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ESFA News: Independent Training Providers New Intervention Measures
April 2, 2019
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The following ESFA news was published by gov.uk on Published 1 April 2019

Strengthened oversight, intervention and closer contract management, in our new intervention strategy, aims to eradicate low qualitywoman at a desk training provision, protect learners and public funds.

The majority of Independent Training Providers (ITP) we contract with provide good quality education and training. However, there is a small number where delivery falls short of our requirements, resulting in learners not getting the training they need and putting public funds at risk.

Currently, we only take action when an ITP has been judged inadequate by Ofsted, or has failed to meet minimum standards or financial health requirements.

In the aim of putting an end to poor training and learning provision, where data and analysis suggest a risk to learners or public funds, under our new intervention measures, we will be able to intervene early, (with the use of sanctions, such as suspension of recruitment or restricting growth) whilst assurance is being gained or remedial actions are undertaken. Read more

Careers: Wales, Scotland & Northern Ireland
April 2, 2019
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The following updates were first published in the DMH Associates newsletter.

CAREERS WALES – Working Wales

Last year, on behalf of the Welsh Government, Deirdre reviewed international approaches to employability assessment and referral, as part of the Welsh Assembly Government’s programme – Prosperity for All – https://beta.gov.wales/sites/default/files/publications/2018-10/prosperity-for-all-annual-report-2018.pdf  Since July 2018, she has worked closely with Careers Wales to inform and support their ongoing work in preparation for Work Advice Wales, due to launch in April 2019.

In January 2019, Deirdre contributed to a staff training and development programme with senior managers and careers advisers from across Wales. This covered need-based approaches to guidance, assessment and referral, motivational interviewing, and solution-focused approaches to career guidance and coaching working with vulnerable young people and adults. Feedback from these sessions was very positive:

“I just wanted to drop you an e-mail to thank you for your support during the workshops last week.  We’ve received fantastic feedback from staff following your session, they found it really informative, valuable and were left feeling motivated, thank you for that!…I’ve also had the chance to view your session via the video recording you made on Friday and they are brilliant, we will be using those during the workshops this week and I’ll also look to see if we can add them to our intranet for staff across the organisation to view.”   Read more