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Train to Gain. Presented by Rhys Madoc – Large Employers Forum 29 th May 2008. TRAIN TO GAIN. Skills Brokers who are they? And what do they do…..? The Large Employers Unit How does it work? What does it do? The Skills Pledge Leadership and Management support Q & A.

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train to gain

Train to Gain

Presented by

Rhys Madoc – Large Employers Forum

29th May 2008

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Skills Brokers

    • who are they?
    • And what do they do…..?
  • The Large Employers Unit
    • How does it work?
    • What does it do?
  • The Skills Pledge
  • Leadership and Management support
  • Q & A
brokerage skills broker organisations operate in sectors
BROKERAGE Skills Broker Organisations operate in sectors
  • London Brokerage Consortium
  • Hospitality & Tourism, Construction / built environment
      • Retail, Lifelong Learning, Audiovisual, Automotive
      • Sports & Leisure,
      • Public Sector employers that deliver the above activities
  • Triangle
  • Health & Social Care, Business & Finance, Creative & Cultural
      • Public Sector employers (or departments) engaged in the above activities, Judiciary and Central Government
  • Prevista
      • Manufacturing & Engineering, Transport & Logistics, Textiles & Clothing
      • Voluntary & Community, excluding employers engaged in the activities falling within e.g. Health & Social Care, etc.
  • All skills brokers have achieved or are working towards the
  • National training and accreditation standard for brokers

Who are the Brokers?

Engaging and supporting clients with up to 250 employees

  • Independent and impartial
  • Acting on behalf of the employer
  • Choice - at least 3 providers – gaps and capacity issues
  • Integrated training packages
  • Employer makes informed decision on best fit
  • Ongoing support
  • Senior Managers – Leadership and management funding
brokerage a typical skills broker meeting
BROKERAGE A typical Skills Broker meeting

Initial Engagement

Organisational Needs Analysis

Training Planning

Research Marketplace for Appropriate Solutions

Brokerage for Training Plan solutions

Employer Chooses Appropriate Provider/Solution

Employer undertakes training

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More than just funded training!

  • Wage Compensation Scheme
  • Leadership and Management funding
  • Skills Pledge support
  • Access to full cost training
    • Health and Safety
    • First Aid
    • Professional management qualifications
    • Foundation degrees
    • Degrees
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What can the Skills Broker offer?

  • More than just funded training!
  • Signpost you to a range of business solutions providers
    • Job Centre Plus
    • Business Link
    • Investors in People
    • IAG
    • Sector Skills Councils
    • etc
  • Access to other funders of training and support
    • Local Authorities
    • Regional Development Agencies
what is in the kit bag


TtG 1st Level 2 NVQ



Other Funded Training

Funders - LSC

Level 3 NVQ pilot

Leadership & Man

Funder - RDA

IiP – Quality Marks

Business Link

Sector Skills Councils SSC

Job Centre Plus

Info, Advice & Guidance

Umbrella Groups

Trade/Pro Bodies

Advisory Groups

Representative Groups

What is in the ‘kit bag’


The Large Employers Unit

Train to Gain Account Management Service

the account management service
The Account Management Service

Providing on-going skills brokerage support for larger organisations

  • Working across all sectors in London
  • Focussing on organisations employing between 251 and 4999 and the public sector in London
  • Dedicated Account Manager working closely with employer and provider
  • Not a ‘one off’ visit – but continued support
  • One unit established as a joint activity between
    • London Brokerage Consortium
    • Triangle
    • Prevista

Currently with 13 Account Managers seconded from the broker organisations

skills pledge

What is the Skills Pledge?

  • Public voluntary commitment by an employer
  • Public declaration by an employer to say that they support their staff to:
    • Gain basic literacy and numeracy skills
    • Work towards achieving their first level 2 qualification in an area that will be valuable to the employer
  • Launched 2007
  • 150 leading employers signed up including:
    • McDonalds
    • BT
    • Sainsbury
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Benefits for the employer

  • Competitive advantage
  • Quality mark – could include on contracts
  • Attract better quality of staff
  • Improve staff retention

The Skills Pledge administration is managed through the LEU, but delivered by Skills Brokers or Account Managers

Please refer all Skills Pledge leads to Jon Deas (

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Leadership and Management Fund

  • Up to £1000 grant (two thirds funded)
  • Private companies
  • 10 – 249 staff
  • Not achieved Investors in People
  • One grant per person, per company
  • Owner, Director or Manager level
  • Formal or informal training
  • Coaching or mentoring
  • Employer decides which provider to use
working with the apprenticeship campaign
Working with the Apprenticeship Campaign
  • Potential for joint visits and joint working
  • Referrals to Brokers and Account managers to support wider skills needs
  • Provide mutual market intelligence
  • Opportunity to ‘package’ support where appropriate