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The Response Forum 2011

Supporting providers to improve effectiveness through networking, learning, case studies and peer to peer consultancy.

What is the Response forum?
The Forum is a supported network of member organisations with a shared interest in the effectiveness and quality of learning and skills delivery. The aim of the Forum is to concentrate on support services including Data and Information, Risk, Sales and Marketing, Communications. It is a space to share information through case studies, best practice, facilitated groups and workshops.

What does it do?
The Response Forum works to promote best practice through discussion and networking on issues of current relevance including managing change, risk, maximising new policy initiatives, gaining efficiencies, maintaining and improving quality.

Response Forum activities:

How will involvement benefit my organisation?
It will provide you with:

Who should participate?
The forum is for senior managers in commercial and charitable organisations and colleges of further education. A broad range of organisations are already involved in the Leadership Group.


LWBLA Conference: Delivering to London’s Learners and Employers, the Year Ahead

Monday 3rd October 2011 10am – 4pm – LWBLA Offices, Southwark

Apprenticeships are now at the heart of Government policy and they are in my heart too: growing skills; growing lives; growing Britain. John Hayes Minister of state for Further Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning, Apprenticeships Weeks 7th February 2011

Current funding and policy changes are having a major impact on the delivery of work based learning. The annual London Work Based Learning Alliance conference is a key point in the year for providers to develop greater understanding of the major changes taking place in the funding and delivery of work based learning and the impact on planning and delivery.

The Government’s commitment to growing apprenticeships creates greater opportunities. This conference covers developments in apprenticeships and considers the implications in curriculum, qualifications and delivery. It will also provide updates on how to continue delivering quality and achieving efficiency.

The challenges of delivering in London and the London labour market will provide a crucial backdrop to the conference. The conference will cover vital strategic and operational issues and present an opportunity for providers from across London to hear from agencies, including the Skills Funding Agency and to discuss and share current and emerging practice in up to the minute workshops.

Ensure that you make the most of this opportunity and that your organisation stays ahead in 2012.

Benefits of Attending

Main Speakers
Victor Farlie
, LWBLA Chair, presented: The Changing Landscape
Clare Arnold, Director of Area Relationships, Skills Funding Agency presented: Adult Skills Strategy and Policy Update
Vicky Davies, London Skills and Employment Observatory, Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion presented:  Trends in the London Labour Market
Stewart Segal, Consultant, presented: Leadership Challenges for the wbl sector
Roger Gould, RSC, presented The RSC Regional offer for wbl providers
Abigail Lammas, LSIS Regional Manager, closed the Conference.

Workshops facilitated by:
Stella Turner
, Qualifications and Curriculum Manager, Association of Employment and Learning Providers, presented: Trials
Deborah Dent, London Borough of Barnet, presented: Schools’ Apprenticeship Club – a new way to attract apprenticeship candidates
Carolyn Lewis, Director Vocational Innovation presented: Learning technologies: improving learning, efficiencies and OFSTED grades

Events and workshops

Developing a Risk Based Approach: Balancing the Needs of Key Stakeholders

As funding policy drivers shift, providers are being moved from a formally risk averse culture to one which demands a wider organisational need to evaluate risk in different ways  These workshops  supported providers to understand the current environment and equip attendees with risk management techniques to support assessment of risk based on your specific organisational requirements.

The aims of the workshop were:

Workshops were facilitated by Peter Hillman who has over 25 years’ consultancy experience both in the UK and internationally.  Peter was a member of the Somerset LSC he and has supported London Capital Colleges and East Midlands SER Programmes on a range of topics including Apprenticeship Improvement Development, Benchmarking and Managing Change.

Specifically he has worked with a large number of Work Based Learning Providers on a range of topics including:

The workshops were held on 14 June and the 20 September at the LWBLA Offices in Southwark.


The Single Adult Skills Budget: Agency Perspective

LWBLA hosted an event on the 28 September 2011 looking at the Agency perspective on the freedoms and flexibilities available and the provider expectation in utilising this budget.

Stephen Bagley, Head of Provider Accounts for the Skills Funding Agency lead this workshop.  Stephen is responsible for managing the work of the Skills Funding Agency in the West London boroughs of Hillingdon, Harrow, Hammersmith, Brent, Ealing and Stanmore. From 2001-2010 Stephen held a number of roles in the Learning and Skills Council, including Partnership Director for Westminster, Head of Quality & Performance & Head of Work Based Learning for London Central LSC. From 1995 to 2001 Stephen was with the Central London Training and Enterprise Council which became FOCUS TEC.

Earlier in his career Stephen worked with independent training providers: Grand Met Trust, where he worked to support homeless clients address housing and employment needs; and Wandsworth Training Services where he ran employment projects for Jobcentre clients. He also has experience of working for some years in a Jobcentre while he was with the Employment Service

Derek Harvey, Group Partnership Manager for Job Centre Plus presented on the ways in which Job Centre Plus are anticipating working with wbl providers from this year onwards with the introduction of the Single Line Budget.

Both Steve and Derek spoke about the ever converging strategic agendas between the Skills Funding Agency and Job Centre Plus and what this means for providers.


Data is King, 20 and 21 October 2011

Data is the starting point for almost every aspect of the way FE and Skills providers are paid, managed, audited, inspected and ultimately measured. This workshop aims to help you get a grip on your data, understand what it tells you and give you the tools you need to make it work for you. The content covered:

The programme was delivered by Claire Barker from KPMG:
Claire Barker is part of the KPMG Education Maximum Assurance team and specialises in Workplace Learning provision management and data.

Prior to joining KPMG, she worked for a national private training provider for 14 years managing and developing Apprenticeship, Entry to Employment (EtoE), Train to Gain (T2G), FE, Learn Direct and DWP programmes.


Consultancy opportunities from expert providers can also be sourced via the Forum

The Response Forum is funded by the Learning and Skills Improvement Service via the Regional Response project. Many events and some consultancy are funded directly by LSIS and these are denoted by having the LSIS logo next to them.

Booking and Costs

LSIS funded events are free, using the LSIS Voucher system. Non-LSIS events are charged at LWBLA member and non-member rates.

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