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Learning After Leitch HEA/UUK/DfES practitioners conference April 17 th 2007. Professor Freda Tallantyre Senior Associate Higher Education Academy. Skills focus. Poor at basic skills : 17 th of 30 in OECD Deficiency in intermediate skills : 20 th of 30 Better at HE but still 11 th of 30

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learning after leitch hea uuk dfes practitioners conference april 17 th 2007

Learning After LeitchHEA/UUK/DfES practitioners conferenceApril 17th 2007

Professor Freda Tallantyre

Senior Associate

Higher Education Academy

skills focus
Skills focus
  • Poor at basic skills : 17th of 30 in OECD
  • Deficiency in intermediate skills : 20th of 30
  • Better at HE but still 11th of 30
  • Variations between sectors (e.g. utilities v hotels and catering)
  • Adult skills
  • Economically valuable skills
  • (What about graduate skills?)
stretching targets
Stretching Targets
  • World leader in skills by 2020 : equiv to 8th out of 30 OECD countries
  • Doubling attainment at most levels
  • 95% achievement basic skills (v 85% literacy & 79% numeracy
  • 90% qualified at level 2 (v 69% in 2005)
  • Shift balance from Level 2 to Level 3, with 1.9 million additional attainments by 2020
  • 40% adults qualified to Level 4 (v 29% in 2005) : 5.5 million more attainments by 2020 (DfES say need 45%!)
funding responsibilities
Funding responsibilities
  • Public funding per student has halved over 20 yrs in UK
  • Greater investment called for by Government, employers and individuals
  • Government concentrate on basic skills, market failure and social justice
  • Employers support level 2 for all
  • Employers and individuals invest c50% funding for level 3
  • Employers and individuals pay bulk of additional funding for level 4
  • “Portion of HE funding for vocational courses, currently administered through HEFCE, to be delivered through similar demand-led mechanism to Train to Gain”
swot strengths
SWOT - Strengths
  • National and sectoral coverage
  • University status with employers
  • Accreditation as a USP
  • Innovation and enterprise as a sector
  • HEIF infrastructure
  • Flexible pedagogies
  • WBL experience
  • Partnerships
  • Flexible funding (relatively)
swot weaknesses
SWOT - Weaknesses
  • Lack of strategy
  • Administrative systems
  • Funding systems
  • Quality systems
  • PIs and data systems
  • Workforce planning systems
  • Communication and marketing
  • Staff competence and capacity
  • Academic buy-in
swot opportunities
SWOT - Opportunities
  • ASNs for growth of adult vocational qualifications
  • Platform of 135,000 more level 3 for progression to HE
  • 400,000 more level 4 attainments p.a. targetted (additional to 600,000 existing - 66% growth)
  • 145,000 immigrant workers p.a. (eligibility for support?)
  • Huge workforce market (only c3% current CPD market)
  • Expansion of FDs
swot opportunities1
SWOT - Opportunities
  • P/t, bespoke and flexible provision
  • Level 5 and PG provision growth
  • Service economy demand for customer handling, team working, communication skills
  • Leadership and management skills (41% managers hold less than level 2;UK spends less than any other country in Europe on training managers;NOS to be developed for management training)
  • Real LLL culture
  • Better informed and guided adults
swot threats
SWOT - Threats
  • Demographic decline
  • Innovative pedagogies under-developed
  • Bridging gap from level 2 to 4
  • Shift in power base to employers, intermediaries, individuals
  • Demand-led provision harder to control/manage
  • Lower unit of resource in T2G type mechanisms
  • Co-funding reduces guaranteed core
  • FECs and employers may be empowered to compete
  • Greater diversification and fundamental change in HE culture
  • Paucity of concept of economically valuable skills
joint dfes hefce hea ssda fdf strategy
Joint DfES, HEFCE, HEA, SSDA, FDF strategy
  • Prioritise employer engagement for all HE agencies in grant letters
  • Address Leitch growth targets realistically (5k, 10k, 20k in first three yrs), but moving increasingly in this direction
  • Support all HEIs in positioning to contribute to agenda
  • Build on HLS Pathfinders, LLNs, EE pilots, FL Pathfinders
  • Seek c30 HEIs or partnerships to support initial growth targets.
  • National credit transfer framework, to facilitate delivery of bite size and accredited modules, APEL, accreditation of in-company training
  • Amend funding (including T2G type mechanism), quality, PIs, data collection and other national systems to incentivise and reward this work
  • 100,000 participants in FDs by 2010, including more HE in FE
  • Empower SSCs to approve vocational qualifications (condition of funding)
  • Sector based qualification and credit framework based developments
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