TSNLA Representation 2016
Since the inception of the TSNLA it has been a core role to represent the VCSE learning providers who support the most disadvantaged in our society. This continues to be the case. The TSNLA has a protocol with the Skills Funding Agency.
What's happening now?
TSNLA responses to the proposed re-tendering through the Adult Education Budget
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!
Several of the trustees actively represent providers and the VCSE sector:
Don Hayes (Chair TSNLA and CEO of Enable) is a member of the Education and Training Foundation board. Don also chairs the Professional Standards and Professionalism Expert Panel, which guides the Foundation on these core areas.
Joanna Cain, Deputy Director WEA, represents the sector on the Education and Training Foundation Expert Panels for the Local Enterprise Partnerships and the Initial Teacher Training Panel.
Tim Ward (previously CEO of the Learning Curve) sits on the Skills Funding Agency Advisory Board and has been the 'face' of TSNLA representation with the SFA for some time. Both Tim and Don represent the TSNLA and sector on the SFA Provider Readiness Group.
John Hacking (Senior European Officer at the Network Europe) is working on behalf of the sector in relation to ESF - particularly at the ESF Advisory Forum (Skills Funding Agency).
Stephen Jeffery (CEO of London Learning Consortium) is representing the sector at the Foundation expert panels on the Local Enterprise Partnerships and Transformational Leadership. Stephen will also be representing the sector at the Skills Funding Agency/Education Funding Agency Advisory Forum.
Stephen Howard (CEO V Learning Net) is taking an active role in the developments of the Apprenticeships Trailblazer, which is shaping a new apprenticeship focussed on working in the VCSE sector.
Cassie Roberts (CEO of Open Doors International language School) is representing TSNLA on the current development of an ESOL strategy and attended the launch at Westminster in October 2016.
Wider representation on behlf of TSNLA
Other VCSE providers may also represent the TSNLA as well as their own organisations and wider sector and its learners. A protocol for representation is available at the foot of this page.
|TSNLA protocol for Representation.docx||69.24 KB|
|TSNLA response to AEB re-tendering proposals.docx||58.12 KB|
|Template AEB letter for MPs.docx||20.19 KB|
|Template AEB letter for TSNLA members.docx||20.21 KB|
|Template Apprenticeship letter for TSNLA members.docx||26.61 KB|
|TSNLA response to Apprenticeship changes.docx||57.52 KB|