This is one of the best days of my career, so I want to share some exciting news. In June this year, the Skills Funding Agency launched a tender process for the management of the UK online centres network currently managed by Ufi/learndirect.
The UK online centres team set up a new organisation called Online Centres Foundation to bid for this contract and we’re delighted to announce that we’ve been successful in our bid. Online Centres Foundation is a social enterprise and staff-owned mutual and will take over the management of UK online centres from 1 December 2011. I’m really proud that the team’s expertise and experience has been recognised through the process led by the Skills Funding Agency.
This is a very positive time for us and I’m keen to share our new vision and all our new ideas with you soon, so watch this space. We will continue to have a strong emphasis on partnership and we’re keen to hear about your ideas.
Thank you to all our partners including community partners and centres, as well as individuals and national partners, so many of you have helped us to get this far – sorry that there’s too many people and organisations to mention here.
The future is definitely looking very shiney although we know that hard work and collaboration is required to keep it that way. We look forward to working with you.