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ERIC Number: EJ942804
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Dec
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0955-2308
"Our Aim Is to Put Learners in the Driving Seat"
Hayes, John
Adults Learning, v22 n4 p8-9 Dec 2010
When some people think of post-18 education, they only perceive real merit in the traditional university route. The central role that further education (FE) plays in the economy and society is often overlooked and undervalued. In truth, FE for adults, whether in a college, at work, or an informal evening class, not only has the power to improve people's skills and employment opportunities, but also to transform lives. The hundreds of thousands of young people and older adults who are trying to improve their skills matter every bit as much as those who go to university; indeed, they are crucial to economic recovery and sustainable growth. There is strong empirical evidence to show the connection between skills training in the labour force and productivity and competitiveness. This article describes the government's vision for radical reform of the FE and skills system. The government's aim is to put learners, and not the state, in the driving seat. The core values of fairness, responsibility and freedom are at the heart of the government's skills strategy, with the greatest support given to those who need it the most. Anyone who has left school without basic skills will be guaranteed access to free training. For the unemployed, improving skills can be one of the key ways in which they gain, and progress in, employment. Those on active benefits will be supported with a targeted state subsidy to improve their labour market-relevant skills. Job Centre Plus will work with local colleges and training providers to determine how best to meet the needs of the local community and economy.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom