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  1. Learning & Skills Provision 2008 / 09 Welcome

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

  3. Introductions 01

  4. Statement of Priorities 02

  5. 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

  6. 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 Adults • 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

  7. 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

  8. KeyMessages • 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

  9. 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

  10. Demand Led Funding-an overview 03

  11. Mode of Delivery School/college/ provider-based Employer-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

  12. Regional Requirements 04

  13. SW REGION - TRAIN TO GAIN SERVICE PROVISION PROCUREMENT 2008/09 Presented by Kay Cheesman Skills Development Manager – Train to Gain Provision

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. The Apprenticeship Family 05

  19. 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.

  20. The Apprenticeship Family • Young Apprenticeships • Programme-led Apprenticeships • Pre-Apprenticeship • Apprenticeships • Advanced Apprenticeships • Adult Apprenticeships

  21. Programme-led Apprenticeship • Principles: • Based on content of Apprenticeship Framework • Technical Certificate • Key Skills • Should not compromise Level 2 achievement • Progress into employment

  22. Routes to a Framework 1: Employed Tech Cert, Key Skills and NVQ L3 Tech Cert, Key Skills and NVQ L2 College Production of evidence of competency Workplace Employer recruitment

  23. Recruitment by Training Provider Routes to a Framework 2: Programme-Led Leaves training with success in knowledge-based qualifications Tech Cert, Key Skills College NVQ obtained by evidence gathering and in-work assessment of competency Workplace Employer recruitment

  24. 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%

  25. Apprenticeships and Sectors

  26. 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%

  27. Adv. Apprenticeships & Sectors

  28. 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

  29. 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

  30. 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

  31. ESF Overview 06

  32. South West Region • Competitiveness – • South West region excluding Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly • Convergence – • Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly

  33. Other Considerations • Linkages • ERDF / RDP • Mainstream • Sectors • Basic Skills • Train to Gain • Sub-contracting Arrangements • Evaluation

  34. Adding Value to Mainstream Enhanced Mainstream Post Pre More

  35. The Current Offer 07

  36. ITT headings • ESF – (South West) Competitiveness – Other • ESF – (South West) Competitiveness – Youth • ESF – (South West) Competitiveness – Adult • ESF – (South West) Competitiveness – Employer

  37. Other • 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

  38. Other • 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

  39. Youth • Priority 1 target group – • Young People not in education, employment or training (NEET), including young people at risk of becoming NEET • 1 aspect

  40. 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%

  41. Adult • Priority 1 target group – • Workless adults (unemployed and inactive) • 1 aspect

  42. 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

  43. 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

  44. 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

  45. 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

  46. Invitation to Tender 08

  47. 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.

  48. 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).

  49. Schedule Time deadlines will be specified on each ITT We advise providers to submit early