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Career Progression

In the VCS

Working Together Project

Sussex Learning Network


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Paul Bramwell & Sheila AugusteWorking Together Project

Mission

WTP is dedicated to meeting the learning and training needs of the community and voluntary sectors by offering a wide range of creative solutions in training, learning and education. We are committed to both work force development and widening participation in community activity (community capacity building).


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Progression

  • Career Progression for people involved in the VCS

  • Learning Progression for people involved in the VCS

    The latter impacts on the former,

    but they are different


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The VCS as A Career Option

  • VCS nationally employs 6% of the workforce

  • In Brighton & Hove we are the equivalent

  • economic size to the Hotel trade if you take

  • volunteer time into account

  • Also career progression opportunities in

  • statutory sector

  • A large number of paid staff in the sector

  • started as volunteers who want to make a

  • difference

  • Governance of the sector – we need skilled

  • volunteers to manage us, but also governance

  • as a route into a paid management position


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Voluntary Sector

  • Increasingly a deliverer of public

  • services

  • Increasingly responding to government

  • agenda

  • Paid Staff

  • Often part-time

  • Trained Volunteers

  • “Professionalised”


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Community Sector

  • Addresses immediate community

    concern

  • Put pressure on local service providers

  • Element of self help

  • Community activists

  • Almost entirely voluntary

  • Less VCS career oriented


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Our Experience of the Voluntary Sector:

From our experience the majority of people from the voluntary sector want to learn because they want to undertake their role better. Generally they are not that interested in accreditation unless they feel that they have to have it to progress their career. The vast majority of them want short learning interventions as and when they need them.


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From our experience people from the community sector will need a significant amount of support and encouragement before they will access a learning opportunity. It is also likely that they will need a relatively long input before meaningful learning takes place. After this, they too will be able to access short interventions, once they have a framework and a context within which to place each intervention. They are more likely to want accreditation if support is offered.

Our Experience of the Community Sector:


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What are the Motivations need a significant amount of support and encouragement before they will access a learning opportunity. It is also likely that they will need a relatively long input before meaningful learning takes place. After this, they too will be able to access short interventions, once they have a framework and a context within which to place each intervention. They are more likely to want accreditation if support is offeredfor progression?

  • From the providers point of view?

  • From the Learners point of view?

  • From the voluntary organisation’s point of view?

  • From the community organisation’s point of view?


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Barriers to progression need a significant amount of support and encouragement before they will access a learning opportunity. It is also likely that they will need a relatively long input before meaningful learning takes place. After this, they too will be able to access short interventions, once they have a framework and a context within which to place each intervention. They are more likely to want accreditation if support is offered

  • Lack of flexibility – time, place, length, level / pitch, Accreditation etc.

  • Lack of 1:1 support to access courses

  • Lack of economic power compared to other sectors

  • The VCS not being acknowledged as a workforce


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  • The VCS not promoted as a career option need a significant amount of support and encouragement before they will access a learning opportunity. It is also likely that they will need a relatively long input before meaningful learning takes place. After this, they too will be able to access short interventions, once they have a framework and a context within which to place each intervention. They are more likely to want accreditation if support is offered

  • Lack of opportunities to progress within organisations

  • The linear framework within which progression is perceived

  • Lack of understanding of accreditation


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  • Lack of funds to cover course costs need a significant amount of support and encouragement before they will access a learning opportunity. It is also likely that they will need a relatively long input before meaningful learning takes place. After this, they too will be able to access short interventions, once they have a framework and a context within which to place each intervention. They are more likely to want accreditation if support is offered

  • Lack of funds to pay for staff cover

  • Increasingly experience is not being valued

  • Organisations not having a learning strategy

  • Courses need to be broad enough in content, or recruit across a number of ability levels to recruit enough people to be value for money


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  • Organisations not allowing time for need a significant amount of support and encouragement before they will access a learning opportunity. It is also likely that they will need a relatively long input before meaningful learning takes place. After this, they too will be able to access short interventions, once they have a framework and a context within which to place each intervention. They are more likely to want accreditation if support is offered

  • learning to cascaded

  • Lack of understanding of the VCS by

  • mainstream providers and tutors

  • Lack of VCS trainers that understand

  • both the community sector and the

  • voluntary sector

  • Lack of skills in managing a cross sector

  • group of learners


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Short interventions – do not have to be taster need a significant amount of support and encouragement before they will access a learning opportunity. It is also likely that they will need a relatively long input before meaningful learning takes place. After this, they too will be able to access short interventions, once they have a framework and a context within which to place each intervention. They are more likely to want accreditation if support is offered

courses

Very few HE level short courses aimed at the

VCS

Flexible accreditation is difficult to understand

and therefore market

Accrediting bodies find it difficult to be flexible –

so for example you end up with a qualification

in “flexible accreditation”

Flexibility


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Relationships between Providers / Sectors need a significant amount of support and encouragement before they will access a learning opportunity. It is also likely that they will need a relatively long input before meaningful learning takes place. After this, they too will be able to access short interventions, once they have a framework and a context within which to place each intervention. They are more likely to want accreditation if support is offered

  • FE providers often don’t talk to VCS providers and stakeholders before they start providing courses or provide off the shelf courses

  • FE providers often compete with VCS providers once the VCS has demonstrated a demand for a particular type of course

  • HE providers have become much more involving of the VCS in recent times, and this has resulted in the development of new and relevant provision – although there is still much work to do

  • Different funders have different agendas, and there is often a lack of coherence


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How need a significant amount of support and encouragement before they will access a learning opportunity. It is also likely that they will need a relatively long input before meaningful learning takes place. After this, they too will be able to access short interventions, once they have a framework and a context within which to place each intervention. They are more likely to want accreditation if support is offeredWorking Together Project meets Some Needs of the VCS


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Areas of Work need a significant amount of support and encouragement before they will access a learning opportunity. It is also likely that they will need a relatively long input before meaningful learning takes place. After this, they too will be able to access short interventions, once they have a framework and a context within which to place each intervention. They are more likely to want accreditation if support is offered

  • Outreach

  • Other Feedback Mechanisms

  • Short Course Programme

  • Community Based Courses – many in

    partnership

  • Leadership & Governance courses

  • Learning Champions

  • Mentoring Project

  • Bespoke In-house Courses

  • Charged for Courses


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Partnership Work need a significant amount of support and encouragement before they will access a learning opportunity. It is also likely that they will need a relatively long input before meaningful learning takes place. After this, they too will be able to access short interventions, once they have a framework and a context within which to place each intervention. They are more likely to want accreditation if support is offered

  • BSCKE Postgraduate Voluntary Sector Management Project

  • Sussex Voluntary & Community Sector

    Learning Consortium

  • ChangeUp and the Workforce Skills Strategy

  • CUPP Trustee Project

  • ALTogether Programme

  • Face2Face Fundraising Fair

  • Getting Serious in Hastings


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Supporting Learning need a significant amount of support and encouragement before they will access a learning opportunity. It is also likely that they will need a relatively long input before meaningful learning takes place. After this, they too will be able to access short interventions, once they have a framework and a context within which to place each intervention. They are more likely to want accreditation if support is offered & VCS Infrastructure

  • Sussex Learning Network

  • Brighton & Hove Learning Partnership

  • LSC, Sussex Council

  • Dialogue 50:50 Group

  • Volunteer Centre steering Group

  • Action for Communities Working Group

  • CUPP Steering Group

  • Children’s Trust Learning Consortium

  • eb4U Learning Providers Consortium

  • EYDCP Training Group


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Final Thought need a significant amount of support and encouragement before they will access a learning opportunity. It is also likely that they will need a relatively long input before meaningful learning takes place. After this, they too will be able to access short interventions, once they have a framework and a context within which to place each intervention. They are more likely to want accreditation if support is offered

Working Together Project filled 560

short course places last year and had

demand for another 200 places.


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Solutions To: need a significant amount of support and encouragement before they will access a learning opportunity. It is also likely that they will need a relatively long input before meaningful learning takes place. After this, they too will be able to access short interventions, once they have a framework and a context within which to place each intervention. They are more likely to want accreditation if support is offered

  • Flexibility

  • Accreditation

  • Equitable partnerships

  • Areas that different sectors

    could learn together


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