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Development of a three year 16-19 Funding and Commissioning Plan identifying current and future needs of young people and employers and work with colleges and learning providers to identify how they will contribute to the implementation of the plan.

Implement a provider engagement strategy including an annual high-level Post-16 strategic event, supported by the Strategic Planning Group and introduce ongoing formal dialogue with providers and colleges at institutional level.

Deliver the Independent Specialist Provider Placement Process working with cross directorate services, connexions, colleges and the Education Funding Agency.

Work with cross directorate colleagues, as well as Special Schools and colleges to develop new provision for Learning Difficulties and/or Disabilities (LLDD) provision within the borough through ‘LLDD in FE’ funding.

Work with the National Apprenticeship Service, providers and partners to increase the number of Dudley learners and employers participating in Apprenticeships.

Support School Sixth Forms, Post-16 Special Schools to develop arrangements for the 16-19 Bursary Fund, Management Information and distribute Education Funding Agency funding allocations.

Work with Dudley Connexions colleagues and training providers to reduce NEET levels across the borough by ensuring adequate provision exists through ESF supported contracts especially for those young people identified within our vulnerable groups.
Working with key institutions, influence funding and identify and arrange new provision to meet our learners and employers needs.
Ensure Audit compliance, Health and Safety arrangements, minimum levels of performance and gaps in provision are adhered to and effectively managed.

The Funding and Commissioning Team is the Black Country lead for Learners with Learning Difficulties and/or Disabilities (LLDD) and is also the host Local Authority for the Glasshouse College on behalf of the West Midlands.