Template letter about AEB budget delay
Chief Executive of the London Learning Consortium Stephen Jeffery has written to Skills Funding Agency boss Peter Lauener about the delay to the commissioning of the AEB budget due to the general election. In it he outlines why third sector providers and consortia are vital to adult learning, and the impact that the delay is having.
If you would like to send in your own letter, please feel free to use this as a template. The TSNLA is meeting with Peter Lauener soon, and so more letters about this issue would strengthen the argument. The letter can be downloaded here.
New tool to find out where the work is!
IPPR have developed a new online tool to help learning providers get information on what local area employers are looking for. This free to use digital tool lets you know what employers in your area are looking for from the local workforce, which can be invaluable in both curriculum planning and working with unemployed clients.
The current focus of the tool is on mid-skill, entry-level roles that require some qualification. It covers national/regional and many LEP levels, and covers over- and under-represented skills in an area along with what local employers are seeking. The tool also helps identify hidden pockets of employment and skills needed from clusters of smaller businesses as well as the skills needed by larger, more traditional employers.
Designing for Accessibility
Home Office Digital have produced a useful set of simple posters and advice about dealing with users who: have low vision; are deaf or hard of hearing; have dyslexia; have motor disabilities; are on the autistic spectrum; or who use screen readers.
Free courses through ETF
A number of free online courses are available from the Education and Training Foundation. Subjects include Prevent, Leadership, Management & Governance, Teaching & Learning, Maths and English and Equality & Diversity.
Tips for giving evidence to Select Committees
Providing evidence to policymakers through select committees is a great way to influence current policy debates, but for those unfamiliar with the process, the formality of the task may appear daunting. Patrick Hanley has compiled thoughts and experiences from several LSE academics with their tips on preparing and giving evidence to policymakers.