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The College Finance Directors’ Conference & Exhibition

Tue 21 – Wed 22 May 2013, ICC, Birmingham
Now in its fifteenth year, the 2013 College Finance Directors' Conference and Exhibition is an unmissable event for finance leaders and managers in Colleges. The Conference will be packed with opportunities to hear about the latest developments affecting the sector, to network with those taking key decisions about £7 billion in public money and to get up to date on good practice.

2013 promises to be the year when the Coalition Government's promises turn into reality. Colleges will be grappling with the simultaneous challenges of two new funding systems, the localisation of several budgets, further education loans and the relentless grind of below-inflation rate increases.

To download the programme and for more information about the conference please visit the website

By attending the Conference you will:

  • Hear about the latest developments affecting the sector
  • Network with those making key decisions about £7 billion in public money
  • Get up to date on good practice
This year, opportunities will flourish for those able to take them.  However, success in activities like academy sponsorship, higher education or apprenticeships requires careful risk management and advanced planning.  The Conference is part of this preparation and is a unique opportunity to test the temperature of the sector and to gather ideas.

Can your College afford to miss out?
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In this Issue: tips to motivate learners, research into creating an agile curriculum and our latest labour market infographic.

An Agile & Responsive Curriculum For Colleges

Last year LSIS (Learning and Skills Improvement Service) asked the learning and skills sector to open up a strategic dialogue to discuss their key issues.

In response the 157 Group have examined the challenges colleges face in aligning their curriculum to business objectives, wholesale curriculum redesign and responding to employer, learner and labour market demands.

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Guidance: Spotlight on Community Learning

The Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) puts community learning in the FE sector.

"The term ‘community learning’ doesn't say much about what actually happens in classes. So this Spotlight explains:

  • What the learning is about
  • How new policies are supporting activities funded through the BIS community learning budget and the thousands of people. "
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A Boost for Vocational Education?

Matthew Hancock & Michael Gove launch of the technical baccalaureate; a step towards raising the status of vocational courses across England

"Recognising technical education in this way is a great start to ensuring that young people interested in a career in areas such as engineering, construction and information technology can leave the education system with the knowledge that they have the employer-friendly skills that the economy is after."

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5 Tips to Motivate Learners

5 Tips

Due to the nature sector learner motivation will always be a potential barrier to skills and employability training. Here are 5 tips to improve learner motivation, attendance and course progression.

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Labour Market Stats

Infographic: Labour Market April 2013

This months labour market stats by the ONS estimates the UK workforce from Dec 12 to Feb 13.
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Business Leaders Call to Gov to Help Foster A Skilled Workforce

58% of CEO's around the world claim that a lack of key skills is hampering their growth prospects, according to PWCs 16th Annual Global CEO Survey

Read the full on the PWC site report here >

Want a quick overview?Check out this Global Talent Change Infographic .

UK Government Praises 3rd Sector Contribution to the Skills Sector

In a recent report the UK government praised the strengths of third sector organisations for their valuable role in outreach and learner support - often the first step to engaging 'hard to reach' learners.

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