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Excellence centre network update September 2017

Monday, 11 September 2017 11:28

Written by Lynn Atkin

Image: Lynn Atkin.Hopefully, most of you will have managed to take some annual leave, take a well-earned break and are now feeling refreshed and reinvigorated!

It’s been a very busy summer for me and the Excellence Centre Network. There have been discussions with all the hosts and their thoughts and comments considered. One of the first things we concentrated on was to amend the Membership agreement with a streamlined version that we feel gives a clear, more concise picture for hosts and the NSAH. There has also been a new Quality Mark pricing structure. The new offer for achieving this kite mark is for Trusts, employer providers and delivery partners alike. The aim for the Excellence Centres is that all training providers will hold Quality Mark, along with the host to ensure consistent high-quality provision, with robust quality assurance and successful outcomes for all learners.

We are also in the final stages of our new marketing literature and an infographic highlighting the aims, process and outcomes being the host of an Excellence Centre. In the last three months, there has been communication from three new Trusts expressing an interest in becoming an Excellence Centre. This confirms the appetite for collaborative and partnership working in both a local and national environment is there, and the model for the Excellence Centre is valued within the sector.

In October, we have an event being held in London where we are bringing together as many host partners together as diaries allow to consider the next steps for the Excellence Centres, have an open forum for discussion, networking and share best practice. It will also be a time to compare training needs, look for any collaborative funding opportunities and have the discussion around the levy, and how it has affected delivery, if at all.

In August, our Learning Apprenticeship Coordinators, (LACs) Luke, Ian and Henry were allocated to Excellence Centres within specific geographical areas. This was done to further enhance the support network for Trusts and SMEs. We have been busy on joint meetings, introducing to hosts and growing our network with Community Education Providers (CEPNs). Having the LACs as part of the network will, I feel allow the stakeholders and providers to expand, which in turn will have a positive effect on each Excellence Centre. Luke will also be continuing the fantastic work he coordinates with the Apprenticeship Training Academy (ATA) offer.

In late August, we heard the great news that West Yorkshire Excellence Centre achieved their Quality Mark and they have also provided for this month’s edition their own newsletter for you to enjoy. If any other Excellence Centres wish to share their successes, please let me know and I will be only too happy to include them in one of the month’s editions. I would much prefer too much to share, then not enough.

I am busy working alongside colleagues from the City and East London Excellence Centre for their relaunch in mid-November. There will be invitations to follow to hosts from other Excellence Centres, as part of the launch is to include as many other centres as possible, to share in their success.

There is another launch for the Humber, Coast and Vale Excellence Centre, hopefully towards the end of the year, yet another celebration to enjoy!

That’s all for this month, but I’m sure there will be as much to share next month with you.

If you wish to contact me for any information regarding the Excellence Centre please do so on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by mobile on 07768 235629, or even by Twitter @LynnAtkin1 and I will be more than happy to discuss your enquiry.