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trainingnews training news Spring 2010, Vol 2 Issue 4

Passionate about learning

HLC

www.hlc-vol.org LEARNING DIARY : HUMBER E-SKILLS : WHAT’S GOING ON CONFERENCE


ABOUT US trainingnews Registered office: Humber Learning Consortium Goodwin Centre Icehouse Road Hull HU3 2HQ T: 01482 327438 E: office@hlc-vol.org W: www.hlc-vol.org Editor & Advertising Andy Cook t.news@hlc-vol.org Articles for trainingnews are welcome and are free of charge. We do include other advertisements and inserts please contact the Editor above for details of charges.

Chief Executive Helen Groves grovesh@hlc-vol.org

Director of Operations Andy Crossland operations@hlc-vol.org

Director of Programmes Paul Rands programmes@hlc-vol.org

Head of Finance Alison Clark finance@hlc-vol.org

Finance Support Elaine Tighe tighee@hlc-vol.org Head of Administration Diane Pattrick office@hlc-vol.org

Administration Assistant Zoe Pickering pickeringz@hlc-vol.org

Head of Communications & Research Les Braim braiml@hlc-vol.org

Communications & Research Support Andy Cook cooka@hlc-vol.org Head of MIS Richard Pyka pykar@hlc-vol.org

Project Leaders Mary Irish irishm@hlc-vol.org Heather Jameson jamesonh@hlc-vol.org Vickie Walker walkerv@hlc-vol.org Sandra Williamson williamsons@hlc-vol.org

Project Development Workers Dave Edeson edesond@hlc-vol.org Niall O’Reilly oreillyn@hlc-vol.org

“HLC will assist the voluntary & community sector in fostering social cohesion through learning based solutions”

Passionate learning in your community Humber Learning Consortium is “passionate about learning” and how it can be used to develop and build the confidence of local communities in the Humber SubRegion. HLC is helping to make a difference in your community through the delivery of the following projects: Community Grants These grants of between £2,000 and £12,000 are focused on supporting smaller VCS organisations in the Yorkshire & Humber area who do not currently access mainstream government funds. Groups must meet the following criteria in order to be eligible: • employ 1-9 full time equivalent members of staff • not have a turnover of more than £300,000 • must have a constitution and a bank account in their organisation’s name Visit our website www.hlc-vol.org/ commgrants to download an application pack, or for more information contact HLC on 01482 327438 or email: communitygrants@hlc-vol.org Personal & Community Development A small LSC mainstream contract delivering learning for enjoyment throughout the Humber. Delivered by VCS orgs to the most disadvantaged learners. Contact Richard Pyka email: pykar@hlc-vol.org Neighbourhood Learning for Deprived Communities This key mainstream LSC contract supports the development of the most deprived learners and communities. With an increasing focus on developing learner’s employability and personal development, contact Richard Pyka email: pykar@hlc-vol. org

Sandra Williamson email: williamsons@ hlc-vol.org Adult Engagement LSC/ESF funded activity focused on supporting the most disadvantaged 19+ learners through a wide range of accessible accredited and non accredited learning. They are delivered by a variety of public, private and VCS orgs throughout the Humber. Contact Heather Jameson email: jamesonh@ hlc-vol.org Information, Advice & Guidance (IAG) With the significant barriers faced by many learners, as well as a complicated choice of progression opportunities, it is important to support learners with quality IAG. This LSC/ESF funded initiative supports all post 19 learners on LSC/ESF funded provision in the Humber. Again delivered by a variety of public, private and VCS organisations, contact Heather Jameson email: jamesonh@ hlc-vol.org Humber Skills This is a key initiative funded by the Big Lottery for 3 years to develop the capacity of VCS organisations offering a range of services including diagnosis of organisations and Managers and Trustees capacity, direct funding support for training and learning solutions and information service for VCS orgs in the Humber. Contact Vickie Walker or Dave Edeson email: walkerv@ hlc-vol.org or edesond@hlc-vol.org Humber E-Skills This is a significant new project for HLC funded by the Transformation Fund until April 2010. The project will work with 6 training providers (Llite, Hull & EY Mind, Foresight, Hull Hostel Forum, Christ Church, Carlton) and their learners to develop an innovative platform to support learning. Contact Les Braim or Andy Cook email: braiml@hlc-vol.org or cooka@hlcvol.org

Not In Education Employment Or Training (NEET) An LSC/ESF funded initiative focused on reducing the number of young people in the East Riding of Yorkshire who are NEET. 16-18 Activity is presently being delivered in Bridlington, Haltemprice and Withernsea and delivered by East Riding Training Services and East Riding College. Contact

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Disclaimer: The information contained in this newsletter is printed in good faith. Whilst every care is taken to ensure that it is correct HLC cannot accept liability for any omissions or inaccuracies and does not take responsibility for the quality of any services mentioned.


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Adult Learners’ Week, 15-21 May 2010 From tasters to gaining a PhD, Adult Learners’ Week celebrates learning and learners in all their diversity, inspiring thousands of people each year to try something new. The campaign promotes the benefits of all kinds of learning, whether it is for fun or leading to a qualification. Held each May, Adult Learners’ Week recognises the achievements of outstanding individuals, groups, families and projects through national and regional awards. During this week-long festival of learning, events take place in workplaces, libraries, cafes, prisons, museums and colleges across the country, inspiring adults to take up new activities.

During Adult Learners’ Week 2009, 53% of the people who attended an event and 70% of people who called the Careers Advice helpline took up some kind of learning activity because of the campaign. Now in its 19th year, Adult Learners’ Week is the largest learning campaign of its kind and is celebrated in over 50 countries across the world. Founded and co-ordinated by the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE), Adult Learners’ Week in England is backed by thousands of supporters. w: http://www.alw.org.uk/

Charity Commission publishes guide for trustees with learning disabilities The Charity Commission has published a guide to help trustees with learning disabilities understand their role.

“This guide will help to ensure that, with the right support, someone with learning disabilities is not excluded.”

Being A Trustee, created in collaboration with Mencap, has been produced in ‘easy read’ format, using images, simple words and large text.

The guide, which covers many of the subjects in the commission’s existing CC3 Essential Trustee guidance, is being distributed to learning disability charities and members of the Learning Disability Coalition.

In brief helpline for LSC funded organisations Third Sector National Learning Alliance has launched a telephone support service for third sector organisations to help with the transition from the LSC to the successor agencies. Are you a third sector organisation currently receiving LSC funding directly or via another LSC provider and: • Have a question about the transition arrangements? • Have a particular issue that you want advice on relating to the new system for managing and funding learning and skills? • Want help to clarify the implications for your organisation of these changes? Then call 01225 792500 and ask for the TSNLA helpline.

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Andrew Hind, chief executive of the commission, said: “We often talk about the need for charities to have a strong and diverse trustee board to help with their decision-making.

Working neighbourhood fund Hull and East Yorkshire Community Foundation has been commissioned by One Hull to administer a WNF Small Grants Programme to improve the skills and employability of the residents of Hull aged 16-65. Grants of up to £10,000 are available. The aim of the programme is to engage local voluntary and community organisations and other not-for-profit organisations in delivering innovative and effective learning activities and interventions which will engage and progress target beneficiaries. Projects should last between 6 and 12 months. W: http://www.hullandeastyorkshirecommunityfoundation.co.uk/news/ show/18 E: leighn@cityventure.co.uk

Download Being a Trustee: w: http://www.charitycommission.gov. uk/Library/publications/pdfs/cc3_easy. pdf

Back to nature! Back 2 Nature Forest School and College are offering a limited number of free places for unemployed over 18s on their Forest College Programme. Sessions will run once a week beginning on April 2010 in North Lincolnshire between 10 am and 2.00pm Financial support with childcare and transport is available. Activities include; Shelter building Fire lighting Open fire cooking Team building and leadership activities Safe use of woodland tools

Humber Learning Consortium ran a very successful confidence building course last month and subsequently received some excellent feedback from learners. One learner’s comment read “ Many thanks for arranging the Confidence Building course at The Endsleigh Centre. I felt that the course was very valuable. Jan was knowledgeable, well prepared and delivered the training in a very empowering way. I came into work this morning feeling more positive and confident than I had for eighteen months. That has got to be an excellent result!” If you are interested in attending a Confidence Building course with HLC please register your interest with Dave or Vickie on 01482 327438 or email edesond@hlc-vol.org handy HR ‘how to’ guides The NCVO are currently expanding their series of ‘How To Guides’, which cover some of the more complex areas of employment practice and HR. To download visit: http://www.ncvo-vol.org.uk/how-toguides

W: www.communityskillshare.co.uk T: 01652 657691

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All change ahead for HLC Thoughts from Andy Crossland, Prospective Chief Executive HLC The external environment for all providers of adult learning, including HLC and its partners is pretty tumultuous to say the least. The longer term impact of the 08-09 recession means that conditions are likely to remain difficult for the sector for a number of years. A further layer of complexity and flux has been added in the shape of the machinery of government changes, especially the LSC dissolution on March 31st and the new Local Accountable Bodies, which will be created to plan adult learning provision. However, having been involved with HLC from the outset in 2001, it feels to me as though change has been our one and only constant throughout the organisation’s existence, so it’s not as though we aren’t used to it by now. To respond to these challenges, as far as possible on our own terms, we must be proactive. The most innovative voluntary organisations operate in networks, which as a voluntary sector consortium,

positions us well, because partnership working and relationship management are already fundamental to HLC’s business approach. These capabilities will continue to rise in importance, both in terms of the relationships with funders and between deliverers of learning opportunities. As a result, our stakeholders can expect to see HLC working hard with local authorities, VCS delivery partners, FoLDA infrastructure organisations, and other agencies and providers, to identify and meet the learning and skills needs of local communities across the Humber. While skills have become an almost inevitable focus for government investment - witness the fact that the SKILLS Funding Agency replaces the LEARNING & SKILLS Council - we still passionately believe that voluntary and community organisations are the best way of engaging disadvantaged people and developing their potential through first steps and informal learning opportunities. We, as a sector can and indeed will make a valu-

able contribution to the skills agenda. But, at the same time we all need to remain conscious that learning per se has a broader appeal and function for many people in our society. This is a perspective that is embedded in HLC and we will seek to work creatively with others who share that view, in order that provision in this arena does not completely lose out. Finally, on a personal note, I’d like to thank Helen Groves for her support and leadership over the last three years. All of the staff and trustees at HLC wish her well in semi-retirement. I say semiretirement, because we have plans for Helen. I’m sure our delivery partners will be particularly pleased to hear that she will continue to work in an associate capacity with HLC on our continuing professional development and quality improvement programmes. See Time Flies (back page)

If you think you know what the voluntary sector is, think again! What’s Going On? A successful Voluntary Sector event held 25 February 2010 at the KC Stadium, Hull Organisations in the voluntary sector do not have a single identity. Organisations are not of one size. They do not have a singular legal structure. And, their reasons for being are as diverse as the UK population. Over 100 delegates from both the VCS infrastructure and public sector came to find out about: • the variety of legal forms which constitutes the sector • the different sizes of organisations • the various funding regimes it operates with • the range of service sectors it operates in • the many drivers which inspire those involved in the sector • the commitment, ethos and culture to be found in the sector

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The voluntary sector in the UK is staggering in its size and diversity, ranging from informal local community groups run by volunteers, through to national charities with multi-million pound incomes. Most of you will have been involved in a voluntary organisation at some point in your lives. However, despite this direct involvement, many people still find the voluntary sector to be something of an enigma. The Development Track conference was put together to raise awareness of the sector; its ethos, its diversity, and its potential. It was primarily designed as a staff development event for workers, paid and unpaid, from the local infrastructure organisations. Apart from this, officials from public sector agencies who involve themselves with, support and aid in the development of, the sector were invited to attend. Delegates were able to choose two from

six workshops offered. The workshops were themed around services delivered by organisations in the sector. However, this was by no means a definitive list as you will find voluntary sector and community organisations delivering services in almost all service sectors. The conference also highlighted examples of the support currently provided to voluntary organisations by their local development agencies. It was just one of a number of activities and projects coordinated by the Humber Federation of Local Development Agencies (FoLDA). Feedback on the conference/seminar has been almost unanimously positive. Therefore, is this an event we can successfully repeat to a wider target audience from all sectors? We need to be shouting about the vast array of services the sector delivers to communities and, as a consequence, contributes towards the health and well being of communities and the economy.


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Let’s work together HLC and five partner organisations create a successful online platform to support learning Working together, HLC, providers and their learners came together to develop a web-based learning and support platform to help support learning and improve access to informal adult learning opportunities in the Humber sub region. It only seems like moments ago when Humber Learning Consortium had just found out they were successful in obtaining a small but significant grant from the Transformation Fund to develop online resources to support learning. In fact, initial delays in the funding allocation meant it was less than 6 months - but a lot has happened in that time. In addition, HLC’s commitment to the project led them to invest in it before funding was finally made available. Consulting with learning providers and their learners to develop such an online platform, has to our knowledge, never been undertaken before in this area. Similar ventures nationally involving open source platforms have proven to be complex in their management and use resulting in many online environments with little or no use. We wanted to change that, get the providers and learners involved from an early stage to inform and help create a real model of simplicity and excellence in this field, a learning revolution for the Humber.

Initial research, consultations and trials across the 5 partner organisations were fundamental to developing an effective and sustainable model. Learners were engaged through their contact with the partner organisations so that project activities were seamlessly embedded within existing services. This activity allowed for over 60 learners to benefit and learn new skills. HLC and partners Llite, Hull and East Yorkshire Mind, Foresight, Hull Hostel Forum and Christchurch have successfully collaborated to produce an outstanding platform for an online facility ready to support all forms of learning. This platform stands a very real chance of encouraging a brand new learning culture, particularly within the voluntary sector. However, it could prove equally valuable to other sectors and it is all thanks to the Transformation Fund. The progress and achievements are the result of continued hard work and commitment from HLC, its partners and their learners. We would like to register our thanks for their contributions in the

success of the platform. The Transformation Fund delivers on commitments made in The Learning Revolution White Paper, published earlier this year, which announced a new approach to improving people’s lives and prosperity through learning for pleasure. The Transformation Fund is managed by NIACE on behalf of the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills and encourages new partnerships between public, private and community organisations to create informal learning activities. T: 01482 327438 E: comms@hlc-vol.org

Make your learning count! The Yorkshire and Humber Regional Forum’s learning and skills group has had a successful track record of making regional proposals to the LSC to support the voluntary and community sector’s engagement with the learning and skills agenda. In the past this has included investing in a common Management Information System and developing a regional quality model for learning providers. In 2008, one of its proposals was to explore the development of an accredited, credit based training framework for third sector learners and providers, working with the Open College Network. The project’s aims were to: • help upskill leaders, managers, trustees and volunteers in the third sector • provide a vehicle to accredit short courses and workshop based learning

• help learners and providers access and achieve larger units in NOCN qualifications • encourage learners to accumulate credit – and achieve NOCN qualifications over time • encourage collaborations between trainers, providers and learners in the region • influence qualification design in the OCN and with other stakeholders The initial development phase wrote small bite sized chunks of learning (i.e. OCN 1 credit units of assessment) to help learners access larger NOCN qualifications. A working group of learning providers and trainers developed over 80 units of assessment. These can be used by any OCN recognised centre, nationally.

The second phase from early 2009, has tested and trialled various delivery models to help learners achieve credits. This has included combining short one day training sessions with distance learning to help learners accumulate credits (with support from mentors, Moodle and trainers-assessors). Working with regional partners from West Yorkshire Learning Consortium, Voluntary Action Sheffield, the Assessment Centre for Voluntary Organisations and Humber Learning Consortium, the project has recruited 200 learners and developed 20 free trainers’ resources pack to help them deliver OCN units. Currently an evaluation of the project is being undertaken by ICARUS consultants.

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New dawn for skills landscape Two new organisations are set to take forward Leitch recommendations Since 2001, the LSC in Yorkshire and the Humber has strived to improve the skills of the region’s young people and adults on behalf of learners and employers. During the LSC’s lifetime, the number of young people in learning has increased year on year, above and beyond the national trend in a region typically characterised by low participation and skills levels. Yet despite the LSC being instrumental in delivering improvements in adult education and training, the Leitch* review showed just how much further there is to go to have the highly skilled workforce required for 2020. Step forward the Skills Funding Agency and Young Peoples Learning Agency, the two organisations charged with responding more quickly and flexibly to the immediate and future skills needs of the country. The Skills Funding Agency will be ultimately responsible for the allocation of funding to all post 19 educational institutions and employers and will also house a number of specialist services including the National Employer Service, National Apprenticeship Service and the Careers Advice Service. The Young People’s Learning Agency (YPLA) will be created as a non-de-

partmental public body specifically for 0-19 education, with a non-executive Board, sponsored by the Department for Children, Schools and Families. Skills Funding Agency will work with: • colleges and training organisations to make sure they are flexible and responsive to demand for skills to meet the needs of local, regional and national economic development; • employers to focus investment on the training they require to improve the skills of their employees; • central and local government and Regional Development Agencies to make sure that investment responds to the needs of the local, regional and national economy; and • provide customers with confidence that the training they receive is of high quality in the right skills in the right place.

The Skills Funding Agency is being designed to operate as a demand-led organisation engaging with its customers through the services it manages. Thus the focus moves from planning and funding under the LSC to providing services according to customer demand under the Skills Funding Agency.

The final Leitch Report was published in December 2006 as Prosperity for all in the global economy – world class skills. [4] It recommends that the UK should aim to be a world leader on skills by 2020, and suggested how that aim should be achieved. The final report found that the UK currently ranked 12th out of 18 comparative members of the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development). The Report recommends that the UK should aim to be a world leader on skills and that by 2020:

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The Skills Funding Agency will be: • more responsive • more cost efficient • more co-ordinated • less bureaucratic

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The YPLA intends to build on existing resources, not start from scratch. Approximately 500 staff will transfer from the LSC to YPLA, bringing tried and tested management and systems with them.

Leitch Review was launched due to concerns over the ability of the UK to compete in the increasingly globalised markets due to poor levels of literacy and numeracy in some sections of the workforce, and due to the UK’s relatively poor international position in intermediate level skills and productivity.

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The Young People’s Learning Agency will support local authorities in their new duties of ensuring a place in learning for all young people in their locality, of improving the quality of learning on offer and in managing the funding for further education for 16-19 year olds. Under the new arrangements, schools, colleges, training providers and other education delivery partners will liaise directly with local authorities.

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• 95% of adults should have achieved the basic skills of functional literacy and numeracy • more than 90% of adults should be qualified to at least Level 2 (equivalent to five good GCSEs or their vocational equivalents), • the balance of intermediate skills should have shifted from Level 2 to Level 3 (equivalent to two or more A Levels), which means achieving 1.9 million additional Level 3 attainments and 500,000 apprenticeships; • more than 40% of adults should be qualified to Level 4 and above (equivalent to degree-level qualifications)


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Channelling funds to the sector These are exciting times for the Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS) and the coming months will see a number of major changes which will ensure LSIS becomes fully sector-owned and sector-led and maximise the funding channeled back into the sector. LSIS mission is to drive continual improvement across the learning and skills sector and lead by example. LSIS have listened to you and one of the things you have said is you’d like to see increased flexibility in the development and delivery of our services. As a result LSIS are also continuing the well-received Flexibility and Innovation Fund scheme launched last autumn. This is designed to support innovative projects that have the potential to improve sector practice and performance. LSIS will be announcing the successful second round bids later on this month and further funding rounds are planned for June and October 2010. Again, ensuring as much money as possible goes back into the sector, LSIS will also be using providers to host more events. LSIS will shortly be introducing accounts for all providers to use to access a range of services, allowing providers to manage their engagement with LSIS support and for LSIS to get better data about what you really want. For more details on how LSIS Accounts work, see below. Crucially LSIS will focus on supporting providers to help themselves and each other and will directly involve the sector in service delivery with the aim of 80% of LSIS support provided by the sector within three years. STOP PRESS From 1 April, every provider currently funded through the LSC will be able to benefit from a new LSIS account. Nearly 2,000 providers across the sector will receive an LSIS virtual credit worth between £1,000 and £5,000 - depending on the scale of their LSC funding - which can be redeemed against LSIS events and conferences during the 2010-11 financial year. Qualifying providers will be notified with details of how they can activate their LSIS account shortly and will be able to register through a simple online process.

Coaching for success Here we look at Coaching and some key features According to the CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development) just under seven out of ten respondents in their 2009 Learning and development survey reported that they now use coaching in their organisations. 44% offer coaching to all employees whilst just under two fifths offer it to directors and senior management. But what is Coaching? And how does it work? Coaching is becoming an increasingly popular tool for supporting personal development. It can be seen as a collaborative process in which a person discovers answers for themselves through the coach’s use of questions. There are four cornerstones to this approach: • each person is naturally creative and resourceful • coaching addresses the person’s whole life. • the agenda comes from the individual themselves. • the relationship is a designed alliance. Coaching is usually seen as a means of developing people within an organisation in order that they perform more effectively and reach their full potential. Barbara Cobbold, a recognised trainer in the sector recently conducted a coaching and mentoring session with an organisation in Leeds. The coaching was used to support and develop managers through a period of organisational change and provide a framework for managers to address the following priorities: • moving outwards/ moving forwards as an organization • becoming more effective as managers • providing support to staff • managing Self • managing work/life balance Barbara and a colleague were invited to work with 6 managers each for a period of three months. The provision included six 1:1 coaching sessions per manager which took place onsite and occasionally by phone. They also delivered a number of team coaching sessions with managers at their fortnightly meetings. 1:1 Coaching sessions included:

• initial assessments • coaching based on GROW model • wheel of Life/ Wheel of Work • setting goals based on both personal and work priorities • techniques for change: e.g. Dealing with conflict • tools from Neuro Linguistic Programming e.g. Circle of Excellence/ Reframing • identifying and building on strengths • work/ life balance • giving effective feedback • regular review of progress Each session was client centered, and included a review of current management priorities. Barbara stated: “At every team coaching session staff were encouraged to share successes and achievements. Managers were encouraged to use the techniques from their 1:1 and team coaching with their own staff teams. At the end of each two hour session the team would have determined their goal for the session, considered the reality of how things are at the present time, considered options available to them and left the meeting with an action plan of steps to take to accomplish their goal. At the subsequent session, time has been taken to review the previous goal and determine whether the steps have been taken and if not what has prevented action being taken prior to determining the session goal for this session and moving on to the new business. After the initial coaching session an action plan was drawn up which gave specific SMART objectives regarding team meetings and the feedback from the team has been that these are now much improved. Another area where improvement has been significant has been the methods of communication within the team. Individual projects now have a clear structure to ensure the CEO receives regular updates on how each project is performing towards their targets. As a by product of the coaching it has been encouraging to note the improved cooperation between the teams as each develops a better understanding of the way the organisation works together corporately to achieve better outcomes for the community it stands to serve.” Further information: www.barbaracobboldcoaching.co.uk

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Time flies . . . Helen Groves, Chief Executive of Humber Learning Consortium bids farewell . . . when you are enjoying yourself or when you get old! For me it has been both. I find it hard to believe that I have been at HLC for almost 3 years and now I am preparing to retire. In June 2007 I joined an organisation that was well established, held an excellent reputation for its work in the sector and on the edge of some major changes on the learning and skills landscape. Thanks to the outstanding work of Jenny Mills in building an organisation on very strong and stable foundations, I have been able to work with the team to reorientate HLC to take on the challenges. In recent years those challenges have come along thick and fast but the team spirit and ‘can do’ culture within HLC has meant that success has followed. Between August 2007 and December 2009 HLCs turnover increased from around £1m to over £6m – and unbelievably the management fees available to HLC in this period of rapid growth have remained almost unchanged. This demonstrates beautifully how, when working with government funded contracts we are now expected to do more (much more!) for less (much less!).

A recent “health check” carried out on HLC by three external consultants has provided some very interesting food for thought. It has indicated that we have much to celebrate and be proud of, including a strong culture of genuine partnership and collaborative working but the fact that we must now exist in fast moving partnership structures alongside public and private sector bodies puts pressure on us to maintain our roots within the VCS. The full report is overwhelmingly positive and acknowledges the excellent work carried out by HLC on behalf of the sector and can be found on the HLC website. The timing of this health check is excellent for me as it has provided a timely opportunity for us to reflect on the achievements of the past 3 years and captured the progress to date on areas yet to be completed. Delivering high quality learning experiences and a relentless search for improvement continue to be key priorities for the sector in general and HLC in particular. The impact of a poor Ofsted inspection can not be underestimated. Inadequate outcomes mean loss of contracts,

an inability to pursue additional or alternative funding and major reputational damage that will remain for many years. HLC must continue to be inspection ready at all times. The new inspection requirements for safeguarding and equality and diversity represent major challenges for HLC and all its delivery partners and there is much to do here. Hopefully, like Jenny Mills before me, I leave a legacy at HLC that will serve them well in the future. I would like to thank the Trustees for being so supportive and committed to the strategic work we have undertaken and the staff team at HLC who have risen to every challenge with great enthusiasm. I must also record my thanks to the delivery partners who remain the DNA of our consortium structure – without them we do not exist. I feel that Andy Crossland is more than ready to take up the reins in the CEO role and will be excellently supported by Paul Rands as his deputy. The appointment of Sandra Williamson to the Senior management team will make it a formidable unit and one that will continue to carve out a secure future for HLC and it partners. I wish HLC all the best in the future, and as time continues to fly for me I will be recognising that it will now be the age factor that dictates the speed! Helen

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The critical point of growth was the success in landing ESF / LSC co financed projects, in particular community grants, and this success allowed us to open up our collaborative work across the region. The new HLC brand can now be seen across North, West and South Yorkshire and continues to represent the best of the VCS in helping communities to thrive and develop.

On joining HLC one of my first tasks was to write a strategic plan with the customary SWOT analysis. This has been reviewed annually but despite all our hard work to position HLC to meet future turbulence and exploit emerging opportunities, the picture continues to be fluid. I have often likened managing in education to the workings of a kaleidoscope – the pieces inside are the same it is just that the picture changes each time you look. I suspect it will continue to be so for some time yet.


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Humber Learning Consortium (HLC)  01482 327438 

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22/04/2010 Hull  

The New Common Inspection   Framework ‐ What’s in and what’s out? 

  

Humber Learning Consortium (HLC)  01482 327438 

£20‐40

FREE

14/04/2010 Hull  

Managing Volunteers ‐ Concepts &   Values in Volunteering 

5 days   

Humber Learning Consortium (HLC)  01482 327438 

£100

14/04/2010

Minute Taking 

Scunthorpe   

Voluntary Action North Lincolnshire   01724 845155  FREE‐£30

24/04/2010

Fabric jewellery workshop 

Grimsby   

Womens Aid (North East Lincs)  01472 575757 

£30

15/04/2010

Domestic Abuse Awareness 

Grimsby   

Womens Aid (North East Lincs)  01472 575757 

15/04/2010

Presenting & Public Speaking 

Hull   

Chamber Training (Humber) Limited  01482 611896 

19/04/2010

Epilepsy Awareness 

Barton‐upon‐ Humber 

Carlton Education and Enterprise Ltd  01652 637489  FREE ‐ £15

19/04/2010

Managing teams and others 

Beverley 2 days 

Centre for Lifelong Learning  01482 465666 

£77

19/04/2010

Emergency First Aid College Certificate 

Bridlington   

East Riding College ‐ VCS Development Network  0845 120 0037  £49

19/04/2010

Presentation skills training 

Grimsby   

Womens Aid (North East Lincs)  01472 575757 

20/04/2010

Confidence and Assertiveness 2 

Hull 2 days 

Mindworks 01482 240134 

East Riding College ‐ VCS Development Network  0845 120 0037  £49

19/05/2010 Hull  

The New Common Inspection   Framework – Safeguarding – a  limiting grade 

  

Humber Learning Consortium   01482 327438 

26/04/2010

Personal Development 

Grimsby   

Womens Aid (North East Lincs)  01472 575757 

£30

Online Funding Applications & Budgets 

20/05/2010

Effective Networking 

Pocklington   

East Riding Voluntary Action Services  01482 871077 

Hull   

Chamber Training (Humber) Limited  01482 611896 

FREE

27/04/2010

Managing teams and others 

25/05/2010

Organising your AGM 

Driffield 2 days 

Centre for Lifelong Learning  01482 465666 

Scunthorpe   

Voluntary Action North Lincolnshire  01724 845155  FREE‐£30 

£77

27/04/2010

Time and Priority Management 

25/05/2010

Accredited Observer Training ‐ Session 2 

Hull   

Mindworks 01482 240134 

Hull   

Humber Learning Consortium   01482 327438 

£80‐110

28/04/2010

Managing teams and others 

Goole 2 days 

Centre for Lifelong Learning  01482 465666 

£77

28/04/2010

Confidence and Assertiveness 2 

Hull 2 days 

Mindworks 01482 240134 

FREE

Enterprise and entrepreneurship skills 

Hull 6 days 

Centre for Lifelong Learning  01482 465666 

FREE

£100

27/05/2010

Trans Awareness Workshop 

Hull   

Gender Shift Limited  01482 441002 

£25‐50

Scunthorpe   

Voluntary Action North Lincolnshire   01724 845155  FREE‐£30

27/05/2010 Immingham  

Understanding good practice in   workplace coaching 

29/04/2010 Hull  

Introduction To Observing Teaching   & Learning 

  

CERT   01469 572313 

Humber Learning Consortium   01482 327438 

02/06/2010 Hull  

The New Common Inspection   Framework – Impact of new CIF on  your self assessment process 

  

Humber Learning Consortium   01482 327438 

Voluntary Action North Lincolnshire   01724 845155  FREE‐£30

21/04/2010

Humber Learning Consortium   01482 327438 

Befriending and Mentoring Skills 

5 days   

Ice Breakers 

Scunthorpe   

FREE ‐ £77

Managing Volunteers ‐ Social Policy   for Managing 

28/04/2010

30/04/2010

Centre for Lifelong Learning  01482 465666 

26/05/2010 Hull    

CERT   01469 572313 

Grimsby   

POA

10 days   

Study Skills for Beginners & Returners 

  

21/04/2010

£30‐95

26/04/2010

Introduction to Personal Budgeting   and Money Management 

20/04/2010 Immingham  

Not known

  

Free

Humber Learning Consortium   01482 327438  Chamber Training (Humber) Limited  01482 611896 

£30

Accredited Observer Training ‐ Session 2 

Hull   

Getting Noticed in the Media 

12/05/2010

Hull   

19/05/2010

Humber Learning Consortium   01482 327438 

CIEH level two Award Food Safety in   Catering 

£30

Accredited Observer Training ‐ Session 1 

Hull   

26/04/2010 Bridlington  

12/05/2010

£30‐95

£99‐139+VAT

£30‐95

05/05/2010

Stress Buster 

03/06/2010

Drugs Awareness level 1 

Hull   

Mindworks 01482 240134 

Scunthorpe   

Voluntary Action North Lincolnshire   01724 845155  FREE‐£30 

Free

05/05/2010 Hull  

Professional Telephone Skills with   Good Customer Care 

08/06/2010 Hull  

Assertiveness and confidence in the   workplace 

Chamber Training (Humber) Limited  01482 611896  Not Known

  

Mindworks 01482 240134 

21/04/2010 Hull  

Empowering the Voluntary Sector –   workshops 

  

  

NAVCA 0114 278 6636 

06/05/2010 Bridlington  

Award in Health and Safety in the   Workplace 

09/06/2010 Scunthorpe  

Safeguarding Children ‐ Its   Everybodys Business 

  

East Riding College ‐ VCS Development Network  0845 120 0037  £49

  

Voluntary Action North Lincolnshire   01724 845155  FREE‐£30 

£40

21/04/2010

Introduction to Counselling Skills 3 

Hull   

Centre for Lifelong Learning  01482 465666 

FREE ‐ £96.25

21/04/2010 Hull  

Media—Confidence on Radio &   Television 

  

Chamber Training (Humber) Limited  01482 611896 

£80‐110

07/05/2010 Beverley  

CIEH level two Award Food Safety in   Catering 

10/06/2010 Immingham  

Giving Briefings and Making   Presentations 

    

East Riding College ‐ VCS Development Network  0845 120 0037  £49

    

CERT   01469 572313 

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April 2010     –  

July 2010  Please contact the providing organisation direct using the phone number shown against each entry Local cont.

Regional cont.

10/06/2010 Hull  

The New Common Inspection   Framework – ‐ Equality & Diversity –  a limiting grade 

21/04/2010

Making partnerships work 

Doncaster   

Environmental Trainers Network (ETN)  0121 359 2113  £110‐165

22/06/2010 Sheffield   4 days  

Institute of Fundraising Certificate in   Fundraising Management ‐ Charity   Fundraising Practice 

  

Humber Learning Consortium (HLC)  01482 327438 

21/04/2010

Managing Multiple Funders 

Sheffield   

Voluntary Action Sheffield [VAS]  0114 253 6623 

Open College Network for Yorkshire &  Humber Region  01924 434600  £901.25 

£30‐95

14/06/2010

Trans Awareness Workshop 

Beverley   

Gender Shift Limited  01482 441002 

15/06/2010

Online Funding Applications & Budgets 

Bridlington   

East Riding Voluntary Action Services  01482 871077 

Free

Leadership Skills 

Hull   

Chamber Training (Humber) Limited  01482 611896 

£35‐75

£25‐50

15/06/2010

22/04/2010

Word 2003 Advanced 

Bradford 2 days 

SmartStyle Technology Training ‐ Bradford  01274 229445  £250

22/04/2010

How the region works 

Leeds   

Yorkshire and Humber Regional Forum  1133942316  FREE

22/04/2010

Planning for sustainability 

Sheffield   

Voluntary Action Sheffield [VAS]  0114 253 6623 

£70‐150

15/06/2010

Introduction to Volunteering 

Scunthorpe   

Voluntary Action North Lincolnshire   01724 845155  FREE‐£30

26/04/2010 Leeds  

From 'Sick Note' to 'Fit Note' ‐ A   new Approach 

16/06/2010

Emergency First Aid College Cert. 

Beverley   

East Riding College ‐ VCS Development Network  0845 120 0037  £49

  

ACAS ‐ Yorkshire and Humber  0113 205 3800 

17/06/2010

General Communication Skills 

Hull   

Chamber Training (Humber) Limited  01482 611896 

25/06/2010 Bridlington  

CIEH level two Award Food Safety in   Catering 

  

East Riding College ‐ VCS Development Network  0845 120 0037  £49

27/04/2010

Keeping it  Legal 

Leeds   

Pay and Employment Rights Service   01924 439587 

How to cost appropriately for   individual budgets 

  

ACEVO 0845 345 8481 

Having difficult conversations  ACAS ‐ Yorkshire and Humber  0113 205 3800 

  

Chamber Training (Humber) Limited  01482 611896 

06/05/2010

Get Digital 

Leeds   

NIACE   0116 204 2833 

30/06/2010 Hull  

Managing Volunteers ‐ Valuing your   Volunteers 

5 days   

Humber Learning Consortium (HLC)  01482 327438 

£100

06/07/2010

Understanding mental health conditions 

Hull   

Mindworks 01482 240134 

£80‐110

Trans Awareness Workshop 

Grimsby   

Gender Shift Limited  01482 441002 

£25‐50

08/07/2010 Immingham  

ILM Level 3 Award in First Line   Management 

5 days   

CERT   01469 572313 

£395 + VAT

£200

29/04/2010

People Development (Instructing,   Coaching & Mentoring) 

10/05/2010 Leeds  

Redundancy and Restructuring ‐ all   the options 

  

ACAS ‐ Yorkshire and Humber  0113 205 3800 

£188

11/05/2010 Bradford  

Resolving conflict in the workplace –  partnering for success 

  

Useful conversations  07821 700 593 

£175

11/05/2010 Leeds  

HR Role in managing change in a   unionised environment 

  

ACAS ‐ Yorkshire and Humber  0113 205 3800 

£229

Increasing your charisma and   delivering difficult messages 

Hull   

Mindworks 01482 240134 

  

ACEVO 0845 345 8481 

Trans Awareness Workshop 

Hull   

Gender Shift Limited  01482 441002 

£25‐50

£125‐155

12/05/2010

Managing Discipline and Grievance 

Leeds   

ACAS ‐ Yorkshire and Humber  0113 205 3800 

£188

20/07/2010

Introduction to Leadership 

18/05/2010

Supervision Skills 

Immingham   

CERT   01469 572313 

Sheffield   

Voluntary Action Sheffield [VAS]  0114 253 6623 

£99‐139+VAT

£70‐150

26/07/2010 Immingham  

Giving Briefings and Making   Presentations 

20/05/2010 Leeds  

Contracts of Employment ‐ How to   get it right 

  

CERT   01469 572313 

  

ACAS ‐ Yorkshire and Humber  0113 205 3800 

£99‐139+VAT

Achieve future job success 

Hull   

Mindworks 01482 240134 

£80‐110

£111.63

02/06/2010 Leeds  

Marketing and Promotion for   Funded Projects 

  

National Training Resources Limited  0845 130 6152  £210‐220 +VAT

13/04/2010

Conducting Investigations 

Leeds   

ACAS ‐ Yorkshire and Humber  0113 205 3800 

£276

20/04/2010

Employment Law Update 

Leeds   

ACAS ‐ Yorkshire and Humber  0113 205 3800 

20/04/2010

Equality and Diversity 

Wakefield   

Pay and Employment Rights Service   01924 439587 

£70.50

09/06/2010 Sheffield  

Strategic Planning for the CEO and   their Executive Team 

  

ACEVO 0845 345 8481 

£90

09/06/2010

Payroll and Expenses ‐ Get the Credit 

Sheffield   

Voluntary Action Sheffield [VAS]  0114 253 6623 

£35‐75

15/06/2010

Time management 

Sheffield   

Voluntary Action Sheffield [VAS]  0114 253 6623 

£35

08/07/2010 York  

Improving Formative Assessment:   developing strategies for building  learner autonomy 

  

NIACE   0116 204 2833 

£145‐170

16/07/2010

Mental Health Awareness 

Sheffield   

Voluntary Action Sheffield [VAS]  0114 253 6623 

£70‐150

03/08/2010 Leeds  

Undertaking progress and   verification visits 

  

National Training Resources Limited  0845 130 6152  £225 + VAT 

04/08/2010 Leeds  

Project management for UK Funded   Projects 

  

National Training Resources Limited  0845 130 6152  £220 + VAT 

  20/04/2010  London  

Student Retention and Progression   Conference 

 

Neil Stewart Associates  020 7324 4330 

Conferences

26/04/2010 Loughborough  

Community Development for Social   Change 

2 days   

FCDL 0114 253 6770 

£45‐280

20/05/2010 Birmingham  

Funding for learning ‐ turning ideas   into reality 

 

National Training Resources Limited  0845 130 6152  £150‐225 + VAT 

20/05/2010 London  

Healthy Minds: The key to realising   potential 

 

Homeless Link  020 79603030 

£120‐300

25/05/2010 London  

3rd Annual Higher Education and   Schools Partnership Conference 

 

Neil Stewart Associates  020 7324 4330 

£240‐599

26/05/2010 London  

Maintaining Excellence in Teaching   & Learning in Higher Education 

 

Neil Stewart Associates  020 7324 4330 

£240‐599

08/06/2010

Staff Qualifications Conference 2010 

Birmingham  

National Training Resources Limited  0845 130 6152  £205‐245 

Regional

ACEVO 0845 345 8481 

29/07/2010

  

Improving performance int he   voluntary and community sector ‐  making every penny count 

20/07/2010

24/06/2010 Sheffield  

11/05/2010 Leeds  

£80‐110

£70‐150

FREE

Absence management 

Voluntary Action Sheffield [VAS]  0114 253 6623 

£405.38

13/07/2010

  

30/06/2010 Hull  

Mental Health and Muslim   Communities 

28/04/2010 Leeds  

Leeds   

07/07/2010

£70.50

23/06/2010 Sheffield    

 

10/06/2010

Safeguarding children forum 

London  

Neil Stewart Associates  020 7324 4330 

£240‐599

21/06/2010

Charity Fair 

London 2 days 

Directory Of Social Change [DSC]  020 7209 4949 

24/06/2010

Understanding need in today’s Britain 

London

National Council for Voluntary Organisation  (NCVO)  020 7713 6161   

£70‐150

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