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Learning & Skills Provision 2008 / 09. Welcome. Agenda. Introduction Statement of Priorities Demand Led Funding Regional Requirements How to Complete the ITT Q & A session. Introductions. 01. Statement of Priorities. 02. Priorities 2008/09. Creating demand for learning and skills

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  • Introduction
  • Statement of Priorities
  • Demand Led Funding
  • Regional Requirements
  • How to Complete the ITT
  • Q & A session

Statement of



priorities 2008 09
Priorities 2008/09
    • Creating demand for learning and skills
    • Transforming the FE system to meet demand
    • Delivering better skills, better jobs, better lives
  • Invest in people: to give them the skills
  • they need for success in work and life
targets to 2020
Targets to 2020

Young People

  • Increase educational achievement with the aim of preparing every child and young person with the knowledge and skills to succeed in education and life


  • Improve the skills of the population by 2011, consistent with the aim of having a workforce that has a world-class skills base capable of sustaining economic competitiveness by 2020
key messages
Key messages
  • Young people
  • Offer for 100% of young people – increase participation
  • Deliver the entitlement, September guarantee at 16 AND 17
  • Roll out of diplomas
  • Target efforts to provide Specialist provision to engage Young People who are currently not in employment, education or training (NEET)
  • Significant growth in Apprenticeships
  • Adult Learning
  • Develop a core adult offer to help people upskill, reskill and learn in each local area
  • Within public funding focus on disadvantaged
  • Progression – to higher levels of learning and employment
key messages9
  • Employers
      • Massive ramping up of Train to Gain activity required
      • New flexibilities to enhance the Train to Gain service
      • Local Employment Partnerships – skills for jobs and Train to Gain
      • Integrate Employment and Skills
      • Local Employment Partnerships must be ready to deliver for employers who sign up
      • Locally we need to put together packages of support for individuals and employer.
      • Focus on meeting local needs and tackling disadvantage through priority learning delivery – it isn’t an either/or we need more disadvantaged individuals on priority learning
key messages10
Key Messages
  • A world class system
      • Continue to focus on increasing responsiveness
      • Much greater emphasis on fees and commercial work
      • LSC to continue with role of market maker – intervening where the market is not responding
      • Investing in infrastructure – leadership, capacity, capital

Demand Led

Funding-an overview



Mode of Delivery

School/college/ provider-based


16-18 offer, part of 14-19 entitlement

16 –18 Budget

Provision funded through strategic commissioning without in/end-year reconciliation

Apprenticeships (funded through employer-responsive model

Train to Gain service: TtG funds, NVQs in workplace; Apprenticeships 19+ (funded through employer responsive model)

Provision funded through strategic commissioning with in/end-year reconciliation

19+ Budget





sw region train to gain service provision procurement 2008 09


Presented by Kay Cheesman

Skills Development Manager – Train to Gain Provision

what is train to gain
What is Train to Gain?
    • “Train to Gain is a service to help businesses across England get the training they need to succeed and stay successful. “
  • The South West Train to Gain service comprises
  • two principle elements:
  • Flexible and responsive training provision – delivered by providers which have demonstrated through a procurement process and on-going performance that they can deliver high quality, employer–focused training.
  • Skills Brokerage – provided by impartial and independent brokers, helping employers to identify their training needs and to access appropriate training providers to meet these needs
why is train to gain important
Why is Train to Gain Important?
  • It is a Government priority to help employers up-skill the workforce and ensure the country becomes more competitive. This will be achieved through training provision that meets the needs of employers.
  • The Train to Gain service is the main vehicle through which this will happen
  • There are almost 1 million people of working age in the SW region who do not have a first full level 2 qualification
what is the lsc looking for
What is the LSC Looking for ?
  • Flexible, responsive provision, delivered in the workplace using the Assess – Train - Assess model
  • A broad range of provision delivering:
  • First full level 2 qualifications
  • Skills for Life
  • First and additional level 3 qualifications
  • Full cost delivery of other employer needs
  • and with the ability to address geographical and sectoral needs
the train to gain framework
The Train to Gain Framework
  • Named LSC contact
  • Realistic delivery profiles, reviewed quarterly
  • Allocations can be increased (and decreased)
  • Quality measures:
  • Minimum performance levels – achievements to leavers

and timeliness

  • Training Quality Standard
  • Funding – 75% profiled throughout learning period, with 25% on achievement
leitch and apprenticeships
Leitch and Apprenticeships
  • An ambition to deliver England’s share of 500,000 people a year in Apprenticeships in the UK by 2020
  • A commitment to ensure that all suitably-qualified young people will have access to an Apprenticeship through the creation of a new entitlement.
  • A new entitlement to free training for those aged 19-25, in order to help more people achieve their first full level 3 qualification. For many in this group, an Advanced Apprenticeship will be the most appropriate programme.
the apprenticeship family
The Apprenticeship Family
  • Young Apprenticeships
  • Programme-led Apprenticeships
  • Pre-Apprenticeship
  • Apprenticeships
  • Advanced Apprenticeships
  • Adult Apprenticeships
programme led apprenticeship
Programme-led Apprenticeship
  • Principles:
      • Based on content of Apprenticeship Framework
        • Technical Certificate
        • Key Skills
    • Should not compromise Level 2 achievement
    • Progress into employment
routes to a framework 1 employed
Routes to a Framework 1: Employed

Tech Cert, Key Skills

and NVQ L3

Tech Cert, Key Skills

and NVQ L2


Production of evidence of competency


Employer recruitment

routes to a framework 2 programme led

Recruitment by

Training Provider

Routes to a Framework 2: Programme-Led

Leaves training

with success in



Tech Cert,

Key Skills


NVQ obtained by

evidence gathering

and in-work assessment of competency




apprenticeships some south west figures from 2006 07
ApprenticeshipsSome South West figures from 2006/07
  • No. of providers delivering Apprenticeships: 90
  • Participation (Average in Learning):
    • 16-18 8,646
    • 19+ 3,956
  • Achievement (Framework Completions):
    • 16-18 4,299
    • 19+ 2,370
  • Largest growth Sector since 2004/05:
    • Construction, Planning & Built Environment +19%
advanced apprenticeships 2006 07
Advanced Apprenticeships 2006/07
  • No. of providers delivering Advanced Apprenticeships in the SW: 91
  • Participation (Average in Learning):
    • 16-18 4,122
    • 19+ 3,543
  • Achievement (Framework Completions):
    • 16-18 1,292
    • 19+ 1,350
  • Largest growth Sector since 2004/05:
    • Engineering and Manufacturing Tech. +11%
adult apprenticeship
Adult Apprenticeship
  • Launched 01/08/07 for those aged 25+years
  • Priority learner groups; employees, a-typical, under-represented
  • 1425 starts by 31/03/08. Growth for 2008-09
  • 30 providers
  • Coverage across the SW region and sector priorities
  • Funding 19+ Work Based Learning
adult apprenticeship30
Adult Apprenticeship
  • Challenges for 2007/08 and beyond:
      • Harness the potential of existing employer engagement
  • e.g. Train to Gain, Diplomas, ESF projects, Local Employment Partnerships progression
      • Engage new employers
the 2008 09 itt requirements
The 2008/09 ITT Requirements
  • SW Financial investments = up to £25m through this ITT
  • To deliver:
    • Up to 5,000 16-18 new learners
    • Up to 3,000 19+ new learners
    • Up to 2,000 25 new learners
  • Specification includes some detailed combinations of sectors and geography
  • Apprenticeships is a demand led programme, so all high quality provision in the South West will be of interest
south west region
South West Region
  • Competitiveness –
  • South West region excluding Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly
  • Convergence –
  • Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly
other considerations
Other Considerations
  • Linkages
      • ERDF / RDP
      • Mainstream
      • Sectors
      • Basic Skills
      • Train to Gain
      • Sub-contracting Arrangements
      • Evaluation
adding value to mainstream
Adding Value to Mainstream






itt headings
ITT headings
  • ESF – (South West) Competitiveness – Other
  • ESF – (South West) Competitiveness – Youth
  • ESF – (South West) Competitiveness – Adult
  • ESF – (South West) Competitiveness – Employer
  • Priority 1 –
  • Community Grants Co-ordinating Bodies
  • Target groups –
  • Unemployed people and inactive people aged 16 years and over who are in the hardest to reach communities and who have difficulties accessing mainstream provision and/or ESF
  • Funding available – £605,700
  • Geographical location –
    • Devon
    • Dorset and Somerset
    • Bristol, Gloucester and Wiltshire
  • End date – 31st December 2010
  • Anticipate 3 contract split by area above
  • Results –
    • number of participants in work on leaving
    • number of economically inactive people engaged in job search activity or further learning
  • Priority 1 target group –
  • Young People not in education, employment or training (NEET), including young people at risk of becoming NEET
  • 1 aspect
reduction of neet group 16 18
Reduction of NEET group16-18
  • Funding available – £445,200
  • Geographical location – Swindon
  • End date – 31st December 2010
  • Results –
    • Participants aged 16-18 in education, employment or training on leaving – 45%
  • Priority 1 target group –
  • Workless adults (unemployed and inactive)
  • 1 aspect
work placements for learners with learning difficulties and or disabilities
Work placements for Learnerswith Learning Difficulties and / or Disabilities
  • Funding available – £400,000
  • Geographical location – Swindon
  • End date – 31st December 2010
  • Results –
    • Participants in work on leaving and at six months after leaving
    • Economically inactive participants engaged in job search activity or further learning
employer responsive
Employer Responsive
  • Priority 2 target group –
  • Employed young people and adults aged 16 and over who require relevant qualifications at an appropriate level to support their current and continuing and future employment needs
  • 2 different aspects
Embedded literacy, language(ESOL in the Workplace) and numeracy in vocational programmes –West of England
  • Funding available – £787,200
  • Geographical location – West of England
  • End date – 31st December 2010
  • Results –
    • Full level 1 and 2 qualifications as stated
    • Progression onto Train to Gain
supporting employer demand led skills needs swindon
Supporting employer demand-ledskills needs – Swindon
  • Funding available – £725,167
  • Geographical location – Swindon
  • End date – 31st December 2010
  • Results –
    • ESOL qualifications
    • Full level 2 qualifications
    • Level 3 and 4 certificates
procurement policy
Procurement Policy

We believe that a sensible balance of commissioning and tendering will:

    • help to secure the provision we need
    • allow new entrants to the market where they add value and choice;
    • and, simultaneously, enable good providers to grow
  • The LSC introduced the e-tendering system in February 2007, because it is quicker, there is a robust audit trail, it is more environmentally friendly, and is more secure.
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Procurement Policy
  • As a public body, the LSC has to follow the public procurement rules and must ensure that the process is open, fair and transparent.
  • We will issue 3 year contracts (where appropriate) that will be extendable to 5 years subject to performance. Contracts can be varied up and down in value as a result of reconciliation and performance.
  • Contracts will have start date flexibility to allow provision to start when appropriate (i.e. do not all have to be 1st August).


Time deadlines will be specified on each ITT

We advise providers to submit early

pqq s
  • PQQ’s closed on 3 March 2008
        • PQQ Evaluation completed.
        • Fair and equal consideration given to all tenders.
        • Consistent process across all LSC regions.
        • 1746 number of providers successful at this PQQ (4).
        • 998 had already qualified at PQQ in September 07.
  • Tenders due 6 weeks from ITT
    • Using fair, transparent and robust scoring framework.
  • Contract Award panels will agree each contract offer against original tender specification.
  • Local partnership team may carry out “contract clarification” with relevant providers - this will also be used to agree contract levels.
  • Contracts awards expected from end of June 2008.
things you will need to do
Things you will need to do
  • Read the “ Read me first” document FIRST
  • Start early
  • Save regularly
  • Publish your response well before closing date – we cannot accept any tenders that are received passed the closing date and time.
  • Only use the message facility on Bravo for queries
  • Check that the ITT is complete before submitting
    • Attachments must be attached
    • All asterisked sections MUST be completed
  • If you need guidance try the “supplier help guide” on the e-tendering portal or email
you should not
You should not
  • Try to upload documents other than Word or Excel.
  • Omit Attachments.
      • if they are missing when we evaluate then you will not be successful.
  • Leave it until the last minute to submit / publish your tender(s)
  • Leave your LSC e-tendering session running with no activity - if you do your session will time-out after 15 minutes and you will lose all unsaved work

Structure of the MainstreamITT(s)

  • There is 1 National ITT that MUST be completed for each programme
  • ‘READ ME FIRST’ Attachment – provides instructions and guidance for completion and details of the programme both National & Regional
  • National Questionnaire Attachment – specific to the programme.


To be completed once for each programme

  • There are 9 Regional ITT’s for each programme (you should only complete those regional ITTs for which you expressed an interest):
  • ‘READ ME FIRST’ Attachment – provides both national & regional instructions and guidance for completion and details of the regional tender.
  • Regional Questionnaire Attachment – specific to the regional programme requirements.
  • Regional Demographic Spreadsheet Attachment – specific to the regional programme requirements.


9 Regional ITT’s to be completed for each region for which you wish to provide the programme

opening the mainstream itt s
Read the



Refer Back

Opening the Mainstream ITT(s)



Instruction and Guidance &

National & Regional



Quality, Equality & Diversity

opening the regional itt s
Read the



Refer Back

Opening the RegionalITT(s)



Instruction and Guidance

(access from National ITT)




opening the regional mainstream itt s




Opening the Regional (Mainstream) ITT(s)



What’s required and where


What and How you intend

meet the requirements


Numbers / Outputs / Locations

opening the esf itt
Read the




Refer Back

Opening the ESF ITT






opening the esf itt61
The detail of the

Provision for which you

are tendering

Opening the ESF ITT
      • Geography
      • Demographics
      • Volumes
opening the esf itt62




Opening the ESF ITT




Terms & Conditions

funding agreements
Funding Agreements
  • The type of funding agreement will depend on the type of organisation.
  • Further Education Corporations who are successful will be funded under the terms of their financial memorandum.
  • Other public bodies such as local authorities will be funded under conditions of funding.
  • All other organisations will be expected to agree to the LSC standard contract for education and training.
  • All organisations responding to these ITT’s will be taken to have accepted the appropriate terms and conditions of funding appropriate to their type of organisation

funding requirements
Funding Requirements
  • Additional requirements in relation to each programme are set out in the relevant funding guidance which form part of the terms and conditions of funding
  • Organisations are advised to visit the LSC website to see the appropriate Funding Guidance for the programme for which they are tendering. This will include details of funding rates for qualifications and other programme delivery requirements
agreeing funding levels
Agreeing funding levels
  • Funding levels of contract to be agreed as part of contract clarification and where appropriate the national funding formula will be applied.
  • New providers tendering for provision funded using the demand led funding system will soon be able to download a funding calculation programme to support/undertake modelling of potential contract award levels. Check on the LSC website for more information
please note
  • Late Tenders will not be considered

The time deadline will be specified on each tender document

  • The content from these events is available at

Useful Links

Demand Led Funding

Train to gain – A Plan for Growth

World Class Apprenticeships

South West Region – Commissioning Plan

LSC – Providers Page

A Strategy for Programme Led Apprenticeships


Useful Links

Training Quality Standard

Quality Improvement Agency

Priorities for Success

New Capital Strategy