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  • 1. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin15 July 2011 Issue 98Feedback from AoC/AELP event, 8 JulyAoC and the Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) hosted the LondonRegion “Skills Provision for the Unemployed” event on Friday 8 July at Westminster KingswayCollege, Victoria Campus. The event included presentations from the Skills Funding Agency,Jobcentre Plus (JCP) and the National Apprenticeship Service. It also included a very usefulsession from a Providers’ Perspective, involving Lambeth College, JCP and the CareersDevelopment Group. The presentations can be accessed from the following link:https://www.eventelephant.com/skillsprovisionandtheunemployedmaximisingefficiencyeffectivenessandearningslondon/pages/Presentations.htmDelegates were also given the opportunity to ask questions and also discuss the opportunitiesand challenges of the new system. Further information relating to the detailed Questions andAnswers will be circulated in the near future.LSIS London Regional Conversation, 12 JulyRob Wye met London Region LSIS Council members and other regional stakeholders at asession hosted by Paul Head, Principal, The College of Haringey, Enfield and North EastLondon on Tuesday 12 July. Rob gave a presentation outlining LSIS plans for 2011-12 and setout its five strategic platforms for progress: improving teaching and learning; developingcapacity and capability for innovative and effective curriculum design and development;enhancing leadership, governance and management for innovation, improvement and change;facilitating improvement through efficiency, innovation and new ways of working; andsupporting the sector to shape the future, using policy analysis, research and strategicintelligence, locally and nationally. If you would like a copy of Rob’s slides, please contactRebecca Breen.London Colleges website redesignAoC London region are pleased to let you know that the redesign of the London Collegeswebsite is finally complete.We now have a simplified, easy to use homepage which should help potential studentsnavigate the site and find relevant information about London Colleges.Have a look at the website and let us know what you think.The banner at the top of the homepage shows College news and photos from around theLondon region, if you would like to see your College’s new stories here and publicise eventsand exciting things that you are doing then please submit news stories through this link:http://www.londoncolleges.com/en/aoc-london/submit-news.cfm
  • 2. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 01 July 2011South Thames College lecturer named the Outstanding BTEC Teacher orTutor of the YearCongratulations to South Thames College lecturer, Euthan Newman, who was named theOutstanding BTEC Teacher or Tutor of the Year at the inaugural National BTEC Awards held atthe RSA in London. Euthan teaches health and social care at the College. Read more aboutEuthan’s success on the London Colleges website.‘Colleges are a haven for some young people’, an article by Sue Rimmer, Principal of SouthThames College, was featured in the Guardian Education Supplement this week and you canread also that here: http://tiny.cc/c6ki7AoC research shows Government risks pricing a quarter of a million adultsout of educationLondon was one of two regions (the other was the North East) where Colleges were surveyedin May to assess the impact of the changes to eligibility for fee remission (the inactive benefitsissue). The research showed that a quarter of a million people could be priced out of educationand training and that 75% of the people affected by the education and benefits changes arewomen. The link to the AoC news release is here:http://www.aoc.co.uk/en/newsroom/aoc_news_releases.cfm/id/EECBD0FB-EDCC-4536-8DD11B148624BE24/page/1AoC Conference breakout sessionsAoC Create launched the Breakout Session Submissions for the Annual Conference, thedeadline for submissions is Friday 26 August. For more information and to submit yourproposal, please visit www.aoccreateevents.co.uk/breakouts2011.If you have any queries regarding breakout sessions, please contact Natasha O’Sullivan.WorldSkills 2011 updateRegional Skills Festival and Have a Go CampaignThe WorldSkills London 2011 Have a Go campaign provides a fun, interactive, engaging way ofgetting people involved in skills across the UK from February 2011 to February 2012. Grantsare available to support ‘bite-size’ taster activities of a new skill, trade or profession to February2012. AoC London Region are currently reviewing Have a Go activities proposals from LondonColleges , and liaising with the London Work Based Learning Alliance, as they are managingproposals from independent providers and their partner organisations. Have a Go activitiescan take place at any time up to February 2012. AoC and NAS in London Region will nowapprove Have a Go submissions on a monthly basis, so if you are planning to run your eventduring the Skills Festival/Colleges Week window, please ensure your submissions are with usby Friday 29 July. If you haven’t seen the information and would like an application form,please contact: Rebecca.Breen@aoc.co.ukExhibiting and VisitingThere is still time to exhibit at WorldSkills London 2011. If you might be interested inexhibiting at the event please visit the WorldSkills website for further information:http://www.worldskillslondon2011.com/get-involved/exhibit. Also, a number of you whoexpressed interest in attending the WorldSkills London 2011 event have still not confirmed Page 2 of 7
  • 3. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 01 July 2011 your booking. Don’t forget, this is an opportunity not to be missed for Colleges in London and to build relationships with local schools. Employers have also been invited to attend this event on the Thursday and Friday. To book your stand and find out how your organisation can support this event contact the sales team on +44 (0)1823 362800 or email exhibition@worldskillslondon2011.com BBC Threes Young Talent of the Year looking for star College students ‘Young Talent of the Year’ is a series that celebrates the working young of Great Britain by showcasing talent through TV competitions. It is a good platform to promote the excellence of College training to a younger audience and to celebrate student success. For its third series, this year the BBC wants to find the UKs top talented young carpenters, bakers, gardeners, tailors and farmers of 2011. The production team write: "This is an opportunity for people, other than dancers, singers and entertainers to finally step into the limelight. We want to showcase the unsung heroes at the heart of Britain. "We are looking for individuals aged 16-25 years who are skilled, true ambassadors for their trade and want to show the world their talent. To apply email the BBC Young Talent Team or call 0161 244 3716." New Engineering Foundation (NEF) NEF has established its reputation working with businesses, Colleges and learning providers to achieve measurable and visible improvement in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) sector. Over the last 5 years they have helped their clients to: reduce skills gaps; better respond to organisational needs; and adjust to the changing economic environment. They offer cutting edge educational products, tools and solutions to individuals, businesses and organisations engaged in learning and training. The whole range of their know- how is available on their web site: http://www.thenef.co.uk/. Currently three Colleges have achieved NEF-assured status: City and Islington College, Macclesfield College and South Devon College. Read NEF’s latest newsletter.Student Success Stories of the Fortnight Was this a planting world record for Capel Manor College? Capel Manor College hosted a conference on the horticultural industry in the last week of June which included a celebratory planting of trees and shrubs by celebrities from the gardening media world. The event was attended by 40 horticultural chiefs, with TV gardener and Chelsea gold medal winner Chris Beardshaw, one of 21 people to dedicate plants in the gardens. Mr Beardshaw was also celebrating his recent appointment as a College governor, while the Sun’s gardening guru Peter Seabrook, who has supported the College since it was founded in the 1960s, dedicated a tree in the family friendly John Woods gardens. As well as touring the National Gardening Centre, which is home to a collection of 34 outdoor show gardens (more gardens than at the Chelsea Flower Show), guests witnessed the opening of three new gardens, the second phase of the college’s Old Manor House Garden, which tells the story of the Capel estate and its development in history. Page 3 of 7
  • 4. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 01 July 2011 The new gardens were: The Drapers’ Banqueting Hall The Madam Susanna Avery Garden The Church Ruin White Garden Madeline Hall, College principal said: “I believe Capel Manor College is the best horticultural and garden design College in the country for any one who is considering acquiring skills and qualifications in these specialist vocational areas. Nowhere else has the facilities, range of plants, quality of staff and support from the horticultural industry that we have. I believe no-one is better than us at giving people the skills and experience they need to achieve their horticultural, plant knowledge and garden design potential.” Principal designate Steve Dowbiggin OBE said: “This was an exceptional day when we have shown how the horticultural sector, media and a charity like Capel Manor College and Gardens can work together to create something which is really special and gives people the opportunity to change their lives for the better.”Recent meetings Date Event/meeting Attendees Agenda 4 July Heads of Student KA Further discussion of the statements of Services working principles and practice for allocating the new group bursary fund in London Colleges 5 July London Management KA Regular meeting Group, WorldSkills London 2011 5 July AoC Summer KA Opportunity to introduce our new President, Reception at the Fiona McMillan and launch a publication which House of Commons will set out how the education system, local authorities and Government can ensure all 16 – 18 year olds are participating in education or training. 5 July BSix Sixth form JS Evening event to share the College’s successes College Partners & with all who have supported and contributed to Community Open BSix and their students. Evening 6 July Business JS Business Development Managers Network Development Meeting, 2.00– 4.00 pm, South Thames College, Managers Network Wandsworth High Street,
SW18 2PP. Meeting Agenda included: Adults Single Budget – Gaynor Field, Head of Funding Policy, Skills Funding Agency; Update from AOC Skills Policy Advisor, Teresa Frith and Free2Learn – Page 4 of 7
  • 5. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 01 July 2011 presentation - Mr Gabriel Gherscovic, Director and Ms Gabriella Koppel, Business Development Manager. 8 July AoC/AELP event at KA, JS See Headlines Westminster Kingsway College 12 July LSIS Regional KA See Headlines Conversation 13 July LOCOG Employment IA The aim of the event was & Skills Operations To raise awareness of the scale, scope Steering Group and nature of the contractor workforce required to deliver Games time services in retail, security, catering cleaning and waste. To explain how LOCOG will support key delivery partners to maximise these opportunities on behalf of their local workless customers.Future meetings Date Event/meeting Attendees Agenda 21 July LOCOG training for KA Ian Ashman to brief Colleges in London and the the unemployed Home Counties on training the unemployed for meeting LOCOG Opportunities 21 July Tom Mautner, Chair, KA Meeting to discuss AoCLR’s work on safer Hackney Community learners. College 22 July Operational Sub JS Agenda includes: election of Chair; strategic Group meeting at partners update; 16-19 Bursary; ESF update; London Councils Workplan monitoring. 26 July Alan Mchleery KA WorldSkills London 2011 26 July Nicola Lowis and KA Meeting with London Councils to discuss AoC Diana Neal, London ESOL research and the GLA’s FE Guide. Councils 28 July Heather Nevin, KA Regular catch up Eversheds 28 July Graeme Atherton KA Meeting to discuss AccessHE Page 5 of 7
  • 6. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 01 July 2011Events and Dates for the Diary  AoC’s Annual Conference and Exhibition: 15, 16 and 17 November 2011. Registration is now open for AoC’s flagship event of the year which takes place between Tuesday 15 and Thursday 17 November 2011 at the ICC in Birmingham.  NIACE Informal Adult and Community Learning Summer Policy Seminar. 19 July 2011, Leicester, NIACE Renaissance House, 20 Princess Road West, Leicester LE1 6TP. Fees: £85 (includes sandwich lunch, tea/coffee and a copy of the materials). Contact: NIACE Events Team (events@niace.org.uk) Tel: 0116 2042833 Ref: C3013/0711  HEIFES11 introductory seminar – overview and guidance on completing the return. Wednesday 10 August 2011, Filton College, Bristol BS34 8LP (map and directions). You are invited to a HEFCE introductory seminar on the 2011-12 Higher Education in Further Education: Students Survey (HEIFES11). This seminar is aimed at people who are new to the HEIFES return. For further information please contact Paresh Prema (tel. 0117 931 7314, p.prema@hefce.ac.uk); for administrative queries about the event contact Kathryn Mills (tel: 0117 931 7035, e-mail: events@hefce.ac.uk)  Wise Up 3 event: Saturday 24 September, 10.20am-5pm at City Hall, London. This event is to help young people in care/ care leavers between 13 and 19, prepare for their future career and higher education choices. For more information please download the flyer. To register go to: www.london.gov.uk/wiseupPolicy 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 Mayor urges London schools to ‘Get Set’ for 2012 tickets Games accelerate rebirth of east London 100 artists from the Arab world take part in London’s first festival of contemporary Arab culture Low-skilled 2012 jobseekers need more support, Assembly warns 28,000 apprenticeships in London as campaign hits target three months early Page 6 of 7
  • 7. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 01 July 2011If 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 Rebecca Breen.This is the last Bulletin before the Summer Break, returning on 2 September. If there is anyinformation you need circulating during this period, please let us know and we will forwarddirectly to Members as appropriate.Kate Anderson Judith SmythRegional Director Executive Managerkate.anderson@aoc.co.uk judith.smyth@aoc.co.ukRebecca Breen Cyheme BiloutaRegional Coordinator Team Administrator (part-time)rebecca.breen@aoc.co.uk cyheme.bilouta@aoc.co.uk Page 7 of 7