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Sectors Research, Sector Skills Councils and National Skills Academies. VET SLIM meeting – 11 March 2011 Contents SW Sectors low carbon research Alliance of SSCs and Sector Skills Councils National Skills Academies Engaging and collaborating Dawn Neale, Sectors Manager

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    1. Sectors Research, Sector Skills Councils and National Skills Academies • VET SLIM meeting – 11 March 2011 • Contents • SW Sectors low carbon research • Alliance of SSCs and Sector Skills Councils • National Skills Academies • Engaging and collaborating • Dawn Neale, Sectors Manager • Dawn.neale@swrsp.org.uk

    2. SW sectors - Low Carbon Skills Research

    3. Reports coverage & Link • Sectors covered:- • Marine Energy • Nuclear • LC manufacturing – including composites • LC construction • Micro renewables • http://www.southwestrda.org.uk/working_with_you/working_with_partners/skills_priorities/employment__skills_analysis.aspx

    4. Key low carbon skills reports • National • SSC cluster report • SSC renewables report • EEPH report • fdf mapping report • Regional • Marine Energy Skills, EMB consulting • Micro renewables, Regen SW • Nuclear, Cogent • LC Construction, C Skills • Composites – Josanne Stewart & Paul Shakespear • LC Manufacturing, Semta

    5. Summary of findings - Key skills issues that impact across all sectors • Ageing workforce • Skills shortages and gaps • Global competition for talent • New/changing technologies • Growing content of occupations e.g. multi skilling • STEM uptake in schools colleges & universities • Reducing trend of training offered by FE & HE • Limited interaction between FE & HE and vice versa • Low Carbon targets and where/how individual industries contribute

    6. Actions and Solutions Local, regional and national partners and stakeholders agree actions Transition and legacy activity is agreed & planned Funding is enhanced through streams and projects Knowledge transfer projects are linked HE and FE collaborations Information Advice and Guidance is communicated and coordinated QCF should be exploited STEM activity should be enhanced Key occupations identified to be in demand should be highlighted to Agencies

    7. SSC Impact & Influencing: • Articulate the collective voice where it matters • High level relationships with key partners, stakeholders and governments • Tackle high priority issues in collaborative forums • Promote the distinctive role of SSCs

    8. SSCs and Qualifications/standards: • Consistent and cost-effective role in qualifications approval • National Occupational Standards that meet employers’ needs • Qualifications strategies that meet employers’ needs • Deliver new apprenticeship formats and processes • Implement frameworks for those seeking to enter or re-enter the workforce

    9. Labour Market Intelligence: • First class, consistent and comparable LMI • Increase accessibility and value of LMI to key partners and stakeholders • Promote the use of Alliance LMI and demonstrate its impact • Data across the 4 nations

    10. Catalyst, Leader and Co-ordinator: • New collaborative cross-sector arrangements • Multi-sector groupings in priority areas • Effectively link skills bodies outside the Alliance

    11. National Skills Academies were set up as a result of the 2005 White Paper “Skills: Getting on in Business, Getting on at Work” National Skills Academies deliver specialised skills to employees and learners to help respond to your business needs They have been established, shaped and led by employers with support from the Government (3 years development funding) WHAT ARE NATIONAL SKILLS ACADEMIES?

    12. WHITE PAPER VISION FOR NATIONAL SKILLS ACADEMIES • As set out in the 2005 White Paper the core principles are that skills academies will: • Be Employer-led • Form strong networks in each sector • Link colleges with universities, training providers and specialist schools • They will raise standards by: • Fostering innovation • Sharing best practice • Shaping the curriculum • Improving the professional development of teachers, lecturers and trainers • Transforming the quality and status of vocational education and training

    13. National Skills Academies Encourage excellence Make training relevant Put employers at the heart of the network Bring employers together Provide specialist training Take training to more people Improve access Increase productivity NATIONAL SKILLS ACADEMY NETWORK CORE PRINCIPLES

    14. Currently 15 operational skills academies as at July 2010 Round 1 – Approved in October 2006 – now sustainable - Construction - Manufacturing Financial Services - Food and Drink Manufacturing Round 2 – Launched in September 2006 - Nuclear - Creative and Cultural Process Industries - Hospitality Round 3 – Launched in February 2007 – 3 operational Retail - Materials, Production and Supply Sport and Active Leisure Round 4 – Launched in May 2008 – 4 operational Enterprise - Social Care Power - Information Technologies THE NATIONAL SKILLS ACADEMY NETWORK

    15. Round 5 – Launched in January 2010 4 in business planning: Rail Engineering. – announced november Process Industries –: Bio-technologies and composites extension to existing NSA. Environmental Technologies. Logistics. ROUND 5

    16. BECOMING A NATIONAL SKILLS ACADEMY • Expression of Interest Process • Prospectus launched • Expressions of Interest received, circulated to regions and partner organisations, and paper assessment takes place • Short-listed applications invited for interview with employer representation • Successful applications formally invited into business planning stage by the Minister

    17. Conclusion sectors VET activity • Alliance groups • Local projects • Funding proposals and tenders • LMI and Data • IAG • Communications and promotion • Employer/stakeholder partnerships • Policy and strategy • Provision – development and engagement