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ERIC Number: ED476932
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Jan
Pages: 7
Abstractor: N/A
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Workforce Development: Recent Government Activity. NIACE Briefing Sheet.
Thomson, Alastair
In autumn 2001, the United Kingdom's (UK's) government published the following key documents concerning workforce development: (1) "In Demand: Adult Skills in the 21st Century"; (2) "The UK Productivity Challenge"; and (3) "Building a Stronger, Fairer Britain in an Uncertain World." Key positions and policies included in the three documents are as follows: (1) public financial incentives to train people in work must be matched by employer commitment to provide time off to train; (2) the 8 million individuals in jobs without a level 2 qualification, including those with basic skill needs, should be the target groups of government-supported training; (3) those individuals will receive free learning provision and accreditation by approved providers to work toward qualifications in areas that could raise productivity; (4) the government will support paid time off for education and training but will not make it a statutory entitlement; and (5) the government recommends extending the concept of "peer advice" learner support to small and nonunionized settings and local communities. Several pilot projects covering a mix of basic skills alone and basic skills plus level 2 courses were initiated to identify required levels of support and time off from work and effective practices and incentives. (Seven suggestions for further reading and useful organizations are listed.) (MN)
National Institute of Adult Continuing Education, Renaissance House, 20 Princess Road West, Leicester LE1 6TP, United Kingdom. Web site: (free). For full text:
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: National Inst. of Adult Continuing Education, Leicester (England).
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom