Space and Polity, vol. 2, no. 1, 1998, p. 5-31
Case studies of two TECs are presented to show the differing ways in which these ostensibly business-led organisations have evolved within a purposive national regulatory framework. TECs are not simply the products of ministerial diktat, and their institutional form and effects will vary over space in accordance with their mode of insertion into local power systems. However, real reform of the TECs must begin with a transformation of national structures and priorities, not tinkering with local reform.
Labour Research, vol. 87, no. 6, June 1998, p. 17-18
In the wake of concern about low quality training and financial mismanagement by Training and Enterprise Councils, the government has put in place measures to transform the structure of training provision in Britain. A new Training Standards Council will inspect companies and colleges providing goverment funded training in the same way as schools are inspected by Ofsted. New industry and sector training organisations called National Training Organisations have been set up to promote employer investment in training, assess needs and develop strategies to deliver required skills. In addition, the government has set up a Skills Taskforce to assist in developing a national skills agenda, which will ensure that Britain has the skills needed to provide opportunities for all.
People Management, vol. 4, no. 11, 28 May 1998, p. 10
The future role of Training and Enterprise Councils hangs in the balance as the government begins a fundamental review of the employer-led network. The review is set to become a struggle to define the TECs key roles as ministers try to give Regional Development Agencies a central role in determining local skills and training needs.
Department for Education and Employment
Sudbury: DfEE Publications, 1998
Assures the Training and Enterprise Councils of a key role in raising standards of education and training, making lifelong learning a reality, helping people move from welfare into sustainable employment, tackling deprivation and social exclusion and supporting community regeneration. TECs will be required to work in partnership with the new Regional Development Agencies in developing regional economic strategies and National Training Organisations in designing national skills strategies. Also considers the TEC funding audit system in depth to allow the strength and weaknesses of current arrangements to be set out and practical possibilities for change to be considered.