Pre-conference preparation

Presentation and Workshop Topics

We would like attendees to think about some of the presentations and workshop topics we will discuss at the Conference before coming to the event.

Rolling Out Green Skills in FE Sector

Luke Moss from Exeter College will be talking to us about how they, with others in the Southwest, have set up a green skills initiative called GCAP.

BACH’s NEC are in discussions to see if we can co-ordinate and support the setting up of more GCAP’s across the country.  It is possible that some BACH regions may want to support setting up a number of sub-regional GCAPs. We are aware some BACH members have expressed interest in this idea.

Can you think about this ahead of the session and prepare some questions you might like to ask, such as:

  • How might it work within our BACH Region?
  • How might my college get involved?
  • Other than BACH colleges, what’s the best way of getting employers and other stakeholders on board?

Improving Achievement Rates in the FE Sector

As outlined at the November BACH Conference, we know nationally that achievement rates for construction apprenticeships are not optimal, and employers and DfE have expressed concern.

Helen Shorter from NOCN has been doing some research on this, and attached is an information pack, which it would be great if you could look at before the Conference.

It is appreciated that there is a limit on what colleges can do, but it would be useful if you could think about what we can do at a practical level to feed into the workshop discussion.

Impact on Colleges of T-Levels

We have two great sessions from Middlesbrough and Norwich on their experiences. Gatsby and CITB may also be present as part of the Middlesbrough session.

Following the presentations, there will be a panel discussion, and it would be useful if you could think of some questions such as:

  • How much support do you get locally from employers?
  • What’s the experience of getting work placements, and how do you handle these?
  • What’s learner retention like?
  • What’s the success rate of getting people into employment or apprenticeships at the end?

Workshop on Electrical and Engineering

We will be holding a workshop following Andrew Eldred’s presentation.

This will focus on how colleges can best support employers in the electrical and engineering sectors. Can you please think about this in advance from your own college’s experience of working with relevant employers?

Questions you might also wish to ask might be:

  • What are employers going to want from a college?
  • What level of learners might there be for heat pumps, solar etc.?
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