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

LATEST NEWS

28/4/17 - QDP Joins SCTP

SCTP is pleased to welcome SCTP as a Commercial Associate Member. QDP (Questionnaires Data Processing) Services has been assisting education providers to run learner, governor, employer, staff and parent/carer surveys for over 20 years. They currently have over 500 customers which include schools, colleges and training providers. They have experience of running survey projects, analysing response data and producing reports, including internal distance travelled and external benchmarking.  QDP offers survey solutions including online, paper and telephone surveys to all stakeholders including 'SurveyManager', an online toolkit specially designed for the education market. We look forward to working with Account Manager, Sarah Martin and introducing her to our members. To find out more about QDP go to www.qdpservices.co.uk.

28/4/17 - Google Digital Garage Coming To Hastings & Brighton

Google Digital Garage is coming to Hastings Pier on Friday 5th May and to the i360 in Brighton on 12th May and will be providing FREE digital and online training to businesses and individuals. From growing your business to expanding your digital confidence, visit the Google experts for face to face training - they can help you make the most of the web; whether it’s taking your first steps online or growing your business. Click here for more.

28/4/17 - Apprenticeships Funding/Performance Rules Published

The ESFA today (28 April) reissued the rules that will apply to all apprenticeship provision funded by the ESFA following the introduction of the apprenticeship levy. These documents set out the funding and performance management rules for employers, employer-providers and training providers delivering the new apprenticeship programme from 1 May 2017. The ESFA has also published revised 'Common Funding Rules' - the rules that apply to all apprenticeship provision funded by the ESFA which form part of the Funding Rules 2016 to 2017.

27/4/17 - Recorded Webinars To Energise Your Team Meetings

There are lots of tips out there on how to shake up long, arduous team meetings. What if you could invite a couple of experts into your meeting room? A professor of FE & Skills to talk about decision making or the CEO of an apprenticeship provider to discuss the future, providing expertise on the Levy, post-Brexit considerations and policy making. SCTP's Future Leadership Webinars offer this opportunity via webinar presentation packs that focus on current topics within the FE & Skills sector. Click here for more.

27/4/17 - AELP Fears Of 'Horror Story' For Providers

Sector leaders are warning that some apprenticeship providers are facing up to a “horror story” of bankruptcy and failure after receiving funding allocations that amount to a fraction of their current delivery. Indeed AELP has written to the Education Secretary, Justine Greening requesting urgent action. Click here for more from FE Week. We hope that this is not reflective of the situation for our members but there are clearly serious issues out there - see this FE News article from one concerned provider - does this reflect your views? If any member provider is facing difficulties please contact us.

27/4/17 - C2C ESF Digital Skills Specification Launch (8th May)

The Coast to Capital LEP is inviting interested SCTP members to an event to launch their new European Social Fund (ESF) Digital Skills funding calls.  The event will explain what funding is on offer in your area and how you can get involved.  In order to receive a personal invitation, email claire.dillon-thiselton@coast2capital.org.uk.

Two specifications have been released - Digital Skills for the Employed, and Digital Skills for SMEs, and the specifications can be found through this link.

26/4/17 - Free Lsect Webinar On The Apprenticeship Reforms

Another chance to join Nick Linford (FE Week) and Mark Dawe (AELP) on Tuesday 2nd May, 1.00-2.00pm for a free webinar Q&A on the apprenticeship reforms. Appropriately this takes place on the first working day under the new apprenticeship funding regime. Click here to book.

26/4/17 - Free Digital Technologies Training For Trainers

The ETF is funding free sessions around the country focussing on various specific vocational areas to help trainers and teachers to understand and make better use of digital technologies. Details are here.

26/4/17 - C2C LEP European Funded Projects Summary

The Coast to Capital LEP has provided this useful summary of the projects funded through 3 European funding streams namely the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development, the European Regional Development Fund and the European Social Fund. The latter is likely to be of most interest to members with a number of SCTP members delivering.

26/4/17 - National Apprenticeship Awards Information Webinars

The National Apprenticeship Service is running a series of webinars to help providers understand the entry process, what evidence and stats to include and to open up the opportunity to start creating their own entry. Click here for more information and booking.

26/4/17 - ESFA Update Issue 356

Latest from the ESFA including: 1. Updated provider data self-assessment toolkit; 2. Reviewing provider data self-assessment toolkit reports: user guide; 3. Funding allocations to deliver training to non-levy paying employers until December 2018; 4. Updated Apprenticeship funding and performance management rules; 5. Purdah guidance

26/4/17 - Free Webinar: How Digital & Tech Apprenticeships Work

This webinar is designed to bring employers up to date with the latest changes, to explore what other digital and tech businesses are doing and to explain where to go for help. It is free for SCTP members and their customers. Join Richard Freeman & Ann Potterton (SCTP), Chris Palk (DabApps), Mark Heholt (Tech Partnership), Claire Hopkins (Ideal) and Bob Soper-Dyer (BT), to explore the issues that matter to you and your customers.

'How Digital and Tech Apprenticeships Work' connects experts with employers in the digital and tech sector to answer their questions on how to find, recruit and train the right apprentice for their business. Click here for details and please do share with anyone who may find this helpful.

26/4/17 - APM-UK joins SCTP

SCTP welcomes Bridget Pattenden and her colleagues at APM as the latest Full Member of SCTP. APM delivers a range of skills development programmes as well as providing developmental pathways encompassing Study Programmes and Traineeships . Recently the company was successfully appointed as a subcontractor on an ESF/DWP contract – helping long-term unemployed adults in East Sussex to support them into sustained employment. Find out more about APM by visiting www.apm-uk.co.uk  

26/4/17 - LoveLocalJobs.com joins SCTP

SCTP welcomes LoveLocalJobs.com as the latest Commercial Associate Member of SCTP. LoveLocalJobs.com are a local jobs board in Sussex focusing on helping job seekers find jobs and provide a platform for businesses around Sussex to promote their jobs to over 60,000 visitors a month and recruit the best talent possible. LoveLocalJobs.com have won various awards over the past 12 month including Most Responsible Business at The Sussex Business Awards and finalists in the prestigious National Online Recruiter Awards.  Find out more by visiting www.lovelocaljobs.com

25/4/17 - AELP Support Packages On Standards Delivery

AELP is offering support packages (at £200) for providers looking to be ready to deliver various apprenticeship standards. There is a are forthcoming session in London for Customer Services/Business Administration on the 11th May with many other packages available across a range of occupations.

25/4/17 - Non-Levy Funding Allocations Sent To Providers

The ESFA has sent prime providers a funding allocation for apprenticeship starts covering the period from 1st May to 31 December 2017 for non-levy employers. The letter to providers and comment from AELP can be seen here. Members remain concerned about the lack of detail on funding for existing apprentices and concerns have been escalated to AELP.

24/4/17 - Public Sector Apprenticeship Levy Update Published

The DfE has published an update to its guidance for public bodies in scope of the public sector apprenticeship target by usefully clarifying which public bodies are in scope of the levy. Click here.

24/4/17 - Responses To The Industrial Strategy Consultation

Although the future of the Industrial Strategy has been thrown into some doubt by the forthcoming election it is still useful to read the consultation responses of others in this case the CIPD response which called on the government to help cut regional productivity gaps by 15% by 2030 and to set up an independent body to monitor progress and the Brighton & Hove Economic Partnership response gives a local flavour and urges the Government not just to invest in the Midlands and the North.

24/4/17 - SLN Seeks 'Be the Change' Volunteer Mentors

Be the Change encompasses a range of inspirational events designed to support students who may face challenges and difficulties in school or post-16. Focusing on happiness, confidence, hope, relationships and employability, Be the Change encourages students to identify their personal barriers to success, and helps them overcome them. The Sussex Learning Network is seeking mentors to help support learners. Click here for details.

24/4/17 - IfA Announces Chairs Of Its 15 'Route Panels'

The Institute for Apprenticeships has announced the names of the chairs for the 15 panel routes that will advise the Institute on occupational standards. The route panels are made up of industry experts and are responsible for setting the standards of knowledge, skills and behaviours needed by employers for every occupation in England. The chairs will lead their groups in reviewing and recommending apprenticeship standards and assessment plans and advising on funding levels on behalf of the institute. Click here for more including the names and organisations of the 15 chairs and information about the panel of apprentices.

24/4/17 - One File Wins Queen's Award For Innovation

Congratulation to SCTP Associate Member, One File who has won a 2017 Queen's Award for Innovation. Click here for more.

24/4/17 - 'Find An Apprenticeship': Updated Provider Guidance

With all national marketing driving enquiries from employers to the Find Apprenticeship Training on line tool it is crucial that providers make sure that their information is uploaded to the site and is kept up to date. SCTP has come across recent examples of employers being referred to providers outside Sussex and local providers missing out. For the latest guidance on how to submit data click here.

24/4/17 - European Funding Calls

Three calls have been issued that are relevant to skills in Sussex.

21/4/17 - SCTP Survey: How Providers Help Employers To Recruit

SCTP has been invited to speak at a webinar for employers about providing apprenticeships to the Creative, Digital and IT sector. This is part of a series of sector-specific events being put on by Brighton and Hove City Council to promote apprenticeships. We will be explaining how our members work with and support employers with their apprenticeship recruitment (in both Tech on non-Tech areas). So that we can best reflect the range of recruitment support available to employers we would like to collect feedback from our provider members via this very short survey here. Alternatively, feel free to email Ann Potterton about any specific case studies or examples you would be happy for us to quote. Thank you very much for your input which will help us to promote your services to local employers.

20/4/17 - ESFA Notifies Providers On Contract Extensions

The Education and Skills Funding Agency has written to providers regarding non-levy funding for apprenticeship from 1 May. Changes to subcontracting rules have been suspended and non-levy allocations have been promised by the 25th April. For details see here.

20/4/17 - SCTP To Attend SELEP Skills Advisory Group

Tuesday 25th April sees the next meeting of the South East LEP's Skills Advisory Group. This groups bring together skills policy and interventions across the SELEP area of Kent, Essex and E Sussex. SCTP represents its members on this group and we would be keen to hear about any issues that you would like us to raise. The agenda is here and the minutes of the last meeting here.

19/4/17 - Free NCFE Webinar On End Point Assessment

SCTP member, NCFE is offering a free webinar looking at how providers can make the most of the opportunity presented by end-point assessment (EPA). For more information and booking click here.

19/4/17 - ESFA Update Issue 355

Latest from the ESFA including: 1. Adding apprentices to the apprenticeship service; 2. Purdah pre-election guidance

19/4/17 - Local Authority Apprenticeship Delivery Opportunity

West Sussex County Council, East Sussex County Council, Brighton & Hove City Council and Surrey County Council have now opened Category 7 of the Learning & Development Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS). This category is dedicated to facilitate the purchase of Apprenticeship Training and will support delivery of these Councils' responsibilities under the Apprenticeship Levy. It is anticipated that all of these authorities will access providers and services by using the Apprenticeship Category on the DPS from early May 2017. The Apprenticeship Category is part of a wider Learning and Development DPS which includes 6 other categories which are already open for application. Full details of the Learning and Development DPS including further instructions, full Qualification documents and the additional requirements of the Apprenticeship Category click here. Initial deadline for receipt of applications is 5pm on 26th April 2017.

19/4/17 - Nick Linford's 3 Key Questions To The Skills Minister

FE Week Editor Nick Linford was able to ask Skills Minister, Robert Halfon 3 key questions at last night's launch event for the Institute of Apprenticeships. The questions were: 1. What is the future of the 3 million starts target? 2. Why was there no English and maths retakes policy shift? 3. Does the minister understand the impact of the pause to the non-levy apprenticeship procurement process and what is happening about this? For the minister's answers click here.

18/4/17 - IfA Consultation Outcome & Operational Plan

The Institute for Apprenticeships has published the results of the recent consultation on its Operational Plan as well as publishing the final version of the plan which outlines how the IfA will operate, carry out its functions and improve the quality of apprenticeships in England - this can be seen here.

18/4/17 - Apprenticeship Contracts & Purdah

AELP's Mark Dawe is lobbying heavily for further information to be released on apprenticeship contract extensions before the civil service goes into purdah (the period when it is not allowed to make announcements prior to a general election - believed to start Friday). Providers are waiting to hear whether the 10% employer contribution will still need to be collected and whether new subcontracting rules will still come into play...and more. This comes as it was reported that the non-levy procurement round was over subscribed to a value four times the available funds. Click here for more.

18/4/17 - South East LEP March/April Newsletter

Click here for the latest newsletter from the South East LEP covering the period 10th March to 10th April.

18/4/17 - Sussex Digital Awards Winners Announced

THE online achievements of some of the most progressive organisations across Sussex have been honoured at the first annual Digital Awards. Accolades across 14 categories including “Website”, “Use of Video for Business”, “Mobile App” and “Use of Social Media for Business” were presented to businesses, charities and schools at Pelham House in Lewes, on April 13. The event was co-sponsored by SCTP to raise the profile of training providers, with SCTP director Dan Wallman presenting some of the awards. Click here for more.

13/4/17 - Work & Health Programme Contenders Announced

The number of providers in each region that are competing for the Work & Health Programme contracts has been whittled down from 5 to 3. In the Home Counties region (covering East Sussex) the remaining providers are G4S, Ingeus and Shaw Trust. In the Southern region (covering West Sussex and Brighton & Hove) the remaining providers are Pluss, Shaw Trust and Working Links. The successful providers for each region are expected to be announced in September. The Work & Health Programme exists to provide support into work for people with long term health conditions and disabilities. The emphasis will be on providing tailored support for participants while ensuring co-ordination and co-operation with existing local services.

13/4/17 - ESFA e-Bulletin Issue 170

Latest news from the ESFA for 'schools, colleges, LAs and other post-16 providers' including: 1. Reminder: local authorities to submit 16 to 19 grant return by 30 April; 2. Information: funding guidance for young people aged 16 to 19 in 2017 to 2018; 3. Information: 2017 to 2018 mainstream school funding formulae published; 4. Information: fraudulent communications claiming to be from ESFA.

13/4/17 - Free Lsect Webinar On The Apprenticeship Reforms

You can join Nick Linford and Keith Smith from the ESFA on Monday 24th April at 11am for a free webinar Q&A on the apprenticeship reforms. Click here to book.

13/4/17 - ESFA Update Issue 354

Latest from the ESFA (replacing the SFA update) including: 1. Procurement for apprenticeship training in smaller employers; 2. Funding calculation 2016 to 2017: technical document; 3. College benchmarking tool; 4. Issuing certificates for apprenticeship standards: reminder; 5. European Social Fund: supplementary data guidance; 6. Prevent duty compliance workshops for independent training providers and new apprenticeship providers.

12/4/17 - Ofsted FE & Skills Inspection Handbook Updated

Ofsted has published updated guidance on how further education and skills providers are inspected under the common inspection framework.

12/4/17 - ESFA Business Update Issue 22

Latest edition of the Education and Skills Funding Agency’s monthly round-up of information and news for businesses.

12/4/17 - Statutory Careers Guidance For Schools

Updated version of DfE's statutory guidance for school leaders, governors and staff on providing careers guidance and inspiration. Click here.

12/4/17 - Non-Levy Procurement Process Paused Until 2018

The ESFA has announced that existing apprenticeship contracts held by providers will be extended until December 2017 as long as they are on RoATP. New providers will have to wait until next year to have a chance to receive an allocation. More information and comment from AELP and AoC is here. ESFA's message to providers that was issued today is here. The response from providers is reported here.

11/4/17 - Coast 2 Capital LEP's Industrial Strategy Response

Here is the C2C LEP's final response to the Government’s Industrial Strategy consultation. One of 7 areas of focus is 'Developing Skills' the detail of which can be seen on page 2 of the Annex.

11/4/17 - AELP Support Sub Committee Apprenticeship Review

AELP has welcomed the report of the Commons Sub-Committee on Education, Skills and the Economy which described the levy and the 3 million starts target as blunt instruments that risk being unduly focused on simply raising participation levels without sufficient focus on quality. AELP's position is covered in FE News here.

11/4/17 - AELP Calls For More Flexibility On 20% Off Job Rules

The Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) has said that recent funding rule changes for off-the-job training in apprenticeships don’t go far enough in addressing the differing needs of employers and apprentices across various business sectors. AELP has also called for clear definitions of what will be acceptable for inclusion in the 20% requirement so that providers and employers can plan provision effectively. Click here for more.

11/4/17 - South East Business Magazine April/May Edition

Latest issue of the magazine aimed at employers across the South East.

10/4/17 - GCSE Retakes Policy Retained In Funding Guidance

The Education & Skills Funding Agency has published its 'Funding Guidance For Young People 2017-18' which outlines the funding regulations for this learner group. Disappointingly this includes the decision not to revoke the existing policy requiring GCSE retakes for those learners with a grade D (old grading) or grade 4 (new grading). More information and comment from sector leaders is here.

10/4/17 - Cash Boost For Hastings

Hastings has been awarded additional resource as part of the latest round of Coast Communities Funding. The award will fund a 2-year project to support economic development around the White Rock area of Hastings. Click here for more.

7/4/17 - DfE Public Sector Apprenticeship Target Guidance

The Department for Education has published guidance for public bodies in scope of the public sector apprenticeship target.

7/4/17 - National Careers Service SE Labour Market e-Bulletin

Click here for the latest labour market news from the NCS including details of employment generating projects across East Sussex, Essex and Kent.

6/4/17 - Ofsted Launches 'Good' Provider Logo

Providers that achieve a good rating from Ofsted will now be able to display a logo in recognition of the quality of their provision in the same way that 'outstanding' providers currently do. Click here for more.

6/4/17 - Minutes Of Apprenticeships In E Sussex Meeting

Click here for the minutes of last week's Apprenticeships in East Sussex meeting. This is East Sussex County Council's group that involves district and borough councils, providers and their representatives. It looks at co-ordinating apprenticeship promotion across the county and monitors progress on apprenticeship starts targets.

6/4/17 - Latest Apprenticeship Start Stats For Sussex

Latest figures and forecasts show that apprenticeship starts figures to the end of Q2 (January 2017) are holding steady but not progressing at a rate to meet the Government's 3 million target. There are variations around this trend by district and parliamentary constituency. These latest figures have been produced by SCTP from the SFA's Statistical First Release. For more historic trends including an analysis of statistics for the 2015/16 year for adult education, trainee ships as well as apprenticeships see here.

6/4/17 - Apprenticeship Levy Launched Today

Click here for the DfE press release launching the Apprenticeship Levy. Response from employers, employer groups and the skills provider sector is here and a news item on the views of the CBI is here.

5/4/17 - Recording Of Provider Apprenticeship Reform Webinar

Click here for a recording of Learning Curve's latest webinar titled 'Ensuring an effective organisational response to the Apprenticeship reforms’.

5/4/17 - New Enterprise Zones Going Live (including Newhaven)

Click here for a summary of the 12 new Enterprise Zones including Newhaven in East Sussex and the benefits to businesses that accrue from this. There are potential opportunities for providers from being involved in this local initiative.

3/4/17 - HEFCE To Regulate Degree Apprenticeships

Degree apprenticeships will be regulated by the Higher Education Funding Council for England, and not by Ofsted. The news was revealed by the Department for Education this morning, as part of its apprenticeships accountability statement. More information is here.

3/4/17 - ETF Launches Leadership Training Programme

A new programme has been launched by the Education and Training Foundation designed to boost the capacity of individual principals and CEOs, as well as their colleges or training providers and the sector as a whole. It is supported by DfE funding of £1.27 million for the first year by the Department for Education, although participants will have to pay an additional fee, estimated to be around £3,000. It’s understood to be the first new leadership programme specifically for the FE and skills sector since the demise of the former Learning and Skills Improvement Service in 2013. More information is here.

3/4/17 - Minutes Of The Skills East Sussex Meeting

Click here for the minutes of the most recent meeting of Skills East Sussex, the strategic group led by ESCC looking at skills policy and implementation across the county. The meeting took place on the 20th March and was attended by SCTP on behalf of members. The Government's localism and devolution policies mean that the activities of these groups are becoming ever more relevant for our members.

3/4/17 - Institute For Apprenticeships Launches Today

Click here for a press release marking today as the first day of operation for the new IfA. The government has also published guidance on how the Institute for Apprenticeships should carry out its functions for the 2017 to 2018 financial year as well as an Apprenticeship Accountability Statement which outlines the roles and responsibilities of all organisations involved in regulating apprenticeships.

3/4/17 - Apprenticeship Standards Approved & In Development

Click here for the latest list of approved apprenticeship standards and here for those in development.

31/3/17 - Minimum Wage Rise From 1st April

The minimum wage rates increase on the 1st April with the Apprenticeship Rate rising to £3.50 and hour. Click here for the official press release and here for a guide on calculating the minimum wage.

31/3/17 - Apprenticeship Policy Needs Focus Says Committee

The Parliamentary Sub-Committee on Education, Skills and the Economy, formed from the Education and Business Select Committees, finds in its report published this week, that the Government’s Apprenticeship Levy, introduced next week, and target of three million ‘starts’ by the end of the Parliament are blunt instruments that risk being unduly focused on simply raising participation levels. They believe that a concentration is needed on sectors and regions where training is most needed. There was also concern about the lack of end point assessment organisations. A summary and sector response is here.

Meanwhile the DfE published its 'Apprenticeships Benefit Realisation Strategy' setting out the Government's aims for apprenticeship reform, summarising how this will benefit employers and apprentices, widen participation and increase quality. This is summarised here.

31/3/17 - TPE Proposals Examined In New Report

NCFE and the Campaign for Learning commissioned a report titled 'Reforming Technical and Professional Education Why should it work this time?'. The report examines the Government's new Technical & Professional Education (TPE) proposals and asks some searching questions of the rationale and evidence behind them.

31/3/17 - Marketing & Customer Experience: Provider Webinar

A webinar from e-memoir titled 'Customer experience is the new brand building tool of modern marketing. How can we apply it in the FE and skills sector?' £20 + VAT, 11.00 - 12:00 noon. Tuesday 4th April 2017. Click here for more information and booking.

31/3/17 - FE Week Publishes AAC Conference Supplement

For those who weren't able to attend FE Week's recent Annual Apprenticeship Conference (AAC), a 16 page supplement covering all the main news and debate has been published and can be seen here.

31/3/17 - Touchbase Edition 119

Touchbase is the DWP's monthly publication of news and articles from across government for advisers, employers and organisations that help people find jobs. Click here for the March edition.

31/3/17 - SFA Inform March Newsletter

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

31/3/17 - AELP Update For Local Provider Networks

We're grateful to AELP for sending this useful set of slides that encapsulates all the key news for providers on Apprenticeship Reforms, Future Apprenticeship Support Programme, End Point Assessment and more.

30/3/17 - Updated Apprenticeship Guidance For Employers

Latest updated version of the SFA's key guidance document for employers about how apprenticeships will work under the new funding system from May 2017 including the apprenticeship levy and the online apprenticeship service.

30/3/17 - Skills Show Dates Announced

The national skills and careers event has been confirmed to take place from November 16th to 18th at the NEC in Birmingham. Click here for more.

30/3/17 - EFA e-Bulletin Issue 168

Latest from the EFA including: 1. Information: announcement of the Education and Skills Funding Agency from 1 April 2017; 2. Information: 16 to 19 Bursary Fund audit guide for local authorities; 3.Information: local authority summaries of sixth-form allocations for 2017 to 2018; 4.Action: local authorities to submit 16 to 19 grant return by 30 April 2017; 5.Information: consistent financial reporting (CFR) 2017 to 2018 and schools financial value standards (SFVS) 2017 to 2018.

30/3/17 - Justine Greening's Social Mobility Speech

Click here for a transcript of the Education Secretary's address to the Social Mobility Commission conference about transforming social mobility. This includes the '3rd pillar' of the Government's strategy namely skills and technical education.

30/3/17 - Good News Anticipated On GCSE Retakes

The Education Secretary confirmed this week that students who pass English and maths at the new grade 4 level (now known as a standard pass), won’t have to resit them. Meanwhile, FE Week is reporting that the government will soon discontinue the condition of funding rule that requires grade D English & maths GCSE students to retake the exams rather than be given a choice of other qualifications such as Functional Skills.

30/3/17 - What Does Brexit Mean For The Labour Market?

A question raised by members at last week's members' meeting, this FE News article by Kirsty McHugh, Chief Executive of the Employment Related Services Association (ERSA), seeks to provide an answer. The Collab Group of colleges also tackles the same subject in its report 'Brexit Needs FE' which has relevance for all providers.

29/3/17 - Recording Of Provider Apprenticeship Reform Webinar

Click here for a recording of Learning Curve's webinar titled 'Ensuring an effective organisational response to the Apprenticeship reforms’. The slides are here. An updated version of this webinar will run on the 4th April - click here to book.

29/3/17 - National Careers Service Evaluation

The DfE has published an evaluation of the National Careers Service and its effectiveness at improving education and training outcomes. A summary is here.

29/3/17 - Local Skills Case Study

The DfE has published research examining how local bodies can benefit from working together and with national bodies to improve skills in England. This looks at a case study from the Black Country and looks at how local partners including Local Authorities LEPs and providers can work together most effectively to make sure that the supply of skills meets local demand. The executive summary from pages 6-11 is worth a read as is this summary.

29/3/17 - Research On Apprenticeships By Industry Sector

DfE has published a report giving information on apprenticeship starts and participation by type of industry from academic years 2010 to 2011 and 2014 to 2015. Information is split by SIC (Standard Industry Classification) Code and by region.

29/3/17 - SFA Update Issue 352

Latest from the SFA including: 1. Apprenticeship agreement for training providers for the provision of levy-funded apprenticeship training; 2. SFA funding agreements and subcontracting declarations; 3. Apprenticeship reforms: proposal to withdraw fourth batch of frameworks; 4. Announcement of the Education and Skills Funding Agency, from 1 April 2017; 5. Update – 2017 to 2018 allocations; 6. 2016 – 2017 Apprenticeship funding rules; 7. Financial Assurance 2016 to 2017: Monitoring the funding rules.

28/3/17 - Work & Pensions Committee Report Published

The Work and Pensions Committee has published the results of its inquiry into employment opportunities for young people calling for more apprenticeships, better skills training and support, and for the shortly to be implemented Youth Obligation to be separated from Universal Credit. Comment from the sector is here including more information on the implementation of the Youth Obligation.

28/3/17 - Government Retains Applied General Qualifications

The government has confirmed that it intends to retain the Applied General qualification option, where for example many BTECs sit, suggesting the emergence of a triple rather than a dual post-16 qualification set of routes. Click here for information and comment.

28/3/17 - EFA & SFA To Merge

The Education Funding Agency and Skills Funding Agency are to merge to become one body, the Secretary State for Education has announced. The new, single funding agency - to be called the Education and Skills Funding Agency - will sit within the Department for Education and begin to operate from April 2017. Click here for more and here for a response from sector leaders.

27/3/17 - West Sussex Local Offer Newsletter

The West Sussex Local Offer helps people find information about local services, support and events for children and young people aged 0 - 25 years who have special educational needs or disabilities (SEND). Click here for their latest newsletter which includes information on new services, mental health & wellbeing training and SEND Inspection.

27/3/17 - National Apprenticeship Awards 2017

The National Apprenticeship Awards 2017 kicks off today, when the application site opens for entries. Click here for more.

27/3/17 - Learning Curve Seeks Provider Partnerships

SCTP member Learning Curve Group is looking to partner with providers who are able to work alongside them to deliver services to large employers that they are engaged with, as well as assisting with Learning Curve Group's own levy commitment. A flyer is here - if you want to become a key supply chain partner, please complete their expression of interest.

24/3/17 - Apprenticeship Delivery Opportunity With WSCC

West Sussex County Council has now opened Category 7 of the Learning & Development Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS). This category is dedicated to the purchase of Apprenticeship Training and will support delivery of the Council's responsibilities under the Apprenticeship Levy. The DPS is open to Brighton & Hove City Council, East Sussex County Council, Surrey County Council and West Sussex County Council as the lead authority. It is anticipated that all of these authorities will access providers and services by using the Apprenticeship Category on the DPS from early May 2017. The Apprenticeship Category is part of a wider Learning and Development DPS which includes 6 other categories which are already open for application. Full details of the Learning and Development DPS including further instructions, full Qualification documents and the additional requirements of the Apprenticeship Category click here. Initial deadline for receipt of applications is 5pm on 26th April 2017.

24/3/17 - ESCC Education Improvement Provider Event

East Sussex Standards and Learning Effectiveness Service (SLES) are hosting a second event for all current or potential external providers of education improvement services. The event will be held on Friday 12 May 2017, 1.30-3.30pm, at the East Sussex National Golf Club. More information and booking is here.

24/3/17 - EFA e-Bulletin Issue 167

Latest from the EFA including: 1. Information: post-16 funding allocation statements for special post-16 institutions, non-maintained special schools and commercial and charitable providers for 2017 to 2018; 2.Information: consultation for changes to the criteria for loan schemes; 3. Action: establishing local authority dedicated schools grant baselines; 4. Information: Condition Data Collection - list of schools to be visited; 5. Information: Teachers’ Pensions update.

24/3/17 - SCTP Members' Meeting Report

Forty members gathered at Crawley Town FC yesterday for SCTP's March Members' Meeting. The meeting included new member intros from the London Learning Consortium, BIIAB and SETAS as well as updates on SCTP Projects from Richard Freeman, a Pre-employment report from Dan Wallman as well as input from Louise Aitken (SELEP), Deborah Myers (WSCC) and Claire Callow (ETF).  After lunch Beej Kaczmarcyzk of Learning Curve delivered an informative and comprehensive session cover skills funding streams. All slides used on the day can be found on the SCTP website here. Minutes will be issued to members shortly. The next Members’ Meeting is at Crawley Borough Council on the 18th May (9.30-1.00).

23/3/17 - FE Choices Survey Results For Employers & Learners

The SFA has published the results of the learner and employer satisfaction survey results for 2015-16. These show satisfaction rates of employers receiving a SFA funded service increasing to 80% and similarly 80% of learners saying that they would recommend their learning provider to family or friends. The links take you to a short summary of findings and the full report for those that wish to dig deeper. It seems strange to reflect that as we stand 5 weeks away from wholesale changes to the apprenticeship system it appears that the current system is extraordinarily popular.

23/3/17 - SCTP Vacancy: Virtual Office & Marketing Coordinator

SCTP is looking for a Virtual Office & Marketing Coordinator who can work remotely with Paul and Ann our Co-Executive Directors to help them provide excellent administrative and marketing support to our members. For more details please click here. Please share this with any of your contacts that might be suitable.

23/3/17 - Free Webinar On Response To Apprenticeship Reforms

Fresh from presenting his Funding Masterclass to SCTP members today, Beej Kaczmarcyzk will be presenting a free webinar (hosted by e-Memoir) titled 'Ensuring an effective response to the Apprenticeship reforms' on Wednesday 29th March, 11.00-12.00 and again at 4.00-5.00. With just over a month to the implementation of the new arrangements for apprenticeships the webinar will provide training providers with the opportunity to review their plans and processes in preparation for the changes. Click here for more information and booking.

22/3/17 - Strengthening Work Experience In Study Programmes

The ETF has commissioned the Adult Learning Improvement Network (ALIN) to work with colleges and training providers to strengthen the quality of Study Programmes and help learners achieve their learning goals and progress into a positive destination. A major component of this project is to help colleges and training providers manage, plan and deliver high quality work experience for their learners to supplement their academic and/or vocational training. A free dissemination event (including guest speaker Chris Jones Ofsted HMI) takes place on Friday 31st March at West London's College, Giddon Road, Hammersmith, London. W14 9BL13.30-4.00pm. More information on the project is here. To book click here.

22/3/17 - ETF March Newsletter

Click here for the news from the Education and Training Foundation whose role it is to support providers to development the quality of their delivery.

22/3/17 - RoATP: What Just Happened?

In this interesting FE News article, Peter Marples, Joint Owner of national provider 3aaa looks at the issues and opportunities arising out of the register announcement. He points to a potential lack of capacity in the system and a huge opportunity for main providers on the register saying that 'even if 50% of the levy paying employers as predicted take up their levy... that still leaves 9,800 looking for a provider...from the 1302 left on the register'.

21/3/17 - Slides From The 3SC Devolution Skills Event

Click here for the slides from the Three Southern Counties devolution event held in Crawley on Monday. The event explored how the East Sussex, West Surrey and Surrey combined devolution bid might progress and the key areas such as IAG and commissioning where a combined approach might have the greatest impact.

21/3/17 - Apprenticeship Service Provider Agreement Published

The SFA has issued its training provider agreement under which it will pay training providers to carry out apprenticeship training.

21/3/17 - RoATP Opens Again But With 7th April Deadline

Providers have another chance to make it onto the new Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers and can now reapply – with a quick turnaround needed by 5pm on April 7th. E-tendering portal guidance for applicants is here and information on the application process is here. Meanwhile FE Week reports that the chance to reapply to the register may also lead to the chance to tender again for non-levy allocations - see here.

21/3/17 - Gatwick Foundation Fund Launch

Gatwick Airport has teamed up with community foundations in Kent, Surrey and Sussex to launch the Gatwick Foundation Fund which will oversee £300,000 worth of annual grants for worthy causes across the three counties. The funding will be used to promote employment, training and skills, alongside support for families, the elderly and young people at a local level across the three counties. Click here for more.

20/3/17 - Making Sense Of The 20% Off-Job-Training Rule

One of the most important apprenticeship funding rules from May is the requirement that every apprentice “spends at least 20 per cent of their time on off-the-job training”. This simple sentence actually raises a series of questions, such as how to define “their time” and “off-the-job training”. Click here for an article that explores this further.

20/3/17 - Free Learning Curve CPD Opportunity For Providers

We are grateful to SCTP member, Learning Curve Group for offering the opportunity for provider colleagues to undertake fully funded staff CPD qualifications using their 'high quality, engaging content and NCFE approved assessments' that enable learners to study at a time and place convenient to them supported by a qualified assessor. More details are here.

20/3/17 - Apprenticeship Funding Rules Version 2

The SFA has published version 2 of the funding rules which includes a number of amendments to close loop holes relating to potential employer inducements. This FE Week article summarises the nature and purpose of the changes.

20/3/17 - Reformed Functional Skills Delayed Until 2019

See confirmation here that reformed Functional Skills will now be introduced in 2019. This follows widespread consultation led by the Education and Training Foundation, with more than one thousand individuals, organisations and employers, on the steps needed to make maths and English Functional Skills qualifications even more robust and more credible.

17/3/17 - Brighton & Hove Apprentice Ambassador Training

This programme run by SCTP for Brighton & Hove, trains apprentices to act as ambassadors in promoting apprenticeships at school and career events. Now's the time for providers to nominate their apprentices to benefit from this developmental opportunity and give your own organisation an increased profile while promoting apprenticeships. To nominate your apprentices, please complete the nomination form which can be downloaded here and return to melanie@apprenticeships-in-sussex.com by 5pm on Wednesday 22nd  March 2017. All nominated apprentices need to be working in Brighton Hove. The next Ambassador training is on Friday 24st March 2017, 2pm – 5pm at Hove Town Hall.

17/3/17 - East Sussex Apprentice Ambassador Training

This is the same programme as outlined above for Brighton & Hove but covering apprentices that work in East Sussex with the next ambassador training session taking place on Friday 31st March 2017, 1pm – 4pm at County Hall, Lewes. The East Sussex nomination form is here and needs to be returned to melanie@apprenticeships-in-sussex.com by 5pm on Wednesday 29th March 2017. Employers can also nominate their own apprentices.

17/3/17 - ETF Small Provider Bursary Fund 2017

The Education and Training Foundation has commissioned AELP to manage and deliver a small bursary fund targeting small independent training providers (ITPs) who may face barriers accessing CPD support.  A small amount of funding is available until the end of March 2017. ITPs that meet the eligibility criteria can apply for discount on any course offered by ETF to the end of March 2017. If you are interested in receiving this bursary funding, please email awhite@aelp.org.uk for further information.

17/3/17 - SCTP Out Representing Its Members Next Week

SCTP will be representing its members at Monday's Three Southern Counties Skills Event in Crawley - looking at the skills needs of East Sussex, West Sussex and Surrey as part of a devolution deal led by the 3 Local Authorities. Also, on Monday SCTP will be at ESCC Skills East Sussex meeting which looks at the skills strategy for the county - the agenda is here. Tuesday sees SCTP taking part in an AELP event aimed at linking the national provider network more effectively with local networks - agenda here. Also on Tuesday SCTP will be at Brighton & Hove City Council's Learning & Skills Employment Partnership meeting - looking at skills strategy for the City - the agenda is here. Thursday sees SCTP's bimonthly Members' Meeting at Crawley Town FC - details here.

17/3/17 - Preparing For Institute Of Technology Bids

The government will shortly be launching a call for proposals to establish Institutes of Technology (IoTs). Applicants will be able to bid into a £170m fund to establish institutions which specialise in delivering the higher level technical skills that employers needs in areas with evidence of a higher level skills gap and clear learner demand. Consultations on the proposals are continuing prior to a call in the Spring, but some details have now been made available and can be accessed on the AELP website here. Interested parties can register their interest now with the IoT team at DfE at institute.technology@education.gov.uk

16/3/17 - Education Charity Backs End to GCSE Resit Policy

The education charity Impetus-PEF has pointed to what they called ‘a crisis’ in the levels of support and success for young people seeking to improve their English and maths grades recommending among other things a funded support package and quality Functional Skill alternatives. The report 'Life After School: Confronting The Crisis' is here. Among its conclusions are that GCSE catch-up provision is not working with most students who do not attain English & maths at age 16 do not catch up by 19.

16/3/17 - Institute For Government Policy Re-invention Report

The Institute for Government has published a report called 'All Change' looking at why Britain is so prone to policy reinvention and what can be done about it. the report looks at three areas that have experienced more change than most including FE and industrial strategy, concluding that poor institutional memory, weak long-term planning and a tendency to recreate new organisations to demonstrate progress were all causal factors.

16/3/17 - SELEP Newsletter Feb/March

Click here for the newsletter from the South East LEP covering the period 1st February to the 10th March. Also published this week were the minutes of the February SELEP Skills Advisory Group Meeting which can be seen here.

16/3/17 - SCTP Webinar: Working With Schools

The full title of this latest SCTP webinar in the Future Apprenticeship series is 'Working With Schools: How To Make Sure That Collaboration Is King'. Traditionally, the FE sector has only been interested in schools as providers of feeder students for their courses. This is changing, with independent organisations helping to create strategic partnerships between schools, businesses and colleges. This webinar will provide some insight into the eco-system of education and the different expectations/needs of primary and secondary in the context of moving into FE. The webinar takes place on the 22nd March at 12.30 and features Chris Targett of CXK and Tristram Hooley from the University of Derby. Click here for more information and booking.

16/3/17 - EFA e-Bulletin Issue 166

Latest from the EFA including: 1. Information: academies March accounts return; 2. Reminder: EFA independent appeal panel complaints; 3. Information: network for school business management (SBM) professionals.

16/3/17 - Unemployment Rate Falls To Lowest Since 2005

Official figures released today show that the unemployment rate has fallen to 4.7% – the lowest level in 12 years. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has confirmed that employment continues to run at a record high rate of 74.6%, with 31.85 million people in work – an increase of 315,000 on the year and more than 2.8 million since 2010. The proportion of 16 to 24 year olds who have left full-time education and are unemployed is 5.1%. Click here for more.

15/3/17 - SFA Update Issue 350

Latest from the SFA including: 1. IDAMS superusers – check yours!; 2. Traineeships growth requests 2016 to 2017; 3. Skills funding letter 2017 to 2018; 4. Register of apprenticeship training providers; 5. Advanced learner loans – 2016 to 2017 changes and 2017 to 2018 rules and documentation; 6. Apprenticeship funding rules 2017 to 2018, v1.1; 7. 2017 to 2018 allocations; 8. Subcontractor declaration 2016 to 2017.

15/3/17 - Free On Line Course For Diversity In Apprenticeships

The Strategic Development Network recently developed a free online course for the Education and Training Foundation to help apprenticeship staff engage and support a diverse range of apprentices (and their employers) right the way through the new apprenticeship journey.  The two-hour course is now live and helps front-line staff delivering (or preparing to deliver) apprenticeship standards to identify potential barriers, find solutions, and improve their practice and that of their organisations. Click here for more information and to access the course.

15/3/17 - Sussex Digital Awards 2017

The Sussex Digital Awards were set-up last year to celebrate the online achievements of businesses, charities and schools across Sussex. This year's event will take place at Pelham House, Lewes, on April 13th. Hundreds of organisations across East Sussex, West Sussex and Brighton entered the scheme and finalists were announced in February. An independent judging panel including people from major organisations such as Sky Sports will decide the winners. The event - which is supported by Sussex Chambers of Commerce, SBT and Sussex Council of Training Providers - is almost full and gold, silver and bronze awards will be presented across 13 categories on the night including "Website", "Use of Social Media for Business" and "Blog". Click here for more.

14/3/17 - AELP Webinar On Workbased Learning & SEND

Click here for details of an AELP Webinar titled 'How to maximise the benefits of Work-based Learning for Learners with SEND'. With the Skills Minister focussing on the need for skills training to drive social mobility now could be a good time for providers to review and revise policies and plans on SEND (Special Education Needs & Disability). The webinar takes place on Tuesday, 21 March 2017, 1:30pm-2:30pm. Cost £25.

14/3/17 - SFA Publishes 2017-18 Skills Funding Letter

The skills funding letter is published annually and sets out the government’s funding priorities for the skills system. It includes information for the SFA to set provider allocations for 2017 to 2018, and shows indicative budgets up to 2020. Click here for the letter. More information and comment is here.

14/3/17 - East Sussex February Participation Data

East Sussex County Council has published the latest figures on young peoples' participation on education and training for the county.

14/3/17 - Schools Guide To Apprenticeship Reforms

The Department for Education has published a guide to the apprenticeship reforms aimed specifically at schools as employers of apprentices.

13/3/17 - SFA Announces Apprenticeship Register Outcomes

The SFA has published the results for applications to the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers (RoATP). The announcement will come as a relief to successful applicants as they now have the green light to be funded for apprentice starts from May. Congratulations to the 58 SCTP members that appear on the register - the full list of providers can be downloaded here. More detail on this news is here. 73% of the providers that applied were successful but providers that submitted an ITT to deliver apprenticeships to non-levy paying employers still have to wait to learn if they’ve been successful - more on this here. A response to the announcement from sector leaders is here. Meanwhile the new Chief Inspector of Ofsted, Amanda Spielman voices her concerns about the register and its implications for inspection.

13/3/17 - AELP Maths & English Webinar

On Wednesday the 29th March AELP is running a webinar called 'Contextualising, embedding and enriching maths and English outcomes in apprenticeship provision. The seminar is part of a CPD programme designed to support those working with apprentices in the development of their maths and English skills which the Education and Training Foundation has commissioned AELP and their partners the CETT Academy to deliver. Cost is £25. More information and booking is here.

10/3/17 - National Apprenticeship Week Ends On A High

See this news story from the SFA summarising the positive impact of NAW and highlighting some national events. We hope that our members had a productive week and that local events helped to raise the apprenticeship profile.

10/3/17 - £125M Capital Funding Boost For SEND Learners

Minister for Vulnerable Children and Families, Edward Timpson, has announced a £215m capital funding boost targeted at learners with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). Every local council will be allocated at least £500,000 from the fund, with more than half receiving at least £1 million and are free to invest the funding as they see fit to help children and young people aged from 0-25 with education, health and care plans to get a high quality education. Councils will be expected to consult with local parents, carers, schools, and others on how their funding allocations should be used, and need to publish a short plan showing how they will spend the funding. For further information including details of individual local authority allocations click here; a copy of the letter from the Minister to local authorities outlining the funding is available here.

10/3/17 - Future Leadership Presentation Packs

SCTP is making available an exclusive set of videos that it has been recording on behalf of the ETF for leaders and manager in FE, Apprenticeships, study programmes, adult learning etc. You could think of these as TED talk presentations from sector experts, with some critical questioning, plus you get to keep the slides separately, an info sheet on further reading and research and the chance to ask further questions.  They include loads of advice, new research/thinking, case studies and practical ways to work with your team as well as expertise from leaders in post-16 education. The videos are only available until the end of March, and each webinar package (videos, slides, info sheet) can be purchased via the Education & Training Foundation at the subsidised rate of just £25 each. More information is here.

10/3/17 - AELP CEO Writes On Post-Brexit Britain

AELP CEO Mark Dawe has contributed to a collection of essays from the Further Education Trust for Leadership (FETL) entitled "Possibility Thinking: Creative conversations on the future of FE and skills". The report collects the best, most provocative and interesting current thinking from a variety of contributors on the future of FE and skills from leaders across further education and skills. Mark's contribution, written late last year is entitled "What if we had the more integrated, inclusive and responsive employment and skills provision needed in post-Brexit Britain?

9/3/17 - OCR Pulls Out Of Delivering Apprenticeship EPAs

The countries 3rd largest awarding body, OCR has announced that it has pulled out completely from delivering apprenticeship end-point assessment. Click here for more. Meanwhile, click here to hear what the SFA's Head of Funding Implementation has to say about EPA delivery.

9/3/17 - SETAS Joins SCTP

SCTP welcomes SETAS to membership of SCTP. SETAS is a new provider created by Richard Brooks (formerly an SCTP contact while with RBLI) set up to deliver SFA and DWP programmes to unemployed adults and young people across Kent, Surrey and Sussex. Richard is looking forward to exploring collaborative and joint-working opportunities with like-minded individuals looking to deliver high-quality services to individuals and employers in the South East. To find out more about SETAS see www.setas.org.uk

9/3/17 - Degree Apprenticeship Numbers Rising

Universities UK has published an upbeat report on the take-up of degree apprenticeships suggesting more universities were considering offering them and increasing numbers of people applying for them with over seven and a half thousand set to take them by the end of the year

9/3/17 - EFA e-Bulletin Issue 165

Latest from the EFA including: Information: allocation calculation toolkits for schools and academies; Information: college accounts direction; Information: post-16 audit code of practice; Information: high needs strategic planning fund; Information: updated high needs funding operational guide 2017 to 2018; Action: section 251 budget data collection for 2017 to 2018; Information: local authority recoupment 2017 to 2018; Information: Spanish visitor teacher programme; Information: Private Finance Initiative (PFI) questionnaire for local authorities.

9/3/17 - AELP 'Standards To Frameworks' Webinar Recording

Click here for a recording and slides from AELP's Future Apprenticeships webinar 'Provider Practice – the transition from frameworks to standards’ that took place earlier this week.

8/3/17 - SFA Business Update Issue 21

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

8/3/17 - Pan-Sector Training Needs Analysis Announced

A holistic sector wide look at the workforce training needs of further education and training, backed by AoC, AELP and HOLEX has been announced by the Education & Training Foundation. The analysis will engage with staff at every level, inform discussions with government, devolved authorities, individual training providers, and employers.  It will guide commissioning decisions and priorities of the ETF, whose mission is to help create and maintain a highly professional teaching and training workforce. Click here for more.

8/3/17 - Grade 2 For WSCC's Adult Education Service

Congratulations to West Sussex County Council's Adult Education Service which has achieved a 'Good' OFSTED rating at its most recent inspection.

8/3/17 - SFA Update Issue 349

Latest from the SFA including: 1. Subcontracting controls: external assurance;. Apprenticeship reforms: proposal to withdraw fourth batch of frameworks; 3. College accounts direction; 4. Post-16 audit code of practice; 5. Mystery shopper.

8/3/17 - Budget 2017

The budget statement largely confirmed previous announcements but brought T (Technical) levels into the public consciousness. A report on the skills-relevant aspects of the budget is here. The full budget speech is here. Slides from Lsect's webinar on the budget and T levels are here. The response from education and skills sector leaders is here.

7/3/17 - SCTP/AIS At Wired Sussex Skills Summit

SCTP's Apprenticeships in Sussex service will be talking about New Apprenticeships and Opportunities for SMEs as part of a Wired Sussex Talent 2017 Skills Summit next Thursday, 16th March from 1.20pm – 2.10pm. This session will be part of the all-day Skills Summit programme, an event aimed at Creative Digital & Information Technology (CDIT) businesses in Brighton & Hove. We will be exploring Apprenticeships and how CDIT businesses are (and can be more so) engaging with the new style training offers. The session will be chaired by SCTP's Co-Executive Director, Ann Potterton, who will be talking with a panel of digital apprentices and employers. If members want to hear a whole day of insight into workforce development in the digital, tech and IT sector - this would be a good place to be. You can find out more about the event and buy tickets to the whole day or just sessions you are interested in here.

7/3/17 - C2C LEP Holds ESF Consultation Workshop

The Coast 2 Capital LEP has held an invitation only consultation and planning event to support the development of new ESF specifications that will be launched as calls later this year. This covered the following: a) Project to support those furthest from the labour market through intensive support for the long term unemployed, b) Project to support leadership & management development in SMEs, c) Project to support the development of graduate internships for SMEs. Click here for a link to the C2C website that gives more information and the slides used on the day.

7/3/17: Free AELP Webinar On Mindset & Mental Toughness

Click here for information and booking for this free AELP webinar which will focus on how the development of mental toughness and a positive mindset impacts on performance, wellbeing and behaviour and is therefore a key element to focus on in personal development. The webinar will take place on Tuesday 4th April, 10.30-11.30.

6/3/17 - Institutes Of Technology DfE Briefing

The Department for Education has provided a briefing on its approach to the new Institutes of Technology and a FAQs paper.

6/3/17 - Launch of National Apprenticeship Week

Click here for a news story from the DfE.

4/3/17 - National Apprenticeship Week 6-10 March

Good luck to all our members, their apprentices and employers who are participating in the 10th National Apprenticeship Week (NAW 2017). This will bring together employers and apprentices to celebrate the success of apprenticeships over the last decade and will seek to encourage even more people to choose apprenticeships as a fast-track to a great career. An online map is now available to find more information about National Apprenticeship Week events happening locally. If you are running an event for National Apprenticeship Week, you can submit information on it using this online form so that it can be included on the events map to let everyone else know what you are doing. SCTP is working with local authorities and our members to run a number of events and our members will be well represented at the WSCC apprenticeship graduation event on the 7th March at Chichester Cathedral. More details on NAW are available here and resources here.

4/3/17 - Chancellor To Announce Extra £500M PA For FE Reform

The Budget will invest new funding in FE from 2019 to pay for increasing the amount of training for 16 to 19-year-olds by more than 50 per cent to over 900 hours a year. Click here for more and here for the response from the sector.

3/3/17 - Summary Of Sussex ESF Contracts

We have collated information on the ESF contract holders in the South East LEP and Coast to Capital LEP areas. The SELEP ESF provision operating in East Sussex is here (courtesy ESCC). The Coast to Capital ESF provision is summarised on the C2C website here and the Big Lottery Fund provision here.

3/3/17 - First 4 Skills Ceases Trading

One of the largest apprenticeship providers in England has called in the administrators after the Skills Funding Agency terminated their contract. Click here for more.

3/3/17 - AELP Makes New Senior Appointments

The Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) has announced two new appointments to its senior team - Jane Hickie is AELP’s first ever Chief Operating Officer and Simon Ashworth has been appointed Chief Policy Officer. Click here for more detail. We can also report that Stephen Ram Kissun formerly Head of Marketing and Membership, has left AELP. As a Sussex-based person Stephen was an important link for SCTP with the national network and we would like to thank him for his support over many years.

3/3/17 - Update On City College & Northbrook College Merger

Click here for an update from Nick Juba CEO (Designate) of the new Greater Brighton Metropolitan College.

3/3/17 - Good News On EYE Apprenticeship Requirements

The government has confirmed that it is changing the requirements for Early Years Educator apprenticeships. Currently early years learners must achieve at least a grade C in English and maths GCSE to pass the level three course, but from April this will be broadened to include functional skills. The Government's response to the consultation is here (see page 24) and analysis from FE Week here.

3/3/17 - ITPs Urged To Enter Word Skills Competition

In an open letter to providers, Dr Neil Bentley, Chief Executive of WorldSkills UK, has urged more independent providers to enter their Apprentices in the WorldSkills National Competitions in 2017. Noting the part that such competitions can play in driving economic productivity, Dr Bentley is also keen to emphasise the benefits for the Apprentices themselves and the professional development of the teaching staff that support them. Entry to the competition is open between 1st March and 7th April and funding is available to support competition activity within both Apprenticeships and Study Programmes. To find out more, click here to go to the WorldSkills website.

3/3/17 - OTLA Technical Skills Programme Deadline Extended

The ETF's Outstanding Teaching Learning and Assessment (OTLA) Technical Skills programme is a national programme to enhance teaching, learning and assessment. There is a development fund of up to £1,000,000 which is available to post-16 training providers across the sector. Funding is available for 20 Joint Practice Development Projects, led by education and training providers across the country. The deadline for applications has been extended to the 10th March. More information is here.

3/3/17 - EFA e-Bulletin Issue 164

Latest from the Education Funding Agency including: Information: 16 to 19 local authorities grant return for 2016 to 2017 for SFA funding; Information: student support guides for 2017 to 2018; Information: year 7 catch-up premium grant for 2016 to 2017; Information: managing asbestos in schools - updated guidance; Information: enter your students and apprentices into WorldSkills UK Competitions.

2/3/17 - IfA Appointments & Consultation Responses

Click here for details of the latest deputy director appointments for assessment and standards at the Institute for Apprenticeships. Meanwhile as the IfA takes shape, Ofqual has questioned the clarity of the IfA's responsibilities in its operational plan consultation response. Also click here for AELP's response to the IfA Operation Plan consultation here - the key underpinning theme is the need for the Institute to be employer-led, not employer-dominated, and for it to be genuinely independent and able to properly review the rigour and quality of all standards and End Point Assessments without conflicts of interest and drawing on expertise from across the sector.  

2/3/17 - Industrial Strategy Summary

The Government has recently published its Industrial Strategy Green Paper which is out for consultation until the 17th April. At 132 pages its not a quick read but the Coast to Capital LEP has prepared this useful summary. SCTP will be representing its members on Monday 6th March at the Coast to Capital LEP Partnership Board meeting where the Industrial Strategy and the C2C response will be debated - comments can be submitted via SCTP here. Finally, see this FE News article which gives the response to the strategy from the House of Commons Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee and here for a response from the wider skills sector.

2/3/17 - Free Lsect Apprenticeship Reform Webinar

To mark the start of National Apprenticeship Week 2017 Lsect will be delivering a free webinar to help identify and keep up to date with the official sources of information on the apprenticeship reforms. This will take place on the 6th March 10.00-11.00am. Click here to register.

1/3/17 - Free Workshop: Supporting SEND Learners Into Work

This free workshop aimed at colleges and ITPs will explore how providers can support young people with special educational needs and disabilities to progress into employment. It will mainly focus on young people with SEND who do not have EHC plans but who will need extra help to get into work. The workshop is on the 9th March 10.00am-2.00pm. Click here for more information and booking.

1/3/17 - DWP Touchbase Edition 117

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

1/3/17 - Ofsted News Issue 56

Latest news from the inspectorate.

1/3/17 - SFA Update Issue 348

Latest from the SFA including: 1. Adult education budget (AEB) procurement – next steps; 2. New apprenticeship standards approved for delivery; 3. Funding rules – delivery models.

1/3/17 - Lords Amendment Gives Providers Access To Schools

On 23rd February, Lord Baker (alongside Lord Adonis, Lord Storey and Baroness Morris of Yardley) tabled an amendment to the Technical and Further Education Bill which is currently passing through the Lords. The amendment now means that businesses (including providers) will be allowed to go into schools to talk to pupils about their further education options beyond the usual higher education pathway. Click here for more.

28/2/17 - Is Apprenticeship Success Rate Methodology Fair?

This useful Fe News article looks at the recent changes to the method of calculating apprenticeship success rates, the decline this has caused and compares the methodology with that used for GCSE and A levels.

27/2/17 - East Sussex January Participation Data

East Sussex County Council has published the latest figures on young peoples' participation on education and training for the county.

27/2/17 - SELEP Skills Survey Reminder

Click here to give your views and shape the next South East LEP Skills Strategy. The survey will be closing soon.

27/2/17 - Antony Jenkins Appointed Chair Of IfA

Antony Jenkins has been formally appointed as chair of the Institute of Apprenticeships in advance of its launch in April. Click here for the press release.

24/2/17 - Horsham Apprenticeship & Jobs Information Fair

On Tuesday 28th March West Sussex County Council is holding its fourth Apprenticeships & Jobs Fair of this academic year at The Y Centre in Horsham 3-5pm. Providers are invited to take part to promote Apprenticeships to job hunters, school leavers and those who just want to find out more. An event flyer is here. There is no charge to book a table. To book a place please contact Jane Chew.

23/2/17 - New Jobs Dashboard Shows LEP Level Job Analysis

IPPR (the Institute for Public Policy Research), the JPMorgan Foundation and Burning Glass have teamed up to create Where The Work Is. This tool was created as part of a three-year collaboration called New Skills at Work, seeking to equip the UK to compete in a post-Brexit economy and improve skills infrastructure in the UK. This is an innovative digital tool that lets you know what employers in your area are looking for from the local workforce. Click here for more.

23/2/17 - No Clarity On Second Apprenticeship Register Window

There is still a lack of clarity over whether the results of an unexpected second allocation window for the register of apprenticeship training providers will be unveiled before the key reforms go live. Click here for more.

23/2/17 - SCTP Pre-Employment Meeting Highlights

29 people beat the train strike and gathered at Brighton Job Centre for SCTP's latest meeting of its Pre-employment Group. The meeting focussed on the new ESF contracts now being delivered in Sussex by a range of lead and sub-contractors with many organisations involved in attendance and able to update colleagues on provision available and cross-referral opportunities. There was also input on support available from the ETF for Maths & English delivery including £2,000 per member of staff available via the Retrain & Retain programme - see slides here. Finally, there was an update from JCP on their Dynamic Purchasing System (by which providers can be funded to deliver services) the roll out of Universal Credit and ways to work effectively with SCTP members click here for details. In addition there was a consultation session with Ofqual on Functional Skills qualification reform with much support for maintaining an accessible, vocational work based route to English & maths qualifications with parity of esteem with GCSEs. The next meeting will be on Wednesday the 21st June, 9.30-12.30, venue to be confirmed.

23/2/17 - Visual Impairment Support Materials Available

RNIB and the Institute of Employability Professionals have joined together to create a guide outlining what good employment support for blind and partially sighted people looks like. The aims is to equip employment professionals with the knowledge, tools and confidence to support working age people with sight loss to find or stay in work, and to ensure specialist provision is offered to all blind and partially sighted people. The guide and related resources can be downloaded here.

23/2/17 - Latest Employment Statistics

The latest Office for National Statistics figures for October to December show that the national all-age employment rate (the proportion of people aged from 16 to 64 who were in work) stands at 74.6%, the highest since comparable records began in 1971. However, pay growth slowed and unemployment had stabilised after a period of long term reduction. The youth unemployment rate for 16 to 24 year olds fell in comparison to the previous quarter (down from 11 % to 10.1%) - there were 568,000 unemployed people (including 199,000 full-time students looking for part-time work).

23/2/17 - AELP Maths & English Delivery Cost Survey

The costs of maths and English delivery have not been reviewed for some years, so AELP is looking for evidence from all providers to support the case for a Government review. To help this, they have created a survey to inform an evidence-based submission calling for suitable funding for these vital areas. For example, the rate of £471 for apprentices is two thirds of that when delivered on a standalone basis – for the same qualification. AELP believes that funding should match actual current costs and that there should be parity of funding between apprenticeships and standalone provision, with rates based on costs of delivery. Deadline for responses is Friday 3rd March.

23/2/17 - SFA Communications Update Issue 140

Latest information for marketing and communications staff in colleges and training organisations about the latest campaign and marketing materials for SFA products and services.

23/2/17 - EFA e-Bulletin Issue 163

Latest from the EFA including: Information: post-16 funding allocation statements for 2017 to 2018; Information: dedicated schools grant (DSG) baselining exercise; Information: maintained nursery school (MNS) assurance exercise.

23/2/17 - Quarterly NEET Stats Published

The Department for Education has published the NEET statistics for the period October to December 2016. The response from sector leaders is here.

23/2/17 - 'Get In Go Far' - New Wave Of Apprenticeship Promotion

Get In Go Far - the government’s flagship campaign to promote apprenticeships - has launched a new wave of activity focused on promoting apprenticeships to employers. See the Press Release here.

23/2/17 - Work & Health Programme: What Will The Impact Be?

This useful FE News article looks and the impact of the introduction of the new Work & Health Programme (WHP) and the changes that it will bring.

22/2/17 - SFA Update Issue 347

Latest from the SFA including: 1. Closing soon - adult education budget (AEB) procurement; 2. New funding monitoring reports published; 3. Apprenticeship reforms: proposal to withdraw fourth batch of frameworks; 4. National Careers Week 2017 – get involved.

22/2/17 - PIMCO Foundation Grants

PIMCO's Foundation contribute to the communities where they work and live by giving their time and resources through The PIMCO Foundation.  The PIMCO Foundation Europe is currently seeking proposals for its 2017 Grant Programme. This year’s programme will provide funding of up to £20,000 for charities which align with one of the Foundation’s giving themes one of which is Youth Employment – where they are seeking to support work-readiness organisations that are focused on driving social mobility and developing young people’s (ages 16 to 24) employability skills - consideration will be given to charities focused on preparing individuals for employment, and developing skills that contribute to economic well-being. Closing date is 24th March.

21/2/17 - Frameworks To Standards: Insights From JTL

For those that weren't able to catch the recent webinar from the Strategic Development Network they have made available a short case study of the lessons learned by SCTP member, JTL in their transition from apprenticeship frameworks to new standards.

21/2/17 - New Employers Apprenticeship Diversity Network

The DfE has launched a new employers network to help promote and champion diversity in apprenticeships chaired by Wealden (E Sussex) MP Nus Ghani. Click here for the press release and here for the positive response from the sector and a list of the 23 employers involved including Brighton & Hove City Council.

17/2/17 - Welcome To Ann Potterton

Ann Potterton, SCTP's new Co-Executive Director starts her new role on Monday 20th February. Ann has experience of running membership organisations as CEO of the Institute of Telecommunications Professionals and developed and delivered national apprenticeship programmes in that role. Ann will be working alongside Paul Mitchell as Co-Executive Directors and sharing the responsibilities of the role. Ann's first contact with members will be at the SCTP Pre-Employment meeting on the 22nd February and she can be contacted at annpotterton@sctp.org.uk. The SCTP team welcomes Ann to her new role and looks forward to working with her.

17/2/17 - SELEP Skills Advisory Group Meeting

On Tuesday 21st February SCTP will be representing its members at the SELEP Skills Advisory Group meeting - a pan LEP meeting covering East Sussex, Kent and Essex bring together skills policy across the whole LEP area. An agenda is here, please let us know if there are any issues that you would like us to raise.

17/2/17 - NSA For Financial Services Seeks Delivery Partners

The National Skills Academy for Financial Services won two ESF/SFA Skills Support For The Workforce lots in the Coast To Capital LEP area - one aimed at 'Intermediate & Higher Skills Provision For The Employed', (known as 'Skills For Growth') the other for 'Higher Level Skills Provision For The Unemployed' (known as 'Skills For Jobs'). For Skills For Growth NSAFS is looking for delivery partners that already have employers that they are engaged with, in priority sectors (see links above) in the C2C LEP area that are able to deliver units of qualifications the employers want at Level 3 and Level 4 but have a value of no more than 14 credits to employees in the target demographics (see links above). In relation to Skills For Jobs, partners are sought that can deliver the same types of restricted qualifications to the same targeted groups of people who have been unemployed for less than 6 months and then progress them into employment. Partners will need to undergo a due diligence process and if interested can contact NSAFS here.

17/2/17 - Skills East Sussex Minutes & SELEP ESF Contracts List

The minutes of the last Skills East Sussex meeting are now available here. This is the strategic group that feeds into SELEP convened by ESCC to look at skills strategy in the county. ESCC has also issued a very useful summary of the ESF contracts awarded in the SELEP area that are being delivered in East Sussex and this can be seen here. This included details of lead providers, subcontractors, delivery focus and contact information.

17/2/17 - Call For Work & Health Programme Partners In E Sussex

ESCC has worked with the 5 national organisations that are on the framework to tender for delivering the Work & Health Programme in E Sussex. Click here for an overview of the contracting process and associated opportunities. Each of these organisations has provided background information, a link to their EOI if they are looking for subcontractors in the local area and has included questions that they would like to pose about local context, or delivery ideas, with contact details for feeding in/influencing. Click the following links to see the information from each organisation. G4S, Ingeus, APM, People Plus and the Shaw Trust. Deadline for responses is 22nd February.

16/2/17 - New Calls For GCSE Resit Policy To Be Scrapped

At a roundtable discussion on the future of post-16 English and maths, co-hosted by TES and UKFEchat and attended by practitioners and sector representatives concluded that the government was right to ensure that all students pursue English and maths, but that the GCSE resit policy was not working and required urgent change. Click here for more.

16/2/17 - Apprenticeship Achievement Rate Data Published

The DfE/SFA has published the latest 2015-16 apprenticeship achievement rate data. This shows that the percentage of people passing their apprenticeship has fallen to 67 percent. The overall achievement rate for apprenticeship frameworks fell from 71.7 percent to 67 percent in 2015/16, but  this did follow a change to the methodology that had a downward impact on the figures. Click here for more and a table of national achievement rates.

16/2/17 - Crawley Borough Council Request NAW Event Info

Crawley Borough Council is looking to collate and promote events taking place in the town as part of National Apprenticeship Week. To register your event contact Stass Kolakovic.

16/2/17 - EFA e-Bulletin Issue 162

Latest from the EFA with only one item this issue: Information: annual review of end-year 16 to 19 study programmes data

16/2/17 - Slides From Apprenticeship Funding Rules Webinar

Click here for the slides from Lsect's 'Apprenticeships Funding Rules Update and Funding Apprenticeship System (FAS)' that took place earlier in the week.

15/2/17 - Coast To Capital LEP Sponsorship Fund

The Coast To Capital LEP has today introduced a Sponsorship Fund which aims to support events that align with the three main strategic priorities that they have identified as being the key opportunities for unlocking growth in the region: skills development, housing and regeneration, and infrastructure investment. More information is here. The call will open on 20th February 2017 and close 3rd March 2017.

15/2/17 - AELP Free 'Frameworks To Standards' Webinar

AELP is offering a free webinar as part of the Future Apprenticeships programme entitled 'Provider Practice – the transition from frameworks to standards'. The webinar takes place on Tuesday 7th March 10.30-11.30am. Click here for more information and booking.

15/2/17 - Video & Slides From AEB Webinar

Click here for a recording of this week's AEB webinar from Learning Curve. Click here for the slides.

15/2/17 - John Hyde CBE

Congratulations to John Hyde, Executive Chairman of SCTP member, HIT Training who collected his CBE at Buckingham Palace this week. John is a long-time supporter of providers and their cause and has been involved with SCTP and AELP since their early days, so it's good to see John gain this recognition.

15/2/17 - SFA Update Issue 346

Latest from the SFA including: 1. Employers encouraged to register for the apprenticeship service; 2. National Apprenticeship Week 2017 – get involved; 3. Employer satisfaction survey 2016 to 2017; 4. Adult education budget (AEB) procurement 2017 to 2018; 5. Qualification achievement rates (QAR) 2015 to 2016 – final data; 6. SFA complaints procedure.

14/2/17 - SFA's Employer Contract Unveiled

The new 13-page legal agreement, that employers will have to sign with the Skills Funding Agency to run new apprenticeships, has been revealed. Click here for information and analysis.

14/2/17 - Survey Finds Levy Message Not Reaching Employers

A third of UK employers who will be eligible to pay the new apprenticeship levy from this April are not aware of its existence according to a survey from  City & Guilds. Click here for more.

13/2/17 - Government Publishes List Of ESF Contractors

The SFA has published a list of ESF contracts for the 2014 to 2020 programme that are managed by the SFA in its role as an ESF opt-in organisation. Comment and analysis is here.

13/2/17 - Registration Opens For Online Apprenticeship Service

Large employers are being encouraged to register for the new online apprenticeship service before the launch of the apprenticeship levy on 6 April. Click here for more. At the same time the SFA has updated its employer guidance document with a link to the Apprenticeship Service.

13/2/17 - Minister Backs Early Years Educator Policy Change

Reports from Fe Week suggest that a government policy change on GCSE requirements for Early Years Educator apprenticeships has the backing of the secretary of state for women, equalities and early years, Caroline Dineage. In the meantime it appears that the final government decision is being delayed by the Prime Minister’s office. Click here for more.

13/2/17 - Free AELP Future Apprenticeship Masterclass

It's free but it's in Warwick! Some members may be able to get there so we have included information and booking details here. The event takes place on the 15th March 10-3.00pm, focuses on innovation in apprenticeship delivery and is designed to inspire providers and employers to improve the quality of their delivery in the move from apprenticeship frameworks to standards.

13/2/17 - South East Business Magazine February/March Edition

Latest issue of the South East Region's business magazine.

10/2/17 - Expert Funding Seminar After Next Members' Meeting

The next SCTP Members' Meeting is at Crawley Town FC on the 23rd March 9.15-12.30. We are able to announce that, thanks SCTP Member Learning Curve, we have been able to arrange a free seminar from funding expert Beej Kaczmarczyk. This will cover, as a minimum, the funding reforms affecting all providers including impacts of changes in 16-19, adult education budget, advanced learner loans and apprenticeships. The session will run from 1.30-3.00pm and lunch will be provided for those staying on for the session. A request for bookings will be issued shortly.

10/2/17 - Analysis Of Q1 Apprenticeship Starts Stats For Sussex

Click here to see an analysis of the SFA Quarter 1 apprenticeship starts statistics (to end of October) for the counties, districts, boroughs and parliamentary constituencies of Sussex. As well as the Q1 figures there is a forecast based on multiplying the Q1 figures by 4 to give a crude full year figure for the 2016-17 year and comparing this with the 2015-16 full year.

10/2/17 - Free End Point Assessment Webinar

SCTP member, NCFE is offering a free webinar looking at End Point Assessment strategy and planning, the learner journey and readiness to execute EPA fully. The webinar is taking place on Thursday February 16th at 12:15-12:55pm. More information and booking is here.

10/2/17 - ETF English & Maths Courses Available In The SE

The following ETF English & maths courses are scheduled to take place in the region soon - click links for information, costs and booking:

10/2/17 - Free Webinar On The 2017-18 Adult Education Budget

This free webinar from SCTP member, Learning Curve will consider the main elements of the funding of adult further education outside of apprenticeships and loans, and the implications for the planning and delivery of provision for 2017/18 in light of the current Adult Education Budget procurement exercise. The webinar takes place on Tuesday 14th February, 11.00-12.00. Click here for more information and booking.

10/2/17 - DAS Name Change Expected Before Launch

Fe Week is reporting that following consultation with employers, the Digital Apprenticeship Service will change its name to the 'Apprenticeship Service' prior to launch later this month. Click here for more.

10/2/17 - Lsect Free Webinar On Apprenticeship Funding Rules

The SFA this month published version 1 of the apprenticeship funding rules, which covers from 1 May 2017 to 31 March 2018. This free Lsect webinar taking place on Wednesday 15th February at 2-3 pm will outline changes between the draft and final rules as well as introduce FAS (Funding Apprenticeship Systems), a free online tool for employers and providers to plan apprenticeship delivery and forecast funding for starts in England from May 2017. Click here to register for the webinar.

10/2/17 - SCTP Launch 'Limitless' Apprenticeship Campaign

Five members of the SCTP came forward to collaborate on a campaign that aims to inspire young women aged 14-18 to consider Apprenticeships in traditionally male-dominated sectors by telling short, authentic, relatable stories. The group, comprised of Steve Willis Training, JTL Training, Northbrook College, CXK and Rewards Training, together with design agency Studio Hold, have created a series of videos that tell the stories of 3 young females completing apprenticeships in male-dominated sectors through the use of photographs free from filters and editing. The videos will be shared within the FE sector and local media as well as schools and youth clubs. All SCTP members are encouraged to use the videos as a resource and to share widely. Please let us know what you think here, especially if you do use them, as this is part of a test and learn process being developed all the time. This pilot campaign is part of the Future Apprenticeships programme (delivered by AELP and funded by the ETF and DfE). The limitless website is here or follow @limitlessapprenticeships on Instagram.

9/2/17 - AELP Apprenticeship Reform Update For Local Networks

AELP, as part of the Future Apprenticeships programme is sending out regular updates to local networks to share with their member providers. Click here for the latest PowerPoint presentation.

9/2/17 - SFA Course Directory Published

The SFA has uploaded its course directory which contains information on courses offered by learning providers who are contracted with the SFA. It is crucial that SCTP members are listed and that their information is up to date in the directory as the information is used for a range of signposting functions including the handling of employer enquiries by the SFA's Employer Support Team.

9/2/17 - Business Edge February/March Edition

Click here to see the latest edition of the Sussex Chamber's Business Edge Magazine keeping in touch with the latest economic and business news.

9/2/17 - Outstanding Teaching & Learning: Funding Opportunity

The ETF has announced funding (up to £14,000 per project) for projects which collaboratively explore innovative approaches to transforming teaching, learning and assessment with a focus on improving attainment, retention and progression.  This is an opportunity to attract funding to work in partnership with other organisations and assist in changing teaching and learning in whatever part of the post-16 sector you work in. Full details are available here.  Please note there is an information evening being held in Crawley on Monday 27th February at 1730 or Basingstoke on Wednesday 22nd February at 1730. There is also an on-line session on Thursday 23rd February commencing at 1730. Register and find out more here. FE Sussex is working with the contract holders, CreativeEducation, to provide support and mentoring services to those interested in setting up a project and also to those who are chosen to deliver projects. You can contact Tim Strickland on for an initial chat about this opportunity or to discuss an idea.

9/2/17 - Support For New Governance: Places Still Available

The Education and Training Foundation has awarded FE Sussex the contract for its 'Support for New Governance' programme. The project provides one day of consultancy by leading sector experts to all principals/CEOs of colleges/ITPs, the costs of which will be met by the ETF.  Full details of the project and how to register are here.

9/2/17 - Coastal West Sussex February Update

On behalf of its members SCTP has developed links with the Coastal West Sussex Partnership which brings together leaders from business, education and the public sector to work collectively on economic issues that affect the coast. Their latest newsletter is here. SCTP now sits on the Coastal West Sussex Skills & Enterprise Group and the agenda for the next meeting on the 15th February is here. Please e-mail paulmitchell@sctp.org.uk if there are items that members would like us to raise on your behalf.

9/2/17 - National Apprenticeship Week Toolkit

The SFA has published an updated version of the toolkit aimed at giving information and suggestions for employers, apprentices, MPs, schools, colleges and training providers to help support NAW 2017.

8/2/17 - SFA Update Issue 345

Latest from the SFA including: 1. Funding claims 2016 to 2017 – window closes 4pm this Friday; 2. Adult education budget procurement 2017 to 2018; 3. Apprenticeship grant for employers (AGE) facilities; 4. Work placements in technical education: call for evidence; 5. Re-opening of register of apprenticeship training providers (RoATP); 6. Qualification achievement rates (QAR) and minimum standards MS 2015 to 2016; 7. FE Choices learner satisfaction survey; 8. Updated apprenticeship performance-management rules; 9. National Apprenticeship Week 2017.

8/2/17 - Brighton & Hove Employer Pledge

Many of you will have heard about the Brighton & Hove Employer Pledge seeking to create 1000 apprenticeships in 1000 days. There is a renewed push to encourage employers (including training providers) to get involved and help local businesses strengthen their workforce and create jobs and training opportunities which the region could benefit from. More information is here and to make the pledge click here.

8/2/17 - Apprenticeship Levy Will Hit Small Council Schools

The Local Government Association has said the government’s plans to boost apprenticeship will negatively impact on small council schools. The LGA’s objection focuses on the introduction of the apprentice levy, specifically in the way it will affect those schools that fall into its remit. Click here for more.

7/2/17 - CBI Calls For Apprenticeship Levy Transition Period

The CBI has said that the first two years of the apprenticeship levy should be treated as a "transition period" for businesses and could pose big risks for employers. Click here for more from the TES.

7/2/17 - SFA Business Update Issue 20

The SFA's latest newsletter for businesses.

7/2/17 - Slides From Lsect IfA Webinar

Click here for the slides from Lsect's Institute for Apprenticeships webinar  featuring IfA Shadow CEO Peter Lauener. You can send comments about the IfA's draft operational plan by emailing  ifa.consultation@education.gov.uk up until 5pm on the 27th of February.

6/2/17 - BHCC Collating NAW Events List

Brighton & Hove City Council is keen to hear from providers who have events taking place in the City during National Apprenticeship Week between the 6th and 10th March. To notify your event please e-mail BHCC here.

6/2/17 - £48M Invested In Greater Brighton City Region

In a significant demonstration of the Chancellor’s commitment to the Greater Brighton City Region, £48.73million of Local Growth Fund Round 3 is to be invested in the City Region over the coming year, driving key projects forward. For more details click here.

6/2/17 - W Sussex Apprentice Graduation Event - Book Now!

This is the last chance to encourage your Advanced and Higher Apprentices to register for the West Sussex Apprentice Graduation Ceremony in Chichester cathedral on the evening of March 7th. Eligible apprentices are those who completed their apprenticeships in a business in West Sussex during 2016.  Apprentices' employers and training providers are invited to attend the business reception prior to the ceremony. Please register now on www.westsussex.gov.uk/graduation.  For further information contact apprentice.network@westsussex.gov.uk

6/2/17 - CORRECTION: Big Bang Event Date is 14th March!

Apologies for an item from the 31st March which gave the incorrect date for the Big Bang Breakfast which is at Butlins in Bognor between 9.30-11.30 on the 14th March. Click here for information and booking.

3/2/17 - Ofqual Functional Skills Consultation Event For SCTP

Ofqual wishes to consult with SCTP members on the current reform of Functional Skills qualifications in English and maths. As part of the overall reform programme at Ofqual they are consulting on their overall regulatory approach to the new qualifications. As a result we are now finalising arrangements for a consultation session with SCTP members to take place after the Pre-employment Meeting on the 22nd February (which takes place 9.30-12.30 at Brighton Job Centre). More details will be issued shortly but if you wish to attend please reserve the afternoon in your diary.

3/2/17 - Post Brexit Brighton Business Debate

The Federation of Small Businesses is holding an event to help business understand and plan for a post-Brexit economy. The event takes place between 6.30-9.00pm on Wednesday 22nd February in Central Brighton. Cost £10. Click here for more information and booking.

3/2/17 - Coast 2 Capital LEP February Newsletter

Latest from the Coast 2 Capital LEP which covers West Sussex, Brighton & Hove and parts of Surrey and South London.

3/2/17 - SCTP Webinar: The Role Of Data In FE Management

SCTP's latest webinar in our national series takes place on Thursday 9th February at 11am - titled Knowing your numbers: the role of data, funding formula & LMI in FE management. The Guest Speakers are Beej Kaczmarczyk - Director the Learning Curve Group and Craig Mincher - Business Manager (Sussex & Surrey), HIT Training. For more information and booking click here. For details of forthcoming webinars and how to access previous webinars click here.

3/2/17 - Growth Deal Information For Local LEPs

Details of the third round (and previous rounds) of Growth Deals for Coast to Capital LEP and South East LEP which will help to fund local projects.

3/2/17 - Free 'Frameworks To Standards' Webinar Featuring JTL

Next Thursday, The Strategic Development Network (SDN) is holding a free ‘Coffee Break’ webinar to give you chance to hear from SCTP member, JTL Training and their transition from apprenticeship frameworks to standards. Over 60% of JTL’s apprentices are on new standards, so they have many useful lessons and tips to share. The webinar starts at 10am next Thursday (9th February), with time for a Q&A. Find out more and register here.
 
SDN has also just launched a new website, which has useful free resources and information including, for example, helpful pointers on what ‘independence’ means for those thinking of delivering apprenticeship end-point assessment - see here.

2/2/17 - C2C LEP List Of Potential Levy Paying Employers

Coast to Capital LEP has made available a list of potential levy paying employers. This is based on the Government's estimate that 2% of employers will pay the levy. 2% of employers equates to 1700 businesses in the C2C area. Using a turnover cut off level of £8m produces that 1700 figure and a list of business that can be seen here. Please note that there is no guarantee that these turnover levels equate to the payroll levels necessary to become levy payers so this is more of a rough guide.

2/2/17 - Nat West Skills & Opportunities Fund Re Opens

The NatWest Skills & Opportunities Fund has allocated a further £2.5m to be split across two rounds in 2017. The first round of funding is due to re-open in February. Grants up to a maximum of £35,000 can be applied for. The Fund supports organisations that help people in disadvantaged communities develop, create or access the skills and opportunities they need to help themselves; skills that will enable them to get into work or start a business, now or in the future. Applicants must be a not-for-profit organisation, a registered charity or state-funded school or college. Find out more about organisations awarded funding in previous years here

2/2/17 - Lsect Free Webinar On The IFA With Peter Lauener

Nick Linford will be joined in conversation with Peter Lauener, shadow Chief Executive of the Institute for Apprenticeships (IfA) for a free webinar on Monday 6th February at 12:30. Click here to register. Nick will outline the key features from the IfA strategic and operational plans and then invite Peter to comment further and take questions.

2/2/17 - Free Places Available On Mental Health First Aid Training

ESCC has let us know that there are still some places on their Mental Health First Aid Training course taking place on Wednesday 8 February 2017 from 9.00am to 5.00pm at Uckfield Community Technology College. The training covers key topics around young people’s mental health and wellbeing, with a strong practical focus on how to support young people experiencing mental distress. Deadline for applications is noon on Monday 6th February - booking form is here.

2/2/17 - Government Pushes For More Over 60s Apprenticeships

Over-60s are being encouraged to do more apprenticeships, in a new government report looking at how to boost employment prospects in later life. Click here for more.

2/2/17 - EFA e-Bulletin Issue 160

Latest from the EFA including: Information: 2017 to 2018 high needs place change notification process - outcomes; Information: Condition Data Collection programme.

1/2/17 - Teach Too Round 3 Funding Available From The ETF

AoC, in partnership with AELP and HOLEX, has been awarded the contract for phase three of the Teach Too programme by the Education and Training Foundation. £100,000 will be available for post-16 providers to fund projects which will bring industry professionals and training providers together to build effective collaborative arrangements to help improve the design and delivery of vocational education courses. The closing date for applications is Friday 10 February 2017.

1/2/17 - SFA Publishes 2017-18 ILR Specification

Click here to see the technical documents that define the ILR data that publicly funded providers need to collect and return including ILR data returns calendar for 2017. Also published was version 2 of the 16/17 ILR guidance on the apprenticeship reform changes.

1/2/17 - SELEP Skills Survey Goes Live

Click here to give your views and shape the next South East LEP Skills Strategy. The survey will be open for at least a month.

1/2/17 - London Learning Consortium Partnership Opportunity

SCTP Member, London Learning Consortium is offering a new partnership and tendering opportunity. LLC is seeking expressions of interest from providers who wish to be considered as a sub-contractor / delivery partner for 2017-2018 AEB funding. The recent publication of the open procurement round of AEB funding by the SFA has enabled them to seek more partners and increase their work with those that need it most. A copy of an e-mail from Chief Executive, Stephen Jeffery is here - this gives more information and how to respond. Deadline for responses is Friday 17th February.

1/2/17 - SFA Update Issue 344

Latest from the SFA including: 1. Guidance for 2016 to 2017 funding claims; 2. Apprenticeship funding rules 2017 to 2018 – final versions; 3. Apprenticeship technical funding guide (from 1 May 2017); 4. Adult Education Budget (AEB) procurement exercise.

31/1/17 - DfE Publishes LA September Guarantee Tables

The Department for Education has published data showing how each local authority has fared in meeting the September Guarantee which requires local authorities to find education and training places for 16- and 17-year-olds.

31/1/17 - Go Train Joins SCTP

Go Train is the latest training provider to join SCTP. A warm welcome to Stephen Bell, David Amos and their colleagues. Go Train will be known to many existing members as a provider of learning and development services across the South East of England including core skills (English, maths, ICT), vocational training and employability. In Sussex, Go Training runs a number of services including Skills Support For The Unemployed, Skills Support For The Workforce, Adult Education Budget provision, National Citizenship Service and Employment Plus. Find out more at www.go-train.co.uk

31/1/17 - AEB Procurement Process Launched

The first ever procurement process for Adult Education Budget contracts has finally been launched by the Skills Funding Agency. Click here for more background and comment and here from a supporting video clip from the SFA's YouTube channel. The ITT closes on the 27th February. Any members looking for bidding partners can do so via SCTP and this newsletter.

31/1/17 - Slides From Public Sector Apprenticeship Webinar

Click here to see the slides from Lsect's 'Making Sense of the Public Sector Apprenticeship Target' webinar.

31/1/17 - Webinar:How To Make The Executive Team Accountable

Click here for details of this free webinar from AELP entitled 'How To Make The Executive Team Accountable'. This webinar will explore the different accountability models that could be deployed to ensure the senior executive team is held to account and what type of performance measures and benchmarking can be used. The webinar takes place on Wednesday 15th February, 10.30-11.30am.

31/1/17 - Call To Scrap Public Sector Apprenticeship Target

The new minimum target for public sector bodies to employ at least 2.3 per cent of their workforce as apprentices should be scrapped, a new report for the Institute for Fiscal Studies has warned. It warned there is a risk that “the focus on targets will distort policy and lead to the inefficient use of public money”. Click here for more.

31/1/17 - Halfon Lifelong Careers Speech

The Apprenticeships and Skills Minister, Robert Halfon has outlined his thoughts on the future of careers. Click here for the text of his speech at the Westminster Academy.

31/1/17 - Ofsted News Issue 55

Latest news from the inspectorate.

31/1/17 - Two Sussex STEM Events

Next Tuesday 7th February sees an event launching the 2nd year of Coastal STEMfest with a networking event aimed at teachers, careers staff and businesses with an interest in supporting Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths for young people and the local region. You can find out more about what’s happening in the area, new projects that are soon to launch and how critical STEM skills are for the local economy.  The event takes place at 4.00-6.00pm at Ricardo Engineering in Shoreham. Click here for more details and booking.

Also, on the 14th March there is a Big Bang Breakfast at Butlins in Bognor between 9.30-11.30. Click here for information and booking.

30/1/17 - 20% Off Job Training Apprenticeship Rule Still An Issue

AELP is offering help to the government in an effort to define the minimum 20 per cent off-the-job training apprenticeship rule. Click here for more.

27/1/17 - SFA Publishes AEB Funding & Performance Rules

As part of the independent training providers adult education budget procurement exercise, announced on Monday 23 January 2017, the SFA has published a draft of the Adult Education Budget funding and performance management rules for 2017 to 2018 funding year.

27/1/17 - South East LEP Newsletter

Latest information from SELEP for the period 12th December to 19th January.

27/1/17 - IfA Board Members, Director and Draft Plan Announced

The first 8 board members of the Institute For Apprenticeships have been announced. Made up predominantly of employers as expected it was nevertheless good to see colleges represented although a disappointing lack of representation for the independent sector. The Institute also appointed its first director. More analysis is here. Meanwhile, the Institute also launched a consultation on its draft Operation Plan (not to be confused with the consultation on the draft guidance).

27/1/17 - AELP Provider Support Packages

AELP are offering a series of support packages on delivering apprenticeship standards in various sectors and also supporting organisations that want to develop end point assessment services.

27/1/17 - AELP Publishes Latest Parliamentary Newsletter

AELP, the national provider network, publishes a regular briefing to keep MPs up to date on skills sector issues. Click here for the latest edition.

27/1/17 - 3SC Skills Provider Event Invitation

Click here to see an invitation to the Three Southern Counties Provider Skills Event on the 20th March. 3SC is the devolution collaboration between East Sussex, West Sussex and Surrey County Councils. Colleges and provider networks have been invited - if any other of our members would like to attend please e-mail 3scdevolution@eastsussex.gov.uk

27/1/17 - SFA Inform Newsletter: January Edition

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

27/1/17 - Gatsby Foundation Publishes STEM Analysis

The Gatsby Foundation has published its latest data on STEM trends in education pointing to a low take-up in apprenticeships, concerns about numbers at A’ level and worries about the impact of Brexit on future STEM take-up in HE.

27/1/17 - Help In Delivering English & Maths To Apprentices

The Education & Training Foundation has commissioned AELP and their partners the CETT Academy, to develop a CPD programme to support those working with apprentices in the development of their maths and English skills. Click here for more.

27/1/17 - Apprenticeship Case Studies Needed

SCTP is delighted to be working with CXK to extend our digital resource project for providers, young people and parents that improves the image of Apprenticeships for under-represented groups. We need exciting case-studies of Apprentices working in East Sussex, Kent or Essex who come from BME backgrounds, with a disability and/or live in very rural locations who have broken the mould and created a great Apprenticeship story. Any level, sector or gender. For more info or to put forward ideas for nominations, please email richardfreeman@sctp.org.uk by 5pm on Friday Feb 3rd.

26/1/17 - East Sussex December Participation Data

East Sussex County Council has published the latest figures on young peoples' participation on education and training. Commenting on the figures Caroline McKiddie, ESCC's Participation Manager said 'These figures continue to indicate a great start to the year, we have prioritised resources on reducing our 'Not Known' to enable us to have a clear picture of where our young people are and so we can identify who needs support. We would like to thank you all again for your ongoing commitment and contributions in helping to achieve this, by working together and sharing information and resources accordingly'.

26/1/17 - Local Authority Apprenticeship Providers Event

With the apprenticeship levy soon approaching, Surrey County Council are inviting training providers to showcase their apprenticeship offer at an event on Monday 13 February at County Hall, Kingston, 11.00am-2.30pm. This is a great opportunity for training providers to showcase what they are offering in Apprenticeship qualifications and their plans to deliver the new standards.  It will also local authorities us the opportunity to explain what they are looking for in a training provider and how to apply to deliver Apprenticeships to: Surrey County Council, East Sussex County Council, West Sussex County Council and Brighton and Hove City Council. For more information and booking e-mail Lien Cross at Surrey County Council.

26/1/17 - Alternative Provision: Effective Practice & Transition

Click here for research commissioned by the DfE into best practice for raising attainment and aiding transition to post-16 destinations for young people in alternative provision.

26/1/17 - Apprenticeship Starts Figures Published

The provisional apprenticeship figures were released today relating to Q1 2016/17 (August 2016 to October 2016) showing a slightly upward trend. Click here for comment from FE Week and here for further sector reaction. We'll publish an analysis of the local starts figures shortly.

26/1/17 - EFA e-Bulletin Issue 159

Latest from the EFA including: Information: schools efficiency and financial health; Information: views sought ahead of review into residential special education; Information: individualised learner record R06 2016 to 2017; Information: traineeship in year growth window 2016 to 2017; Information: Armed Forces Bereavement Scholarship Scheme (AFBSS); Information: 2017 to 2018 high needs place change notification process - outcomes; Information: school and early years finance regulations.

25/1/17 - SFA Publishes Latest ROTO

The SFA has published the January Register of Training Organisations.

25/1/17 - SFA Update Issue 343

Latest from the SFA including: 1. Adult education budget: independent training provider contracts; 2. Draft adult education budget (AEB) funding rules 2017 to 2018; 3. Funding rates and formula 2017 to 2018 published; 4. Qualification achievement rates (QAR) and minimum standards (MS) 2015 to 2016; 5. Apprenticeship grant for employers (AGE) facilities; 6. Funding claims 2016 to 2017 guidance; 7. Updated restructuring facility guidance; 8. Process for adding components to the 2016 to 2017 adult education budget local flexibility offer; 9. National living and minimum wage campaign.

24/1/17 - BHCC Consults Young People On Budget Cuts

Parents, carers and other stakeholders in the services affected by proposed reductions in Brighton & Hove's Youth Service budget have been invited to provide feedback. Click here for more information and the survey.

24/1/17 - Name Change For Platform Black

SCTP Associate member and finance provider, Platform Black has changed its name to Sancus Finance. Click here for more.

24/1/17 - BIIAB Joins SCTP

Welcome to awarding body BIIAB as SCTP's latest Associate member. BIIAB provides a range of funded and commercial vocational qualifications in the UK and is wholly owned by the British Institute of Innkeeping (BII). Occupational areas covered are Hospitality and Catering, Customer Service, Business Administration, Team Leading & Management. We look forward to meeting James Wingerath, Business Development Manager and other members of the team at future meetings but in the meantime find out more at biiab.bii.org/home

24/1/17 - National Skills Academy Financial Services Joins SCTP

SCTP welcomes CEO, Peter Pledger and his team at NSAFS as the latest full members of SCTP. NSAFS delivers a range of Skills, Financial Capability and Employability support for the financial services sector. Recently the company was successful in bidding for two Coast To Capital ESF/SFA contracts - one offering help to get the recently unemployed back into work and the other helping those in work to progress further in their employment. Find out more about NSAFS at www.nsafs.co.uk.

24/1/17 - Adult Education Budget Details Announced

The SFA has announced details of the funding system for the adult education budget and 16 to 18 traineeships for 2017-18 including funding rates and formula.

24/1/17 - Webinar:Business Of Learning v The Learning Business

SCTP's latest webinar in our national series takes place on Friday 3rd February at 3pm - titled The Business of Learning vs The Learning Business: leading in a FE Marketplace. The Guest Speakers are Louise Doyle, founder and Director of Mesma and Catherine Newman, Director FE Sales at Pearson. For more information and booking click here.

24/1/17 - Work Experience Survey Launched

The Learning and Work Institute in partnership with Fair Train have launched a call for evidence on challenges and best practice in work placements in technical education. The role of work placements if felt to be crucial in underpinning the effectiveness of technical education pathways. The online survey can be found here and more information here.

24/1/17 - DWP Touchbase Edition 117

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

23/1/17 - Digital Apprenticeship Service Will Go Live In February

Latest news on the development of the DAS as reported in FE Week.

23/1/17 - Members Make Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers List

Congratulations to Interserve and One File, two SCTP members who made the top 100 apprenticeship employers listing announced at the National Apprenticeship Awards last week. The full list is here.

23/1/17 - Guidance For Employers On Apprenticeship Funding

Updated details have been published of how the government will fund apprenticeship training in England from May 2017, and what these changes will mean for employers. This update adds a link to HMRC guidance on paying the apprenticeship levy, and added advice on preparing for the introduction of the apprenticeship service.

23/1/17 - Govt Publishes Industrial Strategy Green Paper

After yesterdays pre-emptive press release the government has today published the Industrial Strategy green paper as well as launching an associated consultation. The new Industrial Strategy includes plans for a radical overhaul of technical education aimed to address 'its historic undervaluation in the UK and provide a credible alternative to the academic route for young people who choose not to go to university'. This includes a new network of Institutes of Technology, set to receive £170 million to improve higher-level technical education nationwide. Click here for more.

20/1/17 - A Chance To Input Into Key East Sussex Skills Meeting

Next week (Friday 27th) sees the next meeting of Skills East Sussex. This is the East Sussex County Council convened group that operates as a local skills group of SELEP. It involves local councils, employers, schools, colleges, universities and SCTP coming together to oversee skills strategy in East Sussex. This includes the formation of sector based task groups looking at co-ordination and delivery of local skills training. The agenda is here, the minutes of the last meeting are here and a link to ESCC's Skills East Sussex page here. Please let us know if you have any issues that you would like SCTP to take to the meeting on your behalf by e-mailing paulmitchell@sctp.org.uk

20/1/17 - National Apprenticeship Awards Winners Announced

The nation’s top apprentices and apprenticeship employers have been recognised at a ceremony at London’s Grosvenor House. Click here for more.

20/1/17 - Teach Too Programme Bid Opportunity For Providers

Over £100,000 is to be invested with training providers to help boost partnerships with employers, via a new programme from the Education and Training Foundation. The initiative is part of the ETF’s Teach Too programme, and is being delivered under contract by the Association of Colleges (AoC), in partnership with the Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) and HOLEX. The essence of Teach Too is industry experts spending time teaching current practitioners to help ensure that off-the-job vocational education and training is as up to date as possible with current work practices. All post-16 training providers are invited to apply for funding to run their own projects, from March until September 2017.  The invitation to tender will launch on Friday 27 January. Click here for more.

20/1/17 - Successful DWP Umbrella Agreement Providers

Those providers successful in applying for DWP’s Umbrella Agreement for Employment and Health Related Services (UAEHRS) have now been announced. The organisations involved will now be able to tender in the Work and Health Programme contracts competition which is expected to start later this month. The successful applicants for Lot 4 (Southern England) are G4S, People Plus, Pluss, Prospects, Shaw Trust & Working Links while for Lot 7 (National) the providers are G4S, PeoplePlus, Pluss, Ingeus, Reed, Shaw Trust & Working Links.

20/1/17 - New WSCC Dynamic Purchasing System

West Sussex County Council is inviting providers in the training and learning and development market, from all sectors, including voluntary and charitable organisations and social enterprises, to apply for inclusion on its new Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS). A new 'Apprenticeships' category has been created in response to the Enterprise Act 2016 and the requirements for public sector organisations to meet targets for developing apprentices. The qualification process for this category on the DPS will be open for applications from the beginning of March once full details are known. Click here for further information and how to apply.

20/1/17 - Halfon Sets Public Sector Apprenticeship Target

Skills Minister Robert Halfon has announced today that the DfE is setting the public sector a target of recruiting 200,000 more apprentices by 2020. Click here for more. Click here for the Government's consultation response on the public sector targets. Lsect is offering a free webinar called 'Making Sense of The Public Sector Apprenticeship Target' on the 30th January 3.30-4.30pm, click here for more information and booking.

19/1/17 - SCTP AGM & Members Meeting Report

Over 50 members gathered at Plumpton College today for SCTP's AGM and Members' Meeting. The AGM saw the 2015-16 accounts and amendments to the Articles and Memorandum of Association approved. Chair Jo Bridger gave a report on the year's activities and the election saw Charlotte Blant and Jo Bridger re-elected as directors (and Jo continue as Chair). The Members' Meeting included new member intros, updates on SCTP Projects from Richard Freeman, a Pre-employment report from Dan Wallman as well as input from Kirsten Trussell (C2C LEP), Kerry Kyriacou (Business Navigator W Sussex & Brighton & Hove), Fred Thomas (Business East Sussex), Mike Bailey (NHS) and AELP CEO Mark Dawe.  After lunch Abs Malik from the SFA delivered an informative session on the new Digital Apprenticeship Service to be used by levy paying employers. All slides used on the day can be found on the SCTP website here. The next Members’ Meeting is at Crawley Town FC on the 23rd March (9.15-12.30).

19/1/17 - Slides From Lsect IfA Webinar

Click here for the slides from this week's Lsect webinar looking at how the new Institute for Apprenticeships will operate.

19/1/17 - Hove Business Association Networking Event

HBA is hosting a business networking event on the 1st February 5.30-7.30pm at Hove Museum. Tickets cost £10. More information and booking is here.

19/1/17 - Unemployment Lowest in 11 Years

Unemployment and youth unemployment is at an 11 year low. There were 573,000 unemployed 16-24 year olds (including 193,000 full-time learners looking for part-time work), this includes 35,000 16-17 year olds unemployed and not in full-time education or training, which is 2.4% of all UK 16-17 year olds. In the same period, there were 344,000 18-24 year olds unemployed and not in full-time education or training, which is 6% of all UK 18-24 year olds. Click here for more.

19/1/17 - EFA e-Bulletin Issue 158

Latest from the EFA including: Action: spring school census 2017; Reminder: deadline for submission of 2017 to 2018 authority pro-forma tool; Information: interest-free loans to reduce maintained schools’ energy bills; Information: competency framework for governance.

18/1/17 - SFA Update Issue 342

Latest from the SFA including: 1. Adult education budget: independent training provider contracts; 2. Use ‘Find an apprenticeship’ to advertise new apprenticeship vacancies; 3. The new apprenticeship service; 4. Industry professionals to lead technical education panels; 5. New apprentices welcome letter from Robert Halfon MP.

18/1/17 - Hastings Announced As 'Opportunity Area'

Education Secretary, Justine Greening has announced 6 more parts of England to become Opportunity Areas including Hastings. These areas will create local partnerships with early years providers, schools, colleges, universities, businesses, charities and Local Authorities aimed at helping local children get the best start in life regardless of their background. Click here for the official press release and here for Education Secretary, Justine Greening's speech on social mobility that announced the new Opportunity Areas.

17/1/17 - Keys To Successful Business Development In FE

Click here for this useful FE News article looking at how colleges and ITPs can move forward in 2017.

16/1/17 - Confusion Over New GCSE Grades Says Ofqual

Exams regulator Ofqual says that there is widespread confusion about England's new GCSE grading system. Starting this summer, GCSE grades A* to G will be phased out in favour of grades numbered from nine to one. However, around 70% of more than 400 parents and pupils surveyed by Ofqual did not understand the system. Click here for a BBC article that gives more information and links to Ofqual online workshops.

16/1/17 - Slides & Video From 16-19 Funding Webinar

Click here for the video and here for the slides from today's 16-19 Funding Update For 2017-18 webinar from Learning Curve.

13/1/17 - Don't Forget To Book Your Members' Meeting Place!

Unusually, we are asking members to book their places for the Members' Meeting on the 19th January - details of the meeting are here. This is so we can guarantee you a seat, a lunch and a badge! We have some great speakers including Mark Dawe from AELP, Mike Bailey from the NHS, colleagues from Coast 2 Capital LEP and an afternoon presentation from the SFA on the Digital Apprenticeship Service.

13/1/17 - Looking Ahead To Next Week's SCTP Activity

We like to keep members informed about how SCTP is representing and supporting its members. On Monday the 3rd meeting of SCTP's Strategic Leaders Forum takes place with 15 members coming together to look at how to enhance leadership policy and practice in our sector - the notes from the last meeting are here. Wednesday sees the latest meeting of ESCC Apprenticeships In East Sussex Group looking at apprenticeship promotion and delivery across the county - the agenda is here; please contract Paul Mitchell if there are any issues that you would like us to raise. Finally, we have the latest SCTP Members Meeting on Thursday - see item above!

13/1/17 - EFA e-Bulletin Issue 157

Latest from the EFA including: Information: post-16 allocation calculation toolkit (ACT); Reminder: transferring learning difficulty assessments (LDAs) to education health care plans (EHCPs); Information: publication of school improvement monitoring and brokering grant provisional allocations; Information: Condition Data Collection programme; Action: spring 2017 school census; Information: headteacher reference groups; Information: buying new computer equipment; Reminder: school workforce census deadline.

13/1/17 - AEB Procurement Process Set To Launch

According to FE Week, the first ever procurement process for Adult Education Budget contracts has been given the ministerial go-ahead and is expected to begin within days. Click here for more.

13/1/17 - Free Lsect Webinar On The IfA Consultation

Nick Linford will be joined by Mark Dawe, Chief Executive at AELP, to consider the IfA strategic plan and consultation. Just what will the IfA be responsible for and why does it matter? The webinar takes place on Wednesday 18th January at 12.00 noon. Click here to register

12/1/17 - ETF: Leading Teaching & Learning For Maths & English

The ETF has announced that its 3-day ‘Leading Teaching & Learning for Maths & English first line managers’ programme is now available in the South East. Full details of the programme and how to reserve your place are here. If you have any other queries or needs in relation to the delivery of maths or English then feel free to get in touch with your ETF Regional Specialist Leads Claire Callow (English) or Judy Maguire (maths).

12/1/17 - East Sussex Apprentice Ambassador Training

This programme, run by SCTP for East Sussex County Council, trains apprentices to act as ambassadors in promoting apprenticeships at school and careers events. Now's the time for providers to nominate their apprentices to benefit from this developmental opportunity and give your own organisation an increased profile while promoting apprenticeships. To nominate your apprentices, please complete the nomination form which can be downloaded here and return to melanie@apprenticeships-in-sussex.com by 5pm on Wednesday 18th January 2017. As this is an East Sussex project all nominated apprentices need to be working in East Sussex. The next Ambassador training is on Friday 20th January 2017, 10am – 1pm in Eastbourne.      

12/1/17 - Brighton & Hove Apprentice Ambassador Training

This is the same programme as outlined above for East Sussex but covering apprentices that work in Brighton & Hove with the next ambassador training session taking place on Monday 30th January 2017, 10am – 1pm in Hove. The Brighton & Hove nomination form is here and needs to be returned to melanie@apprenticeships-in-sussex.com by 5pm on Friday 27th January 2017. Employers can also nominate their own apprentices.

11/1/17 - Free Webinar: Update On 16-19 Funding For 2017/18

SCTP member, Learning Curve is offering a free webinar 'Update on 16-19 Funding 2017-18'. This takes place at 4:00-5.00pm on Monday 16th January 2017. Click here for more information and booking.

11/1/17 - SLN Collaborative Outreach Project Press Release

Efforts to increase the participation in higher education of disadvantaged groups across East and West Sussex and Brighton & Hove received a major boost with confirmation that the Sussex Learning Network has been successful in its bid for a share of a new £60 million per year programme. The full press release is here. SCTP is pleased to be working in partnership with this initiative on behalf of its members.

11/1/17 - New Apprenticeship Grant For Employers Factsheet

The SFA has published an updated version of the factsheet on the Apprenticeship grant for employers of 16 to 24 year olds (AGE 16 to 24), eligibility information and how to apply.

11/1/17 - Crawley Small Business Grant Scheme

Crawley Borough Council is offering business grants for local small businesses (under 50 employees) that take on apprentices and local small businesses who wish to implement new ideas in their organisation. Click here for a link to the Council's website and here for the scheme flyer.

11/1/17 - Training Providers Need To Offer 24/7 Digital Learning

A newly released report from YMCA Awards has revealed that increasing numbers of students now expect access to on-demand learning, enabling them to learn at a time and place suited to them. Click here for more.

11/1/17 - More LEP Surgeries After Next Members' Meeting

SCTP is pleased to confirm another chance for members build relationships with the skills leads for our local LEPs. After the 19th January Members' Meeting (10.00-1.00 at Plumpton College) between 1.00 and 2.00pm there will be the opportunity for members to meet 1:1 with Louise Aitken, the South East LEP's Skills Lead and/or Kirsten Trussell Coast 2 Capital LEP's Head of Strategy & Policy. There will be 6 x 10 minute slots available to see Louise and the same for Kirsten. Please e-mail Paul Mitchell to make a booking. Places will allocated on a first come first served basis with appointments to see both LEP representatives only available if availability allows. Thanks to Louise and Kirsten for taking part.

10/1/17 - SCTP Prevent Seminar Receives Positive Feedback

18 delegates attended SCTP's Prevent Seminar held at Rewards in Crawley today and delivered by Colin Forrest of the ETF. The all day session was well received with feedback showing members found the session informative and useful in implementing the requirements of the Prevent Duty.

10/1/17 - Events Map For National Apprenticeship Week

The SFA has published a newly designed events map for National Apprenticeship Week 2017 (6th-10th March).

10/1/17 - Updated Apprenticeship Funding Bands

The SFA has published updated information that sets out the funding bands that will apply for existing apprenticeship frameworks and apprenticeship standards.

10/1/17 - Funding For SEN Support Confirmed

The DfE has announced a multi-million pound investment to support children and families with special educational needs and disabilities. Click here for the press release.

9/1/17 - Forthcoming SCTP Leadership Webinars

There are 3 more one-hour webinars coming in January:

Without, within: the secrets of leadership from outside the sector: Friday 13th January – 11am

Space: reflection, critical thinking and making long-term decisions in a short-term world: Thursday 26th January – 11am

Leading upwards: working with LEPs, devolution & government: Thursday 26th January – 3pm

Full details are available on the SCTP website here.

9/1/17 - London Learning Consortium Joins SCTP

We are pleased to welcome Stephen Jeffery, Heather Armstrong and their team to membership of SCTP.  The London Learning Consortium was recently successful in a ESF Coast 2 Capital bid to deliver basic skills in the workplace in West Sussex and Brighton & Hove. Outside of Sussex LLC also delivers apprenticeships, traineeships, adult and community learning an AEB funded provision throughout the South East. For more on LLC go to www.londonlc.org.uk

6/1/17 - Concern About Future 16-18 Apprenticeship Recruitment

Jon Graham, chief executive of SCTP member, JTL has called on the government to make a “clear and unambiguous” commitment to 16-to-18 apprenticeships, after he warned that funding reforms will cause its starts for that age group to plummet by two thirds. Click here for more.

6/1/17 - Apprenticeship Vacancies Stats

Click here for data from the SFA about the nature and volume of apprenticeship vacancies logged via the 'Find An Apprentice' service.

5/1/17 - Equal Opportunities For Users Of British Sign Language

The government has confirmed that for the first time, British Sign Language (BSL) will be accepted as an alternative qualification to functional skills in English for apprentices where BSL is their first language. Click here for more.

5/1/17 - EFA e-Bulletin Issue 156

Latest from the EFA including: Information: 19 to 25 year olds with education health care plans access to the 16 to 19 Bursary Fund; Information: transferring learning difficulty assessments to education health care plans; Information: 16 to 18 further education (FE) data and management information for local authorities; Information: apprenticeship levy and public sector duty.

5/1/17 - Free Webinar: 'Apprenticeship Reforms For Governors'

This free webinar from AELP looks at what governors, non-executives and/or board members need to know about the new apprenticeship reforms. It will also consider the impact on businesses and the risks associated with the new reforms. It takes place on the 17th January from 10.30-11.30. Click here for more information and booking.

5/1/17 - First Director Of Labour Market Enforcement Announced

Sir David Metcalf has been named as the first Director of Labour Market Enforcement to oversee a government crackdown on exploitation in the workplace including minimum wage violations. Click here for more.

4/1/17 - SFA Update Issue 341

Latest from the SFA including: 1. Funding for 19+ continuing learners for the 2017 to 2018 academic year; 2. Apprenticeship reforms: withdrawal of frameworks; 3. Preparing to deliver apprenticeship end-point assessment.

4/1/17 - Apprenticeships & Skills Minister's New Year Message

Click here to see Robert Halfon's apprenticeship, skills, further education and careers plans, priorities and resolutions for the year ahead. In a TES article, Stephen Evans, Chief Executive of the Learning and Work Institute also given his views on an optimistic outlook for the learning and skills sector in 2017.

4/1/17 - DfE Consults On IfA Strategic Guidance

The Department for Education is seeking feedback on the draft guidance which sets out government’s views on how the Institute for Apprenticeships would carry out its functions. Click here for the on line survey. The consultation closes on the 31st January. Responses from the sector are here including and a press release from AELP here.

3/1/17 - Support For New Governance Via FE Sussex

The Education and Training Foundation has awarded FE Sussex the contract for its 'Support for New Governance' programme. The project provides one day of consultancy by leading sector experts to all principals/CEOs of colleges/ITPs, the costs of which will be met by the ETF.  Full details of the project and how to register are here.

3/1/17 - OFSTED News Issue 54

Latest issue of the newsletter from the inspectorate.

3/1/17 - New Year's Honours List: Sector Recipients

Click here to see details of the 120 people honoured for their contribution to education, children’s services and equality and diversity.

29/12/16 - SCTP Prevent & Health & Safety Events

A reminder that bookings are still open for SCTP's Prevent Workshop on the 10th January - details here and Apprenticeship Reforms Health & Safety seminar on the 20th January - details here

29/12/16 - Lookfantastic Gets OFSTED Grade 2

SCTP member Lookfantastic has let us know that they have achieved a grade 2 at their recent OFSTED inspection. Congratulations to them and also SCTP member SIGTA that works with them as a partner provider. More information is here. If other members have similar good news stories please let us know.

29/12/16 - SCTP Additional Executive Director Vacancy

A reminder that SCTP is looking to appoint an additional Executive Director. Due to expansion SCTP is looking for a committed and dynamic individual to continue momentum to fulfil its mission to strategically lead and maximise the quality, impact and profile of our members. The successful applicant will have significant knowledge of the work-based learning and pre-employment sectors and an appreciation of the challenges and opportunities it faces. They will be motivated by working alongside and complementing our existing part-time Executive Director, Paul Mitchell. A job and person description is here. To apply please send a covering letter explaining suitability for the role and CV to chair@sctp.org.uk closing date Friday 6th January 2017, interviews 17th January. Please circulate this information to any contacts that you have that may be interested in the role.

23/12/16 - Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year!

From all at SCTP to all our readers.

23/12/16 - SE National Careers Service Labour Market e-Bulletin

Click here for the latest from the National Careers Service covering E Sussex, Kent and Essex.

23/12/16 - Enabling Traineeships To Grow

In this FE News article AELP CEO, Mark Dawe reflects on outcome statistics for Traineeships and looks at what measures would help to support the growth of the programme.

22/12/16 - ETF December Newsletter

Latest from the Education & Training Foundation including a summary of the programmes offered to support providers.

22/12/16 - 2nd W Sussex Apprenticeship Graduation Ceremony

The second West Sussex Graduation ceremony takes place at Chichester cathedral on the evening of Tuesday 7th March 2017.  It proved to be a celebratory and moving occasion in 2016 and we want to encourage many more newly qualified apprentices to come along next year. Eligible graduands are those at Advanced and Higher/Degree levels who will be completing their apprenticeships by the end of this year and employed in a West Sussex company. There will be robes, photos and refreshments for graduands and their families in the beautiful Edes House from 5pm and a Business reception for their employers and training providers in the Novium museum at the same time. This is followed by the ceremony in the cathedral for all at 7pm. Further information is here or email here.

22/12/16 - Opportunity To Partner With Interserve

SCTP member Interserve is offering the opportunity for providers to become one of their approved apprenticeship providers. They want to partner with providers who are able to work alongside them and deliver services to large employers they are working with as well as assisting with their own levy commitment. Click here to complete an expression of interest and here for the invitation e-mail.

22/12/16 - Next Wave Of Careers & Enterprise Fund Has Opened

The Fund will allocate £5 million of investment funds nationally to scale up many existing, effective careers and enterprise programmes. Details are here. Closing date is 20th January at 3pm.

22/12/16 - EFA e-Bulletin Issue 55

Latest from the EFA including: Information: schools revenue funding settlement 2017 to 2018; Information: school improvement and brokering grant; Information: other grant funding 2017 to 2018; Information: publication S251 data 2015 to 2016; Information: national funding formula second stage consultation: supplementary information; Information: post-16 funding in academic year 2017 to 2018.

22/12/16 - East Sussex November Participation Data

East Sussex County Council has published the latest figures on young peoples' participation on education and training. Commenting on the figures Caroline McKiddie, ESCC's Participation Manager said 'The figures above indicate a great start to the year, so we would like to thank you all for your contributions and commitment to helping ensure that young people in East Sussex  participate in education, training or employment with training'.

22/12/16 - EFA 16-19 Funding Statement

The EFA has issued a letter explaining the funding for academic year 2017 to 2018 for students aged 16 to 19 and students aged 19 to 25 with an education, health and care plan. Commenting SCTP Director Dan Wallman stated that 'Much remains the same for 17/18 including the baseline funding rate as promised in earlier Government statements. However there is a major change to note that the EFA  will now fund 19+ continuing learners through EFA rather than SFA funding (which means that providers without an SFA AEB contract could not offer a continued programme).  This is something that SCTP has campaigned for this year, providing more flexibility to members delivering pre-employment provision and we are pleased to see this now being implemented'. For more on the EFA letter click here.

21/12/16 - SFA Update Issue 340

Latest from the SFA including: 1. Finance record 2015 to 2016; 2. Final reconciliation statements and capping release 2015 to 2016; 3. SFA takes over issuing certificates for apprenticeship standards; 4. Provisional qualification achievement rates and minimum standards dashboards 2015 to 2016; 5. Updated provider data self-assessment toolkit.

20/12/16 - Best Practice People Joins SCTP

Welcome back to SCTP to Grant Basson who many members will know from his time with Hill McManus. Grant is now founder and CEO of Best Practice People which started as a  a recruitment business and has now developed into a training provider. The company is delivering two contracts locally - the first offering Business Driven Maths™, designed to improve Maths skills for people in work as well as allow them to achieve qualifications; the second is to work with unemployed/inactive young people to move them in to Apprenticeships and employment through high impact skills provision. More information is available at www.bestpracticepeople.co.uk

19/12/16 - Two New Guides Published Re Levy & DAS

Two new guides have been released by the authorities to help companies understand the Apprentice Levy. The first is a detailed and specific guide for companies that may be affected by the Apprentice Levy, published by HMRC, it can be found here. Secondly, the SFA has released a new YouTube video to guide companies through the process of using the new Digital Apprenticeship Service.

19/12/16 - Evaluation of JCP Schools Support Pathfinder

This report presents findings from a DWP evaluation of the Jobcentre Plus Support for Schools programme in 6 pathfinder areas in England. The report suggests that the Support for Schools pilots are meeting with a positive response. The pathfinders target those at risk of becoming NEET, and cover apprenticeships and traineeships, with both employers and providers getting involved.

19/12/16 - DfE Publishes Post Apprenticeship Earnings Stats

The Department for Education has published figures showing average earnings up to 4 years after training for adults that achieved apprenticeships between August 2010 and July 2013. There is a detailed analysis of the results including figures by sector and level.

19/12/16 - National Apprenticeship Week: Toolkit & News Story

Click here for a toolkit containing Information and suggestions for employers, apprentices, MPs, schools, colleges and training providers to help support NAW 2017. Also, here is a press release promoting the theme of the week as 'ladder of opportunity'. NAW takes place from the 6th to the 10th March and is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.

19/12/16 - Apprenticeship Standards Approved & In Development

More apprenticeship standards are emerging all the time with those approved for delivery listed here and those in development here.

19/12/16 - Boost To Support Access To HE In Sussex

SCTP member, The Sussex Learning Network has been successful in its bid for a share of the new £60 million National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP) (funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE)), which aims to help young people from disadvantaged backgrounds progress into Higher Education. The programme will focus on delivering activities which build upon and boost outreach in schools and local communities. The Network’s successful bid, which is worth several million pounds over the next four years, brings local stakeholders together to focus on developing clear and appropriately supported pathways through various educational routes to relevant forms of higher level study aligned to local need and future demand. For more information contact Sarah Williams, Director, Sussex Learning Network.

16/12/16 - South East LEP December Newsletter

Latest from the Local Enterprise Partnership covering E Sussex, Kent and Essex.

16/12/16 - More On Nursing Apprenticeships

See this article from Moving On magazine. See also information here about plans for Police Constable Apprenticeships.

16/12/16 - SFA Inform Issue 114

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

15/12/16 - Prevista Partnership Opportunity

SCTP member Prevista has submitted details to SCTP regarding a partnership working opportunity that may be of interest to members as follows:

'Prevista has an Adult Skills Budget with the SFA and is looking for subcontractors who have the capacity, capability and employer relationships to start learners immediately. Prevista will provide a full package of support to subcontractors including e-portfolio support; joint observations to ensure quality; safeguarding, equality & diversity and Prevent support; free training for your delivery staff and back office functions; and joint tendering opportunities.  If you are confident of being able to deliver this service, please complete and return this Expression of Interest Form to marks@prevista.co.uk by Wednesday 11th January 2017'.

15/12/16 - Skills East Sussex December Newsletter

Latest update from the skills group covering East Sussex by ESCC and linked to SELEP.

15/12/16 - EFA e-Bulletin Issue 154

Latest from the EFA including: Information: national funding formula: second stage consultation; Information: schools revenue funding settlement 2017 to 2018; Information: authority proforma tool (APT) guide 2017 to 2018; Information: adjustments to local authority funding related to free schools; Information: delivery data for the Youth Contract to the end of March 2016.

15/12/16 - Concerns Expressed Over LEP Funding Decisions

Decision making processes used by some LEPs for allocating funding have been called into question recently following a high profile Daily Mail investigation. See more in this FE Week article. Members will know that SCTP has good working relationships with both SELEP and Coast To Capital LEP both of whom have provided reassurances that they are confident in the transparency of their work.

15/12/16 - Unemployment Rates Still Lowest For A Decade

According to research from the DWP: The labour market has finished a record breaking year with unemployment down by over 100,000 people and the rate running at 4.8%. See more on this and the latest figures published today here.

15/12/16 - DTD Health & Safety Blog

Click here for an article from DTD's Tudor Williams on the potential impact of the Apprenticeship Reforms and Levy on Health & Safety systems and requirements. To book on to the workshop on this subject that DTD is running for SCTP members on the 20th January click here.

14/12/16 - Advanced Learning Loans Webinar Video & Slides

Click here for the video of Learning Curve's webinar titled: 'Advanced learner loans: making the best of your loans facility'. Click here for the slides.

14/12/16 - SFA Update Issue 339

Latest from the SFA including: 1. Apprenticeship readiness self-assessment survey – closing Friday; 2. Qualification achievement rates (QAR) dashboards for 2014 to 2015 and 2015 to 2016; 3. Final funding-claim statements for 2015 to 2016.

14/12/16 - Research Shows Limited Impact Of CEIAG In Schools

The results of Edge Foundation and City & Guilds report have revealed that careers advice in schools is having little to no impact on young people’s decisions to stay on into FE. Click here for more.

13/12/16 - SFA Issues Revised Traineeship Information

The SFA has issued an updated factsheet for employers, potential trainees and a referral sheet for providers.

13/12/16 - Inquiry Into Education & Mental Health Of Learners

Parliament's Education Committee has joined forces with it's Health Committee for a new inquiry into the role of education in promoting emotional wellbeing in children and young people and preventing the development of mental health problems. The short inquiry will specifically focus on the capacity of schools, colleges and other educational settings in prevention and early intervention, including how teachers and other professionals can be trained to recognise the signs of mental illness and support pupils when problems occur. It's good to see this issue being explored after these issues were raised recently by members at SCTP's Pre-employment Meeting. Mental health and education is also explored in a report published by Central YMCA looking at the impact of education on learner well-being.

12/12/16 - IfA Establishes Panel For Apprentices

The government has committed to establishing an apprentice panel for the Institute for Apprenticeships. The panel will be made up of apprentices from different occupations and experiences and decide for itself which issues to focus on; it will challenge and make recommendations to the IfA board. Click here for more.

12/12/16 - Govt Sets Aside £762M For Area Review Restructuring

The government has set aside almost three quarters of a billion pounds to cover restructuring costs emerging from the area reviews - primarily in the form of loan funding. Mark Dawe, CEO of AELP commented 'The total sum is roughly the equivalent of the entire adult apprenticeship budget, and some of the money is being used to set up competing provision in an already effective high-quality market'. Click here for an FE Week article on this.

12/12/16 - SE Business Magazine December/January Issue

Latest edition of the region's business magazine.

9/12/16 - SCTP Still Seeking Additional Executive Director

SCTP is still looking to appoint an additional Executive Director having not appointed to the role after the last round of interviews. Due to the expansion of SCTP we are looking for a committed and dynamic individual to continue momentum to fulfil our mission to strategically lead and maximise the quality, impact and profile of our members. The successful applicant will have significant knowledge of the work-based learning and pre-employment sectors and an appreciation of the challenges and opportunities it faces. They will be motivated by working alongside and complementing our existing part-time Executive Director, Paul Mitchell. A job and person description is here. To apply please send a covering letter explaining suitability for the role and CV to chair@sctp.org.uk closing date Friday 6th January 2017, interviews 17th January. Please circulate this information to any contacts that you have that may be interested in the role.

9/12/16 - Additional Funding Awarded To The ETF

A further £5 million has been awarded to the Education and Training Foundation to 'continue their work to ensure further and technical education is of the highest quality'. The money will allow the ETF to continue to support colleges in delivering the recommendations set out by the area review programme and support all FE providers to expand apprenticeships and prepare for the introduction of new technical routes. Click here for more.

9/12/16 - SCTP Attending SELEP's Skills Advisory Group

Tuesday the 13th December sees the latest meeting of the South East LEP's Skills Advisory Group. This is a pan-LEP group looking at skills strategy and funding and is attended by LEP staff, local authorities, colleges and provider networks. SCTP will have the chance to raise any strategic issues on members' behalf. The agenda and papers are here. Please take advantage of this opportunity to be heard by e-mailing paulmitchell@sctp.org.uk.

9/12/16 - 'I Can' Careers Event: Opportunity To Take Part

A careers event is being arranged for Monday 30th of January 2017 at Eastbourne Kings Centre, Eastbourne from 9.30am-12.30pm. An event flyer is here. The aim of the event is to provide an ‘interactive’ careers event for students who struggle with traditional careers fairs (i.e. stalls, high volumes of people and numerous 1-2-1 conversations). Students will attend different time slots so there is a steady stream of students throughout the morning and we hope that up to 200 year 10 and year 11 students will attend. If your organisation is willing to take part in this important event for vulnerable students in East Sussex please can you let Anna Morse know by Wednesday 21st of December 2016

9/12/16 - Free Webinar: Using Advanced Learning Loans Facility

SCTP member, Learning Curve is offering a free webinar titled: 'Advanced learner loans: making the best of your loans facility'. This takes place at 12:00-1.00 on Wednesday 14th December 2016. Click here for more information and booking.

9/12/16 - E.Sussex Apprentice Ambassador Training Programme

This programme run by SCTP for ESCC trains up apprentices to act as ambassadors in promoting apprenticeships in schools and with employers. Now's the time to for providers to nominate their apprentices to benefit from this developmental opportunity and give your own organisation an increased profile while promoting apprenticeships for the benefit of all. To nominate your apprentices please complete the nomination form which can be downloaded here and return to melanie@apprenticeships-in-sussex.com by 5pm on Wednesday 18th January 2017. As this is an East Sussex project all nominated apprentices need to be working in East Sussex. The next Ambassador training is on Friday 20th January 2017, 10am – 1pm in Eastbourne.          

9/12/16 - Brighton & Hove Apprentice Ambassador Programme

This is the same programme as outlined above for E Sussex but covering apprentices that work in Brighton & Hove with the next ambassador training session taking place on Monday 30th January 2017, 10am – 1pm in Hove. The Brighton & Hove nomination form is here and needs to be returned to melanie@apprenticeships-in-sussex.com by 5pm on Friday 27th January 2017. Employers can also nominate their own apprentices.

9/12/16 - ETF Publishes Guidance On FE Teaching Qualifications

The Education and Training Foundation, working with a variety of sector bodies, has produced revised guidance on the qualifications in education, training and assessment available and relevant for working in the post-16 education and training sector. Click here for more.

9/12/16 - SCTP Future Leadership Webinars - Feedback Request

SCTP would like to hear you views about the webinar programme. We would be grateful if you would complete this short survey (only 4 questions), especially if you have NOT participated in the programme! There is also an opportunity for you to enter our prize draw to access one webinar of your choice (worth £25). A winner will be announced week commencing 19th December. Please complete the survey by 5pm on the 17th December 2016.  The next available webinars are Leading upwards: working with LEPs, devolution & government 16th December and Without, within: the secrets of leadership from outside the sector on the 13th January click here for details and booking.

8/12/16 - The Skills Commission Publishes 'Going Places' Report

The Skills Commission has launched its latest report focusing on innovation and leadership in the FE sector and ways in which it can be developed to help meet the needs of local communities and learners in the future.

8/12/16 - SFA Business Update Issue 19

Latest issue of the SFA's monthly newsletter for business.

8/12/16 - SCTP Attends ESCC's IPOG Group

Paul Mitchell today attended ESCC's Increasing Participation Operational Group on behalf of members - the agenda is here. This group looks at how to maximise participation of 16-19 year olds in the county. This meeting looked mainly at detailed planning to implement ESCC's 16-19 Strategy for East Sussex as well as hearing updates from JCP on the Youth Obligation and the Schools adviser service plus a participation data report from ESCC.

8/12/16 - AELP Countdown Issue 800

To mark the publication of the 800th edition of 'Countdown', AELP's weekly newsletter for its members, AELP has given permission for this edition to be circulated beyond its membership so we have reproduced it here.

8/12/16 - Coast To Capital LEP Partnership Forum Feedback

The Coast to Capital LEP held their first Partnership Forum on 6th December. Chief Executive Jonathan Sharrock delivered a presentation to introduce the new organisational structure of the LEP followed by input from the Senior Leadership Team. SCTP was represented on behalf of its members. More is on the LEP's Partnership Forum page.

8/12/16 - EFA e-Bulletin Issue 153

Latest from the EFA including only one item this week: Reminder: deadline for Condition Improvement Fund (CIF) 2017 to 2018 applications.

7/12/16 - SFA Update Issue 338

Latest from the SFA including: 1. Subcontractor declaration form 2016 to 2017; 2. Apprenticeship readiness self-assessment survey – closing soon; 3. New apprenticeship standards approved for delivery; 4. Preparing to deliver apprenticeship end-point assessment; 5. Joint SFA EFA early intervention policy; 6. New apprentices welcome letter from Robert Halfon MP.

7/12/16 - Lsect Ofsted Webinar Slides

Click here for the slides from Lsect's Ofsted Annual Report Webinar that took place yesterday. During the webinar Paul Joyce, Ofsted’s deputy director for FE and skills, revealed that talks have begun between Ofsted and the government over extending the inspectorate’s remit to cover degree apprenticeships - click here for more.

7/12/16 - Post-16 Careers Guidance Webinar Video & Slides

Click here for yesterday's video from Learning Curve on 'Careers Guidance in the Post-16 Sector: improving the scope and quality of your careers advice and guidance services'. The webinar explored the strategic context for careers guidance in schools, colleges and universities and developed an organisational response to the changing context that effectively delivers the entitlements of young people and adults to high quality careers advice and guidance. Click here and here for the slides.

5/12/16 - English & Maths ETF Contacts

We carried a news item on the 30/11 (now corrected) giving details of the support available via the Education & Training Foundation for Maths & English and the contacts for their specialist support staff. The south east regional lead for maths is Judy Maguire and for English its Claire Callow not the other way around! Apologies for any confusion this may have caused.

5/12/16 - Presentations From The ALPSE Conference

Click here for the slides from the presentations made at the recent ALPSE Regional Provider Conference in Farnham. These include presentations from Sarah Stear, Head of Apprenticeship Policy Implementation at the SFA; Georgina Angele, Coast to Capital, Careers and Enterprise Company; Phil Romain, Senior HMI, Further Education and Skills OFSTED; Louise Aitken, Skills Lead, SELEP.

5/12/16 - Euroskills FE Week Supplement

Click here for all the news from Euroskills which finished over the weekend with the UK's 19 competitors finishing 7th in the medal table out of 28 countries with 2 gold medals, 1 silver, 2 bronze and 8 medallions for excellence.

2/12/16 - Line Up For January SCTP Members' Meeting

We are pleased to confirm that the speakers for the next Members' Meeting on the 19th January at Plumpton College will be Mark Dawe, CEO of national provider network, AELP, Mike Bailey, Senior Programme Manager at Health Education England (NHS) and Kirsten Trussell, Head Of Strategy & Policy at Coast 2 Capital LEP. In addition there will be another opportunity for 1:1 meetings with Kirsten and her SELEP counterpart Louise Aitken during the lunch period - to book a 10 minute appointment please click here. Finally we are pleased to announce that the SFA will be delivering a post-lunch session on the new Digital Apprenticeship Service (DAS). Further details will be issued nearer the time.

2/12/16 - SCTP At The C2C LEP Area Partnership Strategic Group

Next Tuesday SCTP will be representing members at the Coast 2 Capital Area Partnership Strategic Review Group meeting in Horsham. The agenda is here. Please e-mail us if you have any issues that you would like to be taken forward.

2/12/16 - Local Growth Fund: C2C LEP Call For Bids

The Coast 2 Capital LEP has issued a call for bids to the Local Growth Fund. This current call will be open for applications from 2nd December 2016 until 5pm on Friday 6th January 2017. More details are here.

1/2/16 - Graduate Outcomes By Degree Subject & University

The DfE has published employment and earnings of higher education graduates broken down by graduate characteristic, subject studied and university attended.

1/12/16 - Young Start Up Talent Event In Chichester

The Young Start-up Talent team in conjunction with Chichester District Council and NatWest is holding a celebratory lunch to launch an entrepreneurial initiative in the Chichester area which is aimed at inspiring 16-25 year olds to have a ‘can-do’ attitude towards business. The event is from 6.30pm on the 12th January. Click here for an invitation and more details.

1/12/16 - New Nursing Degree Apprenticeship Launched

The first apprentice nurses could be working on wards from September, and once established, up to 1,000 apprentice nurses could join the NHS each year. Click here for more.

1/12/16 - EFA E-Bulletin Issue 152

Latest from the EFA including: Information: institutions providing free meals in further education (FE) support to students in 2016 to 2017; Reminder: Individualised Learner Record R04 2016 to 2017; Information: high needs student numbers recorded in the 2015 to 2016 ILR R14 return and January 2016 school census in special academies; Information: new school improvement funding; Information: updated schools revenue funding 2017 to 2018 operational guide; Information: early years funding reform: consultation response and operational guidance; Reminder: Document Exchange file expiry.

The EFA has also published its High Needs Operational Funding Guide for 2017-18.

1/12/16 - Ofsted Annual Report Published

Click here for a link to the report and comment from FE Week. Encouragingly Sir Michael Wilshaw's comments focussed on questioning the GCSE English and maths resit policy which was not working as hoped. He concluded: “For many students, an alternative level 2 qualification may be a more appropriate means of improving their English and mathematics and ensuring that they are ready for work.” The report also noted that this year 63 per cent of apprenticeships were found to be good or outstanding, an increase of 12 percentage points compared with last year. Responses from sector leaders are here while an official AELP response is here.

Lsect is running a free webinar summarising Ofsted’s annual report and tackling key questions about the inspection regime. Paul Joyce, Ofsted’s Deputy Director and lead on FE and skills will be taking part. The webinar takes place on Tuesday 6th December at 3:00pm. 

1/12/16 - University Of Chichester Joins SCTP

A warm welcome to Sandra Coley, Head of Employer Engagement (who attended the last members' meeting as a guest) and her colleagues. As Higher and Degree apprenticeships become an increasingly important part of the apprenticeship offer it is important that apprenticeship providers of all types are brought together to share and explore what they offer. It is great news that all 3 universities in Sussex are now members of SCTP. The University of Chichester offers a range of professional courses and training and more recently has started to deliver degree apprenticeships. Find out more at www.chi.ac.uk/enterprise-and-employers.

 

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