Established in 2005, Funded by Learning & Skills Council as part of the ‘Working Together’ programme


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Established in 2005, Funded by Learning & Skills Council as part of the ‘Working Together’ programme

  • Established in 2005, Funded by Learning & Skills Council as part of the ‘Working Together’ programme

  • Delivered a VCS management skills programme in 2005 to 77 learners

  • 2005 Carried out action research with 100 VCS staff and volunteers to identify skills needs within the sector

  • 2006 - 8 Community skills programmes including youth work, community development work, IAG, training trainers and assessors, health and social care, funds for 4 VCS organisations to achieve matrix standard, back fill funding for VCS groups

  • 2007-8 Coordinated partnership delivery of ‘Now What’ programme of support to young people out of work, education or training

  • 2009 – Train to Gain contract



Membership of VCS learning providers

  • Membership of VCS learning providers

  • Established in 2005 backed by LSC

  • Has run four LSC contracts worth £350k

  • Recognised and funded by NSP as strategic VCS voice on learning and skills

  • Provides quality assurance framework for VCS learning delivery



Barnardo’s

  • Barnardo’s

  • CSV

  • Wansbeck CVS

  • Blyth Valley CVS

  • Project Northumberland

  • BCTV

  • Volunteering Northumberland

  • Shilbottle Skills Centre

  • WEA

  • Northern Learning Trust

  • Barnabas Safe and Sound

  • Age Concern

  • Bell View Project

  • Gateway into the Community

  • Gallery Youth Project

  • Berwick Family Centre

  • LINKS Tynedale

  • Adapt



Tutors / assessors and learning supporters drawn from range of VCS organisations and public bodies - sustainability

  • Tutors / assessors and learning supporters drawn from range of VCS organisations and public bodies - sustainability

  • Working together to raise awareness and responsiveness

  • Economies of scale underpinning local linkages

  • Strong links with community venues and excluded communities / diversity groups

  • Partners in Connexions, schools, extended services, Adult Learning, regional specialists, Volunteering Northumberland, Northumberland Sport, Northumberland College



Berwick Family Centre

  • Berwick Family Centre

  • Project Northumberland

  • Gallery Youth Project

  • LINKS Tynedale

  • Adapt

  • Bliss Mediation



Every learner

  • Every learner

  • Skills audit and tasters

  • Action plan and review cycle

  • Ongoing mentoring through learning process

  • Supported referral

  • Partnership approach

  • Access to placements for maximum flexibility

  • Accredited progression-based learning from Entry Level to Level 2



As employers - apprenticeships and diplomas

  • As employers - apprenticeships and diplomas

  • LSC / NCDN apprenticeship pilot agreed by Lifelong Learning for community development and youth work – 2006

  • Structured access to volunteering placements through Volunteering Northumberland and Learning Consortium, including Personal Best

  • Community-based NVQ’s, mentoring, learning modules and technical support



Certificate – sized qualifications



As partners – with schools, Connexions, College, private providers, employers

  • As partners – with schools, Connexions, College, private providers, employers

  • Specialist provision

  • eg young women into construction, ‘personal best’ programme support

  • Learning disability support

  • Alternative programmes

  • No threat to school rolls – plus leverage of further funds



Progression Pathway to skilled work or an Apprenticeship

  • Progression Pathway to skilled work or an Apprenticeship



VCS Learning Consortium has a voice on:

  • VCS Learning Consortium has a voice on:

    • 14-19 Strategy Group and its task groups
    • Area 14+ groups
    • Personal and Community Development Learning Task Group
    • NSP Business Skills and Enterprise Board
    • IAG task group
    • ‘Whatever it takes’ NEET task group
    • Removing Barriers to Work task group
    • Regional VCS hub ‘Contracts Matter’


influence the skills agenda for Northumberland and contribute to strategic decisions on the provision of quality provision by and for the sector.

  • influence the skills agenda for Northumberland and contribute to strategic decisions on the provision of quality provision by and for the sector.

  • identify and simplify funding opportunities, facilitating the sharing and information within the wider VCS in Northumberland.

  • work together to ensure that VCS learning opportunities are widely disseminated and provided in an accessible way.

  • operate in coordination with other VCS sub-regional and regional consortia to join up activities for the benefit of the VCS as a whole.

  • promote equality and diversity in all activities.



Real understanding of community issues

  • Real understanding of community issues

  • Trust built up over a number of years

  • Good non-threatening environment – informal setting

  • More flexible to learners needs and requirements

  • Directed training, IAG, Support, Sector knowledge, Links, Empathy

  • Local delivery

  • Specialist knowledge of client group

  • More person centred approach (empathy)



Risks?

  • Risks?

  • Short term funding

  • Unrealistic targets (in relation to client group)

  • Competition from larger organisations

  • Gov Funding restraints

  • Chasing same learners

  • Chasing same funding pots

  • Too many hard outcomes – restrictive!

  • Government contracting strategies

  • Focus, Funding, Resources, Staffing

  • Opportunities?

  • Funding (Focused), Partnership, Lead partner, Capacity Building

  • LSC listening and responding to Voluntary Sector

  • Access to contracts via VCS Learning Consortium

  • Sharing good practice and skills via network

  • Research as a lever to attract funding (NRDC & others)



Assessor training

  • Assessor training

  • Becoming a training provider (viability/cost)

  • Funding for training, delivery of essential skills

  • Staff Training, - Bid writing – Quality Assurance – Management Setting & Maintenance Standards



Making and managing consortium bids on behalf of VCS learning providers

    • Making and managing consortium bids on behalf of VCS learning providers
    • Offering a brokerage role for VCS organisations with multi-sectoral partnerships
    • Offering small VCS organisations access to its accredited status
    • Developing capacity to deliver new qualifications within the sector
    • Concentrate on community-based learners
    • Concentrate on VCS workforce development needs
    • Perform as sub-regional element of regional initiatives
  • Also:

      • identifying higher level training
      • More commitment from Consortium Members to influencing work
      • Assessor training
      • Support for more VCS groups to become training providers


What changing relationships are needed with:

  • What changing relationships are needed with:

    • VCS Consortium
    • Contracts Matter
    • New unitary arrangements / NSP
    • 14-19 strategy
    • NEWS network



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