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Ray Walker Business Executive Director – Local Authorities, Community and School Development Birmingham Metropolitan College The Role of Further Education in the Development of Skills and Economic Growth. Challenge set down by government: “ Skills for Sustainable Growth”

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Ray Walker

Business Executive Director – Local Authorities, Community and School Development

Birmingham Metropolitan College

The Role of Further Education in the Development of Skills and Economic Growth

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Challenge set down by government:
  • “ Skills for Sustainable Growth”
  • “Investing in Skills for Sustainable Growth”
  • “New Challenges, New Changes”
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Promote Adult Skills.
  • High Quality Teaching and learning
  • Free Colleges/Providers from bureaucracy to enable better response to local needs/communities.
  • Better investment in skills between the taxpayer, learner and employer.
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Apprenticeships:
  • Significant increases in the number of apprenticeships in the region.
  • Greater increase in youth apprenticeships as well as adult apprenticeships.
  • Government funding for 250,000 more apprenticeships over the next four years.
  • More High level Apprenticeships.
  • Apprenticeship Training Associations/Agencies (ATAs) and Group Training Associations/Agencies (GTAs).
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Adult Skills Budget- Provision for the unemployed:
  • Meet the needs of those claiming JSA and ESA in Work Related Activity Group.
  • Referral via Jobcentre Plus
  • Provision appropriate to learner and employer needs.
  • Job Outcome Incentive Payments.
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Skills Conditionality:
  • Skills training a condition of continued receipt of benefit.
  • Benefit sanction for non participants
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Colleges and Training Providers to support Service Academies:
  • Combining work placements with pre-employment training.
  • Guaranteed Interviews with employers.
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Key Developments to support growth via skills development:
  • Review of funding.
  • Lifelong Learning Accounts Launch.
  • Development of new industry – led professional standard schemes – ensuring qualifications are valued and are of high quality.
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£210 million /year protection of informal Adult Community Learning.
  • Fully funded provision for the low skilled, young people and jobseekers.
  • Government backed loans for first time in FE for learners aged 24+.
  • Upfront cost of training not being a barrier to following learning and skills.
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Growth and Innovation fund:
  • £50 million / year.
  • Pump prime and pilot selected projects, build leadership and management skills in SMEs.
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What else needs to be done?
  • Greater integration of the pre 19 and post 19 activity to address skills and employability.
  • Young NEETs can and often do become older NEETs/long term unemployed.
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Addressing the skills and employment agenda much earlier with young people.
  • Wolf Report – more appropriate vocational learning for young people.
  • Following vocational qualifications that are recognised by employers.
  • High quality Internships –a real engagement with the world of work.
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New structural arrangements to deliver education and training.
  • Continued focus on functional skills and employability skills.
  • Differentiated approach for specific disadvantaged groups.
  • Programmes that integrate “wrap around” support with good teaching and skills delivery.
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