JULY POLICY IN YOUR POCKET FROM TSNLA!
Welcome to the second of our new updates on policy and other developments that affect third sector learning providers. We hope to get these out to you on a regular basis in future, doing the leg work to help you stay in touch with political, economic and funding developments.
There is hopefully something for everyone here though, with articles, analysis and links to information on:
1. Brexit implications
2. Lord Sainsbury's Skills Plan
3. SIR Data Opportunity
4. Devolution and localism
6. All Party Parliamentary Report on Adult Education
7. Focus on Funding and Resources
8. Other news
9. New Departments and Ministers
Please do let us know if you find this policy update useful, or if there is anything else that you would like us to cover. This update is designed to be helpful for your organisation, and we are always happy to receive feedback and comments.
Amanda Pavon-Lopez - Policy and Communications
SMALL THIRD SECTOR PROVIDER SCOOPS THREE NATIONAL AWARDS IN ONE NIGHT!
TSNLA Trustee member, ELATT Connected Learning, beat off stiff competition from some of the biggest and best national FE Colleges and training providers to win three major awards at the prestigious TES FE Awards, held at the Grosvenor Hotel in Park Lane, London on Friday 22nd April.
The first ever third sector training provider to claim the sector's flagship prize of Overall FE Provider of the Year Award, ELATT defied all expectations by also scooping Training Provider of the Year and the prestigious Employer Engagement Award - an award that recognises innovative working with employers to get people into real jobs.
By joining up with employers' Corporate Social Responsibility departments, ELATT worked with IT industry professionals to support both learners and teachers. Tech City Digital start-up Crowdskills helped develop digital media and web design workshops, and supported unemployed learners with knowledge and skills around working in IT. It also provided realistic work placements and gave advice on how to network to find employment.
The results speak for themselves. In an industry where competition for jobs is fierce and skills needs shift incredibly quickly, over a third of the learners found immediate employment in IT, and the rest were placed on a freelance register for future work. All are now qualified and experienced to compete alongside graduates for prestigious jobs in the IT industry.
The TES Awards are a wonderful acknowledgement of the excellent work done by the third sector in helping those most marginalised and furthest from the labour market obtain relevant skills and employment. This is even more important at a time when policy makers and funders are considering how best to commission learning and skills provision in the future.
With many Area Reviews only considering the largest local FE providers, the funding threats for both directly contracted and Local Authority providers and changes to Apprenticeship funding, it is increasingly important that the contribution made to the skills and employment agenda by the third sector is highlighted and celebrated. Localism needs to genuinely include those organisations such as ELATT who reach, engage and develop local people, and shouting loudly about the sector's successes is one way to ensure local commissioners hear and recognise the vital importance of small providers.
Here's what some people said about ELATT's amazing achievement:
The Award Judges: ELATT has "pioneered a new approach to employer engagement" through its ground-breaking partnerships, and is an "outstanding initiative".
ELATT Chief Executive Anthony Harmer: "This Award is a fantastic endorsement of the importance and value that the third sector has in getting those marginalised or furthest from the labour market into sustainable employment. I hope that this will help raise the profile of voluntary organisations such as ourselves, and the part we can play in supporting local people into real jobs."
Chair of TSNLA (Third Sector National Learning Alliance) Cheryl Turner: "Congratulations to all at ELATT for this brilliant achievement. The third sector is often forgotten as governments focus on FE Colleges to deliver the jobs and skills agenda but these Awards show this is not the whole story. Not-for-profit providers such as ELATT play a vital role in supporting those most in need to get the skills and jobs they need to flourish. We are very proud to have ELATT's expertise on our board as a Trustee."
Director of Crowdskills, Iman Fedaei: ELATT's "clients have many additional needs and would get lost in the system elsewhere. But here they thrive."
Senior Project Manager of Opus 2, Kiran Noonan said of working with ELATT: "We have seen an improvement in our own staffs' wellbeing as a result of volunteering. This has meant people are more committed to the business and the partnership as a result."
Learner Ayse (unemployed for 15 years and now an IT Manager): "I have gone from zero to working in the City in front-line IT support and being so very excited about my future"
Learner Frankie (ex-offender, now a Game Designer) says "I don't think I'd be where I am today if ELATT hadn't helped me take those first steps into training and believed in my ability to progress and succeed.
The TSNLA is well placed to act as the ‘voice' and representative of third sector providers. Given current developments at the Skills Funding Agency the key TSNLA activity is focused around the introduction of Minimum Contract Levels, their impact on sector providers and the learner and the changes in ESF procurement.
The Third Sector National Learning Alliance (TSNLA) is the voice for all Third Sector learning and skills providers. The Third Sector is uniquely placed to meet the diverse and changing learning needs of our present day society. To fulfil its potential, it needs a strong and coherent voice.