Welcome to the Skills for Life Network E-News Update

Some key points in this edition include: news of the refreshed guidelines for improving the levels of literacy and numeracy amongst Scotlandís adults; updated guidance from the Skills Funding Agency on 2011/12 Adult Learner Support Discretionary Funding, and information on an ESF tender for the provision of support for workless families.

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Profiles for Mid Cheshire College, CfBT, Ufi learndirect and ACER will also be appearing soon in the Training Directory so look out for them. If your organisation is not yet a Member of Skills for Life Network, you can find out more below about the benefits of Membership and how to join.

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Membership

Join Skills for Life Network

Join Skills for Life Network
Skills for Life Network Organisational Membership offers a range of benefits, including:- a year round, full webpage listing in our Training and Development Directory; a FREE course advertising feature on our website and e-news update (11,000+ subscribers); online specialist support for your provision; use of the Skills for Life Network Member logo in your literature and on your website, and information on new tenders and business opportunities

Member News

Get on in Post Compulsory Education and Training at Northumbria University

Get on in Post Compulsory Education and Training at Northumbria University
Information on current and NEW teacher training and professional development programmes available at Northumbria University

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!

Resources

Yes We Can Read is a Finalist in The Annual Peopleís Book Prize - vote now!

Yes We Can Read is a Finalist in The Annual Peopleís Book Prize - vote now!
Yes We Can Read is a one-to-one phonics-based programme to develop reading for meaning, designed for learners aged from 8 to 80, from Gatehouse Books. Yes We Can read is a Finalist in The Annual Peopleís Book Prize, and we need all the votes we can get to spread the word about Yes We Can Read and 'Each one teach one', our mission to get everyone who can read to teach someone who can't. Voting closes on 20th July when the award ceremony takes place in London. You can vote again even if you voted for us in the Autumn.

Jobs

Adult Education Teachers - Skills for Life and Family Learning

Adult Education Teachers - Skills for Life and Family Learning
North Yorkshire County Council, various locations across North Yorkshire

Full time ESOL Curriculum Co-ordinator

Full time ESOL Curriculum Co-ordinator
Redbridge Institute of Adult Education, Ilford, Essex

Skills for Life Tutor

Skills for Life Tutor
Bowling College, Bradford

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.

Training

Training Directory

Training Directory
Take a look at the Training Directory for information on Skills for Life Network Member Organisations and on the courses and services they offer

Knowledgebase

Adult Literacies in Scotland 2020
Adult Literacies in Scotland 2020: strategic guidance, provides refreshed guidelines for improving the levels of literacy and numeracy amongst Scotlandís adults and sets out four overarching outcomes

ESF Support for Families with Multiple Problems
This provision will aim to tackle entrenched worklessness, and will make support available to individual family members across the generations

Government Launches New Welfare to Work Scheme
The replacement to the New Deal, Employment Zones and Pathways to Work programmes has opened, with contracts delivered by voluntary sector groups

Learner Support Discretionary Funding
The Skills Funding Agency has now published the 2011/12 updated Adult Learner Support Discretionary Funding Guidance on the Agency website

Making informed choices - supporting learners at 50+
Learners of all ages can benefit from information gathered in this guide from the TUC, which explores the sources of support and advice available for older workers

New funding available from BIG Lottery for improving financial confidence
The BIG Lottery Fund has launched a new £30 million programme aimed at helping people become more confident in managing their money

Target of 50,000 additional apprenticeships exceeded
The Governmentís ambition to deliver 50,000 additional apprenticeships has been substantially exceeded, official statistics show

Winning the Contract - a free online public procurement course
The learndirect website offers a free online course - Winning the Contract - that will help you develop the skills and knowledge needed to bid successfully for public sector contracts

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