AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin 22 February 2013 – Issue 130 Dear Colleagues Last week AoC London Region and Regional Committee Principals had the first of a series of regular liaison meetings with senior colleagues in the Department of Business and Innovation and Skills. They discussed a number of issues including: 24+ Advanced Learning Loans; Funding methodology changes and transitional protection; Heseltine Review/City Deals/Review of GLA Act 2007 and Mayoral Powers in London; Employers Ownership Pilots; DWP/JCP; Traineeships Update and ESOL. Further progress has been made on ESOL funding; for the latest information please see today’s Chief Executive’s letter. Next week we will be holding our AoC London Region HE Coordinators’ Network meeting on Tuesday 26 February and the Strategic Group for Sport meeting on Thursday 28 February. The following week the Finance Directors’ Network will meet on Tuesday 5 March and Heads of Sport on Thursday 7 March. For more details of these meetings please see the links in this bulletin. We hope you have had a good half term break – either at work or had some well-earned time off. Best wishes AoC London RegionLONDON NEWS London Colleges news Kingston College Celebrates Rising Number of Budding Female Engineers This year, is a historic first, there are 22 female students spread across the whole school which covers mechanical/electronic engineering, motor vehicle, aeronautical and operations and maintenance engineering. In addition the School of Engineering is headed by a female, Barbara Rogers, along with three other female members of staff, who all have engineering industry experience. Emily Guest, 19-year-old had done some work experience with Opcare while at school and when she heard they were recruiting apprentices she decided to apply. I really enjoy it here. The staff really care about you and want to get to know you as an individual. My studies here have given me a fantastic grounding in engineering and I think that girls have got an eye for details and offer precision. Kingston College picture To read the full story please visit London Colleges website.
AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 22 February 2013 GLA news Mayor launches £20,000 competition to find tomorrows green entrepreneur Mayor announces £24m fund to boost excellence in London schools Are careers services in London doing a good job?UPCOMING EVENTSAoC London Network Events and Dates for the Diary • AoC London HE Coordinators Network meeting, 26 February • AoC London Strategic Group for Sport meeting, 28 February • AoC London Finance Directors Network meeting, 5 March • AoC London Heads of Sport Network meeting, 7 March • AoC London Regional Forum, 12 March • Procurement Network meeting, 14 March • London Business Development Managers’ Network meeting, 20 MarchAoC Create News AoC Annual College HE Conference, 6 March, Bloomsbury The premier College HE Conference of the year, regularly attracting circa 150 delegates, will this year focus on HE policy, pedagogy, widening participation, scholarship and the international context of College HE. This year Conference will benefit: • Finding out the latest thinking on College HE policy by national and government experts • Identifying for your College new innovative approaches, and how you can improve your HE offer • Understanding the key funding and regulatory challenges facing College HE To register your attendance or find out more please visit the AoC Create website. AoC Shared Services Conference 2013 – New Models of Delivery, 12 March, One Drummond Gate, Victoria, London Registration is still open for the AoC Shared Services Conference 2013 – New Models of Delivery – the only conference of its kind, focused on federal Structures, Collaboration & Shared Curriculum. This conference is a key learning event for Senior Management Teams in the further education sector and is a unique opportunity to learn about new models of delivery. If you wish to know more about Federal Structures, Collaboration, Shared Curriculum and legalities associated with developing new structures attendance is recommended. There will be an opportunity to learn from shared services projects including the TEN Group set up by City College Norwich, the Wessex Federation & Adult Enterprise Ltd. To register your attendance or find out more please visit the AoC Create website. Page 2 of 4
AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 22 February 2013 Annual Human Resources Conference, 18-19 March, ICC Birmingham This conference will offer thought-provoking ideas and solutions to equip further education HR professionals to tackle the current issues facing the sector and its workforce. As the primary driver in supporting and developing the workforce to respond to change and deliver outstanding learning, HR is critical to ensuring Colleges achieve success through their people; including driving up standards of quality and outcomes for learners and sustaining the organisations future. The programme is specifically designed with College HR teams in mind, offering practical advice on key changes and development in HR strategy, practice and employment law in the further education (FE) sector, as well as new ideas, solutions to take back to your department. To register your attendance or find out more please visit the AoC Create website.Other Events Student Leadership Conference, 8 March, Brunel University British Colleges Sport (BCS) London is holding a Student Leadership Conference on March 8th at Brunel University. This is an opportunity for students with an interest in sport to grasp the importance of volunteering in sport, while gaining leadership qualifications in a variety of intra College sports that BCS offer. If you have any students who you feel may benefit from the opportunity then please send them along. Places will be awarded on a first come first served basis. For more information please see attached flyer and contact Carla Emmanuel, BCS Regional Coordinator. Enterprise Society Impact Day, 13 March, Westminster Kingsway College The Enterprise Society Impact day is an all-day event packed with a panel discussion, keynotes and breakout sessions for FE Colleges and HE Universities. This event has been designed for those who have an interest in establishing a student-led enterprise society. The event is to help educators, students and support staff understand the importance of having an enterprise society, how it increases student employability and encourages job creation through entrepreneurship. More information is attached to the Bulletin. To register your attendance please visit National Association of College & University Entrepreneurs website.GET A LINE ON AOC LONDON REGION MEETINGSRecent meetings Date Meetings/Events 11 February Meeting with Mark Silverman, Principal, Lambeth College (CN) 13 February BIS/AoC London Region Principals liaison meeting (CN, JS) 14 February Meeting with Frank McLoughlin, Principal, City and Islington College (CN) Page 3 of 4
AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 22 February 2013 15 February AoC London MIS Managers’ Network meeting (EJ) 15 February Meeting with Satnam Gill, Principal, Working Men’s College (CN) 15 February Hackney Community College Beacon Award Celebration (JS) 19 February ESOL meeting with SFA (CN, JS) 20 February College visit: Barking and Dagenham College (EJ) 21 February ESOL Group meeting (JS) 21 February College visit: City Lit (EJ)Future meetings Date Meetings/Events 25 February London Apprentice Travel Concession – Provider Focus Group meeting (JS) 26 February Adult Learners Week Awards 2013 event – London Region Awards Selection Panel (JS) 26 February AoC London HE Coordinators Network meeting (AoCLR) 27 February Talent Match Steering Group meeting (JS) 28 February AoC London Strategic Group for Sport meeting (JS) 28 February Skills and Employment stakeholder consultation event for the London Enterprise Panel jobs and growth strategy (CN) 28 February Meeting with Peter Mayhew-Smith, Principal, Carshalton College (CN) 1 March Meeting with Victor Shafiee, Ofsted Senior Inspector for London (CN) 1 March London Sixth Form Colleges meeting (CN, JS) 4 March Meeting with Paolo Ramella, Principal, Sir George Monoux College (CN) 4 March Meeting with Michael Heanue, Principal Policy Officer, GLA (CN, JS) 4 March Regular catch up meeting with Vic Grimes, National Apprenticeships Service (CN) 5 March AoC London Finance Directors Network meeting (AOCLR) 5 March London Region WorldSkills Group at South Thames College (CN) 5 March London Apprentice Travel Concession – Provider Focus Group meeting (JS) 6 March Linking London: Research Findings meeting (CN) 7 March AoC London Heads of Sport meeting (AoCLR) 7 March Meeting with ACER (CN) If you like to get more information about the AoCLR attended recent and future meetings/events please contact AoC London Region office. CONTACTS If you wish to contact the AoC London office to give feedback on this Bulletin, to request additional information where we have offered it, or to provide suggested content for future issues, please email Evelina Joykutty. Caroline Neville Judith Smyth Evelina Joykutty Regional Director Deputy Director Regional Co-ordinator email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com Page 4 of 4