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Personal skills account for all, says prime minister


Gordon Brown has unveiled plans for every adult to have a personal skills account, so that they can access the training they need.

The government plans to start offering Skills Accounts nationally in just two years time, 2010.

Individuals will have a virtual 'voucher' of state funding, representing their entitlement to purchase learning at a quality assured provider of their choice.

They will also have access to a portal of comprehensive and up to date information through the adult advancement and careers service, signposting the learner to the choices and learner support available.

A clear and 'inspiring' record of their future goals, skills and career achievements will also be set out, accessible online, providing clear evidence of a commitment to training and progression.

Ongoing advice will be triggered towards the end of each phase of learning, enabling individuals to unlock the next set of provision available.

The Skills Accounts were referred to in Gordon Brown's speech to Parliament yesterday, outlining plans for the next Parliamentary session.


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