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Skills for Life Network E-News Update17 Nov 2009

Welcome to the Skills for Life Network E-News Update

We have information on the newly published Skills Strategy in this edition of the e-news update.

The Government White Paper: 'Skills for Growth - the National Skills Strategy', was published on the 11th of November. This marks a radical shift in some of the priorities of the current skills system, but states that 'there are a number of existing policies which will remain priorities in the future, subject to spending pressures. These include the entitlements to literacy and numeracy, first full Level 2 qualifications and first full Level 3 qualifications for 19-25 year olds; training for learners with learning difficulties and disabilities; training for the unemployed; and informal adult learning for vulnerable, low skilled learners'.

The Skills Investment Strategy 2010-2011, which underpins the priorities announced in the National Skills Strategy, has also been published. This sets out the Skills Funding Agency budget allocation for the next two years. See the article below on 'Skills for Growth' for more information.

On a lighter note - if you're working in Family Learning, do take a look at the learndirect Read Together online resources, which allow you to change the names and appearance of characters to create your own story. You will need to try them out yourself first, of course. Enjoy!

Barbara Zealley
Caryn Loftus

Network Managers

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We are delighted to announce the latest update to Target Skills Gold. Users are now able to select either Skills for Life or Functional Skills at the time of the assessment. The system now  provides comprehensive mapping to Functional Skills and incorporates a complete overview of Functional Skills curriculum sections, skills standards, coverage and range statements (as well as those for Skills for Life).

What`s new from Tribal?
We are delighted to announce the latest update to Target Skills Gold. Users are now able to select either Skills for Life or Functional Skills at the time of the assessment. The system now provides comprehensive mapping to Functional Skills and incorporates a complete overview of Functional Skills curriculum sections, skills standards, coverage and range statements (as well as those for Skills for Life).

Jobs

The Basic Skills Consultancy Ltd, Barnsley, South Yorkshire

Basic Skills/Skills for Life Tutor
The Basic Skills Consultancy Ltd, Barnsley, South Yorkshire. Closing date 11 Dec 2009

Real Time Training: Southend, Watford and Bedford (1 post at each location)

Centre Manager/Tutor
Real Time Training: Southend, Watford and Bedford (1 post at each location). Closing date 11 Dec 2009

Bradford College

Part -time Lecturers in Skills for Life
Bradford College. Closing date 27 Nov 2009

Interactive Development Ltd, Newcastle upon Tyne

Senior Tutor (Curriculum Development)
Interactive Development Ltd, Newcastle upon Tyne. Closing date 11 Dec 2009

Future Strategies Consulting Ltd, North East and North Yorkshire

Skills for Life Trainer
Future Strategies Consulting Ltd, North East and North Yorkshire. Closing date 12 Feb 2010

J and K Training Ltd, North East

Skills for Life Training Officer
J and K Training Ltd, North East. Closing date 24 Nov 2009

ID Training, Newcastle Upon Tyne

Skills for Life Tutor
ID Training, Newcastle Upon Tyne. Closing date 11 Dec 2009

Guildford College

Skills for Life Tutor
Guildford College. Closing date 27 Nov 2009

Real Time Training: Halton, Warrington and Macclesfield (2 posts at each location)

Skills for Life Tutors
Real Time Training: Halton, Warrington and Macclesfield (2 posts at each location). Closing date 30 Nov 2009

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Knowledgebase

Numeracy on the Excellence Gateway
The Excellence Gateway has developed a new content theme to support numeracy, which provides background information, links to resources and ideas for managers and educators to help meet government numeracy targets

Proposals for the inspection of DWP contracted employment provision from 2010
This consultation outlines how Ofsted propose to develop and use the Common Inspection Framework to focus on improvement in Department for Work and Pensions contracted employment provision and to ensure inspections for providers who offer a range of contracts are coherent

Read Together online
Learndirect has expanded its successful Read Together campaign to include two online books and a new game

Skills Count: Money Matters
Developing the skills of those involved in delivering and receiving financial training - North West Region Conference, Wednesday 2 December 2009, 9:30am-3:30pm, The Gujarat Hindu Society, South Meadow Lane, Preston PR1 8JN

Skills for Growth - the National Skills Strategy
The Government White Paper: 'Skills for Growth - the National Skills Strategy', published on the 11th November, marks a radical shift in some of the priorities of the current skills system

The impact of Train to Gain on skills in employment: a review to follow up the 2007/08 survey
In 2007/08, Ofsted conducted a survey to determine the impact of Train to Gain on skills in employment. This new review, of a further 40 providers, identifies where strengths in Train to Gain provision have been sustained and highlights the availability of Skills for Life training as being an area for improvement

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