28 AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, Issue 87January 2011 AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin – 28 January 2011 Principals’ Forum – 18 January The Principals’ Forum held at the LDA’s Palestra offices on 18 January 2011 heard a funding update from Julian Gravatt, AoC Assistant Chief Executive, had a presentation from Richard Boniface of the Responsive College Unit about an AoC/RCU project called MiDES and discussed a proposal to establish a College-led group – the London Colleges’ Provision Review Group – that would give London Colleges the lead in reviewing and planning post- 16 vocational and preparation for life and work provision, to seek to ensure that London has a wide-ranging offer which is adequate and sufficient to meet the needs of local learners and employers. A further meeting has been arranged to discuss the proposal, on 17 February at Hackney Community College. Please respond to Rebecca Breen if you would like to register your attendance at the meeting. AoC London Regional Forum Wednesday 9 March 2011: invitation to Chairs, Governors, Principals and Clerks AoC London Region and the AoC Governance team are jointly organising a College Code of Governance Regional Developmental Review Event and Regional Forum on 9 March at City of Westminster College, Paddington Campus. The agenda is: 4.30-4.35pm Introduction and welcome 4.35-5.00pm BIS/SFA funded projects for Colleges to explore opportunities for Collaboration and Shared Services 5.00-5.30pm How to ensure that London has the right mix and volume of vocational and preparation for life and work provision to meet learners’ and employers’ needs 5.30-5.45pm AoC Create and what it can do for London Colleges Des O’Hare, Director, AoC Create 5.45-6.45pm Consultation on Code of Governance Kevin McGladdery, AoC Governance Manager 6.45-7pm Summary and closing remarks A full agenda will be circulated shortly. Special request to Clerks: we would very much appreciate Clerks forwarding this invitation to their Governors as we only have contact lists for Chairs of Governors and the event is open to all. If you would like to register a place at the event please respond to AoCLondonRegionEvents@aoc.co.uk by Wednesday 2 March. LSIS update Following the LSIS meeting with David Collins, regional Council members and stakeholders on 6 January, the LSIS Regional Development Manager, Abi Lammas, has reported that the proposal at the meeting to develop a regional fund has been agreed. The detail is still being worked out by LSIS but the proposal is for a budget of up to £200k per region to be allocated
28 AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, Issue 87January 2011 by 31 March on achieving successful outcomes/fulfilling the initial brief. Kate Anderson has been invited to join a regional steering group to establish and agree criteria for activities that are regionally important and which offer good sector and good collective coverage. Kate would welcome your comments on priorities for the fund, which will be open to all providers in the region. Please respond to Rebecca Breen. Abi produces a regular regional update on LSIS work in the region. Please contact Abi if you would like a copy. WorldSkills Update WorldSkills London 2011 and Skills Competitions Update College Principals all received a letter from John Hayes this week encouraging them to get involved in WorldSkills London 2011 and highlighting the importance of the event in helping establish a lasting legacy for vocational skills and Apprenticeships in every local area. The letter included information on ‘What to do now’ and ‘Key Activities for January’ including: Submitting an application to become a showcasing organisation, as featured in the last bulletin. The applications information is now available on www.worldskillslondon2011.com/showcase and the closing date is 17 March. Planning your visit to the event on any day between 5-8 October. Information is available on www.worldskillslondon2011.co/education from 31 January. Learners, staff and parents will be guided round the activities by volunteers who have experience of competitions or are currently Apprentices to ensure they get maximum benefit from the experience. The WorldSkills London 2011Education Experience resources to help prepare and make the best use of a visit are also available from this date. Have a Go opportunities will be available and there will be information and advice available about these skills and the vocational training routes available, including information about Apprenticeship vacancies. Information about how to organise a Have a Go event at the event or in the lead up to it will be available from 28 February. London Colleges may be contacted by Philippa Langton, supported by Laurence Basco, from the Skills Funding Agency. Philippa is currently Skills Director for London, where she leads the work of the Agency with key partners including the Mayor of London, and is member of his Skills and Employment Board. From 1 April she has been appointed London Director for WorldSkills London 2011 to ensure the fullest engagement of London Colleges, providers, partners and the Mayor, which is critical to the success of WorldSkills London 2011 in October. Skills Competitions Automotive skills competitions have closed and the SkillBuild construction competition registrations close at the end of January. Closing dates for registration in all other skills competitions are 24 March 2011. These competitions include those that will produce the squad for WorldSkills in Leipzig 2013.
28 AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, Issue 87January 2011 From 1 February, UK Skills becomes part of the Skills Funding Agency although staff will continue to work from their offices in London. Competitions will be managed within the National Apprenticeship Service and there is a regional lead with responsibility for co- ordinating activity in this area. Peter Butcher from NAS will be working very closely with his Skills Funding Agency colleagues and will support the work of the Regional Champions’ Group. The London Champions’ group meets on 17th February chaired by Vicki Fagg, Principal of the College of North West London. Vicki is also the London member of the AoC WorldSkills Portfolio Group, which has been formed to help embed skills competitions in Colleges. Colleges and fundraising The West London Student Trust has published an initial piece of research into how many colleges in the UK say on their websites that they are fundraising. Iain Mackinnon, Chair of the West London Student Trust and Governor of Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College sees that while activity today in colleges is modest, there is great opportunity for Colleges to learn from each other and greatly increase what they earn through fundraising. Iain has set up a free discussion site, for those interested in finding out about opportunities http://uk.groups.yahoo.com/group/collegefundraising. Please contact the AoCLR office if you would like to see a full copy of the research paper. Student Success Story of the Fortnight Kensington and Chelsea Millinery students make their mark at celebrity nightspot Punk. A group of budding milliners from Kensington and Chelsea College are bringing their creations to the catwalk for a high-end fashion show at a leading London nightspot. The talented HNC Millinery students were given the chance to show-off their designs at Soho based celebrity haunt, Punk, after teaming up with fashion designer Sunny Williams. Sunny selected a range of bespoke hats created by the millinery students to complement his couture collection, entitled The Radical Tale We Tell. The collection made its catwalk debut in front of a select audience at Punk on Wednesday January 12, 2011. Student Milliner Rachel Drewer said: ‘To be able to work with someone like Sunny is an amazing opportunity for all of us. We have created a range of elegant and wearable cocktails hats and headpieces to complement Sunnys stunning collection of couture designs. Personally speaking, Im really excited to be involved with such a big show and cant wait to see our hats being paraded down the run-way in one of Londons trendiest nightclubs. Im sure well all be feeling really proud at the end of it! Kensington and Chelsea Colleges world renowned Millinery Department has a long history of producing successful students and has nurtured the talents of gifted milliners such as Justin Smith. The college’s annual end-of-year Millinery and Fashion Exhibition, is also widely regarded as the place to be to find the industrys next big thing. For more information about Fashion and Millinery courses visit: www.kcc.ac.uk/fashion-and-millinery or contact the colleges Art and Design Department on 0207 573 5258
28 AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, Issue 87January 2011 Exploring the Role of Training Providers and Employers in Local Enterprise Partnerships and Skills This series of regional events is jointly run by the AoC and LGA and will look at how LEPs are developing their relationship with training and education providers and how best to meet the needs of local employers and learners. It will offer the opportunity to discuss findings to date of a high level review commissioned by AoC on College engagement to date in the formulation and establishment of LEPs and recommendations for further strengthening College engagement in the development of LEPs. These regional events will look at: What is the relationship between Government policy concerning LEPs and skills and education? What do the LEP bids propose with regards to skills and education How can local employers, Jobcentre Plus and training providers work more closely to help local workless people into jobs? How can training providers effectively engage with LEPs and what opportunities will result? For further information or to book online visit: www.aoccreateevents.co.uk/lep2011 Recent meetings Date Event/Meeting Attendees Outcome/follow-up 18 Jan Strategic Group for KA, Clare The issues covered in the meeting Sport meeting Howard, Ian included: Ashman, 1) National developments and Jacqui Mace, Government funding: Beth Harris, FESCo / School Sport Partnership Mike funding Tweedale Inclusive School Games People Places Play 2) Sport in the FE sector developments: BCS Governance Review Affiliation proposals Links between AoC Portfolio Group, BCS Board and Regional Groups 3) Issues in London Colleges 18 Jan AoCLR Principals’ KA, JS, RB & See headline Forum London Principals 24 Jan AoC World Skills KA, Val The agenda included updates on the Group meeting Chiesa following: David Cragg, National Projects Director, SFA on the restructuring of UKSkills into SFA, Val Chiesa, AoC WorldSkills Project Director on College opportunities in WorldSkills London and
28 AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, Issue 87January 2011 current levels of College involvement in UKSkills competitions, and Karen Woodward, Regional Apprenticeship Director, East & West Midlands, NAS on Equality and diversity in competitions. Marion Plant, Chair, also introduced the WorldSkills team selection event (June 2011). 25 Jan Mike Pettifer, YPLA KA, Mike Regular meeting and Chris Wright, Pettifer & SFA Chris Wright Future meetings Date Event/Meeting Attendees Agenda 01 Feb AoCLR Head of KA, JS The agenda includes discussion of the Sport network following: meeting Update on national developments Governance proposals: Geography of regional competitions (London and SE) Issues in London Colleges including: FESCo/School Sport Partnership funding, Inclusive school games, People Places Play, Sport Curriculum issues, Changes to the entitlement funding and its possible impact on sports enrichment provision Development of an outline strategy for London 03 Feb GLA Safer Learning KA, JS, Paul Meeting to discuss the development and meeting Head, Diane progress of the Student Safety Colleges Newton Model 03 Feb Principals Forum Sue Rimmer, Follow up session to the Principals’ follow up meeting to Peter Davies, Forum, which took place on 18 January. model the impact of Michael changes to funding Farley, policy Richard Chambers, Cathy Walsh, Andy Wilson and AoCLR 03 Feb AoC London AoCLR Discussion items include: Regional Committee Funding updates Meeting Outcomes of the Principals’ Forum on 18 January Paper on the New Regional
28 AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, Issue 87January 2011 Constitution 04 Feb OSG London JS First meeting of the operational sub- Councils meeting group of the RPG 08 Feb Podium Conference JS This national conference will set out what remains to be done before 2012. The event will showcase how Colleges can gain the maximum benefit from becoming involved and will provide a one-stop shop on all Games related activity. 09 Feb AoC Beacon Awards JS John Hayes MP will be presenting this 2010-2011, House of year’s winning Colleges with their Commons certificates Events and Dates for the Diary Ideas for marketing, social media campaigns, from the people who know: Wednesday 2 February, Room 152, Birbeck, Malet Street. Events are free to members of Linking London. To book a place or more for information on how to join the network or if you are unsure if your institution is in the network please email: email@example.com. For non members there is a fee of £50 to cover event costs. Countdown to the Games: The definitive conference about London 2012 for Further and Higher Education. Podium Conference and Exhibition, Tuesday 8 February 2011, ExCel Centre, London. For more information visit: www.podium.ac.uk/conferences Improving Public Information in FE Event: Tuesday 1 March, Westminster Kingsway College, Vincent Square Campus, London. For more information click here. Exploring the Role of Training Providers and Employers in Local Enterprise Partnerships and Skills: Tuesday 1 March, Westminster Kingsway College, Vincent Square Campus, London. Details can be found at www.aoccreateevents.co.uk/lep2011 Fire, asbestos and other major College health and safety issues: Wednesday 2 March, Eversheds LLP Regional Office. Details can be found at: www.aoccreateevents.co.uk/fightingfire Finance Directors’ network meeting: Monday 7 March, Venue TBC. For more details, please contact Rebecca Breen. AoC College Pensions Conference: Tuesday 15 March at the CBI Centre, London. Details and registration can be found at: www.aoccreateevents.co.uk/pensions2011 Quick Guide to Measuring Social & Economic Deprivation in Inspection: The new methodology: Tuesday 15 March, Westminster Kingsway College, London. Details can be found at: www.aoccreateevents.co.uk/quickquidesocialeconomicdeprivation
28 AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, Issue 87January 2011 AoC 14-19 Delivery Structures Conference: Thursday 24 March, Paddington, London. Details can be found at: www.aoccreateevents.co.uk/14- 19/2011 CIS/MIS Managers’ network meeting: Friday 25 March, Venue TBC. For more details, please contact Simran Sobhraj. Business Development Managers’ network meeting: Wednesday 30 March, AoC National office, London. For more details, please contact Judith Smyth. Embedding Equality & Diversity within Curriculum Planning and Teaching & Learning | London (2011): Tuesday 5 April, Venue TBC. Details can be found at: www.aoccreateevents.co.uk/embeddingequality Policy and other documents The Intelligence e-Group Despatch If you would like to view the latest issues of the Intelligence e-Group Despatch please follow this link. The Despatch is produced by Mike Cooper, from Education Development which works in partnership with AOSEC, LSC South East, LSN and City & Guilds Institute/Centre for Skills Development to provide a regular free electronic newsletter updating colleagues on latest developments in post-compulsory learning and skills and much more. For your free subscription to the Intelligence e-Group Despatch, e-mail Mike Cooper, giving brief details of your organisation and role. GLA news How will London’s future economic development projects be funded? Assembly calls for investment in Olympic Park Mayor hosts second Community Conversation to tackle serious youth violence Sports stars visit City Hall for London Youth Games funding announcement If you wish to contact the AoC London office to give feedback on this bulletin, to request additional information where we have offered it, or to provide suggested content for future issues, please email Rebecca Breen. Kate Anderson Judith Smyth Regional Director Executive Manager firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com Rebecca Breen Simran Sobhraj Regional Coordinator London Region and FE Procurement Administrator firstname.lastname@example.org Simran.email@example.com