ERIC Number: ED309277
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-May
Reference Count: N/A
LEA Management, Organisation and Support. Two-Year Youth Training Schemes. An Evaluation of LEA Modular Programmes.
Further Education Unit, London (England).
A collaborative project, called MainFrame, has been developed among local education authority (LEA)-managed Youth Training Schemes (YTS) in Bedfordshire, Haringey, and Sheffield, England, and joined by Liverpool LEA and the Wirral Metropolitan College. Such coordination of training programs can be beneficial for staff and trainees. Some of the benefits include the following: (1) LEAs are free from the normal constraints on colleges or employers; (2) LEAs are able to offer a testing ground for innovative work in prevocational and vocational education and training; (3) LEA YTS managing agents are able to respond quickly and on a large scale to the demands of YTS; (4) economies of scale result; (5) work placements can be organized centrally, eliminating duplication and ineffective use of resources; and (6) a consortium approach that permits the participation of smaller employers in YTS can be developed. Disadvantages include the complexities of the relationship with the colleges, with some colleges unwilling to support the activities, and the fact that the use of LEAs has meant the relationship of colleges with local employers has disappeared, causing some resentment. Another concern has been the need for staff development. An officer has been appointed to coordinate staff training within MainFrame and the commitment has been made; finding adequate resources to provide staff development, however, may be a concern. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Further Education Unit, London (England).
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)