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TrainingZONE LearningWire #128 – LSC remit responses, TUC urges paid time for training


TrainingZONE LearningWIRE - Issue 128
20 November 2000
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1. LSC remit: where are the training providers?
2. CIPD: LSC's priorities ignore work-based learning
3. TUC urges more paid time for training at work
4. nto under administration
5. Lifelong learning: what does it actually mean?


Editor's Note
This week, in an open letter to incoming Chair Sir Bryan
Sanderson, Education and Employment Secretary David
Blunkett laid out a detailed remit for the Learning and
Skills Council (LSC). The 23 page document confirms a
number of aims which have been put forward by the
government already on earlier occasions, and places a
particular emphasis on the need for the incoming council to
raise standards and participation levels on training

But where does this leave on-the-job training? The CIPD is
concerned that the strategic priorities for the LSC do not
mention workplace learning, which it says is better placed
to 'directly address the skills needs of workers'.

The CIPD are not the only ones concerned - George Edwards
of the Institute for Supervision and Management is concerned
about the way that training providers appear to be added
almost as an afterthought to the list of partnerships the
new council will be encouraged to form.. According to the
brief, standards in learning and the implementation of the
National Skills Agenda will not be given top billing until
the year 2004.

It seems the DfEE is going to have some further explaining
to do before some of the key players in the LSCs circle of
partnerships are willing to 'come aboard'.

Stephanie Phillips

Latest News
A selection of this week's news stories

CIPD: LSC's priorities ignore work-based learning
The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has
expressed concern that priorities for the incoming Learning and
Skills Council do not place enough of an emphasis on workplace

LSC remit: where are the training providers?
The Department for Education and Employment has published a
detailed description of its plans for the incoming Learning
and Skills Council. But questions are being asked about
the apparent lack of emphasis the government is placing on
the role of training providers in working with the new

NACETT: UK still trailing behind in developing its population
The United Kingdom is among world leaders in the proportion of
its population attending University, but falls well behind in the
training and development of those who do not.

Lifelong learning: what does it actually mean?
Both NACETT and the Department of Education and Employment may
point towards lifelong learning as the key to building on and
sustaining skills for the UK's economy, but do the concepts
behind it actually work?

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TUC urges more paid time for training at work
The TUC is calling for an increase in the time made available for
training at work, arguing that the UK lags behind other European
countries whose workers not only work shorter hours but also have
more paid time off to develop their skills.

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