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LWBLA Briefing: Queen's Speech and the Conservative Party Manifesto

29 June 2017

This briefing provides an analysis and comparison of the legislation in the Conservative Manifesto and the Queen's Speech. Download Briefing


LWBLA Summer Conference Summary

18 May 2017

Our Summer Conference took place on Tuesday, and featured a series of presentations which provided an overview of work based learning in the current educational landscape. During discussions, members identified a series of key issues that they are currently facing as follows:

The conference was an opportunity for us to think about our future direction with support from members. Three key themes were identified as things that members want from the LWBLA.

Representation

Services

Information and sharing

Conference Presentations

The presentations from the event are available below:


LWBLA Summer Conference - 16th May 2017

LWBLA Summer Conference invite

9.00 to 15.30. Citylit, WC2B 4BA

In these every changing times, it is essential that we work together for a better future for Further Education. This can only be achieved by joining together creating a balanced opinion with one voice that can be heard both locally and nationally. That is the LWBLA!

The day will include the following presentations:

Refreshments & Lunch provided

Download LWBLA Summer Conference Programme

Further details
If you would like to attend contact info@lwbla.com for information.


LWBLA E-bulletins

LWBLA produce weekly bulletins offering a snapshop of reporting on key issues relating to the sector, apprenticeship reforms, government updates. These are available to view on the LWBLA E-bulletins page.


LWBLA SFA Funding letter briefing

19th March 2017

This briefing provides information on the implications of the recently published SFA Funding Letter. Download Briefing


LWBLA Briefing: The Autumn Statement affect on the Apprenticeship Levy

1 December 2016

We have produced a briefing about the affect of the Autumn Statement on the Apprenticeship Levy as we get closer to its implementation. The briefing was prepared by Mark Corney. Download Briefing


LWBLA Briefing: Apprenticeship Levy Payers Update

17 November 2016

The Treasury has published estimates of share by nation of UK based on estimates of what levy will raise as at Budget 2016. The August FOI gives a figure of £2675m. So The above states: Scotland = £221m; Wales = £128m; Northern Ireland = £76m. This leaves £2250m for England. This about the share of England over UK population. So levy in England will generate an extra of £450m in 17/18.

This is subject to revisions of what levy will raise subject to OBR's new forecast for GDP, employment and nominal wages which will impact on pay bills and levy revenue.

Update provided by Mark Corney. To see the HM Treasury Release visit: www.gov.uk/government/news/uk-government-agrees-apprenticeship-levy-funding-deal-with-devolved-administrations

The briefing, published in our last newsletter, researched by Mark Corney of MC Consultancy, provides a range of information about those organisations who will pay the Apprenticeship Levy. This is useful reading for LWBLA members - Download document


EVENT: Apprenticeships, careers and London's FE area reviews - priorities for skills policy in the Capital

4 November 2016

Thursday 1st December2016, Central London.
This event is CPD certified

Guests of Honour: Rieks Drijver, Senior HMI, Further Education and Skills, London, Ofsted and Mike Thompson, Head of Barclays Apprenticeship Programme, Barclays

This seminar will focus on next steps for apprenticeships, skills development, careers guidance and further education in London, following the Mayoral election. It is timed to bring out discussion on emerging priorities for policy at City Hall in the light of key manifesto pledges - such as the ‘Skills for Londoners taskforce’ and promoting the devolution of further education funding.

Delegates will examine reforms to technical education outlined in the recent Post-16 Skills Plan, and the impact of this change in provision on businesses in London. The conference will also focus on Government’s four London area reviews of post-16 education and training institutions - with latest thinking on how FE provision can most effectively meet the needs of London’s economy - and priorities for schools, colleges and employers following on from the national Comprehensive Careers Strategy.

Further sessions will assess the way forward for the accessibility, quality and range of apprenticeships available; meeting the unique needs of London’s labour market; challenges and opportunities presented by devolution; the future employability of London’s workforce; and the creation of further career opportunities in the Capital.

This conference will bring together policymakers with frontline stakeholders from agencies, university and college leaders; academics and other higher education professionals; representatives from students’ unions; businesses and their advisors; interest groups and the voluntary sector and commentators and members of the national and trade press.

We are delighted that Rieks Drijver, Senior HMI, Further Education and Skills, London, Ofsted and Mike Thompson, Head of Barclays Apprenticeship Programme, Barclays have kindly agreed to deliver keynote addresses at this seminar.

For more information about this event visit Westminster Forum Projects Website


Sharing Practice Workshops - Monday 7th November 2016

2 November 2016

Workshop 1: Ideas for introducing the PREVENT agenda to learners
9.30am - 12.30pm
There is a lot of training for staff but very little information about working with learners to raise awareness. Please bring along your ideas and any resources however big or small.

Workshop 2: English and mathematics support and resources
1.30pm – 4.30pm
The range of resources and support materials is enormous but we still seem to have challenges in this area. What works for you or what new ideas are you trying? Again, however big or small, please come along and share them. There were several requests for ideas on GCSEs. Can anyone help?

The Workshops will be facilitated by Jan Lloyd, LWBLA Associate.
Download flyer

If you would like to register for the above please specify if you’d like to attend Workshop 1, Workshop 2 or both via email to Naheedul Jaigirdar Naheedul.Jaigirdar@lwbla.com


Next round of Sub Regional Network Meetings scheduled

19 October 2016

The meetings take place in December and January. Find out more on the Sub Regional Meetings page


Monthly Apprenticeship Standards Survey

10 October 2016

DFE has just launched the latest in a series of monthly surveys to seek views on proposals to develop new Apprenticeships in a range of sectors across the economy, and draft Apprenticeship Standards submitted by our Trailblazer employer groups for approval. These Standards are transforming the way Apprenticeships are delivered across England; ensuring that they deliver the skills that employers need, as well the training that will benefit apprentice throughout their future careers.

As stakeholders with an interest in Apprenticeship delivery, we would value your feedback on any proposals or draft Standards in which you have an interest. Submissions this month include:

All comments will be considered as part of our assessment process, giving you a direct say in the development of new Apprenticeships across the country.

The link to the survey on this month’s Apprenticeship proposals is here, and the link to the survey on draft Standards is here. The survey will close on 14 October.

Please contact the Apprenticeship Approvals Team on apprenticeship.trailblazers@bis.gsi.gov.uk for more information on the latest submissions, or if you have any queries. You can see the latest list of approved Apprenticeship Standards here.


Information, advice and guidance | A survey of the role played by independent providers in London

10 October 2016

This report by Jan Lloyd, WLBLA Associate outlines the results of the survey of independent providers in London in relation to IAG. Download Report


LWBLA Response to the August 2016 Apprenticeship Levy Policy Guidance Update

September 2016

Briefing by LWBLA Executive Chair, Victor Farlie. Download Briefing


AIAN member Big Creative Education | Funded creative workshop opportunities for your young people

20 September 2016

Big Creative Education are working on a Prevista programme funded by the ESF, which may be of interest, called: “The Major Keys Challenge – The Key to Unlocking Young Peoples Future”, designed for young people between the ages of 15- 18.

The Major Keys Challenge is a programme designed to take learners out of their comfort zone, build resilience and instil the skills and confidence to thrive and excel in future endeavors. The primary commitment to the partner is to support you in reducing the risk of your young people becoming NEET.

The project is an exciting industry opportunity to engage with your young people through the creative mediums. Our specialist tutor team are experienced in working with at risk young people, as well as being active creative professionals. Young people will be able to learn a new skill, receive expert advice from our tutors, our high profile guest speakers/mentors, as well as our in house Learner Services team (consisting of Welfare & Guidance, Careers & Progression and a Counsellor). Through the programme young people will further gain employability skills and develop confidence, self-esteem and interpersonal skills.

Please have a look at the video about the Major Keys Challenge. Watch Video Now

Download The ESF Major Keys Challenge Prospectus


SFA Apprenticeship Funding Reforms presentation

20 September 2016

Please find a downloadable version of the latest SFA Funding Reforms presentation - View Presentation


Sharing Practice Workshops | Short Members Survey

20 July 2016

The LWBLA, in partnership with Associate Jan Lloyd, would like to run a series of half day workshops on sharing practice on a series of topics. We'd like to hear from you, via this brief survey, to find out what you think is most relevant.

You can access the survey via this link: www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/HMS8FM6

The commitment from providers attending would be to bring at least one idea/resource to share. these would be collated and shared after the workshop.

The deadline is 5pm Friday 5 August, 2016.


LWBLA Policy Prospectus 2016

7 June 2016

The LWBLA is pleased to publish its new 2016 London Policy Prospectus. The focus for the document follows the election of Sadiq Khan and the Area Wide Review process for Post -16 education in London. There are 2 documents:

They are consultative and the Board will approve a final version in early July. Members are invited to comment on any aspect of the document by e-mailing me at vicfarlie@mac.com before the 30th June 2016.

The strategic purpose is to define the LWBLA’s campaigning policy agenda up to 2020 here in London with the anticipated reduction in the number of FE Colleges and the devolution of the adult skills budget. Both issues are closely connected and will redefine the vocational learning market here in London. This is likely to be the biggest shake up of post-16 education for 25 years.

The LWBLA’s core recommendations are deliberately radical as our objective is to establish a 'level playing field' for all providers irrespective of ownership structure, location or politics. We see the need for the following:

  1. All proposed FE College mergers in London should publish in advance clear numeric financial projections, standards of operating performance and quality driven targets. This would allow the public and stakeholders to have a clear understanding of the new institutions future operating risk and stimulate debate on more effective models of delivery and accountability.
  2. The Mayor should consider establishing a ‘golden rule’ that ensures a minimum of 30% of the total adult education budget for London is subject to open commissioning on a time limited basis. The regional adult education budget allocated on a grant in aid basis should not exceed 70% annually. This limits the power of anti-competitive behaviour that results from a single local supplier and would encourage innovative practice and incentivise lower cost delivery.
  3. That the Mayor establish an independent ‘Education Office for London’ to advise, oversee and report on all aspects of Post-16 education, set the regulatory framework for public owned institutions, the evidence base for London’s education and skills requirements, and advise on all major initiatives, investments and capital bids.
  4. The Mayor should consult with London Boroughs and respective stakeholders on arrangements for establishing a 21st century system of governance and accountability for allocating funds and major strategic decisions.
  5. 5. The Mayor should establish a London Forum of Educational Leadership to support the implementation of the Mayors new approach to skills. It should lead the design of new delivery models based on the principles of collaboration, innovation, and cost reduction for all Post 16 education and skills providers in London.

I hope this is of interest and you can see that the LWBLA is taking a leadership and policy position on the key issues of Post-16 education in London.


Careers Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) Survey | Deadline 22 June 2016

7 June 2016

Please find attached the IAG survey compiled by LWBLA Associate, Jan Lloyd, designed for Independent Training Providers to complete. Download Questionnaire.

For background please note that Jan attended the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Skills and Employment where IAG was discussed. This group has long campaigned for improved IAG as a means of strengthening industry, facilitating social mobility and enabling individuals to find fulfilment in the labour market.

The Gatsby Foundation has carried out research which looked at what good careers guidance should look like in schools, available here: www.gatsby.org.uk/education/programmes/good-career-guidance.

The discussion at the event focused on schools and their links with employers and one mention was made of colleges. However, no mention was made of independent learning providers. To ensure the role of independent learning providers is emphasised and that schools should be required to work with them, as well as showing that IAG in independent learning providers is of a high quality, I have attached Jan’s very simple survey for comment. More detail on the above can be read prior to completing the survey, attached.

The deadline for completion is Wednesday 22 June 2016.


Supporting Apprentices - Mental Health Support Service

7 June 2016

Please see details from Remploy on a trial scheme for apprentices with mental health issues: 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.

Remploy has been delivering the Mental Health Support Service (MHSS) successfully since 2011, helping 91% of our clients remain in work. The Supporting Apprentices MHSS programme specifically provides targeted support to apprentices with a mental health condition, helping them to remain in work and continue with their apprenticeship.

The free service supports apprentices who are feeling low, upset and struggling to keep up with their apprenticeship. It is completely confidential and run by fully trained professionals with expertise in mental health.

To qualify for this service, individuals must:

Support is provided in a number of ways:

Additional information

Apprentices will need to declare they have mental health issues on the ILR. If, during the apprenticeship, an apprentice is identified as having mental health problems, providers will need to make sure the ILR is updated to reflect this.

You can download leaflets on the website aimed at employers and apprentices.

For further information, please email apprentices@remploy.co.uk or visit the Remploy website or call 0300 456 8210

About Remploy

For 70 years Remploy has been designing and delivering employment and support services for people with disabilities and health conditions. Each year we support thousands of people to access and sustain employment. Innovative delivery models, holistic multi-agency approaches, person centred services with full wrap around support and long-established employer relationships are at the heart of Remploy’s success.

Everything we do fulfils our core mission of improving the lives of disabled people, and those with health conditions. Remploy is the largest prime provider of the DWP’s Work Choice programme, which we have delivered successfully since 2010, working nationally across the UK with a supply chain of regional partners and specialist support agencies.


OTLA exhibition site - Excellence Gateway

25 May 2016

The Outstanding Teaching, Learning & Assessment (OTLA) exhibition site is now live on the Education and Training Foundation’s Excellence Gateway (link below). The site contains a selection of the resources and case studies developed by the three OTLA projects across the country.improving-teaching.excellencegateway.org.uk


ETF Survey | Providers views on Functional Skills

25 May 2016

The Education and Training Foundation (ETF) are inviting teachers, trainers, leaders and managers from across the country to share their opinions in a survey on the future of Functional Skills. The survey - which is part of the Functional Skills Reform Programme, is funded by BIS and led by the Education and Training Foundation.

In particular, the survey is seeking opinions on the following issues:

The survey - co-ordinated by Pye Tait Consulting - is open until 5pm Friday 24th June 2016.

To complete the survey please visit: www.snapsurveys.com/wh/s.asp?k=146348175797

Further information here: www.et-foundation.co.uk/news/providers-views-sought-functional-skills/ - and please find the EFT Press Release.


LWBLA Board | London East Vice Chair role | Voting open

23 May 2016

Dear LWBLA London West Network member

Please see attached the following documents relating to the vote for the LWBLA London East Vice Chair vacancy:

Do note that voting is only permitted by members of the LWBLA, and we will only accept one vote from one member per organisation, (details within attached Voting Process).

Please return your completed voting form to me via email by the deadline, 5pm Friday 10 June 2016.
Many thanks for your continued support.


LWBLA Board | London West Vice Chair role | Voting open

23 May 2016

Dear LWBLA London West Network member

Please see attached the following documents relating to the vote for the LWBLA London West Vice Chair vacancy:

Do note that voting is only permitted by members of the LWBLA, and we will only accept one vote from one member per organisation, (details within attached Voting Process).

Please return your completed voting form to me via email by the deadline, 5pm Friday 10 June 2016.
Many thanks for your continued support.


DTD Training H&S Workshops June 2016 - CANCELLED

23 May 2016

Please see below details of two Health & Safety full day workshops being held in June 2016 at the LWBLA offices, Waterbridge House, 32-36 Loman Street, London SE1 0EH and facilitated by DTD Training:

IOSH Leading Safely – Thursday 23rd June - CANCELLED

This course is fresh, dynamic and rewards those who make a undertake the programme with an opportunity to set commitments to clear objectives on completion, linked to an initial and unique diagnostic questionnaire. The course lasts 5 hours, is up to date with all the appropriate content and new guidance including the recent 'sentencing guidelines' (Feb'16). It is suited to anyone who leads and gives direction on health and safety in the organisation. The course fee includes access to an 'App' allowing attendees ongoing support from a Health and Safety community supported by IOSH and other key bodies.

Learner Health and Safety Systems - Wednesday 22nd June – CANCELLED

Have you checked the effectiveness of your health and safety system or are waiting for someone or something to check it for you? Is it cost effective? What does your system look like? Learner agreements, employer health and safety checks, staff competence.

This interactive workshop, is facilitated to allow you to judge the effectiveness of your system, or the absence of one, against the current HSE guidance, best practice requirements and the experience of a competent, DTD Training and trainer with over 17 years experience in the sector.

Special offer – Buy 1 place on the IOSH Leading Safely programme and get 1 place on the Learner Health and Safety Systems programme for £95.

Full flyer attached. Please note, all enquiries and bookings are to be made via DTD Training Ltd on 07790 534 233 or via email at training@dtdtraining.co.uk


Apprenticeships Evaluation 2015 – Employer Summary Report

23 May 2016

Please find below the link to the BIS Research Paper Apprenticeships Evaluation 2015 – Employer Summary Report: www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/522149/bis-16-256-apprentice-evaluation-employer-survey-2015.pdf

Within it is confirmed that:


LWBLA Press Release | New Board Chair

18 May 2016

Please see a Press Release from LWBLA announcing the new Chair of the Board, Gary Hunnisett. Victor Farlie is stepping down as Executive Chair but will remain on the Board until further notice. Download Press Release More information about the LWBLA board can be found on the board page.

Victor Farlie Executive Chair LWBLA speaks powerfully about the value of Apprenticeships in 2016

View on Vimeo from LWBLA on Vimeo.

Apprenticeship Information Ambassador Network JCP Apprenticeship Champions Seminar Snapshot

View on Vimeo from LWBLA on Vimeo.


2016-17 Apprenticeship Funding Matrix

12 May 2016

From Victor Farlie, LWBLA Board member:

I have recently listened to the two webinars hosted by Nick Linford with Keith Smith of the SFA covering the implementation of the Apprenticeship Levy. This has been very useful in understanding what we know and what to anticipate in the next few months. Whilst there is a lot of detail that is yet to published we have an insight into the complexity of the 12 months from August 2016 onwards. If you attended the recent strategic planning briefings I hosted at the LWBLA recently you will have the contextual market analysis and forward agenda for your organisation.

In addition to this I have drafted a briefing with a grid and the 10 key points that I identified from the recent Nick Linford webinars that I wanted to share with you so you can use this as a planning tool. Download Funding Matrix Briefing


LWBLA Response to the London Wide Review Process

12 May 2016

The LWBLA engaged its membership by circulating the DfE letter to all members and hosted a round table event on the 27th April 2016. View LWBLA response


The Apprenticeship Guide 2017 | Fantastic FREE publicity opportunity for all apprenticeship providers

11th May 2016

You may be aware that there is an annual publication called The Apprenticeship Guide www.apprenticeshipguide.co.uk/ This publication is printed and circulated to every school in England, promoting apprenticeships and providers.

In the last edition, it was identified that only Colleges had been listed as providers, not independent providers. As such, negotiations have been going on via the Beds and Herts provider network with The Apprenticeship Guide to ensure that all apprenticeship providers will have the opportunity for their details to be included in the next publication of the guide free of charge, which is due out in October 2016.

Please see below a link to a very short form for you to complete. These details will be collated and passed onto The Apprenticeship Guide team. The deadline for completion is Tuesday 31st May.

Complete the form


LWBLA Board Vacancies | London West & London East Vice Chair | Nominations open

3rd May 2016

Please note that due to the departure of LWBLA London East Network Vice Chair, Joe Lowther, and LWBLA London West Network Vice Chair, Dominic Kemple, we have vacancies on the LWBLA Board.

Please find attached the nomination form for the London West Vice Chair Role and London East Vice Chair Role. I have also attached a Fact Sheet from the Institute of Directors on the Duties and Responsibilities of being a Director for your perusal.

The deadline for nominations is 5pm on Friday 20 May 2016. Please return your nomination via email to me at Nicola.mayell@lwbla.com. Any questions regarding the role of a LWBLA Board member please do let me know.

We would like to thank Joe Lowther and Dominic Kemple on behalf of LWBLA and the Board for their support to members and the organisation over the years.


Apprenticeship Levy - Latest News from Victor Farlie

3rd May 2016

Victor Farlie provides the key points from a recent webinar hosted by Nick Linford with Kevin Smith from the SFA. The discussion focused on the recent web statement published by BIS on the 21st April entitled: ‘the Apprenticeship Levy how it will work’. Victor provides the key points that all providers need to be aware of. Download briefing document.


LWBLA Apprenticeship Levy briefing | Wednesday 4 May 2016 10.30am to 12.00pm

25th April 2016

LWBLA will be holding a further Apprenticeship Levy briefing on Wednesday 4 May 2016 from 10.30am to 12.00pm at the LWBLA offices, to discuss the issues and analysis of the latest Government document – The Employer Guide to the Apprenticeship Levy - Victor Farlie, LWBLA Board member, will be presenting.

If you would like to attend please confirm via email to Nicola.mayell@lwbla.com.


Growth Deal 3 - LEP call for pipeline projects | Deadline Friday 13 May 2016

25th April 2016

Government has just invited Local Enterprise Partnerships to make applications for further education capital investment funding as part of the third round of Growth Deals. The London Enterprise Panel (LEP) is working hard on behalf of the FE sector in London to secure as much money as possible for future investment up to 2021 and therefore needs to set out what any potential future pipeline of projects might constitute.

Given the focus on the Area Review (AR) process currently underway and the impending Mayoral elections, the LEP is aware that the timing of this request is not ideal. However the LEP also recognises the important role that future investment in skills will make - subject to the recommendations that come out of the AR at the end of this year - and the need to make a strong case to Government for further funding.

Government have indicated that funding is available over the financial years of 2017/18 to 2020/21. They have also indicated that the amount of funding available in 2017/18 and 2018/19 is limited, with the majority back-loaded to 2019/20 to 2020/21.

The LEP is now inviting early indications of descriptions of future capital investment needs in overall project terms and estimated grant funding requirement for applications:

The LEP is also keen to understand to what extent the skills sector would consider wider-regeneration partnership projects, which may include investment in facilities beyond the current boundaries of your estate or learning facility, e.g. high street hubs and community-based learning settings, including those used for the purposes of offender learning.

Please submit your response and any queries relating to this request to fecapital@london.gov.uk. All responses will be treated in confidence, may be subject to change, are for illustrative purposes only at this stage and represent no financial commitment by either party now or at a future date.

Responses must be received no later than close of play on Friday 13th May 2016.
Your assistance with this work is much appreciated.


LWBLA London Area Reviews Briefing | Thursday 28 April 2016 11.00am to 12.30pm

25th April 2016

Please note the LWBLA will be hosting a special Independent Providers consultation on the London Area Wide Review on Thursday 28 April 2016 from 11.00am to 12.30pm at the LWBLA Offices, Waterbridge House, 32-36 Loman Street, London SE1 0EH.

The briefing, by LWBLA Board Director Victor Farlie, will focus on the key issues and engagement across London.
Have your say and influence the LWBLA response. A quick survey will follow shortly.

If you would like to attend please confirm via email ASAP to me at Nicola.mayell@lwbla.com


Apprenticeships Levy Employer Guide Publication

25th April 2016

Further information on the operating model of the apprenticeship levy was promised to help UK employers understand how the levy will operate from April 2017 and how funding for apprenticeship training in England will be accessed by all employers, whether they pay the levy or not.

We know that employers are keen to understand more about how the levy will operate and todays publication of the ‘employer guide’ is intended to be operational: something that employers can refer to so that they can use to prepare ahead of the levy implementation in April 2017 and give them information on how they will access funding for apprenticeships, what they will be able to spend the funding on and how.

The guide will be updated regularly.  It will focus on the following key areas:

It will be published on the gov.uk website shortly, at www.gov.uk/government/publications/apprenticeship-levy-how-it-will-work/apprenticeship-levy-how-it-will-work


ESF Programme Guidance Published

14th April 2016

The Government has just published detailed guidance for the ESF 2014-2020 Programme. The document provides guidance on issues such as Eligible Direct Costs, data storage and document retention, expenditure, match funding including the use of volunteer time, calculation of staff costs using hourly rates, and state aid. This is important reading both for tendering and managing ESF projects.

You can find the link to the Guidance, ESF eligibility rules and publicity requirements here: ESF website.


London Area Review - Training Provider Views - deadline 29 April 2016

14th April 2016

Please see attached letter from Caroline Prichard, Joint Area Review Delivery Unit, Department of Education, requesting providers to submit their views about the post-16 provision in the London Area.

Please contact the EFA directly with your submission toarea.reviews@education.gsi.gov.uk by the 29th April 2016. Please ensure you add ‘London Area Review – Training Provider Views’ in the subject heading of your email response.


2016 National Apprenticeship Awards | Closing Date 20 May 2016

14th April 2016

The entry window for the National Apprenticeship Awards 2016 closes at 5:00pm on Friday 20th May 2016. NAS are seeking to encourage employers and individual apprentices to enter to compete to be named ‘the best of the best’ on a regional and national level. They are particularly keen to encourage small and medium sized business to take part, to ensure they have a high quality pool of entries from which to find worthy winners.

Please refer to the Awards website at the following link: www.apprenticeawards.co.uk or see the NAA 2016 Eshot and the NAA 2016 Top 100


DTD Training | Spring Offer for H&S consultancy support

14th April 2016

Please see the following consultancy support offer for LWBLA members from DTD Training:

At DTD Training we are acutely aware of the challenges facing providers over the coming months. One of our aims is to do everything we can to make sure that what you do now, over the coming months through the changes and the requirements, are effective and efficient for your business, your customers and above all making every effort to safeguard learners. Our latest consultancy support programme not only takes a look at where you are now and where you need to be but offer information and support over the coming 12 months to keep you up to date and focused on changes and how they effect you.

1 day health and safety compliance audit and ongoing support and guidance for £499.00

At a recent presentation by HSE focusing on past investigations (Cameron Minshull & Lime People Training ) as well as a current investigation (details to be released!) the HSE inspector stated 'Some key issues from this investigation' were:

  • 'Training Providers need to be clear about their health and safety duties'.
  • 'Competence of those interacting, placing, organising and visiting apprentices needs to be clear'.
  • Additionally the presentation to a group of over 50 providers made reference to the 'Safe Learner Standards as a 'benchmark', that site visits are required 'before placing an apprentice' and 'agreeing and recording your findings in writing'.

    It is not recommended that providers wait and see what will happen. HSE are investigating accidents now and making their recommendations accordingly. Acting now will allow you to get it right and keep it right. Our support through this audit will reward your commitment with competent, accurate and up to date advice and guidance and keep you abreast of all the important considerations and developments.

    Please contact DTD Training directly to discuss the offer and service in more detail via email at tudor@dtdtraining.co.uk or phone 07790 534 233. Also Download flyer


    LWBLA Pan London Adult Skills Forum: March Meeting

    24th March 2016

    The presentations from the March meeting are available here:


    Apprenticeship Information Ambassador Network on Tour in London during National Apprenticeship Week 2016

    14th March 2016

    To celebrate National Apprenticeship Week 2016 (NAW2016) the Apprenticeship Information Ambassador Network (AIAN) in London are going on the road! On Wednesday 16th March 2016 we’re hiring a double decker Routemaster bus to travel across London to promote the latest information on Apprenticeships. Our bus will have Apprenticeship Ambassadors and Apprentices on board, who will be handing out leaflets and promotional materials at various venues across London to spread the word!

    Find out more on the AIAN Website


    Guidance | Post-16 education and training institutions: area based reviews

    3rd March 2016

    This document explains how area reviews of post-16 education and training institutions will be carried out by local providers and stakeholders.
    www.gov.uk/government/publications/post-16-education-and-training-institutions-area-based-reviews


    Policy Briefings: Everything You Need To Know about the Levy and its implications for the provider

    2nd March 2016

    LWBLA Executive Chair, Victor Farlie, will be giving a Policy Briefing on Everything You Need To Know about the Levy and its implications for the Provider on Tuesday 12 April 2016 & repeated on Wednesday 20 April 2016 from 10.30am to 12.00pm at the LWBLA Offices, Waterbridge House, 32-36 Loman Street, London SE1 0EH

    If you wish to attend either date then please do confirm to Nicola, including your preferred date, via email at Nicola.mayell@lwbla.com


    The Provider Perspective: How will the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy from April 2017 impact on the Apprenticeship Training Provider?

    2nd March 2016

    Briefing by LWBLA Executive Chair, Victor Farlie. Download Briefing


    LWBLA Executive Chair Update | London Area Review of Post 16 Education

    26th February 2016

    Please see below an update from Victor Farlie, Executive Chair LWBLA:

    I am very pleased to inform you that the Mayor of London has invited the LWBLA to be an Observer and attend meetings of the forthcoming London Area Wide Review of Post 16 education. This will primarily cover the future of Further Education Colleges and Adult & Community Learning provision in London. The Government’s objective is fewer but more financially resilient institutions.

    The first meeting is scheduled to take place this coming Monday and papers have just been made available online. Please see the link below so that all members can have the opportunity to see, read and raise any questions directly with me: www.london.gov.uk/moderngov/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=412&MId=6012&Ver=4

    This is a complex process led by the FE Commissioner and managed/ supported by a national team of civil servants. London is to be reviewed on a sub-regional basis and a first meeting has been held in West London. There is a map of the 4 sub-regions in the papers grouped by Boroughs.

    I am keen to ensure that providers are fully aware of the process. This is particularly relevant if you are either a subcontractor to an FE College or you have a direct contract that will be devolved under the renamed Adult Education Budget from August 2017 onwards i.e. 19+ Traineeships. There is a debate at national level that suggests all provision outside of grant funding will be subject to a re-tendering exercise as a result of the devolution of the AEB Budget from August 2017. This would affect all independent providers under direct contract to the SFA for non apprenticeship provision. Inevitably there will be a transition period but 2016-17 looks as though this will be the last year of the current funding and contracting methodology in London.

    From my perspective these are key strategic questions that run through the Area Wide review:

    As ever the questions do not have a ‘right or wrong’ answer but will inevitably be influenced by politics, technical processes and institutional behaviours.

    In addition to the Area Wide Review process there is a parallel debate focused on defining a long term strategy for adult skills in London. The draft has been subject to consultation at a recent event at City Hall with a policy remit that covers all aspects of Post 16 education including apprenticeships and employer engagement. This will be used to inform provider strategic planning and influencing future commissioning of provision at a London and sub-regional level. The paper is within the above link.

    London Councils are also intending to commission a review of community learning across London. This may be important to the many charities and voluntary groups who deliver informal learning and employment support to disadvantaged groups. When I receive details I will make this available to members. I have offered to host a consultation event for London Councils.

    What this signals is the start of an intense period of protracted strategic change at both national (Levy) as well as at a local level. I was asked recently what this all meant and perhaps flippantly said ‘it is the end of what you know, and the start of who you know’. We shall see during 2016 if this proves to be accurate or false perspective!

    If you have questions or comments please email me directly at vicfarlie@mac.com

    Victor Farlie
    Exec Chair


    London 2014-2020 ESF Programme – Update

    26th February 2016

    SFA REGISTER OPEN - DEADLINE 3RD MARCH 5PM

    The Skills Funding Agency’s Register of Training Organisations is the SFA’s only market entry point for organisations that intend to deliver education and training services. The Register is open for new applications until 3rd March. An organisation must already be on the Register in order to be invited to submit applications for SFA ESF ITTs when they are launched. Please note that if you wish to operate as a subcontractor with an aggregated contract value of £100,000 or more you will also need to be on the Register

    Full details on how to be listed on the Register are on the GOV.UK website: www.gov.uk/government/collections/sfa-register-of-training-organisations


    Dates confirmed for the LWBLA meetings

    27th January 2016

    Regional Learner Responsive Network meeting
    Thursday 10 March 2016. 10.30am to 12.00pm, LWBLA Offices

    LWBLA Pan London Adult Skills Forum
    Thursday 24 March 2016 . 10.30am - 12.00pm, LWBLA Offices.

    Find more information on the meetings page


    Escape the Trap | Teenage Relationship Abuse Programme

    8th January 2016

    Escape the Trap is an exciting new programme designed to support young people vulnerable to teenage relationship abuse, particularly teenage girls, to learn about the dynamics of power, control and coercion at a much earlier stage in their experience of intimate relationships.

    Designed for small groups and one to one work with an accompanying workbook.

    View flyer and postcard.

    For more information on the programme and facilitator training call: 07966 592632 or email: info@escapethetrap.co.uk or visit www.escapethetrap.co.uk

     


    LWBLA survey on the delivery of GCSE English and mathematics

    22nd December 2015

    Download Report


    Merry Christmas from LWBLA

    21st December 2015

    Merry Christmas from the LWBLA

    How much will it cost to train an apprentice using the Levy?

    9th December 2015

    Following publication of the Vision 2020 document the LWBLA has looked at the Governments approach to the Levy and the trailblazer funding model for the new apprenticeship standards. This reveals how difficult the Governments objective of financing 3m. apprenticeship will become as business levy payers will want to push for the highest cost (band) of apprenticeship training to maximise recoupment of lost income. Strategically the problem is that the current trailblazer funding model drives different objectives. Will this model exist by April 2017, and if not what? The consequences are profound because the model has to cope with all businesses employing an apprentice - levy and non levy paying.

    The Government will say that the employer can vary the price and this will deflate overall costs thereby driving up volume, this may work for the non levy payer, but if you are paying the levy you just want to recoup the loss so there is no incentive to do so. Different industries have different drivers. There is also a critical domino effect: how will the public purse which currently funds apprentices be available once the levy is operational; or will the Levy become a mechanism for replacing most if not all current public subsidy towards an apprenticeship?

    A key unknown is that SME’s currently employ the majority of apprentices (who are unlikely to be levy payers in the future) so will there be a major shift in the pattern and distribution of apprenticeship starts by business size, industry sector and unit price?

    The table is designed to support the strategic analysis of each providers cohort of apprentices by the new trailblazer funding band. Use this and give us feedback on what you need as planning tools going forward. We are the start of a critical 15 months in the reengineering of the apprenticeship market. Download Document


    English Apprenticeships: Our 2020 Vision

    9th December 2015

    The Government has published the attached two documents on the latest thinking on the future of apprenticeships in England:


    Childcare Trailblazer Survey

    4th December 2015

    For the attention of members who deliver childcare:

    Please complete the following survey, created by the Childcare Trailblazer group: www.surveymonkey.com/r/DZH3FLJ

    The deadline is 11th December 2015.


    Apprenticeship Levy Member Briefing - Update

    27th November 2015

    Please find an updated briefing on the Apprenticeship Levy by LWBLA Executive Chair, Victor Farlie on the policies page.


    Comprehensive Spending review - Apprenticeship Update

    25th November 2015

    Please see the following update on the Autumn Statement by LWBLA Executive Chair, Victor Farlie:

    I hope you have the opportunity to see the detail contained in the Governments Comprehensive Spending review published today. It is very significant for the future of Apprenticeships and the post-16 education skills sector particularly in England. The key headline is the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy which has been the number one issue under consultation for providers. Two points stand out: one that all employers with a payroll in excess of £3m annually will pay the levy - not just the large headcount employers so many more employers are caught by what is essentially a tax on employment, and secondly that the overall budget appears to double what is currently committed by Government. The Government also appears to have retained the same amount of tax payers cash so this creates a massive growth in funding never seen before. Two big questions stand out form this: what will be the relationship between public and private levy cash, and is the trailblazer funding methodology sustainable? This in turn raises big questions on the future of SFA funded contracts - are they abolished along with all subcontracting or does it survive and if so in what form? These issues drive both public policy and the viability of the provider operating model.

    From the Governments perspective can it put a deal in place with Scotland, Wales N Ireland and then build the system from scratch to handle nearly £3bn. annually in under 18 months? I will put a full briefing paper for members in the next few days once all the small print of treasury Documents have been examined. There are rumours that the Government will publish an apprenticeship vision statement imminently. here are the key extracts for the public documents published by Treasury and BIS. Here are the relevant extracts:

    1. Apprenticeship Levy (funding employer apprenticeship scheme) Measure description

    This measure introduces an apprenticeship levy which is a charge of 0.5 per cent of the gross pay bill of employers to fund apprenticeships. Employers will receive an allowance of £15,000 per year to offset against the levy. This means that only employers with a pay bill of more than £3m per year will pay anything and only on the portion of the pay bill above this threshold.

    This measure will be effective from April 2017.

    The Government response to the Apprenticeship Levy consultation is available here: gov.uk website

    2. The tax base

    The tax base consists of the gross pay bill of all employers in the UK estimated from HMRC administrative data.

    The tax base grows over the forecast period in line with the OBR Autumn Statement 2015 forecast for earnings and employment growth.

    3. Costing

    The costing is estimated by applying the pre- and post-measure tax regimes to the tax base described above.

    Exchequer impact (£m)

    2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20 2020-21
    Exchequer impact £000 0 0 +2,730 +2,845 +2,970 +3,095

     

    4.Areas of uncertainty

    The main uncertainties in this costing relate to the size of the tax base.

    5. Highlights of other changes across the Post-16 education & Skills sector

    The central question facing FE Colleges is whether there is enough core funding for the Adult Skills budget plus the extension of 19+ loans along with apprenticeship funds to be sustainable. The first reactions suggest that many FE Colleges will survive and can construct a realistic strategy for diversifying risk. London may be problematic for FE Colleges because of relatively high fixed costs and small apprenticeship delivery (the independent sector delivers 88% of all publicly funded apprenticeship provision in London). So do not be surprised if this triggers mergers across London and a high profile area review process.


    Apprenticeship trailblazers evaluation: final report

    20th November 2015

    Please find the link to the published BIS Independent evaluation of the process for setting up and operating selected apprenticeship trailblazer networks: Download Report


    LWBLA launches bespoke website for the AIAN

    17th November 2015

    The LWBLA are delighted to confirm the launch of a brand new bespoke website for theApprenticeship Information Ambassador Network (AIAN) in London. Funded by the Mayor of London, the network is London’s leading apprenticeship information service.

    Our Ambassadors deliver Quality Assured Information on Apprenticeships in a variety of settings, including schools career days, 6th Form events, Pupil Referral Units, Job Fairs, Job Centre Plus, youth clubs, PTA’s, etc.

    Our main aim is to champion apprenticeships to young people through the delivery of impartial information sessions using real life case studies and examples of the benefits of apprenticeships.

    AIAN Postcard Cover

    Find out more details here: www.apprentices.london

    If you know a school that would benefit from a visit from an Apprenticeship Ambassador download our leaflet: Schools leaflet


    LWBLA Area Wide Review Briefing

    17th November 2015

    Please find our updated briefing paper on the Area Wide Review process for London on the Policies Page. LWBLA Executive Chair, Victor Farlie, attended the London seminar hosted by the GLA and AoC which raised key questions on politics and process.


    Maths Revitaliser workshop on Wednesday 27 January 2016 - CANCELLED

    17th November 2015

    LWBLA will be hosting an Maths Revitaliser workshop on Wednesday 27 January 2016 from 10am to 4pm at the LWBLA Offices, Waterbridge House, 32-36 Loman Street, London SE1 0EH.

    The Early Years Maths Revitalisers (mathsvitalisers.wordpress.com) support vocational practitioners to identify and develop maths; discover techniques to develop learners’ confidence and abilities; help learners improve their maths at the same time as developing their vocational skills. Maths Revitalisers are blended-learning programmes, comprising:

    Further details are within the attached flyer. Cost per delegate: £75.00 for LWBLA MEMBERS (Please organise a Purchase Order Number from your organisation if necessary)

    Lunch will be provided.

    If you would like to register your interest in attending please email me to confirm at Nicola.mayell@lwbla.com Places are limited so please do be prompt.


    English Revitaliser workshop on Wednesday 20 January 2016 - CANCELLED

    17th November 2015

    LWBLA will be hosting an English Revitaliser workshop on Wednesday 20 January 2016 from 10am to 4pm at the LWBLA Offices, Waterbridge House, 32-36 Loman Street, London SE1 0EH.

    English Revitalisers (englishrevitalisers.wordpress.com) support vocational practitioners to identify and develop English in their subject area; discover techniques to develop learners’ confidence and abilities; help learners improve their English at the same time as developing their vocational skills.

    The programme is a blended-learning programme comprising:

    Further details are within the attached flyer. Cost per delegate: £75.00 for LWBLA MEMBERS (Please organise a Purchase Order Number from your organisation if necessary)

    Lunch will be provided.

    If you would like to register your interest in attending please email me to confirm at Nicola.mayell@lwbla.com Places are limited so please do be prompt.


    Save the date: regional networking events on outstanding Teaching, Learning & Assessment

    5th November 2015

    LWBLA members are invited to take part in two London regional networking events on outstanding teaching, learning and assessment (TLA). The events provide opportunities to share practice on outstanding TLA, discuss and network with providers across the sector and learn more about the Education and Training Foundation funded project ‘Outstanding Teaching, Learning and Assessment’. LWBLA is part of a consortium delivering this project in London, which has so far engaged over 60 providers, 300 practitioners and managers and impacted over 2,500 learners.

    For more information, please visit the project website: www.teachlearnassess.london

    The regional networking events will take place on

    For more information and to register your interest, please contact Riikka Vihriala at AoC London: riikka.vihriala@aoc.co.uk


    LWBLA GSCE English and mathematics survey

    22nd October 2015

    From discussions with members, we are aware that delivering GCSE English and mathematics is a challenge for some. This survey is to find out organisations who can deliver and might be able to support other organisations or deliver for them. It will also identify resources and good practice.

    A short report will be produced with additional information and will be circulated to members who have returned their survey, and will be available to download on the website for other organisations.

    The deadline for responses is Friday 13th November 2015. Please access the survey here: www.surveymonkey.com/r/QGTVWHB


    LWBLA Member Briefing: Looking ahead to 2020: What will the introduction of a Levy mean for the future of apprenticeship delivery?

    22nd October 2015

    Please find below a briefing on the Apprenticeship Levy by LWBLA Executive Chair, Victor Farlie. Also available to download are the consultation response from LWBLA, and the survey results from LWBLA members.

    Downloads:


    LWBLA Briefing note regarding the Ofsted Report on Apprenticeships

    21st October 2015

    The LWBLA has undertaken an analysis of the London picture regarding the quality of apprenticeships and it reveals two key findings:

    1. Over the past 5 years there has been marked and substantial improvements to the quality of Independent providers delivering apprenticeships in London. Ofsted inspections published since August 2010 reveal 71% of all independent providers to be outstanding or good. This is a significant improvement from 2010 where good and outstanding providers were below 50%.
    2. The volume of apprentices has doubled in London since 2010 and success rate of 16-18 year olds has reached over 70%: just above the 2015 school A-C grade GCSE results. London’s schools on average are the highest performing with the best Ofsted grades in England.

    In summary what this tells us is that although there are areas for improvement, London's independent providers successfully deliver on both quality and quantity. Please see the briefing paper for all members.


    LWBLA Member Briefing: Skills Devolution & 16-18 Area Reviews

    16th October 2015

    Please visit the Policies page for the LWBLA member briefing on this crucial subject.


    LWBLA Pan London Adult Skills Forum: Presentation & Notes from 9th October Meeting

    14th October 2015

    The presentations from the above meeting are available to view. In addition there is more information from the Quality Achievement Rate (QAR) from the SFA. Go to the meetings page


    Briefing note on the proposed approach to Area Reviews in London

    8th October 2015

    Please find attached a briefing note from the GLA and London Councils consulting on the proposed approach to Area Reviews in London. Download Briefing Note.

    The sector is invited to provide feedback. Responses should be sent to Honor.Main@london.gov.uk before 12pm on Friday 23 October.


    ELMAG Strategic Leadership & Governance | November 2015

    5th October 2015

    We are working with Mentor Group & The Education & Training Foundation to assist in rolling out the Excellence in Leadership, Management & Governance (ELMAG) in November 2015 at the LWBLA Offices.

    The programme will enable attendees to engage in personal, professional and organisational development with others across the sector, and exchange best practice.

    There will be a major focus on discussing and resolving real-life issues, using application sessions where attendees will be expected to contribute on current issues and generate ideas for solutions. These issues will include, but are not limited to:

    Attendees will be able to measure results and provide a clear return on investment (ROI) of their time and resource. Progress and questions will be shared and reviewed in the virtual follow up groups, which will focus on sharing experiences and reviewing progress, particularly on the agreed ROI measures

    Further details are attached within the workshop flyer.

    LWBLA will be hosting two workshops at our offices. You can register to attend via the links below:

    6th November Event: www.elmag.org.uk/index.php?page=prospect&id=63

    13th November Event: www.elmag.org.uk/index.php?page=prospect&id=64

    Pricing Framework

    If your organisation is SFA / EFA funded then the full (subsidised) cost is £600 per person and depending on the size of their organisation this cost could be reduced as follows:

    Organisation turnover:

    Please be aware:

    When the registration form is completed on the ELMAG portal it will ask the following question in the payment section:

    “The Education and Training Foundation provides subsidised places to delegates from SFA/EFA-funded organisations only. Do you work at a SFA/EFA-funded organisation (not Inc. Sixth Form Colleges)? Yes or No”

    If you select ‘yes’ it will allow you to apply discounts as outlined above. If ‘No’ is selected it will not apply any discounts to the cost and will be charged at the non-subsidised cost of £700.

    Download further instructions on registering for events


    Apprenticeship Levy Survey

    11th September 2015

    LWBLA are keen to hear the views of providers in London with reference to the Apprenticeship Levy. The purpose of this quick survey is to engage members with the key issues of principle that will influence the debate on the establishment of the Apprenticeship Levy in coming months. These are not the questions directly contained in the Governments consultation document. The LWBLA will produce a separate document with a follow up questionnaire covering the Governments consultation document.

    Please complete the LWBLA survey here: www.surveymonkey.com/r/JJ2BZ65 - the deadline for completing the survey is 5:00pm on Wednesday 23rd September 2015.

    Members are also encouraged to respond directly to Government and influence the LWBLA’s response. If you want to go straight to the document here is the link: www.gov.uk/government/news/make-your-views-heard-bis-apprenticeship-levy-consultation
    (Deadline11:45pm on 2nd October 2015)


    Apprenticeship Levy seminar

    11th September 2015

    Please note, there will be a seminar at LWBLA with reference to the Apprenticeship Levy on Tuesday 29 September, from 1pm to 3pm at the LWBLA Offices. Consultant Mark Corney will be presenting. Please note there will be a small charge of £30 per delegate (members only). Lunch will be provided from 12.30pm.

    If you wish to attend please confirm via email to Nicola.mayell@lwbla.com


    LWBLA Public Policy Discussion Paper:
    Apprenticeship Reform: Funding & Trailblazer Standards

    26th August 2015

    This paper is designed to give an overview of the Apprenticeship reform process focusing on national policy, the proposed new business levy, and the switch from frameworks to standards via the ‘trailblazer’ process.

    Download Discussion Paper


    LWBLA London East Network | Chair vacancy | Nominations request

    6th August 2015

    Our long standing LWBLA Vice Chair, and Chair of the London East Network, Ashley McCaul, has stood down following her successful election to the AELP National Board. We would like to thank Ashley for all of her hard work in supporting the LWBLA over many years, and we now begin the task of electing her successor. All Board members are elected directly by the membership in the sub-region.

    If you are interested in joining the LWBLA Board members, and undertake the role of Chair of the London East Network, please complete the nomination form. The time commitment to be an effective Board member is in the region of 10-12 days a year combining a mix of main Board meetings and Sub regional forums. The role of a Board member has expanded in recent years to become more of a ‘voice’ and representative for the sector.

    It is important that you are legally eligible to be a company director and have the support of your employer in making this commitment. Please find the Institute of Directors information on duties, responsibilities and liabilities of becoming a director attached for your perusal, as you would be expected to become a company director. View IOD Directors Information

    As many members are away on holiday at this time the deadline for completion of the nomination form is 5pm Friday 18th September 2015.

    Voting will commence on Monday 21st September 2015. The deadline for voting will be Friday 25th September 2015, and the new Chair will be welcomed by the Board at the next Board meeting on Tuesday 29th September.

    If you have any further questions about the role, please do not hesitate to contact me, or Victor via email at vicfarlie@mac.com


    SFA have published the funding rules for 2015 to 2016

    30th July 2015

    The SFA have just published the funding rules: 2015 to 2016, along with a summary of changes. See details within the link below:

    www.gov.uk/government/publications/sfa-funding-rules-2015-to-2016


    EFT "Communities of Practice' Established for Apprenticeships and Traineeships

    14th May 2015

    The LWBLA is working closely with AELP to ensure that all providers and staff have the maximum opportunity to benefit from ETF funded projects and activity. I am very pleased to let all members know that two 'communities of practise' have been established - one for apprenticeships (ASSP) and the other for traineeships (TSSP). This is designed to support providers and staff who want build knowledge and share good practice.

    I attach the flyers which provide details of the Communities of Practice for both TSSP and ASSP. The links that providers need to follow to sign up are below:

    www.apprenticeship-staff-support.co.uk/cop-membership

    www.traineeship-staff-support.co.uk/cop-membership

    I hope these projects can benefit providers here in London, and i am always interested feedback on what works and how we can improve our offer.

    Victor Farlie, Executive Chair, LWBLA


    LWBLA Policy Update Meeting - Tuesday 9th June 2015

    12th May 2015

    The first of the LWBLA Policy Updates will be the New Government and Skills policy & funding update and will be held on Tuesday 9th June 2015 from 1pm to 4pm at the London Councils Offices, Southwark Street, SE1. Few places remain.

    The event will be chaired by LWBLA Executive Chair, Victor Farlie, and facilitated by Strategic Policy Consultant, Mark Corney. Mark will provide an overview of education, skills and employment policy of the new administration focusing on the Conservative Manifesto, Skills and the implications for providers.

    This is a not to be missed event suitable for leaders and senior management across the sector.

    Lunch will be provided prior to the event to give members the opportunity to network. Please note there will be a fee of £40 per delegate, and places are limited.

    If you would like to attend please do confirm your interest via email to Victor at vicfarlie@mac.com as soon as possible. If your organisation requires a purchase order number prior to invoice please provide that as soon as possible.


    London North & East Sub Regional Forum meeting

    12th May 2015

    Gentle reminder: The London North & London East Forum meeting will be held this Friday 15th May 2015 from 10.30 pm to 12.30pm at the LWBLA Offices Waterbridge House, 32-36 Loman St. SE1 0EH.

    The event will be chaired by Diane Betts and facilitated by Vic Farlie.

    Tea/Coffee will be provided prior to the event to give members the opportunity to network.

    If you would like to attend please do confirm your interest via email to me at vicfarlie@mac.com as soon as possible.


    TSSP Stakeholder Dissemination Event | 30 April 2015 | CANCELLED

    23rd April 2015

    Please note that the TSSP Stakeholder Dissemination Event on the 30th April 2015 – has been postponed, and will now be held on a new date (to be confirmed).


    LWBLA Membership Fees 2015-2016

    23rd April 2015

    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

    find out more about LWBLA membership in the membership section


    ESIF Bidding Season & Consortia Options: UPDATE

    16th April 2015

    Victor Farlie, Executive Chair, LWBLA, would like to alert members to the fact the ESIF bidding season is open.

    One bid will win £10m. The deadline for submission is 5:00pm Friday 24th April 2015.
    Details are within the link: www.gov.uk/european-structural-investment-funds/access-to-employment-and-learning-and-skills-call-in-london
    Project spec details: assets.digital.cabinet-office.gov.uk/media/5511a08ae5274a142b00001e/2015-03-24-Londo-_ESF-Calls-Document-OC23S15P0047.pdf

    The following LWBLA members would like to be part of a supply chain consortia:

    Cad Centre UK linda.thomas@cadcentreuk.com
       
    Specialist Training Courses
    jo.nelson@stccourses.co.uk 
    Middleton Murray
    Darren.Shanley@middletonmurray.com
       
    Skills for Growth
    AshleyMcCaul@skillsforgrowth.org.uk
    Tempdent
    Rachael@tempdent.co.uk
    Step Ahead
    marc@stepahead.co.uk
       
    Havering College
    SELee@havering-college.ac.uk
    Newham College julia.bollam@newham.ac.uk
       
    Uxbridge College lcollins@uxbridgecollege.ac.uk
    Kingston & Carshalton Colleges Neel.Bidessie@ksep.ac.uk 
    City of Westiminster College Lynne.graham@cwc.ac.uk
    Smart Training Gary.Hunnisett@smart-training.com
    Bromley College David.Warnes@bromley.ac.uk
    Hillingdon Training ohill@hillingdontraining.co.uk
    Big Creative Education alexis.michaelides@bigcreative.education
    City Lit Janice.norris@citylit.ac.uk
    Capital Training Group agalway@capitaltraininggroup.co.uk
    Barking & Dagenham College Janet.Bywater@bdc.ac.uk
    JGA Group richard.goodwin@jga-group.co.uk
       
    Burleigh College david.brook@burleighcollege.co.uk 
    Prevista
    (Prime)
    business@prevista.co.uk 
    Jobwise Training JamesPearson@jobwisetraining.co.uk
    DiVA arit@diversityinvisualarts.com 
       
    Skills Training UK Stevenmitchell@skillstraininguk.com
    First Rung Training rjoshi@firstrung.org.uk
    HIT Training stuart.norey@hittraining.co.uk
    5E Limited raj@fivee.co.uk
    LD Training linda@ldtraining.org.uk
       
    Redwood Education oliver.hill@redwoodskills.com
    Creative Process (trading as Creative Pioneers London) andrew@creativepioneers.london
    Urban Futures liz.davies@urbanfutures.org.uk
    West London Skills Training Ltd  Peter.Sale@thebridge.eu.com
    London Learning Consortium s.jeffery@londonlc.org.uk
    Barnet & Southgate College Vince.glover@barnetsouthgate.ac.uk
    Bromley by Bow Centre lara.rufus@bbbc.org.uk
    Keits Training Rebecca.diamond@keits.co.uk
    South Thames College jamie.stevenson@south-thames.ac.uk
    City Gateway
    (Potential lead | North East London)
    matthew.gillespie@citygateway.org.uk
    Rinova
    (Potential lead)
    A.francis@rinova.co.uk
    Skillsteam kevinw@skillsteam.com
    Westminster Adult  Education Service  cjoseph@waes.ac.uk
    The Childcare Company (Old Windsor) Limited guy@thechildcarecompany.com
    E Training james.bodsworth@etraining-uk.com
    Free 2 Learn bbryden@free2learn.org.uk

    Preventing Radicalisation and extremism - Briefing Session

    16th April 2015

    Friday 26 June 2015. 11am - 12.30pm
    LWBLA Offices

    LWBLA will be hosting a 90 minute interactive workshop called WRAP (Workshop to Raise Awareness of Prevent), on Friday 26 June 2015 from 11am to 12.30pm at the LWBLA Offices, Waterbridge House, 32-36 Loman Street, London SE1 0EH.

    The session will give a brief overview of what Prevent is, some of the factors that can draw people into violent extremism and some of the support available.

    London has two FE/HE Prevent Coordinators who are funded by the Home Office but work for BIS. They offer free advice, support and training and are providing:

    If you would like to attend please confirm via email to nicola.mayell@lwbla.com as soon as possible, as places are limited. This is a free event. Lunch will be provided to encourage networking after the session.


    LWBLA Policy Update Meetings - New Government and Skills policy & funding

    15th April 2015

    Tuesday 9 June 2015 1pm - 4pm
    London Councils Offices

    The LWBLA are pleased to confirm the launch of a new quarterly series of Policy Updates. The first of this series will be New Government and Skills policy & funding and will be held on Tuesday 9th June 2015 from 1pm to 4pm at the London Councils Offices, Southwark Street, SE1.

    The event will be chaired by LWBLA Executive Chair, Victor Farlie, and facilitated by Strategic Policy Consultant, Mark Corney. Mark will provide an overview of education, skills and employment policy of the new administration.

    This event is suitable for leaders and senior management.

    Lunch will be provided prior to the event to give members the opportunity to network.

    Please note there will be a fee of £40 per delegate, and places are limited.

    If you would like to attend please do confirm your interest via email to me at nicola.mayell@lwbla.com as soon as possible. If your organisation requires a purchase order number prior to invoice please provide that as soon as possible.


    ESIF Bidding Season & Consortia Options

    2nd April 2015

    Victor Farlie, Executive Chair, LWBLA, would like to alert members to the fact the ESIF bidding season is open.

    One bid will win £10m. The deadline for submission is 5:00pm Friday 24th April 2015.
    Details are within the link: www.gov.uk/european-structural-investment-funds/access-to-employment-and-learning-and-skills-call-in-london
    Project spec details: assets.digital.cabinet-office.gov.uk/media/5511a08ae5274a142b00001e/2015-03-24-Londo-_ESF-Calls-Document-OC23S15P0047.pdf

    See above for fully updated list.


    Careers Guidance and inspiration in schools | Statutory guidance

    27th March 2015

    Please note, this week the government has released new statutory guidance for schools to provide independent careers advice for students in years 8-13. The guidance is available here and also attached as a PDF.


    National Apprenticeship Awards | Open for Entries

    25th March 2015

    The National Apprenticeship Awards challenge top apprenticeship employers and apprentices across England to come forward and show how apprenticeships have made a real difference to their organisation and careers.

    The awards, now its 12th year, run by the National Apprenticeship Service, recognise excellence in 2 areas:

    Further details here: www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/national-apprenticeship-awards/about

    Key dates:


    London ESF & ERDF 2014-2020 Programme Update: National ERDF programme launches!

    25th March 2015

    The UK Government has launched the 2014-2020 ERDF programme. Please see the Government’s website European Growth Funding, which includes the relevant links to the application documents, rules and guidance that applicants will need in order to submit an application, including the draft ERDF Operational Programme. This website includes instructions on how to apply via the Government’s on-line application system LOGASnet, and how to register for a mandatory Government Gateway login, without which applicants will not be able to submit an application form. Please note it may take up to 10 working days for applicants to receive login details so we advise applicants to register immediately.

    Currently there is one ERDF call specification being launched in London, which will promote smart, sustainable and inclusive growth in the Capital. This is;

    Priority Axis 4 – Supporting the Shift towards a Low Carbon Economy in All Sectors– deadline for Outline Applications is 20th May 2015.

    Further calls for Priority Axis 1 - Research and Innovation, and Priority Axis 3 – SME competitiveness, will be launched this week.

    We understand the ESF Operational Programme will be launched later this week and will include a call for ESF Priority Axes 1 and 2 – Inclusive Labour Markets and Skills for Growth.

    Please note that ESF Opt-in Organisations (SFA, DWP and Big Lottery) who will be responsible for co-financing ESF in London will launch their own procurement rounds later this year.

    The ESIF programme is managed by Managing Authorities.  For ERDF this is the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) and for ESF this is the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), both will be responsible for the management of the programmes and for the selection of projects across 39 LEP areas.  In London the Managing Authorities have delegated these tasks to the GLA. 

    There are two stages to the ERDF and ESF (direct bids) application process; Outline Application and if successful, Full Application. Applicants must fully complete the Outline Application via LOGASnet. Guidance is available on the European Growth Funding website pages. Applications will be subject to a Gateway Assessment undertaken by the Managing Authority (the GLA in London) under the following criteria:

    Proposals that pass the Gateway Assessment will move into the Core Assessment which consists of the following:

    The GLA will seek advice from partners when considering applications to ensure its assessment is informed by local economic growth conditions and opportunities within the context of Operational Programmes and the local ESIF Strategy.  This will include the London Area ESIF Committee and other partners deemed relevant to the application.

    The deadlines for Outline Applications are noted above and depend on the Priority Axis you are bidding under.  In this first call it is not possible to bid across Priority Axes, but it is possible to bid across Investment Priorities within Priority Axes, where your project can clearly demonstrate a need to do so.
    The call specifications for London are accessed nationally through the government’s website for the ESIF programme European Growth Funding. National rules and guidance documents to help applicants bid for funds can be found on this website.
    Please note that as this is a national programme any eligible organisation can submit bids against the London LEP area programme and similarly any eligible London-based applicants can bid to other LEP areas.
    For ERDF, EPMU will host 1-1 meetings in April with ERDF project applicants who are actively planning their projects.  More details to follow.

    For those who are not considering bidding in this first call there is likely to be another opportunity to bid in the future, but it is not possible at this stage to say when this will be or how much funding will be available. 

    We will be setting up a Q and A factsheet on the ESIF homepage of the London Enterprise Panel website so please refer to this regularly.

    Please see the Mayor or London’s press release with regards to the ESIF launch.

    If you have any questions, please email esifcalls@london.gov.uk or the relevant contacts in each call specification.


    Invitation to Ofsted’s ‘Future of Education Inspection’ London launch event

    23rd March 2015

    Invitation from Debbie Jones, OFSTED Regional Director, London.
    Date: 15 June 2015
    Time: 1.30pm – 4.30pm (1pm welcome and refreshments)
    Location: Central London – venue details will be confirmed following registration

    Following extensive public consultation, Ofsted will be making significant changes to the way we inspect schools, academies, non-association independent schools, registered early years and further education and skills (FES) providers from 1 September 2015. Please visit our website for more information on:

    As Regional Director, I am delighted to invite you to register for our regional Future of Education Inspection launch event to help you prepare for the changes. My Senior HMI team and I recognise the pivotal role that you play in supporting inspection work in the region. In addition to registering yourself, we would appreciate your support in encouraging others in your network to sign up to attend.

    At the event, we will share key messages from Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw and outline how the new Common Inspection Framework will work. There will be remit-specific briefings where delegates will be able to ask questions, review the new inspection handbooks, and discuss good practice. There will be specific material available to help good schools and FES providers prepare for new short inspections from September.

    We are happy for you to attend with one additional colleague; please ensure you provide their name when you register. Spaces are limited to two delegates per invitee but if you would like additional tickets, please email inspectionreform@ofsted.gov.uk and we will contact you if spaces become available.

    We recommend that you register by 26 March to secure your place as the event will be open to leaders and practitioners in all the sectors on a first-come-first-served basis. The event is free to attend and places are limited.

    Click to register to attend. We look forward to meeting you and working together to prepare for inspection from 1 September 2015.


    Presentations from March LWBLA Pan London Adult Skills Forum

    17th March 2015

    Presentations by the SFA, London LEP, TSSP and BIS at the 16th of March meeting are available to view on the meetings page


    Presentations from 16th March Meeting

    LWBLA and SFA research into providers Traineeship Offer

    17th March 2015

    The LWBLA are working with the Skills Funding Agency to research how providers are developing their Traineeship offer. We'd like to find out what is working, and what isn't. We'd like to identify successful employer engagement models and find out what type of employers are engaging with Traineeships in terms of size, geography, sector. We're also interested in how providers have been attracting learners to the programme.

    We're keen to hear your views and share any good practice around the issues, challenges and potential to grow capacity. Please take a few moments to complete the following survey. The LWBLA will share the results shortly.

    Complete Survey


    Apprenticeship Trailblazers Report

    12 March 2015

    A report on the Apprenticeship trailblazers one year on from the launch of the first standards in March 2014 has been published today: View Report


    Traineeships | information for employers and education providers + evaluation

    11 March 2015

    The following government policy paper was updated today:

    The following government research & analysis paper was published today:


    TSSP My Pocket Tutor Dissemination Activities | Spring 2015

    11th March 2015

    As part of The Education & Training Foundation (ETF) Traineeship Staff Support Programme (TSSP), the LWBLA, on behalf of Skills for Growth, developed an app, My Pocket Tutor, to promote and increase the quality and professional capacity of staff involved in the delivery of Traineeships.

    The LWBLA will be hosting a series of Masterclasses and Dissemination Events focussing on developing My Pocket Tutor to capture and share good practice and build knowledge across the sector of what works, and why.

    The focus of the My Pocket Tutor app covers the following areas:

    If you are delivering Traineeships and would like to find out more about the My Pocket Tutor app, and the strands it covers, then you may be interested in attending the TSSP Masterclasses.

    The Masterclasses will take place on the following dates and will be chaired by LWBLA Executive Chair, Victor Farlie:

    Tuesday 24 March 2015 | CANCELLED
    Tuesday 14 April 2015 | 10am to 1pm | LWBLA Offices
    Wednesday 6 May 2015 | 10am to 1pm | LWBLA Offices

    Also, for your diaries:

    The TSSP My Pocket Tutor Stakeholder Dissemination Event will take place on the 30th April 2015 from 10am to 1pm at the LWBLA Offices. Further details to follow.

    The TSSP Regional Conference will take place on Thursday 21st May 2015 from 10am to 1pm at the LWBLA Offices. Further details to follow.

    If you are interested in attending any of the above, please confirm via email to me at Nicola.mayell@lwbla.com

    AELP Logo Skills for Growth Logo ETF LogoETF Logo

    Sustainable Leadership Workshops UPDATE - March 2015

    2nd March 2015

    Please be aware that we have had to reduce the Events being held as part of the Sustainable Leadership Workshops we were due to hosting throughout March.

    We will now only be hosting only the following Event:

    Event two
    Monday 9 March 2015 10am to 4pm
    Friday 20 March 2015 10am to 4pm
    Virtual Follow up 30 March 2015

    There are a few places remaining if you would like to attend. Please do let me know as soon as possible via email at Nicola.mayell@lwbla.com

    The ‘Sustainable Leadership’ programme offers a practical Leadership and Management experience providing skills and tools that managers need in today’s fast-changing environment. The focus is on line managers, because good leadership is distributed not central, and developing more effective people skills will increase talent retention, and promote diversity and inclusion. The programme consists of 2 x 1 day workshops, with a 1 week gap, plus a virtual coaching session to review learning and impact. A manager toolkit is provided for ongoing application.

    The programme objectives are to:

    The full details are within the flyer. The cost per attendee is £195.00.

    This includes:

    Please note the following events have been cancelled:

    Event one - CANCELLED
    Wednesday 4 March 2015 10am to 4pm
    Thursday 12 March 2015 10am to 4pm
    Virtual Follow Up 23 March 2015

    Event two
    Monday 9 March 2015 10am to 4pm
    Friday 20 March 2015 10am to 4pm
    Virtual Follow up 30 March 2015

    Event Three - CANCELLED
    Friday 6 March 2015 10am to 4pm
    Friday 13 March 2015 10am to 4pm
    Virtual Follow up 24 March 2015


    DTD Training Health and Safety event - 25 March 2015

    10th February 2015

    Due to popular demand we are delighted to welcome back DTD Training for another Health & Safety event.

    This event offers you the opportunity to bring a colleague with you! There are 2 events running parallel and we are offering a great opportunity for you to receive information and guidance on two important areas on the same day, Wednesday 25 March 2015 from 10am to 1pm at the LWBLA Offices, Waterbridge House, 32-36 Loman Street, SE1 0EH.

    Session 1

    Session 1 will be run by Tudor Williams of DTD Training will concentrate on the importance of a sound health and safety management system and provide you with simple tips and techniques to demonstrate your commitment at an Ofsted inspection. Ofsted inspectors have recently received updates from HSE on the changes advised to education and work based learning providers (July 2013). Add to this our own experiences gleaned from our specialist consultancy support that indicate Ofsted inspectors spending more time with providers looking at how leadership and management are utilised effectively to demonstrate a sound commitment to learners health and safety.

    The seminar will concentrate on a summary of key requirements, straight forward checklists to determine the degree of compliance and straightforward processes to supplement your existing provision or implement if needed. Even if you have just had an Ofsted inspection the seminar can help you check where you are, where you’re going and how to get there.

    Session 2

    Session 2 will be run by Sylvia Williams from DTD. Her expertise in working closely with providers to advise and guide on the precise interpretation of HSE guidance on health and safety vetting of employer placements is invaluable to business who wish to make changes. Ask yourself:

    Sylvia will offer a chance to discuss and she will challenge you to consider are your processes there to protect you or the learner. The seminar will show that by attending you are an organisation that knows and cares about their approach in this area.

    You can attend either session 1 or 2, send delegates to both, or bring a colleague with you to cover both subjects. Opportunity and flexibility are the key!

    Both seminars will include easy to apply information / resources for you to utilise in the workplace. Both seminars have a common underpinning theme, that is making providers better, more responsible and more efficient in these demanding and challenging times. We look forward to meeting you and supporting your business.

    Cost (members): £75.00 per delegate / £50.00 per additional delegate(s)
    Lunch will be provided. Please contact us with any specific dietary requirements.

    Please contact Nicola at Nicola.mayell@lwbla.com if you would like to register your interest to attend.


    SFA Funding Rules 2015-16

    10th February 2015

    Please find attached the SFA Funding Rules for 2015-16, and summary of changes. The Executive Summary is essential reading. The main document is critical information for all providers under contract to the SFA.

    You can also access an online Q&A service by registering with FE Connect


    Sustainable Leadership Workshops - March 2015

    10th february 2015

    LWBLA are working with Mentor Group and other Training Provider Networks across England to roll out a series of ‘Sustainable Leadership’ workshops, part-funded by The Education & Training Foundation.

    The ‘Sustainable Leadership’ programme offers a practical Leadership and Management experience providing skills and tools that managers need in today’s fast-changing environment. The focus is on line managers, because good leadership is distributed not central, and developing more effective people skills will increase talent retention, and promote diversity and inclusion. The programme consists of 2 x 1 day workshops, with a 1 week gap, plus a virtual coaching session to review learning and impact. A manager toolkit is provided for ongoing application.

    The programme objectives are to:

    The full details are within the flyer The cost per attendee is £195.00.

    This includes:

    LWBLA will be hosting 3 events on the following dates:

    Event one - CANCELLED
    Wednesday 4 March 2015 10am to 4pm
    Thursday 12 March 2015 10am to 4pm
    Virtual Follow Up 23 March 2015

    Event two
    Monday 9 March 2015 10am to 4pm
    Friday 20 March 2015 10am to 4pm
    Virtual Follow up 30 March 2015

    Event Three - CANCELLED
    Friday 6 March 2015 10am to 4pm
    Friday 13 March 2015 10am to 4pm
    Virtual Follow up 24 March 2015

    If you are interested in attending any of the above please do let me know via email at Nicola.mayell@lwbla.com


    BIS have just published the latest advice on the AGE grant

    4th February 2015

    The key message is the grant in London is £3000 an apprentice recruited subject to conditions, here are the documents:


    LWBLA Briefing Note: Analysis of the 2014 London Ofsted report & data annex for Independent Learning Providers & Apprenticeship provision.

    4th February 2015

    View Briefing Note and Supporting Information on the policies page.


    Trailblazer Revised Standards and Survey Monkey questionnaire

    2nd February 2015

    Please find attached the consultation document for the New Education & Training Standards, which has just arrived from The Education & Training Foundation. View Consultation Document

    The key point is what should the new professional standard look like for an Assessor.

    This is relevant to all providers who deliver Apprenticeships as it will inform the range of experience and skills a future assessor will require to be job competent. Providers with an interest should reply directly to the ETF (see detail within the document).

    A reply is required by the 5th February 2015.


    London Councils YPES - Intelligent London update

    2nd February 2015

    Intelligent London puts the latest data on the education and skills of young people, professionally presented, at your fingertips. It makes the very best of data analysis and visualisation techniques so that those with an interest in supporting and promoting the interests of young people can easily access reliable data that looks great.

    NEW! Destination Measures in provider performance

    The 2012 Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5 Destination Measures are now available at provider level through the Provider Performance section of Intelligent London.
    Census data (free school meals. English not as first language and special educational needs), GCSE, A level and other level 3 results are also available at provider level.

    Recent updates

    Local Overview

    Participation

    Outcomes

    Progression

    Learning Landscape

    Provider Performance

    For the full update View the Newsletter


    Engaging small and medium enterprises in apprenticeships Report from Ofsted

    15th January 2015.

    The report includes a resource pack of practical hints, tips and case studies to help other providers improve and enhance their engagement with SMEs in work experience and apprenticeships.

    This project forms part of Ofsted’s improvement activity in conjunction with the Association of Colleges’ professional engagement with the further education sector and the London Work Based Learning Alliance.


    Apprenticeship funding reform in England: payment mechanisms and funding principles

    13th January 2015.

    Within the last few minutes the government has published the responses to the technical apprenticeship funding reform consultation, along with their own response. Please see details within the link below:
    www.gov.uk/government/consultations/apprenticeship-funding-reform-in-england-payment-mechanisms-and-funding-principles

    View Gov.uk Press release


    Workforce Data Collection Survey | Deadline Friday 13 February 2015

    12th January 2015

    Building on data collections over the last three years, AELP are supporting The Education and Training Foundation with this year’s Workforce Data Collection Survey. The survey will be invaluable in mapping the current make-up of the work-based learning (WBL) workforce.

    Why you should respond:

    We would greatly appreciate it if every Independent Training Provider involved in WBL delivery could complete the survey: www.snapsurveys.com/wh/s.asp?k=141874758700 by Friday, 13th February 2015. Please note, the data being collected is for the 2013/14 academic year.

    Any queries, or to request a PDF copy of the survey to collect the data before responding, please contact the Foundation on: SIRenquiries@etfoundation.co.uk


    Institute of Education GCSE English Enhancement Programme

    7th January 2015

    Are you keen to develop your knowledge and skills in order to teach GCSE English? UCL Institute of Education is running GCSE English Enhancement programmes for the London region. Download Flyer

     


    2014 News Archive

    What do employers and apprentices think about apprenticeships?

    19th December 2014

    Infographic published by BIS. Click on the infographic to see full version:

    Infographic

     


    BIS Apprenticeships Research Papers Published: Learner Evaluation, Employer Evaluation & Apprenticeship Pay Survey

    19th December 2014

    Apprenticeship evaluation: Learner Survey 2014
    Published on the 18th of December: View Paper

    The survey examined the views and experiences of 5,021 apprentices who were currently on an apprenticeship or had finished an apprenticeship programme between August 2012 and March 2013. It also covered 801 higher apprentices. The research monitors how far apprenticeships are meeting the needs of apprentices, and identifies potential aspects of the programme for further improvement.
    The report shows the benefits of the apprenticeship reform programme. Apprenticeships are providing a route into employment for those who have been ‘NEET’ (not in employment, education or training.) The evaluation also looks at the views and experiences of employers.

    Apprenticeship Evaluation: Employer Survey 2014
    Published on the 18th of December: View Paper

    Apprentice Pay Survey
    Published on the 18th of December: View Paper

    A report detailing apprentices’ pay, earnings and compliance with the national minimum wage, according to age, framework and level. (BIS research paper no. 207).


    LWBLA Pan London Adult Skills Forum Presentations from Wednesday 17 December 2014

    18th December 2014

    All the presentations from this hugely popular event can be found on the meetings page along with a questionnaire for those who attended.


    Seasons Greating from the LWBLA

    10th December 2014

    Alliance Christmas Card 2014

    AELP Bid Writing Workshop | 5 February 2015 | LWBLA Offices

    10th December 2014

    Please note that AELP have kindly offered LWBLA members to attend the AELP Bid Writing Workshop to be held at our offices on Thursday 5 February 2015 at their own reduced member rate.

    Please find the details of the workshop within the attached flyer.

    The booking details are available here: www.aelp.org.uk/events - if you select ‘non member’ and then the discount code LWBLA it will reduce the rate of your booking.


    GCSE Maths Enhancement Programmes at the IOE

    10th December 2014

    This is a reminder to book your staff onto the London GCSE Maths Enhancement Programme. We are running just 3 courses this year as a follow up to last year's programme as a second chance for those who did not get the opportunity to do this last year. Content and model is the same.

    The courses are detailed in the attached flyer and start dates are:

    Each course comprises 6 whole days, with lunch provided; participants are expected to attend all six sessions.

    Course fee: £100 for all delegates employed in SFA funded organisations (this covers all six one day sessions and is subsidised by the Education and Training Foundation). For the subsidised place your employer needs to agree to support your attendance on the course and they will be invoiced directly by the IOE.

    Booking procedure is detailed on the flyer.


    GLA employer-led apprenticeship creation programme

    View LWBLA Briefing Note. November 2014.


    LWBLA Outstanding Teaching Learning & Assessment Brainstorm | Wednesday 26 November 2014

    14th November 2014.

    Good news! The LWBLA is part of sector wide consortia led by the AOC that has successfully won Education & Training Foundation (ETF) funds to support providers in London. The overall aim of the project is to improve the quality of teaching, learning and assessment of the London education and training sector through the use of collaborative working.

    If your organisation is subject to Ofsted inspections and/or has an interest in developing good practice this may be of direct benefit to you. The ETF is particularly interested in all aspects of professional development.

    The LWBLA supports bids that enable providers to directly benefit with cash and expertise. No match funding is required. The LWBLA will support providers and work with you to get the most out of this opportunity. The project will focus on the following aspects of post-16 education:

    So the opportunity now opens up for providers to collaborate and submit individual proposals.

    The key points to note are:

    Our aim at the LWBLA is to see at least 5-6 providers successfully bidding/leading projects covering the Foundation Learning Study Programme and Apprenticeships. We are keen to build the collective reputation and profile for independent learning providers in London.

    If you want to bid then realistically you must have commitment at a Senior Level/Director to go forward. No one would want the embarrassment of a winning application that didn’t proceed.

    Background information and an application form will be available from Monday the 17th November. There is no restriction to the activity or prescribed outcomes but please follow the guidance.

    All members will be emailed with information and any queries should be addressed to Victor at: vicfarlie@mac.com

    The LWBLA are hosting a brainstorming meeting on Wednesday 26 November 2014 from 12.30pm to 2.30pm at the LWBLA Offices, Waterbridge House, 32-36 Loman Street, London SE1 0EH. If you are able to attend please confirm via email to me at Nicola.mayell@lwbla.com as soon as possible.


    My Pocket Tutor Steering Group Meeting including Traineeship Masterclass

    12th November 2014.

    Please note the LWBLA will be hosting a My Pocket Tutor Steering Group meeting, including a Traineeship Masterclass on Friday 5 December 2014 from 10.30am to 12.30pm at the LWBLA Offices, Waterbridge House, 32-36 Loman Street, London SE1 0EH.

    At this meeting you will be able to test the My Pocket Tutor app, and take part in a Traineeship Masterclass. Victor Farlie, LWBLA Executive Chair, will be chairing this meeting.

    If you would like to attend please confirm via email to me at Nicola.mayell@lwbla.com


    Voting for London South Vice-Chair

    12th November 2014

    Please find attached the two nominations for the position of Vice Chair for the LWBLA London South Network & LWBLA Board, Andrew Carmichael & James Clements Smith.

    As a member of the London South Network you can vote on behalf of your organisation your preferred choice for the role. Please note there is one vote only per organisation.

    The voting form and LWBLA voting process is attached. Please return your completed voting form to me at Nicola.mayell@lwbla.com and note the deadline for voting is 5pm Friday 21 November 2014.


    National Careers Service Inspiration Agenda Resources

    12th November 2014.


    The Skills Conference 2015 hosted by BKSB - 3rd March 2015

    12th November 2014

    Skills Conference Logo

    Bookings are now open for The Skills Conference 2015!

    The Skills Conference 2015, hosted by bksb and sponsored by One File, is a not-to-be-missed event bringing together tutors, co-ordinators, and managers to network and share their expertise, experiences, and successes in developing the skills of learners and employees.

    Facilitated by some of the country’s leading authorities and experts in learning and skills, The Skills Conference provides a wonderful opportunity to explore the current and future skills landscape and how this will impact on your organisation’s success. Attendees will gain up-to-date knowledge on policy, best practice and latest resources, from keynote speakers, engaging workshops, and invaluable networking opportunities.

    For more information pleave visit the Skills Conference 2015 website


    NEW DATE | Implementing the findings of the Ofsted Study Programme survey with an emphasis on the employability curriculum | Thursday 20 November 2014

    20th October 2014

    Due to popular demand we have now organised a repeat of the workshop ‘Implementing the findings of the Ofsted Study Programme’ which will be facilitated by ex-Ofsted HMI Jan Lloyd on Thursday 20 November 2014 from 10am to 1pm at the LWBLA Offices, Waterbridge House, 32-36 Loman Street, London SE1 0EH.

    The Ofsted survey, published in September 2014, covers the first six months of the study programme in further education and skills providers, schools, academies and sixth form colleges: View Survey Findings

    This workshop reviews the findings relevant to independent learning providers with a special emphasis on employability (work preparation and work experience) and ideas for developing an employability curriculum to meet individual needs.

    The workshop will look at both where work experience is the core aim and where work experience is part of the substantial qualification aim. The workshop will also look at how employability is reported in published Ofsted inspection reports.

    Further details on the workshop are within the attached flyer.

    Cost per delegate: £50.00 per delegate (members) / £100 per delegate (non members) Lunch will be provided. Please contact us with any specific dietary requirements.

    Please contact Nicola at Nicola.mayell@lwbla.com to register your interest in attending this workshop. Numbers are extremely limited so please confirm your place as soon as possible.


    Trained in London: Creating more apprentices to support the London economy Report by the London Assembly Economy Committee

    15 October 2015

    Trained In London Report Cover
    “The LWBLA’s campaign to get an action plan for apprenticeships in London finally pays off. Today the Mayor is asked by politicians of all parties to channel his enthusiasm into building a long term consensus and strategy for growing apprenticeship numbers in London. Most apprentices get employed in small businesses and 80% of apprentices get trained by independent providers so its obvious thats who we need to support."

    Victor Farlie, LWBLA Executive Chair

    Download the 'Trained in London' report


    WAES Business Administration Apprenticeship vacancies

    15 October 2014

    WAES is searching for individuals to be responsible for providing business administration support to the various departments who play a vital role in the day to day running of the organisation. The role will provide apprentices with an overview of the organisation's business and involve interaction across all departments.

    Attend our WAES Apprenticeship Open Day from 09:30am until 3pm on Tuesday 28 October 2014 at the WAES Lisson Grove Centre (219 Lisson Grove, NW8 8LW). Download Flyer


    Implementing the findings of the Ofsted Study Programme survey with an emphasis on the employability curriculum on Thursday 13 November 2014

    14 October 2014

    We are delighted to inform you that ex-Ofsted HMI Jan Lloyd will be facilitating a workshop for Study Programme Providers on Thursday 13 November 2014 from 10am to 1pm at the LWBLA Offices, Waterbridge House, 32-36 Loman Street, London SE1 0EH.

    The Ofsted survey, published in September 2014, covers the first six months of the study programme in further education and skills providers, schools, academies and sixth form colleges: www.ofsted.gov.uk/resources/transforming-16-19-education-and-training-early-implementation-of-16-19-study-programmes

    This workshop reviews the findings relevant to independent learning providers with a special emphasis on employability (work preparation and work experience) and ideas for developing an employability curriculum to meet individual needs.

    The workshop will look at both where work experience is the core aim and where work experience is part of the substantial qualification aim. The workshop will also look at how employability is reported in published Ofsted inspection reports.

    Further details on the workshop are within the attached flyer.

    Cost per delegate: £50.00 per delegate (members) / £100 per delegate (non members) Lunch will be provided. Please contact us with any specific dietary requirements. Please contact Nicola at Nicola.mayell@lwbla.com to register your interest in attending this workshop. Numbers are limited so please confirm your place as soon as possible.


    Ofsted consults on radical changes to inspection

    14 October 2014.

    Ofsted’s Chief Inspector today set out proposals for some of the most far-reaching reforms to education inspection in the last quarter of a century.

    Launching an eight-week consultation, Sir Michael Wilshaw said the reforms would bring about a radically different inspection regime designed to maintain and accelerate improved educational standards in England.

    More Information: www.ofsted.gov.uk/news/ofsted-consults-radical-changes-inspection


    LWBLA Pan London Adult Skills Forum

    10 October 2014

    This event is taking place on Wednesday 17 December 2014 from 10am to 1pm
    at the LWBLA Offices, Waterbridge House, 32-36 Loman Street, London SE1 0EH.

    We will have senior representation from the Skills Funding Agency and the Greater London Authority.

    More informtion is available on the meetings page


    Voting for LWBLA Board - Vice Chair South London

    10 October 2014

    Many thanks to all those London South Providers who took the time to vote for the LWBLA London South Chair position. Congratulations to Gary Hunnisett, Smart Training, who has been successfully voted into the role.

    As Gary was the Vice Chair of the London South Network we now have a vacancy for the Vice Chair position.

    If you are interested in nominating yourself please find attached the nomination form, information on the Voting Process & Guidelines, and information on Duties, Responsibilities and Liabilities of Directors from the Institute of Directors.

    Please complete the form and return it to Nicola.mayell@lwbla.com by 5pm 24th October 2014.


    Purplebuy

    6 October 2014.

    Purplebuy is the first eMarketplace for the Work Based Learning sector. It not only provides real savings on many of the products that providers use every day, it also promotes better purchasing processes.

    Purplebuy banner

    In general, Work Based Learning Providers do not enjoy the same discounts available to schools and colleges. Purplebuy aims to help level the playing field. To register, simply visit the website – www.purplebuy.org.uk


    Voting for LWBLA Board (Central & South)

    25 September 2014.

    Vacant Chair position for the London Central Network.

    There are 2 nominations for the vacant Chair position for the London Central Network; David Wada of Alan D Hairdressing (View Nomination Form) and Richard Goodwin of JGA Group (View Nomination Form).

    If you could please vote for your preference using the attached London Central voting form and return it to Nicola.mayell@lwbla.com by the deadline, 5pm Friday 3 October 2014.

    Vacant Chair position for the London South Network.

    There are 2 nominations for the vacant Chair position for the London South Network; Gary Hunnisett of Smart Training (View Nomination Form) and Andrew Carmichael of Creative Process (View Nomination Form).

    If you could please vote for your preference using the attached voting form and return it to Nicola.mayell@lwbla.com by the deadline, 5pm Friday 3 October 2014.


    London skills competitions CPD programme

    25 September 2014

    AoC London, with funding from the Education and Training Foundation, is organising seven continuing professional development (CPD) events on skills competitions in London this autumn. The overall aim of the events is to provide teachers, trainers and managers opportunities to learn how skills competitions can be used in teaching and learning and how their use can contribute to organisational improvement. The vocational masterclasses are targeted particularly at staff without prior experience in skills competitions, whereas the workshops are targeted at staff with some experience in skills competitions and who are looking to enhance their competition expertise. Further details of the events are included in the attached programme. All the events are free-to-attend. AoC London is very keen to have both colleges and independent learning providers represented at the events, so please feel free to contact Riikka Vihriala at riikka.vihriala@aoc.co.uk for further details and to register.


    Developing an effective model of blended learning for work based learning, including Apprenticeship provision. New January 2015 date.

    23 September 2014.

    Due to the overwhelming demand for the workshop (now fully booked) – Developing an effective model of blended learning for work based learning, including Apprenticeship provision - we will be repeating this event on Wednesday 21 January 2015, from 10am to 4pm at our offices, Waterbridge House, 32-36 Loman Street, London SE1 0EH.

    In this workshop you will learn how to effectively plan and deliver a blended model of apprenticeship provision. We look at a range of free tools for creating online content and the options for online learning environments.

    The UK government is requiring that from 2015 all courses are to have online content to secure SFA funding, and they are expecting an increased use of digital technologies in the delivery and assessment of apprenticeships.

    From September 2014 the statement ‘I am enabled and empowered to use technology and online resources to support my learning’ will be added to Ofsted’s Learner View survey and Ofsted inspectors are being provided with clearer guidance on how to judge and report on the effective use of technology to enhance learning.

    It has never been more important for apprenticeship providers to develop and enhance their blended model of provision.

    Workshop Objectives

    Cost per delegate: £75.00 per delegate (members) Lunch will be provided. Please contact us with any specific dietary requirements.

    Please contact Nicola at Nicola.mayell@lwbla.com to register your interest in attending this workshop as soon as possible. Full details on the attached flyer.

    Details on other workshops being held in the Autumn can be viewed here: www.lwbla.com/resources_training.php#VI


    'Skills Heritage – Your London, Your Story' - Call for comments from learners

    17 September 2014.

    LWBLA are currently in the process of potentially securing funding for a project that may be of interest to your young people. We have a very short survey for young people to complete, to garner interest, and would be really grateful if you could let your young people know about the project. The survey is available to complete here: www.surveymonkey.com/s/JBGHDN2

    Our project, Skills Heritage – Your London, Your Story will focus on young apprentices and trainees telling us their story; how and why they chose the Apprenticeship/Traineeship path, and to link the skills they are working towards with those that were achieved by the generations before them. The project will also help young people to delve further into discovering their own family history. We will encourage the young people involved in the project to interview their parent/ grandparents/guardians, and other relations, who may also have been Apprentices/Trainees decades earlier. We aim to foster, within young people, a pride in their own heritage, and a deeper understanding of what their ancestors achieved. The young people will investigate the similarities and differences between then and now, in terms of learning a trade and new skills, and to appreciate the changes and how Apprenticeships and Traineeships have evolved in 21st Century Britain.

    We aim to cover as many of the 33 London Boroughs as possible to bring our project alive, and show the wealth and depth of skills across London.

    We will record the outcomes of our project by creating a website hub to store the Heritage stories, which will include a You Tube channel, Social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest) and a blog. Young people will be invited to share their stories and photographs from the past, and take part in the blog with stories on how they discovered their skills heritage.

    To enable us to move further on the development of this project we have also been asked to produce a short video of some of the young people who would be keen to take part. Could you please let me know if you feel this would be of interest to your organisation, and your young people, as soon as possible.


    LWBLA Board Vacancies

    16 September 2014.

    The LWBLA Board has two vacancies, for Chair of the London Central Network and Chair of the London South Network.

    Please see below for the Voting Process & Guidelines for electing members to the LWBLA Board. Also see an information sheet from the Institute of Directors on the Duties, Responsibilities and Liabilities of Directors.

    If you are interested in joining the Board, and fit the criteria within the guidelines, then please complete the Nomination form and return it to Nicola.mayell@lwbla.com by 5pm Friday 19 September 2014.


    DTD Training Ltd working with London Work Based Learning Alliance invites you to: ‘Tell it like it is’ workshop

    5 September 2014

    Details: Thursday 9 October 2014 – 10am to 1pm LWBLA Offices

    Every health and safety seminar we run brings up a range of questions where attendees need straightforward answers on health and safety compliance relating to education and work based learning provision. Since the new guidance from HSE in July 2013 there have been many questions posed to us about the scope and application of the changes, and many providers still struggle to come to terms with the requirements.

    In this workshop DTD Training will attempt to answer all your questions about Health and Safety compliance

    Download Flyer

    Cost per delegate: £50.00 per delegate (members) / £100 per delegate (non members)
    Lunch will be provided. Please contact us with any specific dietary requirements.
    Please contact Nicola at Nicola.mayell@lwbla.com to register your interest in attending this workshop.


    Further Education Capital Investment Fund - Invitation to submit proposals

    22 August 2014.

    The London Enterprise Panel has published the capital investment prospectus available to all providers to submit an application. You can download the following:

    If providers have any queries about this please contact Victor Farlie, Executive Chair, LWBLA by email vicfarlie@mac.com


    The TSSP My Pocket Tutor website is available now!

    21 August 2014.

    The My Pocket Tutor website launched on Wednesday 30th July 2014. The site includes core traineeship information for learners, providers and employers along with a range of resources including the London Traineeship Directory

    Screenshot of My Pocket Tutor Website

    Visit MyPocketTutor.com now!


    The Government launches its national campaign to promote Apprenticeships to young people and parents.

    21 Aug 2014.

    The campaign will demonstrate to young people and their parents that Apprenticeships can now be an equal choice to university at 18 by showcasing the variety and quality of Apprenticeships on offer. The campaign features real apprentices in a variety of sectors providing their own thoughts and updates on their experiences. It will appear on TV, out of home advertising (billboards and large posters) and digital advertising, supported by widespread PR and social media activity.

    Watch the TV advertisement and download the Campaign Communications Toolkit.

    The campaign toolkit is for all partners and stakeholders who provide information, advice and guidance to young people and for employers already offering Apprenticeships. It provides information on the campaign and ideas on how you can get involved.

    You will see in the TV advertisements apprentices taking ‘selfie’ images in their workplace, and we hear why they became an apprentice. Each apprentice will share their day-to-day experiences and thoughts via Twitter, Instagram, Blogs, and uploads to YouTube, so young people and parents have the opportunity to hear first-hand from people like them.

    Whether you work with apprentices, future apprentices or your own apprentices we would love it if you could encourage engagement. We are looking for apprentices to supply us with a ‘selfie’ showing them in their place of work. More information about how to get involved can be found in the Campaign Communications Toolkit.

    Tweet your support for Apprenticeships using the hashtag #getingofar and share this email with your own networks.

    Thank you for your continued and valued support. If you have any immediate queries please email marketingcampaigns@sfa.bis.gov.uk


    Traineeship Funding Reform Consultation

    14 Aug 2014.

    View LWBLA Response to the BIS Consultation.


    Digital Technologies Workshops for LWBLA Members By Vocational Innovation

    12 Aug. 2014.

    The UK government is requiring that from 2015 all courses are to have online content to secure SFA funding, and they are expecting an increased use of digital technologies in the delivery and assessment of apprenticeships.

    From September 2014 the statement 'I am enabled and empowered to use technology and online resources to support my learning' will be added to Ofsted's Learner View survey and Ofsted inspectors are being provided with clearer guidance on how to judge and report on the effective use of technology to enhance learning. It has never been more important for Apprenticeship providers to develop and enhance their blended model of provision.

    LWBLA are working with Vocational Innovation to roll out a series of workshops across the Autumn to support providers in the area of digital technologies. Find out More.


    Apprenticeship Funding & Standards Reform Briefing

    18 Jul 2014.

    Download Briefing Note. July 2014


    FE London Capital Investment Briefing. Wednesday 16th July 2014

    17 Jul 2014.

    The Government has recently announced through the London Growth deal the availability of capital investment for FE. The London LEP through the GLA will be responsible for the complete process and subsequent contract management.

    This note attempts to summarise the key points covered in a consultation event hosted by the London LEP/GLA in advance of an official prospectus to be published in the next 4 weeks. The capital investment fund will be open to all providers based in London approved on the SFA register.

    The purpose of the note is to stimulate ideas and advance thinking for any provider who wishes to submit a bid to the fund. It is not to offer guidance on how to bid. These notes were taken by Victor Farlie, Executive Chair LWBLA, who attended the event on the 16th July 2014.

    View Policies Page to download briefing note


    New LWBLA Membership Postcard!

    17 Jul 2014.

    LWBLA Membership Postcard

    We are pleased to present our new membership postcard highlighting benefits for members old and new when joining LWBLA. Reduced rates till November 2014 for new Member organisations

    Download LWBLA Membership Postcard or go to the Membership Section for more information.


    LWBLA launches Member Spotlight on the website

    10 Jul 2014.

    We are pleased to announce our new LWBLA Member Spotlight page which will celebrate the successes of our membership. We feel this promotion is crucial to really demonstrate the innovation and excellence to be found in work based learning provision in London!

    Our first two spotlights from Capital Training Group and bksb are now available on the Spotlight page. We would like to hear from you with any stories that you want to celebrate! Get in touch with Nicola Mayell to share your success!


    The TSSP My Pocket Tutor Soft Launch will be held on Wednesday 30th July 2014 from 10am to 1pm.

    01 Jul 2014.

    More details will appear here when available


    My Pocket Tutor Logo Design Competition Winner Announced

    23 Jun 2014.

    Go to the My Pocket Tutor Page to see the winning entry


    ESIF London Youth Employment Initiative Update - June 2014

    June 2014.

    Papers published as part of a series that provides background information for colleagues taking part in the development of programmes as part of the London Youth Employment Initiative (YEI). View on Policies Page


    The first TSSP My Pocket Tutor webinar will be held on Tuesday 3 June 2014 from 10.30am to 11.30am.

    June 2014

    We are keen to hear the views of you, and your trainers and assessors, on how best the My Pocket Tutor app would work, when delivering Traineeships. This webinar should explain the outline of the project, and enable you as a Traineeship Provider to shape and influence the content.

    On the day you can access the webinar by clicking on the following link: https://ca-sas.bbcollab.com/m.jnlp?sid=2009077&password=M.0C5A3D4DA4CAD51414E736D3DA8CDF (available from 10:15am onwards on Tuesday 3 June)

    Sign in: Use your name & organisation.

    We advise that you check your settings at http://tinyurl.com/3gotox5 before the event. Contact Shri Footring (s.footring@rsc-london.ac.uk or 07795 107185) if you experience any problems.

    Blackboard Collaborate works on most machines, in some cases you may experience network firewall issues that restrict your ability to participate.

    Equipment: You will need a headset (headphones and microphone) to listen to & talk in the session. Please don’t use built-in microphones or speakers (built into laptops or webcams) - this creates echoing, feedback & will spoil the session for others.

    Download participants' instruction sheet.

    Find out more about the MyPocketTutor Project


    LWBLA Traineeships Survey.

    21 May 2014.

    LWBLA are working with the Skills Funding Agency to engage with Providers to research their current Traineeship delivery models. This is a confidential survey with the offer of a free 1-2-1 follow up consultation. What we're looking for is to identify current strengths/weaknesses, issues and challenges and good practice.

    We have 10 quick questions, and appreciate your time in answering them. www.surveymonkey.com/s/LQ6QZJR


    Vote for the winner of the My Pocket Tutor Logo Competition

    15 May 2014.

    We are pleased to announce that we recieved over 30 entries for this competition. If you are an LWBLA member we are asking you to vote on the winner! The winner will receive an iPad mini. View entries and vote now


    LWBLA response to 'The Future of Apprenticeships in England: Funding Reform Technical Consultation'

    7 May 2014.

    You can download the LWBLA response produced by Victor Farlie, Executive Chair: LWBLA Response


    Business Efficiency Consultancy from Ashtree Partnership.

    2 May 2014.

    LWBLA Board member, Gary Hunnisett, would like to offer this free consultantation from Ashtree Partnership to LWBLA Members. Please see the flyer for more information. Download Flyer


    My Pocket Tutor Logo Competition.

    24 Apr 2014.

    We are looking for a logo design for our new My Pocket Tutor brand. The logo will be used on our website, social media sites and newly designed apps. Find out More

    My Pocket Tutor Logo Design Competition Poster

    Developing Innovative Programmes to Support Learners into Employment, meet employers’ Digital Skill Requirements and Deliver Functional Skills

    9 Apr 2014.

    Tuesday 20th May. 10am to 4pm – LWBLA Offices.

    In this workshop you will learn the digital skills to support learners into employment and to meet the digital skill requirements of employers. You will learn how to integrate this knowledge and skills into innovative Functional Skills programmes of learning.

    The training aims to develop the awareness and skills of delegates to harness the recruitment methods of today to enable them to support learners into employment, and deliver innovative programme of learning for Functional Skills.

    Not only are the employers lacking the digital skills they need in their workforce, but also our unemployed learners are frequently being disadvantaged by not learning the appropriate digital skills to find employment.

    Workshop Objectives

    Cost per delegate: £75.00 per delegate (members) / £150 per delegate (non members)

    Please contact Nicola at Nicola.mayell@lwbla.com to register your interest in attending this workshop.

    Delivered by Carolyn Lewis, Vocational Innovation


    Confidential AELP Leadership and Governance workshop. 16th May, LWBLA Offices

    27 Mar 2014.

    FAO: Chairs, Board Directors, CEOs & members of your senior management team.

    We would like to invite you to join a confidential AELP Leadership and Governance workshop funded by the ET Foundation to be held from 10am to 1pm on Friday 16 May 2014 at the LWBLA Offices, Waterbridge House, 32-36 Loman Street, London SE1 0EH.

    This workshop will be designed around your priorities. For example, questions we might tackle at the workshop could include:

    If your answer to any of these questions is ‘no’ then this workshop is designed to help. And if your particular concern related to leadership and governance isn’t one of the above, then you’ll have an opportunity to raise your priority on your registration form.

    Prior to the workshop you will have had an opportunity to review AELP’s Guide to Effective Governance (due to be published towards the end of April). We want to use this Guide as our starting point to pinpoint and respond to issues you are tackling to get the most from your governance structures.

    The workshop will be facilitated by Krysia Hudek, Senior Partner of Open Agenda, and Fellow of St. George’s House, Windsor Castle.

    Krysia specialises in providing confidential ideas-building sessions for a wide range of policy makers and practitioners in the FE sector. The way Krysia organises her events is to ensure that they are each specifically tailored to meet participants’ priorities.

    A process agenda for the approach we will adopt is attached to this email. The session will be held under Chatham House rules, so that all participants should feel that they are able to open up about the governance and leadership issues they’re grappling with, knowing that anything said is in complete confidentiality.

    Each invited organisation can take up to 2 places. Target participants include Chairs, Board Directors, CEOs and members of your senior management team.

    Places at the workshop will be strictly limited on a ‘first come’ basis, so do register now by following the link to avoid disappointment www.etouches.com/governance-leadership-workshops. Download Agenda


    Work experience good practice examples from the Ofsted website

    20 Mar 2014.

    All of these have examples of work experience in them even if the focus of the good practice is another area.


    National Apprenticeship Week 2014

    12 Mar 2014.

    Our Apprenticeship Ambassadors were busy promoting Apprenticeships across London during National Apprenticeship Week 2014. Please view our fantastic photos here


    Apprenticeship evaluation: learners & employers

    11 Mar 2014.

    Report on apprentices' and employers views in the apprenticeship evaluation surveys, 2012 to 2013.


    Pan-London Leavers Process.

    27 Feb 2014.

    Information and reminder for Providers to use the Pan-London Leavers Process. View information and download Toolkit


    LONCETT/NCETM GCSE mathematics enhancement programmes

    18 Feb 2014

    Please circulate this information widely to your contacts and anyone who may be interested in this CPD programme to upskill their maths teachers to deliver GCSE. Note that from April the course fees are expected to increase (currently they are generously subsidised by the Education and Training Foundation

    Venue

    Start date

    End date

    College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London (CoHENEL)

    26/03/2014

    25/06/2014

    IOE (all Saturdays)

    08/03/2014

    21/06/2014

    Tower Hamlets College

    13/03/2014

    02/07/2014

    Lesoco (Lewisham)

    14/03/2014

    04/07/2014

    Havering College

    21/03/2014

    08/07/2014

    Kingston College

    26/03/2014

    02/07/2014

    Barking and Dagenham College

    28/03/2014

    11/07/2014

    IOE

    04/04/2014

    17/06/2014

    South Thames College

    28/04/2014

    07/07/2014

    For further information and direct booking go to:
    http://store.ioe.ac.uk/browse/product.asp?compid=1&modid=5&catid=54 

     


    LWBLA Briefing Note: GLA Investigation into Apprenticeships

    14 Feb 14.

    This briefing note addresses the following questions:

    Download Briefing


    LWBLA Member Survey

    13 Feb 14.

    The LWBLA Board is keen to consult with members before agreeing the subscription fee for the forthcoming year. We have looked in detail at how the Alliance generates its income and what it costs to operate. Take Part in Survey


    BIS Policy Paper Skills Funding Statement 2013-2016

    13 Feb 14.

    The Skills Funding Statement 2013-2016 which sets out the funding priorities and available budget for the further education (FE) and skills sector for the 2014 to 2015 financial year: View Document


    Updated AIAN Maps

    30 Jan 14.

    The Apprenticeship Information Ambassador Maps for 2013/14 are available on the AIAN Guide Page. Maps for all of London and the individual sub regions are available now


    View 2013 LWBLA News Archive

    LWBLA News

    LWBLA Briefing

    Queen's Speech & Conservative Party Manifesto. More

    Sub Regional Network

    North & East. New date - 30th June. More

    LWBLA Summer Conference

    Summary & Presentations. More

    LWBLA e-bulletin

    E-bulletins are available to view on the e-bulletin page

    Go to LATEST NEWS

    LWBLA on Twitter

    Testimonials

    LWBLA Blog

    Read commentary on the sector and more at the new LWBLA Blog

    Apprentice Stories

    Learner & Employer View of Apprenticeships

    Go to the Showcase Page to see case studies, videos and the brochure