Representing member interests

A core purpose of the HOLEX Network, and one which is especially valued by the membership, is representation of Community Learning and Skills provider interests at key stakeholder meetings. HOLEX is a recognised part of the government’s consultation machinery, and we send personnel to a range of national groupings convened by BIS, SFA and EFA. HOLEX also has regular “keep in touch” meetings with senior civil servants, and with Ofsted.

AAETO is one of the “owners” of the Education and Training Foundation, and nominates a senior leader from local authority Community Learning and Skills onto the ETF Board – currently Lynsi Hayward-Smith, Head of Cambridgeshire Adult Learning and Skills, and Chair of the LEAFEA network of local authority officers.

HOLEX Director of Policy Sue Pember represents the network on the SFA/EFA Advisory Forum, the Education and Skills Improvement Forum and FOSCO, an informal grouping of sector chief officers.

Member interests are also represented via the HOLEX Policy Forum.