Welcome to the Skills for Life Network E-News Update

We have a very busy edition of the e-news update for you! Some key points include: the Government's response to the Wolf Review of Vocational Education, reforms to the adult offender education system in England and the Review of Basic Skills.

New Members

Take a look at:

Schemeta Ltd

Runway Training

Crisis Skylight Newcastle

RLI Language Services

We also welcome: the National Consortium of Colleges, Wakefield College, Hopwood Hall College, ThirdForce and Access Training Centres Ltd - look out for their profiles appearing in the Training Directory soon. If your organisation is not yet a Member of Skills for Life Network, you can find out how to join below.

Happy surfing!

Barbara Zealley
Caryn Loftus

Network Managers



Join Skills for Life Network

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Member News

100 Apprenticeships in 100 Days

100 Apprenticeships in 100 Days
Rochdale Apprenticeship Alliance require large and small companies in Rochdale, Heywood and Middleton to offer Apprenticeship opportunities to the young people of the borough. The aim is to recruit 100 Apprentices in 100 days between May and August 2011.

IfL and CPD for the future

IfL and CPD for the future
Friday 8th July 2011,Teaching Development Centre, Newcastle College. With support from the IfL, Success North is putting together a day of presentations and workshops aimed at education practitioners, managers and employers involved in the learning and skills sector.

Introducing ELTMentor

Introducing ELTMentor
ELTMentor is a programme designed not only to support you through the first year of your English Language teaching but also to provide you with the tools and information to continue your professional development throughout your teaching career

Teacher training courses at the Teaching Development Centre, Newcastle College

Teacher training courses at the Teaching Development Centre, Newcastle College
Looking for a Skills for Life teaching qualification? Want to do CELTA or DELTA? Ready to move onto a BA or MA in lifelong learning? Want to teach EFL abroad or in the UK? Looking for advice and guidance? Donít miss your chance to get on!


Curriculum Manager

Curriculum Manager
Bedfordshire Adult Skills and Community Learning. You will lead the developments of the Skills for Life Curriculum (literacy, numeracy ESOL, ALDD,) as part of Skills Development, whilst providing learning opportunities for businesses and the local community in line with the National Skills priorities.

Teaching posts, China

Teaching posts, China
Are you a recent CELTA graduate or a more experienced EFL teacher looking for an opportunity to work in China for a year? Newcastle College is working in partnership with a number of highly respected High schools in China who are recruiting now for a variety of teaching posts.


Employment and Skills Project
Suitable organisations are invited to participate in this project, which aims to provide support for unemployed young people

NEET provision
Information on a tender for the provision of Education and Vocational Training Services to individuals identified as Not in Education, Employment and Training (NEET)

Online Solution required for Functional Skills training
An organisation is looking to source a web based solution for the delivery of Functional Skills Maths, English and ICT

Advertising Feature

Roller Blinds Exposed: What Makes Them Child Safe

Roller Blinds Exposed: What Makes Them Child Safe
Due to the growing number of reports of injuries caused by chain or cord controls of window coverings, the blinds industry is now using the latest technologies to redesign the structure of blinds and to offer additional safety enhancements for window coverings with traditional chain or cord operation


Education Bill 2010-11
This wide ranging Bill has implications for both school and FE sectors, including the freeing of outstanding schools and colleges from routine inspection, the expansion of the Academies programme to allow 16-19 academies and the targeting of entitlement to free level 2 and level 3 qualifications to those under-24.

Engaging priority groups in Skills for Life
This report, published by the National Research and Development Centre for adult literacy and numeracy, finds that improving the literacy of adults with the poorest skills has a positive impact on their childrenís performance as well as being associated with improvements in their own social and economic situation

Government publishes response to the Wolf Review of Vocational Education
The Government has announced plans to ensure that more young people leave school or college with a good grasp of English and maths

Learner Eligibility and Contribution Rules
This document details which individuals can be funded by the Skills Funding Agency and the level of subsidy that they can receive to help pay for the costs of learning

Making Prisons Work: Skills for Rehabilitation
The Government has launched a report outlining reforms to the adult offender education system in England. The reforms aim to ensure a greater emphasis on the results that education and training in prison delivers.

Poor standards of English and maths among school leavers could hinder growth
Employers are concerned with the basic skills levels of school and college leavers, the CBI/EDI annual Education and Skills survey 2011 reveals

Review of Basic Skills
BIS has set up a new project board to review and reform literacy and numeracy provision, which met for the first time at the end of March 2011 under the chairmanship of Susan Pember, BIS Director of FE and Skills Investment

Skills for Life ReadWritePlus materials
The materials from the ReadWritePlus site have now been moved to the Excellence Gateway. Resources include the diagnostic assessment materials, the online Skills for Life core curricula and learner materials, including downloadable audio files.

Supporting Youth Employment
A £60m commitment to get more vulnerable young people into work, a boost to Apprenticeships and radical reforms to transform vocational education are part of a series of measures outlined by the Government to prioritise youth employment, and tackle some of the long term structural barriers that stop some young people from getting a job and starting their career

Tough times for adult learners - survey shows
NIACE's annual survey of current and recent adult participation in learning is bad news for anyone over the age of 25 trying to improve their prospects through learning, especially men, older people, the least skilled and those outside the labour market

Wales - Further Education teacher training incentives announced
The Welsh Assembly Minister for Education and Skills Leighton Andrews has announced new initial teacher training (ITT) incentives for eligible students undertaking postgraduate courses of further education (FE) in the 2011/12 academic year

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