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Weekly Digest - 13 December 2016

Dear <<First Name>>

Christmas is fast upon us and this will be the  last Digest of 2016....where did the year go? 2016 has certainly been eventful, both at home, with the summer referendum result sending shock waves across the country, over the Channel and into Europe and beyond, and on the world stage with 'The Donald' taking America by surprise - President-Elect Trump - not something you might have thought possible at the start of the year.

The changes that have taken place over the year have certainly impacted on our economy, and  our future strategies as a nation - I think you will agree that the UK received a seismic jolt back in July and that a lot of uncertainly still abounds around what Brexit will mean for us - and in fact what type of Brexit we will be able to negotiate - hard, soft, red, white & blue? 

However, change can be viewed as a positive - it gets people thinking differently, becoming more creative and having to use greater innovation through necessity - if the UK is set on a solo course as a world trader, it will need to ensure that it has access to the skills and labour it needs to compete effectively across the globe.

We know that further changes are coming in 2017 ... especially around Brexit and the Apprenticeship Reforms and the impact the Reforms may have on the numbers of employers engaging with apprenticeship training, the amount of available funding to support growth in apprenticeship numbers, and the potential reduction in opportunities at Level 2 due to the funding cuts at these lower levels. Time will tell if the Reforms will help or hinder the government's wished for 3m Apprenticeships by 2020...

Our sector, however, plays a pivotal role in supporting the economy - driving up skills and ensuring that local markets are serviced with high quality, appropriate and relevant education and training to support greater economic stability and wealth creation, therefore I know that our sector will continue to provide exceptional service and provision to the employers and industries across our region, even if you are having to do so using ever greater creative and innovative methods.

Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for all your support since I took over the reins of the Network in June - it has been a great six months and I am looking forward to taking the Network into its next phase in 2017!

Have a wonderful Christmas and Best Wishes for 2017


Prevent Duty...Do you Know Yours?
The government published the ‘Prevent’ strategy in 2011 as part of its overall counter terrorism strategy, CONTEST. Prevent duty guidance, which was first published in February 2015, was then put into place in the further education and skills sector on 18 September 2015.

As a result, all further education and skills providers in England must have ‘due regard’ to the need to ‘Prevent’ people from being drawn into terrorism. Therefore, 2015/16 is the first academic year of the duty being put into practice formally.

However, there have been a number of high profile cases in the media recently around the Prevent agenda, and these have highlighted the fact that there still appears to be a lack of awareness around the 'Duty to Prevent' by training providers. With Ofsted particularly interested in how providers are implementing and managing their Prevent Duty, it has become apparent that there is a need for further information sharing and peer support.

The Network is planning on offering a series of interactive Prevent workshops in partnership with Network Member ETS - these sessions will enable you to learn about and understand your statutory obligations in terms of Prevent, how to implement the correct processes and procedures to ensure an effective strategy, and the opportunity to receive support in completing your organisational risk assessment from trained Prevent facilitators.You will also hear from special guest speakers who will be able to place the Prevent agenda into context and will highlight just how important your role is as part of the government's Prevent strategy.

Delegates will be able to attend four Prevent workshops in the year - these will be held in February, May, July and November - dates to be confirmed shortly - and will be held as four full day sessions at the ETS offices in Exeter, between 9.00am - 3.30pm. Sessions will include refreshments, lunch and all learning materials.

This is a great  opportunity for training providers in Devon and Cornwall to receive high quality Prevent training without having to travel long distances to do so - we aim to offer just 30 spaces on our Prevent programme with two highly trained Prevent facilitators delivering at each session.

If you are interested in finding out more please contact me direct via e-mail. 

Ofsted Annual Report 2015 -16
The latest Ofsted annual report has been published - please click here to access the full report. 

Headlines from the report include:
  • 82% of independent training providers now good or outstanding
  • concern around End Point Assessment and Standards
  • Apprenticeships being promoted in schools to less able pupils
  • Area Reviews too narrow in scope
Save the Date - Annual General Meeting - 2017
The Annual General Meeting of the Devon & Cornwall Training Provider Network will take place on 18 January 2017 at Bicton College. Please place this date in your diary.

The AGM will start at 9.30am prompt and will close at 10.00am. There will be a short break before we move onto our Network meeting, which will feature a number of guest speakers - a full agenda will be circulated shortly.

Members of the Network are asked to attend the AGM - associated papers have been sent out to Members via e-mail but can also be accessed here including nomination forms for Director vacancies:
Please note that only paid up, full members of the Network are able to attend the AGM. Refreshments will be available to those arriving from 9.00am for both the AGM and the Network meeting which will follow.
Devon & Cornwall Training Provider Network Meeting - 18 January 2017
Our next full Network meeting will follow on from our AGM, which takes place on 18 January at Bicton College.

Members of the Network should arrive to attend both AGM and Network meeting at 9.00am. Please click here to access the AGM agenda.

Invited guests to the Network meeting should arrive for 9.45am. 

I am delighted to announce that we will be welcoming several guest speakers to the event, including Jake McClure, Head of Apprenticeships, Civil Service Learning, and Jim O'Connor from NCFE who will be talking to us about End Point Assessment.

Please click here to access the full agenda. 
The National Apprenticeship Show is Coming to Town...
The National Apprenticeship Show South West is being held at Westpoint, Exeter on 3 & 4 May 2017. The show exists only to promote apprenticeships and our message is clear – apprenticeships work for both candidates and employers alike.
The National Apprenticeship Show South West will attract 10,000 + school leavers and college students from across Somerset, Bristol, South Gloucestershire, Devon and Cornwall.

Stands are now available for exhibitors, but are fast running out as the take up has been so positive - if you are interested in promoting your apprenticeship offer to the large numbers of visitors coming to the event please call Alice Young on 01908991733 or you can e-mail Alice here. 

Want to find out more, then please visit the show' website.
Further Reading
To access the latest SFA update please click here. This edition includes: 1. Subcontractor declaration form 2016 to 2017; 2. Apprenticeship readiness self-assessment survey – closing soon; 3. New apprenticeship standards approved for delivery; 4. Preparing to deliver apprenticeship end-point assessment; 5. Joint SFA EFA early intervention policy; 6. New apprentices welcome letter from Robert Halfon MP.

Interested in reading more on how Training Providers should submit information for inclusion on the Finding Apprenticeship Training web portal? The please click here to access the latest guidance.
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