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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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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

  • 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


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?

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 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


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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 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

  • 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

  • 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


Apossiblenew qualifications framework?


Questions / Discussion

  • New Standards, New Qualifications, New Skills

  • Liz Bevins for LLUK

  • 0870 756 4968

  • Email: lizbevins@lluk.org


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