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CEL launches online toolkit for work-based learning leaders

The Centre for Excellence in Leadership (CEL) has launched an online toolkit for work-based learning leaders.

The online learning resource was previewed at a series of regional launch events held in Manchester, Bristol, Coventry, York and London during March. It currently includes seven topics:

  • Managing the operation
  • Managing inspection
  • Understanding the policy landscape
  • Finance and funding
  • Equality and diversity
  • E-learning
  • Guide to management and leadership

Punam Khosla, who is managing the toolkit project, said, "We have been overwhelmed by the positive feedback from work-based learning leaders and managers. There's clearly a demand for an online learning resource that really addresses work-based learning providers' organisational needs, speaks their language, and deals head-on with the problems they face in funding and running their operations.

"This is a product that will continue to evolve, and we have some wonderful ideas for developing the toolkit over the next twelve months or so.

"Consultation with work-based learning sector leaders and key partners - such as the NLSC, Ofsted, NIACE and ALP - has of course been crucial to this project, and we are grateful to all those who have contributed. We intend to run focus groups in the coming months to inform future development, and there will be quarterly updates to the toolkit. These will incorporate up to date information about policy matters, such as the Leitch report and 'Provider for the future'."

The toolkit is being offered on an annual subscription basis, with a 50 per cent subsidy for work-based learning and adult and community learning providers.

CEL says the standard package includes ten passwords for individuals within the provider organisation, and gives them access to all the modules, quarterly updates to the toolkit and access to the Ashridge Virtual Learning Resource Centre.

There will be another series of launch events in Manchester, London, Birmingham and Leeds, starting in early June.

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