Apprenticeship Travel Discount Scheme

The Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor, Steve Rotheram has launched the Mayoral Apprenticeship Travel Discount Scheme to help apprentices aged 19 to 24 with the cost of their travel. Anyone aged 19 to 24, on an approved apprenticeship and living in Liverpool City Region is eligible to apply.

Eligible apprentices will be entitled to a 50% discount on weekly or 4 weekly SOLO tickets.

To apply, the apprentice must fill out an application form available from Merseytravel Travel Centres or via their training provider. The form needs to be signed by the apprentice, their employer and their training provider. The form must be returned to a Merseytravel Travel Centre where an Apprentice Smartcard will be issued and the apprentice can purchase their first Solo Weekly or Solo 4 Weekly.

Full details of the travel discount and how to apply are listed on the Frequently Asked Question document which you should have received via email from GMLPF this week along with the apprentice application form. If you haven’t received this email, please contact pavlina@gmlpf.net

Managing the Transition from Apprenticeship Frameworks to Standards

Webinar: 29 November at 11am
In response to popular demand!

After requests from several of our members, GMLPF has arranged for Beej Kaczmarkczyk to deliver a webinar next week on Managing the Transition from Apprenticeship Frameworks to Standards. We know this is a challenging area and we hope you join us and Beej to explore the main issues and how others are tackling them. 

This is the second in our series of webinars in association with Beej Kaczmarkczyk. The first, Improving the Quality of Maths and English in Apprenticeships, was held last month and was very well received by participants.

Webinar content

Apprenticeship standards are now the preferred route for many sector bodies. This webinar will explore the transition away from apprenticeship frameworks.

With practical tips and case studies from leading FE and skills providers, Beej Kaczmarczyk will explore how you can plan for this transition and effectively embed standards into your delivery offer.

The webinar will cover

  • Understanding differences between apprenticeship frameworks and standards
  • Implications for providers
  • How to make the most of the transition
  • Marketing and employer engagement strategies
  • Workforce development
  • Changing role of the workplace tutor
  • Preparing apprentices for EPA
  • Recording evidence of 20% off the job training
Prices

GMLPF Member: £39

Non GMLPF Member: £79


Special offer for GMLPF Members only

This is the second in a series of 6 webinars. If you book onto 3 webinars, your 4th will be free of charge!

Book Now on Eventbrite

 

 

AEB Update 9th November 2018

AEB SSQ Tendering Workshops

GMLPF, in anticipation of the 1st stage of AEB tendering going live, is working with The Leadership Team (who work nationally and with some of our members to support tender writing) to deliver 2 AEB tendering workshops on Thursday 22nd November at the offices of GMLPF.

Workshop 1 will run from 9.30 to 12.00 and Workshop 2 will run from 1.00 to 3.30. The workshops will be delivered from the offices of GMLPF. There are limited places (a max of 14 per workshop) and there will be a small charge (£49 per person) to cover the costs of the training. The workshops will be designed to assist learning providers to understand the SSQ, to walk through the first stage bidding process and ask questions relevant to the first stage bidding process.

Book on Workshop 1

Book on Workshop 2

Registration on The Chest for AEB 1st Stage Tendering

In preparation of the launch of the devolved Adult Education Budget in the Liverpool City Region, can all parties who intend on participating in the forthcoming Procurement process and who are NOT already registered,  please register on The Chest

Guidance on how to register and navigate The Chest 

Please note, Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council is acting as the lead authority for the forthcoming Adult Education Budget Procurement exercise on behalf of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority. This opportunity will be available via the e-tendering portal Pro Contract under Knowsley MBC not the Liverpool City Region CA.

Guidance on AEB Devolution

The ESFA has produced a guide for learning providers that contains information for providers with a current AEB ESFA funding agreement and how devolution will impact on that.

Ofsted update

GMLPF will be representing members at the NW FES Reference Group on Monday 12th November which brings together Ofsted and local provider networks. Members wishing to raise any Ofsted or quality related issues can e-mail ian@gmlpf.net who can raise them there.

With regards to Ofsted, members should have received a letter on the 5th November concerning the introduction of a staff questionnaire for use on FES inspections. These will be sent out to providers who are being inspected, immediately following notification of a full or short inspection, for completion by staff. This was an unexpected communication and GMLPF will be raising this at the NW FES meeting to understand how the questionnaire will be used.

Members are also reminded of the Ofsted event in Manchester on the 28th November and are encouraged to register to understand more about the new CIF.

ESF/European Funding Update

GMLPF understands that there are likely to be two open funding calls for ESF funding; one towards the end of 2018 and, the other in early 2019. The Open Call process typically entails a two stage bidding process with applicants submitting an outline application which, if successful, is followed up by a full application. It may be the case that this process is condensed into a one stage process but this is not clear at the moment. 

Depending on the timing of the calls, the application process could take up to a year before results are known. It is understood that the funding available can be delivered up to 2023. Effectively this means that projects could go live in late 2019 / early 2020 and run up to 2023.

It is understood that there is significant funding available to the City Region to support, amongst other things, Active Inclusion projects, workforce development and labour market systems.

We will update members as and when more detailed information emerges.

Metro Mayor and Sefton Council leader with GMLPF Board

Skills providers are key drivers of economic success in Liverpool City Region says Metro Mayor and Council Leader

Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram and Cllr Ian Maher Leader of Sefton Council and LCR Portfolio Holder for Education, Employment and Skills both highlighted how the combined authority and regional skills providers can work together to tackle skills gaps in the city region, at an event last week.

The Metro Mayor and the Sefton Council Leader specifically recognised and gave due credence to the critical role of skills providers in the future prosperity of Liverpool City Region. They were both speaking at a special briefing event organised by Greater Merseyside Learning Providers Federation (GMLPF) for its members last week.

Andy Fawcett, executive director of Greater Manchester Provider Network was also a key speaker at the event at the Royal Liver Building held to focus attention on the role of the skills provider in delivering devolution.

Committed to working with skills providers

Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, said: “Ensuring that our residents have the right skills to prosper in the 21st century economy is a key priority for the Combined Authority, and we are committed to working closely with skills providers to ensure that happens.”

Councillor Ian Maher, Leader of Sefton Council, said: “Devolution has given us greater powers around skills, not least through responsibility for the Adult Education Budget.  Whilst we are working within a local, regional and national market, it is really important that we have a strong and vibrant local provider base that is meeting local needs.”

Important step

Almost 100 skills provider representatives attended the event on Friday. The session was welcomed by all as an important step to ensuring employers and learners are supported in ways that help the local economy flourish.

GMLPF is a membership organization representing over 70 Apprenticeship and skills providers in Liverpool city region. Their mission is to drive the prosperity of Liverpool City Region by building a foundation of skills for economic success. They do this by supporting the evolution of education and skills providers to meet local and national priorities, for the benefit of individuals, communities and businesses in the region.

Partnership approach

Ian Lomas, chief executive of GMLPF said

“Friday’s event has further strengthened dialogue between decision makers within Liverpool City Region Combined Authority and skills providers, enabling a partnership approach to mapping priorities and opportunities for the delivery of skills following devolution.

“We are very grateful to the Metro Mayor and Cllr Maher for sharing their vision and committing to ongoing dialogue with our members, who are at the coal face of skills delivery in Liverpool City Region. We are also grateful to Andy Fawcett who shared the experience and perspective of providers in the Greater Manchester area.” 

Apprenticeships – Review of Q2 2017/8 data

A review of the Q3 2017/18 Apprenticeship data, both nationally and locally, reveals some interesting data and trends.

Nationally, the Level 2 Hair Professional Apprenticeship Standard is the most popular standard in the country, followed by Installation Electrician Level 3, Customer Service Level 2, Level 3 Engineering Technician and Level 3 Assistant Accountant. This highlights the increasing amount of provision and starts at Level 3 and the decreasing numbers of starts at Level 2. The screenshot below highlights the profile of starts by Standards over the period February – April 2018.

More locally, in the Liverpool City Region, there were some 8,960 individuals resident locally starting an Apprenticeship over the first 3 quarters of 2017-18. At the end of Qtr 3 the number of starts was less than 50% of the total number of starts in 2016/17. On current trends it is possible that there may be some 12,000 starts in the LCR in the 2017/18 year. The attached data gives you a flavour of starts by SSA Tier 1, by level and by geographical area. GMLPF will be shortly undertaking a survey of members to understand the number of starts members supported in 2017/18 to understand the vital contribution our members make locally.

Download data

 

Back To School: GMLPF announces more free Apprenticeship school information sessions from September

GMLPF is pleased to announce that it has secured funding for additional free Apprenticeships information sessions for schools in Halton, Liverpool, St Helens and Sefton.

Through the government’s Apprenticeship Support and Knowledge for Schools (ASK) programme, GMLPF offers information sessions to schools, helping them meet statutory duties regarding the provision of impartial IAG, specifically in relation to Apprenticeships and Traineeships.

GMLPF’s Apprenticeship experts will come to your school to deliver your choice from our portfolio of school support services. Pick from group assemblies; practical hands-on sessions to help pupils sign up to the national Find An Apprenticeship service; providing information at schools careers events, and parent information sessions.

Apprenticeship experts

Because it’s a Government programme, the information provided through GMLPF’s ASK sessions is always correct and up-to-date. The individuals who deliver the sessions in schools are fully trained Apprenticeships experts who attend regular updates to keep up with changing information. They are subject to external quality inspections, ensuring top quality advice is provided to pupils, parents and teachers.

The ASK team also have in-depth knowledge of the local Apprenticeships landscape – what the growth industries are in Liverpool City Region, and which sectors are likely to see an increase in availability of Apprenticeships and long term careers for school leavers. They are also able to advise on Higher Apprenticeships for university level study, how Apprenticeships are funded, and any impact signing up to an Apprenticeship can have on family benefits.

It’s free!

Yes, the service is absolutely free to schools in Halton, Liverpool, Sefton and St Helens. We’ll come along and speak to pupils, show them how to search for and get notified of Apprenticeships vacancies in their industries of interest. We’ll speak to parents, set up shop at careers evenings, and dispense official information booklets and leaflets – all free of charge.

Schools find sessions invaluable

 GMLPF has already delivered its ASK services to many schools across Liverpool City Region. Feedback from schools has been extremely positive. It shows they have found the information sessions and our other Apprenticeships support services an ideal way to provide pupils with the latest information about Apprenticeships and Traineeships.

Schools have also told us that booking an ASK sessions is a good way of demonstrating to Ofsted inspectors that they are properly addressing their statutory obligations, accessing good quality Apprenticeships information, advice and guidance for their pupils, enabling them to make informed decisions about their future.

Easy to book

Booking one of our ASK services couldn’t be easier – just email askjan@gmlpf.net or call 0151 707 8775 and ask for Jan Agger.

Devolution of AEB

Many members attended the Devolution of AEB Workshop held at the Hilton Hotel on Monday 20th August. The event was an opportunity to find out more about the plans for the devolution of AEB and for the Combined Authority to gauge the level of interest, amongst the provider base, to become involved in bidding for AEB resources and to get feedback from providers on how the devolved budget might best be rolled out and implemented.

Key messages that emerged included:

  • The overall AEB budget for the Liverpool City Region is likely to be in the region of £50-52m for 2019/20 but will depend on spend in the  2018/19 year
  • Devolution will involve a mix of grant funding and procured activity
  • Of this budget some £10-15m will be procured by the Combined Authority – the balance of the budget will be grant funded to Colleges and Local Authorities
  • The commissioning – procurement process will commence in October 2018 with:
    • A Standard Selection Questionnaire (SQ) for providers interested in tendering being issued in October
    • Deadline for SQs to be submitted in November
    • Invitations to Tender being issued in December 2018
    • Deadline for submitted tenders in February 2019
    • Contract awards – April 2019
    • Delivery commencing – August 2019
  • Details about what the LCR CA wishes to procure can be found in the above links but they will continue to fund local statutory entitlement provision which is likely to account for 25% of funding and 31% of learners respectively. Outside of this they are keen to ensure that provision addresses key local, social (inclusive growth) and economic priorities which relate back to the LCR Skills Strategy

GMLPF will continue to ensure that members receive updates on the devolution of AEB and the proposed procurement round. If members have any questions then feel free to contact Ian at GMLPF for more information.

You can access the presentation from the event via the links below or at www.lcrskillsforgrowth.org.uk/aeb

Presentation Slides

Soft Market Testing Questionnaire

AEB FAQ’s

ESF Update

Members might be aware that the ESFA launched two ESF co-financed tenders via their e-tending portal earlier this week; one for ESF Community Grants and one for Supply of Support to Individuals Who are NEET. The deadline for these is tight – mid September 2018.

GMLPF is consulting with local stakeholders and partners to discuss a potential consortium proposal that would clearly align ESF resources with mainstream provision to help address the issue of increasing NEET locally.

Members will also note that Skills Support for the Unemployed (SSU) and Skills Support for the Workforce (SSW) tenders have also been launched by the ESFA for neighbouring areas and other parts of England but not for the Liverpool City Region.

The LCR Combined Authority is considering how best to take these two programmes forward in light of the evolving devolution agenda, including the devolution of the AEB budget next year. GMLPF will continue to update members as and when details emerge

ESF Co-Financed NEET Project

Members can find out more information about this tender by downloading the files below:

Specification Invitation to Tender NEET

Response Questionnaire IP 1.1 1.2 2.1 v0.3

SSQ 6.3 Track record Response Questionnaire FOR IP.1.1 1.2 2.1

Volumes and Values Workbook IP 1.2 NEET

GMLPF is currently talking to stakeholders and the MCA to understand if there is value in forming a delivery consortium. Initial suggestions are that this may be the case. Any organisations wishing to know more can e-mail ian@gmlpf.net or phone on 0151 707 8775 or 07840 378218