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SFA rewards over performance (Discretionary Learner Support reallocation)

Those providers in receipt of a Discretionary Learner Support (dLS) Allocation for the academic year 2010/11 submitted a final year- end return in November 2011.

These returns have now been reconciled and the SFA will now recycle funds from under performing to providers who have over delivered against their overall dLS 2010/11 allocation.

Providers will be notified through their February 2012 remittance advice note of their final year-end position. A £1,000 minimum has been applied to any under and/or over delivery.
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Minimum 12 duration for Apprenticeships

From August 2012 the minimum duration of 12 months for Apprenticeships for those aged 16-18 will beign. This will be a requirement in the 2012/13 Funding Rules which are expected to be published by the end of March 2012. The new rules will apply to all new starts from 1 August 2012 onwards and not to those already in learing prior to August.

The SFA is however encouraging all training organisations and employers to offer all existing apprentices (16-18) a 12 month minimum programme.

See the full SFA Statement here

The National Apprenticeship Service is currently reviewing the position with regard to a minimum duration time for those apprentices aged 19 and over.

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Barnado’s report on impact on disadvantaged 16 to 19-year-olds

Staying the Course takes a close, initial look at the new 16-19 Bursary Fund for England and its impact on disadvantaged 16 to 19-year-olds in education and training.

Staying the Course provides an insight into the backgrounds of young people who depend on financial support to continue in education or training.



In 2011 funding for 16-19 financial support was cut from £560 million per year to £180 million. The report found lower levels of money and a lack of access to the fund are both key factors which are forcing many young people to consider dropping out of education and training due to financial hardship. Based on the research in this report Barnardo’s recommends that the system is better funded, better targeted and better administered to ensure that the Government’s aspirations for social mobility through education can benefit 16 to 19-year-olds as well as disadvantaged school children.

Download the report here

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The Skills Place Newham supports Mayor’s Apprenticeship boost


The Skills Place Newham backs the Mayor of London’s Apprenticeship plans.


The Skills Place Newham is supporting the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson’s campaign to create 100,000 new apprenticeships for the capital by the end of 2012.


The Skills Place Newham based at Westfield Stratford City will be assisting the retail shopping centre giant, to add 200 apprenticeship places to the campaign’s total across its Westfield Stratford City and Westfield London retail centres.


Making the announcement on Tuesday to mark the start of National Apprenticeship Week, the Mayor declared that he is more than half way to hitting his target of creating 100,000 apprenticeships and with the contribution from Westfield, with the support of The Skills Place Newham, the campaign has been further boosted.


The Skills Place Newham is managed by Seetec, one of the UK’s leading training and employment specialists, working in partnership with the London Borough of Newham and Westfield, to provide a first class training facility to residents of Newham and across London.


Specialising in retail, leisure, hospitality and customer service, this unique academy offers state of the art facilities, including a mock shop for visual merchandising and barista area for hospitality training.


Since its launch in September 2011, thousands of students have entered through The Skills Place Newham’s doors to be inspired, motivated and trained in these huge employment sectors.


Seetec’s Chief Executive Jeremy Nutter said, “We fully support the Mayor of London in his endeavors to get the capital’s young people into the work place. Seetec is a keen supporter of National Apprenticeship Week, which is now in its fifth year, through a range of activities across its centres around the UK, to ensure that businesses big and small release the talent of our younger generation.”


Michael Gutman, Managing Director for Westfield Europe and New Markets, said: “There are many career pathways and opportunities within Westfield and we are delighted to support the Mayor’s apprenticeships programme as we announce our ambition to see 200 apprenticeships created across our Westfield London and Westfield Stratford City centres during 2012. This specialised training provides apprentices with an excellent, income-earning route to gaining important skills and qualifications as well as benefiting the end-users who hire them.”

To find out more about Apprenticeships please contact The Skills Place Newham Apprenticeship Team on: 0845 330 6439

The Skills Place Newham is a new initaive from Seetec, Westfield and the London Borough of Newham. The Skills Place Newham provides specialist pre and post-employment training programmes for residents of Newham and across London.

For more information on this press release please contact Nancy Rogers PR & Communications Manager Nancy.rogers@seetec.co.uk 07779 251 711

The The Skills Place Newham is a new initiative from Seetec, Westfield and the London Borough of Newham. The Skills Place Newham provides specialist pre an


Skills Place Newham is a new initiative from Seetec, Westfield and the London Borough of Newham. The Skills Place Newham provides specialist pre and post-employment training programmes for residents of Newham and across London.

The Skills Place Newham is a new initiative from Seetec, Westfield and the London Borough of Newham. The Skills Place Newham provides specialist pre and post-employment training programmes for residents of Newham and across London.


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New apprenticeships schemes created

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A number of major high street banks will create new apprenticeship schemes and offer more places to young people, Skills Minister John Hayes announced today.

The announcements were made during National Apprenticeship Week at a financial services sector roundtable, held at HSBC in Canary Wharf, to look at the creation of new apprenticeship routes into employment.

Banks announcing plans to further engage with the Government’s educational and back to work reforms include:

  • Barclays will create 1,000 new apprenticeships across England and Wales with a major programme launching in April
  • HSBC will create an extra 688 apprentices bringing the total number of employees within its apprenticeship scheme to 1,000 by the end of 2012
  • Santander will launch an apprenticeship scheme that will see up to 50 people offered places at the bank.

1. On Tuesday the Prime Minister announced round two of the Higher Apprenticeship Fund which will support thousands of apprenticeships up to degree equivalent, helping deliver the world class skills firms need to drive growth.

2. The Prime Minister also opened the bidding for the new Employer Ownership pilot, inviting employers in England to apply to access up to £250m of public investment and secure more control over how skills training is designed and delivered.

3. He also announced that from this week, small firms will be offered an incentive of £1,500 to hire their first young apprentices. This is expected to support up to 40,000 new apprenticeships over the next year.

4. Successful applicants to the Barclays Apprenticeship programme will receive 12 months training and support and progress to a permanent position. During their training, apprentices will also work to achieve a competency qualification in Financial Services similar to an NVQ, a BTEC Award in Customer Service, and qualifications in numeracy and literacy.

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Skills Funding Agency: additional 19 colleges to receive funding

The CEO of the Skills Funding Agency, Geoff Russell has confirmed a further 19 colleges will receive funding under the Enhanced Renewal Grant.

These colleges had previously been unsuccessful as they exceeded the Agency’s main allocation of £100 million. However, additional funds have been made available to fund the 19 projects amounting to around £29 million.

Geoff Russell said:  “We are delighted that we can provide Enhanced Renewal Grant allocations to an additional 19 colleges. These grants are part of our continuing support and commitment to colleges and the modernisation of the FE estate.  This investment reflects the crucial role that further education colleges have to play in providing skills to young people, adults and businesses, providing regeneration to local communities and the economy.”

Forty six colleges were successful in the original application for the Enhanced Renewal Grant.

Click here to read more and view the list of the 19 colleges

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The Government has today published plans to increase the participation of 16-24 year olds in education, training and work.

‘Building Engagement, Building Futures’ sets out the Government’s strategy to improve the opportunities for young people, so they can succeed in education and training and gain the skills they need to secure an apprenticeship or employment. It includes radical reforms to schools, vocational education, skills and welfare provision.

The majority of young people stay in education and make a positive transition to adult life and the world of work. But recent figures show that 1.16 million young people are not in education, employment or training (NEET). In the current economic climate the Government wants to do all it can to help young people, particularly the most vulnerable, develop their skills, gain the right experience and succeed in adult life.

Getting more young people active and engaged in their own learning and development, and subsequently into work, will make a lasting difference to their future prospects, help to raise levels of social mobility, and is central to the Government’s plans to stimulate economic growth.

‘Building Engagement, Building Futures’ includes five priorities for action

  • Raising attainment in school and beyond to ensure that young people have the skills they need to compete in a global economy;
  • Helping local partners to provide effective and coordinated services that support all young people, including the most vulnerable, putting us on track to achieve full participation for 16-17 year olds by 2015;
  • Encouraging and incentivising employers to inspire and recruit young people by offering more high quality apprenticeships and work experience places;
  • Ensuring that work pays and giving young people the personalised support they need to find it, through Universal Credit, the Work Programme and our Get Britain Working measures; and
  • Putting in place a new Youth Contract worth almost £1 billion over the next three years to help get young people learning or earning before long term damage is done.

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