The London Work Based Learning Alliance (LWBLA) is the representative membership body for all independent training providers and colleges in London. We are the first London wide organisation representing the interests of work based learning – our goal is to move work based learning out of the margins and into the mainstream of education and employment policy and practice.
We have published an Apprenticeship Policy Prospectus and we are an active member of London Councils Regional Education Committee for Young People.
We hold bi-monthly sub regional meetings across London for our members – these meetings offer a unique opportunity to hear the latest policy and funding developments directly from agency representatives (The Skills Funding Agency, National Apprenticeship Service, and Job Centre Plus regularly attend) plus other relevant stakeholders (JISC, London Councils, Education & Training Foundation, Local Authority representatives). The quality of information imparted at these meetings is exceptionally high. Members are also able to network with colleagues in the sector.
Public policy work has involved responding to the Richard Review and engaging with the LEP. Significant Projects have included a new Apprenticeship Information Ambassador Network (AIAN), working with the Third Sector to engage more providers to deliver Third Sector Apprenticeships as part of a Third Sector Network in London, and more recently, as part of the Traineeship Staff Support Programme, commissioned and funded by The Education and Training Foundation, the My Pocket Tutor project, to develop apps to support Traineeships.
LWBLA also host a number of events, workshops and briefings.
The LWBLA exists to serve you the members. Over 150 organisations have joined - and our members collectively cover the entire sector public and private. We are unique in London. It is important that we look to broaden our offer and ensure the voice of the independent provider is heard. Key priorities over the next 12 months include the focus on Government reform of apprenticeships, devolution of skills policy to the Mayor , ESIF funding and study programmes. Our information, meetings and briefings remain very popular and we will be looking to refresh our web presence and digital platform in the next 12 months. We have over 1000 followers on Twitter. At the heart of what we do is to build knowledge and expertise so we can network effectively. At the end of the day we have to charge a fee to do this but we keep our costs to an absolute minimum. We believe this is tremendous value and welcome your feedback on what we do and how we can improve.
The LWBLA membership fee for 2015-16 will remain at last years prices if you pay your invoice within 30 days. If not, we will have to increase our charge by 10%
As a reminder, if your organisation has a turnover of under 2.5M the annual fee will remain at £350, and if your organisation has a turnover of over 2.5M the annual fee will remain at £500 if paid within 30 days.
To improve our processes, if your organisation requires a purchase order number or the invoice should be sent to a specific individual then please complete the brief survey within the link below: www.surveymonkey.com/r/Q962SZP
Reduced rates till November 2014 for new Member organisations
Membership is £500 for businesses with a turn over of £2.5M and over, and £350 for all other organisations – for the year April 2014 to March 2015. For membership benefits see the Member Benefits page