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  1. 1. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin9 November 2012 – Issue 124Dear ColleaguesLondon ApprenticeshipsAs one of AoC London’s top priorities we are working with the National ApprenticeshipService (NAS) and the Mayor’s office to grow and promote Apprenticeships across the capital.Our shared focus is on: • increasing the number of employers employing apprentices • increasing the number of young people starting on apprenticeships • increasing high quality apprenticeships • increasing advanced and higher level apprenticeships • broadening access to the ApprenticeshipsAoC London Business Development Managers’ Network is advancing the cause at its meetingon Wednesday 14 November with Apprenticeships as a key item of business. Together withthe contribution of the Marketing Committee, this will inform our action planning with NASand the Mayor’s Office. If Members wish to further add input and ideas please let JudithSmyth know.Apprenticeship Grant for Employers (AGE): Update from NASYou will also be aware of the recent changes to the eligibility rules for AGE – 16-24 whichenables the offer to be made to a much broader group of employers (See Apprenticeships Grantfor Employers document attached for further details).Collaborative WorkingTwo AoC London Region collaborative events were held on Thursday 8 November.An ESOL Workshop at City Hall, organised in conjunction with the GLA, JobCentrePlus (JCP)and the Skills Funding Agency, brought a number of College ESOL managers and JCP adviserstogether. The theme was “Building on best practice for supporting people into work” andoutcomes of the workshop will be included in a report by the facilitators, SHM ltd. For furtherinformation please contact Judith Smyth.London Councils, EFA, NATSPEC, and AoC London organised a joint event addressing thechanging policy in relation to High Need Students. The outcomes of “Funding for High NeedStudents – making it work for young people in London” will inform a meeting between AoCLondon and the EFA scheduled for the end of November. For further information pleasecontact me.Colleges Week 2012Colleges Week 2012 will take place from 11-18 November and this year it’s all aboutemployability and work readiness. It will be a little different from previous years – Colleges
  2. 2. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 9 November 2012 and stakeholders will be provided with new research, collateral and toolkits to complement and build on existing communications and marketing plans. It will be also focus on making young people aware of the wide range of options available to them post GCSE, and encouraging them to get into a College and find out what it can do for them. Have a good Colleges Week 2012! Best wishes Caroline NevilleCALLS FOR ACTION Inclusive and Active 2 –Growing Inclusive Sport within Your College Inclusive and Active 2, the five year strategy that aims to create disability equality in sport, is turning this idea into a reality. Developed by the Greater London Authority (GLA), NHS London and Interactive, the strategy aims to: • Change attitudes and raise awareness of sport for disabled people • Ensure the disability sector has a key role in promoting and delivering inclusive opportunities • Improve and increase inclusive activity • Make more people active • Increase training and employment opportunities for disabled people • Promote disability equality in sport amongst all sectors To achieve these aims Interactive wants to work with Colleges to create an organisation-specific Inclusive and Active 2 action plan, comprising of a series of targeted outcomes that will result in disabled students being able to access sport and physical activity opportunities of their choice at the level of their choice. By becoming one of over 80 adopted organisations you will be given expert advice on how to develop more accessible opportunities for your disabled students, resources and guidance on how to engage with the local disabled community, access to a network of adopted organisations including National Governing Bodies of Sport, local authorities, disability organisations, local sport and leisure providers and access to online disability Equality training for staff and volunteers that support delivery of sport and physical activity. Please encourage and support your students to access the opportunities of their choice, at the level of their choice in the venue of their choice and get in touch with Laura Davies, Relationship Manager at Interactive.LONDON NEWS London Colleges news Bromley College students show off their entrepreneurial spirit The Colleges Level 3 BTEC Business students worked together in groups to develop a business start-up idea, company website and advert, before presenting their ideas to a panel of College Page 2 of 5
  3. 3. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 9 November 2012 directors. The first round saw six groups present their business ideas, which ranged from a clothing recycling business to protective motorcycle clothing and a drinks stand company. After a busy morning of presentations, questions and deliberations on Friday 26 October, the panel of judges chose The Last Stand as the winning team. Aimed at the events and festivals market, the drinks stand company would be available to hire, serving a range of hot, cold and alcoholic and non-alcoholic cocktails and drinks to the public. Bromley College picture The group of five winning students devised their company idea and then filmed their own promotional advert for YouTube, set up their website and created a presentation to wow the judges. They impressed the judges with their well thought out business plan, excellent research and complementary samples. The winning group will now go onto the final of the Market Maker Entrepreneurship competition, where they will compete against 20 finalists from 18 other Colleges at the Institute of Directors in London on Monday 12 November. To read the full story please visit the London Colleges website. GLA news How will the Mayor deliver his Olympic legacy goals? Londons anti-gangs strategy needs beefing-up, says AssemblyUPCOMING EVENTS AoC London Network Events and Dates for the Diary • AoC London Heads of Sport Network, Monday 12 November. • AoC London Business Development Managers Network, Wednesday 14 November. • AoC Annual Conference and Exhibition 2012, 20-22 November. • AoC London Marketing committee meeting/workshop, 27 November. • AoC London Procurement Network, 28 November. • AoC London Marketing Managers Network, 4 December • AoC London Regional Committee, 6 December • AoC London MPs Reception, 11 December AoC Create News Fully owned by the Association of Colleges, AoC Create is our commercial subsidiary, offering a range of services for Colleges, including training, consultancy, events and recruitment services. All income AoC Create generates is reinvested in the sector, providing additional value for members. Page 3 of 5
  4. 4. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 9 November 2012 Please click here for their 2012-13 Events and Training Calendar which is packed with highly topical events, training and workshops. The Create team will be at this month’s Annual Conference and Exhibition at stand 56, and would love to see you there. Next Wednesday (14th November 2012) AoC Create are hosting a Workplace Investigations workshop in central London. The programme has been designed with members of the AoC employment team and developed based on feedback from member Colleges, so delegates can be assured that the content will be relevant, informative and thought-provoking. The team are pleased that Darren Newman will again be delivering the workshop. With 20 years experience of advising, writing and lecturing on employment law, Darren has a breadth and depth of expertise that is hard to match; he is also a familiar face in the sector delivering AoC Create training and speaking at national events. AoC Create are able on this occasion to offer a limited term discount of 30% for a second booking so please contact the team direct to discuss packages available, or for any other enquiries. For more information and to book online please visit our recently refreshed website.GET A LINE ON AOC LONDON REGION MEETINGS Recent meetings Date Meetings/Events 7 November South Thames College visit (EB) 7 November Meeting with Paul Wakeling, Principal, Havering Sixth Form College (CN) 8 November ESOL workshop event (AoC/SFA/GLA/JCP) at City Hall (JS) 8 November AoC London Finance Directors’ Network (EB) 8 November London Councils/EFA/NATSPEC/AoC High Needs Students workshop (CN) 8 November Meeting with Julie Naldrett, Chair of Business Development Network (CN) 8 November GLA Part–Time jobs campaign event (JS) 9 November AoC Directors Strategy Meeting (CN) Future meetingsDate Meetings/Events12 November AoC London Heads of Sport Network, Eversheds (JS)12 November Higher Educational Funding Council for England Workshop (CN)13 November Excellence Awards event at Barking & Dagenham College (JS)14 November London Consultative Group at the Institute of Education, University of London (CN)14 November AoC London Business Development Managers’ meeting (CN, JS)15 November New models of engagement for Colleges and the Financial Services sector Event (JS)15 November Meeting with Maria Thompson, Principal Havering College of FE and HE (CN)15 November ‘Havering Asks Event’, Havering College of FE and HE (CN)16 November The Skills Show, NEC Birmingham (EB)16 November Linking London HE in FE Meeting (JS)20 November AoC Annual Conference & Exhibition, Birmingham (CN, JS, EB) Page 4 of 5
  5. 5. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 9 November 201221 November AoC Annual Conference & Exhibition, Birmingham (CN, JS)22 November AoC Annual Conference & Exhibition, Birmingham (CN, JS)23 November Skills London 2012 Event (JS, EB)If you like to get more information about the AoCLR attended recent and futuremeetings/events please contact Etha Taylor, AoC London Region Team Administrator.CONTACTSIf you wish to contact the AoC London office to give feedback on this Bulletin, to requestadditional information where we have offered it, or to provide suggested content for futureissues, please email Evelina Bagusyte.Caroline Neville Judith SmythRegional Director Deputy Bagusyte Etha TaylorRegional Co-ordinator Team Page 5 of 5