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Foundation Degrees and the [email protected] Project. Bob Bell. Recap the National Policy Drivers . Demographics National under-investment in associate professional and technician staffing ‘the 50%’. Does this ring a bell ?.

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Foundation degrees and the heskills@work project

Foundation Degrees and the [email protected] Project

Bob Bell


Recap the national policy drivers

Recap the National Policy Drivers

  • Demographics

  • National under-investment in associate professional and technician staffing

  • ‘the 50%’


Does this ring a bell

Does this ring a bell ?

“……the market for higher level skills in the UK is worth £500 million………………………….


Does this ring a bell1

Does this ring a bell ?

“……the market for higher level skills in the UK is worth £500 million………………………….

and the university sector has 6% of that”


Does this ring a bell2

Does this ring a bell ?

“……the market for higher level skills in the UK is worth £500 million………………………….

and the university sector has 6% of that”

John Denham: DIUS Minister

Feb 2008


So who s got the rest and what is it

So ? Who’s got the rest – and what is it ??

  • Tribal, KPMG, Microsoft etc. etc. etc.

  • Niche training, sometimes bespoke

  • Its characteristics are:-

    • Sold at high level into a corporate strategy

    • Aimed at a business outcome

    • Content, delivery and timing suits the client

    • Full cost

    • Non-accredited


So that s the competition what s our competitive strategy

So – that’s the competition……… What’s our competitive strategy ?

  • We must match on flexibility of

    • content

    • delivery

    • Timing

  • We can win on

    • cost

    • accreditation

    • quality


So how do we reconcile desired flexibility with the rigours of academic requirements not least qaa

So How do we reconcile desired flexibility with the rigours of academic requirements - not least QAA ?

  • For vocational education at undergraduate level ‘skills’ are a valid consideration

  • Many employees are deploying HE skills in the workplace every day

  • Employers have a range of induction and training programmes which operate at high level

  • Learners can be introduced to new thinking skills which explore their experiences


So what are the issues

So what are the issues ?

  • Employers who are focussed on short term ‘training’ needs and avoid ‘qualifications’

  • Difficult economics – small cohorts and employers as reluctant payers

  • ‘Work’ vs ‘Study’: knowledge/skills/development

  • Who controls the curriculum and delivery patterns

  • Compliance to QAA, the professions, institutional requirements ……


Time for a personal view

Time for a personal view

This is tough stuff

  • Often there is a big gap between employer and (public) provider

  • To bridge the gap you may need to get your hands dirty – build confident partnerships

  • You should actively consider working with good quality private providers

  • Provider’s business development and delivery responses sometimes drop below the required professional level………………………


Anglia higherskills@work project

Anglia [email protected] Project

  • Benefitting from HEFCE’s Strategic Development Fund

  • Aims to get up to (additional) 1000 corporate learners by 2011-12

  • Will be deploying a new team of Skills Development Consultants

  • Has the advantage of using IXION for employer engagement


What when how how much

What? When? How? How Much?

  • What: (At this stage)

    • Fd Professional Practice + separate skills modules

    • Fd Health and Social Care

    • FD Cultural Services

    • HE Cert Leadership

    • Bespoke arrangements (e.g. BA M&L)

  • When: April 2009 

  • How: Using IXION and the new SDC team in collaboration

  • How Much: Customer component increases from ~35% to 65% over five year period


How will it all work

How will it all work

  • Faculties to develop flexible products with SDF funding assistance

  • SDCs and Faculties work at large scale corporate level with (probably) bespoked solutions

  • IXION use a mass marketing approach to find interest with smes

  • There will be cross-over so integrated operations (CRM etc.) is essential


Next steps

Next Steps

  • LDS Director in place – Jon Bouffler

  • SDC Induction (week after next) )

  • New SDC Team Leader Arrives – March

  • Further strategy to be evolved


Employer based training accreditation ebta

Employer Based Training Accreditation (EBTA)


Ebta benefits for providers

EBTA: Benefits for Providers

  • Allows real ‘employer engagement’

  • A measurable contribution for co-funding

  • Allows growth without capacity issues

  • Provision of learning management


Ebta benefits for employers

EBTA: Benefits for Employers

  • External Benchmarking

  • Accreditation process can add real value to internal training programmes

  • Provides recognition and motivation for staff

  • Can be seen as a recruitment incentive


Ebta what sort of accreditation

EBTA: What sort of accreditation?


Who s doing it

Who’s doing it?

  • Royal Corps of Signals

  • Flybe

  • Quill

  • Sunderland Council

  • Stiller Transport and Logistics

  • The Police


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