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ERIC Number: ED454413
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 84
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-1-85338-653-7
Developing Responsiveness in Vocational Education and Training.
Hughes, Maria; MacPherson, Sally
The extent to which providers of post-16 vocational education and training (VET) in the United Kingdom are able to secure timely and relevant learning programs to meet sudden and unpredicted changes in local or national skills profiles was examined in a study that included interviews of nine private training providers and 11 further education (FE) providers and case studies of 5 FE colleges. Forward planning by FE providers did not, by itself, appear to be sufficient to prepare for unexpected demands for VET. A nimble, responsive system is required that can rapidly customize provision to meet emerging needs. The following are among key ingredients of such a system: (1) the capacity to identify skills gaps and assess individuals' development needs; (2) clear articulation of needs in a common language; (3) expert staff who are able to work flexibly without detriment to regular provision; (4) the capacity to customize training packages; and (5) sensitive funding regimens that enable employers, individuals, and the local economy to upskill rapidly. The bibliography lists 14 references. (The following items are appended: an interview topic guide; a list of survey participants; and an example of the use of skills and labor market information in planning.) (MN)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Learning and Skills Development Agency, London (England).
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom