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AoC College Leaders General Election 2024 Discussion Series: Social Partnerships and LSIPs

Venue: Online via Zoom

Date: 24 June 2024

Time: 4:30 PM - 5:45 PM

Fee: Free for AoC members - this is for members only

This session will be an opportunity to discuss new reports on social partnerships and LSIPs and explore how to influence the need for a national social partnership body working across government to support strategies like green transition plan, NHS long term workforce plan, industrial strategy, digital transition, inward investment plans and set priorities for the whole country.

In our Opportunity England policy paper on LSIPs, we made the following recommendations:

  • The government should ensure that LSIPs are aligned and integrated into other relevant local and regional planning processes. (Short term)

  • LSIPs should support and challenge employers to fulfil their strategic role in the skills system through collaboration with further education (FE) colleges, universities and schools, and therefore improve efficiency. (Short term)

  • The local skills improvement fund (LSIF) must be retained longer term and embedded into the wider funding system. (Medium term)

  • The government should introduce accountability for the wider post-16 tertiary skills system and ensure that the role and responsibilities of universities is clear. (Medium term)

  • A national industrial strategy and a national post-16 education and skills strategy must be developed to provide a framework for LSIPs to align to, respond to and inform. (Medium term)

You can read the full paper here.

Please note, this event is strictly for AoC members only.

The Association of Colleges pre-election discussion series is a programme of webinars for senior college leaders to participate in during the election campaign period with the aim of prioritising influence and focus post-election in areas pertinent to the FE sector. Discussions will be prompted by the 100% Opportunity and Opportunity England policy papers, as well as relevant policy and research papers and will feed into a list of key asks to use in the post-election period and beyond.

The key areas of focus for the webinars are:

  1. Qualification reform (5 June)
  2. Lifelong learning, Higher Technical Qualifications and Technical Excellence colleges (12 June)
  3. The apprenticeship levy (19 June)
  4. Social partnerships as local skills improvement plans (24 June)
  5. Adult education and devolution (1 July)

AoC has been having discussions with the different political parties over recent months on each of these topics and there are decisions which will need to be taken by the next government in these areas. Therefore, there is opportunity to influence what happens next.

Each 75-minute session is standalone, and members can come to as many as they want. Each will start with a short presentation on the theme subject to set out some of the evidence, ideas and key policy questions which we want to gather more views on.

There will be a final summative session on Thursday 4 July to finalise AoC recommendations for the sector as a whole to ensure that we can brief and influence governmental thinking at pace, with a clear set of priorities.

The summative session will also feed into the 2030 meeting which meets shortly after the election. Depending on the result of the election and the early signs from new ministers, that group will work with the strategy groups to prioritise further work, through task and finish groups, which we will endeavour to feed into new ministers, advisers and officials.