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Welfare Reform on the Web (April 2009): Education - UK - training

Governing the skills agenda: insights from the Sheffield City-Region

M. Jones and D. Etherington

Local Economy, vol. 24, Feb. 2009, p. 68-79

The government has announced comprehensive changes to the current system of skills governance and policy interventions across a number of geographic scales. A UK Commission on Employment and Skills has been established, wholesale restructuring of the sector skills councils is taking place, and Employment and Skills Boards are being implemented at regional and local levels in England. The Learning and Skills Council will be replaced by a Young People's Learning Agency, charged with helping local authorities work together, and a Skills Funding Agency to administer the flow of public money to colleges and training providers. Additionally, the 'work skills' component of welfare policy is to be based on local partnerships via Multi-Area Agreements. In this context, the authors explore developments taking place in the Sheffield City-Region, particularly the skills strategy for Sheffield and its governance.

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