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ERIC Number: ED020402
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Apr
Pages: 83
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
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BRITAIN'S INDUSTRIAL TRAINING ACT--ITS HISTORY, DEVELOPMENT AND IMPLICATIONS FOR AMERICA.
HANSEN, GARY B.
WHEN THE FOUNDATION FOR THE BRITISH EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM WAS LAID IN 1870, THE DICHOTOMY BETWEEN EDUCATION AND TRAINING WAS FORMALIZED. EMPLOYERS PROVIDED THE PRACTICAL TRAINING IN INDUSTRY, AND THEORY OR ACADEMIC COURSES WERE PROVIDED IN THE SCHOOLS. THE INDUSTRIAL TRAINING ACT OF 1964 GIVES THE MINISTER OF LABOR POWER TO ESTABLISH INDUSTRIAL TRAINING BOARDS FOR SUCH ACTIVITIES OF INDUSTRY AND COMMERCE AS HE THINKS NECESSARY. THE INCORPORATION OF THE INDUSTRIAL APPROACH INTO THE INDUSTRIAL TRAINING ACT INDICATED THAT WHILE THE GOVERNMENT PLANNED TO ACCEPT FAR MORE RESPONSIBILITY FOR TRAINING, IT DID NOT INTEND TO REMOVE THE FOCAL POINT OF TRAINING FROM INDUSTRY. THE DUTIES AND POWERS OF THE INDUSTRIAL TRAINING BOARDS ARE (1) TO PROVIDE OR SECURE THE PROVISION OF SUFFICIENT TRAINING FACILITIES FOR EMPLOYEES IN THEIR RESPECTIVE INDUSTRY, (2) TO MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS ABOUT THE NATURE, LENGTH, STANDARD, CONTENT, AND OTHER ASPECTS OF TRAINING, (3) TO PAY GRANTS TO EMPLOYERS PROVIDING TRAINING OF AN APPROVED STANDARD, AND (4) TO IMPOSE A LEVY ON EMPLOYERS IN THEIR INDUSTRY IN ORDER TO ACCOMPLISH THE TRAINING PROGRAM. THE JOB OF IMPLEMENTING THE ACT HAS PROVEN TO BE A DIFFICULT AND LENGTHY ONE. IN ADDITION, BECAUSE THE ACT ACCEPTS THE HISTORICAL DICHOTOMY BETWEEN EDUCATION AND TRAINING, THERE IS A DANGER THAT IT MAY PERPETUATE OR EVEN SHARPEN THE DISTINCTION AT A TIME WHEN THAT DISTINCTION IS BECOMING LESS MEANINGFUL. SEVERAL ELEMENTS IN THE BRITISH TRAINING SYSTEM, SUCH AS THE LEVY-GRANT SCHEME AND OCCUPATIONAL TRAINING ON AN INDUSTRY BASIS, SHOULD BE OF CONSIDERABLE INTEREST TO THE AMERICAN EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM. (HC)
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Authoring Institution: National Manpower Policy Task Force, Washington, DC.
Identifiers: GREAT BRITAIN; Industrial Training Act 1964