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					EAST MIDLANDS TRAIN TO GAIN PROVIDER BULLETIN ISSUE 27 23 NOVEMBER 2007

EAST MIDLANDS TRAIN TO GAIN PROVIDER BULLETIN ISSUE 27 23 NOVEMBER 2007
In this issue:        Consortia – OfSTED inspection arrangements Review of the East Midlands Train to Gain delivery model Train to Gain - Plan for growth LSC East Midlands comparative performance ESF co financing plan 2007 2013 – for information Adult Learners awards Train to Gain marketing material

Consortia - Ofsted inspection arrangements – for information

We have recently received some outline advice from OfSTED about the arrangements they are likely to put in place when inspecting Train to Gain provision involving consortia working. We understand that thought is being given along the following lines: - College lead will be inspected as normal but will include their role as consortia lead within Leadership and management. - Individual consortia members will be inspected and reported on separately."

Review of the East Midlands Train to Gain delivery model – for information

As many of you will be aware, over the summer we commissioned an external review of the East Midlands Train to Gain delivery model. The purpose of the review was to:     Undertake a review of the East Midlands Train to Gain model, with a particular focus on Train to Gain discrete funded provision, Look at the Train to gain models in the high performing regions (West Midlands, North West and the North East) to learn lessons that can be adopted in the East Midlands Look at how bureaucracy might be reduced for providers and employers Look at the current efficacy of provider led employer engagement.

The external review was considered by the LSC Regional Management Team on 1 November 2007 and there were 9 recommendations: 1. To increase the priority of Train to Gain by setting performance criteria for (LSC) support functions such as contracts ,PFA and Audit 2. To improve communication between the regional TTG team and local offices 3. To improve the communication between providers, brokers and LSC

4. To maintain a plan led approach in line with regional priorities whilst building in flexibility to reflect actual demand 5. To agree consistent regional Train to Gain provider delivery and performance criteria 6. To allow providers to grow the size of their contract 7. To avoid getting too involved in the internal workings of consortia 8. To establish a clear development programme for Train to Gain providers 9. To drive up the broader performance of the skills brokerage service We are now in the process of formulating our responses to all these recommendations and the responses will influence the future shape of the East Midlands Train to Gain delivery model.

Train to Gain - Plan for Growth – for information

A detailed LSC national Plan for Growth for Train to Gain is currently being finalised by LSC national office colleagues. The plan will introduce a number of flexibilities and improvements to the current Train to Gain offer to help ensure we are all as well placed as we can be to meet the considerable growth planned for Train to Gain over the coming years (The increases in the annual Train to Gain budgets over the coming years give a good feel for the scale of growth: 2006/2007 £230m, 2007/08 £440m, 2008/2009 £650m and 2010/2011 £900m. As soon as the Plan for Growth has been agreed by DIUS officials and Ministers we will share this more fully with providers and stakeholders.

LSC East Midlands comparative performance – for information

You may have noticed that we have not provided our regular monthly updates on the region’s comparative performance since the end of the last academic year i.e. the end of July 2007. This is not because we no longer intend including these updates in the bulletin, as we certainly do. Rather, it is because the relevant data sets in the LSC nationally produced Train to Gain performance reports which as regular readers will know is the source document for the monthly updates - do not as yet show regional profiles and targets. Our LSC national office colleagues hope to have finalised the uploading of the regional profiles and targets during November and this being the case we will reinstate the regular monthly updates from early December.

ESF co financing plan 2007 2013 – for information

We have recently published a number of tender specifications for the first three years of the LSC ESF co-financing plan. The tender specifications for Train to Gain type activity were published on the 15 November 2007 and coincided with two regional briefing sessions on 12 November 2007 for providers who completed an ESF tender pre qualification questionnaire and who subsequently received an invitation to tender from the LSC for ESF funded activity. The Train to Gain element of the ESF tender specifications cover both skills brokerage and the delivery of provision. In the case of skills brokerage the ESF co financing plan targets £1.555m over the first two years of the co financing plan on extending the skills brokerage service currently offered to employers who have already engaged in the Train to Gain service. Employers who have already engaged in the Train to Gain service will be offered in depth and comprehensive ongoing skills brokerage support to

identify and address emergent and ongoing skills needs over and above those identified at the initial Train to Gain organisational needs analysis. We will help 1250 employers who fall into this category with a further 180 employers from the third sector specifically targeted. In the case of provision there are 4 activities covered: Activities to provided basic skills and level 2 skills for employees. The LSC co-financing plan targets £9,998,140 over the first three years of the co-financing plan on extending the Train to Gain level 2 entitlement extending the current offer to employees who already have a level 2 qualification in another vocational area to that in which they are currently employed, or where the employees have a level 2 qualification in the vocational area where they are currently employed but the L2 qualification is out of date (more than 5 years old). The LSC co-financing plan targets £4,949,397 over the first three years of the co-financing plan on extending the basic skills offer to employers and their employees. This extends the current basic skills offer to include entry level qualifications and extending the current eligibility to those employees who although they may already have a full level 2 qualification still nevertheless have a basic skill need. Activities to provide Foundation Tier Learning opportunities for employees. The LSC co-financing plan targets £779073 over the first three years of the cofinancing plan on providing 1402 foundation tier leaning opportunities for employees. These opportunities include employability skills and mentoring support as well as NVQ level 1 and specific learning opportunities targeted on employees with learning difficultly and disability,. Activities to provide leadership and Management opportunities for employees. The LSC co-financing plan targets £3,015,750 over the first three years of the co-financing plan on providing 2365 bespoke level 3 learning opportunities for leaders and managers where employers have identified that such opportunities will benefit the business and the individual to include entry The LSC co-financing plan also targets £1,422,880 over the first three years of the co-financing plan on key worker development to support business growth in businesses with less than 50 employees. Activities to provide support for adult apprenticeships foe employees (focussing upon level 4 professional apprenticeships). The LSC co-financing plan targets £62,000 over the first three years of the cofinancing plan on bringing adult apprenticeships into the scope of the Train to Gain delivery framework. This involves providing additional support for apprenticeships with a focus on sectoral based initiatives. We expect to advise on the success or otherwise of tenders by mid February 2008.

Adult Learners Awards – for information

Nominations can now be submitted for the Adult Learners Awards 2008. There are various categories of award, including one specifically for learners funded through European Social Fund. We know there are some real success stories out there and many projects and individuals that deserve recognition. Nominations can be made electronically or on paper. The closing date is 25 January 2008. Further information is available at www.niace.org.uk . Winners will be invited to the awards ceremony which will be held in May 2008 during Adult Learners' Week. It's a great event and a good opportunity to publicise ESF, our projects and most importantly the achievement of learners

Train to Gain marketing material – for information/action

The LSC East Midlands marketing department now has fresh stocks of the A4 “dl” leaflet. There are five versions of the same leaflet showing different occupational examples. If you would like some of the leaflets, please contact Richard.butler@lsc.gov.uk We also have some new Train to Gain pull-up display stands. Brokers will have access to these, but the LSC will keep one or two available for use at events etc. If you would like to borrow one for an event, please let Richard Butler know.

Learning and Skills Council East Midlands Regional Office 17a Meridian East Meridian Business Park Leicester LE19 1UU T 0116 228 1826 F 0116 228 1802 www.traintogain.gov.uk www.lsc.gov.uk


				
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