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Skills for Life Network E-News Update26 Jan 2010

Welcome to the Skills for Life Network E-News Update

As we're all aware, functional skills are high on the agenda just now. The Learning and Skills Council has recently released an update on functional skills funding for 2010, with details on rates and programme weightings. See below for further details.

Online basics has now launched! This new, free online course aims to help adults take their first steps with computers and the internet. You can read more about Online basics in the article that follows.

Finally, if your organisation is based in the north east, do take a look at the feature article on opportunities to provide placements for trainee Skills for Life teachers.

Happy surfing!

Barbara Zealley
Caryn Loftus

Network Managers

All training providers in Yorkshire and Humber are invited to promote their courses through Business Link’s new Skills Brokerage Platform, which will be launched in February. By providing information about themselves and their courses they will increase their chances of being selected to provide training to businesses of all sizes in the private and public sector.

Promote your courses through Business Link’s Skills Brokerage Service
All training providers in Yorkshire and Humber are invited to promote their courses through Business Link’s new Skills Brokerage Platform, which will be launched in February. By providing information about themselves and their courses they will increase their chances of being selected to provide training to businesses of all sizes in the private and public sector.

We have been successfully running the Subject Specialism Literacy and Numeracy routes PGCE/Cert Ed course for 7 years now and we would like to expand our  employer placements.  Would you be interested in supporting one or more of our trainees?

Stockton Riverside College Trainee Skills for Life Tutor Course - placements
We have been successfully running the Subject Specialism Literacy and Numeracy routes PGCE/Cert Ed course for 7 years now and we would like to expand our employer placements. Would you be interested in supporting one or more of our trainees?

Jobs

Private sector training provider, North East

Employer Engagement Manager
Private sector training provider, North East. Closing date 19 Feb 2010

Rathbone, Coventry and Bedworth

Lead Tutor - Skills for Life
Rathbone, Coventry and Bedworth. Closing date 5 Feb 2010

Kirklees College, Huddersfield

Lecturer Skills for Life
Kirklees College, Huddersfield. Closing date 1 Feb 2010

NHTA Limited, Nottingham

Quality Assurance Manager
NHTA Limited, Nottingham. Closing date 5 Feb 2010

WEA Yorkshire and Humber Region

Sessional Tutors
WEA Yorkshire and Humber Region. Closing date 12 Feb 2010

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

Learning Curve (JAA) Ltd, based in Bishop Auckland, County Durham, with national travel

Skills for Life Trainer
Learning Curve (JAA) Ltd, based in Bishop Auckland, County Durham, with national travel. Closing date 5 Feb 2010

National Consortium of Colleges, West Midlands region

Skills for Life Tutor
National Consortium of Colleges, West Midlands region. Closing date 12 Feb 2010

National Consortium of Colleges, East of England region

Skills for Life Tutor
National Consortium of Colleges, East of England region. Closing date 12 Feb 2010

International Learning Centre -  Wigan, Rochdale, Wythenshawe and Levenshulme

Skills for Life Tutors
International Learning Centre - Wigan, Rochdale, Wythenshawe and Levenshulme. Closing date 22 Feb 2010

Rathbone, Luton

Tutor
Rathbone, Luton. Closing date 28 Jan 2010

Knowledgebase

BBC My Story competition now closed
Over 7,500 My Story entries have been received from people of all ages and backgrounds sharing their own remarkable experiences - from surviving the blitz to meeting their one true love and even overcoming a fear of mice!

Functional skills funding update - January 2010
The Learning and Skills Council has issued an update on functional skills funding for 2010

Help connect offline adults with Online basics
January 2010 marks the launch of Online basics, a new, free course that will help thousands of offline adults take their first steps with computers and the internet

Skills Funding Agency Chief Executive and Senior Management Team Announced
Learning and Skills Council Chief Executive Geoff Russell has been appointed the first Chief Executive of the Skills Funding Agency, and key appointments have also been made to the Skills Funding Agency Senior Management Team

Teaching Reading to Adults Handbook
This pack, which is available to download from the Adult Literacies Online Scotland website, introduces some key concepts on the teaching of reading to adults, including phonics, effective teaching and learning and working with mixed ability groups

Thinking Through Mathematics now available online!
The extremely popular “yellow ring binder”, aimed at mathematics teachers whose learners are working at around Entry 3 / Level 1, has now been adapted as an online resource

Time to train
From April 6, 11 million employees in Great Britain will have a new right to ask for time away from their normal duties to undertake training that they believe will improve their performance and the business

Train to Gain: Developing the skills of the workforce
This newly published report from the Public Accounts Committee concludes that Train to Gain has delivered a substantial expansion of training that is flexible and meets employers’ needs. However, it also maintains that there have been serious weaknesses in the way the programme has been managed.

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