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ERIC Number: ED441958
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Feb
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
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The First Phase of the English Regional Development Agencies' Skills Work: A Report on a Small-Scale Research Project.
Drodge, Stephen
A study of three Regional Development Agencies (RDAs) traced development of the skills element of their RES [Regional Economic Strategy] and their progress toward an action plan for skills to implement their strategic objectives. The process involved creating a forum on skills; producing a consultation draft skills strategy; and producing a final strategy for skills. Each RDA inherited work and people from predecessor organizations, with existing partnerships of varying strength and effectiveness. Region 1 inherited a network of all appropriate regional partners and an almost completed assemblage and interpretation of regional skills data. Region 2 had not advanced as far, but had conducted a labor market survey and begun to process data and draft the strategy. Region 3 was ahead in general skills and labor market data but had not developed a robust regional skills network. In the next phase, RDA 1 worked with the pre-existing regional skills task group to establish general priorities for the draft strategy. RDA 2 established its own new consultation on priorities. RDA 3 established a group on skills and knowledge in conjunction with regional interests and prepared a draft skills strategy. The RDAs published consultation draft strategies, then engaged in a further consultation exercise. Work continued on skills action plans. The initial position of most partners in relation to the skills responsibilities of the RDAs was one of slightly skeptical good will. (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)