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  1. 1. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin3 February 2012- Issue 108Mayoral Hustings: The Great London Skills Debate and London CollegesManifestoWe announced in the previous Bulletin that AoC London had invited four of the Mayoralcandidates (Boris Johnson, Ken Livingstone, Brian Paddick, Jenny Jones) to a hustings event onThursday 23 February. That date didn’t work for the candidates and we are trying to pin themdown for another date which would either be Tuesday 28 February or Friday 2 March.AoC London has produced a London Colleges Manifesto to share with the Mayoral andAssembly candidates. It is going to the printers next week. The intention is to launch it at thehustings event.In the event that it proves impossible to get the candidates together on one of the alternativedates, we will send the Manifesto to the Mayoral candidates and send you a copy for you to usein your dealings with Mayoral and Assembly candidates.Apologies that we can’t confirm a date for you but please note the provisional new dates of 28February and 2 March. We’ll let you know as soon as we firm things up.Colleges in their Communities: NIACE Follow-up SeminarsNIACE has asked if we can help them to identify appropriate people to invite to follow-upseminars to last year’s influential Colleges in their Communities project and we are delighted todo so. NIACE has been commissioned by BIS to carry out some development work followingon from the Colleges in their Communities Inquiry. This work includes developing aframework for a community curriculum for Colleges and a framework for communityengagement, responsiveness and accountability. In order to inform this work NIACE will beholding six invitation seminars, with 12 -15 participants in each seminar.We have already written directly to Principals and Vice Principals inviting them to nominateeither themselves or a colleague who could contribute to the seminars. If anyone would like tofind out more about the seminars, please contact Alistair Lockhart Smith who is the ProjectOfficer leading on this project: UK updateOur colleagues at WorldSkills UK have reminded us that there’s just over six weeks to go untilcompetition entries close on Thursday 15 March for WorldSkills UK competitions. There areWorldSkills UK competitions in over 40 skills which will bring together the very best talent intheir bid to become the national UK champion. For anyone interested in pursuing this onbehalf of their students or apprentices, please follow the link at enter now. If you need any help
  2. 2. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 3 February 2012in thinking about whether or not to enter students/apprentices for competitions, please see thestep-by-step guide or call the WorldSkills UK contact centre on 0800 612 0742.Student Finance EnglandWith the student finance application window now open for academic year 2012/13, StudentFinance England have improved upon their existing materials and introduced new resourcesaimed at both partner practitioners and the students they advise in order to gain a betterunderstanding of funding available to higher education entrants, which, given the changes tothe student finance system in the UK for 2012, is now more important than ever.Student Finance England have launched their new practitioner website which can be foundwithin the "Stakeholders and Partners" section of the suite of webpages at or viathe direct link You can use the following link to explore theresources available or place an order for hard copies of materials: you would like Student Finance England to deliver training/update sessions on studentfinance please contact Ben Rutter, Student Finance Consultant for London - 075544 58871, Wonder ClubThe Wonder Club Theatre Company creates exciting site-specific promenade work around theworld. They are coming to London with their new show Don’t Stray from the Path at the OldVic Tunnels and would like to offer you and your students a unique opportunity to see theshow and get behind the scenes to see exactly how this kind of work is created. They’re offeringdiscounted tickets to the show at a rate of £5 (reduced from £10) for students with an after showdiscussion and dissection of the piece included in that price. Please contact Sam Griffiths formore information: If you would just like to buy tickets forthe event please visit their web page: Apprenticeships Week 6-10 February 2012The fifth annual National Apprenticeship Week 2012 will take place from 6-10 February andlooks set to be the biggest and best yet. Hundreds of Apprenticeship events are expected to takeplace across England. NAS have created a ’Hub’ of resources which includes the 2012 toolkitthat can be used to help Colleges support the Week. Page 2 of 7
  3. 3. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 3 February 2012College News Story of the Fortnight College celebrates National Apprenticeships Week with over 60 vacancies The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London will hold an Apprenticeship Fair on Wednesday 8 February, 4 – 7.30pm, as part of the Enfield Centre’s Open Day, located on 73 Hertford Road. With over 60 apprenticeships available on the day, the Fair also celebrates National Apprenticeship Week (6-10 February), and follows on from an earlier Fair held in January. Attended by partner organisations who are currently running apprenticeship programmes with the College, they range from fashion to railway engineering, with Photo credit: The College of Haringey, Enfield apprentices employed by various and North East London organisations across London. Two tailoring apprentices are currently working at Maurice Sedwell Tailors on Savile Row, gaining the garment-making skills, which have taken tailors on the Row centuries to perfect. Partners include Fashion Enter, National Telecoms Partnership (NiTP), Silver Track, and Apprenticeships First - the College’s specialised apprenticeship training agency. Apprenticeships are regularly available with all these organisations, including; CIS who are currently recruiting for 25 Accounting Apprentices; Fashion Enter who are looking for two Fashion Buyers to work for House of Fraser, and NiTP who want to recruit IT enthusiasts. CIS Intake Manager, Nazia Khaliq, said: “The Fair is a great way to meet young people who are keen to earn and learn at the same time. We currently have 25 Accounting Apprenticeships starting in May so anyone who’s interested should come down and find out more.” Vice Principal, Jane O’Neill, added: “Anyone who is looking for work in any of these industries, but still needs the skills and qualifications to gain employment, should visit the Apprenticeship Fair. There are over 60 vacancies available at the moment, with more being created every month.” Apprenticeships allow people to learn and earn at the same time, with most receiving on average £95 per week. Some apprenticeships are for 16 – 24 year olds only, and all apprentices should be educated to Level 3 only. For more information, please visit: or call Apprenticeships First on 0800 0678 3000. Page 3 of 7
  4. 4. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 3 February 2012Recent meetings Date Event/meeting Attendees Feedback 24 Jan Meeting with Trisha KA Discussion on some internal research. Wormald, KPMG 24 Jan AoC Parliamentary KA Launching a new publication which Reception highlights the successful role of Further Education Colleges, working alongside Jobcentre Plus, to secure sustainable employment for people without a job. 26 Jan Meeting Paul KA Procurement proposal Stephen (Westminster Kingsway College) Rena Prindiville and Carl Johnson 27 Jan Meeting with Nick KA Meeting about London HE in FE Davy and Rachel Cowie, HEFCE 31 Jan Shared Services JS Meeting about Shared Services provision in Focus Group the AoC and how to promote Shared meeting Services 1 Feb WorldSkills JS The agenda included: Champions Meeting Membership and Chair update Champions Group Remit Have a Go Campaign UK Competitions Cycle WorldSkills London 2011 Legacy and the Skills Show 2 Feb Meeting with David KA Catch up meeting Ansell (Richmond upon Thames College) 2 Feb The London Skills Cancelled; Colleges will be contacted and Employment individually Observatory meetingFuture meetings Date Event/meeting Attendees Agenda 7 Feb AoC London Head of KA The agenda for this meeting includes Student Services discussions on IAG with Fiona McMillan, AoC network meeting President; Feedback on the National CEIAG Survey from Lindsey Bowes, CFE along and some representatives from LSIS and NUS. There will also be a presentation from AllAboutCareers and an AoC London update. Page 4 of 7
  5. 5. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 3 February 2012 9 Feb Meeting with Andrew KA, JS The agenda for this meeting includes: Emerson, SEETEC, Welcome and introductions from Ian Ian Ashman (Hackney Ashman, Chair of AoCLR and Principal, Community College Hackney Community College and RC members Brief presentation by Andrew Emerson (Seetec) and Ronan Smyth (Ingeus) on behalf of the London Prime Contractors Response by London Colleges Next steps 9 Feb AoCLR Regional AoCLR Agenda includes funding updates from SFA Committee meeting and YPLA and also updates from the AoC Board, Governors’ Council, Marketing Committee, AoC London, AoC Procurement proposal and Podium. 10 Feb Meeting with Paul KA, JS Regular catch up meeting Tucker, JobCentre plusEvents and Dates for the Diary  National Apprenticeships Week: Monday 6 February – Friday 10 February, London. There is a ‘hub’ of information which can be accessed here.  AoC London Heads of Student Services network meeting: Tuesday 7 February, 10am- 1pm, AoC Offices, Stedham Place. For more information please contact Rebecca Breen:  A London Region Post-14 Network Research and Policy Working Day: 14-19 qualifications and curriculum: policy and practice in the new context. Tuesday 21 February, 10am- 3.30pm, Nunn Hall, Institute of Education. Please email Richard Bull to reserve your place.  AoC London International meeting: Tuesday 21 February, 3-5pm, Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College. For more information please contact Rebecca Breen:  AoC Shared Services conference: Wednesday 22 February, Maple House, Birmingham. More information is available here: Shared Services AoC Conference  AoC London Head of Sport network meeting: Thursday 23 February, 2.30-5pm, AoC Offices, Stedham Place. For more information please contact Rebecca Breen:  Are you ready? Raising the Participation Age - opportunities and threats for Colleges 2012 Thursday 23 February March 2012, etc. venues Victoria, London Page 5 of 7
  6. 6. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 3 February 2012 LSIS South East & London Teaching and Learning Fair: Friday 24 February, Croydon College. For more information please contact Abi Lammas: AoC Governance Summit 2012: 29 February 2012 in central London. Places will have to be limited to three per College for the Principal, Chair, and Clerk, and the event will be free to attend. For more information and to book your places, please visit Collaboration in the new HE landscape 2012: An AoC, UUK and GuildHE collaboration, Thursday 1 March, Woburn House, London AoC London Finance Directors’ network meeting: Tuesday 6 March, 9am-1pm, Venue tbc. For more information please contact Rebecca Breen: The National Careers Guidance Show South, 7 & 8 March 2012 Wembley Stadium, London. The National Career Guidance Show gives career guidance professionals working with both young people and adults a chance to network, learn and meet like- minded colleagues; gain valuable insights and CPD at expert seminars. AoC Annual Human Resources Conference and Exhibition 2012: Tuesday 13 March 2012 International Convention Centre, Birmingham AoC 14-19 Delivery Structures Conference 2012: Tuesday 13 March 2012, etc venues Paddington, London AoC London Regional Forum: Tuesday 13 March, 4-6pm, Venue tbc. For more information please contact Rebecca Breen: AoC Annual Communications Conference 2012: Wednesday 14 March, etc. venues Victoria, London AoC London Business Development Managers’ Network meeting: Wednesday 14 March, 1.30pm-4pm at AoC Offices, Stedham Place. Please contact Judith Smyth for more information about this meeting: AoC Annual Communications Conference: Wednesday 14 March, London. A link to the website for more details and the conference programme is found here: Page 6 of 7
  7. 7. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 3 February 2012Policy and other documents GLA news Mayor announces world class cycling festival First Police and Crime Committee meeting examines gang violence Mayor investing over £41 million to secure a bright future for Tottenham Get Set for a summer like no other - Mayor and Seb Coe announce 2012 ticket windfall for London’s schools Mayor opens emergency shelter for rough sleepers in winter weather 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 Rebecca Breen Cyheme Bilouta Regional Coordinator Team Administrator (part-time) Page 7 of 7