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New agenda for vet trainers in the uk

  1. 1. New agenda for VET trainers in the UK Professional Development of the VET workforce Sandie Gay 14.10.10
  2. 2. Four nations – four government education departments responsible for VET trainers. Scottish Government – Lifelong Learning Executive (LLD) Northern Ireland Scotland Executive – Department for Employment and British Government – NI Learning Northern Department for Ireland (DELNI) Business, Innovation and Skills (DBIS) England Welsh Assembly Wales Government – Department for Children, Education, Lifelong Learning and Skills (DCELLS)
  3. 3. UK Education - overview Work place learning Second First choice Personal and chance general community general education education development learning (PCDL) Post compulsory Pre- vocational Vocational education and Compulsory sixth form training (VET) 16 -18 – education 5–16 years and training – general academic Access to HE education or pre- vocational FURTHER education EDUCATION HE in FE and training Academic SCHOOLS education HIGHER EDUCATION Research & Development Compulsory 5-16 (18) years Post-compulsory 16 (18) years onwards …………………………
  4. 4. UK professional standards for post compulsory teachers/trainers/tutors/lecturers: England Wales Northern Ireland Scotland New overarching New overarching Northern Ireland Professional professional professional overarching Standards for standards for standards for professional lecturers in teachers, tutors teachers, tutors standards for Scotland’s and trainers in and trainers in teachers, tutors and the lifelong the lifelong trainers in the lifelong Colleges learning sector learning sector learning sector (2009) (2006) (2007) in Wales (2007) Learning Delivery National Occupational Meta Standards Learning and Development National Occupational Standards UK Professional Standards Framework - for Higher Education Lecturers
  5. 5. Regulations & professional qualifications for post compulsory teachers/trainers/tutors/lecturers: England Wales Northern Ireland Scotland Further Education Further Education Teachers Teachers’ Teachers' Further Education Teachers’ (Eligibility) (Education, Qualifications Qualifications (Wales) Training and (England) Regulations Regulations 2002 (for Regulations (Northern Recommendation 2007 plus the Further those qualifying after Ireland) 2007 for Registration) Education Teachers’ 2008, the new (Scotland) Continuing professional standards Regulations 1993 Professional underpin the Development and qualifications Registration (England) requirements) Regulations 2007 Teaching L3/4PTLLS Cert Ed / PGCE PGC (FHE) Qualification Further Education L3/4 CTLLS new framework in new framework in TQ(FE) L6 and above DTLLS development development recommended PGCE/PGDE for Teaching and Learning in HE (recommended)
  6. 6. Timeline 1999:FENTO –Teaching and Supporting Learning Standards for England and Wales Pre 2001:not mandatory but many FE teachers/trainers gained professional qualifications 2001:statutory regulations for teachers in government funded provision to hold qualifications developed from FENTO standards plus requirements for LLN (En) 2002:Success for All – aim: fully to have a qualified workforce by 2010 Regulations Government papers 2002: Standards Unit and the Institute for Learning set up Professional organisations 2003:DfEs policy: qualification requirements for ESOL teachers Professional standards Narrative 2003:Ofsted report stated quality of T&L not satisfactory 2004:Equipping our Teachers for the Future: Reforming initial teacher training for FE 2005: LLUK/SVUK set up to support reforms 2006: Raising Skills: Improving life chances 2006: Professional Standards for Lecturers in Scotland’s Colleges 2007: new statutory qualification requirements for FE inc VET trainers 2007/9:LLUK – new professional standards for England, Wales and NI 2009 – Skills for Growth: National Skills Strategy 2010 – LLUK – overarching Learning Delivery meta Standards for the UK
  7. 7. Role of Lifelong Learning UK • Sector Skills Council for the lifelong learning sector’s workforce – Sector skills councils are employer led bodies set up to look after the interests of a specific sector and its workforce – LLUK is one of 23 sector skills councils • In consultation with employers and stakeholders, LLUK develops, maintains and updates national occupational standards including the professional standards for teachers, tutors and trainers in the lifelong learning sector which includes vocational education and training. • Footprint –practitioners working in: – Higher education – Further education (VET) – Work based learning (VET) – Community Learning and Development – Career guidance – Libraries, archives and information services
  8. 8. Now….towards professionalisation of VET workforce • Overarching UK Learning Delivery Occupational Standards articulating common areas of the national standards - enables the recognition and transferability of skills across nations. • VET teacher/trainer qualifications framework and qualifications developed from a set of national standards in each nation - enable recognition of local requirements whilst enabling cross border transfer of skills for migrant workers • Statutory Teachers’ Qualifications Regulations apply in all UK nations For example, in England: • All new entrants required to gain a prescribed, role specific teaching qualification • Further qualification requirements for teachers of adult literacy, numeracy and ESOL • Register with the professional body, Institute for Learning (IfL) • Gain professional status (A/QTLS) by evidencing good, current practice • Carry out a minimum amount of continuing professional development (CPD)
  9. 9. Role of Standards Verification UK • Wholly owned by LLUK but independent company • Providing arms length operation for transparency and probity • A necessity because LLUK’s employers have workforces that need standards based qualifications and CPD but also provide much of the initial training and CPD to the LLL sector workforces. Standards Verification UK: • Endorses ITT qualifications; verifies delivery of ITT to professional standards (in England and Wales with supporting role in NI) • Provides additional services for existing workforce: – a scheme designed for experienced but unqualified teachers to be professionally recognised: General Professional Recognition Learning and Skills (England only) : – resource for already qualified teachers/trainers: the Tariff of Qualifications (ITT) …..
  10. 10. Tariff of Qualifications (ITT) • A free to use, interactive, online tool for the FE workforce in England • Shows the relationship between existing teaching/training qualifications to the teaching qualifications in the new framework: PTLLS, CTLLS, DTLLS, and • Helps with continuing professional development to ensure existing workforce can meet expectations of current practice. =?
  11. 11. Tariff of Qualifications (ITT) • Helps saves the workforce time, effort and cost of retraining/ requalifying • Many types of users for many contexts – the sector’s professional body, Institute for Learning, for grading members – teachers/trainers in the VET sector to make sure they hold the required qualification; to plan continuing professional development and career advancement – employers/HR personnel determining professional standing of existing and/or potential employees, supporting appraisal and development – awarding organisations to accredit previous learning and achievements • Available at:
  12. 12. EU/OS ITT Comparison Tool • shows a broad comparison of key features of teacher training, main accepted teaching qualification and requirements for professional practice in England to that of other European and overseas countries. • shows practitioners who have gained their teaching qualifications in other EU or overseas countries, what is expected for professional practice in England and how their qualification compares. • Available at:
  13. 13. Feedback from you • Suggestions for uses of the Comparison Tool: who and how? • Suggestions for further development, e.g: – Key features – Navigation • Suggestions for how further development could be funded.
  14. 14. Finally…………scoping future developments • Research on ways to expand the tool with more qualifications and make it fully flexible – comparison between any two countries – e.g. EU LLP funding under the Leonardo Transfer of Innovation Action • Develop an ‘equivalence certificate’? • Develop EU wide occupational standards/train the trainer qualifications for VET trainers, benchmarked to the EQF? • Develop similar tools for other sectors e.g. healthcare; accountancy; security services: military services • Develop similar tools for other nations • Contact details please • For later thoughts: …….. thank you.
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