Changes to VSP organisational structure
As of 1st April 2020, the consortium known as the Vocational Skills Partnership (VSP) will change in its membership. VSP will continue to operate as a consortium owned in equal shares by Aspiration Training (Wales) Ltd and TSW Training Ltd. The Educ8 Group will no longer be operating as part of the VSP consortium and will continue its successful operation as an independent group providing high quality skills training in Wales.
VSP was established in 2010 in response to Welsh Government’s Transformation Agenda. It was set up as a joint venture owned equally by the following four high quality organisations; Aspiration Training (Wales) Ltd; Educ8 Ltd; Network Training Services Ltd and TSW Training Ltd. Since its inception in 2010, VSP has been dedicated to sharing best practice, improving standards across all partners and developing outstanding learning experiences for individuals in Wales. In Jan 2016, VSP was inspected by HMI Estyn and awarded a grade ‘Good’ overall and ‘Excellent’ prospects for improvement. The consortium has been highly successful with its Apprenticeship contract doubling in size since 2010 and achieving over 80% Framework Achievement in successive years.
In June 2015 Educ8 acquired VSP partner NTS, bringing 50% of the VSP consortium under Educ8 ownership. In December 2019, Educ8 also acquired ISA Training. Since that time the board of VSP has worked hard to devise a new structure and conformation which will give best value to all members.
The purpose of VSP is as a consortium and there is a clear distinction between this approach and a prime/sub-contractor model. It has never been the intention of the VSP consortium to integrate as one business and this model has worked extremely well since 2010. Nevertheless, the board also recognises that, for the VSP consortium, growth to its current size has placed some strain on the structures and processes which have worked so well to date and, in some instances, there is now some duplication of roles and responsibilities in VSP and partners which we all agree results in diseconomies of scale.
VSP has therefore agreed for Educ8 and NTS to exit the consortium on 1st April 2020 and join ISA Training, who have a direct contract commission with Welsh Government, in readiness for and as we enter the tender process for the Work Based Learning Framework. The remaining partners, ATL and TSW will continue to operate as VSP and look to implement a new structure and quality system to continue the success of the consortium.
Whilst this is a big change for all organisations, discussions have been open and transparent as a Board with all partners fully understanding points of views and agreeing the best course of action for partners, learners and employers. The principle of unanimous agreement has been maintained throughout and the positive working relationship developed over 10 years will continue in the future.
We would like to take the opportunity to assure all learners, employers and stakeholders that there will be virtually no impact on the day-to-day service that you receive from the Educ8 Group or other VSP partners.
If you have any queries regarding this development, please feel free to discuss with your Trainer Coach or contact:
ATL: Emma Herbert – Tel: 02921 175352 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Educ8: Emily Draper – Tel: 01443 749000 Email: email@example.com
TSW: Sian McKenna – Tel: 02921 680075 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
VSP: Antony Weber-Wright: Tel: 07469 769032 Email: email@example.com
Chair of the VSP Board of Directors