Many Hands:Making Employment and Skills work for London

The backdrop to this joint LVSC/ERSA event is the impact of ‘Brexit’ in terms of potential loss of a huge income stream from the European Social Fund, as well as the increased demands for further devolution for London, particularly from the newly elected Mayor for London Sadiq Khan. This in turn represents an opportunity to [Read more]

Many Hands: Making Employment and Skills Work for London

The backdrop to this joint LVSC/ERSA event is the impact of ‘Brexit’ in terms of potential loss of a huge income stream from the European Social Fund, as well as the increased demands for further devolution for London, particularly from the newly elected Mayor for London Sadiq Khan. This in turn represents an opportunity to [Read more]

£10K grants available for collaborative skills projects to improve teaching, learning, assessment (Deadline 12 Dec 2014)

Application form and background information (Word doc) Project description (Word doc) LVSC is part of a new project (led by Association of Colleges) to improve the quality of teaching, learning and assessment in the London education and training sector, through collaborative working. To do this we’re seeking to support 20 operational projects in London across [Read more]

Event: Apprenticeships for ethnic minorities – tackling the key challenges (8 Dec 2014)

From Black Training Enterprise Group: Apprenticeships for ethnic minorities: tackling the key challenges National Conference, 8 December 2014, London Conference Programme (PDF) Registration Link The number of apprenticeships has grown over the last decade and they are an increasingly important route into high quality jobs and careers. All the main political parties plan to further expand [Read more]

Major report on ESOL provision calls for advance learning loans, employer contributions, and a national ESOL strategy

Demos, On Speaking Terms (PDF) Think Tank Demos has published a major report on ESOL provision in England, called On Speaking Terms (PDF): The English language is vitally important to the capabilities and integration of migrants who wish to build a successful future in the UK. However, in the last Census around 850,000 migrants reported [Read more]

Trust for London event report on pay progression calls for integrated back-to-work and pay progression support

Trust for London, What can we do to support people to move out of low-paid work? open Space Event Report (PDF, 3MB) Thanks to everyone who attended and contributed to Trust for London’s open space event on low pay and progression in September. Trust for London have now produced a report on the event. It [Read more]

UKCES and DWP seek employer-led proposals to support progression for low-income retail and hospitality staff

From the UK Commission for Employment and Skills: UK Futures Programme: Progression and Pathways in Hospitality and Retail competition brief Prospectus for the progression pathways in retail and hospitality competition, the third competition of the UK Futures Programme (PDF, 681KB, 4 pages) The UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) alongside the Department for Work and [Read more]

Event: Driving up Quality in Third Sector Learning and Skills (13 Nov 2014)

From Third Sector National Learning Alliance: Driving up Quality in Third Sector Learning and Skills 13 November 2014 1 Victoria Street,  London The focus for this key conference is quality of delivery by the third sector and how we can improve on this – to benefit learners from the most disadvantaged parts of our society. It follows [Read more]

Reed, B&D College, Newham College win SFA contracts for unemployed support and Work Programme customer support

The Skills Funding Agency have awarded London contracts to: Flexible Fund for Unemployed – Reed Maths and English for Employed – Barking and Dagenham College Skills Support for Work Programme Employees – Newham College Further information on these contracts is here: http://vcsassist.org.uk/2014/02/12/sfa-launch-specs-support-for-work-programme-participants-english-maths-for-employed-flex-fund-for-unemployed-deadline-24-feb-2014/

NIACE launch Toolkit to support employers to take on disabled Apprentices

LINK: Employer Toolkit – Supporting accessible and inclusive Apprenticeships From National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE): To help more disabled people gain access to Apprenticeships and to help employers gain access to skilled and dedicated workers, a new online toolkit has been launched today by NIACE. The Employer Toolkit was developed through consultation with a number of employers [Read more]