WTPN Autumn Quarterly meeting

Second is our Autumn WTPN Quarterly meeting, it’s at Engineers House again, 9.00am – 1.30pm and it’s on Thursday 20th September, please book here as soon as you can so I can get the catering numbers arranged. Chris Jones from Ofsted has promised to make it this time, along with the Apprenticeship Ambassadors and we have Heather Frankham founder of Lifetime Training speaking about how to grow a Training provider which should be very interesting. Heather started Lifetime training in 1995 and grew it to become one of the largest training providers in the UK, it will be fascinating to hear some insights from her. Henry Lawes from WECA is coming back with more Combined Authority skills news

First up two important WTPN events…. Meet the Provider Event is back.....

We have two important WTPN events coming up in September in the same week. First, on the 18th September we have our Annual ‘Meet the Provider’ event where the regions IAG’s and advisers, influencers of young people, come to meet the regions providers in a noisy Networking 3 hours. This will be the fourth time that we have run this joint event with Bristol City Council who once again have kindly donated the premises and put a lot of activity into making this work. Each year we get over 100 delegates (advisers) coming to meet you all, they are thirsty for knowledge and want to learn all about your provision. Post 16 courses, Study Programmes, Apprenticeships, short courses, traineeships,

ESFA Update Information: non-levy apprenticeship performance-management point

Now that many colleagues have started their holidays, the ESFA have opened the Non Levy allocation growth window,(which is always helpful to do it in the holidays), here is the detail for you, it opened last week… You are now able to submit growth requests for your 16 to 18 and adult non-levy apprenticeship contract for the 2018 to 2019 funding year. Please send your completed growth request forms to Provider.PerformanceManagement@Education.GOV.UK and your provider manager before 5pm on Friday 3 August. Any growth awarded will be from August 2018 to March 2019 and will be subject to available budget. For this growth exercise, we will be using the ILR R12 data returns (due 6 August). The

AEB Round Table Discussion

I spoke at the last Network meeting about WECA (Henry) being interested to hear our views on AEB funding and delivery, what were the challenges and successes from smaller providers, sub-contractors etc. If you would like to take part in a discussion, Henry has offered us this opportunity, please express your interest by emailing me here. it will be sometime around the end of August.

West of England - £6m boost for construction skills

The West of England Joint Committee has agreed to invest £6m in a new 2500m2 Construction Skills Centre at City of Bristol College. The centre will provide training in construction skills to around 850 learners over the first three years, through Higher Apprenticeships and more traditional learning routes, providing much-needed skilled workers for the city and wider region

Collaborative Discounting

At our last meeting CogNassist gave a presentation on their software and coaching support for providers to maximise how they draw funding for LDD students and then support them. Here are the slides again. If you might be interested in a joint approach to obtain a better price for their services, please email me here...

Collaborative Positive News Stories around Apprenticeships - Amplifying the positives

Again at our last meeting Kate Starkes from Banes spoke about a Social Media Campain I'm involved in around spreading as many positive stories, news etc around Apprenticeships, get back to basics and away from the confusion....Here is a link to a Kate's slides and a shared Google Doc we use to spread the good word. Please feel free to add to it and join our campaign. This spreadsheet is Banes only but we are happy to spread the message to the region further, please tag us in your posts.....

£220,000 of funding secured to create new West of England Careers Hub

A new West of England Careers Hub is being set up to improve career opportunities for young people, thanks to £220,000 worth of funding from the Careers & Enterprise Company. It was announced yesterday that the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) and Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) have secured funding from the Careers & Enterprise Company to establish the new Hub. Managed by WECA and the LEP, it will initially work with 25 schools and colleges from across Bristol, Bath & North East Somerset, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset. The schools and colleges will be supported to improve careers opportunities and work experiences for young people, allowing them to make more informed

More Construction news......

I was at a recent CITB/WECA round table listening to ideas for the Construction Skills Fund and the Homebuilders Association spoke of their successes with a Construction boot camp, here's some of the detail for your information and I have just been passed some other useful Construction funding information if you are interested... Innovate UK - Business Basics Fund - Boosting SME productivity (trial strand) – Grant Funding Aims to drive innovation and enable better investment decisions at a local and national level. The programme will test innovative ways of encouraging micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (

Skills West Skills Survey....Please circulate, the last set of results will be with us at the next W

52% of businesses said they found vacancies hard to fill – do you struggle to recruit? Our 2017 Business Skills and Training Survey returned some interesting and thought provoking results. Over 50% of businesses said they found vacancies hard to fill and 68.5% blamed this on a low number of applicants with the relevant skills and qualifications. Share your views on training, recruitment and skills in your business in our 2018 survey here:


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