Third Sector National Learning Alliance and the Education & Training Foundation Continuing Professional Development Bursary Scheme 2017
The TSNLA 'CPD Needs in the Third Sector' report identified that on the whole small VCSE providers are not able to access CPD opportunities - very often not knowing what is available and even when aware not able to fund it. With support from the Education and Training Foundation the TSNLA is again operating a CPD bursary scheme to enable staff in the third sector to access appropriate CPD opportunities.
If you or your staff need to go on a course but don't have the funds to pay for it or don't have the travel costs then this scheme is for you. The funding pot is limited so we will be keeping the application process as simple as possible.
What can be funded?
Travel costs may be funded for courses which are delivered by or funded by the Education and Training Foundation - no others can be supported through this scheme.
If you attend or participate in a paid for course provided by the Foundation you can apply for both delegates costs and travel - the amount claimed will be the cost actually paid out up to £250.
What courses are available?
It's worth looking at what is available from the Education and Training Foundation programme: https://booking.etfoundation.co.uk/course/browse
There are courses covering:
How much is on offer?
Up to a total of £250 per individual is available. Normally up to 2 participants from one organisation may apply.
What do you need to do?
Apply using the form available through the link below. To be eligible participants will need to provide receipts and following on from the CPD complete a brief TSNLA online evaluation questionnaire.
Membership of TSNLA
It is not a requirement for the bursary that participant's organisations are TSNLA members - though it would be helpful if provider organisations do at least join as free subscriber members.
To apply complete the application form at the bottom of the web page:
and return to email@example.com
Call John Harris on 01943 510657
The December Policy in Your Pocket is out now! Access this at the foot of the page:
This month it covers:
Amanda Pavon-Lopez - Policy & Communications Adviser
The TSNLA has sent letters to Peter Lauener, Rob Halfon, Richard Atkins, Gordon Marsden and Justine Greening in response to the announcement by the SFA that current Independent Training Providers holding AEB contracts for adult learning will have their contracts terminated next summer, and will need to re-tender for the work.
Specific issues addressed in this letter include: the lack of a level playing field with large FE Colleges who will not be expected to re-tender for their own contracts, yet can bid for the ITP budgets; the vulnerability of Third Sector learning consortia which include many small specialist providers who may by unable to become directly funded; the inconsistency of deciding only this year to apply EU tendering rules when the country has just voted to leave the EU; the absurdity of categorising Third Sector learning providers alongside for-profit organisation; and the potential devastating on-going impact of Area Reviews and devolution deals that do not include any reference to the third sector.
To see a copy of this letter, please click below on "TSNLA response to AEB re-tendering proposals".
Get involved and save adult learning! To help the TSNLA save adult learning for Third Sector providers, the TSNLA has provided a template for organisations to personalise and send to local MPs and LEPs. To make use of this template, please click below on "Template AEB letter for MPs".
If you would also like to send a letter to Peter Lauener, Rob Halfon or any Ministers, please use the template below "Template AEB letter for TSNLA members"
TSNLA response to Apprenticeship changes
The TSNLA has sent a letter to Peter Lauener and Rob Halfon raising concerns about some of the changes to Apprenticeships, and the potential negative implications of these. The changes specifically mentioned are: the new frameworks and their suitability for lower level Apprenticeships; the implications of sub-contracting for the Third Sector due to their current categorisation as Independent Training Providers; and the inadequate funding of Functional Skills.
To see a copy of this letter, please click below on "TSNLA response to Apprenticeship changes"
Get involved and protect vulnerable Apprentices! If you are affected by the changes and want to send your own letter, the TSNLA have produced a template to help you with this. To see a copy of this template, please click below on "Template Apprenticeship letter for TSNLA members".
Thank you for supporting the TSNLA with these campaigns!
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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.