Highlights from the past months news; FE, skills and employability.
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E-news Update: Issue 1
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Here are some upcoming events to add to your calendar.

Bett 2013: Powered Learning

30 Jan - 2 Feb

• School Leaders Summit
• Technology in higher Education
• Learning at Work Summit

The global learning community comes together for 4 days of innovation and insertion. This event showcases learning technology, resources and best practice; to enhance knowledge of learning through technology.

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ESOL for Life and Employment

Meeting the expectations for the Skills Funding Agency and JobCentre Plus

Jan - March 2013
Price : £35

A series of workshops around the UK examining current regulations for funding & learner eligibility, expectations of the SFA and JCP as well as sharing insight on good practice.

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AoC Spring Funding Reforms Conference

5 February
Price :
Member £310 + VAT
Affiliate £335 + VAT
Non-Members £360 - £390 + VAT

Learn about how funding changes will affect you this academic year. Covering key issues including updates from the EFA, SFA as well as other issues such as loans and cal enterprise partnerships.

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LSIS Engaging With Employability and Career Development - London

7 March - London

A combination of workshops and speakers covering issues including delivering services for young people and adults, providers ass careers hubs and employability and progression

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Welcome to the first ever Macleod Associates e-news update. Every month we will bring you our pick to the top news, articles and reports from the FE and skills sector.

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The Missing Link Between Education & Employment

As we prepare for the coming academic year the Skills Funding Agency and the Department for Business Innovation & Skills have commented on where the funding landscape is heading.

There has been, and will continue to be a lot of talk about the importance of education leading to employment outcomes.

“The surest evidence that a college or a provider is delivering an excellent services lies principally in how many of its students get good qualifications or better jobs, and how well prepared their eventual employers find them”
– Matthew Hancock, Minister for Skills

Colleges and providers will become more of a community hub, with education tailored to respond to local area needs. This will be enhanced by government plans to encourage employers to play a larger role in shaping qualifications, working with providers to meet local labour market needs.

Education and training will be rewarded and funded on the basis of skills gained and distance traveled. To help focus funding where the impact is greatest, the government is working towards capturing robust and reliable data on the learner journey.

The key to success will be in gaining a greater understanding of learners; what are their individual barriers to work, the courses or course combinations that successfully tackle these barriers and their job outcomes. When you can see the full picture from big data to micro data, then the true value of courses can be seen and proven.

This academic year will also see the introduction of 24+ Advanced Learning Loans and the new streamlined Adult Skills Budget. These plans will attempt to unite the skills and employability sector; making funding simpler, setting a national standard and offering increased flexibility to address individual learner requirements.

Macleod Associates Unity platform has been used by colleges and training providers to gain greater insight into their learners and learner journey. Contact today to find out how to manage delivery, monitor job outcomes and adapt to your courses local areas needs.

Read the full  Skills Funding Statement here

Skills for Life Infographic

INFOGRAPHIC: Skills for Life Survey

BIS's latest report examines adult english and maths levels. Have a look at this infographic for a quick overview.
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Careers Advice ‘Getting Worse

A government review of young peoples career advice claims the quality and quantity is not good enough
Continue Reading on FE Week

Read the response from Graham Hoyle, chief executive of the AELP on Fe News


The Deadline for 2012/13 R06 ILR return is due in on  06 February 2013 .
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AoC Conferece Thumb

INFOGRAPHIC: Highlights from the AoC Con 2012

Missed the AoC Annual 2012? Here's a Twitter view of the conference buzz- timeline, top tweets, keynotes and sentiment.
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Research & Analysis

Unit delivery trials: assessment of learner benefits. This new report looks at the value of funding programme of units to adults aged 19+ compared to delivering traditional, linear ‘full’ qualifications.

' Half of those learners felt that their unit course had helped them secure a job, and a quarter believed they would not have found this job without the unit course. '
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Businesses Reap the Benefit of Further Education

New research into the FE sector has found that 86% of companies feel that having staff with vocational qualifications leads to better business performance.
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