Provision of Post-16 Education and Training
Worcestershire Statement of Priorities 2012/13
Under the Apprenticeship, Skills, Children and
Learning Act 2009, local authorities assumed responsibility for
commissioning suitable education and training for all 16-19 year
olds from the academic year 2011/12. Whilst there have been changes
made to simplify the funding arrangements for 16-19 education so
that the Young People's Learning Agency (YPLA) now has the primary
role to fund education and learner support, Local Authorities
retain their crucial statutory strategic duty to secure sufficient
and suitable education and training provision to meet the
reasonable needs of all young people in their area, by influencing
and shaping provision through local partnerships and by identifying
gaps, enabling new provision and developing the market.
Worcestershire County Council has a vision of
a prosperous Worcestershire and in particular, making
Worcestershire Open for Business and playing a vital role in
supporting Children and Families. The Worcestershire Children and Young People's
Plan (CYPP) sets out the overarching needs assessment for the
local area and agreed local priorities, framing the context within
which services for young people are commissioned. The CYPP is
supported by the Widening Participation Action Plan, and the
Worcestershire Statement of Priorities: Provision of 16-19
Education and Training.
Following consultation with Worcestershire
schools, colleges, training providers and other stakeholders, the
Statement of Priorities 2012/13 for Worcestershire is now in final
form. It sets out the strategic overview of provision and needs of
the area which will enable both the content of the Action
Plan, and the local authority's statutory responsibility around
post-16 education and training to be delivered. For 2012/13 the
detailed analysis of data and current local provision has not
identified any areas of provision that, as at the end of 2010, was
of inadequate quality or of insufficient range or volume. Our
ongoing work will monitor any changes to this situation.
Future post-16 strategic planning:
In line with the local authority's statutory duties, work will
begin on the Commissioning Statement for Worcestershire for 2013/14
in the next few months. In the light of the requirements of Raising
of the Participation Age coming into force from 2013, wider
consideration of the volume and breadth of post-16 provision
available, and required, to meet future need will be undertaken.
The 2013/14 draft Commissioning Statement of Priorities will
be ready for Consultation with Stakeholders in early
We continue to welcome your views, comments and opinions on
the Statement of Priorities, for taking forward into
2013/14, and would be happy to receive them by email to
Catherine Turnock, Participation, Partnerships and Skills Officer,
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