07 February 2013 - Source
Over the last few months, senior leaders in the further education (FE) and skills sector have been developing proposals for an FE guild; an FE employer-led partnership which, it is proposed, will have responsibility for the development of the teaching and training workforce and for improving management, leadership and governance.
IfL has been closely involved so far as a member of the FE guild steering group alongside other membership bodies, employer groups and trade unions. The Association of Colleges (AoC) and the Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) have been selected by government as the two lead partners to take the FE guild forward.
IfL is going forward and is not being replaced by the new guild. Key functions and funds, currently with the Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS), will transfer to it between April and August 2013.
The FE guild project has been set up to undertake an in-depth study and consultation during February on the concept of setting up a guild for the further education (FE) and skills sector.
Now that ideas have developed in to more detailed proposals from the guild project team, IfL wants to give teachers and trainers the opportunity to shape the next phase of the guild’s development. Your views as practitioners are vital.
Two consultation events, specifically aimed at practitioners and middle managers, are scheduled by the guild project to capture the views of as many as possible.
Manchester: Manchester Midland Hotel, Victoria Suite, 7 February 2013, 11.30 – 14.30, with lunch
London: CBI Conference Centre, Meeting Room 5, 8 February 2013, 11.30 – 14.30, with lunch
If you would like to attend one of these events please email firstname.lastname@example.org including your name, organisation, job title, which event you would like to attend and any access or dietary requirements.
IfL members are also invited to respond to IfL's latest consultation seeks your views on some proposals for the role and function of the guild, as well as what could be achieved by IfL and the guild working in partnership. Your feedback will inform our response to the consultation to establish a guild for the lifelong learning sector. Due to the time pressures on the guild project team, this consultation is open for a short time only and will close at 5pm on Wednesday 20 February 2013.
You can also visit the FE guild project website at www.feguild.info to find out more.