Click here for information and booking for a free webinar from SCTP Member, Learning Curve on 'Implementing the Prevent Duty and Strategy in FE and Skills Providers'. This takes place on Thursday 1st September 2.00-3.00pm.
Latest edition of the SFA's monthly e-news for MI managers, software writers and suppliers about FE data systems and reports, the ILR, open data and other data news.
Latest from the EFA including: Information: funding guidance for young people aged 16 to 19 in 2016 to 2017; Information: apprenticeship funding in England from May 2017; Information: early years national funding formula: technical note
Latest from the SFA including: Find apprenticeship training: upload your apprenticeship data; Financial assurance: monitoring the funding rules 2016 to 2017; Apprenticeship changes: new YouTube presentations.
Click here for details of a free webinar from AELP to be held on the 31st August 10.30-11.30 on the new Register of Apprenticeship Training Provider Consultation.
Proposed funding for 16 to 18 year-old apprentices will result in current rates to colleges and training providers being cut by around 30 per cent, rising to over half for those apprentices living in the most deprived areas of central London - according this article from FE Week.
SCTP is delighted to have secured funding from the Education & Training Foundation to deliver 12 one-hour webinars on the challenges and opportunities facing organisational leaders in the FE & skills sector. These webinars will explore everything from English & maths delivery and change management to motivating staff and training leaders of the future. There are a number of opportunities for leaders within the SCTP membership to co-design and deliver some of these webinars, profiling your work and organisation to a UK-wide audience. To register your interest, and to find out more, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 2nd September.
A new report has claimed that apprentices can earn up to 270% more over their careers than university graduates. The report, Productivity and Lifetime Earnings of Apprentices and Graduates, was jointly released by Barclays and the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR). Click here for more.
As part of the Functional Skills Reform Programme the ETF is revising the national standards for adult literacy and numeracy. Once finalised, these standards will be used to underpin a range of qualifications – including Functional Skills – up to and including level two and establish the skills, knowledge and understanding that is expected at each level. A second draft is now available for consideration and feedback until Friday 19 August. Alongside the revised standards the ETF has produced content specification and core curricula for the maths and English Functional Skills qualifications. The drafts have now been published on the Foundation’s website for consultation. Click here to access the drafts, the consultation is open until 12 September 2016.
AELP has issued an updated levy question and answers paper that can be seen here.
A statement from Minister of State for School Standards, Nick Gibb on 'A' level results and the exam results helpline.
After a few days to look at the range of documents issued last Friday on the proposed levy funding model, AELP's CEO looks at what more needs to be changed create an effective system. Click here.
Latest from the SFA including: Changes to apprenticeships funding: proposals; Register of apprenticeship training providers: survey; The hub and data collections service; Financial assurance 2015-2016; Disposal of capital assets: information request form.
The regional finalists have been announced by the DfE/SFA, click here.
AELP is formulating a response to the latest levy consultation on behalf of its members and has asked that its members respond to a request for comments issued today. SCTP members that are also members of AELP will have received this e-mail and are encouraged to respond. Non-members can send their comments to SCTP who as associate members of AELP are able to collate comments for onward transmission. Please take this opportunity to make your voice heard as the proposals contain significant potential threats and opportunities.
Click here for the recording of yesterday's AELP webinar on the levy announcements and consultation.
The £2.5 million RBS Skills and Opportunities Fund was set up last year by the Royal Bank of Scotland in support of organisations that help people in disadvantaged communities develop, create or access the skills and opportunities they need to help themselves, skills that will enable them to get into work or start a business, now or in the future. Round 2 of the fund opens on 19 August. For more information click here. The deadline for applications is noon on the 9 September 2016.
The new SIR Data Insights service is a free strategic decision making tool developed by The Education and Training Foundation for the FE sector. It is designed to help providers to collect, analyse and benchmark vital management data about their workforce, as well as benchmark their organisation against other providers. Click here for more information and to submit data.
We are often asked for this information so we are reproducing it as a reminder. The Coast To Capital LEP priority sectors are here and the full Skills Strategy here. The SELEP priority sectors are listed on page 7 of the current SELEP Skills Strategy with the East Sussex variations on page 8 here.
SCTP is pleased to announce details of its Cyber Security Seminar arranged with Barclays specially for SCTP members. The event will look at the latest threats of working on line, what you can do to avoid cyber attacks and share some tools and best practices that you can take away to protect yourself and your working environment. The seminar is free for full members with a small charge for associates and takes place 10.00-12.00 on the 20th October in Brighton. Further details and booking are here.
Phil Beach has been appointed as interim Executive Director at Ofqual replacing Jeremy Benson. More is here.
Now SCTP has become a member of the Sussex Chamber of Commerce we are able to share this digital version of our associate member's regular business magazine. Click here.
Chancellor, Phillip Hammond has said that British businesses and universities will have certainty over future funding and should continue to bid for competitive EU funds while the UK remains a member of the EU. Furthermore, he said that key projects supporting economic development across the UK will be given the green light, ending uncertainty over their future following the UK’s decision to leave the European Union. See more on the assurances from the Treasury here.
Latest edition of the business magazine for the South East with features on social media and technology.
The Royal Society For The Prevention of Accidents has issued a report that has found that better advice and information is needed for employers to ensure the health and safety of their apprentices. The reports says that there is a dearth of safety information for companies due to a lack of data, and a misunderstanding of who a “typical” apprentice is. Click here for more.
Click here for details and booking for a free AELP webinar taking place on Monday 15th August 10.30-11.30am looking at the latest Government announcements on the Apprenticeship Levy. The session will be led by AELP CEO Mark Dawe and former CEO Stewart Segal now of SCTP member, 3aaa.
Click here for the updated 'Apprenticeship Levy: How It Will Work' document for employers published today by the DfE and here for a new consultation paper outlining the proposals for Apprenticeship funding with a response date of the 5th September (this link also takes you to proposed funding bands for frameworks and standards). A related press release is here which summarises the main points announced today. The highlights are proposals to:
In addition, important proposals for the new Register Of Apprenticeship Training Providers (opening 3rd October) have been published with a consultation response date of the 5th September as well as guidance for employers on how to become a training provider! Finally, some useful levy stats have been published showing expected levy payment calculations and current apprenticeship spend by sector and company size.
Further summaries have been made available by the TES, FE Week, FE News, and AELP, who welcome the availability of more information and the continuing commitment to an April 2017 start but remain uneasy about any co-investment requirement for non-levy payers.
DWP is holding a meeting to launch the new local procurement process, the Dynamic Purchasing System, on Monday 5 September 2016 starting at 10:30AM at Lewes Jobcentre Plus. Medwyn House. Mountfield Road, Lewes. BN7 2XR. To book a place click here and to see the slides from DWP's session on the DPS from the last SCTP Members' Meeting click here.
With 'A' level results due out on the 18th August, the Edge Foundation has issued an article championing the benefits of vocational education and training, featuring new paths such as degree apprenticeships and questioning the value of the graduate wage premium against student debt. Meanwhile Universities Minister, Jo Johnson has sent an open letter to all students emphasising the benefits of university education and the government's commitment to monitoring the quality of students' experience. This is all set against a backdrop of a new 'Generation Regret' research report from Aviva that claims that some young people are seriously questioning the costs and advantages of gaining a university degree.
AELP is developing a ‘model contract’ template that will support providers in their negotiations with levy paying employers. AELP anticipates that the majority of such contracts will follow an almost identical format but a model template could be amended to suit a provider's particular circumstances and deliver considerable savings in legal fees. However, at this stage it is expected that the final document and guidance will only be made available to AELP members. For more click here.
A key part of the Digital Apprenticeship Service will be an online search facility for employers to find suitable apprenticeships and to identify approved providers who can deliver that training. To populate the search facility, the SFA needs apprenticeship information from lead providers who have an apprenticeship funding allocation with the SFA. The data collection is now open. Please see the guidance documents on GOV.UK (page 4 of the user guide shows how provider information will be displayed) and provide apprenticeship information through the Course Directory Provider Portal. For further information, please email here.
This free webinar from SCTP member's Learning Curve will provide an opportunity to reflect on the implications of the Apprenticeship levy guidance which is widely expected to be published later this week. Titled 'Update on Apprenticeship funding: from high level scope to operational detail' the webinar takes place on Tuesday the 16th August from 12.00-1.00. Click here for more information and booking.
Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark has underlined the vital role of local growth and the importance of ‘place’ in developing and delivering the government’s comprehensive industrial strategy. For the first time, all ministers in the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy will act as local growth champions across the United Kingdom and will be tasked with building relationships with a number of Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs). Greg Clark added that 'I am giving ministers in my team geographic areas of responsibility so they can build on existing relationships to better connect government policy with the businesses and industries we’re working with'. The minister covering SELEP and Coast To Capital is Jo Johnson. Click here for more.
Latest from the EFA including: Information: early years national funding formula consultation; Information: 2017 to 2018 local authority proforma tool (APT); Information: public consultation on reporting and acting on child abuse and neglect.
The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy has published the largest ever list of employers to be 'named and shamed' for failing to pay their workers the National Minimum Wage.
The Federation of Small Businesses has published a report suggesting that small firms could double the number of apprentices they take on if the government improved the incentives and support available for them. The report is an interesting summary of the survey responses of 2,000 small businesses regarding their attitudes towards and experience of the apprenticeship system put in the context of emerging levy proposals. The executive summary of page 6, key findings on page 7 and policy recommendations on page 8 are well worth a look.
Click here for the slides and here for the recording of today's webinar from Learning Curve 'Improving Access to and Outcomes on Apprenticeships for Young People and Adults with Learning Difficulties and/or Disabilities'.
Click here for information, key messages and approved quotes for partners who communicate with young people at exam results time.
The Department for Education has published 'experimental' statistics on level 1 and 2 English and maths in 16 to 18 study by students who didn't achieve A* to C by the end of KS4.
Click here for details of apprenticeship partnering opportunities with Lookfantastic Training (owned by Rewards).
Sussex Downs College has offered SCTP the use of its Lewes conference room for the next Pre-employment meeting on the 11th October, 9.30-12.15. Sussex Coast College Hastings will be covering the cost of refreshments. Thanks to both colleges for supporting the arrangements. More details will follow nearer the time.
Admission is free to the South East Business Show on the 30th September at the Millennium Conference Centre, Copthorne Hotel, Effingham Park, Gatwick. Click here for more details.
Firstly, an article from MD of SCTP member HIT Training on responding to employers when so little is known about the levy and especially non-levy systems and an appeal for more information soon. Secondly, an article about employers perceptions of the real cost of delivering an apprenticeship and how this relates to levy changes. The article is written by Matt Garvey, MD of a Berkshire-based independent training provider and is based on his discussions with employers in recent months.
Click here for an FE News article that gives a little more detail on the brief for new Apprenticeships & Skills Minister, Robert Halfon and here for a FE Week article that focuses on the fact that responsibility for schools careers advice and guidance is now part of his skills brief.
The 28th Sussex Business Awards are now open for entries and companies have until 31 August 2016 to prepare their submissions. Recognising business excellence across Sussex, the organisers say that 'these prestigious Awards are the longest established of their kind in Sussex and widely considered to be the one to win’. Surely an opportunity for SCTP members to show what they are made of! For more information click here.
The Department for Education has confirmed its ministerial appointments with Robert Halfon confirmed as Minister of State for Apprenticeships and Skills.
The Careers & Enterprise Company has launched their national mentoring prospectus setting out details on how to join our mentoring community or apply to their mentoring fund. Their goal is to connect a new generation of mentors to pre-GCSE teens (Years 8, 9 and 10) at the risk of disengaging and underperforming their potential. For more information and how to apply click here.
In this TES interview Robert Halfon backs the creation of a Royal Society of Apprentices, a National Living Wage for Apprentices, the need for better apprenticeship accessibility for single parents, disabled people and the unemployed and the importance of English and maths. On the levy, the minister acknowledged that the successful implementation of the apprenticeship levy was the “single most important” aspect of his new role, but he could not confirm when long-awaited guidance on it would be published. Click here for more.
Ofqual has published useful facts and figures in its annual report on the qualifications market.
Click here for a 16 page report published by Universities UK t that explains the complex picture of university funding.
Click here to see materials from Ofqual that help explain the reforms to GCSEs, As and A levels. Useful for provider staff, parents and employers.
The SFA has confirmed funding arrangements for legacy GCSEs and IGCSEs in English and maths for 2016/17.
Click here for details and booking for this free AELP webinar on End Point Assessment that takes place on the 7th September 10.30-11.30.
Three Apprenticeship Jobs Fairs will take place in West Sussex during the autumn period. These will be in Chichester on Friday 9th September 2-4pm at Chichester District Council’s Committee Rooms; Worthing – Thursday 20th October 2-4pm at Worthing & Adur Borough Council in the Gordon Room and Crawley – Thursday 12th January 2-4pm at Crawley Borough Council’s Civic Hall. Providers can get involved and book a table at this free event by e-mailing Jane Chew at West Sussex County Council stating which Fairs you would like to attend.
Latest edition of SFA's monthly newsletter for marketing and communications staff in colleges and training organisations.
Latest from DWP with news and articles from across government for advisers, employers and organisations that help people find jobs.
This toolkit from the SFA gives employer diversity champions information to engage and inspire communities and other employers to make apprenticeships more diverse. It includes statistics, tips and case studies with a particular focus on increasing the proportion of apprentices from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds.
Latest from the SFA including: Find Apprenticeship Training: Submit Your Data; The Hub and Data Collections Service: Unavailable 6.00pm Friday, 12 August to Tuesday, 23 August; Apprenticeship Grant for Employers: 2016 to 2017 Change Request Form; College Financial Reporting Framework: Presentation.
The BIS/DfE consultations are now open for the assessment plans for two Apprenticeship Standards for Education & Training namely: Education and Training Learning Mentor and Assessor Coach. In order to give your feedback please click on the survey here and select the appropriate plans (numbers 15 and 16) at question 4. You will need to do a separate survey response for each plan. Closing date for responses is 14th August.
This webinar 'Improving Access to and Outcomes on Apprenticeships for Young People and Adults with Learning Difficulties and/or Disabilities' from SCTP member Learning Curve will take place on Wednesday the 10th August between 10.00-11.00. It will reflect on the recommendations of the Parliamentary taskforce chaired by Paul Maynard MP and focus on how providers and employers can respond to improve access to and recruitment onto apprenticeships for those with learning difficulties and/or disabilities. It will also consider different strategies for improving the quality of teaching, learning and assessment as well as outcomes for apprentices with learning difficulties and/or disabilities.Click here for more information and booking.
The Public Accounts Committee, the main watchdog of public spending in England and Wales’s will consider apprenticeships as part of its new programme of work for the autumn session. Click here for more.
The full list of ministerial responsibilities in the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has been issued and can be seen here.
Click here for the latest update on proposals for devolution in Sussex and Surrey including a letter from the 26 partner local authorities and 3 LEPs to new Business Secretary, Sajid Javid.
The former AELP, CEO and now Director of Strategy at SCTP member, 3aaa shares how his organisation has been working with employers in advance of levy implementation. The article explains how much has been gained as a result of simply having the levy conversation with their employers.
SCTP is delighted to announce that Brighton Aldridge Community Academy (BACA) has become the first school/academy to join SCTP and our 105th member. BACA is a 11-18 secondary school and sixth form in Falmer, Brighton offering apprenticeships as part of a diverse curriculum. We look forward to working with Itziar Leighton 16-19 Director of Education and her colleagues. More information on BACA can be found on their website www.baca-uk.org.uk
Latest from Ofsted in the form of their monthly newsletter.
Latest news and information from the LEP covering West Sussex, Brighton & Hove, parts of Surrey and Croydon.
Latest issue of the SFA's newsletter for MI managers, software writers and suppliers about FE data systems and reports, the ILR, open data and other data news.
SCTP member, Learning Curve ran a free webinar today called 'Optimising Delivery of Access to HE Programmes' looking at: the current position re loans in terms of allocations, eligibility and funding rules; the importance of fully utilising your loan allocations; background to Access Programmes and how they work; review of delivery mechanisms, including an online and flexible approach; analysis of how to best engage loan funded learners. Click here for a recording of the webinar and here for the slides.
Latest from the EFA including: Information: college financial plans 2016; Information: online videos on the colleges' financial framework; Information: learning difficulty assessments (LDAs) and high needs funding for 2016 to 2017 academic year.
SELEP has issued an ESF specification 'Access To Employment - Enhancing Apprenticeships' which can be seen here.
Latest information and news from the South East LEP for the period 8th-22nd July.
This free webinar, hosted by NCFE policy expert Paul Turner, will look at the reforms involving trailblazers and end point assessment (EPA) and discuss what the reforms mean for providers. It will take place on Tuesday 2nd August between 12.15-1.00. Click here to register.
During August, the SFA will launch the new Recruit an apprentice service on GOV.UK. This will enable users to advertise apprenticeship vacancies and traineeship opportunities in England and will replace the Apprenticeship vacancies (Av) service. For more, see SFA Update 319 below.
Latest from the SFA including: Apprenticeship Grant for Employers: 2016 to 2017 Change Request Form; Withdrawal of Frameworks Consultation: Closes Wednesday, 3 August; Higher Education Learning Aim Requests 2016; Recruit an Apprentice: New Service; Learning and Work Institute: Online Technology Report.
This is the finding of a new City & Guilds report. For more see here.
A new survey of 10,000 students by The Student Room found that 40% of students thought that apprenticeships were mainly for men and only 11% said they felt “fully informed” about the apprenticeship training and career option. Click here for more.
Click here to view this useful summary of the recent Ofsted Report looking at how colleges and ITPs are implementing the Prevent duty - or not. The paper summarises the recommendations and comments on issues that arise from these such as the difficulties in implementation when delivery is work-based . With Ofsted looking to raise its expectations of providers from September this is a real call to action for members as discussed at last week's members' meeting. The ETF provides some useful resources here and there is also the opportunity for SCTP to arrange some ETF Prevent courses locally namely British Values For Curriculum Leaders (1 day, estimated cost £75pp) and a Home Office Approved Prevent Duty Workshop For Safeguarding Officers (2 days, estimated cost £175). It would be useful to know if there is demand for these so SCTP can respond accordingly, please let us know.
The first three members of the Chartered Institution for Further Education have been unveiled, namely Hawk Training, Blackpool and The Fylde College, and Bridgwater College. Each will pay £8,000 to join the membership body for “high-performing” FE colleges and training providers. To be more precise, it costs £5,000 a year to be a member, and colleges and training providers joining for the first time also have to pay a £3,000 non-refundable fee to join. The Institution was granted chartered status in October last year and has been open to members which are rated outstanding or good by Ofsted and in receipt of public funding from the Skills Funding Agency since November. Feedback from delegates at the recent AELP conference showed little interest in the concept but it is interesting to see that at least 3 organisations have been willing to invest. Click here for more.
A survey of business in the Midlands has revealed that business leaders believe that apprenticeships will decline rapidly if the government introduces the new apprenticeship levy. This survey is of particular interest as it was carried out by the Black Country Training Group, the provider network for that area. Click here for more.
SCTP associate member, NCFE has announced its acquisition of (former member) ForSkills, an e-learning business that provides diagnostic assessments and learning resources for Functional Skills qualifications to organisations across the UK. Click here for more.
Last week SCTP submitted a bid to the Education & Training Foundation to design and deliver a series 6 or 7 webinars with guest presenters focusing on different aspects of operational and strategic leadership and management in FE & skills. The aim is for these webinars to be a good resource for members and would support the work being explored by SCTP's Strategic Leaders' Forum.
Latest news from SCTP member and National Careers Service contractor, CXK.
Click here for the recording and slides from this week's update webinar from Mark Dawe, CEO of the Association of Employment & Learning Providers - the national provider network.
Ofqual has published a document that outlines its approach to regulating the end-point assessments required as part of reformed apprenticeships.
The report on the annual employers’ survey, completed before the referendum, has been published and shows some familiar themes such as employer concerns about the apprenticeship levy, the growing demand for high level skills and continuing interest in young people’s work attitudes and readiness.
At this week's Into Work Convention Mark Dawe, AELP's CEO called for closer links between the Skills agenda and the Work Programme while Dave Simmonds of the Learning & Work Institute emphasised the importance of closer working between the Employability & Skills sectors. SCTP has picked up this theme by forging links with DWP at local level including Steve Benwell, Relationship Manager at DWP, addressing yesterday's SCTP Members' Meeting.
Following on from Dan Marks' introduction session at the Member’s Meeting yesterday here are the details of Prevista’s subcontracting offer: ‘Prevista is an Ofsted Grade 2 provider that delivers government funded services across four key strands: Skills, Youth Provision, Employability and Enterprise. Through this broad portfolio of funding we support people of all ages, from a young person at risk of leaving education through to adults achieving Level 5 qualifications whilst in work and entrepreneurs seeking to grow their business. Prevista has a direct Adult Skills Budget with the SFA and is currently looking for new skills subcontractors to deliver Apprenticeships (20-25 starts per month), providers must be high quality and have above average success rates. If you are interested please contact Dan Marks who will send you an Expression of Interest’.
Click here for the response of a range of sector leaders to the reorganisation of education and skills related departments and ministers.
Latest figures from the Office of National Statistics show that employment rate in the UK is now at a record high of 74.4% and the unemployment rate is at its lowest in over 10 years at 4.9%. At 5.6%, the proportion of 16 to 24 year olds who have left full-time education and are unemployed has never been lower. Click here for more.
At today's Members' Meeting SCTP Director, Dan Wallman explained how the Skills Plan could be very important in changing 16-18 technical education. He mentioned a useful AELP Briefing Paper on the Skills Plan & Sainsbury Report which can be found here and there are also slides from this week's Lsect webinar here.
Latest from the EFA including: Information: sub-contracting controls guidance for 2016 to 2017; Information: sharing of pupil premium eligibility and SEN pupil data with colleges; Information: schools funding in 2017 to 2018; Information: local authorities dedicated schools grant (DSG) schools block funding formulae for 2016 to 2017; Information: adjustments to local authority funding related to free schools; Information: outcome of Condition Improvement Fund (CIF) appeals for 2016 to 2017; Information: DfE offers schools the opportunity to make cash savings.
DWP is moving to a Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) as a new way of delivering local provision. The first letter explaining this was issued in June and has been followed up by a 2nd letter with more information. Steve Benwell from DWP gave a detailed presentation on the DPS at yesterday's Members' Meeting which will be available with the minutes to b issued shortly. This represents a potential opportunity for providers to deliver training for DWP locally.
After the SCTP Members' Meeting today, SCTP Associate Member, NCFE provided lunch and an excellent afternoon session from Funding & Stakeholder Manager, Warren Creswell on the Apprenticeship Levy and Reforms. Over 35 SCTP members attended - the slides are here.
Many thanks to the University of Brighton and SLN for hosting the latest SCTP Members. Meeting. Over 45 members attended and heard from Steve Benwell (DWP) about the new local Dynamic Purchasing System of procurement, Michelle Flux and Helen Frederick (ESCC) about SEND learners and the local offer, Simon Mahony (Remploy) on their free support for apprentices with mental health issues, Charlotte Blant (Youthforce/SCTP) on the new apprenticeship standards for Education & Training, and Jayne Jeffrey (TMSE) on how Talent Match South East is looking to work with providers in East Sussex. There were also updates from Paul Mitchell on SCTP's latest projects and Brexit/Localism/Apprenticeship Reform and Dan Wallman (Dv8/SCTP) on the recently published Skills Plan. More details will be in the minutes which will be issued to members soon. The next Members' Meeting is on the 22nd September at Hove Cricket Ground 9.30-3.00 which will include a celebration of SCTP's 30th Anniversary and the achievement of 100 members as well as lunch, a 'Market Place' event with our associate members exhibiting their products and services as well as some top speakers from Local Authorities and LEPs and a local MP. All SCTP event details can be found on the calendar page of this website.
Latest from the SFA including: Individualised Learner Record R12 2015 to 2016: Opens Friday, 22 July; College Financial Plans 2016 to 2018: Due Sunday, 31 July; Financial Assurance 2015 to 2016; Apprenticeship Reforms: Withdrawal of Frameworks Consultation; Apprenticeship Grant for Employers: Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership.
Ofsted have given clear warning that in the next academic year, all providers will need to engage fully with the Prevent duty. Click here for more in this article from the ETF.
Stephen Evans will take over in September as CEO at Learning and Work Institute, following the departure of David Hughes who will become CEO at Association of Colleges. For more information and sector response click here.
The Education Secretary has announced the appointment of Amanda Spielman as the next Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills (HMCI).
ALPSE will be holding its annual conference for providers on Wednesday 23rd November in Farnham, Surrey. Further details will be available soon. ALPSE (Association of Learning Providers South East) is the vehicle that allows the provider networks of the South East to work together on joint activities for members.
New research from YouGov on behalf of Reed in Partnership and SCTP member, NCFE has shown that only one in five parents of 18 years old would see an apprenticeship as the best option. It suggests that despite the best efforts of employers and the government, apprenticeships still have an image problem, particularly among parents and particularly when compared to traditional degree routes. The report recommends a range of improvements including improving the quality of IAG and employer engagement in schools as well as raising the apprenticeship minimum wage.
SCTP Associate Member, itslearning has published a recording of its recent Apprenticeship Levy webinar which supported the publication of its 'white paper' about the apprenticeship levy and how providers can re-think their delivery using technology.
Damian Green, the new Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, has today welcomed the department’s new ministerial team. For the press release and list of appointments click here. Response from the sector is here and some ideas for what might appear in the new minister's in tray here.
One of our members has contacted SCTP with a subcontracting offer for other SCTP members. They are seeking expressions of interest from training providers who have a successful track record in the delivery of high quality training and achieving high outcomes for learners who complete the 19-23 Apprenticeship programme. Providers that have unfunded learners who have started/or and completed their Apprenticeship programmes and would like to discuss this further, can contact Paul Mitchell at SCTP for details.
The Careers & Enterprise Company has launched their national mentoring prospectus, alongside two important pieces of research today. For more information and how to apply click here.
Today saw the latest meeting of Skills East Sussex (SES) the local skills arm of SELEP convened by East Sussex County Council and attended for SCTP by Paul Mitchell. There was presentation of feedback from a recent planning meeting which will feed into a new skills strategy for the county as well as news on the increasing merged skills approach from Sussex Downs and Sussex Coast colleges. There was also a focus on the SELEP funding rounds with the group encouraging providers that were bidding to make SES aware of their intentions and seek their endorsement. The minutes will be published in due course on the SES web page.
To help young people aged 13-19 to better understand current and future local Labour Market Information (LMI), CXK has produced 'The World Of Work LMI booklet' which examines the trends in key sectors, including the likelihood of the sector growing, the potential wages that could be earned, the skills needed and the companies that the young people could work for. There is a booklet for East Sussex. More information is here.
Click here for the presentations from Apprenticeships 4 England's 'Are You Ready For The Apprenticeship Levy' Conference held in Coventry on the 14th July.
Paul Mitchell met today with Kirsten Trussell, Skills Development Manager at the Coast to Capital LEP. There was agreement that the LEP would continue to use SCTP as it's main conduit for provider engagement and further plans are being finalised that would allow providers to have greater access to the LEPs via post-meeting 1:1 'surgeries'. This would underpin the increasing importance of localism to skills training policy and delivery. Plans were also discussed to co-ordinate skills policy across Sussex via a meeting with the 3 LAs, 2 LEPs and SCTP. The meeting also focussed on the need to understand the supply and demand for Higher Apprenticeships across the county and linking with the Sussex Learning Network on this.
Following a recent meeting between Paul Mitchell and Lewes MP, Maria Caulfield, SCTP has at Maria's request, summarised its concerns about the lack of information and the financial and administrative burden that may fall on non-levy paying employers. The letter, which will be sent on to the skills minister is here.
At a meeting this week between Paul Mitchell and Ana Christie and Jack Mounstephen from the Sussex Chamber of Commerce it was agreed that the Chamber would become an Associate Member of SCTP and that SCTP would become a Silver Member of the Chamber. This will facilitate greater communication and joint working between the two membership organisations and pave the way for joint initiatives especially in the area of apprenticeship promotion. We look forward to working with Ana and Jack and making the most of our Chamber membership. To find out more about the Sussex Chamber of Commerce go to www.sussexchamberofcommerce.co.uk
Click here for the slides and a recording from this 13th July AELP webinar that forms part of the Future Apprenticeships Programme. The webinar features Claire Cummings, Senior Manager for Communications & Events at the National Apprenticeship Service.
The Department for Education has taken on responsibility for higher and further education policy as well as apprenticeship and wider skills policy from the Department for Business Innovation & Skills. Click here for more from FE Week and here for sector responses in FE News.
We are going to start telling our members what SCTP is doing on their behalf so that members can feed in any information or points to be raised. Next week Paul Mitchell will be meeting with the Sussex Chamber to forge closer links and discuss apprenticeship promotion to the chamber's members; meeting with Kirsten Trussell, C2C LEP Skills Development Manager as well as attending the latest Skills East Sussex meeting - agenda here. If you have any points for Paul please e-mail him here.....and don't forget the Members' Meetingon Thursday followed by NCFEs free Trailblazer/Levy session! There's a lot going on - if you're reading this but you're not a member and want to join click here.
SET is the professional membership organisation for teachers and trainers working in the post-16 FE and training sector. Click here for information.
Latest from the Education & Training Foundation.
The Association of Employment and Learning Providers has given a cautious welcome to the Sainsbury Review report on Technical and Professional Education (TPE) for 16 to18 year olds and the Skills Plan which the government published in response. Click here for a summary of the proposals and AELP's views which do contain some serious reservations especially regarding the apparent exclusion of independent training providers. Also see a useful Policy Watch from Pearson here.
A free Lsect webinar on the Skills Plan takes place next Tuesday 19th July 1.00-2.00pm for those who wish to explore this further. Click herefor information and booking.
11 members attended SCTP's Health & Safety Seminar led by SCTP Associate Member DTD. All aspects of provider practice were covered to make sure learners are kept safe, with a look at how the apprenticeship levy and non-levy systems might change the provider employer relationship on health & safety. Thanks to Tudor Williams of DTD for his input.
Today saw the first training session for Apprentice Ambassadors in East Sussex. SCTP's Apprenticeship in Sussex service has been commissioned to deliver the Apprenticeship Ambassador training programme as part of the 'Progress!' project - delivered by Skills East Sussex (ESCC) and funded by the Careers & Enterprise Company. The Apprenticeship Ambassador programme will support the uptake of apprenticeships by training 60 young people and adult apprentices to be advocates for the Apprenticeship programme at careers events, workshops and presentations at schools across East Sussex. SCTP will be training 60 apprentices, or former apprentices, to become ambassadors and advocates for work-based learning and the value of apprenticeships. You can still put your apprentices forward as ambassadors by e-mailing Richard Freeman here.
Click here for a press release from Ofsted on its new report titled ‘How well are further education and skills providers implementing the ‘Prevent’ duty?’ and here for the response from the sector to Ofsted's concerns and recommendations.
Latest from the EFA including - Information: launch of post-16 skills plan and report of the independent panel on technical education; Information: post-16 sub-contracting guidance; Information: finance record template 2015 to 2016; Information: schools financial health and efficiency; Information: consultation on insolvency regime for further education and sixth-form colleges; Information: The Charity Commission consultation.
Justine Greening is the new secretary of state for education, replacing Nicky Morgan who has served in the role for two years. Click here for more.
The Sub-Committee on Education, Skills and the Economy have launched an inquiry into the Government’s FE area reviews of post-16 education. It aims to scrutinise the progress and effectiveness of the area reviews to date, and in particular will examine the absence of some education providers from the reviews. They will also be looking at the role of local authorities and LEPs in the process. The closing date for submissions is 30th September.
Paul Mitchell attended the South East LEP Skills Advisory Group (SAG - agenda here). This is the pan-LEP group that pulls together skills agendas from the 3 counties that make up SELEP - East Sussex, Kent and Essex. The group is attended by local authorities, LEP staff, colleges and provider representatives (SCTP & KATO). At this meeting Adam Bryan, SELEP's Managing Director gave an update on SELEP strategy and policy and there was a full discussion on skills priorities in advance of the writing of a new SELEP Skills Strategy.
Latest from the SFA including: Skills Funding Service: 2016 to 2017 Contracts; Funding Agreements 2016 to 2017; FE Choices Employer Satisfaction Survey 2015 to 2016; Report of the Independent Panel on Technical Education and Post-16 Skills Plan Published; Finance Record Template 2015 to 2016; Community Learning Mental Health Research Project; Updated English and maths Legal Entitlements List; Updated Levels 2 and 3 Legal Entitlements List.
Recommendations have been published from a Ministerial taskforce chaired by Paul Maynard MP that looked into access to Apprenticeships by learners with learning difficulties and disabilities (LLDD). The report made 14 recommendations to improve the current situation, including flexing the English and maths requirements and piloting alternative funding models within the Apprenticeship levy for LLDD learners. The government accepted all the recommendations made and work is already underway to implement them. The Maynard Report recommendations, and the government response, are available on this link.
Sussex Coast College Hastings has issued two tender opportunities to deliver AEB (Adult Education Budget) for the next academic year. This funding was formerly known as Community Learning and the College is now seeking partner(s) to deliver in Rye and the Battle and Bexhill areas. Click the links for the tender documents.
Paul Mitchell attended the Brighton & Hove Youth Employability Trust Working Group(agenda here) on behalf of members. The group is working towards a joined up approach to youth services and employer engagement across the city including the possible formation of a specialist apprenticeship company as recommended by the city's Employer Skills Task Force. Paul will be at a further meeting on Tuesday 19th July to look at possible sustainable financial models for the latter.
A new piece of research undertaken by AELP and the 157 Group and funded by the Further Education Trust for Leadership (FETL) has been published. The report, ‘New Blood: the thinking and approaches of new leaders in the FE and skills market’ looks at the contribution and potential of leaders recruited from outside the sector, how to get the best out of them, and how they can help us to think differently in these challenging times.
SCTP's Apprenticeships In Sussex Events Service visited Bishop Bell Schiool in Eastbourne today and Rye Studio schools to raise awareness of apprenticeships, traineeships and pre-employment programmes. Details of training providers and the provision available is at www.apprenticeships-in-sussex.com
The South East LEP has issued 3 more ESF SFA Tender Specifications namely, Higher Level Skills, Higher Digital Skills and Basic Skills Supporting Progression To Higher Skills. Click the links for the Specification Questionnaires.
The SFA's annual report and accounts for 2015-16 show that the Agency actually allocated less funding to 19+ apprenticeships in 2015-16 (£711m) than it did the previous year (£731m). Not meeting the government’s growth expectations in relation to the 3 million target for apprenticeships is identified as a ‘significant risk’ in the accounts. However, in the commentary about the delivery of the programme, the SFA rightly mentions the role of colleges, employer providers and even the contribution of the Employer Ownership Programme which has received a poor evaluation, but there is no mention of the independent training providers who, according to the Agency’s own data, deliver 76% of apprenticeships. On the issue of financial risk and insolvent ITPs being unable to repay their debts, the SFA states that ‘the overall financial impact of such instances is not material’. The report and accounts can be downloaded here.
Today, SCTP submitted a bid on behalf of provider networks across the South of England for £500k to support Apprenticeship & Traineeship IAG work in schools. Supported by many LEPs and LAs, this resource would allow local provider networks to expand their existing work promoting these programmes in schools. In Sussex this would mean extending the Apprenticeships In Sussex events service across the county. A decision is expected in mid-August.
Latest from the South East LEP covering East Sussex, Kent and Essex for the period 17th June to 1st July.
Senior leaders from the member providers that form SCTP's Strategic Leaders' Forum met today in Lewes for their first official meeting. In a wide ranging discussion which focussed on how best providers can plan in such uncertain times as well as looking at leadership training and succession planning and the attributes needed for the sector leaders of the future. Research will also be commissioned on the current state on the sector to be used in lobbying policy makers. The meeting also uncovered the fact that SCTP is doing much work to represent its members that isn't well known so look out for more information on SCTP's website and newsletter about what we do on members' behalf. The next meeting is on the 10th October. The membership of the group can be found here.
The Social Market Foundation supported by SCTP Associate Member, Pearson publishedthe first of what’s intended to be two reports on vocational education in England and Wales showing that increasing numbers of students from all backgrounds are now taking up vocational qualifications but that some parental attitudes particularly in higher-income families remain sceptical.
The RSA and FETL (FE Trust for Leadership) published a collection of essays from leading commentators reflecting not just on how the FE sector is now but more significantly imagining how it might be in the future. The report titled 'Possibility Thinking: Reimagining the Future of Further Education & Skills' is here.
An FE Week report states that Apprenticeships will have a minimum price tag attached to them for the first time after the apprenticeship levy is introduced. The news has been welcomed by Association of Employment and Learning Providers chief executive Mark Dawe, who had previously called for a price “floor” and warned of a race to the bottom price war without one. We await the latest levy funding update due this month for confirmation.
Continuing to the next stage of the Functional Skills Reform Programme, the Education & Training Foundation (ETF) has launched a consultation on the draft revised Standards for literacy and numeracy. These draft standards will be available for feedback from 4th – 25th July.
The annual Guardian Charity Awards is open to charities improving social wellbeing by delivering clear benefit to people who are disadvantaged by poverty or disability or are marginalised in some other way. The awards offer support to the smaller charities that have the fresh thinking, flexibility and reach into communities that make the crucial difference to people's lives. Eligible applicants are registered charities, operating for more than two years, with an annual income of between £5,000 and £1.5 million. Winners each receive a £3,000 prize fund, an iPad mini, one year's free NCVO membership and a tailored package of support from the FSI, Media Trust and Bates Wells Braithwaite. The deadline for applications is 19th August 2016.
The post-16 vocational qualification system is set for a radical overhaul to replace 20,000 courses with “15 high-quality routes”. The Skills Minister Nick Boles says in the ‘Post-16 Skills Plan‘, published today, that “we accept and will implement all of the Sainsbury panel’s proposals, unequivocally where that it is possible within current budget constraints.” Comment from FE Week is here, responses from the sector, here. A critique from Shadow Skills Minister, Gordon Marsden is here and supportive statement from Ofqual is here.
Latest from the EFA including: Information: Joint Audit Code of Practice; Information: June 2016 release of 16 to 18 further education (FE) data and management information for local authorities; Information: young people's 2016 to 2017 funding agreements and contract for services; Information: sixth-form college key financial indicator dashboard; Information: update on business cases for 2016 to 2017 academic year post-16 funding allocations; Information: early years capital funding application round; Information: national database of governors.
Latest issue of the SFA's monthly newsletter for marketing and communications staff in colleges and training organisations including: Get In Go Far’ Campaign Toolkits: Give Us Your Views; The Skills Show: Book Your Free Tickets; The Student Room Website; Supporting Apprentices Service: Mental Health Support; Future Apprenticeship Staff Support Programme.
Latest issue of the SFA's monthly information and news update for businesses.
Latest from the SFA including: Apprenticeship Funding for New Starts: 2016 to 2017 Contracts; Skills Funding Service: 2016 to 2017; Reforms: Withdrawal of Frameworks Consultation; Assurance Reviews: Common Findings; Education and Training Foundation: Staff Individualised Record System; New Apprenticeship Standards: Survey.
Work based learning participation went up from 6.2% to 6.9% for 16-18 year olds in England during 2015, according to Department for Education data. 3.9% of 16 year olds, 7.3% of 17 year olds and 9.3% of 18 year olds in work based learning. The rise is in part due to increases in apprenticeships in both Level 2 and 3 at all ages with the largest increases at ages 17 and 18. The proportion of 16-18 year olds NEET was down to a record low of 6.5%. Participation by 16-18 year olds in full-time education remained unchanged between 2014 and 2015 at 71.1%, tending to confirm the view that it is work-based learning that is having the greatest single effect in reducing the levels of NEET young people.
Kirsty McHugh, chief executive of the Employment Related Services Association (ERSA), the national representative network for employment support providers, shares her viewson the implications of Brexit on that sector.
Nursery World magazine has reported that Childcare Minister Sam Gyimah has announced that he will be "reviewing options" surrounding the introduction of GCSE requirements to Levels 2 and 3.
The House of Commons Select Committee of Business Innovation & Skills has published its report on Careers Education Information, Advice & Guidance. It makes 5 recommendations:
SCTP Associate Member, itslearning is offering a free webinar on the 13th July 3.00-4.00pm titled 'Preparing For The Apprenticeship Levy - Is It Time To Rethink Your Offer'. The webinar will look at how providers might position themselves in response to new apprenticeship levy and how to make the use of technology in programme delivery. Click here for more information and booking.
Click here for the latest update on proposals for devolution in Sussex and Surrey.
The government has found almost £100m of additional funding for apprenticeships and traineeships through the latest round of growth requests that were announced last week. Click here for more.
The first SFA project, 'Improving Numeracy', worth £2.16M has gone live. You can view the details here. Closing date is 1st August. More specifications are expected to follow soon.
Latest from the EFA including: Information: maths and English condition of funding; Information: pupil premium funding for 2016 to 2017; Information: universal infant free school meal (UIFSM) allocations and conditions of grant for 2015 to 2016 and 2016 to 2017; Information: EFA e-bulletin publication arrangements - summer 2016.
Click here for this useful briefing from AELP focussing on data on which types of providers deliver apprenticeships, NEET stats, employer and learner survey results and Ofsted inspection reports.
Click here for this article from SCTP Associate Member, Pearson that gives a view on how the education and skills landscape looks one week after the Brexit vote.
The SFA has written to all colleges and independent learning providers to make sure they are aware of data compliance with funding rules. Providers that fail to comply run the risk of funding clawback. Click here for more.
As part of the second phase of the Future Apprenticeships programme, commissioned by the Education and Training Foundation (ETF), AELP and partners are offering a package of support designed to develop the skills of those responsible for building new and developing existing relationships with employers to maximise the opportunities for apprenticeship growth. Click here for details and booking. The nearest course to Sussex is being held in Guildford with training days on the 1st September and 19th October.
Matt Garvey, Managing Director of the West Berkshire Training Consortium talks about the future of good quality subcontracting and the benefits to the sector of the Prime and Subcontractor relationship.
Dr Ann Limb, Chair of the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP) sharessome tips on how Training Providers can get more involved with their local LEP's. Working with SCTP as a pathway to SELEP and C2C LEPs is one option!
The SFA has published a suite of funding rules today. These are for the Adult Education Budget, Apprenticeship Frameworks, Advanced Learner Loans, Performance Management Rules, Common Funding Rules (that apply to all SFA funded provision), Apprenticeship Common Funding Rules (apply to all Apprenticeships) and a Summary of Changes.
Click here for details and booking on a free webinar from AELP as part of the Future Apprenticeship Programme looking at the new version of ROTO. All apprenticeship providers will need to register and be approved in order to deliver the new apprenticeship levy and non-levy system.
Latest from DWP with news and articles from across government for advisers, employers and organisations that help people find jobs.
Click here for the latest from OFSTED including the annual report, speeches from HMCI Sir Michael Wilshaw, speech from RD Lorna Fitzjohn on changes to and future of, inspection and data on latest inspection outcomes.
Click here for a briefing on East Sussex County Councils support and use of the UCAS Progress system in schools. The system allows students to see and apply for post-16 provision. All the colleges and 6th forms in East Sussex are already listed and some Independent Training Providers (ITPs) but not many. Will all East Sussex year 11s registered to use UCAS Progress and 82% having logged on and 64% having made an application through the system, this is could be a significant opportunity.
The SFA has published funding values for colleges, training organisations, local authorities and employers with a contract for 2015 to 2016.
Click here for a video interview with Sue Husband, Director of the National Apprenticeship Service about the benefits of the Apprenticeship Levy and the new provider register.
We are pleased to say that 13 representatives of SCTP full member organisations applied and have joined the SCTP Strategic Leaders' Forum which will start it's work on the 11th July. For a reminder of the structure and function of the group and to see a list of the participants click here. All members are welcome to influence the work of the group by contacting any of the participants.
1st training session: 14th July at 1pm at Sussex Downs College, Lewes
This is your chance to nominate apprentices to be part of East Sussex's Apprenticeship Ambassador Programme. SCTP's Apprenticeship in Sussex service has been commissioned to deliver the Apprenticeship Ambassador training programme as part of the 'Progress!' project - delivered by Skills East Sussex (ESCC) and funded by the Careers & Enterprise Company. The Apprenticeship Ambassador programme will support the uptake of apprenticeships by training 60 young people and adult apprentices to be advocates for the Apprenticeship programme at careers events, workshops and presentations at schools across East Sussex. SCTP has been tasked with training 60 apprentices, or former apprentices, to become ambassadors and advocates for work-based learning and the value of apprenticeships. To put your apprentices forward as ambassadors please complete the nomination form. More information and background is here.
Latest from the SFA including: Funding Rules 2016 to 2017 Version 3; Apprenticeship and Traineeship Growth Exercise 2016 to 2017; Financial Assurance 2015 to 2016; FE Choices Learner Satisfaction Survey 2015 to 2016: Results; Joint Audit Code of Practice Document; Advanced Learner Loans Facility: 2016 to 2017 Change Request Form.
For those not able to attend the conference all the highlights can be see in a FE Week supplement here. The video of Nick Boles' speech, the highlight of the conference, is in the news item from Monday below. The main theme was post-Brexit vote reassurance - from Mark Dawe in stating his belief that the need for skills development will be as high - if not higher for a post-Brexit Britain; and from Nick Boles' in reassuring providers of the Government's commitment to apprenticeships and the 'rivers of investment' that are available to providers. The next detailed news on the levy will be delayed until mid-July. However, FE Week were quotingan alleged SFA source as saying that the employer contribution for the non-levy system would be 10% of the total cost with 90% coming from government - this is not confirmed.
DWP is currently rolling out a new approach to local procurement financed by their Flexible Support Fund. This letter gives full details of how suppliers can register an interest. Later in the year DWP will be holding information meetings in both East and West Sussex, details to follow. Steve Benwell from DWP will be speaking at the next members' meeting and will explain the approach in more detail.
Click here for a webinar on how Mindfulness can help leaders to manage better personally and professionally.
The SFA has communicated the outcomes of the targeted growth exercise first announced in May 2016 - that it has funded all credible growth cases to grow delivery in these priority areas ahead of the start of the funding year. Click herefor comment from FE Week.
Click here for a recording of Learning Curve's 'Pedagogy of synoptic assessment and Strategies to activate students curiosity about and motivation towards learning maths and English' webinar and here for the slides
Click here for information on SCTP Member, 3aaa's bold initiative to take one of its apprenticeship programmes to the USA.
Keith Smith, who heads up the levy implementation team at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, sought to reassure delegates at the AELP conference over the new register of apprenticeship providers, telling them it will be open to providers that are “best placed” to deliver. No details of the new criteria have been released as yet. Click here for more.
The Education and Training Foundation (ETF) has commissioned AELP and partners to run the next phase of the Future Apprenticeships Programme. This will offer range of support to providers - more details are here.
Skills Minister, Nick Boles has told AELP's National Conference in London today, that the Apprenticeship Levy will go ahead as planned in April 2017 and that the June levy update and the Sainsbury Review Report will be delayed a little but will be issued soon. He also outlined the 'Rivers of Funding' opportunities available for providers to 'fish in'. For more information and a recording of Boles' speech, click here. Comment from Mark Dawe, AELP CEO is here.
Whilst the UK voted to exit the EU, Brighton & Hove produced a clear majority in favour of staying. The City's Economic Partnership has commented on the possible impact of the result on the City.
Latest RPA data from East Sussex County Council including NEET and learner participation figures.
Sector leaders have called for clarity on whether the government will still press ahead with apprenticeship levy plans and the status of ESF funding following the British public’s decision to leave the European Union. See this FE Week article here and a summary of the sector's response to the news here. The AELP National Conference takes place on Monday and Tuesday with Skills Minister Nick Boles speaking on Monday. We'll keep you updated with all the news.
As we all absorb the result of the EU referendum provider may be asking what this means for education and employment. This articlepublished by the LTE group on the 15th June explored the potential implications of Brexit on Education & Employment which may give some guide to the future. We'll post more information as it emerges.
The Department for Education has publishedexperimental statistics on level 1 and 2 English and maths by students aged 16 to 18 who failed to achieve A* to C by end of key stage 4.
Latest edition of the SFA's Monthly e-news for MI managers, software writers and suppliers about FE data systems and reports, the ILR, open data and other data news.
The Confederation of British Industry has responded to a report from the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development warning of the concerns that employers have over the current plans for the Apprenticeship Levy. A statement from Neil Carberry, CBI Director for Employment and Skills policy is here.
The Education & Training Foundation has published its annual series of reports on the FE and training sector workforce in England, across all provider types, with this one describing the workforce during 2014-15. Of particular note was the fact that 61% of independent training providers reported static or declining staff numbers – effectively delivering more with less in many cases. The report also highlights the differences in age and gender profiles between the different types of FE providers. A press release is available here with the full summary report available here.
Click here for the latest apprenticeship starts including 2015-16 quarter 3 by Region, Local Authority, Parliamentary Constituency, Equality & Diversity and Sector Subject Area. Nationally, if recruitment levels continue at the rate seen across the first 3 quarters of 2015-16 the result will be just a 2.5% increase in starts - well behind Government ambitions for a 50% increase over the 5 years of the current parliament.
Latest from the SFA including: Invitation to Tender: Apprenticeship and Traineeship Services to Schools; Procurement Opportunity: Higher and Degree Apprenticeships; Apprenticeship Grant for Employers Devolution.
Northbrook College has asked SCTP to alert its members regarding the opportunity to work in partnership with the college on apprenticeship delivery. See an information flyer here, and Expression of Interest Form here and Subcontract Process Overview here.
15 people beat the train strike and gathered at 3aaa in Brighton for SCTP's latest meeting of its Pre-employment Group. The meeting discussed funding issues and opportunities; the tracking and provision for 18 year olds, the availability of Traineeships, and heard from East Sussex County Council and Crawley Borough Council on latest policy and activity on education and skills The next meeting will be on the 11th October, 10.00-12.30, venue to be confirmed. In the meantime please complete SCTP's Pre-Employment survey that will help us to make sure that we are addressing members' needs in this area.
Latest edition of the region's business magazine.
Concerns have been raised over apprentice assessment organisations (AAOs) for apprenticeship standards — after it emerged that half of those approved so far are not regulated by Ofqual. Also, despite 108 apprenticeship standards now being open to new starts — just 32 (30%) have AAOs assigned to them. Click here for more from FE Week.
The Chartered Institute of PersonneI and Development has reported on its survey of employer attitudes to the apprenticeship levy. It finds some support for increasing apprenticeship volumes but concerns about the impact on quality and little evidence that it will help drive employer investment in training generally.
The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee has published a report claiming that the UK is facing both a digital divide and a digital skills crisis. The reportcontains some alarming figures on training needs, recruitment and lost revenue and offers a useful summary of the state of play in schools, colleges and HE but the key message was addressed to government: namely get on with it and publish the long-awaited Digital Strategy. Comment from FE Week is here.
Click here for a communication from Northbrook College regarding their partnership with Chichester College for the Coast To Capital SFA/ESIF ITT 30060 - Employees Support in Skills Tender. There is an opportunity to apply to join the partnership as a sub-contractor but the deadline for responses is MONDAY 20th June, 5pm. Details of the tender are here, profiling documents here and application form here. If any other members which to publish details of bidding partnerships that are being formed, please let us know.
SCTP has today issued details of a seminar for its members focussed on making best business use of Facebook and LinkedIn. The seminar takes place on the 27th July 9.30-1.45 at Plumpton College with option to either attend the LinkedIn session only, the Facebook session or both. More information and booking is here.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has released the latest unemployment data for the three month period from February to April 2016. There were 1.67 million unemployed people, 20,000 fewer than for the previous 3 months and 148,000 fewer than for a year earlier. This makes the unemployment rate 5.0%. The unemployment rate had plateaued for the previous six months at 5.1% but has now dropped by 0.1% to the lowest since 2005. The numbers unemployed for over 12 months also continue to drop dramatically, down by 114,000 or 20% to 462,000 people. The numbers unemployed for 24 months or more also continue to decrease but at a less fast pace and now stands at 262,000. Regarding young people, the ONS reports that between February and April 2016 there were 621,000 unemployed 16-24 year olds. This includes 216,000 people in full time education who are actively looking for part-time work. The unemployment rate for this group is at 13.6%, down 2.4% from a year ago.
The SFA has published the data for 2015-16 for achievement rates with the data being cut a number of different ways including by LEP area, local authority area and provider type.
An inivitation to tender has been published on Bravo Solutions by the SFA for the delivery of Apprenticeship and Traineeship IAG services in schools. Worth £2m, 4 large contracts will be issued covering the whole country with Sussex being included in the South area which runs from East Anglia to Cornwall. SCTP is investigating the viability of a joint provider network bid. For more details click here.
Click here for statistics on the status of student loans borrowers and the change in debt in the financial year.
Engineering apprentices from the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) have been named the country’s apprentice team of the year. Click here for more.
Latest from the EFA including: Information: funding of legacy GCSEs and IGCSEs in English, English language and mathematics in 2016 to 2017; Information: schools financial health checks – could your school help other schools?
SCTP member, Interserve has published a research report entitled 'The Interserve Society Report: Apprenticeships: the path to success'. The report provides a snapshot of attitudes and perceptions towards apprenticeships among young people, parents and employers and call for the launch of a campaign “similar in scale to that which promoted university attendance – but targeted at apprenticeships – especially in the South where they have the biggest image problem". Click here for more.
We can now confirm that NCFE will be holding a free seminar on Apprenticeship Trailblazers and the Apprenticeship Levy for SCTP members on the 21st July, 1.30-2.30pm after the SCTP Members' Meeting (which takes place in morning). Lunch will be provided for those attending the seminar. Details of the session can be found here. To book click here.
Latest from the SFA including: Individualised Learner Record R11 2015 to 2016: Opens Thursday 23, June; Adult Education Budget: Payments to Grant-funded Providers; Funding of Legacy IGCSEs in English, English language and Mathematics in 2016 to 2017.
SCTP member, Learning Curve is offering more free webinars namely: Work Experience in Study Programmes on the 16th June 10-11am, The Pedagogy of Synoptic Assessment on the 22nd June 10-11am and Strategies to Activate Students Curiosity About and Motivation Towards Learning Maths and English, 24th June 10-11am. Click on the links for more information and booking.
Click here to see the successful applicants for the 12 projects in the latest round of the South East LEP area Building Better Opportunities Fund.
SCTP welcomes Prevista to full membership of SCTP. London based Prevista delivers government funded services across a wide area in Employment, Skills, Youth Provision and Enterprise supporting people of all ages and needs, from a young person at risk of leaving education through to adults achieving Level 5 qualifications whilst in work and entrepreneurs seeking to grow their business. We look forward to working with James Clements Smith, Mark Sargeant and his team. For more on Prevista see www.prevista.co.uk
KATO, SCTP's equivalent organisation in Kent is offering SCTP members the chance to attend 3 of its forthcoming CPD events namely Teaching, Learning and Assessment on the 30th June, Effective Use of Learning Walks & Using Coaching Skills To Improve Teaching & Learning, 4th July and Self Assessment & Quality Improvement Planning on the 11th July. Click the above links for more info and booking.
Latest information from SELEP the Local Enterprise Partnership covering E Sussex, Kent and Essex for the period 21st May - 10th June. Not included in this update is the more recent news that SELEP's Skills Lead, Mike Rayner is to leave his seconded role at the end of June. A recruitment process for a successor has started. SCTP wishes Mike well and thanks him for his support.
Click here for information on the Coast To Capital LEP's Business Growth Grants Programme. Expressions of Interest are invited from Small and Medium (SME) sized businesses that are looking to grow and to create new jobs. Deadline is 30th September.
Congratulations to John Hyde, executive chairman of SCTP Member, HIT Training, who was one of 20 FE and skills figures recognised in this year’s Queen’s Birthday honours list. Click here for more information and the full list.
FE Week held a debate on the future and purpose of Traineeships at the Palace of Westminster last week — featuring high profile panellists from across the sector. Click here for the details and conclusions of the debate.
Professor Alison Wolf, who first proposed the apprenticeship levy has called for it to be extended to all employers in evidence given to the parliamentary subcommittee on education, skills and the economy. Professor Wolf said: “One of the mysteries to me remains why – well, I can imagine why politically – we created another problem for ourselves by saying there is only going to be limited number of employers who are involved in this, and there’s going to have to be a completely separate system for small businesses.” Paradoxically, one of the main concerns about the levy system is how the funding system will work for the 98% of employers who will not pay it - details are still awaited. Click here for more.
SCTP's members are diverse and include colleges and independent providers. We use the words 'training providers' to cover all our members. In this Fe News article however the training providers referred to are of the independent variety and this research looks at how many apprenticeships are delivered by independent training providers (76% nationally) and also looks at the volume of subcontracting taking place.
The Heritage Lottery Fund’s 'Skills for the Future' programme opens week beginning 13th June. This is a grants programme for projects which provide paid work-based training placements to meet a skills shortage in the heritage sector and help diversify the workforce. Grants will be from £100,000 to £750,000.
Also, the Blagrave Trust Feedback Fund is offering small grants of between £1,000 and £4,000 to assist organisations with 'a particular aspect of gathering feedback from service users or advancing work in this area'. Four counties are covered including Sussex. Click here for more.
Latest from the EFA including: Information: funding of legacy GCSEs in English, English language and mathematics in 2016 to 2017; Information: revised guidance on keeping children safe in education; Information: local authority Section 251 outturn 2015 to 2016.
Click here for the slides from yesterday's ESF-SFA funding workshop at the Coast To Capital offices in Horsham. A number of SCTP members were there - a full attendance list is here. More information about all Coast To Capital's European funding streams can be found at their dedicated web page here. Members are free to use SCTP as a vehicle for brokering partnerships amongst its members.
The Sussex Learning Network is holding a 'Raising awareness of the skills gaps in the ecology and environmental management sector' event, taking place from 3 – 5pm at Plumpton College. This will be facilitated by Lexie Munro, Professional Development Coordinator at the Chartered Institute for Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM). Click here for more information and booking.
SCTP has issued a short survey to members about the nature, purpose and operation of the Pre-Employment Sub Group so that we can make sure that it is meeting the needs of members. SCTP would really appreciate it if members could complete the survey by the end of June.
As previously notified, the next meeting of SCTP's Pre-Employment Group takes place on the 21st June at 3aaa in Brighton from 9.30am-12.15pm. Meeting details are here. Members are asked to confirm their attendance.
DBIS has announced that Antony Jenkins has been appointed to the role of shadow chair of the Institute for Apprenticeships - the new independent, employer-led organisation established to support the government’s plan to create 3 million apprenticeship starts by 2020. Sandie Bolton has also been appointed as Shadow Chief Operating Officer. Click here for more.
This newsletter which aims to keep parents and carers of children with Special Education Needs & Disabilities in touch with the latest information and events, can be seen here.
AELP has reported on their CEO Mark Dawe giving evidence to a joint select committee inquiry on apprenticeships this week with the MPs’ focus being on the likely impact of the levy reforms. AELP reports that 'As well as debating the quality of the programme, AELP’s key messages centred on the levy being a potential 'game-changer' with other sector reforms combining to offer parity of opportunity for young people and young adults. However, Mark Dawe stressed the urgency needed in taking decisions over the outstanding details of the levy scheme. In particular it was important that the Institute for Apprenticeships should be fully functional as soon as possible, given the responsibilities being assigned to it. Both AELP and AoC emphasised the importance of keeping non-levy paying SMEs engaged in the programme. A recording of the evidence session is here with the second part featuring AELP starting at 15.02'.
Latest from the SFA including: Performance-management Point 2: Contract Values Publication 2015 to 2016; Funding Legacy GCSEs in English, English language and mathematics; Education and Training Foundation: Staff Individualised Record System.
Click here for details of this free AELP webinar taking place on the 13th July 10.30-11.30.
SCTP member, Whitehead-Ross Education is interested in bidding in partnership with other SCTP members listed on the SFA register to deliver the SFA Employees Support in Skills tender (Lot 1 - Basic Skills Provision) for the Coast to Capital LEP Area. They say 'we have a particular interest in delivering in Brighton and Hove and currently deliver City and Guilds Functional Skills and have previously delivered a similar ESF programme in Wales (Welsh Government Essential Skills in the Workplace). In addition to having bid writing capacity and experience to contribute to the partnership, our Managing Director and business is active in the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) and we have access to 9,000 FSB members in the Surrey and Sussex region'. If interested please contact Ian Whitehead-Ross on 07730 550607or email@example.com to discuss further.
The Department for Work and Pensions has collaborated with BIS, the SFA and Remploy to trial a scheme tailoring Access-to-Work support for apprentices who have been identified as having mental health issues. For more details of the service and apprentice eligibility click here.
The consultation meeting that precedes the launch of the new SCTP Strategic Leaders' Forum took place today. Six SCTP members joined Paul Mitchell and Richard Freeman in Lewes to debate the terms of reference for the group with positive progress made. These terms of reference and an application form to join the group will be issued to full members on the 14th June (deadline for return 22nd June) with the first meeting of the new group to take place on Monday 11th July 10.00am-2.00pm. The forum will look at the strategic issues and opportunities in the employment and skills sector and the actions that can be taken locally and regionally to address these.
SCTP welcomes its latest new member, Whitehead-Ross Education and its Managing Director Ian Whitehead-Ross. The company, based in Hove delivers flexible education, youth and social welfare programmes working as a lead provider and sub-contractor for DWP. To find out more go to www.wrecltd.co.uk
SCTP has released information on a Health & Safety Seminar that is being run for members on the 14th July. Full information and booking is here.
The first quarter of 2016 saw a small increase in the number of young people classified as NEET to 865,000, but the 12 month figure was still down 69,000 from a year earlier. According to official data, under half (44%) of all young people in the UK who were NEET were looking for work and available for work and therefore classified as unemployed. The remainder were either not looking for work and/or not available for work and therefore classified as economically inactive. The latest NEET data for January to March 2016 is available here.
Statistics have been released by the SFA following a Freedom of Information request that showed only 9% of 19-24 age participants were progressing to apprenticeships and 31% of those aged 16-18. See a FE Week article on this here.
Latest newsletter from the Coast To Capital Local Enterprise Partnership covering Brighton & Hove, West Sussex and parts of Surrey and South London.
Latest news from Ofsted.
This is your chance to nominate apprentices to be part of East Sussex's Apprenticeship Ambassador Programme. SCTP's Apprenticeship in Sussex service has been commissioned to deliver the Apprenticeship Ambassador training programme as part of the 'Progress!' project - delivered by Skills East Sussex (ESCC) and funded by the Careers & Enterprise Company. The Apprenticeship Ambassador programme will support the uptake of apprenticeships by training 60 young people and adult apprentices to be advocates for the Apprenticeship programme at careers events, workshops and presentations at schools across East Sussex. SCTP have been tasked with training 60 apprentices, or former apprentices, to become ambassadors and advocates for work-based learning and the value of apprenticeships. To put your apprentices forward as ambassadors please complete the nomination form. More information and background is here.
Latest from the SFA including only one item this week: Individualised Learner Record R10 2015 to 2016: Closes Monday, 6 June.
SCTP member, HIT Training has launched a guide for its employers explaining the apprenticeship levy. Many providers have been grappling with how to approach employers on the subject of the levy so HIT's approach may be a useful example of how one provider is dealing with this.
Apprenticesization is the new word the sector is giving to the process by which employers look to transform existing training and development into levy-funded activities. This article explores how this process works and whether it is desirable or likely.
There are now three Apprenticeship Trailblazer standards at levels 3,4 and 5 that have already been approved - these are for Learning Mentor Level 3, Assessor/Coach Level 4, and Learning & Skills Teacher Level 5. The end assessment plan is still to be approved and the survey for levels 3 and 4 is currently live and due to close on 10th June 2016. This is the final stage for approval of these two standards so please take this chance to comment.
The Sussex Learning Network is holding a Careers in Health and Social Care roundtable event on 23rd June 10am – 12pm in Brighton at the Hotel du Vin, Brighton. The focus will be a discussion on how partners can work together to better support the recruitment and development of the workforce across health and social care services in Sussex. We are keen to ensure all of the relevant stakeholders who can help make this happen get involved and pledge to drive forward on actions we determine. Click here for more information and booking.
ESF-SFA Funding Specifications for the Coast To Capital LEP are now available via Bravo Solutions but can also be seen here. Members are reminded that the C2C LEP is holding an information session on the 9th June in Horsham from 1.30-3.30pm - click here for more information and booking. Members are also encouraged to use the pages of this website and the SCTP newsletter to forge bidding partnerships - if your organisation is intending to be a lead bidder and is seeking partners you can let SCTP know here.
The British Airways i360 has announced three recruitment days in their search for top candidates to fill around 80 jobs, both full- and part-time, that are being created when it opens this summer. Click here for more.
The Education and Training Foundation has confirmed its grant funding for the 2016/17 year with the lion’s share for support on English and maths, Functional skills and apprenticeships. This support is aimed at providers so this will be of interest to members.
SCTP Associate member, Pearson has published research conducted by the University of Derby on what constitutes world-class standards in apprenticeships and how these can best be applied to the system in England.
The Education & Training Foundation is offering a new 2015/16 Staff Individualised Record (SIR) aimed at giving all providers – including colleges, independent training providers and adult community learning services – a useful strategic decision making tool, as well as giving policy makers broader-based evidence. The benefits include the ability to benchmark vital management data including pay, staff qualifications, age, gender, ethnicity both internally and against other providers by type and size. More information is here.
Lord Sugar has accepted a second “enterprise tsar” role to encourage more young people onto apprenticeships. Click here for more.
The Department for Work and Pensions have collaborated with BIS and the SFA to trial a scheme tailoring access-to-work support for apprentices who have been identified as having mental health issues. The scheme is to be delivered by Remploy. Leaflets aimed at employers and apprentices are available.
Members may be interested to see national provider network AELP's evidence to the Sub-Committee on Education, Skills and the Economy Inquiry into Careers Guidance as well as its evidence to the Work and Pensions Select Committee Inquiry into The Future of Jobcentre Plus.
Any lead providers that have received letters from the SFA advising them of non-compliance with sub-contracting requirements are urged to take action in order to avoid possible termination of subcontracting facilities in 2016/17. The details of any non-compliance should be established with the SFA Central Delivery Service and conformation of compliance sought after any corrective actions have been taken. Sub-contractors are advised to check that their lead providers have complied.
Latest information from East Sussex County Council's Skills East Sussex group that brings together providers, the local authority and other key agencies involved in skills policy and delivery across E Sussex. SES is also the county's link to the South East LEP on skills.
The Association of Colleges (AoC) has announced that David Hughes, currently the Chief Executive of the Learning and Work Institute, will become its new Chief Executive in September 2016. Click here for more.
Click here for the latest issue of this monthly e-news for MI managers, software writers and suppliers about FE data systems and reports, the ILR, open data and other data news.
Yesterday saw the latest useful webinar from AELP CEO, Mark Dawe offering the latest news and analysis for the skills sector. Click here for a recording, the slides used and the questions raised and answers given during the session.
Latest news and articles from across government for advisers, employers and organisations that help people find jobs.
Latest from the Education Funding Agency including: Action: Individualised Learner Record R10 2015 to 2016; Reminder: establishing local authority dedicated schools grant baselines - historic commitments; Reminder: local authority bank account details; Information: schools financial health case studies; Information: school capacity collection 2016; Information: Portakabin fraud alert.
Thousands of apprentices are expected to take part in the 2016 Apprenticeship Pay Survey. This is an important research project providing information on training, hours and pay from current apprentices. The findings will be used by government to help set pay policy generally and make improvements in apprenticeship training. Apprentices selected to take part in the survey will receive a letter prior to receiving a call from one of the researchers. Click here for more.
Latest information from SELEP the Local Enterprise Partnership covering E Sussex, Kent and Essex for the weeks ending 13th and 20th May.
This rearranged information session will take place on the 9th June in Horsham from 1.30-3.30. Click here for more information and booking.
At last week's Members' Meeting Ben Payne confirmed that he would no longer be able to attend SCTP Members' Meetings on a regular basis. The SFA restructure and the rise of localism has meant that the SFA has decided that it is no longer possible or appropriate for them to attend local network meetings across the country. However, SCTP will ensure that members are kept informed through the SCTP newsletter and via regular speakers from Local Authorities and LEPs. SCTP will continue to work with Ben on an ongoing basis and would like to thank him and Hannah Caldwell for their excellent contribution to SCTP meetings.
Latest from the SFA including: Apprenticeship Reforms: Withdrawal of Frameworks; College Financial Planning Template: 2015 to 2016; Monitoring Plan 2015 to 2016; FE Choices Employer Satisfaction Survey: Interim Report; Supporting Apprentices Service: Mental Health Support.
The SFA has now published a second batch of 60 apprenticeship frameworks that they will withdraw for new starts from 1 December 2016. These frameworks had a low number of reported starts in the 2014 to 2015 and the 2015 to 2016 funding years or have provision covered by developing apprenticeship standards. The change will not affect those apprentices currently completing their apprenticeship on these frameworks.
Latest RPA data from East Sussex County Council including NEET and learner participation figures.
Click here to see a report on the results of a survey of National Career Service customers for the year ending April 2015 with 93% of customers rating the service as 'good'.
SCTP will soon be launching applications for full members to join a new Strategic Leaders’ Forum. This forum, developed with support from The Education & Training Foundation, will use analysis, action and research to tackle some of the local sector-wide challenges with leadership pipelines, resilience, change management and forecasting at all levels of work-based and vocational learning. Please join us for a complimentary breakfast and a chance for you to get more information and to influence the remit of the forum; Monday 6th June, 2016. Pelham House Hotel, Lewes, 9-10.30am. Please book your place via firstname.lastname@example.org
Colleagues at the national provider network AELP are looking closely at the apparent tension between Ofsted prioritising qualification outcomes at inspection whereas the main objective of the programme is progression into apprenticeships and jobs. There is a concern that providers are shying away from involving themselves in Traineeships in case this affects their Ofsted grade. As a result AELP is keen to know providers' experiences of a range of Traineeship issues including – are you filling your allocations? What is the relationship like with JCP? And does this tension between Ofsted priorities and your progression data sound familiar? Your views can be submitted to AELP via SCTP here.
Latest official statistics on unemployment and NEETs show that although the overall trend over the last few years is downwards, the pace of reduction has slowed right down. Indeed, the number of unemployed has been at around 1.6 million since early autumn last year, and currently 5.1% of the working age population are unemployed. The number of young people who are NEET follows a similar trend over time with what were rapid post-recession declines have now slowed virtually to a halt. For the three months from February to April 2016, 13.7% of 16-24 year olds are unemployed. Around a third of these were seeking work while in full time education. Four out of every five NEETs are over-18, only one in five are 16 or 17 years old.
A comprehensive plan to transform the standard of education in prisons has been published. The recommendations include the freedom for prison governors to tailor prison curricula; the creation of Personalised Learning Plans for each prisoner, and an introduction of a stand-alone judgements by Ofsted of educational performance in prisons. Click here for more.
According to Mark Dawe, CEO of the AELP, vocational learning could soon be on an equal footing with the traditional academic pathway as a result of the Education for All Bill outlined by the Queen this week. Click here for more.
Latest Ofsted information for inspectors and providers on inspection.
The SFA have sent letters to all Prime Contractors with regard to non-compliance of the Subcontracting Controls Assurance work that was required by the end of January 16. The SFA has stated that there are 300 providers that haven't met these requirements including needing to obtain a report from an external auditor that provides assurance on the arrangements in place to manage and control their subcontractors and also for Primes to publish their fees and charges. Continued non-compliance will result in termination of sub contracting for those providers from 1st August 16 which would not only affect them but also their sub contractors. SCTP associate member, SRF Consultancy have let SCTP know that they are able to assist with making sure that providers are compliant with these SFA requirements and are offering a 20% discount to SCTP members on their normal fees. Contact Tom Glover for more information.
Latest from the Education Funding Agency including: Information: high needs allocated place numbers; Action: summer school census; Reminder: establishing local authority dedicated schools grant baselines - historic commitments; Reminder: schools financial value standard – CFO statements
For the first time in some years the SCTP Members' Meeting moved from Plumpton - this time to Crawley, hosted by Central Sussex College. The Members' Meetings will move around the county now but will always be accessible at a location in the middle of Sussex. 34 members attended and heard from Kane Tudor of ESCC on the Careers & Enterprise Company and Progress! projects; Kirsten Trussell from the Coast 2 Capital LEP on skills developments and European funding; Claire Mitchell from the Education Training Foundation on their range of services to support providers and their work with SCTP and the latest SFA news from Ben Payne. SCTP's Richard Freeman announced two new projects - one to form a Strategic Leaders' Forum (see first item in this newsletter) and the other to extend Apprenticeship In Sussex Events across all schools in E Sussex. More details will be in the minutes which will be issued to members soon. The next Members' Meeting is on the 21st July at Mithras House, University of Brighton, Moulsecoomb 9.30-1.00 with a NCFE Trailblazer session taking place after lunch. All SCTP event details can be found on the calendar page of this website.
The Sussex Learning Network is holding a free event on Thursday 23rd June 10-12 at the Hotel du Vin in Brighton. The event is a 'Career in Health and Social Care roundtable' and will be discussing how partners can work together to better support the recruitment and development of the workforce across health and social care services in Sussex. For more information and booking click here.
Latest from the ETF including the launch of the next part of the ETF's Functional Skills Reform Programme and more on the Future Apprenticeships offer.
Latest news from the National Careers Service for the South East.
Click here for information and registration for a free webinar on Monday 23rd May at midday which will look at some of the figures in the recently published National Achievement Rate Tables 2014/15 to see what they reveal about classroom and apprenticeship performance in 2014/15.
Latest from the SFA including: Individualised Learner Record R10 2015 to 2016: Opens Tuesday, 24 May; Skills Funding Service: New Digital Platform; FE Choices: Community Learning Learner Satisfaction Survey; European Social Fund: New Logos.
The new national apprenticeship promotional campaign launches today.
Tudor Williams from SCTP Associate Member, DTD discusses the implications of the apprenticeship levy for providers' health and safety responsibilities.
AELP CEO, Mark Dawe has sought this week to provide a summary of where we are with the implementation of the apprenticeship levy (and non-levy). This is useful and concise, he states: 'funding for all apprentices starting from April 2017 will change to either a Levy system or a non-levy employer cash contribution system. While we know there will be a 16 -18 incentive, the government is silent on whether any other incentives will be paid. We won’t know what the proposed proportion of cash contribution non-levy payers will be expected to pay until June and this will only be finalised in October. From all the conversations we are having with members and employers, AELP now firmly believe that any net cash contribution from non-levy payers (and those levy payers who exceed their levy fund) will have a significant negative impact on Apprenticeship starts and will threaten the target of 3 million starts by 2020. We will provide a briefing over the coming days and it is a message AELP, and all providers, should be saying constantly with one voice'.
The Education and Training Foundation provides a support network of maths & English Regional Specialist Leads who are advocates for sector professionalism and quality improvement and are able to support professional development in maths and English, signposting to the activities that best suit providers' needs. For more information on your local RSL and how to get in contact click here.
The Register of Training Organisations (ROTO) is now open for new applications and for organisations that are required to enter as per Funding Rules 2015/16 (paras 4 and 24). Applications will not be taken after at 5.00pm on Tuesday, 31 May. For more information, please refer to the Register page of GOV.UK.
SCTP welcomes Operations Manager, Andrew Greenslade and his colleagues at Associated Neighbour Training. Based in Godstone, Neighbour Training is a long-established training provider that offers a range of apprenticeships throughout Surrey, Sussex and beyond. Andrew will introduce himself and his organisation at the 19th May Members' Meeting. In the meantime more information can be found at www.neighbour-training.co.uk.
DBIS has published research into learner and employer satisfaction with the apprenticeship programme. The research shows the maintenance of high satisfaction rates with 9 out of 10 learners satisfied with their apprenticeship and 87% of employers.
An analysis of recently published SFA figures shows that on average SFA lead providers deliver 20% of their provision outside of their 'home' region. This has implications as the Adult Education Budget is devolved to local areas. As Skills Minister, Nick Boles said in his grant letter to the SFA regarding the Adult Education Budget, “devolution deals will provide specific localities with the power to make their own funding decisions and it may become less appropriate to let large national contracts spanning multiple geographic areas”. For further comment and analysis see here.
Coast 2 Capital Local Enterprise Partnership has issued an invitation to a free ESF workshop on 23 May 2016, 1.30-3.30pm. This is an opportunity to find out about funding opportunities under the new ESF/DWP opt-in call covering employability. Click here for more information and booking.
Growth requests are being offered for the delivery of specific sectors and any of the new apprenticeship standards. The SFA has announced this as part of a “targeted growth exercise” to increase 16 to 18 and 19+ apprenticeship delivery. Click here for comment from FE Week.
Three government departments are getting together to sponsor a new taskforce aimed at helping more people with learning difficulties get opportunities to take up an apprenticeship. Click here for more.
This report by The Resolution Foundation for the Social Mobility Commission, calls for a simplified system of career progression for the ‘forgotten 40%', the 40% of the workforce with good GCSEs but not a degree.
DBIS has published an evaluation of the first year of implementation of 24+ Advanced Learning Loans and the impact they have had on learners' decisions. The research found that there had been a drop of 31% in the volume of learners aged 24+ on courses eligible for 24+ Advanced Learning Loans funding although despite the drop in the volume of learners there was evidence to suggest that the loans were viewed positively by learners.
Click here for the Government's response to the Outcome Based Success Measures consultation.
Latest information from SELEP the Local Enterprise Partnership covering E Sussex, Kent and Essex for the weeks ending 29th April and 6th May.
AELP and the ETF have launched a new portal and provider toolkit to support providers in making the transition for apprenticeship frameworks to standards. Click here for more information on this and other support available to providers via the Future Apprenticeships programme. Click here for a further exploration of the available resources from FE News.
Click here from the slides from this week's Lsect webinar on the apprenticeship levy.
SCTP member CXK is the Regional Lead for the delivery of the National Citizens Service across Brighton & Hove, East and West Sussex. The NCS programme is for 15-17 year olds and helps young people build skills for work and life. To ensure that no one misses out on the opportunity to take part this summer please ensure you share with all your students including those undertaking Traineeships. Recruitment for the 4 week summer programmes is ongoing with phased start dates beginning from early July 2016 including two residential weeks. The cost for the whole programme is £50 and there are bursaries available. You can find out more about NCS here and who is delivering locally here.
Click here for a transcript of Education Secretary, Nicky Morgan's speech to the the Careers & Enterprise Company conference.
There is an annual publication called The Apprenticeship Guide which is printed and circulated to every school in England, promoting apprenticeships and providers. Previously the number and nature of providers listed in the guide had been limited but free listings are now open all. To find out more and get your free listing click here. Deadline for replies is 31st May.
Latest from the EFA including: colleges directly enrolling 14 to 16-year-olds for the first time; area review - VAT reclaim information.
Many members will wish to note that the SFA has issued guidance on a new apprenticeship standard for 'Business Administrator' at Level 3, while new standard for 'Retailer' at Level 2 is ready for delivery as well as more specialist standards such as 'Cyber Security Technologist'. A full list of standards approved for delivery is here and a full list of those under development is here.
Latest from the SFA including: Apprenticeship and Traineeship Growth Exercise: 2016 to 2017; The Register of Training Organisations: Open; Advanced Learner Loans: 2016 to 2017 Applications; ‘Get In Go Far’: Government Campaign; Learning Aim Search Functionality: Updates; Area Review: VAT Reclaim; FE Choices Learner Satisfaction Survey; New Portal: Apprenticeship Reforms; EU Referendum: Register to Vote.
Latest issue of the SFA's monthly round-up of information and news for businesses.
SCTP member, Learning Curve is offering a number of free webinars in the coming weeks namely: Personal development, behavior and welfare: implications for post-16 providers - Tuesday 17th May 2016, 2.00-3:00pm; Apprenticeship Levy and the Funding of Apprenticeships for SMEs - Wednesday 11th May 2016, 10.00-11:00am; Sub Contracting and Partnerships: Opportunities and Challenges - Wednesday 11th May 2016, 2.00-.300pm; Innovation in Study Programmes & Traineeships- Tuesday 17th May, 10.00-11.00am Click on the links for more details and booking.
The government has announced details of nearly £80 million in funding to support the creation of 5 new National Colleges. The centres of high-tech training are intended to ensure that the UK has skilled people in industries crucial to economic growth such as high speed rail, nuclear, onshore oil and gas, digital skills and the creative industries. Click here for more.
Welcome to new Associate Member 'itslearning' and our local contact Steve Escott. Steve attended the last meeting as a guest so some members may have met him already. itslearning 'helps educators create innovative digital learning environments, to improve retention rates and reduce the cost of instruction'. Find out more at www.itslearning.co.uk
The Association of Colleges has called for a delay in Government plans to devolve the Adult Education Budget to local areas as the system is not ready for implementation. Click here for more.
itslearning helps educators create innovative digital learning environments, to improve retention rates and reduce the cost of instruction. - See more at: http://www.itslearning.co.uk/our-story#sthash.OmJkgdI3.dpuf
itslearning helps educators create innovative digital learning environments, to improve retention rates and reduce the cost of instruction. - See more at: http://www.itslearning.co.uk/our-story#sthash.OmJkgdI3.dpuf
itslearning helps educators create innovative digital learning environments, to improve retention rates and reduce the cost of instruction. - See more at: http://www.itslearning.co.uk/our-story#sthash.OmJkgdI3.dpuf
Jisc is running a series of 'Connect More' events across the country that encourage providers to make the most of using digital technologies. Click here for details of all events - the nearest being in London on the 28th June.
The Education & Training Foundation are invitinginterested parties to a commissioning workshop for the Maths and English Pipeline which seeks to raise the standards of English & maths for learners. The event is taking place on Wednesday 18 May, 2016 from 10am – 1pm in London. The intention is to implement an 'agile' commissioning process with the invitation to tender (ITT) for the next phase of the Maths and English Pipeline being issued on 16 May with a deadline of 13 June 2016. More information is available on the ETF website. Contracts will be awarded from 20 June onwards.
For some time an apprenticeship ambassador network has been run by apprentices working for Brighton & Hove City Council. They go into schools to promote apprenticeships and also produce a blog. The intention is now to extend the ambassador network to more apprentices outside BHCC, more providers and to form a Greater Brighton Apprenticeship Ambassador Network. They are 'particularly interested in shining examples of apprentices, who are likely to engage with young people and who represent a range of organisations and backgrounds'. Providers/apprentices that wish to get involved can e-mail Stephanie Baker here.
This free webinar will take place on 17th May 10.30-1130 which will look at the latest information on how the apprenticeship levy will work. Click here for more information and booking.
Fe Week has revealed that the Government's first skills white paper in a decade will bring an end to mixed provision and expect 16-year-olds choose between academic courses leading to university or a new technical professional education (TPE) route into work. For more click here.
The first detail of DWP plans for the procurement of the new Work and Health Programme have appeared outlining Supplier Accreditation and Passporting (SAaP) plans and announcing a series of briefing events to be held in Birmingham and London at the end of May – details are available through Bravo. There will additionally be a Virtual Data Room offering online access to background data and early draft versions of documentation, along with regular new and updated information. The value of the programme is indicated at around £120m per year, with multiple contract packages being available (although there is as yet no indication of how many).
Latest from the EFA including: Information: traineeships – intention to deliver in 2016 to 2017; Information: Secretary of State approved list of independent special schools in England and Wales and special post-16 institutions; Reminder: Document Exchange file expiry; Information: new and updated energy for schools guidance.
Click here for a letter from the SFA to partners giving information on the new 'Get In Go Far' Youth and Employer Marketing Campaign for apprenticeship campaign will begin on the 16th May.
Latest monthly newsletter from the SFA for marketing and communications staff in colleges and training organisations.
Click here for a letter which confirms that Invitations to Tender for DWP Opt-in ESF 2014-2020 contracts have now been published for the Coast to Capital LEP area. The relevant link to Contracts Finder is here.
This article from Mark Dawe, AELP CEO for FE News summarises providers' concerns about the levy and non-levy systems including the strong likelihood of small employers needing to pay for their apprenticeships from April 2017. AELP is working hard to lobby Government to ensure that the new system incentivises employers and maximises participation and SCTP continues to feed member views to AELP. More answers to the many outstanding questions regarding the new funding systems are expected in June.
Latest from the SFA including: Individualised Learner Record R09 2015 to 2016; Advanced Learner Loans: Eligibility Criteria Expanding; New Apprenticeship Standards: Survey.
The Coast to Capital LEP has issued a call for evidence on the Low Carbon and Environmental Goods and Services (LCEGS) sector. This sector has been identified as being important for future economics and jobs growth, as well as being key to meeting the UK’s commitments to reduce CO2 emissions, increasing energy efficiency, and increasing the use of renewable energy. To help the C2C LEP further support the local economy and businesses and to help the UK meet its environmental obligations, evidence is needed detailing the key opportunities and issues, companies and projects and skills needs in the local LCEGS sector. We are inviting local businesses, organisations, and industry experts to take part in a short survey that explores these questions. The survey is open until the 13th May.
In addition the C2C LEP has also issued 2 European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) calls relating to Low Carbon opportunities. These calls can be seen here and here. There is also a low carbon event on the 11th May - details here.
East Sussex County Council is holding a 16-19 summit partner event aimed at looking at working together to develop a new strategy that will engage, retain and progress 16-19 year olds in learning and work in the county. The event will take place on Tuesday 28th June 2016 between 2-5pm at Eastbourne Winter Gardens - more information and booking details are here. Deadline for registrations is 27th May 2016.
We are pleased to welcome Onefile Ltd as SCTP's latest Associate Member. Onefile specialises in building, hosting and managing software applications for the training and education sectors aiming to assist in replacing paperwork with technology. We look forward to welcoming Richard Meredith, Onefile's Business Development Manager to future meetings. To find out more about Onefile go to www.onefile.co.uk
CBI Director-General Carolyn Fairbairn made a wide–ranging speech this week on the importance of skills and of getting the apprenticeship levy right calling among other things for a delay in implementation, more flexibility on how employers should spend the levy and a more strategic role for the Institute for Apprenticeships. Click here for more. It will be interesting to see how the Government responds to the country's main employer group over what is intended to be an employer-led system.
Skills Minister Nick Boles addressed the Parliamentary Sub-committee meeting on education, skills and the economy this week. Two statements raised some eyebrows: firstly that apprentices might be 'obliged' to visit their old schools to promote apprenticeships once qualified - more here and secondly that 6th form colleges might be penalised for early drop out from A level courses - more here. Although most agree that ex-apprentices are the best advocates for the programme there must be a question mark as to whether an 'obliged' apprentice would deliver the message with the required knowledge and enthusiasm. Similarly, there are questions as to whether 6th form penalties are any substitute for a fully resourced impartial IAG service in their institutions.
The Department for Education has publishedcommissioned research into how well the Education, Health and Care (EHC) system is working for SEND (Special Education Needs & Disabilities) users and finds that while some are concerned that it’s a tick-box ticking exercise, most people are broadly satisfied.
Click here for the latest issue of this monthly e-news for MI managers, software writers and suppliers about FE data systems and reports, the ILR, open data and other data news.
Click here to see official statistics showing apprenticeship starts figures back as far back as 2005/6 and up to the first half of 2015/16 (August 2015 to January 2016). These figures are split geographically by region, parliamentary constituency and local authority and also show national equality & diversity splits and sector subject area.
Latest from the Education Funding Agency including: Reminder: local authorities to submit grant returns by 30 April 2016; Information: local authority allocations for 2016 to 2017 for extended rights to home-to-school travel; Information: release of COLLECT familiarisation blade.
Click here to see the recording and slides from yesterday's useful one hour update webinar from new AELP CEO, Mark Dawe. The update focuses on the latest information on the levy (and non-levy), devolution and higher & degree apprenticeships.
Latest from the SFA. Only one item this time - Higher and Degree Apprenticeship Expansion: Opportunity to Tender.
The latest quarterly update on employment in West Sussex, Brighton & Hove and parts of Surrey.
Latest information from the Local Enterprise Partnership covering E Sussex, Kent and Essex for the weeks ending 15th and 22nd April.
At the end of last week the Government published more detail on the levy operating model. Lsect is holding a free webinar about it this Friday the 29th with the DfE/BIS Director of Levy Implementation, Keith Smith. Click here to register for free.
The South East LEP (SELEP) has launched the latest round of its Skills Capital Fund (SCF). Please note the deadline of 25th May. Bids up to £500,000 are permitted for any capital project that meets local skills needs but note that match funding may be required. The fund is open to all providers. Click here for application guidance and here for the application form. Please note that for this SCF round local Employment & Skills Boards (Skills East Sussex) and Federated Boards (Team East Sussex) will be working together to prioritise and endorse bids before they are considered by SELEP. Potential applicants are encouraged to discuss their proposals with Holly Aquilina at ESCC in the first instance.
Latest news from ESCC's Skills Partnership.
We're pleased welcome our new administrator Gail Murphy who has now started working with us. Gail will gradually take over some of Paul Mitchell's administrative work so he can spend further time on representing members at a strategic level. Members will be able to meet Gail at the next Members' Meeting on the 19th May. Diana Freestone continues to work on CPD events and the www.apprenticeships-in-sussex.com website. Gail's e-mail address is email@example.com
The Education Funding Agency (EFA) has examined data on programmes of study for 16- to 19-year-olds in 2013/14 and reported on the emerging standardization of delivery patterns.
The Education and Training Foundation (ETF) has published a commissioned report into HE in FE showing how this form of provision impacts on local needs and local learners.
Updated feedback from DBIS on the Area Review programme including added information on wave 3, updated detail on waves 1 and 2 and updated the indicative list for 4 and 5.
The National Audit Office has published a useful report on English devolution deals raising some issues about aims, accountability and the transfer of power to mayors and the impact on some Government depts.
Latest available data for the three months from December 2015 to February 2016 from the Office for National Statistics puts the number of unemployed people at 1.7 million. This is 142,000 fewer than for the same period last year. However, the number of people unemployed for 12 months and over dropped substantially from 623,000 in December-February 2014/15 to 476,000 in the same period in 2015/16. Further, those unemployed for 24 months and over dropped from 351,000 to 262,000 over the same time period. Regarding youth unemployment, there were 627,000 unemployed 16 to 24 year olds in the three months from December 2015 to February 2016. This included 214,000 full-time students looking for part-time work and is made up of 128,000 16-18 year olds and 499,000 18-24 year olds.
Apprenticeships4England is campaigning for the Government to reverse its decision that all Level 3 Early Years Educators (EYEs) must have at least a Grade C in GCSE English and maths to count in the ratios - with no equitable alternative at Level 2 such as Functional Skills allowed. They say 'This catastrophic policy – introduced from September 2014 – will bite from this September, and will mean there will be a significant shortfall in the number of Level 3 EYEs. This threatens the quality of care that children will get in early years settings, and means childcare costs for parents will increase. It also puts at risk the Government’s manifesto pledge to give working parents 30 hours’ free childcare for their three- and four-year-olds'. To support the campaign click here.
AELP is offering a webinar entitled 'Ofsted's Lessons Learnt from New Inspections'. This will take place 10.30-11.30 on the 11th May. More details and booking are here. AELP members get the usual discounts and SCTP members that are not AELP members receive a 10% discount. E-mail here for the discount code.
Skills E Sussex is the Skills Group for East Sussex convened by East Sussex County Council to look at the development of skills policy and activity in the county linking in with the South East LEP. SCTP represents its members on this group and many of the sub groups. These documents give an update on progress to date which will be of interest to many members especially those that operate in the groups priority sectors. Click here for the minutes of the last meeting of the group and here for a summary of actions taken in the group's first year. Keep up to date on the groups progress wia ESCC's dedicated web page here.
An invitation has been issued by FE Week to a free parliamentary debate hosted by the shadow skills minister Gordon Marsden looking at whether the Apprenticeship Levy will be successful. This will take place on May 3rd at the Houses of Parliament between 1.30-3.00pm. For more information and booking click here.
The National Deaf Children's Society (NDCS) is pulling together research on deaf young people in apprenticeships. The work involves Simon Harris who until recently was part of SCTP representing CXK and is now Post-14 Development Manager at NDCS. The views of apprenticeship providers are very important in helping them to shape their research and they are asking SCTP members to complete a short online survey here. The answers will help the NDCS in shaping their future 14+ resource planning. The survey is available until 8 May 2016. NDCS has also issues a guide to recruiting and supporting deaf people which can be found here.
Presenters/facilitators/workshop leaders now being recruited for SCTP's Apprenticeships in Sussex (AIS) programme. Between May 2016 and April 2017, AIS will be delivering workshops, talks and presentations to every local authority secondary school and academy in East Sussex. The aim is to raise awareness of local Apprenticeship opportunities through fun, memorable and informed sessions for students, teachers and parents. We are recruiting a team of experienced work-based learning and careers professionals who would like to lead some of these sessions, assisted by an Apprentice Ambassador. This role could be suitable for IAG specialists, assessors, tutors, learner recruitment staff or classroom assistants who have a clear and dynamic presentation style, and are unfazed leading a Q&A with large or small groups of school children of mixed level and ability. Training, presentation resources and Q&A prompts will be provided. The rate payable is £25p/h + travel for workshop delivery on a freelance contract. Please send a CV and covering letter by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for applications is 5pm - Wednesday 4th May.
Updated guidance for employers from the Department of Business Innovation & Skills explaining who the levy affects, how much is payable and what happens once the money has been paid. AELP CEO Mark Dawe added 'the guide represents a step forward on where we were a few months ago and training providers can use it to help employers prepare for the start of the levy system. Nevertheless the clock is ticking and the outstanding further guidance is crucial to determining how successful the apprenticeship programme is going to be after April 2017'. To see AELP's press release and summary click here.
Latest from the Education Funding Agency including: Information: review of the 2013 to 2014 data submitted against the core principles of the study programme; Information: post-16 funding for 2016 to 2017 academic year; Reminder: Document Exchange folder removal; Information: Teachers’ Pensions monthly data collection.
SCTP's Pre-Employment meeting originally scheduled for the 14th June has been moved back one week to the 21st June due date clashes with other meetings. The venue and timings remain unchanged with the meeting taking place at 3aaa in Brighton between 9.30 and 12.15. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.
Latest edition of the SFA's monthly round-up of business-critical information and news for businesses.
Latest RPA data from East Sussex County Council including NEET and learner participation figures.
Latest from the SFA including: Individualised Learner Record R09 2015 to 2016: Open Friday, 22 April; European Social Fund 2014 to 2020 Programme: Invitations to Tender; Advanced Learner Loans Toolkit: Updated; Learning Aim Search Functionality: Updates.
Click here for details of this free conference in London on the 19th May from SCTP member, Pearson. The conference focuses on the changing landscape of work based learning and how to prepare for it.
Brighton Chamber of Commerce has successfully bid to deliver a new 'Ride the Wave' business support programme. Funded and led by Brighton & Hove City Council, Ride the Wave will deliver subsidised training and mentoring to entrepreneurs in the city and will formally launch in late April. More information is here.
This article by Wendy Jones from SCTP member, National Numeracy calls for the introduction of a more practical maths qualification at GCSE alongside the more traditional ‘academic’ version. Meanwhile Maths in Education and Industry (MEI,) published a discussion paper about what a L2 Functional Skills in maths should look like in terms of content, standards and assessment. All this against a backdrop of Prince William telling Indian school children this week “I’m terrible at maths… very bad at it”. Surely what we need is poor maths skills to become as socially unacceptable as poor reading skills!
The annual BIG Futures Show at the Winter Garden is organised by Eastbourne Education Business Partnership in association with Eastbourne Borough Council. The show is targeted at Year 10 students, their parents and the wider community across the Eastbourne ‘travel to work area’. A wide variety of partners are involved working to consolidate local ‘careers education’ experiences into one high profile event. For more information click here.
This useful article looks ahead to what the FE sector will look like after area reviews. The focus is on colleges but the themes will be useful for all providers.
The Festival of Learning (previously Adult Learners’ Week) is a national celebration of lifelong learning, with 'Have a Go' learning events taking place during May and June. For more information, to get involved or list any events click here.
Latest from the Three Southern Counties (E Sussex, W Sussex, Surrey) Devolution Bid Team.
Following last week's publication by the UK Commission for Employment & Skills of their Working Futures report, this short FE News article summarises the main conclusions of the report and identifies sector shifts in employment and skills demand.
Latest information from the South East LEP for week ending 8th April.
Click here for the latest news and articles from across government for advisers, employers and organisations that help people find jobs.
The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has asked the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) to manage the Degree Apprenticeship Development Fund. The fund will provide £8m starting in academic year 2016-17 to help universities and colleges work with employers to develop new degree apprenticeships ready for delivery from academic year 2017-18. Click herefor more.
Latest from the Education Funding Agency including Action: local authorities to submit grant returns by 30 April 2016; Information: post-16 allocation statements for 2016 to 2017 academic year; Information: financial planning handbook; Information: 2016 to 2017 academic year student support scheme guides; Information: funding guidance for young people aged 16 to 19 in 2016 to 2017; Information: maths and English condition of funding; Information: 14 to 16 in further education; Information: intervention work in EFA and SFA; Information: final pupil premium allocations for 2015 to 2016; Information: high needs funding operational guide 2016 to 2017; Reminder: establishing local authority dedicated schools grant baselines; Action: early years capital funding: call for expressions of interest (EOI) from local authorities; Action: Document Exchange folder removal; Information: buying tablet devices for schools; Information: Children’s Social Care drive improvements over the next three years.
The SFA has issued 4 new Traineeship guidance documents aimed at employers, young peopleand training organisations as well as a referral sheet for careers advisers and intermediaries to decide whether young people might be suitable candidates for a Traineeship.
Wealden District Council in association with Pro-actions Business Coaching & Support are offering a free 'Marketing For Growth' Seminar on the 4th May in Uckfield 9.30-12.30. For more info and booking see here.
Central Sussex College is to close its sites in Haywards Heath and East Grinstead in order to reduce costs. Click here for details from the Mid Sussex Times.
SCTP member, Learning Curve is offering a free webinar that will give providers the opportunity to consider how they can best respond to the recently announced expansion of Advanced Learner Loans. It will take place between 10.00 and 11.00 on the 27th April. Click here for more information and booking.
Click here to see AELP's draft response to the Inquiry into Jobcentre Plus services being carried out by the Work & Pensions Select Committee. Non-AELP members can send comments via SCTP by e-mailing here.
Latest from the SFA including: Subcontracting Data: Second Collection; Financial Planning Handbook 2015 to 2016; Geographic Delivery Data 2014 to 2015; Intervention Work: Letter to Sector; FE Maintenance Loans: Consultation; Future Apprenticeships: Impact Survey.
Click here for a letter from Peter Mucklow, Director for Young People, EFA & Director for Intervention, SFA which provides an update on changes to intervention work across the Skills Funding Agency and Education Funding Agency.
Click here for information and to take part in this survey that helps to gauge the views of the sector on government policy including area reviews and localism and their impacts on staff and business practices. The results will be published in May.
Latest edition of the region's business magazine.
New tax changes came in this week which mean employers won’t have to pay National Insurance Contributions (NICs) for apprentices aged under 25 and earning under the high tax threshold (this extends the arrangements already in place for apprentices aged under 21). More on all the tax changes for the new tax year is here.
The UK Commission for Employment and Skills has published its 'Working Futures' labour market projections for the period 2014 to 2024. This highlighted projected growth in sectors like construction and business services and a continuing shift towards more high level qualifications.
Latest from the Education and Training Foundation.
Concerns have been raised over delays with government approval of apprentice assessment organisations (AAOs) for Trailblazer apprenticeship standards after just 13 were cleared. The SFA first began taking on submissions to their new Register of Apprenticeship Assessment Organisations (RoAAO) in March last year. However, FE Week reports that despite 88 apprenticeship standards being open to new starts — just 23 (26 per cent) have 13 AAOs assigned to them.
The SFA has published the 2014/15 nationwide qualification achievement rates (QAR) which revealed that the apprenticeship success rate has bounced back 2.8 percentage points to 71.7 per cent. Click here for more.
The Education & Training Foundation has issued a survey to providers to help them in their work to improve their support programmes for the sector’s leaders and aspiring leaders. Click herefor the survey and more information.
Chichester based Apprentices, Rachael and Freya, launched the West Sussex Apprentice Ambassador Network (AAN) during the Graduation Ceremony at Chichester Cathedral in National Apprenticeship Week. They are blogging about their own apprenticeships and encouraging others to tell their apprenticeship stories.
They want to a) invite current and recently qualified Apprentices to join the Network and so build up the group of Ambassadors to promote apprenticeships across the county b) encourage current Apprentices to go back to their old schools to talk about their work and training c)encourage would-be Apprentices in schools and colleges to read these blogs to find out more about apprenticeships d) ask training providers to promote the AAN by passing on the contact details to new Apprentices and spread the word by promoting the AAN as widely as possible.
A report published by the Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) and learning company (and SCTP member) Pearson, examines the trend of young people becoming NEET unless they find grounding in the form of an apprenticeship or other training route. The report – Routes into Work – it’s alright for some – finds that there is a lack of awareness among young people about traineeships and suggests the programme needs to be better promoted. For more comment and information click here. On a similar note the House of Lords Select Committee on Social Mobility published its report on the transition from school for young people titled 'Overlooked and Left Behind' which drew similar conclusions.
Latest edition of the SFA's monthly newsletter designed for marketing, communications and business development staff in colleges and other training organisations. It includes information on the National Apprenticeship Awards 2016; National Apprenticeship Week 2016; Learning at Work Week 2016; the Future Apprenticeship Impact Survey for providers - more information here.
C2C LEP has announced new dates for its ESF SFA information events which will take place on the 3rd and 10th May 10.00-12.00 in Horsham. The event on the 3rd will be repeated on the 10th. Click here for more information and booking.
The next SCTP Pre-employment Meeting on the 14th June (now moved to 21st June) will take place at 3aaa in Brighton from 9.30-12.15. We grateful to Louise Freeman and her team for making their premises available. More details will be issued nearer the time. We can also confirm that the 21st July SCTP Members' Meeting will take place at the University of Brighton, Mithras House, Moulsecoomb, Brighton.
Latest update from SLN, the network of Sussex universities and colleges focussing on higher vocational learning.
Another useful FE News article in which Learning Curve's funding expert Beej Kaczmarczyk looks at the future on funding in the light of changes relating to loans levies and localism.
The SFA has published a Complete Guide To Higher & Degree Apprenticeships which can be seen here.
The 1st April saw the introduction of the National Living Wage (NLW) for workers aged 25 and over and not in the first year of an apprenticeship. Workers are now entitled to receive at least £7.20 per hour. Click here for more.
This interesting FE News article looks at how providers of all types might best respond to the new skills landscape emphasising the need to specialise occupationally while expanding delivery to all levels.
Yesterday saw the breakfast event ‘Boosting Skills in the Visitor Economy’, co-hosted by SCTP and the Sussex Learning Network, with support from the National Apprenticeship Service. Click here for the slides from Kirsten Trussell's (Coast To Capital) presentation and here for Dan Power’s (People 1st) presentation slides.
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