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  1. Briefing on LSC Invitations to Tender Spring 2008 Presented to successful PQQ Applicants By Ian Haworth Welcome

  2. Introduction 01

  3. Introductions & Agenda • Ian Haworth - Area Director for Lancashire • Stephen Kelsey, covering Apprenticeships • Clive Duguid, Train to Gain • Jayne Dooley, Entry to Employment • Anne Gornall, Integrated Employment & Skills • Q and A session • Andy Fawcett, ESF Procurement Outcome • John Myers, Procurement Process & Timescales • Panel

  4. LSC Approach to Commissioning • Set out in LSC Regional Commissioning Plan: http://readingroom.lsc.gov.uk/lsc/NorthWest/LSC_NWCommissioning_Plan_200809.pdf) • Responding to Leitch • Mix of negotiation & open & competitive tendering (OCT) • Young people • Adults

  5. LSC Approach to Commissioning • Addressing 3 national priorities • Creating demand for learning & skills • Transforming the FE system to meet demand • Delivering better skills, better jobs & better lives And an additional regional priority • Improving leadership & management

  6. CSR Assumptions

  7. CSR Assumptions

  8. 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 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

  9. Key messages • 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

  10. Machinery of Government Changes • Proposed new Young People’s Learning Agency to support transfer of responsibility to Local Authorities for planning and funding of 14-19 provision • Proposed new Skills Funding Agency for Adult and employer facing provision which will house the new National Apprenticeship Service; the National Employer Service and the new Adult Advancement and Careers Service

  11. Timetable

  12. Apprenticeships Stephen Kelsey Skills Development Manager Sectors Team 02

  13. Overview • The skills challenge of the global economy • The social benefits of integrating employment and skills • Extending choice between work-based and classroom- based learning

  14. Young People Learner Participation Adult Learner Participation

  15. Leitch Aspirations • 400,000 Apprentices in England by 2020 • One in five of all young people to undertake an Apprenticeship within the next decade • Apprenticeship entitlement from 2013 • Opportunities for adults

  16. Challenges • Declining 16-18 Cohort • Aspiration to reach 50% HE participation for young people • Increasing employer involvement

  17. National Apprenticeship Service • New delivery system • Vacancy matching service • Dedicated field force • Fully functional by April 2009

  18. Specification Guidance • The Offer • Provision that will replace poorly performing existing provision • Growth in specific sectors and frameworks • Expansion into new geographic areas/sectors

  19. Sub-Regional Context • Cheshire & Warrington • Engineering • Construction • Rail Transport Engineering

  20. Sub-Regional Context • Cumbria • Hospitality & Catering • (General mix with a heavy focus on service sectors that reflect the Cumbrian economy)

  21. Sub-Regional Context • Greater Manchester • Health & Social Care • Active Leisure & Learning • Hospitality & Catering • Retail

  22. Sub-Regional Context • Greater Merseyside • Retail • Logistics • Financial Services • Construction • Travel/Tourism • Hospitality & catering • IT

  23. Sub-Regional Context • Lancashire • Business Administration • Retail • Beauty Therapy • Retail • (A range of other service sector related apprenticeships)

  24. Train to Gain Clive Duguid Provision Manager Train to Gain 03

  25. Context - Train to Gain Plan for Growth • Government’s commitment to expand the Train to Gain Service to over £1 billion by July 2011 and includes new flexibilities • Fundamental reinforcement of the Train to Gain Service as a holistic offer to employers • ‘A Plan for Growth’ has been published by the LSC and DIUS in support of our commitment to Train to Gain’s expansion and to show a clear path of how that expansion will be achieved. • ITTs will support planned expansion and new flexibilities

  26. Context - Funding change Current arrangements • 50% paid on start and 50% on achievement From 2008-09 • 75% paid over learner’s expected length of stay • 25% on achievement

  27. Our Approach • Seeking a consistent regional offer with sub-regional context where appropriate • An integrated employer offer including mainstream Train to Gain and ESF (Employer Responsive) • Activity and funding allocated based on indicative analysis of skill levels within the sub-regions • Responding to research into sector priorities/gaps where relevant • Activity August 2008 to July 2011

  28. Overall Budgets Northwest Employer Responsive Funding Train to Gain Funding £100,000,000 • Cheshire and Warrington £10,000,000 • Cumbria £6,000,000 • Greater Manchester £40,000,000 • Lancashire £21,000,000 • Greater Merseyside £23,000,000 ESF Funding North West £8,949,404 Merseyside phasing-in area £8,482,684

  29. Summary of ITTs – Train to Gain • Strand One - Skills for Life • Literacy, Numeracy, ESOL Skills for Life (with employer contribution) • All levels • Strand Two - NVQ Level 2 • First full Level 2 • Second vocationally relevant Level 2 (employment achieved as a result of LEP) • Strand Three – NVQ Level 3(assumed employer contribution?) • First full Level 3 • Second vocationally relevant Level 3 (sector specific ?)

  30. Summary of ITTs - ESF Skills Pledge Plus (excludes Merseyside)Employers signing the Skills PledgeVocationally Relevant Second NVQ Level 2(No LEP involvement)NVQ Level 4Companies with fewer than 50 employees(NW exc Merseyside)Companies with fewer than 250 employees (Merseyside)SkillworksMerseyside only

  31. Summary • First and second Level 2 NVQ • First and second Level 3 NVQ • First and second Level 4 NVQ • Skills for Life all levels • Skills Pledge Plus • Skillworks • Where possible, delivered as an integrated solution to Employer skills needs.

  32. Entry to Employment Jayne Dooley Partnership Manager Lancashire 04

  33. Aim of the E2E Programme • To assist young people who are not yet ready to access apprenticeship, FE or employment through a personalised programme of tailored support to engage in Post 16 learning opportunities • The main target group being those not in education, employment or training (NEET)

  34. Core elements of the programme • All e2e learners must be able to access: • Basic & key skills appropriate to their need • Vocational development • Personal & social development

  35. Programme Design • Length of stay according to need • Personalised but structured to ensure progression • Varied & interesting for the learner • Allows the learner to develop & acquire skills & appropriate qualifications • Motivates the learner

  36. Priority e2e young people • Disaffected & vulnerable • Offenders • Substance misusers • Teenage parents • Care leavers • LLDD learners (including mental health issues) • Young people with little or no qualifications (including basic skills) • Limited employability skills

  37. Further Information • Detailed guidance on the content of e2e programmes can be found at:http://e2e.lsc.gov.uk/documents/The-Framework-For-Entry-To-Employment-Programmes.htm & http://readingroom.lsc.gov.uk/lsc/National/E2E_Entitlement_Curriculum.doc. • A range of resources on e2e isavailable at: http://e2e.lsc.gov.uk/. • Foundation Learning Tier: http://qfr.lsc.gov.uk/flt/ • Demand-led Funding: http://readingroom.lsc.gov.uk/lsc/National/nat-16-18-adult-learner-and-employer-responsive-funding-models.pdf • Requirements for funding work based learning, including e2e (paragraphs 174-221): http://readingroom.lsc.gov.uk/lsc/National/Requirements_for_Funding_WbL_2007-08-August2007.pdf

  38. NW Regional Requirements • Applicants must evidence: • Collaboration • How they will provide clear progression pathways • Where links will be made to other initiatives (e.g. ESF NEET projects, offender learning, LAP) • The range of partners / sub contractors they will work with to deliver a holistic programme • Local geographic knowledge of areas selected including existing partnerships & referral agencies Performance • A proven track record of successful delivery • How a range of occupational sectors can be offered

  39. Geography of delivery • NW will have one ITT for e2e with five annexes, one per local LSC area: • Each local area annex will further detail sub-area requirements • Applicants must clearly indicate which sub-regions & sub-areas they wish to bid for

  40. Cheshire & Warrington • Three sub-areas aligning to Unitary authorities from April 2009: • Warrington, • East Cheshire • West Cheshire Specific area requirements: • Access to provision • Innovation in delivery

  41. Cumbria No specific sub-areas – seeking a Cumbria wide provider with effective partnership. Specific area requirements • Clearly demonstrate differing approaches to rural and deprived areas • Clear vocational links to specific sectors.

  42. Greater Manchester Ten sub-areas reflecting the local authorities: Bolton, Bury, City of Manchester Oldham, Rochdale, Salford Stockport, Tameside, Trafford, Wigan Specific area requirements: • Access which accounts for local needs and cross boundary travel • Specialist area wide provision • Links to learning agreement pilot • Clear vocational links to specific sectors as specified for individual areas

  43. Greater Merseyside Six sub-areas reflecting the local authorities: Halton, Knowsley Liverpool, Sefton St. Helens, Wirral Specific area requirements • Access which accounts for local district needs and cross boundary travel • Clear vocational links to specific sectors as specified for individual area requirements

  44. Lancashire Eight sub-areas reflecting the local authorities: Lancaster & Morecambe, Preston, West Lancashire Chorley & South Ribble, Burnley & Pendle Hyndburn & Ross, Blackburn, Blackpool & Fylde & Wyre Specific area requirements: • Access which accounts for local needs and cross boundary travel • Specialist area wide provision • Links to learning agreement pilot • Clear vocational links to specific sectors as specified for individual areas

  45. Outputs & outcomes • circa 9,300 starts • Expected progression rate of 50%

  46. Funding & Contracting Periods • Total funding £37 million per year for three years • Earliest start date 1 August 2008 • Latest start date 1 January 2009 • End date 31 July 2011, subject to satisfactory annual performance review

  47. Integrating Employment & Skills Anne Gornall Skills Development Director Skills for Employability, NW Regional Skills Team 06

  48. Presentation • Policy context • Integrating Employment and Skills (IES) • The NW Skills for Jobs framework • ITTs • Sustainable Employment Programme (SEPs) • Employability Skills Programme (ESP) • Routeways and individual support • Community Grants

  49. Policy • LSC Statement of Priorities • ‘Better skills, Better jobs, Better lives’ • Sub-national Review

  50. Integrating Employment & Skills • LSC/JCP joint working • Local Employment Partnerships • Adult Advancement Service • Skills Health Checks • Skills Accounts • IES Trials • Commission for Employment and Skills • Skills Funding Agency