GMLPF awarded £500K to support regional skills providers with unique development programme

Greater Merseyside Learning Providers Federation (GMLPF) is proud to announce that it has been awarded the contract to deliver a £500k Provider Improvement Fund. This project is funded through the European Social Fund (ESF) and Strategic Investment Fund (SIF) and is being taken forward in conjunction with the Liverpool City Region Mayoral Combined Authority.

 

The Provider Improvement Fund (PIF) programme runs from June 2021 to September 2022 and will be financed by the European Social Fund and Strategic Investment Fund via the Liverpool City Region (LCR) Skills and Apprenticeship Hub project.

 

The PIF programme will offer a comprehensive portfolio of CPD resources and support to all LCR-based learning providers with registered offices, employees or delivery hubs located in the region. The focus will be on the provision of CPD to our region’s learning providers. Specifically, objectives are to improve the quality and delivery of post-16 education, enhance the relevance of learning provision (apprenticeships in particular), build the capacity of providers, develop their performance through the review of quality assurance processes, and upskill provider employees to improve the delivery of existing and future curriculum areas.

 

GMLPF will manage the funding to deliver training and support programmes where impact is likely to be most significant. Initial emphasis will be on quality assurance, leadership and management training, tutor training and curriculum development, boosting English, maths and digital skills, improving mental health awareness, increasing employer engagement, developing new and improved standards, and improving governance, audit and compliance processes.

Ian Lomas, CEO of GMLPF, comments: 

“This latest contract win is not only hugely positive for GMLPF, our members and the wider learning provider community; it also signifies a terrific boost to our sector’s post-pandemic recovery.

” We welcome the financial support from the European Social Fund and the Strategic Investment Fund and the commitment of the LCR Mayoral Combined Authority to channel investment into the local provider base, working collaboratively with GMLPF. The Provider Improvement Fund will allow providers to raise standards and drive their businesses forward and innovate.”

 

Bev Ellis is Training Director at TRS Training, a local apprenticeships provider specialising in logistics and warehousing. She acknowledges the positive impact the new PIF programme will have on providers and employees alike. She comments:

“We are delighted to hear about the launch of the new Provider Improvement Fund in Liverpool City Region. With its focus on improving the quality, capacity and standard of skills training by developing learning provider capability, it promises to boost the learning experience for young people and adults across the region. This unprecedented investment in the development of skills provider staff will be a crucial driver for the success of programmes like Apprenticeships.

“We would like to thank both the LCR Mayoral Combined Authority and GMLPF for creating this unique opportunity, and of course the European Social Fund  and Strategic Investment Fund for financing the programme.”

 

GMLPF has already been in consultation with providers throughout the Liverpool City Region and is looking to start an initial programme of CPD but will be rolling out a more detailed programme of research to help shape a calendar of CPD to be available on the GMLPF website.

If you are an LCR based learning provider who wants to know more about the programme or a supplier of CPD courses that might be of interest to providers wishing to develop their staff, please contact [email protected]

 

 

Covid 19: Returning to Learning Practical Health & Safety Considerations

GMLPF Member Webinar: Tuesday 9th June 2.00pm to 3.30pm

In connection with returning to working or learning and being Covid-19 secure, GMLPF has engaged a specialist Health and Safety Consultancy, DTD Training who has a good background in the education sector to run a members’ webinar next week. Tudor Williams of DTD will be running the session.

The webinar will be of interest to owners and senior managers, Health and Safety and Safeguarding Leads who wish to ensure that their premises are safe for working and learning. The webinar will focus on the practical steps of ensuring Covid-19 security and will also involve the opportunity for members to ask questions and get advice. As with the recent Ofsted webinar if you have any questions in advance that you’d like answering please send them to [email protected]

To join this FREE webinar, please email [email protected] to request the link.

Ofsted Inspection Survey

GMLPF understands that Ofsted have been e-mailing learning providers to complete an inspection information survey.

The purpose of the survey is to gather information directly from members about your training provision in case they select your provision for an inspection or a monitoring visit during the period April 2019 to March 2020. It is not an indication that Ofsted will inspect or visit you during this period.

Critically, the survey gives you the opportunity to provide Ofsted with information and dates when you feel it is impractical for them to undertake an inspection or monitoring visit. The survey will help Ofsted to plan for the inspection or monitoring visit supplied with accurate and necessary information provided directly by you.

You should have received the e-mail and a unique provider survey link. The deadline for submitting a response to the survey is 11 January 2019. GMLPF would urge all members to respond.

Andrew Collinge Achieve Prestigious Training Award

On Wednesday 15th August Andrew Collinge Hairdressing received the exciting news that they had achieved a prestigious Princess Royal Training Award.

The awards are highly sought after and awarded for commitment to training and the positive impact that staff development has on the business. Other recipients include John Lewis; HMRC; The Royal Airforce & RBS.

The Princess Royal Training Awards is an honour for UK employers that have created lasting impact by successfully linking their skills development needs to business performance.

Training incubator

Andrew Collinge applied for the award in early 2018, with their Graduate salon for newly trained hairdressers at the foundation of the application. Graduate salons allow Andrew Collinge apprentices to build their experience and confidence away from their own places of work.

This training incubator environment is highly effective and impact is clear, with average client bills and business revenue increasing as apprentices grow in confidence. The training programme offers clear succession opportunities when graduates are ready to return to their original salons as fully fledged stylists. Graduate salons encourage innovation and offer exciting opportunities to develop skills and confidence, such as participating at Pro Hair Live; styling models at the JMU fashion show and even showcasing the skills they have developed within Andrew Collinge masterclass events.

Standard of Excellence

48 UK businesses, from a wide range of sectors, achieved the Princess Royal Training Awards standard of excellence in training in 2018. The announcement follows the adjudication of the Princess Royal Training Awards Commission, composed of seven leading figures in the business and learning & development community and HRH The Princess Royal, who is the President of the City & Guilds Group.

Chris Jones, Group Chief Executive, said: “Congratulations to all 48 organisations who have achieved the Princess Royal Training Awards standard of excellence this year. Once again, it is evidence of the very real benefits that investing in staff development can bring to employers, large and small, private, public and not for profit. At a time of increasing economic uncertainty and reduced investment into workforce development it is great to see critical business issues being addressed through L&D investments. Through the Awards we highlight excellent examples of training that have already proved to be effective and we encourage others to build on their success.”

Andrew Collinge are looking forward to receiving this fabulous award at a ceremony to be held at St James Palace, London in October.

Sysco announce Apprenticeship Award winners

GMLPF member, Sysco, recently announced their Apprentice and Employer of the Year awards. Apprentice of the Year is Kaitlyn Brown, a customer service apprentice with Kindfulness Coffee Club in Bootle, whilst Sysco Apprentice Employer of the Year is Adactus Housing Group.

Kindfulness Coffee Club are a small business based in Bootle who offer support to local individuals who are dealing with bereavement, mental health issues or struggling to make ends meet. They run a wide range of groups and services, such as Mindfulness and Walk and Talk, used by all ages that benefit emotional and social wellbeing. The café is quickly becoming a community hub and provides people with a hot drink and a friendly ear for their troubles.

Exceptional

Kaitlyn, pictured above with customers, has had an exceptional impact during the time she has been with the club. Due to her role being so specialist, her training was extended to include Safeguarding and Suicide prevention so that she can provide the right support to individuals who require it. Kaitlyn feels that her Apprenticeship “turned out to be so much more than a Customer Service certificate”.

Career progression

Employer of the Year, Adactus Housing Group, has recently merged with New Charter Housing Group to form a new organisation called Jigsaw. Several of their apprentices nominated them for the way they recognise and meet the needs of their apprentices, and for the career progression support they offer.

GMLPF response to LCR Apprenticeships Growth Plan

GMLPF would like to thank members for providing input into the development of the LCR Apprenticeship Growth Plan. Members have contributed through workshops and, more recently, a webinar held by GMLPF. Feedback was provided to the Combined Authority last week and a revised draft document is to be sent to the LCR Employment and Skills Board for consideration this week.

Read GMLPF response to LCR Draft Apprenticeship Growth Plan

GMLPF Winter Forum slides

Download the sliders from various speakers at the GMLPF Winter Forum on 23 January 2018

Ian Lomas CEO GMLPF: The Skills Landscape in 2018

Debbie Tagoe GMLPF Chair: Ofsted NWFES Group update 

Paul Johnson Head of Provider Management ESFA

Sue Lownsbrough Education & Training Foundation

Andrew Frith/Gill Ditchburn Careers Briefing/EA programme

FES Reference Group_December 17_Apprenticeships copy

FES Reference group – Dec 2017 – Update copy

 

GMLPF member is first provider to complete EPA for Housing Apprenticeships Standards

GMLPF member Sysco, has become the first training provider in the country to complete the End-Point Assessment (EPA) for the new Housing Apprenticeship Standards with learner Hannah Chambers, 24.

Distinction

Hannah, (pictured left with Jackie Grannell, Sysco Training Advisor), has been working for Stockport Homes Group (SHG) for the last 16 months after being recruited by Sysco as part of the SHG Apprenticeship Scheme and was signed up to Sysco’s Housing / Property Management Assistant Trailblazer Housing Standard in August 2016. As the first End-Point Assessment to take place in England, the process has been a learning experience for both Sysco and the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) who acted as both the awarding body and Independent Assessment Organisation. Hannah performed exceptionally well, supported by Sysco’s trainers, earning the highest grading available, distinction.

What employers are looking for

“Sysco worked with us on a pilot basis, helping us to overcome the challenge of setting up processes and procedures that not only reflect the standards but also the roles of employers and training providers in supporting apprentices,” said Dr Veronica Coatham of the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH)

“Sysco are the first training provider to submit an apprentice through the gateway for assessment with CIH and we are grateful to Sysco and Stockport Homes for working with us on setting up the first professional conversation – Sysco’s managers have been very helpful in supporting us and prepared the apprentice very well. It is good to see that the new apprenticeships are delivering what employers and the sector are looking for.”

Recent reform

In Britain there are over 5 million homes owned by housing associations and local councils. Affordable housing needs people to manage the services customers need so the Government has recently reformed Housing Apprenticeships to enable housing professionals to provide these services. Issues such as the rise in homelessness and repossessions, Universal Credit, Government reductions in rent and housing shortages are having significant effects on the role of the Housing professional.

As a result, new housing qualifications have been developed to address the need for housing professionals to work with other public services to regenerate the communities in which people live. The new Housing Standards include qualifications and learnt skills, knowledge and experience that focus on these new challenges.

The completion of the first End-Point Assessment and the achievement of the first Housing Apprenticeship Standard marks the point where these new qualifications are being achieved by housing professionals and Housing Associations, addressing the new challenges originally identified by the trailblazer consultations.

New Alder MD brings wealth of expertise in housing and employment

Alder Training has appointed a new managing director.  Louise Harris, who started in post on 4th December, has a wealth of experience in housing and employment & skills.  As a director for the last 6 years, Louise has worked at national and regional levels in executive and non-executive roles.  In her most recent role she worked with local communities delivering regeneration projects specifically around helping people into work.  

Louise has also led regional strategic work as the chair of the National Housing Federation’s Worklessness Group, which involved housing associations across the North West. At a national level, Louise chaired the Professional Development Board for the Chartered Institute of Housing. 

“I’m delighted to be appointed as the new MD of Alder Training.  Making contact with colleagues in the sector is an important part of the role and I’m really looking forward to meeting and working with people and partners through GMLPF.”

Louise can be contacted on 07403087768 or [email protected]

http://www.aldertraining.co.uk/