City College Brighton and Hove and Northbrook College have announced they will merge to create a new Greater Brighton and Sussex Institute of Arts & Technology. Click here for more.
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 article published 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 published experimental 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.
Click here to view the video recording and here to download the slides from the recent webinar 'Making the best use of work experience and placements, both internal and external', from Learning Curve.
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 report contains 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 550607 or firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com
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.
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 inviting interested 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 published commissioned 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com. 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 here for 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 people and 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 here for 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.
Latest from Ofsted.
Latest edition is here.
SCTP Member, Care Co-ops has announced that they are changing the name of their organisation from the 1st April to 'The Platform'. The name change comes from a desire of the organisation 'to better represent our values, aims and delivery focus'. At the same time Charlie Turner will be stepping down from the role of CEO and Julie Rossiter will become CEO from 1st April 2016. More information is here.
Latest information sheet for employers of 16 to 24 year olds on the Apprenticeships Grant for Employers (AGE) including eligibility information and how to apply.
FE Week has published this comprehensive record of the conference which took place from the 16-18th March.
Latest from the SFA including: Individualised Learner Record R08 2015 to 2016: Closes Wednesday, 6 April; Subcontracting Data: Second Collection; FE Choices Employer Satisfaction Survey 2014 to 2015: Results; FE Choices Employer Satisfaction Survey 2015 to 2016: Guidance; Qualification Achievement Rates: Final Release 2014 to 2015 and Minimum Standards Dashboards; National Careers Service: New Data Collection Service; Provider Gateway: Decommission in June; Letter to Colleges and Other Training Organisations: Minister of State for Skills.
Today saw the latest webinar from AELP CEO, Stewart Segal offering the latest news and analysis for the skills sector. Click here for a recording, the slides used and the questions raised and answers given during the session.
The Careers and Enterprise Company has announced the winners of its new government matched fund intended to help with careers advice and support for some of the least privileged young people. The ESCC led Skills East Sussex group has been successful in securing funding to support initiatives to improve work readiness & boost apprenticeship uptake.
The National Audit Office has published its report on LEPs arguing that as they have been increasingly asked to take on more and more responsibility issues of capacity and accountability have come more into focus.
Click here for information on a new multi-million pound fund that has been launched to increase the number of degree apprenticeships available to young people.
The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government has announced the opening of a new bidding round for the £1.8bn of Local Growth Deals announced as part of the budget. Speaking at this week's national LEP conference, Greg Clark MP urged LEPs, who will lead the bidding process for each area, to be ambitious in their plans. Skills are a top priority for the vast majority of LEPs and they will be keen to engage with providers who can provide innovative thinking around responding to local growth priorities, developing higher level skills and ensuring provision is responsive to the needs of local employers. For a statement from Coast 2 Capital LEP regarding the announcement click here.
AELP is offering a webinar entitled 'Supporting People with Specific Learning Difficulties into Sustainable Employment'. This will take place 10.30-11.30 on the 19th April. More details and booking are here. AELP members get the usual discounts and SCTP members that are not AELP members receive a 10% discount. E-mail here for the discount code.
SCTP member, Care Co-ops are looking for partners for their application for this Building Better Opportunities tender. Any interested parties can complete and return their EOI form. The specification is here.
Latest from the Education Funding Agency including: Information: post-16 allocation statements for 2016 to 2017 academic year; Information: area reviews and reshaping the college sector - FE Commissioner letter; Action: Establishing local authority dedicated schools grant baselines; Information: Condition Improvement Fund (CIF) outcome; Information: visit EFA at the Academies Show; Information: Key to Success (KtS) availability.
City College Brighton and Hove and Northbrook College have announced they will merge to create a new Greater Brighton and Sussex Institute of Arts & Technology. Click here for more.
35 members attended the SCTP Members' Meeting today at Plumpton College. As well as all the latest news on how SCTP is supporting its members, delegates heard from James Corbett from BIS about apprenticeship standards development (slides here), Kirsten Trussell from the Coast 2 Capital LEP on skills development and the latest SFA news from Ben Payne focussing on provider allocations (slides here). After lunch Richard Freeman delivered a thought provoking, interactive seminar looking at how the apprenticeship reforms will impact on providers (slides here). The next meeting is on the 19th May at Central Sussex College 9.30-1.00. All SCTP event details can be found on the calendar page of this website. Minutes of the meeting will be issued in the week beginning 4th April.
Latest RPA data from East Sussex County Council including NEET and learner participation figures.
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 for this information pack for 'colleges and other training organisations covering a range of loans-specific areas'.
As outlined in the Skills Funding letter for 2016-17, the new Adult Education Budget is to be kept for the next four years at £1.5bn, allowing for the SFA to end the cycle of annual cuts. Priority areas such as apprenticeships and traineeships see automatic provider allocation increases and advanced learner loan facilities, which will be also available for 19 to 23-year-olds for the first time next year, also automatically increase. Click here for a summary from FE Week and here for the official SFA announcement.
Latest from the SFA including: Funding Statements 2016 to 2017; Apprenticeship Levy: How It Will Work; Funding Rules 2016 to 2017 Version 2; Provider Gateway: Quality Improvement Activity Documents; Publicly-funded Qualifications Guidance; Legal Entitlements: Eligible Qualifications; Advanced Learner Loans 2016 to 2017; European Social Fund: Supplementary Data Guidance; Funding Rates and Formula Version 2 and European Social Fund.
Click here for summary slides of this employer skills survey from the UK Commission for Employment and Skills which shows labour market and skills data for England and the regions including the South East.
A report by the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission has identified 3 'substantial challenges to overcome if the youth apprenticeship offer is to improve and 16-24 year olds are to reap the benefits of apprenticeship growth'. These are the need for a) more apprenticeship starts by younger people, b) at higher apprenticeship levels and c) in higher paid sectors with better proespects.
An Ofsted report has found that many young people with learning difficulties and/or disabilities are poorly prepared for adult life. The report examines how well further education and skills provision meets the needs and interests of young people with high levels of need.
David Collins, the Further Education Commissioner has written to chairs and principals of corporations and FE institutions with an update about the area review process.
Latest from the Three Southern Counties (E Sussex, W Sussex, Surrey) Devolution Bid Team.
Changes to the apprenticeships system could cost councils across the country £600 million a year, according to the Local Government Association (LGA). This is through the joint impact of the levy and the workforce apprenticeship targets. Click here for more.
Last Friday (18/316) saw the launch of the Brighton Employer Skills Taskforce Plan to boost apprenticeship recruitment in the City. The event was attended by business leaders, training providers and the public sector who came together at Brighton Dome to pledge their support to creating 1000 apprenticeships in 1000 days. Click here for more about the event and the 8 recommendations of the report.
SCTP Chair, Jo Bridger attended the FE Week Apprenticeship Conference and has providers a summary of key points for members here.
Universities UK has published a report on Degree Apprenticeships as part of National Apprenticeship Week, highlighting how important a form of provision this could be for many universities but making a number of recommendations on working together, sharing best practice and resources.
SCTP is pleased to welcome WSAPC as an Associate Member of SCTP. Many of you will have met Nina Thair at recent Members' and Pre-employment Meetings when she attended as a guest. The school provides full time education for children and young people from West Sussex who have been permanently excluded, those at risk of exclusion, those out of school for medical reasons and those too sick to attend school. The school is keen to link with a wider range of providers and partners in the education and training sector. Find out more at apcollege.co.uk.
SELEP's launch event on Monday was well attended with MPs John Whittingdale and Jackie-Doyle Price MP supporting the event promoting business support initiatives. Please find a link to the press release for the event here and to the Growth Hub video which was shown at the event here.
This document explains the official position on who the levy affects, how much will be paid and what happens once the money has been paid. Click here. Meanwhile the Prime Minister's Special Adviser on apprenticeships Nadhim Zahawi has stated at the FE Week Conference that when the levy funding system launches in April 2017 it will be for levy payers only 'while maintaining stability in the rest of the system' - click here for more.
Sue Husband, Director of the National Apprenticeship Service addressed the 2016 FE Week annual apprenticeship conference at the ICC in Birmingham. A transcript is here.
Latest information from the South East LEP for week ending 11th March.
Click here for information, categories and process for entering the National Apprenticeship Awards 2016.
Click here for a summary of events that have taken place across the country for National Apprenticeship Week (including the W Sussex Graduation event at Chichester Cathedral) and here for a summary of pledges received. Also here is a Policy Watch summary from SCTP Associate member Pearson of the key messages of National Apprenticeship Week. Well done to all our members who supported the week with their own local activities.
Jeremy Benson, Executive Director for Vocational Qualifications and Bryan Horne, Associate Director, Standards for Vocational Qualifications and Apprenticeships, gave the presentation at this week's FE apprenticeship conference. It is entitled ‘What makes for good standards in apprenticeships?’ and can be seen here.
HM Chief Inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw addressed the 2016 FE Week annual apprenticeship conference at the ICC in Birmingham this week. Here is a transcript of his speech which was mostly encouraging about apprenticeships.
Latest from the Education Funding Agency including: Information: post-16 allocation statements for 2016 to 2017 academic year; Information: consistent financial reporting (CFR) framework for 2016 to 2017; Information: EFA Information Exchange improvements.
Training providers have continued to score highly in the FE Choices learner and employer satisfaction surveys. Click here for this news story from BIS.
AELP has announced that the Future Apprenticeships provider support programme will be extended throughout April and May. For details of the support and events available click here.
Click here for the latest news and articles from across government for advisers, employers and organisations that help people find jobs.
Click here for an interview with the new AELP CEO.
See this challenging and thought provoking FE News article looking at the commercial opportunities and issues regarding preparing for apprenticeship reform.
The Department for Education is trying to gain a better understanding on how well the SEND reforms are being implemented and the implementation challenges they give providers, especially independent providers who are not subject to the statutory duties in the same way as colleges. The survey is here.
Employers will receive a 10 per cent top-up to their monthly levy contributions as a result of today’s budget. Chancellor George Osborne only briefly mentioned the levy in his speech to the House of Commons at lunchtime, however, the 10 per cent top-up plans were unveiled in a budget report subsequently published by the Treasury. It will mean, for example, if an employer pays a £2,000 levy, then its levy pot will be £2,200. Click here for more here for a useful summary (pre-budget) of the current levy situation from AELP's Stewart Segal and here for the FE sector's reaction to the budget.
The SFA has announced that 'we will fully fund all high quality 16 to 18 apprenticeship and SFA-funded 16 to 18 traineeship delivery from August 2015 to March 2016'. See Update Issue 300 below. It is good that the Government has seen sense and SCTP thanks all those that supported our lobbying to make sure that the hard work of providers in growing these programmes is supported by sufficient funding. More information and comment from FE Week is here.
Latest from the SFA including: Individualised Learner Record R08: Opens Monday, 21 March; Funding 16 to 18 Apprenticeships and SFA-funded 16 to 18 Traineeships; Growth and Virement Requests for Performance-management Point 2.
Latest from the Education Funding Agency including: Information: post-16 allocation statements for 2016 to 2017 academic year; Information: post-16 allocations for 2016 to 2017 and the English and maths condition of funding; Information: national funding formula and high needs funding consultations; Reminder: S251 outturn data collection 2015 to 2016 – local authority consultation; Update: safer recruitment pre-appointment checks - European Economic Area (EEA) teacher sanctions; Information: updated guidance on trading activities and tax; Information: new school and college performance tables website.
Click here for a recording of the AELP webinar 'Delivering Higher Level and Degree Apprenticeships that took place earlier this week.
See the latest monthly newsletter from SCTP Associate member, NCFE including a post budget analysis webinar to be held on the 23rd March. Congratulations to NCFE on being placed in The Sunday Times 100 Best Not-for-Profit Organisations to Work For again this year.
The Workers' Educational Association has become the latest provider to join SCTP. We welcome Kerrith Bell and her colleagues. WEA is a charity and the UK’s largest voluntary sector provider of adult education and 'brings education into the heart of communities, helping people learn whatever they want – from maths, English and skills for employment, through health and wellbeing courses, to cultural studies that help students broaden their horizons and community engagement programmes that encourage active citizenship'. Find out more at www.wea.org.uk.
In a survey of 1,000 parents commissioned by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), more than 80 per cent said they would prefer their offspring took on a degree-level apprenticeship than to follow the traditional degree route. And three in five parents would choose for their kids to do an apprenticeship with a top firm over a degree from Cambridge or Oxford. Click here for more.
The national minimum wage rate for apprentices will increase from £3.30 to £3.40 from October 1st 2016. The announcement was made by Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, in a written statement to parliament this morning, the first day of National Apprenticeship Week. Click here for more on this and other NMW rates.
Click here for this SFA press release and here for Business Secretary Sajid Javid's speech to launch National Apprenticeship Week 2016. A FE News article by the SFA's director of Apprenticeships and Delivery Service, Sue Husband provides a call to action for the week's activities.
Monday will see the relaunch of a redesigned Apprenticeships In Sussex website with a new look and new functionality. The site that is financed and managed by SCTP on behalf of its members, provides an easy search function to find local SCTP members that offer Apprenticeships, Traineeships and Pre-employment Training as well as listing local Apprenticeship and Traineeship vacancies. SCTP Executive Director Paul Mitchell said 'we're pleased to be able to offer the public, employers and schools the chance to search for local Traineeship and Pre-employment Training as well as Apprenticeships. These are new and unique functions that will help everyone easily find the training that they need'. The site can be found at www.apprenticeships-in-sussex.com.
A networking breakfast event is to be held on the 31st March between 8.45am and 10.30am in Brighton. The event organised by SCTP and the Sussex Learning Network and supported by the National Apprenticeship Service, will focus on Higher & Degree Apprenticeships related to the Sussex Visitor Economy. A flyer is here and an invitation to members will be issued early next week.
This FE Week article looks at the need to improve support for those with special needs wishing to undertake Apprenticeships.
Click here for transcript of Skills Minister Nick Boles' statement on apprenticeships (and interventions) where he warms up for National Apprenticeship Week by summarising the Government's position on Apprenticeship developments and ambitions.
Local authorities have recorded a nationwide increase in the proportion of young people in education or training across England. Click here for more.
SCTP member CXK is offering the opportunity to tender for the delivery of the National Citizen Service in Brighton & Hove between 2016 and 2018. CXK Ltd is a charity based in Kent and operating across the South of England, they are the current Prime Contractor delivering the National Citizen Service to young people across the South East 1 area. They have published a tender opportunity to expand their delivery partner network delivering the NCS programme in the Brighton & Hove area. They are delivering a full tender process to appoint a new provider which starts with an Invitation to Express an Interest (EOI). Those successful at EOI stage will be invited to complete a full Invitation to Tender (ITT) on the 1st April 2016. If interested, please complete the Part A & Part B EOI documents and return them to firstname.lastname@example.org by 12 Noon on Friday 25th March 2016. Please refer to the Read Me First document for full information and application instructions.
Skills Minister Nick Boles has said that the government “can’t make any guarantees” it will be able to fund all apprenticeship growth requests as he spoke to the ETF Leadership Summit in London this week. This will obviously not fill SCTP members with too much confidence about taking risks on over delivery to meet demand. Click here for more.
Latest issue of the SFA's newsletter for businesses.
Last week saw the launch event for the Employment & Skills Plan for the Crawley Area. Some SCTP members were present and those that weren't were represented by SCTP. See Crawley Borough Council's press release here.
This free webinar from SCTP member Learning Curve looks at Planning & Delivering Cost-effective 16-19 Study Programmes. It will take place on the 15th March between 3.00 and 4.00pm. Click here for information and booking.
Click here for the AELP press release
Latest information from the South East LEP for week ending 4th March.
AELP has issued a presentation showing the findings of an ETF funded project that 'aimed to support strategic leaders and those involved in governance in developing good quality, personalised study programmes that offer all learners the opportunity to successfully progress'. Further details of the project are available here.
Latest from the SFA including: FE Choices Employer Satisfaction Survey; New Apprenticeship Standards: Survey; Updated Guidance on Area Reviews.
Click here for a link to details of an Employability Skills Workshop being run by KATO, the Kent provider network in Ashford on the afternoon of the 12th April. The session will focus on raising awareness of the technology available and to develop digital capabilities that will improve employability skills within work based learning and adult community learning providers and colleges.
Hastings based SCTP member Elite Hair Academy is looking for lead providers who would like to work with them as sub contractors delivering the Traineeship programme not only for hairdressing and barbering, but also customer service. Elite Hair Academy currently delivers apprenticeships in hairdressing and barbering. Any lead providers that are interested can contact director Linda Smith here.
SCTP member Pearson is researching how the support needs of providers might change as the new apprenticeship standards are introduced so that they can design the most effective support for its centres. Please click here for the survey. The response deadline is the 22nd March.
Rachel Sandby-Thomas CB has been appointed to the role of Shadow CEO of the Institute for Apprenticeships at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). We await details of how the new Institute will oversee the impact and quality of the apprenticeship system. Click here for more.
Click here for a SELEP briefing on the DWP European Funding that is currently out to tender with a closing date of the 10th March.
Congratulations to SCTP members Learning Curve Group (Silver in Large Subcontractor category) and Bowles Learning and Development (Bronze in the Support To The Apprenticeship Sector category) who have won these awards at the Apprenticeships4England Training Provider & Employer Awards. Click here for more.
Click here to see the current edition of AELP's 2-page Parliamentary newsletter sent to English MPs and covering the following: apprenticeship reforms must keep smaller employers on board; apprenticeships can help address teaching and nursing recruitment needs; negative signal sent to employers on limited current Apprenticeship expansion; more school pupils to get careers advice about Apprenticeships and Traineeships; Work and Health Programme, a step closer to integrated support for sustainable employment; Area Reviews must be informed by full range of local FE and training provision; and SFA reduces funding rates for high priority IT sector.
Click here to see that latest research briefing from national provider network, AELP covering topics such as latest unemployment and NEET figures, trends in Apprenticeship and Traineeship starts, patterns in Ofsted inspection results since the introduction of the new CIF and insights from the Employer Skills Survey.
The Brighton & Hove Skills Task Force was formed to look at how best to meet the skills needs of the City's employers and to promote apprenticeships as part of that process. A breakfast event is being held on the 18th March at the Brighton Dome to encourage employers to pledge their support to the apprenticeship programme. To find out more and book to attend click here.
SCTP Consultant Richard Freeman is inviting members to put forward anyone interested in co-faciliating a webinar on Apprenticeship reforms for a national audience of Society for Education & Training members. The webinar will take place on 21st March, and will be looking at future challenges and opportunities from an Apprenticeship tutor or assessor’s perspective. To register your interest and for more information and next steps, please email Richard by 12pm on Tuesday 8th March. A full fee and travel expenses will be payable to whoever becomes involved.
Click here for the latest newsletter from the National Apprenticeship Service in the South that provides apprenticeship information for employers.
Click here for the most recent news from the Education & Training Foundation.
The Parliamentary Sub-Committee on Education, Skills and the Economy are currently conducting an inquiry focussing on Apprenticeships. AELP has drafted a response which can be seen here. SCTP members are able to comment via Paul Mitchell who will collate and pass on any feedback for AELP.
As part of the National Careers Service Inspiration Agenda, SCTP Member, CXK has announced that in addition to the already available free Pre-Careers Event Lesson Plan, there is now an Apprenticeships Lesson Plan. These can be requested by emailing SEINSPIRATION@CXK.ORG. You can also subscribe to CXK's regular LMI bulletin via the same e-mail address.
The SFA has issued a range of National Apprenticeship Week 2016 branded resources is now available for our partners and employers to use.
Latest from the Education Funding Agency including: Information: academic year 2016 to 2017 post-16 final allocation statements; Information: reviewing post-16 education and training institutions - updated guidance for area reviews; Action: S251 budget data collection for 2016 to 2017; Action: EFA Information Exchange - your feedback; Information: asbestos in schools - data collection deadline extended to Thursday 31 March 2016.
Latest information from the South East LEP for week ending 26th February.
SCTP has issued details to its members of a Solutions Selling Training Day on the 21st April at Plumpton College. The day will enable provider staff to hone their expertise in engaging employers in the context of the new market environment created by the apprenticeship reforms. For more details and booking click here.
Latest issue of the SFA's monthly newsletter for marketing and communications staff in colleges and training organisations.
Click here for starts figures for Apprenticeships by local council areas and parliamentary constituency and here for Traineeship starts by Local authority. These figures go up to the first quarter of 2015-16.
Click here for the meeting notes for the last Skills East Sussex General Meeting which included a focus on the Creative & Digital Sector. Skills East Sussex is taking a sector based approach at strategic level backed by sector specific curriculum planning meetings in Construction (led by Sussex Downs College), Engineering (led by Sussex Coast College Hastings), Land Based (led by Plumpton College) with future meetings being planned for Health & Social Care and Creative & Digital - if any SCTP member providers wish to lead on the last two areas please contact Paul Mitchell at SCTP.
A free webinar from AELP on the 15th March 10.30-11.30 looking at opportunities and issues surrounding the delivery and expansion of degree and higher level apprenticeships. This is part of the Future Apprenticeships support programme. Click here for more information and booking.
Latest from East Sussex County Council's skills team.
Latest from the SFA including: Individualised Learner Record R07 2015 to 2016: Closes Friday, 4 March; Individualised Learner Record R07: Apprenticeship and Traineeship Data; Funding Statements 2016 to 2017; Apprenticeship Reforms: Withdrawal of Frameworks; Apprenticeship Funding Rules for Higher Education Institutions; FE Choices: Learner Satisfaction Survey Indicative Results; Survey: Skills Competitions and Skills Shows.
Latest edition of the region's business magazine.
DBIS/DfE have updated their Area Review guidance to include lessons learned and additional information on the restructuring facility, national benchmarks for FE and 6th form colleges, and academisation for post-16 providers. The guidance confirms that cash will be available to support colleges to implement Area Review recommendations - more is here. AELP has commented that 'while colleges are still urged to take expand their Apprenticeship delivery it is acknowledged that this will be within a market “alongside other providers”. This is a change from the previous language and recognises that employers will make those decisions. There is also more recognition of the role of ITPs, especially in the context of subcontracting and Apprenticeship delivery'.
Latest news from the inspectorate.
Click here for a video of SCTP member, Learning Curve's funding expert Beej Kaczmarczyk explaining the policy directions regarding Government funding and loans provision. Click here for a video of Jill Whittaker, CEO of SCTP member HIT Training on the challenges currently facing training providers.
The SFA has published rules for Higher Education Institutions that receive funding for the delivery of training or end-point assessment of apprenticeship frameworks or standards for 2016 to 2017.
Latest newsletter from this ETF funded programme that provides senior leaders and governing board members with information, guidance and resources to help increase GCSE English and mathematics capacity in the post-16 sector.
Latest RPA data from East Sussex County Council including NEET and learner participation figures.
A new 'Funding Agencies Shared Service Team' (FAS2T) covering finance, IT and data will be launched from April to bring together some aspects of the operation of the SFA and EFA. More information is here.
Click here for a useful FE Week article looking at the implications for the current ESF round if Britain votes to exit the European Union.
The SFA has published new versions of Employer Guide to Traineeships and Apprenticeships and its Higher and Degree Apprenticeship Factsheet.
Latest from the Education Funding Agency including: Information: post-16 final allocation statements relating to the 2016 to 2017 allocations; Information: advice and application form for sixth-form colleges wishing to become 16 to 19 academies; Information: year 7 catch-up premium grant for 2015 to 2016; Information: primary school teacher assessment deadline changed; Information: free school presumption guidance for local authorities; Information: public sector apprenticeships targets; Reminder: asbestos in schools: data collection closing date 29 February 2016.
As part of the process of preparing to move from SASE to Apprenticeship Standards AELP/AoC is forming Provider Readiness Groups (PRG) to bring together practitioners to look at the implementation of apprenticeship standards and associated assessment strategies/plans is being established.
The objective of a PRG is to agree practical strategies for implementing delivery to achieve consistent outcomes and to explore issues relating to effective delivery. PRGs are being formed for Business Administration Level 3, and Insurance at levels 3 and 4. To express an interest in taking part please e-mail here by 26th March.
Latest issue of the SFA's monthly e-newsletter for MI managers, software writers and suppliers about FE data systems and reports, the ILR, open data and other data news.
Latest list from the SFA. There are now 76 approved standards with an approved assessment plan, apprenticeship level and allocated funding cap.
Members will remember the call from East Sussex County Council for information on providers' National Apprenticeship Week events so these could be promoted across E Sussex. Click here to see the resulting flyer showing details of the events received.
Click here for the text of Education Secretary Nicky Morgan's address to college principals, vice principals and chairs of governors from the further education sector.
Click here for the latest regional NEET Quarterly Briefing from the Department for Education.
Latest information from the South East LEP for week ending 19th February.
Jisc is delivering the official Government Workshop to Raise Awareness of Prevent (WRAP) as a live online facilitated session. There are a large number of identical sessions taking place throughout March and April which can be seen here. The sessions are free, last for 2 hours and will help providers understand their responsibilities in relation to PREVENT implementation.
The C2C LEP has issued an open invitation to workshops in Horsham on the 21st March to explore the ESF tenders that are due for release in the near future:
• SESSION 1 – 1.30pm – 3.15pm
Skills Support for the Workforce: basic, intermediate and higher level skills via the Skills Funding Agency
• SESSION 2 – 3.30pm – 4.45pm
Volunteering and Work Experience via Building Better Opportunities with the Big Lottery
The invitation gives the option to attend one or both of the workshops although the general ESIF update will only be given at the start of the first workshop. The workshops will provide information about the above tenders and to network with other interested parties to explore the opportunities for partnership working and possible consortia approaches. Places will be offered on a first come first served basis and limited to one per organisation. Please RSVP to email@example.com with the name of the person you would like to attend and your session choices by close of play 11th March 2016. An agenda covering both workshops is here.
Tuesday saw the latest webinar from AELP CEO, Stewart Segal updating the sector on the latest news and events with much useful discussion of growth requests, apprenticeship reform, contract allocations, loans and area reviews. Click here for the slides used and the questions raised and answers given during the session.
Latest from the SFA including: Individualised Learner Record R07 2015 to 2016: Closes Friday, 4 March; Provisional Qualification Achievement Rates and Minimum Standards Dashboards 2014 to 2015; The Register of Training Organisations: Closes for Applications Wednesday, 2 March; Advanced Learner Loans: Application Guidance for a Loan Facility; Advanced Learner Loans: Subcontracting; Funding Statements 2016 to 2017; FE Choices: Learner Satisfaction and Community Learning Surveys; Sixth-form Colleges: Apply to Become an Academy.
A reminder that two apprenticeships promotional events are being held on Saturday the 12th March as part of National Apprenticeship Week. One is in the Arndale Centre, Eastbourne and the other in the Priory Meadow Centre in Hastings. Sussex Downs College is co-ordinating the Eastbourne event and Sussex Coast College the Hastings event and other providers are needed to be part of the events. Please make contact using the links above if you would like to take advantage of this opportunity..
The SFA has revealed that provision paid for by advanced learner loans will have to be delivered directly by lead providers from the start of 2017/18 in order to 'protect the interests of learners who choose to fund their provision with a loan, and public funds'. This will of concern to many SCTP members currently funded in this way. The SFA announcement is here and comment from FE Week here.
Concerns are mounting over delays in approving AGE grant requests for new apprenticeship starts. The SFA has fully committed its finite AGE budget and is currently trying to recoup unspent allocations from providers. More on this story is here.
AELP asks local provider networks across the country to report the top 3 issues affecting their members on a regular basis. The results show that the main concerns for providers across the country are 16-18 Growth Requests, Apprenticeship Recruitment and Trailblazers/New Standards. These results are collated and used when AELP represents the sector at national level. Here is the summary of key issues reported in February with AELP CEO Stewart Segal's comments included.
Please see here the revised timescales for the procurement of the Big Lottery Fund's Building Better Opportunities programme.
SCTP Member, JTL, one of the largest providers of apprenticeships has asked the SFA for permission to give cashback to employers to rebalance any negative impacts of funding changes, prompting the agency to say it would have “grave concerns” about any such arrangement. Click here for more.
The rate of unemployment was unchanged from a month ago at 5.1%, maintaining a decade-low rate. More than 31.4 million people are in work, the highest figure since records began in 1971. Click here for more.
Central YMCA has carried out a survey of young people (16-25 yr olds) about the challenges they feel they face in Britain today and found that being unemployed, failing at school/college and body image, emerging as the top three concerns. Click here for the full report.
Today SCTP launched a closed LinkedIn group for its members. This will enable members to communicate, collaborate and share information relevant to the skills and pre-employment sectors opening up a whole new way for members to communicate with each other.
This plan provides a concise summary of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) priority objectives for 2015 to 2020 including those covering apprenticeships and skills.
SCTP will be holding a free seminar for members looking at the opportunities and implications of the apprenticeship reforms as part of the national Future Apprenticeship Programme. The seminar will take place after the SCTP members meeting on the 24th March between 1.30pm and 2.30pm. More information and booking details will be issued to members shortly.
The Civil Service Fast Track apprenticeship programme is open to, among others, school leavers, second career applicants and existing civil servants. It will be available in Hastings and Worthing. For more click here.
Latest from the Three Southern Counties (E Sussex, W Sussex, Surrey) Devolution Bid Team.
The UK Commission for Employment & Skills has appointed a new Chief Executive Officer in the shape of Ian Kinder. Click here for more.
Click here for the latest news from the West Sussex Local Offer which brings together services, events and information for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities and their families.
As outlined in SFA’s Update below the SFA has announced a cut in funding for the IT, Software Web & Telecoms Professionals framework from the 1st April. AELP has called for a review of the timing of and rationale for the implementation of the decision. Click here for more.
Latest from the SFA including: IT Apprenticeship Framework Rates Review; FE Choices: Learner Satisfaction and Community Learning Surveys; Qualification Eligibility Principles 2016 to 2017; The Hub: Business Intelligence User Roles; Advanced Learner Loans: Maximum Amounts for Designated Qualifications.
Click here for the latest news and articles from across government for advisers, employers and organisations that help people find jobs.
Latest information from the South East LEP for week ending 12th February.
On the 27th January The second consultation event for the City Employment & Skills Plan took place on the 27th January. More information and slides giving an overview of skills and employment in the City are here. The City Employment & Skills Plan is being finalised and will be made available soon.
The government is looking for alternative “quality providers” for up to 3,500 post-16 learners after it removed funding from the FE training wing of charity Age UK. For more click here.
An Olympic-style torch, engineered by apprentices, is touring Southern England in the run-up to National Apprenticeship Week to promote apprenticeships to employers. The torch, which symbolises the passing of knowledge from one generation to the next, will be making an appearance at business events during February and March including some in Sussex, offering employers the opportunity to showcase their commitment to 3 million apprenticeships by 2020 by pledging to recruit apprentices. Click here for more.
Providers are urged to make sure that their apprentices don't miss out in participating in the West Sussex Apprenticeship Graduation Ceremony taking place at Chichester Cathedral in March. For more information click here. The deadline for registrations is midnight on the 19th February.
DBID & DfE have issued an updated version of the document 'Guidance for Trailblazers - From Standards To Starts' which explains how to develop new apprenticeships in England, from bidding to develop a standard to preparing for the standard to be used.
Click here for information on a Brighton City Lab collaborative event taking place on the 9th March which aims to 'bring together the great work already taking place in the City, and connecting, collaborating and innovating to see how we can make Brighton even better'. SCTP members are invited. Click here to book.
SCTP member, Learning Curve is offering free webinars on 'Successfully Securing ESIF Contracts' on the 18th February and 'Apprenticeship Reform and Levy and the implication for employer relationships' on the 4th March. For more information and booking on both of these sessions click here.
The House of Commons Sub-Committee on Education, Skills and the Economy has launched an inquiry on apprenticeships. It will look at the reforms, targets and quality and more. For more details and how to respond click here.
Latest from the EFA including: Action: 2016 spring school census; Information: post-16 funding video 2016 to 2017; Reminder: students with GCSE maths and/or English at grade D.
The SFA has published the results of the 2014-15 FE Choices Learner Satisfaction survey. The survey shows once again a high level of satisfaction with provision with all questions showing an average scoring of at least 8 out of 10. This seems to affirm that the challenge is one of engagement and recruitment rather than quality delivery. It is interesting to note that learner satisfaction did not vary significantly by provider OFSTED grade (page 133).
A new ‘100 in 100 apprenticeship campaign’ will see 100 MPs securing apprenticeship pledges from businesses in their constituencies. SCTP is finding out more about how this activity can link in with members' provision. Click here for more information.
The SFA has published an updated list of Apprenticeship standards in development and the employers that are involved.
Several SCTP members have expressed concerns about the SFA/EFA decision not to fully support provider growth requests for 16-18 Apprenticeship and Traineeships. SCTP has contacted Lewes MP Maria Caulfield, who has undertaken to raise member concerns with the Prime Minister's Special Advisor on Apprenticeships, Nadhim Zahawi. We are awaiting Maria's response.
The Education Training Foundation has started its review of Functional Skills and is asking employers to complete this survey to identify 'precisely what is needed in the key literacy and numeracy skills that are absolutely critical to the success of your business and the long term success of the economy'. For more on the review click here.
The Government has published more information on the detail of the proposed operation of the Apprenticeship Levy due to be implemented in April 2017. This is contained in a Policy Paper and in the draft legislation and accompanying explanatory notes. A short article from KPMG looks at the implications for employers which acknowledges that 'a big unknown is how employers will be able to access the funding to support their own training programmes'.
The Department for Business Innovation & Skills (DBIS) has published a report into the impact of poor basic literacy and numeracy on employers suggesting that in many workplaces the problem was not well understood. Comment and analysis is in a Fe News item here.
Skills East Sussex (the local skills group of the South East LEP and East Sussex County Council) is mapping CEIAG (Careers and Education Information Advice and Guidance) in East Sussex, and the provision available to different groups in different locations. A response to this survey will inform their research, help identify any gaps and help provide a resource of providers across the county. It will also enable ESCC to keep you informed about future funding opportunities. The survey will only take about 5 minutes to complete and can be found here. Deadline for responses is the 19th February.
A range of useful numbers here including Traineeship starts and completions by LA and LEP areas and data on apprenticeship vacancies and applications on the national vacancies site.
EM Skills is offering two free webinars - 'Embedding English & Maths' on the 2nd March and 'Changes to the FS English and maths qualifications' on the 8th March. For details and booking click here.
Latest labour market news from the National Careers Service.
Latest information from the South East LEP for week ending 5th February.
Click here for details of a one day workshop designed to increase confidence in teaching maths and English within apprenticeships and workplace settings.
Crawley Borough Council has joined SCTP as an Associate Member. We welcome our contact Lise Sorensen, Economic Development Officer who is keen to work with SCTP members on the development and implementation of their Employment & Skills Plan including the establishment of the Gatwick Skills Laboratory. For more information on these initiatives click here.
23 people gathered at Sussex Cricket County Ground for SCTP's latest meeting of its Pre-employment Group. The meeting discussed possible content and collaboration relating to C2C LEP NEET non-matched ESF funding (further work to be done to broker member collaboration) and other funding opportunities; the impact of last week's announcement of limitations on growth funding for 16-18 Apprenticeships and Traineeships (SCTP lobbying Prime Minister's special advisor via a local MP and urging AELP to take action); heard from BHCC and WSCC on latest policy and activity on education and skills (identified opportunity to link up with employer demand created via local authority procurement requirements for skills investment). The next meeting will be on the 14th June, 10.00-12.30, venue to be confirmed.
Latest from the SFA including: The Register of Training Organisations: Opens Wednesday, 10 February; Legal Entitlement Qualifications Consultation; Publicly Funded Digital Skills Qualifications: Review; New Apprenticeship Standards: Survey.
Two apprenticeships promotional events are being held on Saturday the 12th March as aprt of National Apprenticeship Week. One is in the Arndale Centre, Eastbourne and the other in the Priory Meadow Centre in Hastings. Sussex Downs College is co-ordinating the Eastbourne event and Sussex Coast College the Hastings event but other providers are welcome to take part although capacity is limited. Please make contact using the links above if you would like to take part.
The Future Apprenticeships Programme is establishing Provider Readiness Groups (PRGs) for Apprenticeship Standards, to aid provider preparations for delivery. Click here for more.
The SFA has published the latest ROTO listings of organisations that are eligible to be invited to tender for education and training services.
In response to a request from the Skills Minister Nick Boles and Minister for Culture and the Digital Economy Ed Vaizey, the SFA has conducted a review of publicly funded digital skills in further education. The review looked at how relevant and up to date the qualifications the SFA currently funds are, both in terms of responding to technological change and building a meaningful ladder of progression from basic digital skills through to the advanced and specialist skills needed for the growing number of digital roles across the economy.
This offer was made via a recent newsletter with only two providers so far taking advantage of this offer of free publicity for providers' National Apprenticeship Week events. East Sussex County Council will be sending out postcards to young people’s homes with a timetable of events taking place during National Apprenticeship Week in East Sussex. Young people will be encouraged to take the postcard to an event to be entered for a prize draw to win an I-pad, so postcards will need to be returned by training providers to ESCC by 22nd March. ESCC will also be sending an electronic communication to businesses with a timetable of employer-focused events in the county. If you are holding either learner or employer events during NAW in East Sussex and want these to be promoted for free by ESCC then please complete this spreadsheet and send it to Caroline.Bragg@eastsussex.gov.uk by 10th February.
Latest from the Education Funding Agency including: Information: post-16 student number statements relating to 2016 to 2017 allocations; Information: formula protection funding; Information: final reconciliation statements to all ILR-funded institutions; Information: financial planning handbook: survey for colleges; Information: special educational needs and disability (SEND) implementation grant for 2016 to 2017; Action: asbestos in schools: data collection; Information: Educate Against Hate; Information: essential school maintenance – a guide for schools.
The government last week published its evidence to the Low Pay Commission's 2016 report on minimum wages, reporting that "wage growth was strong for Apprentices aged 16-18 or in the first year of their Apprenticeship". Overall, Apprentice pay went up by over 11% in 2014-15. The figures show that only around 8% of Apprentices are actually on the minimum rate. Employers clearly value Apprentices and these increases in average pay continue to demonstrate the worth of the programme to learners and employers alike.
Children and Families Minister Edward Timpson has announced £80m is to be released to extend opportunities for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).
The Peter Cruddas Foundation awards grants to registered charities that work to benefit disadvantaged and disengaged young people (aged between 14-30 years old) in England towards pathways into education, training and employment through charitable organisations - the deadline for the next funding round is March 1st.
Also, the PIMCO Europe Grant Programme awards grants up to a maximum of £10,000 for, amongst other things, Youth Unemployment, where they seek to support work-readiness organisations that are focused on driving social mobility and developing young people’s (ages 16 to 24) employability skills. Consideration will be given to charities focused on preparing individuals for employment, and developing skills that contribute to economic well-being. Click here for more information. Deadline for applications is 31st March.
Click here for this thoughtful analysis of the nature and implementation of Study Programmes and Traineeships and the relationship between the two programmes.
Providers have received the overdue response on their 16-18 growth requests. It appears that many of their 16 to 18 apprenticeship and traineeship growth requests have not been funded in full by the SFA with no new money at all for Traineeships. This extraordinary decision will not support the growth of the Traineeship programme or build confidence in moving towards the 3 million apprenticeship starts target. SCTP is in touch with AELP to see what can be done to influence at a national level. Could any SCTP members that are directly affected please make contact with SCTP so that actual, local case studies can be used to illustrate the negative impact of this decision. The official SFA announcement is here, a statement from AELP on the announcement is here and comment from FE Week here.
AELP Stewart Segal, CEO of AELP lays out a template for the effective delivery of English & Maths as the apprenticeship reforms are implemented in this FE News article.
Click here for the slides from the Future Apprenticeships event in Reading this week 'Delivering Apprenticeship Standards'. Also available at the events was an action plan template designed to enable providers to check their own progress in preparing for the apprenticeship reforms.
Dan Shelley at Sussex Coast College Hastings has sent through details of an offer to SCTP members. He says 'As part of the two colleges commitment to working together Sussex Coast and Sussex Downs Colleges have developed a joint commitment to support potential DWP ESF bidders meet skills needs. This would utilise existing Adult Education Budget (AEB) allocations from both colleges, aligned to address specific needs for county residents. We have produced a document that outlines some of the options the colleges could offer and we would welcome discussions with any providers planning to bid'. SCTP is happy to publish any information from its member providers that would foster collaboration in joint working and bidding. E-mail here.
Latest round of AELP seminars forming part of the Future Apprenticeships programme of provider support. The seminars entitled Strategic Implications of the Apprenticeship Reforms are all in March and being held all over the country, the closest being in London on the 10th March. Click here for details.
Click here for details and booking for this free conference in London on the 7th March. AELP has stated that 'close collaboration with local employers in vocational training programmes is becoming a key strategic objective for all further education sector providers. Come to this free dissemination conference and be energised and inspired!'
Click here to see the invitation to this event at the House of Commons sent through by the South East LEP.
Latest edition of the Skills Funding Agency's monthly newsletter for marketing and communications staff in colleges and training organisations including information on: National Apprenticeship Week 2016 Toolkits; National Apprenticeship Awards; Apprenticeship Delivery Board: Membership and Terms of Reference; Advanced Learner Loans; Brathay Apprentice Challenge: Open for Nominations.
New HMRC guidance on 'Paying Employer National Insurance Contributions For Apprentices Aged Under 25' is here.
Latest from the SFA including: Individualised Learner Record R06 2015 to 2016: Closes Thursday, 4 February; FE Choices: Employer Satisfaction Survey 2015 to 2016; Funding Rules 2016 to 2017: Online Forum; Apprenticeship Standards Funding Model 2016 to 2017; Advanced Learner Loans Prospectus 2015 to 2016 and 2016 to 2017; Community Learning: IT Equipment; Apprenticeship Grant for Employers 2016.
Click here for the slides from the Lsect webinar on the 2016/17 Adult Education Budget Funding Rules and here for the video of the Learning Curve webinar on the same subject and here for the slides. AELP has also published a Briefing Paper on the Funding Rules for 2016-17 which summarises the main changes and can be seen here.
Latest information from the South East LEP for week ending 29th January.
It's easy to forget that Apprenticeship Trailblazer Standards are being developed for our own sector - Education and Skills. For the latest information and consultations click here. (Please note that one of the consultations closes as soon as the 12th February).
Latest RPA data from East Sussex County Council including NEET and learner participation figures.
SCTP has heard from the Education and Employers Task Force that are attending a number of schools events across Sussex in the next few months to promote apprenticeships. Details are here. Please make contact direct if you wish to get involved.
Latest from the Local Enterprise Partnership covering West Sussex, Brighton, parts of Surrey and South London. An update on the Area Review is included.
West Sussex County Council's Your Space website for young people aged 11-25 has been given a fresh new look with sections ranging from training and jobs to health and leisure.
SCTP welcomes the Sussex Cricket Foundation to membership of SCTP. The Foundation is the charitable arm of Sussex Cricket Ltd and is wishing to build partnerships that will help to develop employability, skills and further and adult education provision. This will build on the successful 'No Boundaries' programme and the ‘Santander Education and Innovation Centre’ based at the County Ground in Hove. We look forward to working with Managing Director, Tim Shutt, Steve Ford and a new Education & Employability Manager due to start in early February.
According to a DfE spokesperson commenting on the pending growth requests: “It’s not clear when we will be able to confirm (the allocations) because we have over-allocated our discretionary funding for 2015/16 and have to get permission to release the funds for these growth bids'. This delay is undoubtedly causing providers difficulties in meeting employer demand and hampering progress towards the 3 million apprenticeship starts target. AELP confirmed that in their view 'the biggest barrier to apprenticeship growth will be the contracting process'. Click here for more.
The UK Commission For Employment & Skills has published new research that shows that the modest economic growth of the past four years has been met by an unprecedented shortage of skills, leaving thousands of vacancies unfilled. Despite a surge in job openings, the number of positions left vacant because employers cannot find people with the skills or knowledge to fill them has risen by 130% since 2011.
The Department for Education (DfE) has unveiled a detailed report spelling out EFA 16 to 19 subcontracting arrangements for the first time covering the 2014-15 year. Click here for more including a links to the subcontractor listing and here for FE Week comment.
Latest employment information for the Coast 2 Capital area LEP.
We have been notified by the South East LEP that the DWP ESF specification has been published on Bravo Solutions and Contract Finder.
More than 120 people attended the official launch of a new Centre for Post-14 Education and Work by the University College London, Institute of Education. The centre is already involved in the delivery of the Future Apprenticeships programme and look set to play a significant part in the vocational training world. SCTP's Paul Mitchell and Richard Freeman attended to ensure that the Centre is aware of the need to involve providers and their networks in the work of the centre to make sure that the experience of grass roots delivery feeds into policy making.
Latest news from the inspectorate.
The Education and Training Foundation have commissioned AELP to deliver a suite of one day workshops for leaders and managers designed to support providers from across the FE and skills sector as they seek to improve study programme provision, ensuring that it offers all learners truly personalised programmes that support progression on to Apprenticeships, employment or higher level study. For details click here.
Top apprentices and leading employers from around the country gathered at an exclusive ceremony in London’s to recognise the nation’s top apprentices and apprenticeship employers. Six companies, three apprentices and one former apprentice received recognition in this year’s National Apprenticeship Awards. For more information including details of the winners including 2 companies from Brighton & Hove and an apprentice from Chichester, click here.
East Sussex County Council has published its local Skills Update featuring the activities of the counties skills group - Skills East Sussex. Paul Mitchell is on this group for SCTP representing members.
Latest information from the South East LEP for week ending 22nd January.
Latest from the Three Southern Counties (E Sussex, W Sussex, Surrey) Devolution Bid team.
An online tool for businesses to share their apprenticeship and traineeship pledges in the run up to National Apprenticeship Week has now been published by the SFA.
Latest from the Education Funding Agency including: Information: post-16 student number statements relating to the 2016 to 2017 allocations; Information: local authority recoupment 2016 to 2017; Information: procurement training for schools; Information: new Microsoft agreement for schools.
The next Brighton & Hove Jobs Fair will be taking place at the Grand Hotel on Friday, February 19th, 10am-2pm. This is an opportunity for jobseekers to meet with local employers and find out more about current vacancies. For additional information about the event, please contact Sean Hepinstall at Jobs Fair on 01603 663094.
Congratulations to SCTP member Bowles Outdoor Centre who are finalists for the Apprenticeships 4 England award for 'Support Organisation to the Apprenticeship Sector'. This award recognises the significant contribution made by supporting organisations in delivering quality apprenticeships in England. The result will be announced at the Voice of Apprenticeships awards ceremony on 25th February.
This week saw a meeting take place called by the Coast 2 Capital LEP with key partner organisations to explore and discuss the gaps in and opportunities for NEET provision in the Coast to Capital region with a view to developing an ESF NEET tender to be released before the end of March 2016. This involves working directly with the Managing Authority (DWP) and applicants would be expected to find 50% match with the remaining 50% coming from the ESF pot. This is not to be confused with the awaited ESF/SFA Opt In specifications which are due out any day now. At the meeting SCTP members were represented by new director, Dan Wallman and his feedback notes are here, ESF Match Funding Guidelines here as well as presentations from Kirsten Trussell and Kathy Vuillaume. The outcomes of the meeting will also be discussed at the forthcoming SCTP Pre-employment meeting on the 10th February.
The SFA has published the funding rules, the funding rates and formula for 2016 to 2017. Click here to access the various documents now available and here for a summary of changes to the adult education budget. To support this Lsect is offering a free webinar on Monday 1st February 3-4pm and Learning Curve is also offering 2 free webinars on the 2nd February one at 10.00am and one at 2.00pm. Click the links to book.
At the SCTP Members' Meeting last week there was some uncertainty during the SFA presentation about the operation of the apprenticeship levy and new funding system. The SFA has provided a useful clarification which can be seen here.
JCP Eastbourne is looking at the possibility of arranging an apprenticeships jobs fair week commencing 7th March and is trying to gauge interest from partners. Providers may be interested from the point of view of promoting vacancies you may have or attending with your own clients. If you are interested in taking part please e-mail Simon King at Eastbourne Job Centre.
This interesting article looks at the impact of public sector apprenticeship targets on schools as businesses and how it will require some schools to carry out significant apprenticeship recruitment.
Tuesday saw the latest webinar from AELP CEO, Stewart Segal updating the sector on the latest news and events with much useful discussion of the Spending Review. Click here for the slides used and the questions raised and answers given during the session.
Latest from the SFA including: Mid-year Funding Claims 2015 to 2016: Deadline Monday, 8 February; Funding Rules, Funding Rates and Formula: Online Forum; ‘Recruit an apprentice’: March Launch.
The government is looking at a new law to ensure that schools give pupils the opportunity to learn about all the education and training options open to them. A DfE spokesperson said that "A new law would see apprenticeship providers and staff from colleges visit schools as part of careers advice from early secondary school, to talk to pupils about the opportunities open to them through apprenticeships or other routes.” For related comments by Education Secretary, Nicky Morgan about schools ending ' outdated snobbery' about apprenticeships click here. For more comment from FE Week click here. Meanwhile a scheme has been launched to raise awareness of apprenticeships in primary schools.
Small businesses will be able to use any apprenticeship levy surplus after large employers have made use of their own contributions as they require the Skills Minister Nick Boles confirmed in giving evidence to the Education, Skills and Economy Sub-Committee. Click here for more.
A government consultation document has been issued explaining how the 2.3 per cent target figure for public sector bodies, previously explained in the government’s English Apprenticeships: Our 2020 Vision report published in December, would apply to those employing 250 or more people in England. The document also confirms that colleges will not be subject to the target. Click here for more.
The government could be on track to meet its target of 3m new apprenticeship starts by 2020, according to provisional SFA statistics for the first quarter of 2015/16. Click here for more in this FE Week article.
This £2.5M fund is aimed at charities, social enterprises, community groups or state-funded schools or colleges based in the UK or Ireland that help people in the community access the skills and opportunities to support themselves. The fund opens for applications on the 19th February. More information is here.
Ofsted's Chief Inspector, Sir Michael Wilshaw, spoke at CentreForum setting out his ambitions for education, including the need to improve vocational training. Click here for a transcript of his speech and here for the response from the FE sector.
East Sussex County Council will be sending out postcards to young people’s homes with a timetable of events taking place during National Apprenticeship Week in East Sussex. Young people will be encouraged to take the postcard to an event to be entered for a prize draw to win an I-pad, so postcards will need to be returned by training providers to ESCC by 22nd March. ESCC will also be sending an electronic communication to businesses with a timetable of employer-focused events in the county. If you are holding either learner or employer events during NAW in East Sussex and want these to be promoted for free by ESCC then please complete this spreadsheet and send it to Caroline.Bragg@eastsussex.gov.uk by 5th February.
Latest from the Education Funding Agency including: Reminder: Individualised Learner Record (ILR) R06 data collection; Information: traineeships; Action: spring school census 2016; Information: EFA online calendar; Reminder: statutory monitoring and moderation arrangements for primary assessments; Information: safer recruitment pre-appointment checks; Information: improving online information to local authorities.
Two new resources have been launched to help provide personalised programmes for all learners, supporting their progression on to Apprenticeships, employment or higher level study. The materials, an e-guide and a self-assessment tool, were unveiled at the Modelling 16-19 Study Programmes across the FE & Skills Providers conference in London.
The University of Sussex has become an associate member of SCTP. We are delighted to welcome Linda Buckham, Director of the Careers & Employability Centre and her team to membership of the network. For more information on the work of the Centre see www.sussex.ac.uk/careers.
A reminder that members have until the end of January to comment on Crawley Borough Council's Employment & Skills Plan. The plan aims to address skills gaps in the local workforce through four main projects which may be of interest to members – a Town Centre Skills Academy, Gatwick Skills Laboratory, Crawley Young Workers Scheme and Employ Crawley. To see the plan and comment see the council's press release here.
The first West Sussex Apprenticeship Graduation Ceremony will be held at Chichester Cathedral during National Apprenticeship Week on the 15th March 2016. People are eligible to attend if: they completed their Advanced or Higher Apprenticeship at any point from the 1st January 2015 to December 31st 2015 and t he employer where they completed their Apprenticeship is located in West Sussex. For more information and to book a place go to www.westsussex.gov.uk/apprenticeships and follow the link under Graduation Ceremony. Closing date for registration is Sunday 14th February.
At today's Annual General Meeting two new directors were elected to the board of SCTP - Dan Wallman of Dv8 Sussex and Janice Duff of Northbrook College. Both were delighted to be elected and are looking forward to representing and serving the membership. Mark Syrett from JTL was also re-elected. Congratulations to Dan, Janice and Mark who join existing directors Jo Bridger (Campus Training) and Charlotte Blant (Youthforce). Also at the AGM, Chair, Jo Bridger presented her report of the previous year of SCTP activity and the prospects fpr the future this can be seen here.
60 members packed into Plumpton College for the SCTP Members' Meeting today. They heard from Kath Daynes from the SFA about Apprenticeship reform, Tim Strickland from FE Sussex about new GCSE leadership resources, Rachel Carter from Brighton & Hove City Council about the City's skills agenda and devolution plans and Mike Rayner from the South East LEP on their skills developments. This was followed in the afternoon by a European Funding briefing from Mike Rayner of the South East LEP (slides here) and Kathy Vuillaume from the Coast 2 Capital LEP (slides here) 38 people attended. The next meeting is on the 24th March at Plumpton College 9.30-1.00. All SCTP event details can be found on the calendar page of this website.
The date when the restriction requiring providers to have grade one or two Ofsted gradings to run Traineeships will be lifted has been moved forward from August to 1st February. Click here for more.
Latest information from the South East LEP for week ending 15th January.
AELP has issued a correction to slides issued via this newsletter on the 15th January. The new version is here. The reference on the table on slide 19 to the Age Grant has been removed as this can't be claimed for apprentices on the new standards.
Latest from the SFA including: Individualised Learner Record R06 2015 to 2016: Opens Friday, 22 January; Subcontracting Controls: External Assurance; European Social Fund 2000 to 2006: Document Retention; Traineeships: Ofsted Inspection Grade Rule Change; Advanced Learner Loans: Seminars; The Hub: New Business Intelligence User Role; Apprenticeship Levy Survey.
FE Sussex has kindly offered SCTP members the opportunity to participate in a seminar they are running on 'Improving the Teaching & Learning of Mathematics in Vocational Education'. This free session will take place in four different locations - Plumpton, Chichester, Crawley & Maidstone. For more information and booking click here.
FE Week is holding its Annual Apprenticeship Conference between the 16th and 18th March in Birmingham with an impressive agenda and line up of speakers. The current early bird booking offer has been enhanced for SCTP Members to a 30% discount and extended for members until the 12th February. Click here to book using discount code FEWEEKSCTP2016 - please note - don't book using the early bird option. Also note that FE Week knows who the SCTP members are!
Members of the Apprenticeship Delivery Board (ADB) tasked with advising the government on how it can hit its target of 3m starts by 2020 have been unveiled. Click here for more.
David Cameron and Business Secretary Sajid Javid hosted a reception with some of the UK’s top businesses to celebrate employing thousands of apprentices. Click here for details.
Employers and training providers are being called upon to enter their apprentices in the Brathay Challenge - the official search for the apprentice team of the year. The Challenge tests apprentices on their teambuilding, leadership, logistical and communications abilities in a series of work-related challenges. More information is here.
AELP has welcomes the EFA's commitment to expanding Apprenticeships and Traineeships as well as acknowledging the maintenance of the core funding rate for other provision in cash terms. More detail is here.
There are concerns that providers could be forced to slow down 16 to 18 apprenticeships delivery with a decision on their growth their requests being delayed. The SFA had been expected to let providers know the outcomes of their requests by January 8 following a review of the process after similar delays last year. An apology has appeared on the SFA website but nothing further. For more click here.
Carolyn Fairbairn, Director-General of the CBI, has written to the BIS Secretary of State expressing continuing concern about the apprenticeship levy and putting forward four principles to help ensure the new system works for the benefit of all.
A new government scheme to provide expert employment support to young people was launched this week by Secretary of State Iain Duncan Smith and Employment Minister Priti Patel. As part of the ‘Jobcentre Plus Support for Schools’ initiative, local Jobcentre Plus advisers will offer 12 to 18 year old pupils insight into the world of work and advice on options like traineeships and apprenticeships. They will co-ordinate this work with that of the local Careers & Enterprise Companies. For more see here.
This is a newsletter issued by the 3 local authorities (E Sussex, W Sussex and Surrey - hence 3SC = 3 Southern Counties) that are seeking a devolution deal. It is clear that devolution is a key theme in Government policy with the devolution of budgets part of plan - including aspects of skills budgets. However, how this will take place is not clear with both LEPs and Local Authorities stepping up to get involved. Added to the mix is Brighton & Hove seeking its own devolution deal. This newsletter will give more background and latest information on the 3SC plans.
The Coast to Capital LEP has now launched a call for growth projects for when and if future Government funding becomes available. However it is not guaranteed that there will be a Growth Deal 3. More information and guidance is here.
The Education and Training Foundation has launched its consultation to review maths and English Functional Skills qualifications. The review was commissioned by the Skills Minister Nick Boles with the aim of proposing new qualifications better suited to the needs of industry, practitioners and learners in post-16 education. For more information including how to get involved, click here.
Click here for more on this from AELP.
A reminder for members that the next SCTP Pre-Employment Meeting (aimed at those providers running Traineeships, NEET programmes and Study Programmes and anything else that helps people into employment) will take place on Wednesday 10th February, 10.00-12.30 at Hove Cricket Ground. Members will receive more information shortly via e-mail.
Click here for the slides from Wednesday's webinar that forms part of the Future Apprenticeships Programme.
Latest from the Education Funding Agency including: Information: funding factor statement and allocations calculation toolkit (ACT); Information: post-16 funding in academic year 2016 to 2017; Information: Secretary of State approved list of independent special schools in England and Wales and special post-16 institutions; Reminder: high needs place change request outcomes 2016 to 2017; Information: schools financial efficiency package; Information: employer review of the Teachers’ Pensions scheme administration; Information: keeping children safe in education; Information: School and Early Years Finance (England) Regulations 2015; Information: Teacher Reference Group vacancies.
Click here for the slides from Lsect Apprenticeship Reform webinar held last week. For those who missed it an additional date for a repeat webinar has also been set as Monday 18th January 12.00-1.00 - click here to register.
The latest newsletter from West Sussex County Council featuring information about available services for children & young people (0-25) who have special educational needs and/or disabilities.
Peter Mucklow, National Director of Young People at Education Funding Agency has written to the sector explaining funding for the academic year 2016 to 2017 for students aged 16 to 19 and students aged 19 to 25 with an education, health and care plan. It shows that while the per-student base rate remains the same, formula protection funding will face a staged decrease. Click here for the letter and here for more supporting documents.
Latest news from the SFA including: Funding Claims 2015 to 2016; College Accounts Direction 2015 to 2016; Advanced Learner Loans; Performance-management Point 1: 16 to 18 Apprenticeships and Traineeships Growth Requests; National Apprenticeship Week 2016: Toolkits.
Click here for information on a Brighton Adult Education Symposiom event taking place on Saturday 23rd January from 10.00-2.00 at the Friends Centre. As well as marking 70 years of the Friends Centre, the aim is to discuss how partners can work together to shape adult education in the city for the next decade. Speakers include Dr Susan Pember Chief Executive of HOLEX and former Director of the Adult Basic Skills Strategy Unit and panellists include Councillor Tom Bewick (Chair Children, Young People & Skills Committee, Brighton & Hove City Council).
The Sussex Chamber of Commerce has been funded by the SFA to hold four careers events between January and March in Sussex. More information is available by clicking on each event - Burgess Hill, Hastings, Brighton, Worthing. Providers are able to exhibit or attend.
The Work and Pensions Select Committee is currently conducting an inquiry focussing in particular on development of the quality and impartiality of current careers provision and careers advice and Apprenticeships since the publication of the Education Committee report Careers Guidance for Young People: The Impact of the New Duty on Schools, in 2013. AELP has drafted a response for comment - click here, which can be fed back via SCTP here by Monday 18th January.
SCTP is delighted to welcome the Chartered Surveyors Training Trust (CSTT) and CEO Katherine Parker to membership of SCTP. CSTT is an independent charity working closely with the Worshipful Company of Chartered Surveyors to create opportunities for young people to start a career in surveying for over 25 years most notably via the apprenticeship route. We look forward to meeting Katherine at the next Member's Meeting on the 21st January. Find out more about CSTT at www.cstt.org.uk.
Latest information from the South East LEP for week ending 8th January.
FE Week is reporting that the post-16 Area Review's are running behind schedule although some believe this is a good thing if it enables considered and correct judgements to me made. Local sources have confirmed that the timescales for the Sussex Area Review have been put back.
Click here for a transcript of the Prime Minister's speech that outlined a number of key measures covering early years, young people, mental health and social opportunity in a speech signalling the build-up to the government’s Life Chances Strategy due to be launched later this spring. It contains announcements on the National Citizen Service, work experience and a new mentoring programme delivered through the Careers & Enterprise Company.
Jisc is offering a free webinar entitled ‘Preparing For Employability In A Digital Age’ to be held on Monday 25 January, 12:00 – 13:00. The webinar will summarise the main findings from their recently published Technology for employability report and will focus on an emerging vision for how universities, colleges (and other providers) can best prepare students for life and employment in a digital world, based on the research. Participants are invited to discuss the approaches proposed, consider how they might work in practice, and highlight the challenges involved. The webinar will be of interest to those supporting student employability, employer engagement and digital engagement. To find out more and book your place click here.
There has been debate recently on the circumstances surrounding which employers would need to pay the apprenticeship levy with some commentators suggesting a wider application that announced by the Chancellor. This FE News article appears to clarify matters.
Congratulations to Ron Crank, outgoing Chief Executive of the Coast To Capital LEP who has been awarded an MBE in the New Year's Honours List. Ron has now retired with successor Jonathan Sharrock taking over the role.
Click here to see useful government figures showing apprenticeship starts by parliamentary constituency between 1996 and 2015. This shows an overall increase of 14% in 2014-15 but with 34 constituencies showing a fall against this upward trend including 3 in Brighton and Hove. Further analysis is here.
We are pleased to welcome Brighton-based Care Co-ops to membership of SCTP. Care Co-operatives to give the full name, is a social enterprise focussed on improving the lives of local people and reducing social exclusion. They do this through a range of support services, social businesses and European Projects. We look forward to working with Business Development Director Fiona Ras and her colleagues.
Jisc is offering an invitation to take part in one of a series of national consultation events being run as part of their Digital student: Skills sector study from February to April 2016. Jisc will cover staff and learners’ travel expenses for their attendance at these events (which are in Bristol, Leicester and Manchester). This project is exploring the expectations and experiences of technology of adult and community learners, work based learners, apprentices and offender learners. More information is here.
Click here for information about this latest funding opportunity aimed at 'constituted voluntary and community organisations, registered charities, social enterprises and community interest companies'.
Latest edition of the Skills Funding Agency's monthly newsletter for marketing and communications staff in colleges and training organisations including information on: National Apprenticeship Awards 2015: National Finalists; Advanced Learner Loans: Video and Case Studies; Traineeships Resources; Future Apprenticeships Support Programme: Workshop.
For those of you who operate in other parts of the country see here. A reminder that there is a briefing for SCTP members on the Sussex ESWF tenders from SELEP and Coast 2 Capital LEPs on the 21st January at Plumpton College, 2-4pm.
Latest from the Education Funding Agency including: Reminder: auditors of academy trusts and sixth-form colleges to complete a short online form; Information: 16 to 19 Bursary Fund (vulnerable student bursaries).
AELP is offering another free webinar (the second in a series of 3) for leaders and governors as part of the Future Apprenticeships programme. The webinar takes place on the 13th January from 10.30-11.30am and will explain the changes from Apprenticeship Frameworks to Standards and will discuss the implications of this and the issues an organisation needs to consider to support an effective changeover. For more information and booking click here.
Latest from the SFA including: individualised Learner Record R05 2015 to 2016; Apprenticeship Grant for Employers 2015: Closing Date for Facility Increases; Financial Assurance Review Documents 2015 to 2016; Apprenticeship Vacancies and Traineeship Opportunities.
This webinar on the 19th January will look at the implications for awarding organisations and providers of recent reforms, most notably those outlined in the comprehensive spending review and explore the opportunities and threats that these may present for joint working between providers and awarding organisations. 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.
A reminder that there are four seminars taking place in London & the South East as part of the Future Apprenticeships provider support programme (2 in London, 1 in Crawley and 1 in Guildford). The workshops are designed to provide an opportunity to think through the employer engagement side of implementing standards and in particular the staff knowledge, skills and experience. The events will be a useful opportunity for providers to plan for the implementation of the new standards. The Crawley seminar on the 25th January is supported and co-delivered by SCTP. For more information and booking click here.
An upbeat analysis from AELP's Stewart Segal of last month's Skills Funding Letter sent from the Skills Minister to the SFA. The main points of the letter are worth reviewing again as we plan ahead for 2016.
See this FE Week article for a summary of those from our sector featuring in the New Year Honours List.
SELEP has advised that the Department of Work & Pensions has published a prior information notice regarding the DWP contract for ESF funding here and that 'anyone interested in bidding when the ITT is published should follow the advice in 11.8 and check out Contracts Finder and DWP eProcurement Solution if they haven’t done so already'.
We are delighted to welcome Pearson's Training Provider arm - Pearson TQ to full membership of SCTP. Pearson TQ is a education and training provider that designs, develops and delivers training solutions for public and private sector clients in the UK covering 4 key areas of training: Technical & Vocational, Leadership & Development, Outdoor Education and Managed Services. We look forward to seeing our local contact, Poppy Carter Mills at future meetings. Many of you will know Poppy from her previous roles working for SCTP. For more information on Pearson TQ see www.tq.com.
Click here to see an offer of potential partnership working from SCTP member PeoplePlus.
From all at SCTP to all our readers.
The SFA has published Information and suggestions for employers, apprentices, MPs, schools, colleges and training providers to help support National Apprenticeship Week 2016. Resources, tools and templates have also been published.
Latest news from the South East LEP covering a summary of progress on all areas of activity.
Click here to see a reworked and updated first issue of ESCC's East Sussex Skills Newsletter. This bi- monthly briefing is designed to update partners and colleagues on the work being undertaken on skills and related areas across East Sussex.
For anyone who hasn't yet absorbed the important contents of the Skills Minister's recent funding letter, this 3-page summary from AELP provides a useful guide.
Click here for the SFA's latest list of subcontractors that hold contracts to provide education and training (previously known as the subcontracting register).
Having signalled a possible end to subcontracting in recent posts, we balance this with an article from an independent training provider making the case for retaining this way of doing business.
New CBI boss Carolyn Fairbairn said firms might sack workers to save on costs in reaction to the apprenticeship levy contradicting the Government view that the new levy would help the economy and "turbo charge" productivity. More is here in a FE Week news article with the results of the CBI annual employer survey here showing job creation up but skills shortages & rising labour costs starting to bite.
Latest RPA data from East Sussex County Council including NEET and learner participation figures.
Results of the SFA's fifth annual college and training organisation survey show many improvements and developments have been made. Out of the 469 respondents, over 85% were positive about the effectiveness of the SFA's role in funding FE skills training and over 75% of respondents thought that the actions the SFA have taken over the last 12 months have improved how they operate. Click here for more.
Ofsted has been told to save £38m by 2020. Minutes of board-level discussions at Ofsted reveal that the inspectorate has been told by the Department for Education to make savings of £38m over the four-year period to 2019/20. For more click here.
Click here to see the slides from last week's Lsect webinar 'Using the SFA's tendering portal and ESF bid writing tips'.
AELP asks local provider networks across the country to report the top 3 issues affecting their members on a regular basis. The results show that providers across the country continue to be concerned about the apprenticeship reforms - particularly the levy and, the move from frameworks to standards as well as being concerned about learning loans and area reviews. These results are collated and used when AELP represents the sector at national level. Here is the summary of key issues reported in December with AELP CEO Stewart Segal's comments included.
Latest labour market statistics published this week show that there are half a million more people in employment now then at this time a year ago. More comment and analysis is here from Kirsty McHugh, Chief Executive of the Employment Related Services Association (ERSA).
Latest issue of the SFA's monthly e-newsletter for MI managers, software writers and suppliers about FE data systems and reports, the ILR, open data and other data news - including a festive crossword!
Latest from SCTP Associate Member, NCFE.
A new plan to help Crawley people to access better quality job opportunities within the town has been launched by Crawley Borough Council. The plan aims to address skills gaps in the local workforce through four main projects – a Town Centre Skills Academy, Gatwick Skills Laboratory, Crawley Young Workers Scheme and Employ Crawley. Crawley Borough Council is asking stakeholders, residents and businesses to comment on the draft plan. More information is in the council's press release here.
Latest from the Education Funding Agency including: Information: 16 to 18 further education data and management information for local authorities; Information: schools revenue funding settlement 2016 to 2017; Information: pupil premium grant 2016 to 2017; Information: other grant funding for 2016 to 2017; Summer schools funding will not continue in 2016; Information: school and early years finance regulations; Information: EFA Information Exchange - submitting documents and updating contact details; Information: consultation on parents and childcare provider ‘rights to request’ wraparound and holiday childcare.
One of the key issues being discussed by providers is whether subcontracting will be possible under the new funding system or whether employers will be able to spend their vouchers with any provider on ROTO. This interesting article from FE Week carries on the debate in the light of a large college continuing to seek new subcontracted provision while this article from FE News also explores the subject.
This one-day conference 'Modelling 16-19 Study Programmes Across FE & Skills Providers' provides an opportunity to share the initial findings of three separate projects commissioned by the Education and Training Foundation to work together to explore solutions to the challenges identified by Ofsted in respect of 16-19 Study Programmes. Click here for more information and booking. 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.
The SFA has published updates to ROTO (Register of Training Organisations) and the Register Of Apprenticeship Assessment Organisations.
Click here for a recording and the slides from AELP's Frameworks To Standards - What You Need To Know' webinar. This explored the implications for providers in moving from the delivery of apprenticeship frameworks to the new standards.
The skills funding letter is published annually and sets out the Government's funding priorities for the skills system. It includes information for the SFA to set provider allocations for 2016-17 and indicative budgets through to 2020. The letter is here. More comment and discussion about the new announcements in the letter is here - including the removal of non-apprenticeship co-funding in the workplace and the reorganisation of the non-apprenticeship budgets into a new Adult Education Budget (AEB) will be progressively devolved to local areas over the next 2 to 3 years . The DfE funding letter is expected soon. If you are going to read one thing during the Christmas break we would recommend this letter as it contains a succinct summary of policy and operational information that points to some threats, challenges and real opportunities for providers over the next 4 years.
Latest from the SFA including: Individualised Learner Record R05 2015 to 2016: Opens Thursday, 17 December; Mid-year Funding Claims 2015 to 2016; Skills Funding Letter 2016 to 2017; Final Funding Year Values 2014 to 2015; Qualification Achievement Rates 2014 to 2015; Apprenticeship Grant for Employers 2016; Traineeships: Ofsted Inspection Grade; Provider Data Self-assessment Toolkit User Guide; Allegations of Fraud or Financial Irregularity Policy; Future Apprenticeships Support Programme: Workshop.
The Wealden & Rother Rural Partnership has issued details of EU grants totalling £1.472 million are now available to businesses in the rural areas of Wealden and Rother through the LEADER Programme. Under this programme local action groups award grant funding to local businesses and organisations to help them carry out projects which create jobs and benefit the rural economy. Click here for more information or contact Programme Manager Don Cranfield.
Click here for the chance to take part in an AELP survey that is looking for provider feedback on the impact of the Apprenticeship Staff Support Programme.
Click here to see a letter from Skills Minister Nick Boles sent to all colleges last week, updating them on the further education (FE) reform programme. This will also be of interest to other providers. Comment from FE Week here.
While AELP and AoC have welcomed the news that the same delivery rules will apply to Traineeships as other provision from August 2016, some existing grade 1 and 2 providers are not so keen. See this FE Week article here.
Click here for a useful Policy Watch summary of future skills policy developments from SCTP Associate Member, Pearson.
Latest edition of the region's business magazine.
The latest newsletter from West Sussex County Council featuring information about available services for children & young people (0-25) who have special educational needs and / or disabilities.
Click here to see this brief issued by East Sussex County Council's Enterprise Co-ordinators for business volunteers to come forward and take up Enterprise Adviser roles working with schools to raise awareness of the world of work.
AELP CEO, Stewart Segal explores some of the answers to this important question here.
Click here for an interesting article from Victor Farlie, Chair of the London Work Based Learning Alliance who shares his predictions on how employers might react when the levy is introduced.
Click here for the updated version of the document that sets out the rules for providers who receive funding from the SFA to offer education and skills training for 2015 to 2016.
Latest updated apprenticeship guide for employers.
As covered in previous posts, a national provider support programme called Future Apprenticeships has been launched. We particularly wanted to draw your attention to session that is to take part in Sussex on the 25th January, 10-4 at Rewards in Crawley. The one day workshop will explore the impact of the Apprenticeship reforms on providers' relationship with employers and develop the skills required to engage employers in the delivery of the new Apprenticeship Standards. The workshop is followed up by a 1 hour online seminar to support the embedding of learning. SCTP (Richard Freeman) will play a part in delivering the session, the lead tutor is Alison Sumpter. More information and booking is here.
Click here to see the first issue of ESCC's East Sussex Skills Bulletin. This twice monthly briefing is designed to update partners and colleagues on the work being undertaken on skills and related areas across East Sussex.
We are pleased to announce that SCTP's Apprenticeships In Sussex service will be heading back into East Sussex schools in the New Year. Thanks to funding from CXK and backing from East Sussex County Council, Sarah Hinks will initially be visiting 12 East Sussex schools to promote apprenticeships and the www.apprenticeships-in-sussex.com website. We would like to invite SCTP members to to put forward apprentices who would be willing to accompany Sarah on the visits to do a Q&A and share their experiences. We would also welcome any videos, case studies or local apprenticeships success stories that we can draw upon for use on the school visits and also on the new version of the AIS website which goes live in January. Please contact Richard Freeman.
Latest from the Education Funding Agency including: Reminder: how to submit sixth-form colleges’ audited accounts; Information: exceptional growth in traineeships in 2015 to 2016; Information: changes to traineeships for the 2016 to 2017 academic year; Final reminder: applying for the Condition Improvement Fund (CIF) 2016 to 2017; Information: local authority actual expenditure for 2014 to 2015; Information: 2016 to 2017 authority proforma tool; Reminder: English Baccalaureate (EBacc) consultation.
Latest from the Education Training Foundation including their annual report about how they have been supporting providers.
West Sussex Council is organising another Apprenticeship Jobs Fair on the 19th January between 2.00-4.00pm at Crawley Town Hall. For the event flyer click here and to get involved e-mail Jane Chew at WSCC.
Latest from the SFA including: Advanced Learner Loans Prospectus 2015 to 2016: Designating Qualifications; Advanced Learner Loans Bursary Funding Calculation 2015 to 2016: Technical Document; FE Choices Learner Satisfaction Survey; Updated Learning Aims Search Facility; Letter to Colleges from the Minister of State for Skills.
Employment Minister, Priti Patel has addressed the Youth Employment UK conference. The speec covers the Government's earn and learn approach, the work of Jobcentre Plus coaches in schools and apprenticeships. Click here for the speech.
A new Committee, the Committee on Education, Skills and the Economy, formed by members of the Education Committee and the Business, Innovation and Skills Committee, has launched an inquiry looking at careers advice, information and guidance. This inquiry is set to look at issues such as the quality of current careers advice, the effectiveness of careers advice in supporting people into apprenticeships, and how careers advice in schools and college can help match skills with the needs of the jobs market. This is the not the first such inquiry but hopefully signals the Government's continued interested in getting Careers Information, Advice and Guidance working effectively. For more information and to inout into the inquiry, click here.
Latest publication from the National Apprenticeship Service covering apprenticeship news for employers the South East. It includes useful information about the Apprenticeship Levy, new Apprenticeship Standards and Traineeships. There are also details about some free webinars being run for employers to find out more about the business benefits of recruiting apprentices.
The Government has published its plan for how the quality and quantity of apprenticeships will be increased, achieving 3 million apprenticeships by 2020. The main document (59 pages) is here and an executive summary (13 pages) here. The main policy headlines are the intention to require large public sector bodies to employ apprentices in large numbers; a relaxation of the timescales for switching from frameworks to standards; lifting of the Ofsted Grade restrictions on Traineeship delivery from August 2016; AGE Grant extended to July 2017. More news and comment is here.
On the 1st December the city’s Economic Partnership brought together over 100 representatives from the public, private and voluntary sectors to debate a new plan to tackle inequality and skills gaps in the city. SCTP was there on behalf of its members. For more information click and to input your comments click here - the main aim of the survey is to get a sense of key priorities for employment and skills in the city and also to understand what provision already exists. The deadline for responses is the 17th December.
Click here for a letter to providers and employers about four 'Your Future' careers fairs (funded by the SFA) that the Sussex Chamber of Commerce is running in Sussex between January & March next year. Sponsorship packages are also available.
Skills East Sussex (SES) is a local board formed by East Sussex County Council to help steer the skills agenda across the county. It seeks to match the supply of skills training with the needs of local employers and links closely with the skills activities of the South East LEP. To take this work forward SES has decided to focus on some key sectors - engineering and advanced manufacturing, construction, health and social care, creative and digital and land based and visitor economy. Open meetings with employers and providers are expected for each of these sectors with the first meeting covering the Engineering & Manufacturing sector taking place at Sussex Coast College, Ore Valley Campus on the 26th January between 2-6pm. All SCTP member providers that are involved in this sector are encouraged to attend. More details of the meeting are here.
A BIS Report has recognised the “substantial impact” of Further Education in getting unemployed people back into work — and called for greater investment into provision for people looking for a job. More information and comment is here.
Click here for an update from Fe Week about when and where the first ESF invitations to tender will be released.
The Education & Training Foundation has announced the delivery partners and confirmed the timetable (14th January to the 7th April) for the first part of the Functional Skills Reform Programme. More is here.
Latest news from the Department for Work & Pensions in their newsletter aimed at 'advisers, employers and organisations that help people find jobs'.
Please find below links to the November monthly survey’s from BIS for you to feedback on proposals to develop new Apprenticeships in a range of sectors across the economy, draft Apprenticeship Standards submitted by Trailblazer employer groups for final approval and draft assessment plans.
More geographic areas have been announced as part of the roll out of area reviews across the country - summaries in this TES article here.
AELP is offering a free webinar for leaders and governors as part of the Future Apprenticeships programme. The webinar takes place on the 15th December from 10.30-11.30am and will explain the changes from Apprenticeship Frameworks to Standards and will discuss the implications of this and the issues an organisation needs to consider to support an effective changeover. For more information and booking click here.
The Kusuma Trust UK is an independent grant-making organisation, aims to facilitate and increase access to education and other life opportunities for children and young people, with a focus on the most disadvantaged. The Trust enables children and young people to realise their potential and break the inter-generational cycle of poverty. The Trust has developed a strategy which includes working in England to improve education outcomes for young people. Registered charities in England can apply for grants of up to £10,000. To be eligible, projects need to align with the Trust's strategy. The funding could be used to contribute to a range of outcomes, including improvements in student attainment, teaching quality and community engagement, and an increased number of young people pursuing higher education and gaining employment. The deadline for applications is 12th February 2016 (5pm). Contact the trust on 020 7569 1920, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Latest edition of the Skills Funding Agency's monthly newsletter for marketing and communications staff in colleges and training organisations including information on: Advanced Learner Loans; Higher and Degree Apprenticeship Fact Sheet; Regional National Apprenticeship Awards 2015: Winners; Future Apprenticeships Support Programme; Armed Forces Bereavement Scholarship Scheme; The Apprenticeship Guide 2016.
Latest from the Education Funding Agency including: Reminder: applying for the Condition Improvement Fund (CIF) 2016 to 2017; Information: regulating out-of-school education settings.
Latest from the SFA including: Individualised Learner Record R04 2015 to 2016: Closes Friday, 4 December; New Apprenticeship Standards: Monthly Online Approvals Survey.
Ofsted has published it's annual report for 2014/15. The report has some concerns about progress towards improved grades especially in the college sector while acknowledging funding pressures on all providers. It also draws attention to Ofsted’s Learner View findings of 12,000 learners, 91% of whom said that they would recommend their provider to a friend. See more information and comment here, reaction from the FE & skills sector here and a focus on the findings relating to Maths & English is here.
This FE News article from Education & Training Foundation's Director of Education & Training, Jenny Williams explains more about the Future Apprenticeships programme of support for providers. We have learned that there are several strands to this programme - in addition to workshops workshops on 'Engaging Employers in delivering the new Apprenticeship standards' and 'Delivering New Apprenticeship Standards' there is also a programme of regional meetings inviting sector leaders to 'explore and shape future local and regional approaches to, and leadership of, apprenticeship reform in the context of their local/regional socio-economic circumstances and the changing policy and fiscal context'. Participation is free but by application - more information is here.
Latest news for the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership including news on the Newhaven Enterprise Zone and the new Enterprise Advisor pilot programme.
Latest from Ofsted.
The Careers & Enterprise Company has established its priorities for the nature and location of its funded interventions through some detailed research and has identified cold spots - areas of limited activity and impact. Click here to see the research document.
This free webinar from the Strategic Development Network will help to prepare providers for the assessment requirements under the apprenticeship reforms. Click here for more information and booking.
Click here to see the successful bidders from stage one of the Big Lottery Building Better Opportunities Fund in the Coast 2 Capital LEP area.
After serious delays to the SFA procurement for the 2014-2020 ESF programmes but with procurement now happening, this business briefing from AELP summarises some of the detail concerning the ESF Operational Programme, the delays and potential pitfalls that bidders may face. Locally the Coast to Capital LEP has released the latest ERDF and ESF revised allocations and performance framework targets summary - please note this is in draft and still subject to change.
Yesterday saw the latest webinar from AELP CEO, Stewart Segal updating the sector on the latest news and events with much useful discussion of the Spending Review. Click here for the slides used and the questions raised and answers given during the session.
Click here for FE Week's 24-page feature on everything that happened at last week's Skills Show in Birmingham. Good to see students from SCTP members Chcihester College and Sussex Downs College amongst the medals.
Eastbourne Education Business Partnership has confirmed that the first annual
Big Futures Show will be taking place on 20 April 2016 at the Winter Gardens in Eastbourne. The show brings together education and business and is aimed at year 14 to 16 year old pupils and others considering their future who will be able to explore a mix of education, training and employment options. For more information and how to get involved click here.
Latest issue of the SFA's monthly e-newsletter for MI managers, software writers and suppliers about FE data systems and reports, the ILR, open data and other data news.
Please see the following note from SCTP Associate Member DTD Training. 'ROSPA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) is initiating an important area of research, Health and Safety of Apprentices: a call for evidence, the details of which are here. DTD has recently discussed this consultation with ROSPA and the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) and believes that it offers a great opportunity for providers to add their weight through their contribution and related experiences - the response needs to go direct to ROSPA. We will however be pleased to answer any questions from interested parties as best we can. Those who attended our seminars over the past few years will know how we have endorsed best practice in our sector and attempted to raise standards wherever we can. Where you and your business have evidence of best practice in apprentice safety, directly initiated by yourselves or in partnership with an employer please let ROSPA know. The consultation closes on the 22nd January. We will keep you updated via SCTP on the outcomes of the research as part of our commitment to the network as well as the project as a whole'.
ABC stands for Apprenticeships, Businesses & Communities and is the employer facing arm of West Kent & Ashford College and Hadlow College. We are pleased to welcome ABC as the latest full member of SCTP and look forward to working with Jo Fowler (ex Sussex Downs College) and Matthew Almeida-Brown as SCTP's main contacts.
Latest from the Education Funding Agency including: Information: Department for Education’s settlement at Spending Review 2015; Action: set up your Condition Improvement Fund (CIF) portal account; Reminder: submit your Condition Improvement Fund (CIF) project monitoring/completion return; Reminder: maths and English condition of funding survey; Information: updated Youth Contract performance data; Information: high needs student numbers.
Click here for this summary from FE News of the responses from sector leaders to the spending review.
Hot on the heels of the Chancellor's statement is the publication of the Government's response to the apprenticeship levy consultation.
Latest news from the SFA including: Service Centre: Data and Systems Queries; European Social Fund: Funding Rules, Rates and Formula; Advanced Learner Loans: Application Guidance for a Loan Facility; Future Apprenticeships Support Programme; Chartered Institution for Further Education: Membership Applications. The SFA has also published version 2 of its funding rules for 2015-16.
Click here for an article from FE Week outlining the main points of the budget for the FE & Skills sector emerging from the Chancellor's spending review announced today. The news on the adult skills budget was better than expected and more detail has emerged on the apprenticeship levy which will be introduced from April 2017. A full copy of the autumn statement and spending review is here (see section 6 for employment and welfare, 7.3 for education and skills and 8.2 for a mention of a new Enterprise Zone for Newhaven). A transcript of the Chancellor's speech is here. Finally, remember that Learning Curve has a free Spending Review webinar on Monday 30th at 10am.
The Education & Training Foundation is the national body charges (and funded) to support providers of all types with development support. Wherever possible SCTP works with the ETF to ensure that you have all the information on and where possible, local delivery of the support available. The latest ETF programme is the Future Apprenticeship Fund delivered via AELP. Information about the launch is here with details of workshops and booking relating to 'Engaging Employers in delivering the new Apprenticeship standards' here and 'Delivering New Apprenticeship Standards' here.
Latest news and analysis relating to English & Maths delivery - click here.
Trailblazer employers in the early years sector are unhappy with the government over the GCSE exit requirements for their new apprenticeship trailblazer standard. The Early Years Educator (EYE) Trailblazer group resubmitted its apprenticeship standard and assessment plan on November 10, asking the government to accept ‘reasonable equivalents’ to the GCSE English and maths requirements for the level three standard. This appears to have been rejected which seems to suggest a curious definition of employer-led standards is being used, at least in the early years sector. Click here for more.
New research released by the National Union of Students (NUS) and the Association of Colleges (AoC) has shown only 49% of further education students can always afford their travel costs. A survey of 2,107 respondents revealed 40% of students spend £5 or more a day travelling to their college or place of training. The average travel time for those surveyed was two hours and 48 minutes per day at an average distance of 11 miles. Many young people (40%) rely on financial support from parents or guardians for travel costs. With Area Reviews looking at potential rationalisation of provision, the issue of student travel costs clearly needs to be taken into account. More on the research can be found here.
Mike Cox, AELP's Operations Manager reflects on how the Functional Skills review by the Education Training Foundation (ETF) could result in them being viewed as equally important to GCSEs.
Click here to see four research reports published by the Further Education Trust For Leadership emerging from its fellowship programme.
See the best moments from the Skills Show, held in Birmingham this week.
SFA funding and programmes director Keith Smith, speaking at the AoC conference has warned college leaders they were facing a “huge challenge” when the apprenticeship levy allows subcontractors to receive funding directly from the government. Click here for more.
SCTP member, Serco joined Barclays & Nestle in becoming the first employers to train professional managers through degree apprenticeships. Click here for more.
The Association of Employment and Learning Providers Chief Executive chats about the importance of delivering quality Apprenticeship programmes to deliver the 3 Million Apprenticeship target and Colleges and Providers being able to work in collaboration to deliver high quality programmes tailored to the needs of learners and employers. Click here for the video clip.
Following the merger of Eos, A4e and SCTP member, Avanta the three companies are now trading as PeoplePlus who we now welcome to SCTP membership. Regional Development Manager, Serge Wyett will be our contact. PeoplePlus works with DWP, the SFA and delivers ESF programmes - to find out more see www.peopleplus.co.uk .
The first video clip sees David Russell the Chief Executive of the Education & Training Foundation discussing the impact & opportunities for colleges arising out of the area reviews. The second video clip sees FE Commissioner, David Collins outline the purpose and possibilities for collaboration resulting from area reviews. Both clips were recorded at this week's AoC conference.
SQA (Scottish Qualifications Authority) is the latest associate member of SCTP. We welcome our local contact David Allgood and his colleagues to membership. SQA is a National Awarding Body working with FE colleges, private colleges, training providers and large employers across the country. For more information see www.sqa.org.uk.
The proportion of 16 to 24 year olds not in education, employment or training (NEET) in England between July and September has fallen compared to the same period last year, official figures revealed today. The figures show falls across all age groups with the proportion of 16 to 24 year olds NEET down 1.6 percentage points compared to the same quarter last year. Click here for more.
Latest from the Education Funding Agency including: Information: review of 16 to 19 study programmes data for 2013 to 2014; Action: Individualised Learner Record R04 2015 to 2016; Information: NASBM professional standards.
Click here to see the slides used by the SFA speaker, Keith Smith at the Association of Colleges conference which cover apprenticeship system and funding reform.
The following link will take you to a new updated Apprenticeship Standards document, which gives details of the 356 Apprenticeship Standards that are now at various stages of development. For further information on standards ready for delivery, please follow this link to access standards and assessment plans, within the document you will also be able to view the funding CAP allocated to each standard.
50 members packed into Plumpton College for the SCTP Members' Meeting today. They heard from the head of the Sussex Area Review, Lynne Tabone who outlined the principles and process underlying the review and answered members' questions. Members also heard from Fran Walsh of the the Education and Employers Taskforce, Ben Payne from the Skills Funding Agency and Susie Pipe and Kirsten Trussell from the Coast 2 Capital LEP. This was followed in the afternoon by an expert seminar on the Development of Higher Apprenticeships delivered by David Hawkins of SRF Consultancy and attended by 20 delegates.
OFSTED Chief Inspector, Sir Michael Wilshaw has said that young people are being failed by "selfish" headteachers who encourage them to stay on for sixth form to keep budgets strong rather than offering them decent careers advice on vocational alternative. His remarks were made while giving evidence to the House of Lords Social Mobility Select Committee today. Click here for more.
Official figures released this morning show the number of apprenticeship starts for 2014/15 was up by 59,500 from the previous year – reversing the decline of the previous two years. Click here for more including the breakdown by age and figures for Traineeships.
Colleges and independent learning providers can apply for membership to the Chartered Institution for Further Education (CIFE), set up in 2013, in the latest “significant step” on the route to chartered status for the FE sector. The new body has published its regulations and guidance for applicants, which detail the standards providers need to meet in order to join. Click here for more.
Latest from the SFA including: Individualised Learner Record R04 2015 to 2016: Opens Monday, 23 November; The Skills Show 2015: Update Special Edition.
Skills Minister Nick Boles has told the Association of Colleges Annual Conference that colleges “will not be insulated” from funding cuts in the chancellor’s spending review next week and called on colleges to “change your approach”, and be “more flexible, more entrepreneurial and quicker off the mark”. He also set colleges a target of increasing the proportion of apprenticeships that they deliver to two-thirds of the total number by 2019-20. He added that for 2015-16, just 37 per cent of apprenticeship funding will go to colleges, compared with 60 per cent to independent training providers. Click here for more on this and here for a related article on colleges and apprenticeship delivery from FE Week. Meanwhile this video clip from Martin Doel, CEO of the AoC, sounds a note of optimism for the colleges' future.
SRF Consultancy has become the latest Associate Member of SCTP. Many members will be familiar with SRF and will know Strategic Director, David Hawkins as he has delivered a number of CPD sessions for us this year. SRF specialise in services relating to education funding risk management and it's good to formalise our working relationship as we now welcome them to network membership. For more information see www.srfconsultancy.co.uk.
The dissemination of the OFSTED Chief Inspector's Annual Report will take place on the 10th December in Birmingham. More information and booking is 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.
Research carried out by the Institute of Employment Studies for the Department of Business Innovation & Skills looked at various aspects of Trailblazer development including how trailblazer networks are established and structured; the processes involved in developing standards and detailed assessments; employer responses to the national principles and to the funding reforms and the overall satisfaction of employers with the development process. Click here for the report.
A ten-point plan to help deliver the government’s 3m apprenticeships target has been issued by senior apprenticeship official Jennifer Coupland, head of the BIS/DfE apprenticeship unit.
Click here for a schedule of the latest CPD events from the Education & Training Foundation.
On the 25th November, George Osborne will outline the tax and spending plans that will roll out over the rest of this parliament. This Guardian article is a useful guide to the overall position. We are of course expecting to learn the extent of cuts to the FE & skills budgets and the plans for the apprenticeship levy.
Latest news about progress in relation to the BBO programme for the South East LEP area.
Latest news from the Department for Work & Pensions in their newsletter aimed at 'advisers, employers and organisations that help people find jobs'.
The Department of Business Innovation & Skills is currently consulting on the detail of its proposals for outcome-based success measures - please click here for BIS proposals. AELP has drafted a response which is attached here - if you wish to feed comments into AELP you can do this via SCTP here.
The Coast To Capital LEP has issued a press release confirming that the Careers & Enterprise Coordinator for the area will be Georgina Angele on secondment from LoveLocalJobs.com. More detail is in the press release here. Similar roles have been identified by ESCC in East Sussex also supported through Careers & Enterprise Company funding and the post holders are believed to be Sarah Freeman (formerly of Dv8) and Debbie Martin (ESCC) - a formal statement is expected soon. In the meantime both ESCC and C2C LEP are working on submitting (in the case of ESCC) and brokering (C2C) bids for the Careers & Enterprise Funding announced recently. SCTP is working with these organisations on behalf of members and will communicate details of how to get involved in these bids as soon as we have that information.
SCTP Associate Member, NCFE is offering a discount for new customers that are SCTP members and some training or CPD for all SCTP members. For details click here.
This is part of an 8 week programme of support for providers as part of AELP's new Future Apprenticeships programme.There are two physical workshops taking place - one in Leeds (2nd December) and one in London (3rd December) looking at the Delivery Of The New Apprenticeship Standards. There is also supported action planning and a practice sharing webinar as part of the package. As the programme is primarily ETF funded the cost of the programme is only £50 per place but places are very limited - for more information and booking click here.
This webinar on the 24th November titled 'Developing Learners' & Staff Understanding Responsibilities & Use of Workplace Technologies' will explore the technologies commonly used in the workplace; how they benefit business, how learner experience and skills can be developed to embrace them, the policies that govern their use and the impact of positive and negative actions on staff, learners and the employer. Click here for more information and booking. 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.
SCTP member, Learning Curve is offering a free webinar to look at the FE and skills implications of the Chancellor's Comprehensive Spending Review statement due on the 25th November. The webinar will take place between 10.00 and 11.00am on Monday 30th November - click here for more information and booking.
The National Audit Office is to 'examine the management of the apprenticeship programme by Department for Business, Innovation & Skills.' While the NAO acknowledged that apprenticeships are vital for ensuring UK growth and productivity, the study would 'assess whether the Department is facilitating the delivery of high quality skills training that meets the needs of businesses, employees and the wider economy’. Click here for more.
Over 80 people gathered today at Horsley Towers Management Centre near Guildford for the Association of Learning Providers South East Regional Provider Conference. With the theme focussed on 'the route to 3 million apprenticeships' speakers included apprenticeship chief Sue Husband from the SFA, Stewart Segal from AELP, Kirsten Trussell from the Coast 2 Capital LEP, Rajmund Brent from Kent County Council, Mike Cooper analysing the recent apprenticeship OFSTED report as well as speakers from the conference sponsors - Andrew Walker from TQUK, Paul Turner from NCFE and Gemma Gathercole from OCR looking at the implications of Trailblazers. It was good to see many SCTP members there at what was a positive meeting of providers that are members of the 5 South East networks. SCTP and ALPSE Chair Jo Bridger said 'It was an inspiring day; at a time of so much change it was an excellent opportunity to hear from sector leaders and experts and a chance for providers to take time out to plot the future path for their organisations'.
Latest from the Education Funding Agency including: Information: 2016 to 2017 academic year post-16 allocations timeline; Information: how to submit sixth-form college financial statements; Information: apprenticeship study pack for 16 to 19 year olds and the teachers handbook; Information: Sixth-Form College Commissioner - recruitment of assessment advisers outcome; Reminder: update your contact information; Action: reducing teachers’ workload.
Latest from the SFA including: The Register of Training Organisations: Closes Friday, 13 November; Subcontractor Declaration Form 2015 to 2016: Deadline Friday, 13 November; Supply Chain Fees and Charges and Actual Funding Paid and Retained 2013 to 2014 and 2014 to 2015; Early Contract Termination: New List; Learning Aim Search Update: European Social Fund 2014 to 2020; Apprenticeship Standards: Provider Readiness Groups; Apprenticeships Trailblazer Education Sector: Survey.
FE Week is reporting that the SFA has released details of a timetable and other arrangements for the SFA ESF procurement round. Click here for the article. Lsect is running a free ESF update webinar on Friday - for details and booking click here.
In its 29 year history a university has never been a member of SCTP - until now! We are pleased to welcome the University of Brighton as an associate member. With the university working towards its own Higher Apprenticeship delivery in 2016 there will be many potential opportunities for partnership and the sharing of good practice. We look forward to seeing our contacts Lisa Mitchell and Viki Faulkner at a members' meeting soon.
The annual work based learning workforce survey for independent training providers has been issued by the Education & Training Foundation. The survey helps AELP and the ETF better understand and represent independent providers. More information and a link to the survey is here. Deadline for responses is Friday 18th December.
AELP has reported the following information from the SFA: 'AELP has been informed that the SFA is still working with the Managing Authority and Local LEP areas to finalise their plans for the NEET launch, which has been delayed slightly. Both the Agency and local partners are currently undertaking a review of the Funding Agreements, following the confirmation of targets and allocation of funds by the Managing Authority to the Local Areas. There are still no firm timelines for the launch of procurement, but the limited information we have so far leads AELP to believe that the SFA will go live before the end of this month, with the second wave (including some adult calls) in mid-December or early January 2016. However nothing is certain and we will of course pass on any information we receive to our members as soon as we get it'.
A free online course has been designed to help improve understanding of the benefits of blended learning and how to make more effective use of technology to support your learners. The course has been created with the funding of the Ufi Charitable Trust and so far over 7,000 people have signed up. The first introductory course, Getting Started, will be supported by a group of dedicated Digital Champions who will help people to connect with teaching and training professionals who understand the practical, everyday challenges of using blended learning in the skills sector. Click here for more.
It's a warm welcome back to Graham Freeborn, formerly of Freedom Leisure and now returning with his own training company specialising in Health and Safety training courses up to Level 4, Food Safety Level 2, First Aid training at levels 2 and 3 as well as plans to offer the Level 3 Award in Education and Training next year. A new website will be available soon at www.topedgetraining.co.uk
Further to our news story of the 16th October about the SFAs Apprenticeship Webinars for local SMEs the SFA has let us know that some new dates have been added - see here.
David Cameron's new Apprenticeship Adviser is Stratford-upon-Avon MP, Nadhim Zahawi. Click here for details.
The Department of Business Innovation and Skills have announced the creation of a new panel, due to meet shortly and report back in a few months, to help endorse a new professional and technical track for 16-19 year olds leading to speedier through-put to apprenticeships and other high-tech routes. The new system with clearer routes to the world of work, is designed to ensure young people get the skills employers are looking for in the modern economy. The announcement has brought concerns reported in FE Week that this could mean the demise of 2 year college courses.
The SFA has published an information sheet for young people on the opportunities, progression and benefits of doing a higher or degree apprenticeship.
SCTP Members are invited to attend a free Sussex Learning Network workshop to address sustainability skills in Sussex. The session is aimed at teachers, tutors, lecturers and IAG practitioners interested in the sectors of ecology and environment. The session takes place between 3.00-5.30 at Northbrook College on the 18th November. For more information and booking click here.
Latest edition of this monthly newsletter from the SFA aimed at marketing, communications and business development staff in colleges and other training organisations. This edition includes: Apprenticeship Reforms: New Resources; Advanced Learner Loans: Provider Support Pack; Youth Employment Campaign; The Skills Show 2015: Update Special Edition; WorldSkills UK Skills Competitions: Communications Toolkit.
AELP, the national provider network has published a report entitled 'Report into the current use of Information Communication Technology in Independent Training Providers'. The report is intended to provide an insight into the current use, barriers and challenges to use, of Information Communication and Learning Technology (ICLT) in the government funded independent training provider (ITP) sector.
Latest from the Education Funding Agency including: Information: maths and English condition of funding; Reminder: recording sub-contracted provision in the school census; Information: accounting for free meals in further education; Reminder: 2016 to 2017 high needs place change request process – deadline 5pm 16 November; Information for local authorities: changes to the schemes for financing schools guidance; Information for local authorities: contacting EFA.
After an active period as a guest member over the past few months we are please to welcome Bowles Learning & Development Centre as the latest new member of SCTP. Based in Eridge near Crowborough, the centre specialises in residential outdoor education courses for schools and groups, team and leadership development and as a snowsports centre. Bowles concentrates on developing soft skills and helping young people make the transition into the work place and is keen to meet with training providers to see if there is a way to create mutually beneficial partnerships. SCTP looks forward to working with Learning & Development Coordinator Ummara Wright. To find out more see www.bowles.ac.
SCTP members are able to secure a 10% discount on places at the sixth annual Skills Summit. on the 18th February in London. To make use of the cut price offer, complete and return this booking form to Westminster Briefing (the event organisers). Speakers include Skills Minister Nick Boles (subject to Parliamentary business), SFA/EFA Chief executive Peter Lauener and BIS Select Committee Chairman Ian Wright. To find out more about the Skills Summit or reserve your place, please visit www.skills-summit.co.uk.
Tuesday 15th March 2016 marks the first ever West Sussex graduation ceremony for Advanced and Higher Apprentices. The ceremony will be for those who complete their Apprenticeships in 2015. The event will be held at Chichester Cathedral in the afternoon and will be followed by a celebratory reception. WSCC is hoping to maximise press coverage and publicity, given it will be held during National Apprenticeship Week. In order for the ceremony to reach as many completers as possible, WSCC needs the help of SCTP members as only providers know who the Apprentice achievers will be and can access and use their addresses. The invitations and ceremony information will be sent out mid-January. WSCC therefore needs to know if which organisations will be taking part and the anticipated Higher and Advanced Apprentice completer numbers. Please email Elizabeth Flegg at WSCC by the close on Friday 27th November to express an interest and declare numbers. A letter is also being sent to provider CEOs.
Click here for the latest information from SCTP Associate Member, CfBT who run the National Careers Service in West Sussex and Brighton & Hove. This provides a summary of labour market news and statistics with in depth analysis of vacancies in Brighton & Hove here and West Sussex here.
Last week (29/10) saw the latest webinar from AELP CEO, Stewart Segal updating the sector on the latest news and events. Click here for the slides used and the questions raised and answers given during the session.
The SFA has issued an updated version of this Teachers Handbook and Self Development Pack For Young People.
Latest from the SFA including: Individualised Learner Record R03 2015 to 2016: Closes Thursday, 5 November; Growth and Virement Requests: 2015 to 2016 Adult Apprenticeships, 19 to 24 Traineeships and 16 to 18 Apprenticeships (including 16 to 18 Traineeships); Subcontractor Declaration Form 2015 to 2016: Deadline Friday, 13 November; Supply Chain Fees and Charges and Actual Funding Paid and Retained 2013 to 2014 and 2014 to 2015; College Capital Investment Fund Use of Funds Statements: Advance Payment Bonds; Allocation / Contract Values 2014 to 2015: July 2015; Financial Assurance: Monitoring the Funding Rules 2015 to 2016; The Skills Show 2015: Update Special Edition; New Apprenticeship Standards: Monthly Online Approvals Survey.
Latest edition of the SFA's Business Update publication - a monthly round-up of information and news for businesses.
Latest GCSE and Functional Skills news from SCTP Associate Member bksb.
Click here for Information about the main activities taking place at this year’s Skills Show (19 to 21 November at the NEC Birmingham) and details of how to register.
Latest from the Education and Training Foundation on their range of services to support and develop education and training providers.
AELP is holding an Apprenticeship Funding webinar on the 16th November 10.30-11.30am. This will include a run through of how the funding for the current Trailblazer pilots work. How long the funding for existing frameworks will continue and how the funding will work when the Apprenticeship levy comes in. More information and booking is 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.
Latest from the inspectorate including more on their recent apprenticeship report.
The last of our new members joining in time for the start of the SCTP new membership year, we welcome RBLI (Royal British Legion Industries) to membership of SCTP. RBLI is a national charity supporting the Armed Forces Community & those affected by disability, health conditions or social welfare needs and run a range of programmes to support their clients. As a guest member over the past few months we have already met Polly Boughton and we look forward to working with Polly and her colleague Richard Brooks. Find out more about RBLI at www.rbli.co.uk.
The Department for Education (DfE) will publish information on subcontracted student numbers for the first time at the end of this calendar year, FE Week has revealed.
Brighton & Hove City Council has voted to carry out its own area review with a wider remit to include all post-16 provision including school 6th forms and independent learning providers. The review will also involve local employers and look at the demand for skills training. Rather than compete with the Sussex Area review the aim is to report into and inform the wider county review. For more information click here.
SCTP welcomes Hasting-based Hairdressing Apprenticeship & Traineeship provider, Elite Hair Academy back to SCTP full membership having been part of the network a few years ago. We look forward to working again with Director, Linda Smith and her colleagues. For more information go to www.elitehairacademy.co.uk
New figures released by the government showed that the total amount awarded for 24+ advanced learning loans in 2014/15 was £149m, which was 62 per cent less than the £397m allocated for the FE loans budget. For more information and comment click here.
Latest issue of the SFA's monthly e-newsletter for MI managers, software writers and suppliers about FE data systems and reports, the ILR, open data and other data news.
Brenda is well known to SCTP members from her time at Northbrook College and as a SCTP Director. Brenda has now gone freelance, running her own business offering consultancy support to the sector and it is in this capacity that we welcome her back as an Associate Member.
This fund is part of the £20M Government investment announced earlier in the year to support young people to succeed and sits alongside the establishing of a new Careers & Enterprise service locally. A press release is here and a link to the Careers & Enterprise Company website giving full details of the fund is here. In Sussex, East Sussex County Council and the Coast 2 Capital LEP are leading on pulling proposed activities together and SCTP will be representing its members through the usual channels. More information will be available at the SCTP Members' Meeting on the 19th November.
SCTP would like to welcome SCL Education and Training as the latest full member of SCTP. SCL delivers 14-19 educational and work-based learning programmes across the South of England in partnership with a variety of FE Colleges, School 6th Forms, training providers and employers, delivering a study programmes and apprenticeships in the areas of Sport, Coaching, Activity Leadership and Exercise & Fitness. We look forward to working with Head of Quality, Stuart Simpson and his team. More information on SCL can be found at www.wearescl.co.uk.
Stewart Segal, AELP CEO, reports on the recent AELP Conference on the lack of clarity on the direction of travel for apprenticeship development - especially from an employer's perspective as well as encouraging news on the recognition of the role of providers.
For the fourth year in a row, 5% of young people in 2013-14 went into an apprenticeship the year after completing their GCSEs (Key Stage 4), according to provisional destination data issued by the Department for Education. 2% went on to other sustained employment and/or training destinations, again unchanged from the previous year. A school sixth form continues to be the most popular destination for young people (39%) with further education colleges the second most popular (34%). The percentage that went on to sixth-form colleges was 13%. AELP CEO Stewart Segal commented, ‘With the impact of Raising the Participation Age, I wouldn’t expect the proportion of Key Stage 4 completers going into apprenticeships to increase by much in 2014-15 or 2015-16 as schools with sixth forms will continue to try and retain as many pupils as they can. We have always said that the government needs to ensure that parents are aware that the raising of the participation age is not the raising of the school leaving age.’ The DfE statistical release is available here.
Rachel Carter has recently been appointed as Post-16 Learning and Skills Partnership Adviser at BHCC. Rachel takes over some of the work of Kirsten Trussell who recently moved to the Coast To Capital LEP. The role brings together learning and skills focusing on monitoring, challenging and supporting providers and the appropriateness of post 16 progression and pathways for the young people of Brighton and Hove. Many of you may know Rachel already from her work with Profitnet. Paul Mitchell has already met with Rachel on behalf of SCTP members and we look forward to welcoming her to the SCTP Members' Meeting on the 19th November.
Latest from the SFA including: The Register of Training Organisations: Closes Friday, 13 November; Subcontractor Declaration Form 2015 to 2016: Deadline Friday, 13 November; Supply Chain Fees and Charges and Actual Funding Paid and Retained 2013 to 2014 and 2014 to 2015; Funding Rules 2015 to 2016 Version 2 Addendum 2: Apprenticeships; FE Choices: 2015 to 2016 Learner Satisfaction Survey; Provider Complaints Procedure: Updated; Provider Data Self-Assessment Toolkit: Updated.
Serco is looking for delivery partners for future skills and employability contracts including the successors to the Work programme and Workchoice. An Expression Of Interest (EOI) Form is here which enables SCTP members to register their interest in working with Serco. Serco acknowledges that some members may have already recently completed an EOI for the SSW programme and if this is the case and they are interested in future opportunities, then to simply reply with an email to that effect.
AELP is holding a webinar on the 9th November ,10.30-11.30am entitled 'Sharing Best Practice In Promoting Apprenticeship With Schools'. 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.
As Greater Brighton and E Sussex/Surrey/W Sussex submit their devolution plans here is a useful summary of the Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill including an update on the 4 latest ‘devo-deals’ agreed as the Bill reached its Second Reading in the Commons.
Click here to see the support that Jisc are offering to FE Learning Providers in the context of the Area Reviews.
Click here to see the latest information from SCTP Associate member NCFE.
One of the key themes to emerge from the conference was the level of employer concern about apprenticeship funding reforms. See more on this and other conference feedback here.
Latest English and Maths news from SCTP Associate Member, Forskills.
The South East LEP has launched its £3.5M Skills Capital Fund. This fund is open to lead FE Colleges and other approved training organisations that are 'located' within the SELEP area and are on ROTO. For more information on eligibility, match funding requirements, guidance notes and application forms click here.
To be exact - version2, addendum 2 to of the SFA Funding rules for 2015-16 can be found here including a summary of changes.
Latest version of this one-page fact sheet from the SFA.
The Coast To Capital LEP has announced that Jonathon Sharrock will succeed Ron Crank as Chief Executive in January 2016. More is here.
The South East’s top apprentices and apprentice employers have been announced in the regional final of the National Apprenticeship Awards in London last night. Click here for more.
Latest from the Education Funding Agency including: Action: local authorities – grant returns due by 30 October; Information: Condition Improvement Fund (CIF) information for applicants; Information: post-16 funding for the 2016 to 2017 academic year; Reminder: large programmes data reports for institutions; Update: Traineeships eligible provider list; Information: submission of sixth-form college financial statements; Information: PE and sport premium funding for 2015 to 2016; Reminder: autumn school census deadline.
Latest from the business world including a feature on training and apprenticeships.
Click here to see Ofsted's 'Apprenticeships: Developing Skills For Future Prosperity' report which calls for a focus on the quality rather than the quantity of apprenticeships. A short executive summary is on page 4 while a further summary can be seen in this FE News article here. AELP has issued a statement responding to the report's findings stating what it believes to be the true picture on apprenticeships while CEO, Stewart Segal responded to advance leaks of the report at the AELP Conference as reported in FE Week here.
Please click here for the Expression of Interest Form and Guidance Notes issued by the Local Authority as a lead bidder for the Building Better Opportunities Fund. Guidance notes can on four stands are available for a) Employment Support for people with disabilities and long term health issues b) Employment Support for people with mental health issues c) Employment Support for lone parents and d) Employment Support for people with difficulty sustaining employment.
Latest from the SFA including: Individualised Learner Record R14 2014 to 2015: Closes Friday, 23 October; London European Social Funding Apprenticeship Grant for Employers; Apprenticeship Grant for Employers: R14 Data; Apprenticeship Grant for Employers: 2015 to 2016 Growth; Individualised Learner Record R03 2015 to 2016: Opens Tuesday, 27 October; College Capital Investment Fund: Final Reconciliation Use of Funds Statements; Subcontractor Declaration Form 2015 to 2016; Individualised Learner Record: Household Situation Data; Further Education Colleges Financial Intervention and Exceptional Support Guidance.
AELP asks local provider networks across the country to report in the top issues affecting their members on a regular basis - top 3 were Area Reviews, Apprenticeship Levy and Learner Recruitment. The results are collated and used when AELP represents the sector at national level. Here is the summary of key issues reported in October with AELP CEO Stewart Segal's useful comments included.
Click here for a summary of latest developments regarding the Careers & Enterprise Company service in East Sussex.
AELP and the CBI have voiced concerns about the unknown assessment costs associated with apprenticeship Trailblazers. Click here for more.
Click here for the latest issue of NCS's 'Inspire Me' Labour Market e-Bulletin for the SE LEP area.
This useful FE News article explores the likely features of the successor to the Work Programme due to be announced in November.
Click here to see SCTP Member, Learning Curve's range of free webinars for 2015/16 including the new Common Inspection Framework on the 27th October and a series of webinars on governance.
The SFA has organised a number of webinars aimed primarily at the SME employers in Surrey & Sussex who may be interested in finding out about apprenticeships. Details, dates and booking details are here.
The Register Of Training Organisations opens for applications today as the SFA publishes the existing register here.
Click here for an easy-to-use visual guide listing all the new Apprenticeship Standards and their stage of development.
This Coast To Capital Economic Assessment document has been written as an evidence base for the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership and its partners and a reference point for potential applications for ESIF. The document is here (note sections on skills and employment) and summary slides here.
The British Chambers of Commerce has published the results of a survey of business and education leaders that found overwhelming support for the return of work experience for under 16s.
The Institute of Government analysis of the current 38 devolution bids now submitted noting that 80% included devolution of skills planning and commissioning. Separate proposals have been submitted from Greater Brighton and Three Southern Counties (E Sussex, W Sussex and Surrey).
Latest English and Maths news from SCTP Associate Member, Forskills including an important announcement on the future of Functional Skills qualifications.
Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission have announced the start of a 12-week public consultation on their proposals for inspecting how effectively local areas are fulfilling their responsibilities towards children and young people who are have special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). See the press notice and the consultation - the submission deadline of 4 January 2016.
The Education & Training Foundation is keen to here from organisations in the FE and Skills sector about how they are doing in their aim of supporting provider development. More information and a link to the survey is here. Completion deadline is the 21st October.
Latest from the Education Funding Agency including: Information: new academy revenue funding video; Information: schools financial benchmarking; Information: publication of schools block and 16 to 19 funding allocations for 2015 to 2016; Information: reconciliation statements for commercial and charitable providers; Reminder: helping you make accurate post-16 census returns; Information: how to return 2014 to 2015 EFA Individualised Learner Record (ILR) final funding claims to the EFA; Reminder: update your contact information; Information: school-led conference in Manchester.
Click here for allocation data for 16 to 19 institutions funded by the EFA for the 2015 to 2016 academic year.
SCTP Associate Member, NCFE is offering a free webinar on Study Programmes on the 22nd October, 12.15-1.00pm. It will cover developments in the delivery on 16-19 Study Programmes and the NCFE view on this. Click here to register.
Latest SFA data shows a growth in both programmes. For more click here.
Latest from the SFA including: Final Funding Claim 2014 to 2015: Deadline Tuesday, 27 October; Final Exceptional Learning Support Claims 2014 to 2015; English for Speakers of Other Languages Plus Mandation Funding 2014 to 2015; Pearson’s Qualification Management Application Issues; Register of Training Organisations: Opens Friday, 16 October; Qualifications Information Guide: Version 3.1; Apprenticeship Standards: New List Published; Apprenticeship Reforms: New Resources; Association of Employment and Learning Providers: Autumn Conference; Outcome-based Success Measures: Consultation.
Click here for details of events to be held on the mornings of 10th November in Crawley and 12th November in Arundel that will provide an opportunity for business leaders to learn what it means to be 'learning disability confident' and about the support that is available to make this happen.
The specifications for the South East LEP Building Better Opportunities Fund have been published and can be viewed here. Deadline for applications is the 30th November.
17 people attended today's Pre-Employment meeting at Sussex Downs College, Lewes. The meeting included discussion and sharing of information on IAG delivery, work readiness, the area review, provision gaps (especially at level 1), GCSE delivery within study programmes, lack of NEET provision in ESF specifications, Traineeships and updates from local authorities as well as the usual networking opportunities. The dates for the next two Pre-Employment Group meetings are the 10th February and 14th June 2016 - venues to be announced in due course.
Slides from today's webinar can be found here.
Jisc is offering the 'Workshop To Raise Awareness Of Prevent' as an on line session across a range of dates at the end of October. The 2 hour workshop improves understanding of the processes used to radicalise individuals and ensures staff are aware of who to contact within their organisation to discuss any concerns. Click here for more information and registration.
The old National Apprenticeship Service vacancy matching website and the new ‘Find an apprenticeship’ service website are both still operating amid fears of confusion among users. Click here for more.
Chartered status for colleges and training providers in the FE & Skills sector has moved an important step closer after the body set up to launch the quality mark was given legal approval. Click here for more.
SCTP associate member DTD has advised us of an important change to the law regarding the exemption of self-employed people from health and safety law. Further information can be found here.
Jisc is running a free webinar focused on exploring different approaches to improving provider Ofsted grades. Although the session is aimed primarily at those providers wishing to improve their grading, the series will feature content that is relevant to all FE and skills learning providers. Chris Jones, Ofsted HMI will share his expertise and cover the recent changes to the Common Inspection Framework. Click here to book.
Click here for an update on the South East LEP area's Building Better Opportunities (BBO) Fund with news on the BIG Lottery officially launching the second round of BBO funding and inviting applications to deliver 12 projects across the South East LEP area.
The Education and Training Foundation is the national sector body responsible for supporting education and skills providers. Their ELMAG programme (Excellence In Leadership, Management & Governance) has just added twelve programmes to 'meet the needs of sector leaders in challenging times'. Eight are new and four are successful programmes the Foundation has run previously. Nearly a thousand places are available which can be viewed and booked here.
Latest on Maths and English from SCTP Associate Member Forskills.
Matthew Hancock, the former Skills Minister still has much to do with the skills system as he chairs the Government's 'Earn & Learn Taskforce'. He is also responsible for bringing in a new IT system to underpin the collection of the apprenticeships levy and the distribution of apprenticeship funds via the new voucher system. Click here for an interview in which Hancock gives his views on this and a wide range of other relevant areas.
Click here for this guide which explains changes to GCSE assessment and grading and changes to AS and A levels and more.
The Industry Skills Board, a group of employers with an interest in skills issues brought together by City Guilds, has published a 25-point action plan for ‘Making Apprenticeships Work’ which includes a Levy Board and UCAS style applications for young apprenticeships.
For those that are keen to review what we learned about education and skills from the party conferences there is a FE Week supplement her
You can keep up-to-date by using our online calendar:CLICK HERE
Find out how to become part of SCTP:CLICK HERE