Welcome to the Skills for Life Network E-News Update

A couple of key points in this edition of the e-news update:

The newly published report 'Learning Curve: Schooling and skills for future jobs' from Centre for Cities makes interesting reading. It shows that between 2007 and 2010 an average of almost 50% of pupils in cities left the education system without A* to C grades in GCSE Maths and English. Full details below.

Teacher training: if you're looking to undertake teacher training on an in-service basis, you'll find that the IfL employer grant for Initial Teacher Training is still available. See below for more information on the scheme and on eligibility.

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New and exciting resources for Functional Skills ICT

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CiA Training have launched an exciting new learning resource designed to teach all aspects of Functional Skills ICT at Levels 1 and 2 using an innovative and engaging approach.

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What's new from Tribal?
In support of the Government’s agenda to help people break the cycle of being reliant on benefits, Tribal’s newest online development, Employability – essential work skills, aims to offer you the ability to tailor the right support for the individual needs of each client and does so through the delivery of tailored Employability and Skills assessment and support.

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Functional Skills Maths Freelance Contributors

Functional Skills Maths Freelance Contributors
Following the success of their latest ICT student textbook, CiA Training are now looking for experienced maths/numeracy practitioners to help contribute to an exciting new range of learning materials for Functional Skills Mathematics.

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News

£1billion package to tackle youth unemployment
Almost £1billion will be spent over the next three years to provide unemployed young people with extra help as part of a new "Youth Contract", Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Employment Minister Chris Grayling announced recently.

£250m pilot to give employers power over skills training
Businesses will be given the power to design, develop and purchase the vocational training programme they need under a £250 million plan announced by the Prime Minister. The move is designed to boost economic growth and ensure that the UK workforce has the skills that businesses require.

157 Group launches adult literacy learner voices
The 157 Group has published a collection of eight learner voices highlighting the value of its member colleges' adult literacy work.

Discretionary Learner Support
The Skills Funding Agency has now published the 2011/12 updated Adult Learner Support Discretionary Funding Guidance (updated 5 July 2011).

Growth and Innovation Fund: Phase Two
The Growth and Innovation fund helps employers develop their own innovative, sustainable skills solutions with the potential to transform growth in their sector, region or supply chain. The government will be providing £34 million for 2012-13 and there is still £29 million available to bid for.

Half of all young people in cities without Maths and English GCSE A* to C
The report, 'Learning Curve: Schooling and skills for future jobs' from Centre for Cities shows that between 2007 and 2010 an average of almost 50% of pupils in cities left the education system without A* to C grades in GCSE Maths and English.

IfL employer grant for Initial Teacher Training
Further education (FE) providers can claim a flat rate, non means tested grant of up to £400 per individual teacher or trainer through IfL for those who are IfL members. The ITT course must be a Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (DTLLS), Skills for Life integrated DTLLS or the additional diploma, or PGCE/Cert Ed (in lifelong learning), and must be undertaken on a part time ‘in service’ basis.

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