TSNLA wins funds to run workshops on localism and skills
The TSNLA has been successful in bidding for funds from Awards for All to deliver four workshops and produce a set of guidance materials around the impact and opportunities of the localism agenda. The workshops will be held in the South West, London, the East Midlands and Leeds, and will focus on how to ensure that voluntary and community sector (VCS) providers of learning and skills to the most disadvantaged continue to be able to provide this learning in the new funding arrangements within what is called the Localism agenda. Participants can be from any of the English regions.
This project arises out of the mission of the TSNLA - to support providers of learning and skills to the most disadvantaged in society through representation and continuing professional development.
The funding of adult learning and skills (further education, work-based learning, and community learning) is being transferred from central government to local commissioners linked to local areas throughout England which are led by Local Enterprise Partnerships. The real danger in this process is that the VCS providers who work with those people furthest from the labour market will be overlooked by the new commissioning partnerships who often don't understand the contribution made by the VCS to those most in need of support e.g. those who lack the confidence to attend a local further education college.
The four workshops will bring together VCS providers of learning and skills in order for them to develop a deeper understanding of the new funding arrangements and of what they need to do in order to become part of the new system. By being able to continue operating, thousands of learners across England will benefit.