/16 - Cash For Restructure & Updated Area Review Guidance

DBIS/DfE have updated their Area Review guidance to include lessons learned and additional information on the restructuring facility, national benchmarks for FE and 6th form colleges, and academisation for post-16 providers. The guidance confirms that cash will be available to support colleges to implement Area Review recommendations - more is here. AELP has commented that 'while colleges are still urged to take expand their Apprenticeship delivery it is acknowledged that this will be within a market “alongside other providers”. This is a change from the previous language and recognises that employers will make those decisions. There is also more recognition of the role of ITPs, especially in the context of subcontracting and Apprenticeship delivery'.

1/3/16 - Ofsted News Issue 44

Latest news from the inspectorate.

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