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Weekly Digest - 10 January 2017

Dear <<First Name>>

Happy New Year and welcome to the first Network Digest of 2017. 

So what will 2017 bring...my money is on more on Brexit, Devolution and of course the Apprenticeship Reforms.

As many of you are aware we finished 2016 waiting on further information for Levy Payers from HMRC on the finer details of how the Levy will be processed from spring of this year. Details on how the Levy is to be paid has now been published, and can be accessed here.  The SFA expect the DAS Levy Account Registration to be available before the end of the month, and they are currently interacting with employers via digital services such as online blogs - you can access the DAS blog here

The new year is going to bring many challenges, to not only the sector but to the country, however it will also bring opportunities and I am sure you will agree with me that we need to be resilient, flexible and responsive to these opportunities in order to secure our future. Please visit here to read the New Year message from Apprenticeships and Skills Minister, Robert Halfon MP.  

The Network will continue to support you throughout 2017, and will represent the training providers of Devon and Cornwall, locally, regionally and nationally. We will ensure that training, skills and education remain firmly on the agenda, and that we are included, and part of, any planned future developments here in the South West. 

I am looking forward to working with you all in 2017 and in taking the Network into its next phase. If you would like to arrange a one-to-one meeting with me, or would like to see the Network offering something specific in terms of guest speakers at meetings, topics within the Digest or workshops to support staff CPD please do get in touch with me.

With best wishes

Sharron

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. 

Reminder - 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. All full, paid up members of the Network are invited to attend.

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.

The AGM provides us with a platform to share with you, our members, our activity over the past 12 months - the meeting also provides an opportunity to re-elect our Board of Directors, including the appointment of new Officers via a general ballot. 

We have received five nominations for the current Board vacancies, and are delighted to have received such interest from members in joining the DCTPN team. 

Please find attached the AGM agenda.
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. 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 Ed Coley, Head of Employability & Skills Plymouth City Council, Lisa Norcliffe, DWP, 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 (January) please click here. This edition includes: 1. Funding for 19+ continuing learners; 2. Apprenticeship reforms - removal of frameworks; 3. Preparing to deliver Apprenticeship End Point Assessment.

To read more about Apprenticeship vacancies and the latest data from the SFA on those logged on the 'Find an Apprentice' service - click here.


 
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