Transcript of "AoC London Policy and Priorities Publication"
London CollegesPolicy and Priorities
FOREWORDThe London 2012 Games showed the best of London and of Londoners. Nobody who visited theOlympics or Paralympics could fail to be proud of the venues, the Games Makers or the sports people.London 2012 showed what can be done when everyone is working towards the same goal. The fact thatColleges trained staff, apprentices helped build the venues, most Games Makers were trained in oneof London’s Colleges and that several of our sports people were College graduates, shows what a vitalcomponent our sector is within London’s infrastructure.We now must apply the same approach to the other challenges facing our capital city as we applied tothe Games, with the support of our Colleges. London’s Further Education and Sixth Form Colleges, 49in total, are first and foremost education and training institutions for over 400,000 students, includingmore young people aged 16-18 than are in school sixth forms and over 17,000 students in apprenticeshipsand work-place learning. The hard work and commitment of our staff results in much more than theachievement of qualifications. Colleges help people get jobs, set up their own businesses, learn Englishfor the first time, improve their self-confidence, develop new interests, continue onto higher educationand, of course, advise them on their career options. We help businesses establish apprenticeships,develop the skills of existing staff and we adapt our provision to meet employers’ developing skillsneeds. Colleges have a record of success but would like to do even more.The challenges London face remain considerable. The number of young people who are not in education,employment or training is too high, as is the adult unemployment rate. Careers advice for youngLondoners remains inconsistent. And, as inflation rises, our students are finding it an increasingstruggle to afford to continue learning.This short pamphlet outlines five key areas where we think London’s MPs can work with and on behalfof their local College, and others, so together we can ensure every Londoner has the chance to succeed in2013 and beyond.Ian AshmanPrincipal, Hackney Community College and Chair, AoC London
01 Promoting Young People’s Participation and Engagement WHAT LONDON HOW LONDON MPsLONDON’S NEEDS COLLEGES ARE CAN HELP DOING Lobby for the Educating over 100,000Raising the Participation development of young people aged Age: more young a London-wide 16 to 18 each year in people participating in independent careers everything from basic education and training service available to all skills to level 3 (A-levels in London students in all schools and their equivalent) and Colleges Providing more job A big reduction in the focussed courses such Supporting a London4.5% of young people not as pre-apprenticeship weighted bursary for engaged in education programmes and basic 16-18 year olds and or employment and skills, with frequent start the “No Free Lunch”reducing the drop-out at dates, including through campaign 17 and 18 the Youth Contract
02 Delivering the Skills London Employers Need WHAT LONDON HOW LONDON MPsLONDON’S NEEDS COLLEGES ARE CAN HELP DOING Promoting the work Working with London Colleges and employers Skilled young people businesses and are doing to meet newand adults ready to take employers to respond to skills needs, working in on tomorrow’s jobs their demands for skills partnership with the LEP Engaging through AoC London with employer Asking GovernmentThe right strategic input bodies, the Greater and Ofsted to give highand support to develop London Authority value to Colleges’ work skills for Londoners (GLA), London Councils with employers and and the London sector bodies Enterprise Panel (LEP)
03 Reducing Adult Unemployment WHAT LONDON HOW LONDON MPsLONDON’S NEEDS COLLEGES ARE CAN HELP DOING Great links between Promoting and hosting Colleges and Working with London local work experience, employers that businesses and careers events andpromote recruitment of employers to help them championing businessunemployed individuals to recruit local people and employer links with in London Colleges Delivering training to Asking Government The training needs unemployed people agencies to enable of active and inactive in partnership with claimants to continue onbenefits claimants are Job Centre Plus (JCP) the right College coursemet, ensuring that they and Work Programme which best helps their are better off in work providers across London employment prospects
04 Maximising Apprenticeship Opportunities in London WHAT LONDON HOW LONDON MPsLONDON’S NEEDS COLLEGES ARE CAN HELP DOING Working with the Encouraging small Mayor, the LEP,Employers and Colleges and medium sized London First, London to work together to enterprises to engage Councils and Nationalincrease the numbers of with apprenticeships Apprenticeships apprenticeships across and skills training Service (NAS) on the the capital through their local Apprenticeships/Skills Colleges Campaign Encouraging publicLondon’s public services Working in partnership services to recruit to work collaboratively with local authorities their fair share of across the capital and agencies to develop apprenticeships and to maximise local joint priorities and to make the most use recruitment investment of their Colleges for training
05 Ensuring Social Cohesion and Adding Value WHAT LONDON HOW LONDON MPsLONDON’S NEEDS COLLEGES ARE CAN HELP DOING Ensuring that the All groups being able Helping individuals to introduction of to have fair access to navigate the fees and Universal Credit doeseducation, training and funding regulations, and not result in someCollege facilities within providing information, people missing out on their communities advice and guidance free education Teaching over 400,000 Challenging Londoners from entry disproportionate cuts level through to higher for Colleges, increasingFair funding reflecting level skills, including funding for ESOL London’s needs and 82% of all English programmes and higher costs for Speakers of other monitoring the impact of Languages (ESOL) loans for people aged 24 learners across the and above capital
AoC London Member Colleges:General Further Education & Tertiary Colleges Sixth Form CollegesBarking & Dagenham College BSix Brooke House Sixth Form CollegeBarnet and Southgate College Christ the King Sixth Form CollegeBexley College Haringey Sixth Form CentreBromley College of Further and Higher Education Havering Sixth Form CollegeCarshalton College John Ruskin CollegeCity and Islington College Leyton Sixth Form CollegeCity of Westminster College Newham Sixth Form CollegeCollege of Haringey, Enfield and North East London St Charles Catholic Sixth Form CollegeCollege of North West London St Dominic’s Sixth Form CollegeCroydon College St Francis Xavier Sixth Form CollegeEaling, Hammersmith & West London College Sir George Monoux Sixth Form CollegeGreenwich Community College Woodhouse CollegeHackney Community CollegeHampstead Garden Suburb Institute Specialist Designated InstitutionsHarrow CollegeHavering College of Further and Higher Education City LitKensington and Chelsea College Hillcroft CollegeKingston College Mary Ward SettlementLambeth College Morley CollegeLewisham College incorporating Southwark College Working Men’s College CorporationNewham College of Further EducationRedbridge College Agriculture & HorticultureRichmond Adult Community College Capel Manor CollegeRichmond Upon Thames CollegeSouth Thames CollegeStanmore CollegeTower Hamlets CollegeUxbridge CollegeWaltham Forest CollegeWest Thames CollegeWestminster Kingsway College Association of Colleges London 2 - 5 Stedham Place, London, WC1A 1HU T: 020 7034 9900 | E: email@example.com | W: www.aoc.co.uk
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