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					West Midlands Public Service Sector Specialist Provider Network Terms of Reference 1.
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Purpose
To drive forward the Regional Public Service Sector Skills Challenge, definition of Public Sector is at Annex 1. To act as the key communication route between the LSC, training providers, Sector Skills Councils and other Stakeholders. To provide a platform for communicating with employers and employer bodies ensuring skills needs are understood and met. To develop collaborate ways of working between providers in order to meet regional skills priorities and demand from employers and individuals and contribute to sustainable economic development. To be a forum for sharing data and market intelligence from providers and employer representative bodies which will influence the mix and balance of provision in the region and expose and eliminate spatial gaps in provision. To support the regional review process, commissioning plan and influence the regional skills strategy. To identify and initiate new projects and initiatives that lead to increased provider capacity and capability and generate improvements in employer engagement. To share best practice and support the take up of Train to Gain - maximise the opportunities opened up by the new Train to Gain flexibilities and link up with the work on Sector Compacts. To share best practice and support the Training Quality Standard – Part B amongst all providers in the sector. Membership

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The criteria used to select providers to become members of the Public Service Sector SPN are as follows;      Delivered high numbers of Apprenticeships across Public Service Sector Delivered high numbers of Level’s 2 across the Public Service Sector Engaged in the development of the Public Service Compact and it’s activities Exceeded MLP and achieved an inspection rating of 2 or above Evidence of supporting other providers delivering the in public sector to increase or improve delivery.

The SPN membership includes;    Regional Public Service Skills Team 15 Providers (FE and Private Providers) West Midlands Brokerage Service – Public Sector Team

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Skills for Care and Development Skills for Health Skills for Justice Lifelong Learning UK Children’s Workforce Development Council West Midlands Local Government Association Lifelong Learning Network

This will be reviewed on a yearly basis and the meetings will be chaired by a representative of the LSC Public Service Sector Skills Team. 3. Frequency of Meetings

It is anticipated that the Specialist Provider Network will meet quarterly and will be linked to the LSC Business Cycle. 4. a)        b)        Role of Members Learning and Skills Council Chair the meetings and provide secretarial support to the group To update the SPN on progress of the Public Sector Skills Challenge. To act as link between Specialist Provider Network and the Regional Management Group/Regional LSCs/ Local Employment and Skills Boards. To ensure integration of regional and sub regional priorities for the sector. Link the work of the SPN to the LSC Business Cycle and use the expertise and knowledge of the SPN members to inform the relevant LSC planning documents such as Sector Intelligence Plans. Provide advice and guidance on National and Regional Skills Priorities through linkages with the LSC Regional Skills Board and the Regional Skills Partnership. Provide links with appropriate AWM Cluster groups. Sector Skills Councils To represent the views from employers within their footprint To provide demand side data and intelligence To work with SPN members in the development of new curricula To advise on priority qualifications To keep the SPN updated on any developments around Train to Gain and Sector Compacts. To advise on quality of provision, delivery and employer engagement. To act as ambassadors to their employer groups and other stakeholders on behalf of the network. Providers   To represent and provide feedback to other colleges and providers within their local networks/consortia on delivery and quality improvement. Providers will work with their local partners to integrate provision, co-ordinate delivery, make more effective use of resources, raise quality and improve employer engagement. They will also seek to improve collaboration between providers at both local and regional level. To support local data on employer need by amending and improving Development Plans, particularly focusing on qualifications highlighted as priorities by the SSCs. To participate in new curricula development by working with SSC’s To communicate the Train to Gain Offer to employers and other stakeholders. To improve links between and providers and the West Midlands Brokerage Service To establish and maintain progression routes with schools and HEI’s. West Midlands Brokerage Service and the Public Sector Brokers   To act as link between employers and Providers and SSC’s. To maintain a coherent approach to business support and people development.

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To work with employers to sign up to the Skills Challenge and identify needs which can then be shared with providers.

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West Midlands Local Government Association To act as the representative body for the 38 Local Authorities in the West Midlands Region. To ensure two way communications between the SPN and the workforce issues identified by the Local Authorities. Lifelong Learning Network    To update and share information with the SPN on the projects being funded by the LLN in the region and future plans. To ensure that the appropriate links are made between the projects/activities of the LLN and the SPN, to avoid duplication and share outcomes. To act as a conduit for information between the SPN/LSC and the LLN groups in the region.

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Annex 1 Definition of the Public Service Sector

The Public Service Sector includes the following sub-sectors and their related Sector Skills Councils:

Health (Skills for Health) Adult Care (Skills for Care) Children’s Workforce (CWDC) Playworkers (SkillsActive) Education (Lifelong Learning/TDA) Criminal Justice (Skills for Justice) Community and Voluntary – delivering public services (various SSC’s) Local Authorities (Various SSC’s) This includes Public Sector employers and employers who are working under a sub contract.