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AoC London Member's Bulletin - Issue 125

  1. 1. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin 23 November 2012 – Issue 125 Dear Colleagues This has been an exceptional two weeks for our Colleges and the sector with the Skills Show th 2012 (15-17 November, NEC Birmingham), Skills London 2012 (23-24 ExCel, London), and the AoC National Annual Conference (20th – 22nd November, ICC, Birmingham) all taking place. The Skills Show last week inspired hundreds of competitors and participants and thousands of visitors to take part and have a go. Many, many congratulations to our London medal winners. Skills London 2012 was today also a hive of activity, including a fantastic range of interactive stands and exhibits from London Colleges. Skills London offers young people and their families a chance to find out all the career options that are available to them. The event is open tomorrow (Saturday 24th November) from 10:00am until 4:00pm. This week has also seen the AoC Annual Conference taking in place in Birmingham. This was a highly successful conference with over 1800 delegates. For me personally it was a great chance to network, learn and meet up with our Colleges and stakeholders. Key speeches and announcements can be found on the AoC website. Best wishes Caroline NevilleCALLS FOR ACTION PROGRESS Programme Call for Proposals: Social Policy Experimentations The European Commission has just published the PROGRESS Programme’s Call for Proposals for Social Policy Experimentations which has a budget of €4.2 million and a deadline for submission of applications of 15th February 2013. For more information please visit European Commission funding website or contact Paul Laffin, EU Policy Adviser. Adutlt Learners Week nominations – one month to go! Theres now only one month to go to get your nomination in for Adult Learners Week. The deadline is Thursday 13th December to complete your nomination for an outstanding learner or project. You can nominate online, electronically or on paper. For more information please contact Amanda Pavon-Lopez London and South East area Coordinator.
  2. 2. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 23 November 2012Building money management skills in FE colleges with Barclays Money SkillsThe Barclays Money Skills programme is returning for a third year, and further educationColleges across the UK are now invited to register to take part in this national campaign to build the financial skills and confidence of FE college students. Participating colleges receive a free resource pack full of entertaining and informative activities to run with students in the Spring term. Activities cover themes such as budgeting, saving and spending, and are based on topicsincluding food, fashion and independent living. Colleges can requestsupport from Barclays volunteers, who are trained to deliver presentationsand support tutorials, and colleges funded by the Skills Funding Agency canapply for a grant of between £400 and £4,000 to support the delivery of theprogramme.For more information and to register your College to take part please check the Barclays MoneySkills website.LONDON NEWSLondon Colleges newsSouth Thames Brings Home the Gold at World Skills Students representing South Thames College brought in a haul of medals when they competed in the national finals of the World Skills competition held at the Skills Show in Birmingham last week. The College had eight students competing in three separate competitions, which are designed to test the advanced skill levels of students in specific vocational areas. The standout performance was from Raquel Cole who picked up the Gold medal in the advanced Afro-Caribbean hairdressing competition.South Thames College pictureOther medal winners in the Afro Caribbean hairdressing category were Tanya Grant who wonthe silver in the intermediate category and Sabrina Hilaire who won the bronze in the samecategory.To read the full story please visit London Colleges website.GLA newsLondon playing fields under threat, warns AssemblyFast Food City – Mayor urges action on healthier eatingNews from Darren Johnson AM: Mayor questioned on support for free schools Page 2 of 5
  3. 3. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 23 November 2012UPCOMING EVENTS AoC London Network Events and Dates for the Diary • AoC London Marketing committee meeting/Strategic workshop, 27 November. • AoC London Procurement Network, 28 November. • AoC London Marketing Managers Network, 4 December • AoC London Regional Committee, 6 December AoC Create News AoC Digital Marketing and Engagement Conference, Thursday 6 December 2012, Prospero House, London Please be advised that the AoC Digital and Engagement Conference is on Thursday 6 December. The event will provide information, debate and examples of best practice in email, mobile, social media, Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) and much more. The agenda is attached to the Bulletin. For more information please vist event’s website. Managing Quality: The Sector Management College – the management development programme for FE managers, 11-12 December Over 350 delegates have attended SMC to date and the next module ‘Managing Quality’ will take place from 11 to 12 December. ‘Managing Quality’ has been newly developed with input from the AoC’s policy team and College sector experts. It will enable you to describe and evaluate a range of quality management theories and tools, identify the need for continuous improvement in their own setting, and apply some of the tools examined. Click here for more info One day workshop: How Gangs Operate in Colleges, 13 December Are gangs and youth violence a concern in your College? Can you spot the signs of gang behaviour? A new one day workshop aimed to address your concerns raise your awareness of gang and serious youth violence and equip you with the necessary tools to help prevent problem groups in your College. Presented by serving police officer Barry Green and Security Consultant Peter Smith. Peter Smith is an ex police officer with extensive knowledge in dealing with Gangs and Serious Youth Violence. He helped devise the AoC London Region Gangs Checklist in June 2011 and the checklist was extremely helpful to Colleges, including following the riots in August 2011. This workshop builds on this expertise and the work piloted in London, along with police officer Barry Green who also worked on this project. To book your place please visit the workshop’s website. Page 3 of 5
  4. 4. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 23 November 2012 All programmes and events are organized by AoC Create, the commercial subsidiary of the AoC. All the money AoC Create make is reinvested to benefit AoC members. AoC London / ACER Regional Procurement Service Update Procurement Trainings AoC London and ACER are pleased to offer free of charge procurement training to any London College staff during the month of December. Four half-day events are to be held at the AoC offices at Stedham Place, WC1A 1HU. The topics to be covered and scheduled dates and times can be found in the enclosed leaflet.GET A LINE ON AOC LONDON REGION MEETINGS Recent meetings Date Meetings/Events 12 November AoC London Heads of Sport Network, Eversheds (JS) 12 November Higher Educational Funding Council for England Workshop (CN) 13 November ESOL Group meeting (JS) 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’ network meeting (CN) 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 London Employment & Skills Taskforce for 2012 Implementation Group, GLA (JS) 20 November AoC Annual Conference & Exhibition, Birmingham (CN, JS, EB) 21 November AoC Annual Conference & Exhibition, Birmingham (CN, JS) 22 November AoC Annual Conference & Exhibition, Birmingham (CN, JS) 23 November Skills London 2012 Event (CN, JS, EB)Future meetings Date Meetings/Events 27 November Aoc London Marketing Committee/Strategic Workshop, Eversheds (CN, JS) 27 November Meeting with Denise Brown-Sackey, Principal Newham FE College (CN) 28 November AoC London Procurement Managers Network Meeting (CN) 28 November Linking London – Building Progression Project meeting (CN) 30 November High Needs Students Policy: Implementation in London meeting (CN) 4 December AoC London Marketing Managers’ Network Meeting (JS) 4 December Regular catch up meeting with Vic Grimes, Apprenticeships (CN) 4 December Post 14 Network Advisory Group – Institute of Education (CN) 5 December Jill Lowery , Skills Funding Agency (CN) 6 December AoC London Regional Committee meeting (CN, JS) Page 4 of 5
  5. 5. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 23 November 2012If 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