‘Consultation to Establish a Guild for the Learning and Skills Sector’ Launched
Deadline 22nd February 2013
The FE Guild Development Project has launched the ‘Consultation to establish a Guild for the Learning and Skills Sector’ today.
The consultation document covers proposals for a Guild for the Learning and Skills sector which will replace LSIS (Learning and Skills Improvement Service) and develop, recognise and enhance the professionalism of the workforce and sector. The proposals in the document are based on the work of a small project team, overseen and directed by a Steering Group made up of a wide range of sector organisations and it is hoped that it provides information and options on how the Guild may work and the value it could bring to the sector.
Key proposals in the consultation include that the Guild should:
- Focus on aspects associated with professionalism, including defining workforce qualifications and standards, continuous professional development, research into teaching and learning, sharing best practice and leadership and management.
- Have a relatively small executive team and rely much more on partnership, commissioning and other forms of cross sector work to fulfil its mission.
- Be set up as a Company Limited by Guarantee, but with very strong sector involvement in governance and the work of the Guild, via robust sector direction, engagement and consultation processes.
- Have a guiding principle of covering everyone working in the sector, although resource constraints and other factors might result in there needing to be an initial focus on teaching and learning staff and those directly supporting learner outcomes.
- Be based on providers in the sector being part of the Guild, but keep open the possibility of developing an individual practitioner recognition scheme in the future, should the sector decide it would be valuable.
- Adopt a phased approach to funding, initially based on a direct grant to ensure a successful initiation and initial operation of the Guild, but progressively moving to a levy-based approach. Further self-funding opportunities could be considered for later years.
A number of events are being held throughout the consultation period giving stakeholders, in particular local authority providers, colleges, independent providers and the voluntary / third sector, the opportunity to focus on key issues in these areas. For more information please click here.
The consultation documents can be found below. Response forms have to be completed as a Word document and e-mailed back to the project team at firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for consultation responses is 22nd February 2013.
Date Added: February 1st 2013