Development Fund Project Reports
The overall objective for the establishment of Lifelong Learning Networks (LLNs) was to improve the coherence, clarity and certainty of progression opportunities for vocational learners into and through higher education. The Western Vocational Lifelong Learning Network (WVLLN) has brought together higher education institutions across the northern half of the South West and is working to develop progression opportunities through agreements and enabling curriculum for vocational learners to progress into and through higher education.
The Development Fund was one aspect of WVLLN’s strategy to take forward the collaborative process to further enhance vocational progression within the network. Further Education Colleges within the WVLLN were invited to submit development proposals with each one being evaluated to establish the extent to which it demonstrated planned activity that would contribute to the achievement of WVLLN strategic direction. Emphasis was placed on the need to produce deliverables that then could be shared as good practice amongst all institutions.
This was an exciting opportunity for FE partners to engage with WVLLN themes facilitated by grant funding. The development funding was specifically intended to support and enhance progression opportunities through WVLLN progression agreements and/or develop resources that increase vocational progression opportunities for individuals within the WVLLN learner constituency, including those at FE level 3 and work-based. There were three themes that the projects could address namely enabling curriculum, progression through AP(E)L and innovation in employer engagement.
The projects that were funded through this fund were many and varied and the resultant resources have been of significant value to the network and partners. It is to celebrate these developments that the initial concept of this e-book was conceived and developed. Our thanks are given to the Colleges and staff involved who worked hard to develop these resources and the good practice they ably demonstrate.
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