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LLUK and NoWAL – November 2007. looking forward to new vocational qualifications and the Sector Skills Agreement … for the Libraries, Archives and Information Services workforce. Liz Bevins Regional Manager – Lifelong Learning UK. About Lifelong Learning UK.

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Liz bevins regional manager lifelong learning uk

LLUK and NoWAL – November 2007

looking forward to new vocational qualifications and the Sector Skills Agreement…for the Libraries, Archives andInformation Services workforce

Liz Bevins

Regional Manager – Lifelong Learning UK

About lifelong learning uk

About Lifelong Learning UK

  • Sector Skills Council for the lifelong learning sector

  • An employer-led body with strategic responsibilities for:

  • - labour market intelligence

  • - workforce planning

  • - workforce standards and qualifications structures

  • - workforce training and development

  • - investment in skills, recruitment and retention

Liz bevins regional manager lifelong learning uk

Employer groups within the lifelong learning sector

  • Community Learning & Development: including

  • Community Development, Community Education, Development Education, Family Learning, Personalised and Community Learning, Working with Parents,Youth work

  • Further Education Sector

  • Higher Education Sector

  • Libraries, Information Services and Archivists

  • Work Based Learning Providers

What is lluk s role

What is LLUK’s role?

  • Create new National Occupational Standards for the libraries, archives and information services workforce – benchmarks for VQs

  • Design new frameworks of vocational qualifications for the libraries, archives and information services workforce

  • Improve progression/upskilling opportunities

  • Sector Skills Agreement (SSA)

The sector skills agreement

The Sector Skills Agreement

  • Compact to ensure the sector gets the skills it needs

  • Five planned phases:

    • Assessment of current and future skills needs

    • Understanding current supply of skills provision

    • Analysis of gaps in provision and market testing

    • Assessment of collaborative action by employers

    • Development of an action plan

  • And for LLUK an additional phase: Assessing the impact of other sectors’ agreements on our sector

Ssa research methodology

SSA Research Methodology

  • Stage 1: Current /future skills needs

  • Review of drivers of demand for skills

  • Review of policy literature

  • Consultations with stakeholders

  • Analysis of labour market characteristics

  • Analysis of data from the Labour Force Survey

  • Assessment of current and future skills needs

  • Analysis of data collected from employer survey

Ssa research methodology continued

SSA Research Methodologycontinued

  • Secondary data analysis of the National Employer Skills Survey

  • Consultations with key stakeholders

  • Analysis of findings from futures scenario workshops

  • Stage 2: Overview of current provision

  • Desk-top exercise to identify qualification data from funding bodies and relevant data partners

  • Information on provision collected from the LLUK employers survey

Testing of skills issues and developing solutions

Testing of skills issues and developing solutions

Skills issues for the lais sector

Skills issues for the LAIS Sector

  • Skills gaps for ICT skills

  • Skills gaps for customer engagement skills

  • Skills gaps for management and leadership skills

  • Future demand for professionals with specific LAIS technical skills

10 possible solutions in the following broad areas

10 possible solutions in the following broad areas

  • Developing capacity and capability across the sector

  • Focus on developing partnerships across the lifelong learning sector with partners and employers

  • Addressing recruitment and retention issues across the sector

  • Developing a UK wide leadership and management strategy for the sector

  • Developing a strategy or similar to support the use of technology in the sector, particularly relating to information learning technology (ILT)

Current provision of vqs

Current provision of VQs

  • National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs)

  • - designed to accredit existing skills

  • NVQ Information & Library Services – Levels 2 & 3

  • Vocationally related qualifications (VRQs)

  • - designed to develop/progress existing skills

  • Level 3 Certificate in Library & Information Services

  • Level 3/4 (7/8) Diploma in ICT Applications in Libraries

  • Open College qualification units

Current issues around vqs

Current issues around VQs

  • Low level of take-up

  • Limited availability and accessibility

  • Qualifications available for only part of the broader information workforce

  • Limited progression opportunities – Level 4+?

  • Employer engagement and influence

  • Funding

New national qualification frameworks

New national qualification frameworks

  • A new national qualifications framework for Wales, Northern Ireland and England – the Qualifications & Credit Framework

  • “Articulation” with the Scottish Credit & Qualifications Framework and with HE

  • “Testing & Trialling” underway (2006-08)

  • Replaces the existing NQF 2008-10 (?)

Key features

Key features

  • Qualifications built from units

  • Qualifications gained through credit accumulation and the transfer of credit

  • Achievements recorded in a national learner record

  • “Demand-led”: more responsive to employer requirements and to individuals’ needs

Qualifications level and name

Qualifications – level and name

  • Qualifications will be achieved at different levels, described by new statements which focus on:

  • - Thinking and understanding

  • - Application and performance

  • - Autonomy and accountability

  • Qualifications will be described as an Award, Certificate or Diploma – depending on their size (credits/units)

New opportunities

New opportunities

  • Individuals can gain credit in a variety of different ways (different assessment strategies)

  • Enables progression through different career pathways to the same qualification

  • Enables the accreditation of CPD (in the workplace) through the award of credit

  • Enhanced role for employers in qualification design and delivery

Future qualifications

Future qualifications

  • A new type of VQ (available at different levels) that combines the best features of the existing NVQ and VRQ approaches

  • Foundation degree – a new vocational qualification at Level 5 awarded by a university and with a stronger academic knowledgebase

A possible new qualifications framework

Apossiblenew qualifications framework?

Questions discussion

Questions / Discussion

  • New Standards, New Qualifications, New Skills

  • Liz Bevins for LLUK

  • 0870 756 4968

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