|Skills for Life Network E-News Update||1 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.
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
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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