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  The Society of Teachers in Business Education with The Youth Development Association. We are a Professional Membership organisation and training provider for Teachers and Youth Workers in Commerce and the Community.  If you are a professional teacher, trainer, youth and community worker you may wish to join our liberal professional home.. With histories going back to pre 1900 for the Faculty predecessor societies and the SBT and the YDA from the 1970's we are proud to have been a unique contributor to education, economy, fairness and justice throughout the Commonwealth and beyond. 


To facilitate exchange of information on the teaching of business and commercial subjects and to   support the independence of the Sector. 

To bring together persons and organisations interested in business education through    conferences, meetings, seminars, discussions, lectures, workshops and similar events .

               To provide members with information on developments in business.

               To represent the views of members on commercial and community education to government, 

               examining boards and other educational organisations.


               To operate as a commercial teaching faculty and commercially and independently to continue

               the work of the former mutual faculty in the fields of publications, academic and social events,

               appointment of 'practical professors' in conjunction with partners such as SBT and YDA and

               generally to turn to account such activities as will both contribute to the company as an enterprise

               and to the community. 


              To improve the standards of youth and community work and to act as a professional association

               for Youth and Community Workers.

              To do all such further things as are detailed on The Youth Development Association Limited page.

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The Societies exist to represent and promote the interests of clubs colleges practitioners and workers by certifying their skills providing education, support and defending their independence.

 YDA Fellows and Associates are are asked to note the advertisement below which was posted by the National Youth Agency on their site.

Do you want to influence youth and community work training and qualifications for the 21st Century?
Education and Training Standards Committee (ETS) is the body that provides professional validation for youth work qualifications in England, on behalf of the JNC for Youth & Community Workers. 
ETS is part of the National Youth Agency (NYA), and its role includes: • Validating youth work professional qualifications provided through universities and HEIs • Developing and validating qualifications at pre-degree levels such as Level 2 and 3 Certificates/Diplomas in Youth Work Practice • Monitoring quality and participation in youth work qualifications and reporting this to JNC and the wider field • Ensuring that the qualifications and professional development offer is fit for the current and future demands of youth workers
ETS is now actively seeking to recruit new members to reflect the wide field of youth workers and youth work employers, who want to play an active role in developing and maintaining the best possible suite of qualifications for youth work in England. ETS ensures that we continue to collaborate with similar bodies in other parts of the UK and Ireland to ensure mutual recognition of qualifications across nations.
We are particularly keen to recruit new members who fulfil some of the following characteristics: • Managers and leaders of organisations that utilise youth work skills and methodology in service delivery – including large and small voluntary organisations, local authorities, housing associations, public sector mutual and others • Work in organisations that focus on work with Black and Ethnic Minority young people • Work in developing sectors such as youth social action and volunteering • Work for volunteer-led youth organisations such as Scouts and GirlGuiding UK.
We are seeking a geographical spread across England: at present some regions are under-represented. 
What are the expectations?
ETS meetings take place 4 times a year, usually at the National Youth Agency in Leicester. In addition, members are asked to take part in occasional working groups – for example, to develop a new apprenticeship standard for youth work – and to be part of validation panels for university courses. Depending on your capacity, ETS can be expected to take between 3 and 8 days a year.
ETS members do not receive payment for their involvement but NYA does provide travel and subsistence expenses. Being part of ETS is a great way to influence the direction of youth work training and increase your understanding of a complex and really important element of the youth work profession.
How to get involved
If you, or someone in your networks would be interested in getting involved, then you can speak to Gill Millar, the Chair of ETS for more information on 07930 550322 or . 
To put yourself forward to join ETS, please provide a short biography including your background in the youth sector, current role(s) and any youth and community work qualifications you hold. Please return these to Abbee McLatchie at NYA by Friday 26th October 2018.
We will contact you to discuss your expression of interest and progressing this for 2019.
Many thanks for your interest – we look forward to welcoming you to ETS at this crucial time for youth work and for young people!
Gill Millar Chair, Education & Training Standards Committe____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________


Independent Review of Professionalism: Final Report

Following the publication of an interim report in March 2012, Lord Lingfield has published his final report on professionalism in the further education workforce. Working with an expert panel drawn from the sector, Lord Lingfield was commissioned by the Government to see how the further education sector can best serve its workforce, its students and the country. Their conclusions include:

  • Endorsement of the creation of a further education Guild which would set professional standards and establish a refreshed relationship between employers and staff.
  • Teachers of English and maths and those working with students with learning difficulties or disabilities should have specialist qualifications rather than relying on past qualifications or experiences.

Launching the report, Skills Minister Matthew Hancock said:

“I would like to thank Lord Lingfield and his expert panel for their comprehensive and thought-provoking report. "I believe it not only supports our work on deregulating the sector but challenges us to go further. By creating an FE Guild, we can provide a framework to bring the sector together and put the decisions in the hands of those who know it best.”

Download a copy of the report

For further information, please contact Jonathan Yewdall at:

24+ Advanced Learning Loans – latest briefing

The latest briefing on loans in Further Education is now available. This month’s update includes:

  • key dates – things to look out for
  • communications resources now available
  • learning Provider Services website
  • funding – loans facilities, bursary allocations, rules and guidance
  • further round of information events for providers
  • lSIS prospectus and toolkits
  • national promotional activity
  • key contacts.

Spotlight on LSIS

This month’s Spotlight is on the 2012/13 offer by the Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS) to the sector.

Employer ownership

34 successful bids were announced as the first round winners of the Employer Ownership Pilot (EOP). They will receive a share of £67 million and will match the funding by investing a combined total of £98 million.

Included within the round one projects are proposals from Siemens, Arla Foods UK and BAE Systems to train employees not just within their own company but also within their supply chains. Others include Manchester Airport‘s proposal to create an academy for school leavers, offering coaching, employability skills, work experience and qualifications.

Many projects involve a collaborative approach, with successful bidders working alongside colleges and training providers. EOP has put businesses in the driving seat in deciding the high quality training and flexible delivery they need to thrive, enabling the FE sector to respond flexibly to employer demand; shaping the curriculum to meet the needs of the wider community.

Details of round two of the pilot will be announced in the autumn with further information available on the UKCES website.

Revision of 2007 Workforce Regulations

Following recommendations from Lord Lingfield's interim report and a formal consultation undertaken by BIS, significant changes have been made to the regulations governing the further education workforce in England. These were confirmed in the Government's response to the consultation and will now take effect from 30 September 2012.

The Further Education Teachers' Continuing Professional Development and Registration (England) Regulations (2007) have been revoked completely. The Further Education Teachers' Qualifications (England) Regulations have been revised. The core requirements for qualifications have been retained for the time being, pending the outcome of the Learning and Skills Improvement (LSIS) review. Those elements that were dependent on mandatory registration with the Institute for Learning have been removed.

For further information please contact Jonathan Yewdall in BIS.

WorldSkills UK - The Skills Show

The UK’s biggest skills and careers event

15-17 November 2012, The NEC, Birmingham

Time to register for faster entry to the show via the website – you can still just turn up on the day.

Free to attend, The Skills Show is a unique annual celebration that will inspire young people with exciting opportunities in further education, skills and Apprenticeships.

A highly interactive experience, The Skills Show will offer a range of activities including:

As well as colleges, training providers and universities, The Skills Show will feature top employers and experts from a range of industries and professions.

Find out what you can expect from your visit by watching this short film or visit

WorldSkills UK – The Skills Show is a joint initiative by the Skills Funding Agency, National Apprenticeship Service and WorldSkills UK The Skills Show Ltd.

City & Guilds are Premier Sponsors and the European Social Fund are partners of The Show.

English and maths skills gain pilots

Last year, BIS undertook a major review of English and maths provision for adults in order to make it more effective, and published the outcomes in New Challenges, New Chances. One of the key actions is that BIS and the Skills Funding Agency will "pilot in 2012/13 how providers can be funded on the basis of the distance a learner has travelled." The aim of the pilot is to identify how skills gain in English and maths can be assessed and measured as the basis for funding, to incentivise providers to maximise the skills gains for learners. It will be considering a range of factors including what tools are needed, the relationship with the qualifications being taken and the impact of different funding approaches.

The project has started and will run during the academic year 2012/13. It is being overseen by a steering group of stakeholders and sector representatives and a range of providers has been selected to take part.

Read the press notice.

LSIS announces new Council members

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LSIS has announced the appointment of 10 new members to its Council.

The Council members are elected from across the country by further education and skills membership bodies. The members’ expertise in FE and skills is vital to guiding LSIS, which is led by the sector. Their selection comes as LSIS has refined its three priorities for the sector: improving teaching and learning; developing the leaders and managers of the future; and addressing areas of underperformance.

Dame Ruth Silver DBE, Chair of the LSIS Board and Council, said: “I am delighted to welcome these new members to our Council and I very much look forward to working with them. The Council has an important role in the governance of LSIS, ensuring that the services we deliver have the impact needed to improve and develop the FE & Skills sector.”

Read the news article.

Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) receive boost

The Government has announced funding for LEPs to allow them to drive forward their growth priorities.

LEPs are central to the Government’s approach to driving local economic growth and for ensuring that every community is able to fulfill its potential. This offer of over £24 million from Government could unlock up to £20 million locally and will enable LEPs to deliver their local plans for growth.

An interim £5 million funding package will be made available immediately for all LEPs to draw upon for the remainder of this financial year. This will be followed by up to £250,000 per LEP per year for the following two years. Where matched by funds locally the overall funding pot could equate up to £45 million over this period.

Read the press notice.

New Skills Ambassadors announced for the creative and cultural industries

New Skills Ambassadors announced for the creative and cultural industries Creative & Cultural Skills is delighted to announce the appointment of the 12 new Skills Ambassadors, supported through co-investment from the UK Commission for Employment and Skills. They will be based within the creative sector around the country.

The Ambassadors will provide their experience and expertise to support small and micro-businesses in the creative sector, to help them engage with skills and training. They will work with existing networks to build new national and regional connections through the National Skills Academy for Creative & Cultural.

Pauline Tambling, Joint CEO, Creative & Cultural Skills and Managing Director, National Skills Academy for Creative & Cultural said: “I am delighted that these organisations have come forward to host Ambassadors, who will make a huge difference to our campaign to engage the creative and cultural industries in skills and training. I hope that their work will inspire a new set of businesses to take on apprentices, and commit to working with young people, supporting a next generation of talent in to the industry.”

Read the news article.

New website helping students pick the right university courses

Business Secretary Vince Cable has launched the Unistats website, which provides comparison information on over 31,000 university and college courses in the UK.

Students will now be able to compare key data on what matters to them when choosing a course at university, including:

  • student satisfaction ratings
  • graduate salaries and employment
  • tuition fees and financial support
  • the cost of accommodation.

The site uses the new Key Information Set (KIS). This was compiled after consulting students about what information they found most useful when choosing courses. Each course’s data links directly to the relevant university web page which gives more detail on course content and how it will be taught.

For the first time, prospective students will also be able to tailor their search by their personal preferences, specifying what is most important for them.

Dr Cable said: “Applying to university is a big decision and we want to ensure that all students, whatever their background, have the key facts at their fingertips to help them make the right choice for them.”

Read the news article.

Young entrepreneurs access Start-Up Loans

A start-up scheme that will help launch up to 30,000 new companies has begun providing business support and loans to young people. The first wave of cash from the £82.5 million Start-Up Loans scheme is now being distributed, helping to inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs.

Start-Up Loans will provide entrepreneurs between the ages of 18-24 with a range of support, including access to a business mentor and capital, in the region of £2,500, to help get their business idea moving.

Dr Cable said: "With more young people than ever before looking to start their own business, Start-Up loans will provide the support they need to help get their business ideas off the ground. The scheme is not just about money. They will also get access to professional mentors who will pass on their knowledge and expertise about running successful enterprises. Money is going out of the door now, so those who want to take advantage should apply today."

The scheme is being led by the newly formed Start-Up Loans Company, led by entrepreneur James Caan. So far 1,200 people have registered an interest in applying for a loan.

Read the press notice.

Changes to the Ofsted Common Inspection Framework

Changes to the Ofsted Common Inspection Framework came into effect on 1 September. The republished Handbook for further education and skills 2012 is now available.

Key changes following the consultation include:

  • the period of notice of inspection has been reduced from two to three weeks to up to two working days
  • all providers which were satisfactory as of 1 September 2012 will be inspected within two years of September 2012
  • if a provider inspected from September 2012 onwards receives a grade 3 for their overall effectiveness they will deemed as 'requires improvement' and receive another full inspection 12-18 months later
  • the revised framework has an increased emphasis on teaching, learning and assessment.

Further guidance is available on the Ofsted website including an ‘inspection ready’ form.


FE & Skills quarterly Statistical First Release (SFR)

The Quarterly Statistical First Release (SFR) on ‘Post-16 Education & Skills: Learner Participation, Outcomes and Level of Highest Qualification Held’ was published on Thursday 11 October.

New provisional statistics for the full 2011/12 academic year (August 2011 to July 2012), showed that 3,139,200 adult learners aged 19 and over participated in government-funded further education. Of these 1,088,300 participated on a Skills for Life course, 1,315,400 participated on a Level 2 course (1,026,900 full Level 2) and 539,700 participated on a Level 3 course (485,500 full Level 3).

The provisional statistics showed there were 502,500 Apprenticeship starts in 2011/12, including 318,700 Intermediate Level, 180,400 Advanced Level and 3,500 Higher Apprenticeships.

The next SFR will be published in January 2013 and will include final data for the 2011/12 academic year and provisional data for the first quarter of the 2012/13 academic year.

For more information, visit the Data Service website.


Skills Minister tries his hand at spun sugar class

On 3 October Minister Matthew Hancock visited Sheffield City College's staff and students to find out more about the value of vocational qualifications.

The Minister had a go at a spun sugar class alongside 19 of the college's patisserie students. The patisserie diploma course attracts full time local students and those already in work in the catering industry, from Sheffield and beyond, on day release.

He also spoke to students and staff at the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy, the first of its kind to open in Yorkshire and the Humber offering full-time enterprise qualifications that enable people to start up their own businesses.

Matthew Hancock said: "I was delighted to visit Sheffield College which gave me a great insight into how a successful college should be run. It was also a chance for me to pick up a new skill and I really enjoyed learning to spin sugar with catering students. What struck me was the focus of all the students I met to get on and make a success of their business or chosen career path.”

Squad UK triumph at EuroSkills Spa 2012

Squad UK, which is managed by the National Apprenticeship Service and consists of the UK’s most talented apprentices, employers and learners, competed at EuroSkills in Spa, Belgium, from 4 – 6 October. All Squad UK members are aged 18 – 25. The team won medals across five skills: hairdressing, carpentry, window display, painting and decorating and stonemasonry.

The EuroSkills Competition sees Europe’s most talented skilled young people come together to compete in their chosen skill with the aim of winning Gold, Silver and Bronze.

Jaine Bolton, Chief Operating Officer, National Apprenticeship Service said: “Congratulations to Squad UK. Their fantastic performance at EuroSkills Spa 2012 has shown how talented our apprentices and young people are. We want Squad UK’s performance at EuroSkills to inspire our young people, just like the Olympics did, and show them that Apprenticeships can lead to rewarding and successful careers.”

Read more about Squad UK’s success.

FE and Skills gets on the fast track to better health

18 providers have gained ‘Healthy FE and Skills’ recognition, as part of a programme supported by LSIS and the Skills Funding Agency. The programme provides a framework for providers to promote health and wellbeing amongst learners and staff. To gain recognition providers undertake a self-review and develop a two-year action plan to improve health and wellbeing. Two FE colleges also gained recognition over the summer. The total number of learning and skills providers recognised since 2009 is now 77.

LSIS’s Head of Quality and Equalities Margaret Adjaye, said: “Originally we hoped to support five prisons and five adult and community learning providers to gain recognition but the response from providers has been so good that the number was almost doubled.”

More information is available on the Excellence Gateway.

Colleges Week

Colleges Week is an annual campaign led by the Association of Colleges. It aims to promote the work of colleges to unfamiliar audiences in order to raise public awareness of the education options available to students.

This year it will take place between 11 and 18 November, and will focus on colleges’ role in improving people’s chances of getting in work and helping businesses grow. The campaign is supported by the Skills Show, the UK’s biggest skills and careers event.

You can help support Colleges Week in a number of ways including:

  • promoting the research study findings among your internal and stakeholder channels. For further information on when and how the studies are to be published please contact the team on
  • promoting the Inspiring the Future scheme to employers and schools during Colleges Week
  • promoting, through your own or partner channels the Facebook application – which will be launched during Colleges Week.

Read more about the Colleges Week campaign.

Adult Learners’ Week Awards 2013 are now open!

Adult Learners’ Week Awards 2013 are now open!

Adult Learners' Week is a national celebration of the benefits of lifelong learning and offers an ideal opportunity to highlight the many types of learning available to adults from all walks of life.

Starting off activity for 2013 in England, nominations for the Adult Learners' Week Awards are now open. The awards provide a platform to highlight your projects or learning provision and the impact that your support has on the people you work with. By nominating individual learners you could also boost their self –confidence and turn them into role models to inspire others back into learning.

This year there are a range of new award categories that your nominations could be eligible for, including learning for work, learning with family or community and learning life skills, amongst others.

Nominations close at 5pm, Thursday 13 December 2012.


FE and Skills Newsletter: edition 50 October 2012

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