To consider the attached report of the Head of Scrutiny and Member Development.
The joint report of the Assistant Chief Executive (Planning, Policy and Improvement) and the Head of Scrutiny and Member Development informed the Board of the main areas of consideration for the second session into the Skills Inquiry. It focused on the two main areas for this session, the Multi Area Agreement (MAA) and The Future of FE in Leeds. Also appended to the report was a copy of the terms of reference for the Inquiry.
It was reported that the first session of the item would look at arrangements under the Multi Area Agreement.
The Chair welcomed the following to the meeting:
In response to Members comments and questions, the following issues were discussed:
- A pilot scheme cohort of 200 Small and Medium Enterprises and numbers of staff with level 3 and 4 qualifications and skills.
- Ways of measuring improvement – Annual Workforce Survey, numbers of extra qualifications delivered.
· Raising the demand for learning.
The Chair thanked those in attendance for the first part of the session and welcomed the following to the meeting to discuss the proposed Further Education (FE) College Merger in Leeds:
The Board was reminded of the merger of FE College merger which would see Park Lane, Thomas Danby and the Leeds College of Technology form the Leeds City College from January 2009. The proposed merger had arisen as a result of a review of Fe in Leeds. The Leeds College of Building and Joseph Priestly College had initially being included in the merger and had withdrawn.
Ian Billyard addressed the meeting and reported on the position in relation to the Leeds College of Building. There had been concerns regarding the proposed merger from Leeds College of Building and the Board of Governors had decided to remain independent. This decision had also been supported by their industry partners.
With regards to Joseph Priestly College, Carolyn Wright reported that the Board of Governors had concern that a robust case had not been made to merge all 5 colleges and that their focus on South Leeds, which the college currently catered for would no longer be met.
In brief summary, the following issues were discussed: