Minutes of the London South LLDD Strategy Group Meeting - Get Now DOC by R4mOvgeA


									        Minutes of the London West LLDD Practitioners Group Meeting

                                Friday 6th March 2009

Neil Roberts                  Learning and Skills Council
Susan Underhill               SLLP
Linda Gooch                   Learning and Skills Council
Janet Crossingham             Harrow College
Helen Richards                Stanmore College
Sue Slynn                     Ealing Hammersmith and West London College
Afreda Ahmed                  Ealing Hammersmith and West London College
Nafsika Atta                  Connexions
Wayne Dixon                   College of North West London
Linda Austin                  College of North West London
Andrew Humphreys              Remploy
Colin Brummage                HAFAD
Margaret Mosses               Uxbridge College
Marcia Sorrell-Smith          Learning Curve
Sophie Lynch                  SLLP

Michael Keenan                Uxbridge College
Simon Agra                    Brent Mencap
Victor R Coffie               Heathrow City Partnership
Jill Collins                  Jobcentre Plus
Elizabeth Hooper              Jobcentre Plus
Carol Massie                  Chiswick Adult Education

   1. Welcome

Neil Roberts chaired the meeting and welcomed everyone.

   2. Previous Minutes and matters arising

Actions from the last meeting were agreed.

Susan updated the group on the Foundation Learning Tier. Please follow the link for
the briefing sheet.


A new suite of entry level qualification will be appearing on the catalogue in the next
6-8 weeks.

Please keep checking the Foundation Learning Tier Progression Pathways qualifications
catalogue available on the Live Learn Work website

Action: Please inform the LSC if there are any courses or qualifications not
in the catalogue. All information will be on the Live Learn Work website.

Action: Please inform Neil Roberts if you are not already receiving the e-
bulletin and would like to do so.

   3. London West Works update on progress and training outcomes-Susan
      Underhill, SLLP

There are 4 providers currently delivering the London West Works phase 2

      HAFAD (Hammersmith and Fulham Action on Disability)
      Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College
      Brent Connexions/Choices 4 all.
      College of North West London

Colin Brummage informed the group that he had used the London West Works packs
and they had been successful especially with employer engagement.

A series of training courses have been scheduled and delivered since December 20008
covering the issues which were highlighted in the London West Works Phase 1
evaluation. Theses are:

      Raising Expectations
      Job Coaching
      Employer Engagement
      Partnership working

Each workshop is running twice to maximise the opportunity for providers to attend.
All information relating to the workshops is available on the SLLP and Live Learn Work
websites. The outcome notes are being distributed to the participants at the
workshops and are available to any other providers who are interested. In July 2009
the protocol for providers that was started in phase 1 will be developed and available
for distribution. The protocol will provide guidance for providers working with LLDD on
Raising Expectations, Job Coaching, Employer Engagement and Partnership Working.

White City Works was discussed and it was agreed that it would be good for HAFAD to
make contact and consider ways in which the two organisations might work together.

Action: Neil Roberts to follow up with contact at White City Works.

Action: Nafsika Atta CfBT to send details of employer engagement advisor
to Colin Brummage.

Skills for Jobs were discussed and it was agreed that there is a need to broker
relationships for the reputation of Skills for Jobs to improve.

Action: Neil Roberts agreed to initiate relationship between the group and
Skills for Jobs. It was agreed it might be worthwhile to invite a member of
the Skills for Jobs team to attend a meeting.

Susan explained that there is still no provider delivering London West Works in
Hillingdon although providers have been contacted and invited to join the project.
there had been no response.

Action: Margaret Mosses to send Susan details of a contact at Uxbridge

Alfreda Ahmed of Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College delivered a short
presentation on the work they are carrying out for London West Works project which
involves introducing job coaching for learners before moving into employment through
a partnership approach.


   4. Employability manifesto template and handout for discussion
      Susan Underhill, SLLP

The Employability Manifesto had come out of the Regional LLDD strategy, and
supported the first goal (to help LLDD get into work).

The Manifesto in full:

The report includes 22 examples of how it can be done. The main focus of the
pathfinder examples is that the outcome is seen to be a job, with an aspiration to
move into work, rather than a purely learning aim. The example of North Lanarkshire
was given, where 90% are doing 16+ hours of work.

The issue of raising expectations was discussed. Feedback from partners had
suggested more information on in-work benefits at an early stage helped.
Organisations were asked to consider reprioritising funding, and getting commitment
from managers.

A key success factor had been job coaching.
Job placement, using LEPS and close working with employers was key. It was
recognised that transport was an issue.

Sustainable funding was an issue, as many initiatives were project funded.

The responses to the report would be fed back to the LSC and the Employability
group. Also nationally Peter Little, responsible for the national strategy, was interested
in the report.

The meeting was asked to break into groups to discuss the questions:

1. Do the ‘pathfinders’ provide useful benchmarks for partners seeking to create
   pathways to sustainable employment?
2. Is the planning tool (Annex 2) a useful basis for developing pathways from formal
   education to sustainable employment?

3.   How can the job coaching funding gap be bridged?
4.   What is the potential to provide back to work skills training for Pathways to
5.   Work clients through Skills for Jobs or other LSC-funded programmes?
6.   How can commitment and action best be generated at borough level?

Action: SLLP to collate feedback forms and attach the outcomes to the

Susan updated the group on the London Regional Planning Group. This
has been set up in response to the Machinery of Government changes, now
known as the 16-19 Transfer.

The 32 boroughs in London have agreed to work together, and formal
discussions are happening on planning across boroughs.
Helen presented to the group the new structure in the Machinery of
Government changes http://www.livelearnwork.org/files/LLDD.ppt

Helen has been seconded two days a week to the London Regional Planning
Group. This has been set up in response to the Machinery of Government
changes, now known as the 16-19 Transfer. The 32 boroughs in London have
agreed to work together, and formal discussions are happening on planning
across boroughs.

14-25 funding for LLDD will be included in the remit of the group. However,
the discussions will be held through the Strategic Partners Group.

The advantage of the structure is that data for planning will be available and
shared. It will be easier to plan for specific needs, and education budgets will
be kept for education.

The new guidance on 14-19 partnerships is due shortly. Commissioning will
be at 14-19 partnership level and LLDD should be represented on them.

The structure is still being put in place, with the SPG terms of reference and
Membership being agreed. Caroline Allen is the provider representative for
LLDD on the Regional Planning group.

14-25 funding for LLDD will be included in the remit of the group. However,
the discussions will be held through the Strategic Partners Group.

The new guidance on 14-19 partnerships is due shortly. Commissioning will
be at 14-19 partnership level and LLDD should be represented on them.

Action: Helen McNulty the 14-19 Strategy Coordinator for the Learning Trust,
Hackney will be invited to a future meeting to discuss in-depth

     5. London West Transition report and action plan-Susan Underhill, SLLP-
        Update on progress and discussion

The London West Transition Research Project has been funded by the Learning and
Skills Council London West. An action plan was produced in January 09 with

recommendations for a series of training days which would address areas for
improvement in the transition process for Post – 16 LLDD into further education.

The training days should be seen as a linked process to start with raising expectations
of delivery partners involved in the transition process through the consideration of
current processes and where the gaps in delivery can affect the efficiency and value of
the process and its impact on young LLDD. This will lead to reviewing a collaborative
and partnership approach to improved transition including strategic approaches to
revised working relationships.

The training days have been designed to begin the process of addressing the areas for
improvement in transition which were identified in the Transition Research report. It is
acknowledged, however, that the planned training is a starting point of a longer
journey to a more joined up and effective process which minimises the potential for
any learners with learning difficulties and/or disabilities to fall through the gap.

The training dates were circulated:

   6. Update on Strategic Partners Group and Regional Arrangements-Neil
      Roberts, LSC

Neil gave a brief overview on the progress of the implementation of the strategy.

Please follow the link for handouts on the overall changes in the machinery of



Action: Any events, projects or documents that members of the group would
like to be added to the Live learn Work website please inform SLLP

   7. AOB

The group was asked to give updates of recent and future activity:

Remploy is a specialist employment services group for disabled people and people with
a health condition, equipping people with the skills they need - not only to gain
employment - but also to sustain and develop their long-term employability. They offer
a range of person-centred services designed to meet each individual's specific needs,
and prepare them for employment.

Remploy is in the continual process of building sustainable long term relationships with
Colleges of Further Education and Universities.

Recently two London Branches have been opened and candidates can be signposted
to either

101 Euston Road                        202-206 Union Street
London                                 Southwark
NW1 2RA or                             London
                                       SE1 OLH

Action: Andrew to send SLLP details of the grand opening of the Remploy
Waterloo branch for it to be added onto the Live Learn Work website.

Sue Slynn at Ealing, Hammersmith & West London College informed the group that
four paid posts around recycling have been set up on each site for students with
LLDD. The finance director has also set up recycling business for students.

Colin Brummage from HAFAD informed the group that at the moment HAFAD are
finishing off remaining contracts and are currently looking for further contracts to
ensure their survival. How to package what they offer to contractors particularly
around employer engagement needs to be improved and worked upon.

The HAFAD Event was cancelled at short notice

Suggested Agenda Items for the next meeting:

      Workstep
      Self employment-possibly invite Business link
      Research areas

It was agreed that the network meetings do not have to be held at the LSC so if any
of the participants would like to host the meeting and use the opportunity to showcase
a particular project or facility please advise Neil Roberts as soon as possible.

Date of Next Meeting

The group agreed to meet on Friday 12th June, at London West LSC from 9:30-1pm
followed by lunch.


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