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This week: OECD on access to education, UKCES on skills gaps and gender, Eric Pickles on devolution and the latest from LEPs and industry. Last week’s newsletter reported growth in construction v’s skills shortages, manufacturing wage growth, South Devon’s new University Technical College, the Civil Service Fast Stream and the search for an FE provider to take on A4e’s ailing £17m prison education contract.

Access to education continues to expand worldwide but the socio-economic divisions between tertiary-educated adults and the rest of society are growing according to a new report form the OECD. “This report from the OECD provides a wealth of data to help us understand the strengths and weaknesses of our learning and skills system and how we compare internationally. It deserves close consideration.” said David Hughes, Chief Executive of NIACE

Eric Pickles responded to a report by the IPPR think-tank, saying: “There may be some role for combined authorities on a strategic level to promote economic development and transport, but there is a real risk they will suck power upwards away from local councils and local taxpayers.” A new website Your Local Economy, allows people around the UK to get a snapshot view of what’s happening near them from jobs to big building projects.

Swindon and Wiltshire LEP are seeking an executive assistant to drive economic growth in the area, with Swindon having been ranked 7th in Grant Thornton’s High Growth Index of Places.  The Heart of the South West LEP has secured a £2.84m funding package from Government to improve transport links ahead of the construction of the Hinkley Point C power station. The funding is an addition to the recently agreed Growth Deal worth £270m. Heart of the South West LEP’s latest skills newsletter covers funding, projects and developments.  In Solent, Local Growth Minister Penny Mordaunt announced 900 young people will now be able to pursue careers in engineering and manufacturing at a new dedicated campus at the Daedalus Enterprise Zone. The Solent LEP is also hosting a consultation session on the 6th October to discuss progress on delivering its £2.8bn Strategic Economic Plan.  Dorset LEP has produced a new newsletter covering topics such as: ESIF Events, Government Support for SMEs, Up-skilling your workforce, Silicon South Digital Start Ups, Local Growth Deal Update, Growth Support, Young Enterprise Route to Work and the Dorset Business Women Go Digital Campaign. The LEP has also launched a plan to improve the skills of people in West Dorset, Weymouth and Portland.

Production output increased by 1.7 percent in the year to July 2014, 2.2 percent in manufacturing, (the largest component of production); and 3.4 per cent in electricity, gas, steam & air conditioning output. Contractor vacancy growth reached a 16-year high in August, with vacancies growing at their fastest rate since May 1998, ostensibly driven by regional demand. Small and Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs) have been encouraged by increases in headcount and turnover among established businesses, though attracting key talent is still a concern, although staff training is moving up the agenda for SMEs as the economy improves. The CBI has set out the choices political parties must make to ensure the benefits of growth are felt by all people during the next parliament, including a major push to get Britain building. The latest Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS) Barometer showed that 67 per cent of respondents felt that increasing sales at home offered them the best chance to expand. Manufacturers across Devon and Cornwall have formed a new members body to strengthen their lobbying power.

New research by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) shows the skills gap between genders is continuing to widen, as women leave male counterparts behind. Women will take two-thirds of all new highly-skilled jobs created in the next six years because men are failing to keep pace, and could struggle to get highly skilled jobs because women are increasing skills and qualifications at higher rates, say researchers. In particular, the gap between skill-sets among construction workers should be addressed according to the report. The Government Equalities Office (GEO), is surveying employers across Great Britain to investigate gender workforce issues.

Health education managers in the South West have arranged a crisis summit to tackle acute problems in the GP workforce. A timely refresh of the Adult Social Care Workforce Recruitment and Retention Strategy has been launched by Skills for Care. On the 24th September, Skills for Health will be attending ‘Commissioning in Healthcare – Improving Outcomes for Patients’, at Olympia in London at a crucial time for Clinical Commissioning Groups, who are now responsible for £65 billion of NHS spend.

A new drive is seeing more young people enter the creative sector. Jobs are also expected to be created in Exeter by a fast-expanding international data science agency, Black Swan Data, which is opening a new regional office in the city. Founder and CEO Steve King, an Exeter graduate, termed the quayside “the true heart of innovation” adding “it’s our Silicon Quay”.  Further West, Cornwall’s fastest growing technology start-up company has won a cloud technology development contract creating 20 new technology jobs. The Tech Partnership is inviting organisations to tender for the delivery of the assessment services of the new Digital Industries Trailblazer apprenticeships.

Leaving the EU would put West farms at risk because they are ‘reliant’ on immigrants, according to a survey by the Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers. Some of the UK’s largest employers in the food and grocery industry attended a roundtable on 11 September to discuss what the sector is doing to help address the poor employability skills of young unemployed people.

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National Headlines

UK’s top apprentices to represent the UK at EuroSkills
The team that will represent the UK at EuroSkills Lille 2014 has now been announced.

UK government welcomes social impact investment report
The report recognises how social investment helps address society’s most difficult problems and calls for more action to grow the market.

OECD – Global growth continuing at a moderate pace
A moderate expansion is underway in most major advanced and emerging economies, but growth remains weak in the euro area, which runs the risk of prolonged stagnation if further steps are not taken to boost demand, according to the OECD’s latest Interim Economic Assessment.

NIACE at the 2014 party conferences
NIACE’s bold proposals for a skills-led economic recovery outlined in its General Election manifesto – Skills for Prosperity –  will be taken forward at fringe events at the Labour, Conservative and Liberal Democrat party conferences.

CIPD – Resist EU quotas for women on boards, says Lords committee
A House of Lords committee has urged the government to reject EU plans to introduce quotas for women on boards.

Money is the key to being a top university, says study
Money is key to being a top university, suggests analysis by Times Higher Education magazine, ahead of its 2014 world university rankings.

Too many science PhDs? Not if unis train them for careers outside academia
Only 3.5 percent of UK science PhDs stay in university research. It’s time universities recognised that, and trained them accordingly.

Marks and Spencer moves into online courses
Marks and Spencer is entering the online education market, launching a business course with Leeds University.

Why proposed funding changes will deter colleges from higher education
The government’s vision for a new loans system will reduce the financial support available to colleges and could put off potential students.

HEFCE response to written ministerial statement on changes to Disabled Students’ Allowance
HEFCE is committed to working with universities, colleges and others to ensure as far as possible that disabled students are properly supported to succeed in their studies and in future employment.

UKCES welcomes increase in those taking degrees, but calls for more work-based skills
UK Commission for Employment and Skills welcomes new OECD findings, but calls for more work to give graduates the work-based skills they need.

UK has more graduates but without skills and social mobility to match
Report by OECD notes UK’s ‘quantum leap’ in higher education access but highlights poor literacy and numeracy figures.

UK shifts to graduate economy, but worry over skills gap
The UK has passed a significant milestone towards becoming a graduate economy, with more people now likely to have a degree than to have only reached school-level qualifications.

Universities minister Greg Clark rules out increasing tuition fees
Universities minister says he is ‘not persuaded’ by the argument for raising fees to take into account increased costs.

Significant increase in students entering postgraduate research with prior PG qualifications
New HEFCE analysis shows that the proportion of students entering postgraduate (PG) research degrees with a prior PG qualification has increased from 33 per cent to 59 per cent over the last 12 years.

UK degree-level spending lags behind competitor countries – and social mobility remains a persistent problem
The UK is lagging behind competitor countries including the United States, Japan and France in terms of spending per student at degree-level, according to a major international education report released today.

UCU at TUC Congress
It has been a busy 24 hours for UCU delegates at the 146th annual TUC Congress in Liverpool.

Speech – Higher education, strength in diversity
Speech given at the annual gathering of university leaders at the Universities UK ‘Strength in Diversity’ conference.

Helping students with Asperger’s prepare for university life
As the number of autistic students soars, universities are trying hard to help them with their social and life skills.

Cedefop – Credit transfer systems – what will it take for them to work together?
Cedefop asks: how can credit transfer systems can open doors between vocational and higher education?

Register of higher education providers launched
HEFCE has today published its first register of higher education providers.

CBI responds to announcement of new Commission
The CBI responded to the announcement of the new European Commission senior posts.

Bank of England governor says skills are key to higher pay
Investment in skills is needed to deliver long-term productivity and better wages, Mark Carney, governor of the Bank of England, told the annual Trades Union Congress in Liverpool yesterday.

BIS Select Committee report backs NIACE manifesto
Today’s report from the BIS Select Committee represents an important milestone in this country addressing low levels of adult literacy and numeracy.

Speech – The importance of teaching
Nick Gibb speaks to ResearchED about why the promotion of evidence-based approaches and freeing teachers to teach go hand in hand.

SFA grant success in supporting equality and diversity developments
Equality and diversity inclusion fund results in greater awareness and raises the profile of new equality strands.

Applicant shortage continues to push up salaries, says REC
Job vacancies increased at their fastest rate for 16 years in August as employer demand for staff has grown rapidly, according to the Report on Jobs from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) and KPMG.

Teen apprenticeship numbers could be hit by making employers pay, National Audit Office warns
Government plans to make employers pay for up to a third of the training for 16 to 18 apprenticeships could hit the age group’s already-falling uptake, the National Audit Office (NAO) has warned.

The Centre for Youth Impact launches
The Centre for Youth Impact (CYI) will help measure and increase the impact of youth sector organisations.

£60 million of public and private investment for new leading-edge graphene research facility
Funding announced today by the Chancellor will support the construction of a Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre (GEIC) at the University of Manchester.

Unemployed To Be Given ‘Attitude To Work’ Interviews
People claiming benefits will be expected to undergo attitude tests to assess if they have a psychological resistance to work under new plans revealed by the employment minister.

Chief Medical Officer’s annual report – employment is good for mental health
Chief Medical Officer’s report: the rising number of working days lost to mental illness creates personal suffering and costs the economy.

Breaking down the barriers to exciting new careers
Organisations and government are working together to bring more women and diversity into science and engineering.

Long-term shift towards low-paid work threatens stability of UK economy, says report
The future strength and stability of the UK economy is “under threat” as there has been a long-term shift towards insecure, low-paying employment in many cities across the country, according to thinktank the Centre for Cities.

UKTI – UK brands can sell while they sleep with UK government help
UK companies now have access to a global network of experts who can help them take their brand to the world through UKTI’s e-Exporting Programme, announced on Monday by Lord Livingston, Minister of State for Trade and Investment at Autumn Fair, Birmingham.

South West Headlines

Funding

£13 million to boost national school leaders network
One hundred talented leaders to be recruited to transform schools facing toughest challenges.

£1.8 million training boost for language teaching
A new fund of £1.8 million will pay for a series of teacher-led training programmes to help support the teaching of foreign languages.

Major new funding boost for small British charities
New UK Aid Direct fund will make the most of smaller charities’ ability to work at a grassroots level.

Further Education

NIACE webinars to help implement FELTAG recommendations
Providers planning to implement FELTAG recommendations to increase their use of learning technology will benefit from a series of regular NIACE webinars.

AoC – Maths teaching should be aimed at employment
Joy Mercer, Senior Policy Manager at the Association of Colleges responds to National Numeracy’s Manifesto for a Numerate UK.

Maintain standards says AoC
Joy Mercer, AoC’s Director of Education Policy responds to Ofqual’s announcement for setting standards for new GCSEs in 2017.

Association of Colleges – Improved careers education is ‘a matter of urgency’
Joy Mercer, Director of Education Policy at the Association of Colleges, responds to a report by the National Careers Council Taking Action: Achieving a culture change in careers provision.

Government failing to act over long-term NEETs, warns Ofsted
Reforms designed to cut the number of jobless school leavers are failing to prevent more than one million teenagers “falling through the cracks”, according to Ofsted.

16–19 study programmes – UKCES responds to Ofsted thematic review
The UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) today welcomed the publication of Ofsted’s thematic review of study programmes for 16 – 19 year olds.

First-of-its-kind sickle cell educational resource for science teachers
The NHS Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia Screening Programme has developed a set of genetic inheritance education resources for GCSE students.

Association of Colleges – Making students work-ready requires flexibility
Martin Doel, Chief Executive of the Association of Colleges responds to the CBI’s new report People and Prosperity.

Helping shape future of education
In lesser hands it may have been too heavy a responsibility to shoulder, but for talented teenager Sanya Rajpal being the lone voice for her peers on a project which could transform the life chances of Bristol youngsters was an honour.

 

Business Intelligence

Acas – How to get your workplace dress code right
This time last year, television presenter Jeremy Paxman caused a social media storm when he suddenly appeared on Newsnight sporting a full facial beard. Stories of employees having been fired or overlooked for promotion owing to visible tattoos or piercings are not uncommon.

Protect your employees from fearing the unknown
A little bit of information can go a long way to support change, says Susanne Jacobs.

Connect Business Day grows with local economy
A business-boosting event featuring inspiring speakers, entrepreneurs and expert exhibitors is expanding by 50 per cent for 2014.

FSB announces record confidence among small businesses
Latest survey results from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) reveal record confidence levels among UK small businesses. The Small Business Index – the FSB’s measure of confidence – reached +41 points in the third quarter.

Business report shows Bristol leads in potential for economic growth
Bristol’s position as a potential economic powerhouse of the future has been underlined in a new report.

Industry Intelligence

 

Output in the Construction Industry, July 2014 and New Orders Q2 2014
This statistical bulletin provides users with the latest estimates of output in the construction industry for July 2014 and for New Orders for Q2 2014. Output is defined as the amount charged by construction companies to customers for value of work (produced during the reporting period) excluding VAT and payments to sub-contractors.

Index of Labour Costs per Hour, Q2 2014 (experimental)
Private sector labour costs per hour increased by 0.5% in Q2 2014, while public sector labour costs per hour increased by 3.5%.

The Building Futures Group – First Newsletter – Summer 2014
The first newsletter of The Building Futures Group.

The Building Futures Group – career path in the facilities management sector
The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), in collaboration with The Building Futures Group, is launching a new initiative to open up a career path in the facilities management (FM) sector.

Water and waste management companies create new Trailblazer Apprenticeship Standards
Leading employers from the water and waste management industries, collaborating through the Energy & Efficiency Industrial Partnership (the Partnership), have developed two exciting new Trailblazer Apprenticeships, which will meet the future needs of both employers and Apprentices.

New Wood & Timber and Furniture Apprenticeships
The Proskills Group are pleased to announce that the following apprenticeships are now available for the first time for the Wood & Timber Industry.

Creative Skillset – Be a Hiive pioneer
Creative Skillset is delighted to announce the imminent arrival of Hiive.

BT move to new Bodmin Cornwall Council offices set to create 50 jobs
Fifty new BT telehealth jobs are set to be created in Bodmin after the company finally announced it will be moving its services to the town.

Tech skills news – Weekly Digest
The latest issue of e-skills online News Digest provides a round-up of the IT & Telecoms labour market news from HR and technology trade press for the past week.

John Lewis Distribution endorses Standard of Excellence DCPC
Tanith Dolan, Technical Training Co-ordinator for John Lewis Distribution attended the very first Skills for Logistics DCPC Employer Consultation in June 2014. Following extensive consultation, the Skills for Logistics Standard of Excellence DCPC started roll-out out to the UK Logistics Sector in September 2014.

William Connors, forced labour boss, told to pay £1.7m
The head of a traveller family who forced homeless men and drug addicts to work as labourers for as little as £5 a day has been ordered to pay more than £1.7m – or face six more years in jail.

MoD deal to secure skilled jobs
More than 1,000 skilled jobs will be secured by a new Ministry of Defence contract for scores of new high-tech armoured vehicles, Prime Minister David Cameron says.

Army veterans, charities and beekeepers join fight against unemployment
Army veterans, charities and beekeepers are helping jobseekers as part of a government initiative to allow Jobcentre Plus to provide more tailored support for those struggling to get work.

600 unemployed young people to be given training boost
A skills employment programme aimed at boosting the job prospects of hundreds of unemployed young people across the West of England has just been launched.

Surprising statistics reveal ESA is easier to claim than predecessor IB, reports Disability News Service
Disabled people are more likely to be successful in a claim for the much-criticised employment and support allowance (ESA) than the benefit it is replacing, incapacity benefit (IB), John Ping from the Disability News Service (DNS) reports.

Trade Unions

TUC – Low inflation points to wage rises as the priority
TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady comments on the latest inflation figures published yesterday (Tuesday), which show CPI inflation at its lowest level for five years.

TUC welcomes MPs’ praise for unionlearn’s outstanding results and financial value
The TUC has welcomed the comments and recommendations on unionlearn – its learning and skills body – published today (Monday) by the Business, Innovation and Skills Committee in its report Adult Literacy and Numeracy.

Unions in ‘Oliver Twist’ warning over Tory voting plans
Plans to make strikes illegal unless at least half of union members take part in ballots will leave them “with about as much power as Oliver Twist”, the leader of the TUC has warned.

TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady’s address to Congress 2014
“Trade unionism, at its heart, is about friendship between working people.” – Frances O’Grady, TUC

Bank of England governor Carney to address unions on wages
Bank of England governor Mark Carney will set out his plans for “real wages” when he addresses the annual conference of the Trades Union Congress on Tuesday.

International Research Publications

The future of the European Social Model – New perspectives for industrial relations, social and employment policy in Europe?
The 2014 annual IREC conference represented a very promising milestone for the field of Industrial relations research in Europe.

Education at a glance 2014 – OECD indicators
This annual publication is the authoritative source for accurate and relevant information on the state of education around the world. Featuring more than 150 charts, 300 tables, and over 100 000 figures, it provides data on the structure, finances, and performance of education systems in the OECD’s 34 member countries, as well as a number of partner countries.

UK Research Publications

Powers to grow – city finance and governance
A series of recommendations to enable this system of cities to build sustainable, productive economic growth: Devolution of finance away from central government to city-regions; Decentralisation of decision making responsibility; and, Implementation of flexible approaches to suit city’s needs.

JRF – A UK without poverty
Sets out the case for tackling poverty and outline policy options available to governments: Tackling the underlying causes of poverty; the nature of jobs at the bottom end of the labour market, the cost of essential goods and services, whether people are able to reach their potential, and the choices that individuals make, as well as the way the state responds; and, a long-term strategy to sustainably reduce poverty, rooted in cross-party consensus.

Decentralisation decade – a plan for economic prosperity, public service transformation and democratic renewal in England
Argues that England’s 80-year-long experiment with centralisation has failed, and it is time to embark on a new journey: a programme of decentralisation that will liberate the nation, drive prosperity and growth, and provide a new platform for more innovative and effective public service reform and a society which is more equal.

Nesta – Making sense of the UK collaborative economy
Explores the UK’s emerging collaborative economy, considering some of the challenges and opportunities presented by the collaborative economy.

Place-based policies
Asks which features of enterprise zone policies make them more, or less, effective, who gains and loses from these policies, and how we can reconcile the existing findings.

The economic impact of the Work Programme
This is the first study to look at the economic benefits of the Work Programme and the added financial value it delivers to employers, employees and the taxpayers. It shows how £18bn of value will be delivered to the economy by the Work Programme: £7bn will be delivered to workers; £7bn to the government; and, £4bn to employers.

UK skill levels and international competitiveness, 2013
Presents UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) projections of skills levels in the UK and OECD member states to 2020. Also presents historical trend data from 2002-2012.

Sector Skills Research Publications

Talent action plan – removing the barriers to success (Strategy)
Proposals to ensure the best people progress in the Civil Service, ensuring it remains one of the best and most progressive UK employers.

Local Enterprise Partnerships Latest

Unequal opportunity – how jobs are changing in cities
Shows how jobs in cities have polarised, with employment in middle-income professions falling and jow this has taken its toll on people’s wages, job security and career progression. Highlights the differences between cities, demonstrating the need for an appropriate mix of supply and demand-side interventions, which are specific to the local labour market.

The future of local enterprise partnerships – the small business perspective
Calls on Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) to place small businesses at the heart of their plans for local economic growth. This is the first report of its kind and it stresses small businesses can’t be ignored as the economic recovery continues.

Where growth happens – the high growth index of places
As the UK emerges from recession, increasing attention is being given to the stimulation of growth. Yet growth does not occur evenly across the country and different types of growth – economic, demographic or otherwise – present different opportunities and implications for policy makers and local leaders in fostering that growth.

Events

Open consultation – Skills for Logistics, National Occupational Standards
6 October 2014, contact Paul Barefoot at
skills@skillsforlogistics.org

06/10/2014 – These projects involve consulting with industry to write new or review current National Occupational Standards for specific occupations in the logistics sector. Steering group meetings have already been held for most of these projects and we will be consulting electronically on the draft NOS over the next few months.

CITB Business Awareness Workshop
23 October 2014, Gloucester

23/10/2014 – Free Business Advice from CITB in a one day workshop. Developed with support from HMRC, HSE and professional bodies to help you survive and thrive in today’s economic climate.

Open consultation – Higher education living cost support, EU nationals’ residency requirements
10 November 2014, 23:45

10/11/2014 – Proposal to extend the residency requirement from 3 to 5 years, before EU nationals can receive higher education living cost support.

Creative SkillSet – Get Your Next Job in TV Drama, Salford
21 November 2014, MediaCityUK, Salford

21/11/2014 – This day is a Creative Skillset funded initiative for TV freelancers in the UK creative industries, and is supported by the Skills Investment Fund. booking for this will open nearer the time.

Creative SkillSet – Get Your Next Job in TV Drama, Birmingham
20 October 2014, BBC Academy, Birmingham

20/10/2014 – This day is a Creative Skillset funded initiative for TV freelancers in the UK creative industries, and is supported by the Skills Investment Fund. To attend Get Your Next Job in TV Drama, Birmingham you must fulfil at least one of the following criteria:

International IP Protection
6 October 2014, British Library, London

09/10/2014 – In this one off series of events, senior representatives from WIPO will lead discussions on the international protection of IP rights. The half day events will provide an introduction to WIPO services and initiatives. To register email MAS Workshop – Using Design for Competitive Advantage
9 October 2014, Royal Wootton Bassett

09/10/2014 – The workshop for SMEs will summarise different expressions of design best practice and will include practical exercises to investigate how a products manufacturing cost can be reduced by design. It will guide delegates towards improvement opportunities re

Semta Skills Awards – Engineering Skills for the Future
24 February 2015, Park Plaza Riverbank hotel, London

24/02/2015 – Turn on the spotlights, dust off the red carpet – the hunt is on to find the very Best of British Engineering – which is to be celebrated at the second Semta Skills Awards. The backing of some of the biggest engineering brands in Britain have made the awa

SkillsActive National Occupational Standards review in Spectator Safety, England
22 September 2014, Windsor, Royal Windsor Racecourse

22/09/2014 – Since the launch of a project to review the National Occupational Standards (NOS) in spectator safety in April 2014, SkillsActive have been busy working with the Sports Ground Safety Authority and other key stakeholders. The redrafted NOS was

SW TUC – A Vision for a South West That Works
12 November 2014, 14:00-16:00, Taunton Rugby Club, Hyde Park, Hyde Lane, Taunton, Somerset TA2 8BU

12/11/2014 – This session will focus on tacking inequality.

SW TUC – A Vision for a South West That Works
4 November 2014, 16:00-18:00, Unite, Tolpuddle Martyrs House, 238 Holdenhurst Road, Bournemouth BH8 8EG

04/11/2014 – This session will focus on public services.

SW TUC – A Vision for a South West That Works
29 October 2014, 16:00-18:00, Unite, No. 1 Pullman Court, Great Western Road, Gloucester GL1 3ND

29/10/2014 – This session will focus on skills for the future.

SW TUC – A Vision for a South West That Works
11 October 2014, 14:00-16:00, Unite, Tony Benn House, Victoria Street, Bristol

11/10/2014 – This session will focus on the green economy.

SW TUC – A Vision for a South West That Works
1 October 2014, 16:00-18:00, PCS South West Regional Office Suite III, First Floor, Quintana Gate, Bartholomew Street, Exeter EX4 3BH

01/10/2014 – This session will focus on transport.

OECD LEED Programme Expert Seminar – What works, and what doesn’t? Evidence-based approaches to tackling disadvantage
October 2014, OECD Conference Centre, Paris

15/10/2014 – This expert seminar will focus on how countries can establish a policy framework to enable effective local action using an evidence-based approach, choosing between different measures at a time of limited resources. The latest evidence from OECD countries

OECD LEED programme High-Level Capacity Building Seminar – Supporting youth in entrepreneurship
22-23 September 2014, Brussels, Belgium

22/09/2014 – The aim of this High-Level Capacity Building Seminar is have an international exchange of information on inclusive entrepreneurship actions across the European Union and on how the European Union Structural Funds can be used to support actions that combin

Skills, Employment and Growth Conference 2014 30th September, 2014, University of Salford
30/09/2014 – This one day conference will provide delegates a timely opportunity to debate whether Government proposals to reform skills and employment programmes will benefit learners, engage more employers and get more people back to work. This important conference

The Skills Show Experience – Have a Go Exeter
22 October 2014, WestPoint Centre (Devon) Ltd, Clyst St Mary, Exeter, EX5 1DH

22/10/2014 – The SW Employment and Skills Partnership and partners are very excited to formally invite you to The Skills Show Experience Exeter 2014! The Employment and Skills Partnership are organising an event in Exeter in partnership with Devon County Council on 22

Maths and English Conference
19 September 2014, Swindon

19/09/2014 – Targeted at maths and english tutors and managers. The aim of the event is to provide participants with a range of tools, resources and best practice which they will be able to take back to their own organisations. Much of the day will be interactive so p

IfL Fellowship Research Programme
17th Oct 2014, Oxford

17/10/2014 – The IfL Fellowship Research Programme is designed to develop individuals’ research and publication skills.

Welfare reform – creating effective local delivery partnerships
20 December 2014, Prospero House, Borough High Street, London SE1

20/12/2014 – This one day conference will provide an early opportunity to consider the updated Local Support Services Framework and will feature examples of best practice in the planning and delivery of services sharing learning from the Local Authority led pilots as

HEFCE Annual Meeting 2014
16 October 2014, 09:30-13:00, Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AG

16/10/2014 – The meeting offers an opportunity to learn more about current developments, HEFCE’s role and the challenges facing higher education. Booking for the event will open in August.

Next steps for the Research Excellence Framework
23 April 2015, central London

23/04/2015 – David Sweeney, Director, HEFCE will be speaking at this seminar, which is scheduled to follow publication of this year’s Research Excellence Framework (REF), the system by which the quality of research from UK HEIs is assessed – with significant implicati

Improving financial stability and efficiency in Higher Education – sustainability, alternative revenue streams and lean ways of working
19 November 2014, central London

19/11/2014 – Steve Egan, Deputy Chief Executive, HEFCE, will be speaking at this event, which will bring out latest thinking on making the Higher Education sector more efficient, and to increase financial stability at a time of considerable changes to university fundi

Cedefop – Skills needs anticipation and matching course
Turin, Italy, 20 – 24 October 2014
Deadline for applications – 15 September 2014

20/10/2014 – Cedefop co-organises a training and knowledge-sharing course on skills needs anticipation and matching with the International Training Centre of the International Labour Organisation (ITC-ILO), the Skills Development and Employability Unit of the ILO and

CIPD – Devon and Cornwall Branch Conference
1 October 2014, 09:45, Sandy Park Conference Centre, Sandy Park Way, Exeter, EX2 7NN

01/10/2014 – Delegates will be able to enjoy 2 fantastic Key note speakers and select from a menu of 12 mini seminars, workshops and master classes in Employment Law, Employee Engagement, Leadership, Health and Wellbeing and Learning and Development.

Motivated or Mandated – engaging adults in learning and supporting them to succeed
20 October 2014, London, UCU Office, Old Bakery, Carlow Street, London NW1 7LH

20/10/2014 – This conference will encourage dialogue between practitioners and researchers in order to explore the ways to motivate adults to engage and succeed in literacy and numeracy learning.

GET THE GRIT – A resilience workshop to develop a ‘growth mindset’ for all – training event
led by Jackie Beere OBE
12 November 2014, Campaign for Learning, 24 Greencoat Place, Westminster, London, SW1P 1RD

12/11/2014 – Raise achievement and improve wellbeing through resilience training with Jackie Beere, who has years of experience in coaching and personal development for children and teachers.

Employer Ownership – Current Position and Future Prospects
with Michael Davis, Chief Executive of UKCES
23 September 2014, Campaign for Learning, 24 Greencoat Place, Westminster, London, SW1P 1RD

23/09/2014 – With the general election less than nine months away, this is an exciting moment discuss where the ’employer ownership of skills’ agenda has reached and what the prospects are for the future.

Grow Gloucestershire – The Skills Show Experience
7 – 8 October 2014, The Centaur, Cheltenham Racecourse

07/10/2014 – Highlight the exciting career opportunities you have available and get face to face with potential apprentices, trainees and staff. Bring skills to life through inspirational ‘HAVE A GO’ activities. Talk to Gloucestershire’s young people about what it is

The Skills Show, NEC
13 – 15 November 2014, Birmingham NEC

13/11/2014 – FREE to attend, The Skills Show provides young people with opportunities to discover what they are good at and what they enjoy, through hands-on experiences combined with practical advice and guidance, to help shape futures and transform lives.

ESRC’s Festival of Social Science
1-8 November 2014, University of Exeter

01/11/2014 – 11 separate events celebrating social science research and its relevance to many areas of life, from personal wellbeing to the sustainability of the economy.

The Bournemouth & Poole College Open Event
24 September 2014, 16:00-20:00, Bournemouth & Poole College Campuses

24/09/2014 – Find out about full-time courses, apprenticeships, A-levels, higher education and adult learning courses at Bournemouth and Poole college. Meet leading employers, speak to staff and enroll.

Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) Local-Central Discovery Day
1 October 2014, 10.30 – 17.00, Bristol

01/10/2014 – Explore the impact of DVLA digital transformation on local authorities and their service users. The aim of the day will be to identify digital products that could be built nationally to save money and improve services. The event is aimed at local and central government heads of service, assistant directors and service managers, bailiffs, ICT and digital specialists and any public sector role that would benefit from better access to DVLA data.

Hot Topic event on Building Digital Capability
2 October 2014, 10.30 – 16.00, Bristol

02/10/2014 – Highlighting the digital skills required to deliver local public services and present the work councils are already doing to improve them. Over the course of the day, local authority heads of service, change managers, CIOs, CTOs and heads of HR will improve their understanding of learning and development activities and learn how to share resources.

An evening dinner debate on local government digital capability
2 October 2014, 17.45 – 21.00, Bristol

02/10/2014 – Aimed at CEOs, councillors and senior local authority managers. The event will focus on the feasibility, utility and structure of a Local Digital Academy that would help to build digital capability within local government.

Developing Solutions for Clinical Commissioning Groups
24 September 2014, Olympia, London

24/09/2014 – Skills for Health will be attending Commissioning in Healthcare – Improving Outcomes for Patients. It is crucial time for Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), who are now responsible for £65 billion of NHS spend, ensuring they contribute to help deliver better services and improved outcomes for patients.

Learning Networks and Annual Conference for Erasmus+
26-27 November 2014, Conference Aston, Central Birmingham

26/11/2014 – The very first Learning Networks and Annual Conference for Erasmus+ have arrived. Conference Aston in central Birmingham will be the venue for the Learning Networks event on 26 November and Annual Conference on 27 November. Bookings will open in October.

Graduation Ceremony for Advanced and Higher Apprentices
9 September 2014, Central Hall, Westminster

09/09/2014 – Skills CFA, in association with The Association of Colleges, the National Apprenticeship Service, The Association of Employment and Learning Providers and the Federation for Industry Skills and Standards will celebrate the success of advanced and higher apprenticeship achievements in business related skills. The event also aims to raise the profile of the apprenticeship route in comparison to academic pathways. More than this, the event will look to engage with unengaged employers and apprentices as well as celebrate with providers and employers engaged with exiting apprentices.

MAS supports The Manufacturing and Engineering Expo
8 October 2014, 09:00 – 16:30, Kent Event Centre, Maidstone

08/10/2014 – This year’s event promises to be an inspirational business-to-business show designed to support and showcase everything that is great about the engineering and manufacturing sector and what’s more, it’s free to attend.

IES employment policy conference 2014
25 November 2014, Ambassadors Bloomsbury, London

25/11/2014 – Examines The UK youth labour market, UK policy initiatives, The role of employers, The perspectives of young people and International policy perspectives.

Dorset LEP ESIF Update
22 October 2014, 14:00 – 17:00, Bournemouth, venue tbc.

22/10/2014 – This unique event is being held to raise awareness of and provide a breakdown of how you can benefit from the EU funding as a business, and use the fund to help your local community. ESIF formulates part of the Dorset LEP’s Strategic Economic Plan, and will help to increase the competitiveness of small and medium enterprises, improve the skills and employability of the county’s workforce and strengthen the Dorset economy through growth and enterprise.

Dorset LEP ESIF Update
27 October 2014, 14:00 – 17:00, Dorchester, venue tbc

27/10/2014 – This unique event is being held to raise awareness of and provide a breakdown of how you can benefit from the EU funding as a business, and use the fund to help your local community. ESIF formulates part of the Dorset LEP’s Strategic Economic Plan, and will help to increase the competitiveness of small and medium enterprises, improve the skills and employability of the county’s workforce and strengthen the Dorset economy through growth and enterprise.

Dorset LEP ESIF Update
31 October2014, North Dorset, venue tbc.

31/10/2014 – This unique event is being held to raise awareness of and provide a breakdown of how you can benefit from the EU funding as a business, and use the fund to help your local community. ESIF formulates part of the Dorset LEP’s Strategic Economic Plan, and will help to increase the competitiveness of small and medium enterprises, improve the skills and employability of the county’s workforce and strengthen the Dorset economy through growth and enterprise.

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