Welcome to the Skills for Life Network E-News Update

2010 has brought changes and challenges for everyone involved in essential skills. At the time of writing, no announcement has yet been made on whether or not functional skills will replace Skills for Life for adults, but we'll be keeping you posted on developments in the New Year. We do, however, have some news on functional skills and key skills in apprenticeships: the temporary transitional arrangement involving parallel running between key skills and functional skills has been extended to September 2012. Find out more below.

This has been a busy year for us! Skills for Life Network now has 12,345 members, with 10,900 registered to receive our fortnightly e-news update. We're receiving an increasing number of enquiries on a range of topics and issues, and we also receive many enquiries each week from people and organisations searching for courses. Our newly launched Provider Directory has been established to provide a key point of reference for individuals and organisations looking to source essential skills training, teacher training and professional development opportunities. Organisations joining our Directory in the past couple of weeks include Da Tech Education and Prospects Professional Training.

Do make sure your organisation is represented in our Directory. This will also ensure that you will benefit from direct referrals from our enquiry team - if we don't have information on your organisation and programmes, we can't refer people to you! Click here to find out more.

Season's Greetings and best wishes for 2011,

Barbara Zealley
Caryn Loftus

Network Managers


Resources wanted!
One of our members is looking for resources to support learners on a Level 1 Health and Social Care programme. She's looking to source materials (free of charge or commercially available) to support the development of a range of skills, including employability skills, communication, health and safety and safeguarding. Can you help point her in the right direction?


Lecturer – Functional Skills, English (Temporary)

Lecturer – Functional Skills, English (Temporary)
Dearne Valley College, Rotherham

Lecturer – Inclusive Learning

Lecturer – Inclusive Learning
Rotherham College of Arts and Technology

Training & Development

Da Tech Education

Da Tech Education
We are Da Tech Education, a specialist provider of health and safety and food hygiene programmes. Working across the East Midlands region, we aim to inspire and support a range of learners to gain a qualification and increase their self esteem.


Functional Skills within Apprenticeships
Following consultation with key partners and the identification of a need for additional development time, Ministers have agreed an extended, temporary transitional arrangement involving parallel running between Key Skills, Functional Skills and the new GCSEs (with increased functional content) from April 2011 until the end of September 2012.

Funding for literacy, numeracy and adult learning
At the recent Association of Colleges Annual Conference, Vince Cable, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, reiterated the coalition government's commitment to free training for those who have left school without basic literacy and numeracy skills, and to continued funding for adult learning

International review programme: adult basic skills development
This literature review looks at how adults’ basic skills can be improved through family, workbased and flexible learning. It also looks at two specific components within basic skills: financial capability and employability skills. A programme report, leaflet, conference paper, discussion paper and presentation slides are now available to download.

Key skills/ functional skills progression in Foundation Learning
As a result of an enquiry raised in a recent inspection, it has been clarified that a possible and acceptable progression from Level 1 key skills (or from L1 adult literacy and numeracy qualifications) is to Level 1 functional skills.

LLUK will not be relicensed as a Sector Skills Council in its own right
Lifelong Learning UK (LLUK), the Sector Skills Council (SSC) for the lifelong learning workforce, will not be relicensed as a SSC in its own right, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has announced. LLUK will remain in place until 31 March 2011. Discussions are ongoing on future arrangements, which will take effect from 1 April 2011.

Transition Fund grants
The Transition Fund aims to help voluntary and charitable organisations and public interest companies adapt to a different funding environment. You can apply for a grant of up to 50 per cent of the reduction in taxpayer funded income that you use to deliver frontline public services in England. Grants are available between £12,500 and £500,000.

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