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ESF and Train to Gain / Skills for Life Event 17 November 2008. Welcome. Agenda. Morning Session: Welcome and Introductions ESF Employer responsive investment Update on recent Train to Gain announcements Core offer, Level 2 / Level 3 Skills for Life introduction

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ESF and Train to Gain /

Skills for Life Event

17 November 2008

Welcome

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Agenda

  • Morning Session:
  • Welcome and Introductions
  • ESF Employer responsive investment
  • Update on recent Train to Gain announcements
  • Core offer, Level 2 / Level 3
  • Skills for Life introduction
  • Leadership and Management
  • Round-table discussion
  • Plenary
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Welcome and

Introductions

01

  • Mark Williams
  • Skills Development Director – ESF
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Aims
  • The aims of this event are:
  • To develop and share knowledge and understanding of the current Train to Gain service and how LSC ESF funding can be invested to add value and enhance the solutions available
  • To add value to individual employee programmes
  • To incentivise access to Train to Gain
  • To overcome accessibility barriers for the harder to reach groups and so on across the SW. 
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Aims
  • The aims of this event are:
  • To develop and share knowledge and understanding of the current Train to Gain service and how LSC ESF funding can be invested to add value and enhance the solutions available
  • To add value to individual employee programmes
  • To incentivise access to Train to Gain
  • To overcome accessibility barriers for the harder to reach groups and so on across the SW
  • To identify gaps in support
  • To identify opportunities to improve and strengthen links between mainstream and ESF providers and share good practice
  • To clarify the support available including what can or can't be funded
targets adult and employer
Targets: Adult andEmployer
  • 95% of adults with basic functional literacy and numeracy skills
  • 90%+ of adults qualified to at least L2: Commitment to achieve 95% as soon as possible
  • 68% qualified to L3
  • 40% qualified to L4 or above
national priorities adult
National Priorities:Adult
  • Increase participation on numeracy courses
  • 30% of Foundation Learning to be in Progression Pathways
  • Launch Adult Advancement Careers Service and Skills Accounts in 2010
  • Greater focus on ensuring providers secure contribution towards the costs of learning
  • ESOL funding maintained but more focussed on supporting community cohesion
national priorities employer
National Priorities:Employer
  • Responsiveness to changing economic outlook and flexibilities to meet business needs
  • Expansion of Apprenticeships and introduction of National Apprenticeship Service (NAS)
  • Focus on Apprenticeships in public sector and improving success rates
  • Skills brokerage transfer to RDA in April 2009
  • Broadened base of qualifications available through Train to Gain
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ESF Employer

responsive investment

02

  • Mark Williams
  • Skills Development Director – ESF
integrated employment and skills
Integrated employment and skills
  • Piloted in three regions in 2008: national roll-out 2009
  • Link pre-employment training seamlessly to in-work provision (TTG)
  • Monitoring of IES/TTG trials to determine whether to roll out Flexibilities
  • Achieving the 100,000 ambition in 2010
  • Adult Learner Responsive Provision – further expansion of ESP over next two years to 27,000 learners in 2010/11; assessing options for element of employment related outcome
employer responsive
Employer responsive
  • Key areas - employer responsive (learner numbers)
european social fund
European SocialFund
  • Adult Learner Responsive provision
  • Approx £237m 2008-2010 – up to 93,000 learners supported (70% learners also supported by mainstream)
  • Includes ESF revaluation money not yet tendered
  • Real added value – supports IES, Skills for Jobs, OLASS, those with multiple barriers to learning, and provides a key link with LEPs and pre-employment Train to Gain. Enhances mainstream provision to ensure better success for learners
  • Can be targeted at specific funding shortages to smooth trajectories
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European SocialFund
  • Employer Responsive
  • Additional ESF available nationally to support and enhance mainstream
  • Approx £486m 2008-2010 – up to 300,000 learners supported (55% learners also supported by mainstream)
  • Includes ESF revaluation money not yet tendered
  • Real added value – supports Train to Gain, and provides a key link with LEPs and pre-employment Train to Gain. Enhances mainstream provision to ensure better success for learners, and fills gaps created by Flexibilities
  • Can be targeted at specific funding shortages to smooth trajectories
south west region
South West Region
  • Competitiveness –
  • South West region excluding Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly
  • Convergence –
  • Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly
adding value to mainstream
Adding Value to Mainstream

Enhanced

Post

Pre

Mainstream

tenders
Tenders
  • Competitiveness and Convergence
    • Youth
      • Range of activities with the NEET group
    • Adult
      • Under the Work Skills/Skills for Jobs heading
    • Employer
      • Some sector specific
      • Specific links to Train to Gain
    • Other
      • OLASS (Competitiveness only)
      • Community Grants
phase 1
Phase 1
  • Currently being contracted – start 1 June
  • 54 Contracts across the South West
    • 14 Convergence - £31.8 million
    • 40 Competitiveness - £28.8 million
phase 2
Phase 2
  • Currently being contracted
  • Approximately 15 Contracts across the SW
    • 7 Convergence - £11.3 million
    • 8 Competitiveness - £2.9 million

Phase 3

  • Currently themes/specifications are being developed
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Update on recent

Train to Gain

announcements

03

  • Kay Cheesman
  • Skills Development Manager – Train to Gain
background
Background
  • John Denham announcement 21 Oct set out how SMEs would be a priority for £350m of Train to Gain funds over the next 2 years
  • One of a number of Government announcements to handle economic downturn
  • DWP announced £100m to help people facing redundancy and for retraining
train to gain what is it now
Train to Gain – what is it now?
  • Core offer remains the same – all employers, all sectors, all sizes
  • But core offer now enhanced through the offer to SMEs with range of flexibilities
  • In the south west, 88% of all employer engagements are with employers employing fewer than 250
  • Sector Compacts will also to take account of the flexible SME offer
sme package
SME package
  • As core offer but private sector SMEs can have:
    • L2 – all fully funded, including repeats
    • L3 – for 19-25s, all fully funded; 25+ co-funded as with core offer
    • L2 and L3 units/thin qualifications in business critical areas:
      • Business improvement techniques; business systems/processes; team working/communications; customer service; new product design; finance and credit; cashflow and profit management; risk management; marketing and sales; and IT user/IT support
    • Leadership and management extended to 5 - 249 employees
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SME package
  • Other elements include:
    • Help for groups of SMEs located together in eg business parks – still awaiting policy guidance
    • New communications campaign starting this week to emphasise the benefits of skills and breadth of support on offer
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Core offer,

Level 2 / Level 3

04

  • Kay Cheesman
  • Skills Development Manager – Train to Gain
the train to gain core offer
The Train to Gaincore offer
  • Fully funded qualifications
    • Basic Skills
    • First full L2s
    • Repeat full L2s from approved list
    • Without L2 – L3 ‘jumper’
    • Some first L4s for 19 – 25 year olds without L3
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The Train to Gaincore offer
  • Shared investment with employer
    • L3 already having a L2
    • Repeat full L3s from approved Sector Compact list
    • ESOL
    • Apprenticeships
    • Leadership & Management development
  • Training at full cost to the employer
  • Learner eligibility applies to fully funded or part funded provision
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Skills for Life

Introduction

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  • Ingrid Purse
  • Skills Development Manager – Train to Gain (Brokerage)
background information
Backgroundinformation
  • 2007/08 – Poor performance
  • 9th… out of 9 regions!
  • £1.9m of £3.25m budget handed back
  • SfL target reduced 2008/09
changes
Changes
  • LSC Task and Finish Group established
  • Additional flexibilities!
  • Minimum 10% Skills for Life in Train to Gain contracts
  • Series of regional briefings/workshops
  • A suite of support resources
sfl flexibilities 2008 09
SfL flexibilities2008/09
  • No longer any qualification barriers
  • Skills for Life qualifications funded at all levels including progression
  • Increased funding rate = £772
  • Literacy and numeracy fully funded. ESOL/ESOL for Work partially subsidised by an Employer contribution of 42.5%
  • Contribution to wage costs is available for Employers with less than 50 staff
literacy and qualifications levels
Literacy and qualifications levels

55% below Level 2 literacy

and the good news
And the good news…
  • SfL starts increased
  • Potential additional budget to fund more SfL qualifications
  • The advantage of new flexibilities
  • ESF enhancement opportunities
useful information
Useful information
  • Skills for Life Materials and Case Studies
  • Please visit the website for materials and to complete the Skills for Life questionnaire today
  • www.skillsforlife-sw.org.uk/Page2.aspx?PageID=113
  • Move On
  • A really useful website addressing all Skills for Life issues
  • www.move-on.org.uk
  • Skills for Life within Train to Gain
  • Contact Train to Gain Team
  • ingrid.purse@lsc.gov.ukorfiona.parsons@lsc.gov.uk
  • Specialist SW Regional Skills for Life Unit
  • shirley.blake2@lsc.gov.uk
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Leadership and

Management

06

  • Marion Sweet
  • Skills Development Manager – Train to Gain
leadership and management advisory service
Leadership and management advisoryservice
  • Background to the LSC’s Leadership and management Policy
  • Leadership and Management Advisory Service 2008 -11
  • Integration with ESF contracts
  • Regional Activities
  • Capacity and capability development – FE/HE/Sectors
  • Leadership and Management collaborations in the region
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Background
  • HISTORICALLY… what we’ve achieved and where we are going…
  • Nationally - 2004-2006
  • DfES funding £43.7 million for L&M programme = £1k grants for SMEs (20-250)
  • South West
    • L&M Policy 2005-07 £3m jointly with LSC/SWRDA
    • L&M Policy 2007-08 half million
    • L&M Policy 2008-2011 LMAS £9m over three years
  • Leadership & Management Skills are a key driver in the development of our workforce and our levels of productivity:” (Leitch Review)
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Leadership and management advisoryservice
  • The detail…
  • Total of £9m over 3 years
  • Over 8,000 owners/senior managers to develop their leadership and management skills between 2008-2011.
  • Impact on the ‘pull through’ effect into workforce development through strategic overview of their organisation.
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Leadership and management advisoryservice
  • The Leadership and Management Service
  • Leadership and Management Specialist Advisors
  • Leadership and Management diagnostics
  • Co-creation of Personal Development Plan (PDP) and follow up
  • Leadership and Management solutions www.whattraining.co.uk,
  • learn direct (http://www.learndirect-advice.co.uk/), Hotcourses (http://www.hotcourses.com/)
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Leadership and management advisoryservice
  • Opportunities for integration with ESF contracts Regional Activity
  • Regional Activities
  • Capacity and capability development – FE/HE/Sectors
  • Leadership and Management collaborations in the region
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Round-table

Discussion

07

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Plenary

08

  • Mark Williams
  • Skills Development Director – ESF
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ESF and Train to Gain /

Skills for Life Event

17 November 2008

Welcome

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Agenda

  • Afternoon Session:
  • Information and Advice Services for Adults
  • Skills for Life
  • Round-table discussion
  • Plenary
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Information and

Advice Services for

Adults

01

  • Isabell Palmer
  • Skills Development Manager – Strategy
nature of delivery till 2010 11
Nature of delivery till 2010/11
  • New role as ‘prime contractor’ awarded to Connexions Cornwall and Devon
  • Available for anyone over 20, with specific help for the low skilled
  • Includes signposting and referral to wider specialist provision
  • Focus on close working relationship with JCP
the universal offer for everyone
The universal offerfor everyone
  • Call 0845 8505070 or visit www.nextstepsouthwest.org.uk
  • Group sessions for generic careers advice (e.g. on C.V’s, job search, interview skills)
  • Includes signposting to specialist help e.g. financial advice, benefits advice, basic skills screening
the personalised offer for the low skilled
The personalisedoffer for the low skilled
  • 1:1 support for those without a level 2 qualification
  • In-depth, customer journey approach
  • Contact maintained until the individual gets a job, goes into learning, progresses at work
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Plans for the AdultAdvancement and Careers Service in 2010/11
  • ‘Shaping the Future’ available on DIUS website
  • Recognises essential need for advice in helping people overcome barriers
  • Announces 10 prototypes for the service, with concept of local advice partnerships
  • ITT Autumn 2009, with contracts awarded February 2009
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Skills for Life

02

  • Ingrid Purse
  • Skills Development Manager – Train to Gain (Brokerage)
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Background information
  • 2007/08 Poor performance
  • 9th out of 9 regions
  • £1.9m of £3.25m budget handed back
  • SfL target reduced 2008/09
call for action
Call for action
  • LSC Task and Finish Group established
  • Organised series of high level regional briefings
  • Getting On Track workshops
  • Introduce a suite of support resources
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SfL flexibilities 2008/09
  • No longer any qualification barriers
  • Skills for Life qualifications funded at all levels including progression
  • Increase of 4.5% to funding rate = £772
  • Literacy and numeracy fully funded. ESOL/ESOL for Work partially subsidised by an Employer contribution of 42.5%
  • Contribution to wage costs is available for Employers with less than 50 staff
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Literacy and qualifications levels

55% below Level 2 literacy

skills for life engagement plan
Skills for Lifeengagement plan
  • Skills for Life Questionnaire
    • To help us to help providers in assessing capacity and development requirements
    • http://www.skillsforlife-sw.org.uk/Page2.aspx?PageID=113
  • Train to Gain Provider Development Programme
    • Series of training and development activities
      • QIA – Skills for Life improvement programme
      • Move On – Get on at Work
      • KPMG – World Class Skills
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And the good news…
  • SfL starts increased
  • Potential additional budget to fund more SfL qualifications
  • The advantage of new flexibilities
  • ESF enhancement opportunities
improving sfl makes a difference by improving retention achievement
Improving SfL makesa difference by improvingretention/achievement
esf support for sfl in train to gain
ESF support for SfLin Train to Gain
  • Current activity includes:
  • Mentoring
  • Travel and Childcare costs
  • One to One support
  • Enhanced offer to employers including wage subsidies and/or further learning
  • Workplace champions established with CPD (eg L2 IAG)
  • Supporting ALS or links to E&D projects for additional support
  • Delivery to overcome rurality issues, eg in community venues and use of mobile units.
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ESF support for SfLin Train to Gain
  • Areas for (possible) further development:
  • Support for access to National Test
  • Mentoring opportunities for Brokers
  • Further support for staff development (LSC & Providers)
  • More delivery of Bitesize chunks or modules of qualifications
sfl information
SfL information
  • Skills for Life Materials and Case Studies
  • Please visit the website for materials and to complete the Skills for Life questionnaire today
  • www.skillsforlife-sw.org.uk/Page2.aspx?PageID=113
  • Move On
  • A really useful website addressing all Skills for Life issues
  • www.move-on.org.uk
  • Skills for Life within Train to Gain
  • Contact Train to Gain Team
  • ingrid.purse@lsc.gov.ukor fiona.parsons@lsc.gov.uk
  • Specialist SW Regional Skills for Life Unit
  • shirley.blake2@lsc.gov.uk
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Round-table

Discussion

03

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Plenary

04

  • Mark Williams
  • Skills Development Director – ESF