ERIC Number: ED327717
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Dec-2
Reference Count: N/A
PICKUP Wales, U.K. Assurance of Quality Vocational Continuing Education and Training.
Daniels, C. E. J.
The Professional, Industrial, and Commercial Updating Programme (PICKUP) of the United Kingdom is aimed at improving the performance of British industry through the colleges. In Wales, PICKUP is part of the Welsh Office Education Department. Various factors have encouraged educational institutions to take on PICKUP work: the Education Reform Act of 1988, which provides institutions with greater autonomy and self-determination; the networking of the PICKUP Development Agents and coordinators; and pump-priming monies. The 45 colleges in Wales vary greatly in their philosophy and experience regarding PICKUP work. In a few institutions, PICKUP is part of the work of every department. In some, it is limited to one or two departments or individuals. The university, higher education, and further education sectors all provide PICKUP updating in Wales. Further education colleges undertake most PICKUP work. Since Wales is essentially rural, diversification of rural industries has created a need for updating in new areas, such as tourism, horse management, and food preparation. (Examples of rural projects, development projects, and projects concerned with quality; a list of projects by college; and a list of seven references are attached.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Continuing Education, Distance Education, Educational Quality, Foreign Countries, Job Training, Labor Force Development, National Programs, Postsecondary Education, Refresher Courses, Retraining, School Business Relationship, Skill Development, Skill Obsolescence, Technical Institutes, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Wales)