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Skills for Life Network E-News Update1 Jun 2010

Welcome to the Skills for Life Network E-News Update

Various announcements have been made in the past fortnight regarding new developments in the learning and skills and welfare to work sectors. We have an update on plans to redirect Train to Gain funding to Apprenticeships, and news on changes to the Skills for Life qualification aim mix and balance - see below.

Accreditation: there is now more information available on which awarding bodies have been accredited to deliver functional skills at the different levels from September 2010.

Resources: you may be interested to read about a new tool called MyStudyBar, which is freely available, and which aims to help overcome problems that some students experience with studying, reading and writing. There is also the Literacy, Language and Numeracy Health Check, which is an audit tool designed to help you assess the quality of your literacy, language and numeracy provision. Finally, there's the new guide from LLUK, which sets out the skills, knowledge and understanding you'll need to support the development of employability skills in your learners. Full details below.

Happy surfing!

Barbara Zealley
Caryn Loftus

Network Managers

The NATECLA national conference and exhibition is to be held from the 9th to the 11th of  July 2010 at the University of Surrey, Guildford,  GU2 7XH

NATECLA National Conference 2010: Language, Migration and Identity
The NATECLA national conference and exhibition is to be held from the 9th to the 11th of July 2010 at the University of Surrey, Guildford, GU2 7XH

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Jobs

Rathbone, Southampton

14-19 Youth Programmes Manager
Rathbone, Southampton. Closing date 28 Jun 2010

Wakefield Adult and Community Education Service , Wakefield

ESOL Tutor, Family Learning Numeracy Tutor and Additional Learning Support/Literacy Tutor (3 posts)
Wakefield Adult and Community Education Service , Wakefield. Closing date 15 Jun 2010

Morthyng Group Limited, Rotherham and Doncaster

Functional Skills Tutor
Morthyng Group Limited, Rotherham and Doncaster. Closing date 30 Jun 2010

Age UK Training, Scarborough, North Yorkshire

Skills for Life Trainer
Age UK Training, Scarborough, North Yorkshire. Closing date 14 Jun 2010

Age UK Training, Bradford

Skills for Life Trainer
Age UK Training, Bradford. Closing date 11 Jun 2010

Rathbone, Leicester

Tutor - Skills for Life
Rathbone, Leicester. Closing date 4 Jun 2010

Knowledgebase

Flexibility and Innovation Fund
The third bidding round for Flexibility and Innovation Fund projects is now open. Bids, for up to a maximum of 50,000, will be invited from consortia of provider organisations for projects which are genuinely innovative and which have the potential to significantly enhance the practice and performance of the learning and skills sector.

Functional Skills Accreditation
An update on which awarding bodies have been accredited to deliver functional skills at the different levels from September 2010

Literacy, Language and Numeracy Health Check
The health check is a simple audit tool designed to help you assess the quality of your literacy, language and numeracy provision, encompassing Skills for Life, additional learning support, key skills and functional skills

Making learners more employable - a new employability skills guide
This new application guide from LLUK defines the skills, knowledge and understanding that any teacher, tutor or trainer will need to support the development of employability skills in their learners

MyStudyBar
A new tool called MyStudyBar has been developed to help overcome problems that some students experience with studying, reading and writing, and it's completely free to download and use

QCDA and Becta to close
The Qualifications and Curriculum Development Agency (QCDA) and Becta, the government body tasked with promoting technology in learning, are to close

Skills for Life mix and balance - a change to the 80:20 policy
From 2010/11 it will be the aspiration that nationally at least 90 per cent of all pre-entry and entry level enrolments (funded by the Skills Funding Agency) will be onto nationally approved qualifications, with only 10 per cent of pre-entry and entry level enrolments onto non-approved aims

Train to Gain Funds redirected into Apprenticeships
Among the announcements made by the Chancellor, George Osborne, on the 25th May, was a plan to redirect 200 million of Train to Gain funds: 150 million to Apprenticeships and 50 million to capital funds

Unionlearn invitation to tender - Workplace ESOL Evaluation
This project, funded by BIS in partnership with the TUC, aims to make strategic recommendations to government and other stakeholders on ways of improving the experience at work for speakers of other languages and on measures needed to remove barriers to accessing ESOL at work

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