Strategic Innovation for Skills programme booking open

Places can now be booked on the next three cohorts of the Education and Training Foundation (ETF) ‘Strategic Innovation for Skills’ programme.

The programme has been designed to help achieve strategic alignment between the Further Education (FE) and Training sector and the needs of the economy and local employers, a requirement of government policy set out in the Skills Act.

By providing participants with insights into the economic and industrial climate and operating landscape, it will enhance their ability to design and deliver a strategic curriculum. Modules focus on topics including leading innovation in the FE and Training sector, the future labour and training market, and the attributes of a successful leader in the FE and Training sector. There is a strong focus on curriculum and pedagogy throughout.

The programme is delivered by a blend of approaches including two two-day residential elements, three online workshops and a work-related project. The commencement dates for the three cohorts are:

• Cohort 1 – commences Wednesday 21 September 2022
• Cohort 2 – commences Wednesday 12 October 2022
• Cohort 3 – commences Tuesday 6 December 2022.

The 2021 pilot of the programme proved popular, with 100% of graduates saying they would recommend it to a colleague. Individual feedback highlighted the value of the one-on-one time spent with a coach and the opportunity to collaborate with colleagues across the sector, as well as enthusiasm for engaging colleagues with all the things participants had learnt on the course.

Janet Clark, ETF National Head of Leadership, said:

“The world around us is changing rapidly and we are faced with a number of opportunities and challenges brought about by economic and industrial change and development. How we adapt and respond is one of the most significant strategic challenges to FE and Training providers.

“Ensuring curriculum and services are relevant and responsive, and that approaches to teaching and learning are aligned to the needs of the modern workplace and employers is vital. This high-impact programme is aimed at building the capacity of leaders of change to innovate and to develop a new range of tools and techniques to ensure their organisations are fit for today and fit for the future.”

You can find out more and book places via the ETF booking system. Twenty-five subsidised places are available to those from colleges with recogised financial challenges such as those requiring FE Commissioner intervention, those who have received a ‘requires improvement’ or ‘inadequate’ financial health grade, and those given a Financial Notice to Improve by the ESFA.

‘Strategic Innovation for Skills: A Programme for Leaders of Change’ has been commissioned by the ETF and will be delivered on its behalf by FE Associates (FEA). It is open to colleagues from ESFA funded colleges, independent training providers, sixth form colleges and local authority providers.

The programmne is supported by the Department for Education. It is part of a comprehensive support offer for leadership and governance in the FE and Training sector provided by the ETF. For full details please visit the Leadership and Governance pages of the ETF website.

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