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Making a success ... CEL and QIA summer conferences start 10 June 2008

The Centre for Excellence in Leadership (CEL) and the Quality Improvement Agency for Lifelong Learning (QIA) will host the first of four joint conferences in Bristol on Tuesday 10 June 2008.

The Making a success conference programme is interactive and delivers a practical learning experience focusing on what works in quality improvement and leadership development. There will also be the opportunity to hear about and provide feedback on the early stages of the development of the new sector-owned organisation being formed by bringing together the work of CEL and QIA, and its planned programmes and services.

The conferences will all take place this month and there are four regional locations from which to choose:

Tuesday 10 June 2008 – Bristol
Thursday 12 June 2008 – London
Thursday 19 June 2008 – Nottingham
Tuesday 24 June 2008 – Newcastle

Delegates attending the first conference in Bristol will be the first to hear an announcement of the new sector-led organisation's official name.

For further information and to register, visit http://www.qia.org.uk/aboutus/conf08.htm

NOTES TO EDITORS

Please contact Lindsay Baugh at the FEI and CEL press office to arrange a press pass or request interviews.

About CEL


The Centre for Excellence in Leadership (CEL) was launched in October
2003 as a key national agency within the Success for All initiative.
CEL's remit is to foster and support leadership improvement, reform and transformation throughout the sector. It serves the existing and future leaders of all providers within the further education and skills system, including FE colleges, training and work-based learning providers, adult and community providers, offender learning, specialist colleges and voluntary organisations. To date, more than 1,160 different organisations and around 38,000 individual participants have engaged with CEL.

About QIA

The Quality Improvement Agency for Lifelong Learning (QIA) was set up by the government in April 2006 to speed up and support quality improvement, increase participation and raise standards and achievement in the learning and skills sector. QIA's role is to champion excellence and innovation, working across the further education sector to improve performance. As the agency leading the development of a quality improvement strategy for the sector, QIA commissions a range of services provided by other organisations.

About FE Improvement

From 1 April 2008, CEL and QIA began working together to form a new sector-owned organisation dedicated to supporting excellence and leadership development in the further education and skills sector.

The new organisation was created after consultations with sector leaders identified a strong desire for an organisation that would be sector-led.

Combining the best aspects of two different and highly successful sector bodies, the new organisation will focus on learners and on developing excellent and sustainable FE provision across the sector. Leadership development will underpin and form an important part of the organisation's strategic role in the sector.

CONTACT

FEI and CEL press office

Lindsay Baugh: 07736 246 697 or 01707 392 552
Email: lindsay.baugh@howardsgate.co.uk


Centre for Excellence in Leadership
Fourth Floor, 47 Mark Lane
London
EC3R 7QQ

Telephone: 0870 060 3278
Facsimile: 020 7297 8490
Website: www.centreforexcellence.org.uk


QIA press office


Richard Emmett: 02476 627 954 or 07818 831 341
Email: richard.emmett@qia.org.uk

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