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  1. 1. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin9 March 2012- Issue 110SPEED DATING EVENT FOR LONDON COLLEGES WITH LONDONWORK PROGRAMME PROVIDERS – DON’T MISS OUT!Ian Ashman, Chair of AoC London Region, says: "This is our first major opportunity to engagedirectly with most of the Work Programme Providers and their subcontractors - a good turnoutof Colleges will demonstrate our commitment to this important relationship. Our experience,based on some pilot work with Primes, is that such links will help your college fill the JCPcourse places and develop new business opportunities."This event, originally open to Principals and Business Development Managers from LondonColleges, is now open to members from ALL AoC London networks – Finance Directors,Marketing Managers, Vice Principals, Heads of Student Services, Heads of Sport, CIS/MISManagers, Clerks. It’s vital that we get a good attendance at this event if London Collegesindividually and collectively are to forge productive links with London Prime contractors.The event takes place on Friday 16 March at Westminster Kingsway College, Soho Centre, PeterStreet, London W1F 0HS (Map) with the morning session targeted at Colleges in London Eastand the afternoon session targeted at Colleges in London West. To find out more about it,please contact Judith Smyth or Rebecca Breen.Please make sure that your College is represented at this event by signing up NOW of London’s Learning: A Manifesto for the Mayor from theCapital’s CollegesThe Mayoral and Assembly Elections Roundtable event took place on Tuesday 28 February,8am-9.30am at City of Westminster College. The event saw the launch of London’s Learning: AManifesto for the Mayor from the Capital’s Colleges. The document details five asks of thenew Mayor by London’s Colleges. Five copies of the Manifesto have been sent to each Collegefor you to use in your discussions with Mayoral or Assembly candidates. You may also find iton the AoC London website at this link.Ian Ashman chaired the event and the speakers were: • Caroline Russell, Green candidate for the London Assembly • Merlene Emerson, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Hammersmith • David Lammy, Labour MP for Tottenham • James Cleverly, London Assembly Conservative Member for Bexley and BromleyOne of the asks in the Manifesto is about making study affordable for the young unemployed.Within that, London Colleges ask that a Mayor’s Bursary Scheme be established with Colleges,
  2. 2. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 9 March 2012set at £900 a year, specifically targeted at the 28,000 16-18 year-olds who are not in education,employment or training, to encourage them to return to study and complete their course.Two days after our roundtable event, Mayoral candidate Ken Livingstone announced hispledge to restore a London-wide £30 per week allowance if he is elected as Mayor in May. AoCresponded to this announcement with the following press statement:“AoC is concerned about the evidence of the impact that the removal of the EMA has had onthe ability of London’s 16-year-olds to access the right courses. In our recent study ofenrolment of 16 to18-year-olds to Colleges across England this year, Greater London has thesteepest decline of any region, with a drop of just under 3.5%. AoC London would certainly beinterested in a discussion [with the successful Mayoral candidate] about a bursary scheme forLondon.”Mayors Education Inquiry Panel Symposium, Friday 24 February andConsultation RequestIn November 2011, the Mayor of London launched an Education Inquiry, which will run untilSeptember 2012, to explore the critical challenges facing London’s educational establishments.The Inquiry, led by an independent Chair and Panel, will examine key challenges for educationin London and make recommendations for practical action with key partners.Laraine Smith, Principal of Uxbridge College is on the Panel and AoC attended the Symposiumon Friday 24 February, which launched the First Report: are encouraged to respond to the consultation, using the call for evidence templateon the GLA’s website and attached. The deadline is 5pm on Friday 24 April 2012. AoCLondon will also making a response so please send us your comments for inclusion.Regional Forum 13 March - ReminderPrincipals and Chairs are reminded that the next Regional Forum takes place this Tuesday 13March at 4.00-6.00pm at Working Men’s College, 44 Crowndale Road, London, NW1 1TR(nearest tube is Mornington Crescent) Please click here for map.The main speaker for this event is Lesley Davies, Assistant Chief Executive and Director ofPolicy, AoC, who will be providing an AoC Policy update. There will also be an updateregarding Sport England/DCMS funding for the College sector and a Marketing Committeeupdate from Michael Farley, Principal, Tower Hamlets College.If you haven’t already done so please register for the event here. If you require any furtherdetails please do not hesitate to contact either Judith Smyth or Rebecca Breen. Page 2 of 8
  3. 3. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 9 March 2012Living and education needs of young blind people in the community.The Ethical Property Foundation ( is an independent charity withthe aim of making the best use of property for society and the environment. Established in2005, it provides a high quality property advice service backed by professional experts tocharities and community groups. With a base in London and Bristol, the Foundation has beenfunded by the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation to offer services to all the regions in England.Alongside the advice service, it is developing innovation in property solutions for charitieswanting to develop better services and value with other public bodies by integrating assets. TheEthical Property Foundation is working with the Royal London Society for Blind People(RLSB) to scope and develop the concept of “a life without limits” with a focus on living andlearning needs of young people in the 16 years plus age group. The RLSB has become a majorchampion and expert in helping blind people achieve their goals in life through its work inLondon and the south east.The Ethical Property Foundation and the RLSB would like to hear from London Colleges whowould have an interest in exploring options with a view to pilot combined living and educationservices for young blind and partially sighted people in order to help them to achieve greaterlife opportunities.For further details please contact: Ian Parker, Ethical Property, or telephone 0207 065 0763.Podium/2012 UpdatePodium is delighted to be working with Proctor & Gamble to promote the fantastic opportunityfor eight Hair and Beauty Students to work on the Olympic Park at Games Time. Full detailscan be found in the following link: is also the last chance to submit your London 2012 related projects for one of the eightprestigious Podium Awards. The deadline for all nominations is 5pm on Monday 12 March.Winners will attend a glittering Ceremony with London 2012 CEO Paul Deighton and lots ofother benefits including grant funding.Full details can be found at update – WorldSkills UK CompetitionsCompetitors entering the 2012 Competitions could be on the start of the journey to WorldSkillsMadrid 2015. The process for Team Selection for WorldSkills Leipzig 2013 will be looking forexceptional talent with capacity to improve.The registrations for the 2012 Competitions are steadily climbing but London Colleges areasked to give one final push to enter candidates. The closing date for most competitions is 15March 2012. The exceptions are Welding, which has already closed, and Skill Build, for whichthe closing date is 23 March 2012.If you need help with entries, here’s the step-by-step guide or please call the WorldSkills UKcontact centre on 0800 612 0742. Page 3 of 8
  4. 4. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 9 March 2012College News Story of the Fortnight Mayoral candidate Ken Livingstone makes education pledge at City of Westminster College Making the announcement to an audience of students and local and national press, Ken Livingstone said that he was committed to anything that encourages young people to attend college and fulfill their potential. Other speakers included City of Westminster College Principal Keith Cowell, MP for Westminster North Karen Buck, EMA student campaigner Zakariya Ahmed and National Union of Students representative Estelle Hart. College Principal Keith Cowell said: "London faces specific challenges with many low-income households and high costs for essentials such as travel. Therefore, as a College, we welcome any initiatives and all debate about how we can provide more support to young people in education and training." Student Danielle Williams, who is studying A-levels in Politics, Law and Drama and Theatre Studies at City of Westminster College, said: "I enjoyed the event and I really welcome this pledge because when they stopped EMA it caused real hardship for many students. And speaking personally, I had to rely on the kindness of my family because of the high cost of my daily journey to college." The EMA, which was abolished at the start of 2011, provided funds to assist students aged 16- 19 meet expenses such as travel and books. It was replaced by a bursary scheme that provides more limited funds to fewer students.Recent meetings Date Event/meeting Attendees Feedback 27 Feb Meeting Mary Vine- KA Regular catch up meeting Morris, London Councils and Caroline Boswell, Greater London Authority 28 Feb The Mayoral and KA, JS, See Headlines Assembly Elections: RB, CB Roundtable event and Launch of London Colleges’ Manifesto Page 4 of 8
  5. 5. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 9 March 201229 Feb AoC Governance JS The agenda included: Summit • Governors’ development needs, development of the foundation code • Using the freedoms of the new Instrument and Articles, Accountability to communities • Developing innovative organisational models.5 Mar Youth Transitions to KA The main discussions items were: Adulthood Scenario • An introduction to the economic Planning Event, by context the Greater London • Scenarios and discussions Authority with • Action planning. London Councils and the Association of London Directors of Children’s Services.6 Mar London Councils: JS The agenda included: YPES Board • Policy update • Careers guidance: Paul Chubb, Careers England and Tim Riley, Inclusion. • Apprenticeships • Participation Report (Allocations 2012/13 and Performance) • Vision and Strategy Consultation • Work Plan 2012/20136 Mar AoCLR Finance RB The agenda included: Directors meeting • An open forum and feedback from national committee, Update from David McIntyre, Head of Business Risk Services (North), PKF (UK) LLP- PFK/CFDG Risk • Management guidance • Update from Aidan Pettitt, Senior Advisor, YPLA • Update from Chris Birt, Head of Provider Financial Intervention and Support, SFA • Update from Estelle Coughtrey, Public Sector Client Account Manager, Syscap - funding for technology and working with the FE sector8 Mar Principals Meeting: KA, JS Meeting prior to Principals meeting with Pre-meeting with Munira Mirza Advisor on Culture and Ian Ashman, Youth, Greater London Authority on 15 Page 5 of 8
  6. 6. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 9 March 2012 Michelle Cuomo March 2012. (GLA) and Andrew Gates (GLA) 8 Mar Safer Learners JS The agenda included: Partnership Board • Recap on Terms of Reference and Business Plan (Munira Mirza) • Sharing Data, data presentation (Richard Walker) • Development of the Framework, Website development update (Nathan Winch) • Framework consultation: young people, practitioners and other findings, Q&A – (Jacqui Newvell and Luke Roberts, National Children’s Bureau and Graham Robb, YJB) 9 Mar Catch up meeting KA Regular catch up meeting with Vic Grimes, NAS 9 Mar Sport England KA Event covered sharing the initial thinking Active Colleges with the sector about the investment Consultation Event process, timescales, the role of a College Sport Maker and the funding criteria, followed by an open discussion.Future meetings Date Event/meeting Attendees Agenda 12 Mar AoC Worldskills KA The agenda includes updates on the National Portfolio Group Skills Show, the Devolved Nations and Regional Update as well as an update on current national competition developments, on WorldSkills International Team Development and a local research on competition impact on success rates. 13 Mar Mark Hilton, KA Regular catch up meeting London First 13 Mar AoCLR Regional AoCLR The agenda includes: Forum • AoC Policy update from Lesley Davies, AoC Deputy Chief Executive • Sport England/DCMS funding for College sector • Marketing Committee update Page 6 of 8
  7. 7. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 9 March 201214 Mar AoC Business JS The agenda includes: Development • Job Centre Plus – information and up- Managers’ Network date from Paul Tucker Senior Meeting Partnership Manager (London and the Home Counties Group) • Macleod Associates – Employment Outcomes and Careers Guidance Software – showcasing - a professional recruitment on line job finder tool – Tor Macleod • London Skills and Employment Observatory – the central source of information, research and data on all skills and employment issues in London – Vicky Davies • Regional Update – round up of issues and current opportunities15 Mar Principals meeting JS, KA Agenda will include: An update on the London with Sir Peter Enterprise Partnership (LEP); London Colleges’ Rogers, Mayor’s Manifesto; Education Inquiry Feedback and Advisor on IAG and a London wide Careers Service. Regeneration, Growth and Enterprise, GLA.16 Mar Prime Contractor KA See headlines and contact the office for Speed Dating event information about the agenda23 Mar AoCLR CIS/MIS JS Agenda to be confirmed managers network meeting30 Mar Operational Sub JS Agenda to be confirmed Group Meeting, London Councils3 April Mary Vine-Morris, KA Regular catch up meeting London CouncilsEvents and Dates for the Diary  AoC Annual Human Resources Conference and Exhibition 2012: Tuesday 13 March 2012 International Convention Centre, Birmingham  AoC 14-19 Delivery Structures Conference 2012: Tuesday 13 March 2012, etc venues Paddington, London  AoC London Regional Forum: Tuesday 13 March, 4-6pm, Working Mens College. For more information please contact Rebecca Breen: Page 7 of 8
  8. 8. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 9 March 2012  AoC Annual Communications Conference 2012: Wednesday 14 March, etc. venues Victoria, London  AoC London Business Development Managers’ Network meeting: Wednesday 14 March, 1.30pm-4pm at AoC Offices, Stedham Place. This meeting will focus on Employability Issues. Please contact Judith Smyth for more information about this meeting:  AoC Annual Communications Conference: Wednesday 14 March, London. A link to the website for more details and the conference programme is found here:  AoC College Pensions Conference, Tuesday 27 March, London. A link to the website for more details and the conference programme is found here: AoC Create Pensions Conference.  Next Step Adult Skills London are running a series of events on the 12, 13, 14 and 19 March in London aimed directly at recruitment and skills to enable adults to upgrade their career prospects. Please see link for more details.Policy and other documents GLA news Mayor urged to tackle unemployment level head-on Let’s show London at its best – Mayor issues rallying cry for Olympic clean up 2012 Games focus at the London Assembly 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 Rebecca Breen. Kate Anderson Judith Smyth Regional Director Executive Manager Rebecca Breen Cyheme Bilouta Regional Coordinator Team Administrator (part-time) Page 8 of 8