Sue Blake is the LSIS Regional Development Manager for the West Midlands. Part of Sue’s role as an RDM is to support the Improvement Advisor Service.
The IAS provides a consultancy service to help providers raise their performance levels. It was created after the 2005 White Paper on learning and skills put forward the idea of a ‘rapid response unit’ to deal with failing providers. The service has however been extended to other providers who want to improve their performance from its current level.
Sue helps learning and skills providers in the West Midlands to get advice and support on quality improvement. She is able to keep them informed of the range of LSIS programmes and services, and introduce them to new services such as the organisational health checks, which offers sector organisations an opportunity to receive objective feedback about their organisation, in relation to meeting their current and future strategic requirements.
The role of the Regional Development Manager is also to identify problems in the region before they become major issues and provide solutions. Sue works with the funding agencies to help colleges that need to improve their financial health and works with delivery partners to bring the Improvement Adviser Service closer to the concerns of providers.
Through meeting many providers across the region, Sue is also listening to interests and concerns of the sector, and updating LSIS with data and information on the state of the sector. She is raising the LSIS profile amongst providers, and facilitating links between providers and provider networks, plus helping the sharing of effective practice.
Organisations which receive funding from the former Learning and Skills Council (LSC), Skills Funding Agency (SFA) or Young People’s Learning Agency (YPLA) and would like a health check can contact Sue Blake on 07920 710584.
The April RDM update can be read here.