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MAY 2010



Working together for the benefit of Work Based Learning on Merseyside



TQS Master Class 12:45pm - 8th June 2010 at GMLPF Saunders House

The GMLPF Spring Forum took place at The Vocational College on April 14th with a packed agenda focusing on the implementation of changes affecting providers. Topics covered Foundation Learning, Functional Skills, the Qualification Credit Framework, Training Quality Standard, Learner Progression and liaison with the Merseyside Association of Colleges.

RAISING AWARENESS IN PRACTICE 27th May 2010 at The Greenbank College, Sefton Park Liverpool

Cathy Waldron the Merseyside Association of Colleges Manager gave an insight to her organisation and how it provides the colleges with opportunities for funding and programmes. Cathy spoke about a funded Skills for Life delivery programme (£600) that would help fund the CTTLS course, providing they started since September and will complete by December!

GMLPF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 12:00 -16th June at The BT Convention Centre

Inside this issue: Spring in the air!


Living and learning work


Merseyside Sensory Service


Hot topics—Safeguarding Children


A brave new world— ALP


Looking good!!


Future relationships were discussed and the mutual concerns of providers and colleges could strengthen influence on partners in discussions over the coming year. For further information on the Skills for Life programme contact Cathy at . Frances Moore gave an overview of the delivery of Functional Skills at Michael John of Liverpool. Michael John has also been piloting Foundation Learning. Issues raised were: • Difficulty in getting young people from employers to do the Functional Skills. Up to 6 hours a week • Funding of basic skills tutors a consideration • Funding for the delivery of learning an issue

• Entry 3 = KS level • Aug 2010 proxy for some sectors • Having to deliver the training alongside the vocational staff • Functional Skills are stand alone • School’s don’t need to measure Functional Skills until 2012 • Schools are the experts – at least 5 years before a student will enter vocational • Learners said they actually liked the Functional Skills • Company looking forward John McCollah talked about the transition of E2E into Foundation Learning. • The Vocational College is looking at how to deliver the equivalent of E2E through Foundation Learning. As the bar has been raised for competence, there will be a requirement for additional hours to meet the increased level of competence • English was the real problem – but a solution is something called ‘’Boadworks’’ a £400 interactive package that learners like • The College is developing a discreet programme that reflects the Foundation Learning separate from the vocational skills. The trick is getting it to link with the Vocational element • Lots of mocks! • MJ use ‘’For skills’’ – a written initial assessment programme • Delivery of training in the workplace was discussed. John was well supported by employers – in Glazing and Catering. Mobile testing kits used. Group employer together is a possibility • Additional support officer is on hand Kerrie Jones of the Lifelong Learning Network for Merseyside introduced the delegates to their ‘’Passport ’’ booklet that encouraged youngsters from school to higher and further education through a vocational route. The LLN has been working with colleges and opportunities from the world of work into HE. HE info on funding, inter-

SPRING IN THE AIR! views, courses by 2012 it is anticipated that 50% of the jobs will require higher skills – LLN is endeavouring to help young people in learning to think about going to University with assistance with part time finance and a guaranteed interview with a LLN partner University. (A case study of a learner earning less than 16k did a Foundation Degree for £45!) • A passport open day at Edge Hill is available on the 25th June, focus on Business Skills and Health and Social Care (Transport costs can be covered) Wildfire Information System’s Mike Whines gave an insightful presentation on their software package to assist provider to gather evidence of their relationship with employers. Mike showed a video of how the system tracks the tasks that are need to ensure that employer information is gathered and recorded. The programme commences with a Organisational Needs Analysis and the interactions that have taken place, to confirm the employer liaison and the impact / actions that provide the evidence. A focus group will called in due course to discuss the possibility of holding a Federation contract for Merseyside. (June 8th) Stella Turner from Association Learning Providers talked to members about the implementation of the Qualification Credit Framework that was organised to be relevant to the needs of employers and accessible for learners • OFQUAL is now responsible for QCF as of April 2010 • 3325 qualifications on QCF (National Database of Accredited Qualification NDAQ) Sector Skills Council approved • 488 approved for funding – • Funding will be focused on ‘’full target bearing’’ qualifications • Credit success rating is currently being developed • A Personal Learning Record is being designed for September to enable learners to view what they have achieved by using a ‘’routes to achievement’’ access • Stella will happily discuss with providers on their readiness to implement the QCF • Suggestion to have a QCF champion in each organisation – a lead for each Vocational area • Rules of combination – exemptions – credit accumulation, need to be understood by providers with the recognition of prior learning • ALP has a number of Sector Skills Interest groups that has members of the SS on them to enable providers to have some influence on the design and relevance of the qualifications for both learners and employers. Page 2

Stephanie Wells 14-19 Team Liverpool - The wonderful world of Functional Skills and how they are put across to learners and providers was discussed. Stephanie is a positive supporter of Functional Skills which she sees as a vital tool to upgrade the abilities of our learners. Stephanie talked about changing the negative view of Functional Skills and how best the Local Authorities will link with providers: • Plenty of training opportunities for providers • Functional Skills is not key skills – a document was tabled that clarified the situation • Changes to funding – now Functional Skills are ‘’unlisted’’ so the Guided Learning Hours can be bespoke to meet the learner needs • Functional Skills have been de-coupled with GCSE’s – so students don’t need to do Functional Skills to get a A-C GCSE • Schools assess different things than what WBL and employers are looking for – however from September GCSE’s are changing to include Problem Solving • Functional Skills will commence at Key Stage 4 in all schools from September. from 2011 Functional Skills will be on the students report card • The task for providers is to make Functional Skills attractive to the most challenging learners. Stephanie talked about phasing in the Functional Skills for those learners to enable them to progress • Initial assessment (with BKSB) will assist providers in the selection of appropriate learning either Foundation Learning of Apprenticeships • Stephanie said providers need to ‘’bring it to life’’ Functional Skills and make them relevant – fun and

THE KEY/CAKE TO THE DOOR! Ayesha KamarudinCooper, our Assistant Administrator, reached that all important milestone, as she turned 21 in March!

The staff enjoyed making a fuss of her and celebrating the event with a home baked Cake of epic proportions and memorable flavour (cooked by June McCoy, a qualified pastry chef!). Ayesha promised to be level-headed, forward looking and focused on the affairs of the Federation and its partners – she’s already telling us what to do and how to do it! We wish her all the very best for the year to come.



David Cragg confirmed one of the 1st priorities for the SFA will be to ensure there are appropriate programmes for the most vulnerable in the community.

Nicola Scott LSC reviewed the past few years’ activities that have improved the recruitment and training opportunities for LLDD. • • • • THE 3RD Annual Invest to Change Conference was held at The Crowne Plaza on the 24th March. The room was filled to capacity and had the right mixture of presentations, information dissemination and workshops. The meeting provided the opportunity for Merseyside Providers to get a recap of what activities have been organised over the past year and strategies for moving ahead with learner recruitment. Peter Little OBE spoke about his activities, discussion and groups he has sat on or chaired over the year, in order to promote the recruitment of LLDD learners and creating of appropriate provision, 71% of learners who are self declared are over 19. NIACE – ‘Making it work is a new document that will outlines ways forward to support employment of LLDD and to improve and develop the skills and awareness of provider staff, in how best to work with LLDD’. The Apprenticeship Bill that was launched last year had many references to LLDD. A recent amendment confirmed the commitment of the government and the House of Lords. Ministers confirmed from both Houses that; • •

The capacity for regulations can be set to create more ‘flexibility’ in the appropriate provision for LLDD Confirmation that stakeholders will establish a working group to inform the drafting of the proposals for the regulations prior to them coming into force. Excellent news- to find ways to improve access for LLDD to enter Apprenticeships The development of Foundation Learning will be seen as a good way to meet the personal needs of LLDD and its potential for engaging these young people with appropriate programmes. However the family model is in need of adaptation

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Developing Progression Pathways for LLDD The development of a ‘Sensory Service’ for Merseyside There has been multi agency transition planning for young people Nicola gave a number of examples of Local Authority activity to support the learning for living model Development of the skills of the provider workforce through a number of workshops held over the year The challenge for providers will be to reduce the number of LLDD on NEET over the coming year Merseyside needs to ensure consistency for sharing good practice – maintain the momentum.

Sue Price the NW Director of NAS gave an overview of the strong Government commitment to both Apprenticeships and Equality and Diversity. • •

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The increase in Apprenticeship growth will also be a challenge A combination of increased investment by the government, high profile campaigns, the Apprenticeship Bill and NAS promotion to employers, has raised the profile of learning to employers, has raised the profile to learning across the country World Class Skills has helped to promote Apprenticeships in the NW There are 211 Merseyside providers, of which 10 providers have LLDD. 69% of LLDD achieved their Apprenticeships in the NW. 9% of the Apprenticeships on Merseyside are for LLDD. 24% are on LLDD

The way forward was shown by Sue Richardson St. Helens Director of Children’s Services who summed up the Merseyside view for the near future, against the transition of LSC in to the Local Authorities. Her inspirational direction embraced the agents for change – the attending providers and partners across Merseyside. The commissioning of provisions for LLDD will be enhanced and grow over the coming months due to the involvement and commitment of colleagues to indeed ‘Invest To Change.’


MERSEYSIDE SENSORY SERVICE Brain Simpson – Development of RNIB Establishing a Sensory Service for Merseyside RNIB have been talking to providers, colleges, Connexions and learners to help establish a Sensory Service for learners with visual or hearing impairments. The aim of the group that met recently, to discuss the strategy direction for the Sensory Service, looked at how to improve the recruitment of LLDD learners on Merseyside. •

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The transition from school to College/WBL is very difficult so anything to improve the development of the service is a valuable addition to recruitment strategies and operation RNIB is looking at joint commissioning to make the service happen with Local Authorities. There is no precedent for this type of relationship 3 full time Connexions PA’s have been employed to help service learner recruitment Providers are seen to be a real priority the learner with the disability never seems to be the difficulty; its all those around them and the funding available The Sensory Service board, based at one of the ‘Hubs’ is at Liverpool Community College is looking at how best to engage young people. The 2nd Hub will be at Knowsley Community College A practitioners group has met and discussed how to refine the entry of young people Parents want choice, new technology, young people want to be heard, get employment and have supported transition arrangements The group talked about the barriers to recruiting LLDD is a limited choice with rigid qualifications The production of WBL to parents/carers and LLDD young people needs to be improved before any increase in recruitment can take place Members discussed the practical steps that need to be taken, including speaking directly to parents and young people we need to sell our capability to look after ‘their’ young people In order to make this happen we need to provide the boroughs with the answer to the solution Members thought that a completed 139a should be given to providers – as a first step toward understanding the issues of the prospective learner.

The next step was discussed to work with connexions to put a proposal to assist in the recruitment of learners with visual and hearing disabilities.

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HOT TOPICS— TOPICS—SAFEGUARDING CHILDREN A series of Safeguarding Children seminars are taking place at the Federation, in response to demand from members to access an informative awareness course for provider staff, on legislation, NSPCC Child Protection standards and responsibilities for the individual and for the organisations they work for. Aspects relevant to the new Ofsted Common Inspection Framework are covered, to provide information to members on how to instil safeguarding procedures and practices with their learners. The session enables the participants to identify the signs of abuse, neglect and sources of stress in young people. The role of all those involved with the young person in protecting them and promoting their welfare, are covered. The guidance and information provided is intended to assist members in dealing with child protection issues on a daily basis and in the future. Discussion, interaction and presentations are facilitated by the course tutor Chris Browne Dip, SW CQSW. Chris is a registered Social Worker with 30 years experience, who also has a wide range of practical experience as a Company Director of a children’s home, providing accommodation and support services for young people. Judging by the volume of noise of the participant’s and the excellent course feedback, providers are confirming the appropriateness of the course and its method of delivery. The attendees of the awareness Safeguarding Children Level 1 and Level 2, for Designated Staff, are provided with a certificate of attendance by GMLPF, which also counts toward staff CPD. If you are interested in more information or in attending a session, please contact Ayesha at the Federation


...The Brave New World— World—ALP and the MOG Elizabeth Voyce from Lite Ltd received her City and Guilds medal for excellence for her NVQ2 animal care portfolio. She is pictured with Jake Hum phr e y, B BC sports broadcaster who presented the awards at the Medals for Excellence dinner held at the Lancaster hotel London on the 12th April. The medals for excellence judges commented ' A candidate who has overcome learning difficulties and produced work of an excellent standard both in portfolio presentation but also in her practical work. No hesitation in recommending a medal. Well done' Elizabeth left school with no qualifications she has completed her apprenticeship with LITE Ltd and is now working towards her advanced apprenticeship. She is employed by Wirral Council Kennels.

The Brave New World— World—ALP and the MOG Providers across the NW met in Manchester to discuss the implementation of Machinery of Government form the 1st April. Members of ALP attended to exchange ways of interconnecting providers, learners, employers and Local authorities, Topics discussed included; IAG for young people will be a duty for LA’s to offer appropriate programmes • School leaving age to be increased bringing further demands on the system • What is the right curriculum? The challenge presented to the LA’s and their commissioning arrangements • LA have responsibilities for progression from LLDD • LA’s will have to provide education for young offenders • Local economic plans will need to be linked to learner demand • Sixth Forms have created their own sector in anticipation of the change • Providers encouraged to join LA 14-19 Partnerships, through borough Networks (Merseyside involved over past year) • 43 Sub Regional groups have been formed across the country. • The YPLA will have the responsibility to fund the LA’s to carry out their activities. The main strategic issue for LA’s to undertake is, what is it that they will commission from providers, so that every young person will be engaged in Learning • How do we help LA to carry out their activities

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There is an approved college and training organisation register (ACTOR) that LA’s will maintain National meetings are being held between the national local government representatives, ALP and REACT, an independent organisation that is creating the protocols for engagement The ’new world’ has at its core, the need for partners and the dialogue amongst them, to address the strategy and ways of delivering it Concerns of APL members are around the uncertainty of how their allocations will be met –what flexibility exists to enable answers to be found The government is looking for a single system that all LA’s can follow and provide the direction needed to meet the strategy.

Hugh Milroy – LA View • LA are looking at how they can keep every young person in learning to the age of 18 years ( young people will have the responsibility for their own education between 16-18) • Improve the skills of the young person to make informed choices • LSC staff will be transferred to LA as of 1st April • LA priorities have been the on-line prospectus. Better engaging of Young people to have an offer that meets their needs – open up options to meet skills needs of learners. Paul Holme – SFA North • Responsible for all 19+ adult skills and funding • National lead role for NAS and Train to Gain • Performance Management of 16 -19 Apprenticeships also • Meet needs of Learners, Employers Providers to work together to action the skills strategy • SFA will work with colleagues across the North in order to ensure efficient and focused response to need within a tightly managed budget • Single Account Management will assist in allocating local and national contracts • SFA will be managed through the Department of Business Innovation & Skills • Increased autonomy for providers to respond to needs identified • Skills accounts to be available for adults to assist them to action their skills development. SFA will maintain a register of Approved Providers. Sue Price – NAS NW • NAS now a year old as an end to end Apprenticeship Service • The Apprenticeship Budget rests with the NAS • Responsibility to the needs of employers and learners will be one of the main activities of NAS is liaising with employers (250+) to encourage them to recruit


...The Brave New World— World—ALP and the MOG


and employ Apprentices Skills strategy at Level 3 Apprenticeships is an area for growth. Regional Planning group will discuss how best to meet the targets and funding required to deliver the agreed programmes. A summary of Strategic Demand, will provide the intended procurement to meet anticipated need.

Learners from Training Plus Merseyside, wowed the packed ballroom at the Liner Hotel recently, as they demonstrated the talent in their fingertips during the company’s annual student hair show celebration and competition.

Brian Wilkes – Senior Advisor Commissioning Support YPLA • Brian covered the tensions in the new worlds with a demand from Government to develop Level 2/3 Apprenticeships in a falling cohort • YPLA has a strategy duty to provide appropriate learning and education for the regions young people • EMA to be managed by YPLA • YPLA will manage the National Funding Formula and National statement of Priorities, leading to a Regional statement of priorities. ALA, will have contributed to the National Commissioning Framework • Data will be provided to LA’s to aid plans • The Provider quality assurance system –post 2010 Mark Kalzmarek Performance and Quality BIS • Investment of £8 million by BIS in quality assurance • 92% are at satisfactory to Good Provision in Country. MOG changes will be used to help to make the system work better and more efficiently. A QA system is likely to go in the near future to be replaced by the Framework for Excellence A single source of funding a ‘Register’ will be coordinated to replace the current PQQ, TT, etc • Providers asked questions about the Approved Provider System from April 1st to July 2010 – August 2010 – July 2011, August 2011 –July 2012. It has been suggested that existing arrangements would ‘flow through’ into the ‘new world’ with existing quality assurance arrangements • Some members of the meeting felt that 19+ being capped was detrimental to Apprenticeship growth. NAS asked the providers to talk to their Account Managers as some finding, increased autonomy will help with next years commissioning • There was some concern on LA’s setting up their own training company and removing providers from delivery. A ‘transparent’ commissioning will need to take place, so other colleagues on the Commissioning Board can oversee the ‘transparency.

Not only was their attention to detail focused on the hairstyles created by the and their models, but the exquisite costumes and make-up that complimented them, turned the event into a visual feast. It was remarkable to see the expertise, skills and creativity of the learners given the challenge to create their impression of “Sustainable Seasons” with their models. There were plenty of proud parents, friends and employers present, to add to the electric atmosphere. It must have been nerve wracking for the Learners in all groups to be observed by some of the area’s most renowned hairdressers and be observed up close. An unenviable task for the judges to select the best of the best…but all agreed the winners were the participants themselves. The learners more than demonstrated the positive effect of the hours of training their tutors and employers have invested in them. It was a delight to see and marvel at the contribution the learners make to the culture of Merseyside and to help it’s residents …look good!

An interesting and informative meeting. For presentation slides please click on the link below or copy and past the link into your browser; Sub EditorAyesha Kamarudin Page 6

Contact Stan Pochron the editor at 2nd FLOOR SAUNDERS HOUSE, PARLIAMENT BUSINESS PARK LIVERPOOL L8 7BA 0151 707 8775

GMLPF Flog May 2010  

An update of current issues and recent events in the work-based learning sector on Merseyside

GMLPF Flog May 2010  

An update of current issues and recent events in the work-based learning sector on Merseyside