Term Description
AACS Adult Advancement and Careers Service – The new integrated advice and guidance service for adults currently being developed. The aim is to create an overall Agency that can identify skills needs through routine Skills Health Checks while equally providing advice and guidance on matters like careers, jobs, skills, housing, childcare and finance. http://archive.niace.org.uk
Aimhigher Aimhigher – A Government sponsored programme to encourage more young people, particularly from under represented areas, to go on to higher education. www.aimhigher.ac.uk/
Alliance of Sector Skills Council Alliance of Sector Skills Council – The body that acts as the collective voice of the 25 Sector Skill Councils (SSCs.) www.sscalliance.org/home/home.asp
ASDAN Award Scheme Development and Accreditation Network – The purpose of the charity is to promote the personal and social development of learners through the achievement of ASDAN awards, so as to enhance their self-esteem, their aspirations and their contribution to their community. www.asdan.co.uk
ALP Association of Learning Providers – The body that represents learning and training providers. www.learningproviders.org.uk/
AoC Association of Colleges – Set up to act as the voice of FE colleges in England and Wales and to promote their interests. www.aoc.co.uk/
BERR The Dept for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform – which was created out of the old DTI as part of the Machinery of Government changes of June 2007. As the ‘voice for business’ in Government, BERR has responsibility for three national performance targets: raising productivity; delivering the conditions for business success; improving the economic performance of the English regions. www.berr.gov.uk/
CIEH the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health – is a professional and educational body, dedicated to the promotion of environmental health and to encouraging the highest possible standards in the training and the work of environmental health professionals.http://www.cieh.org
CIHE Council for Industry and Higher Education – The CIHE has a mission to strengthen the relationship between HE and business. http://www.cihe-uk.com/index.php
CIF Common Inspection Framework – framework for how post 16 learning should be inspected. Informs Secretary of State for Education about the quality of education and training, standards achieved by students and whether the taxpayer is getting value for money. www.ofsted.gov.uk/publications
City Strategy Pathfinders City Strategy Pathfinders – City Strategy Pathfinders have been operating since 2006 in 15 areas across the UK where unemployment and disadvantage are at their worst. The aim has been to test out how best to bring national and local agencies together in support of the needs of the jobless. www.dwp.gov.uk/welfarereform/pathfinder_contacts.asp
DCLG Dept for Communities and Local Government – DCLG was created in May 2006 as a successor to the Office of the Deputy PM. It has responsibility for housing, urban regeneration, planning and improving local services. Its main influence on the skills agenda is through its work with Local Authorities as identified in the Local Government White Paper ‘Strong and Prosperous Communities’ published in Oct 2007. www.communities.gov.uk/corporate/
DCSF Dept for Children, Schools and Families – This is one of the Government Departments created when the DfES was split as part of the Government changes of June 2007. The aim is to create a much stronger set of integrated responsibilities around Children, Schools and Families.
The Dept has 6 Strategic Objectives: secure the wellbeing and health of children and young people; safeguard the young and vulnerable; achieve world class standards in education; close the gap in educational achievement for children from disadvantaged backgrounds; ensure young people are participating and achieving beyond 18; keep children and young people on the path to success.
DIUS Dept for Innovation, Universities and Skills – This is one of the Government Departments created when DfES and DTI were restructured as part of the Government changes of June 2007. DIUS has responsibility for skills, further and higher education, science and innovation. It has 6 Dept Strategic Objectives: improve the skills of the population; strengthen the capacity, quality and reputation of the F/HE systems; pursue global excellence in research and knowledge; encourage and foster the use of science; build social and community cohesion; accelerate the commercial exploitation of creativity and knowledge through innovation and research. http://www.dius.gov.uk/
DWP Dept for Work and Pensions – The DWP was set up in 2002 to lead on the Government’s welfare agenda. This has become increasingly important as the Government has sought to make skills training a requirement in benefit payments while at the same time support the country’s changing demography. It works through eight agencies including Jobcentre Plus. www.dwp.gov.uk/
E2E Entry to Employment – LSC programme for young people not ready to participate in Modern Apprenticeships e.g. they have basic skills needs, no qualifications, lack of motivation, no career aim, personal issues. http://e2e.lsc.gov.uk/
EMA Education Maintenance Allowance – a means tested allowance to encourage post 16-year-old pupils to stay on in further education. www.lsc.gov.uk/Whatwedo/14-19/EMA.htm
EMDA East Midlands Development Agency – one of 9 Regional Development Agencies set up by Government to bring a regional focus to economic development. www.emda.org.uk
ESBs Employment and Skills Boards – Proposed by Leitch in his Final Report, these local Boards are being considered and in some cases adopted in various parts of England as a way of bringing together local employment and skill activity under local employer leadership. www.london.gov.uk/lseb/links.jsp
Federation of Small Businesses Federation of Small Businesses – Set up in 1974, the FSB promotes and protects the interests of the self employed and small and medium businesses within the UK. It is non profit making and non party political and currently has 210,000 members and 230 branches. www.fsb.org.uk/
GNP Greater Nottingham Partnership – sub-regional strategic partnership (SSP) covering the City of Nottingham, the districts of Broxtowe, Gedling and Rushcliffe and the Hucknall area of Ashfield. Aim to deliver the region’s economic strategy through partnership working. www.gnpartnership.org.uk
GOEM Government Office for the East Midlands – brings together the regional activities of Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, Department for Transport, Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Department for Education and Skills, Department of Trade and Industry, and Home Office to maximise competitiveness and prosperity and support integrated government policies for an inclusive society. www.goem.gov.uk/
HEFCE Higher Education Funding Council for England – The body with responsibility for distributing public money to universities and colleges in England that provide higher education. www.hefce.ac.uk/
IfL Institute for Learning – The professional body for teachers, trainers and tutors working in the learning and skills system. It is an independent not for profit company limited by guarantee, largely funded by subscription fees and providing the mechanism for those working in the sector to gain licensed practitioner status. The Institute adopted a Code of Professional Practice for all those registered with it which came into force in April08. www.ifl.ac.uk/services/p_wwv_page?id=140
JCP JobCentre Plus – is an Executive Agency of the DWP. It supports people of working age in moving from welfare to work while at the same time helping employers fill vacancies. Click here
LAs Local Authorities – Local Councils take a key role for a wide range of learning and skills services including early years, 14 – 19 and adult learning. From 2010, the aim is for Local Authorities to assume responsibility for funding and securing a place in learning for all 16 – 19 year olds resident in their area whatever their circumstances for which they are currently developing commissioning arrangements. In addition, LAs will have a legal duty from 2013 to secure access to Diplomas for 16 – 19 year olds and, working with the National Apprenticeship Service, apprenticeship places for eligible young people. Most LAs already have a 14 – 19 Plan as part of their Children and Young People’s Plan. www.direct.gov.uk
LEPs Local Employment Partnerships – involve a ‘Jobs Pledge’ whereby Jobcentre Plus agrees to prepare and support people for work, and employers, both private and public, agree to offer work placements, shadowing and guaranteed interviews. www.hm-treasury.gov.uk/
LLUK Lifelong Learning UK – the Sector Skills Council (SSC) established by the sector’s employers to lead the professional development of all those who work in the field of lifelong learning. www.lifelonglearninguk.org
LSC Learning and Skills Council – The LSC is the body responsible for the planning, funding and commissioning of virtually all publicly funded post 16 education and training outside that of HE.
Over the years, the LSC has handled some major projects for Government including Train to Gain, Apprenticeships, foundation learning, EMAs and the National Improvement Framework. It is currently carrying forward plans for a demand led funding system in line with the Leitch Report recommendations.
Under proposals in the March 2008 ‘Raising Expectations’ White Paper, the LSC will replaced by two new agencies: the YPLA for pre 19 provision and the SFA for post 19 provision. This is due to happen by 2010
LSIS Learning and Skills Improvement Service – LSIS is the new sector owned organisation “dedicated to supporting excellence and leadership development in the further education and skills sector.” It has been formed by joining up the expertise of the Centre for Excellence in Leadership (CEL) and the Quality Improvement Agency (QIA) www.lsis.org.uk/LSISHome.aspx
LSN Learning and Skills Network – The LSN provides extensive support to the learning and skills system by offering consultancy, training and support services. LSN operates as an independent, not for profit organisation. www.lsneducation.org.uk
LSPs Local Strategic Partnerships – LSPs provide a forum for bringing together a range of partners- private, public and voluntary – to work with Local Authorities on identifying priorities for Community Strategies and Local Area Agreements (LAAs.) LSPs are non – statutory bodies and work closely with Local Authorities who are responsible for their accountability. www.communities.gov.uk/
MAAs Multi Area Agreements – are arrangements whereby Local Authorities and other partners agree to work together often across borders to tackle big issues such as skills, transport or economic development. In return, Government gives them greater freedoms to direct resources and activities accordingly. www.idea.gov.uk/idk/core/page.do?pageId=6960557
Maths4Life The National Research and Development Centre announces the launch of the Maths4Life website. It aims to stimulate a postive approach to teaching and learning in numberacy and maths. www.Maths4Life.org
matrix the matrix quality standard for information advice and guidance services – is the unique quality framework for the effective delivery of information, advice and/or guidance on learning and work. www.matrixstandard.com
NAVCA the National Association for Voluntary and Community Action– is the national voice of local voluntary and community sector infrastructure in England. www.navca.org.uk
NAS National Apprenticeship Service– This new dedicated Agency will provide end to – end responsibility, support and advocacy for Apprenticeship programmes. It will operate at a national and sub regional level, will be housed in the Skills Funding Agency but as a discrete service and its Director will report directly to the Prime Minister and Secretary of State for DIUS. www.livegroup.co.uk/
NCVO National Council for Voluntary Organisationshttp://www.ncetm.org.uk/home
NCETM National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics – Connexions are measured by the number of young people NEET. www.cnxnotts.co.uk/pdfs/ThePlan.pdf
NEET Not in Employment, Education or Training – Connexions are measured by the number of young people NEET. www.cnxnotts.co.uk/pdfs/ThePlan.pdf
nextstep supports people into learning, training and employment. The nextstep Nottinghamshire is a partnership of organisations working together to help adults aged 20 and above living in East Midlands, with their plans into work and learning. www.nextstepnotts.co.uk
New Deal New Deal – New Deal is a welfare to work programme that was introduced in 1998 to help initially young people back into work through a programme of training, support and work experience. It was a core part of new Labour’s policy platform in 1997 with the promise that it would be paid for out of a one – off £5bn windfall tax on utility companies. New Deal has since morphed into a number of different programmes covering; New Deal for Young People, for 25 plus, for 50 plus, for Lone parents, for Disabled People, for Partners, and for Musicians. New Deal is run through Jobcentre Plus and has pioneered new practices in pre – employment advice and the use of Personal Advisers. www.direct.gov.uk
NIACE National Institute of Adult Continuing Education – NIACE is a voluntary organisation, a charity and company limited by guarantee that promotes, supports and celebrates adult learning. It began its life as the British Institute for Adult Education way back in 1921 and has grown to become the recognised voice of adult learning in England and Wales. www.niace.org.uk/
NTN Nottinghamshire Training Network – network of private, FE and other providers delivering LSC WBL/MA/E2E programmes http://www.notts-training-network.co.uk/
OCNEMR Open College Network East Midlands – is a charitable company with a membership made up of organisations that provide learning opportunities within the geographical area covering Derbyshire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, southern Staffordshire Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and parts of Cambridgeshire. www.ocnemr.org.uk/
Ofqual Ofqual – The ‘new, independent’ regulator for qualifications, exams and tests in England. As such it takes over the regulatory functions of QCA. www.ofqual.gov.uk/
Ofsted Ofsted – They inspect and regulate to achieve excellence in the care of children and young people, and in education and skills for learners of all ages. www.ofsted.gov.uk/
OLASS Offender Learning and Skills Service – OLASS’s main role is to equip offenders with the skills they need for employment in the future. OLASS is managed through the LSC who plan and commission the provision but working with an enormous number of other agencies including principally the National Offender Management Service (NOMS,) the National Probation Service and Jobcentre Plus. www.dcsf.gov.uk
Pathways to Work Pathways to Work – This is a scheme designed to help people claiming incapacity benefits back into work. It does this by providing a range of services and support through a ‘single gateway’. This includes such features as a Personal Capability Assessment, a back to work support package and a ‘return to work’ credit. Claimants face a work focused interview 8 weeks after making a claim for incapacity benefit. www.direct.gov.uk/
PCDL Personal and Community Development Learning – Learning for personal development, cultural enrichment, intellectual or creative stimulation, and enjoyment. It is also learning developed with local residents and others to build the skills, knowledge and understanding for social and community action. There is no requirement that learners must necessarily progress to other learning or achieve accreditation.
PQASSO Practical Quality Assurance System for Small Organisations– designed specifically for voluntary sector organisations, a self-assessment system for identifying and planning organisational development and performance improvement. www.ces-vol.org.uk
QCDA Qualifications and Curriculum Development Agency – is responsible for monitoring and advising Ministers on curriculum and qualification development, assessment development, performance measures and skills provision. It works closely with Ofqual in developing criteria against which qualifications will be accredited. www.qca.org.uk/
RDAs Regional Development Agencies – The remit of RDAs is to support and drive forward economic development in their particular region, specifically coordinating regional economic development and regeneration, improving regional economic competitiveness and helping to reduce the imbalance between regions. www.englandsrdas.com/
SFA Skills Funding Agency – The new Agency intended to take over the funding and commissioning of education and training for adults from the LSC. It was originally proposed in the March 2008 White Paper ‘Raising Expectations’ where it was described as “a smaller, lighter touch body, focused on funding not planning.” The SFA will have responsibility for managing the development of the FE service and will house some important other bodies including the NAS, NES and AACS. www.dcsf.gov.uk/
Single Voice Single Voice – This is the name of the collective body that is working to develop the self – regulation of the FE sector. In recent years, the sector has become highly if not over regulated and in response to concerns, the Secretary of State two years ago challenged it to develop its own mechanisms for collective responsibility and self – regulation. www.learningproviders.org.uk/
Skills Accounts Skills Accounts – Learners who open a Skills Account will receive a pack of information, a virtual voucher which can be cashed in with an accredited provider and a unique learner number which will open up access to their own learner record. In due course other services will be added to the Account such as the Skills Health Check and an online cv function. http://readingroom.lsc.gov.uk/
Skills Brokers Skills Brokers – Skills Brokers have been developed under Train to Gain to provide tailored services and support to business. The service is free and covers business support, brokered training and advice on access to funding. Skills Brokers operate under a common standard, the Skills Broker Standard which was updated in June 2008. www.skillsbrokers.com/
Skills Pledge Skills Pledge – The Skills Pledge is a voluntary public commitment made by an employer to support their workforce initially gain essential Level 2 skills. The Pledge is not restricted to any type of employer, nor is it legally binding but it is seen as an important public statement, opening up support and access from a skills broker and generating an action plan for training and support.http://readingroom.lsc.gov.uk
SME Small Medium Enterprise – defined by the Small Business Service and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) as businesses with less than 250 staff.
SSCs Sector Skill Councils – are independent, employer – led, UK wide bodies that represent the interests and skill needs of employers. They grew out of the dismantling of the system of 90+ NTOs in 2002 and over the last five years have developed to cover over 90% of the economy. At present there are 25 SSCs, funded by Government at just over £50m for each of the next 3 years. www.sscalliance.org/home/home.asp
TQS The Training Quality Standard – This is a voluntary quality kitemark available to any provider operating in the learning and skills system. It has been developed to help meet employer needs and encourage greater employer engagement. Accreditation is based on a comprehensive assessment process which includes employer verification and focuses on two key measures: provider excellence in a vocational area and provider responsiveness to employer needs. www.trainingqualitystandard.co.uk/
Train to Gain Train to Gain – Train to Gain is a national skills service designed to support employers of all sizes and sectors to improve the skills of their employees and help raise business performance.
It was initially targeted at employed individuals without a full level 2 qualification. It has since been extended to cover most forms of training from basic skills to management along with advice and support provided through a skills brokerage service.
UfI University for Industry – provides online courses and information through a network of learning centres under the Learndirect brand. It aims to promote e-learning to all, providing the opportunity to learn anywhere, at any time and at any pace. www.learndirect.co.uk or www.ufi.com
UKCES UK Commission for Employment and Skills – The Commission is an advisory body, working across the four UK nations to support the employment and skills agenda but with some specific responsibilities that include funding and managing the performance of SSCs, assessing progress towards skills targets and providing advice on good practice for the skills and employment systems. www.ukces.org.uk/
WBL Work Based Learning – programmes for young people and adults 16 -24 years of age employed in the workplace with a wage or training allowance and undertaking recognised qualifications. Young People will often be undertaking a Modern Apprenticeship (MA). www.lsc.gov.uk/
Working Neighbourhood Fund Working Neighbourhood Fund – This Fund replaces the Neighbourhood Renewal Fund. Its aim is to help local areas provide more flexible, community based ways of tackling ‘worklessness and low levels of skills and enterprise’. The money is paid as part of the new DCLG Area Based Grant and is not ring fenced to allow for maximum flexibility. www.communities.gov.uk/
YPLA Young People’s Learning Agency – The YPLA is a non – departmental public body whose precise responsibilities are currently being worked on. Effectively it will pick up some of the LSC’S strategic responsibilities for 16 – 19 and increasingly 14 – 19 provision particularly around budgeting and co – ordination. It will be an enabling body focused on 14 – 19 provision but with reserve powers to commission FE provision. www.dcsf.gov.uk/publications