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E-news Update: Issue 3

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Events Spotlight

Upcoming events to add to your calendar.

Niace - Supporting Sector Readiness for 24+ Advanced Learning Loans

April 23, London
Price - Free

A free course to support managers & supervisors from FE Colleges & training providers who will be dealing with 24+ adult applicants to implement the 24+ Advanced Learning Loans.
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Employer Engagement: what research do we need?

May 9, London
Price - Members: Free, Guests: £45.00

Launch of the Network for Employability, Enterprise & Work based Learning.

The Wilson Review (2012) indicated that both the sector & employers needed to focus on fostering mutual relationships. But what does this mean?
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AoC College Finance Directors' Conference & Exhibition

May 21, Birmingham
Price - view full price list

As AoC's second biggest conference, hear about the latest developments affecting the sector, network with those taking key decisions about £7 billion in public money and to get up to date on good practice.
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Thank you to everyone who managed to brave the snow and join us at the LSIS project - Getting People Back Into Work best practice sharing seminar and for helping to make it a success. We would also like to thank Gloucestershire College for hosting and organising the event.

Presentations included:

Successful Working Relationships with JCP; Improving Referrals & Retention

Helen Stevenson - Assistant Principal, Community & Adult Learning, Employment World, Derby College
James Martin - Local Partnerships Manager for Gloucestershire, Department for Work and Pensions

Using Labour Market Intelligence; Addressing Local Recruitment Needs

Amie Nutbrown - Employer Partnership Coordinator, Gloucestershire College

Using Accredited Units to Support the Unemployed

Samantha Clarke - Programme Manager, WorkAbilityMK, Milton Keynes College

Efficient Tracking and Reporting Systems; Learner Outcomes & Progression

Tor Macleod - Director, Macleod Associates - Featuring Case Study; Gloucestershire College
Julia Hoskins - Operations Manager, Swindon College

Find a copy of the slides from Tor Macleod's presentation on Efficient Tracking and Reporting Systems here >

A New Streamlined Funding System - The Need For Destination Tracking

The Skills Funding Agency have released further details of planned changes to the way that adult training is funded and delivered. The new streamlined funding system focuses on 4 guiding principals; fairness, transparency, recognising the diverse needs of adults and protecting public funds.

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Rigour and Responsiveness in Skills

Matthew Hancock the Skills Minister sets out £214 million investment in 47 colleges across the country.

The government’s new skills strategy, Rigour and Responsiveness in Skills, includes stronger action to support the majority of good and outstanding colleges, and new plans to intervene where colleges are failing learners.

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Read the full report Rigour and Responsiveness in Skills pdf >

Labour Market Stats

Info-graphic: The UK Labour Market


This months labour market statistics issue by the ONS (Office for National Statistics estimate the UK workforce from November 2012 to 2013.

See our Labour Market Info-graphic for a snapshot of the UK employment, unemployed and economic inactive population.

Failing Colleges Face Intervention Under Skills Plan

Under performing further education (FE) colleges in England are to face a tougher regime, as the government launches its skills strategy.

There will be an "administered college" status which will place restrictions on spending and staff.

Skills minister Matthew Hancock promised "swift and effective action" where colleges were inadequate.

There will also be £77m extra capital funding, plus a further £137m from colleges, to benefit 47 colleges.

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42% of Employers Don't Know You Can Train 16-18 Apprentices For Free

This week the skills experts from the UK commission for Employment and Skills published a report into youth unemployment and youth labour market.

“The level of youth unemployment is staggering considering the skills shortages in sectors which are vital to our economy, like engineering and manufacturing. This is proof enough that the links between the education system, the skills system and the employment system are just not strong as they should be." - Charlie Mayfield, Chairman of the John Lewis Partnership and UKCES

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