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Welfare Reform on the Web (May 2001): Education - UK - Training

CAREERS OPPORTUNITIES

S. Beebee

Young People Now, issue 143, 2001, p. 24-25

Describes the utility of the Getting Connected curriculum for emotional literacy in helping disaffected young people get back into education. Getting Connected provides a learning framework to help young people understand themselves, and become better team workers, problems solvers and independent learners.

GRANTS FOR EMPLOYERS TO BOOST BASIC SKILLS

J. Kelly

Financial Times, March 1st 2001, p. 8

Reports that the government is to consider giving employers grants to compensate them for the national insurance contributions they pay on behalf of employees taking part in basic skills training.

IMPROVING STUDENT PERFORMANCE: HOW ENGLISH FURTHER EDUCATION COLLEGES CAN IMPROVE STUDENT RETENTION AND ACHIEVEMENT

National Audit Office

London: TSO, 2001 (House of Commons papers. Session 2000/2001; HC 276)

Reports on initiative to improve retention and achievement of students and discusses why students do not achieve their qualifications. It suggests methods of providing effective induction and support for students at all levels. It goes on to discuss the importance of improving teacher quality and learning methods and the ways in which performance is measured.

MAKING THE MOST OF LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

G. Scott and J. McKendrick

Youth and Policy, no. 70, 2000/01, p. 40-51

Research examines the learning opportunities that exist in deprived areas in Glasgow, and what young people in school and providers consider appropriate learning opportunities in their area. Results show that young people may become disaffected with formal learning at an early stage, but may be anxious to re-engage later. Ensuring that the door is not closed to them as they approach leaving school is essential. Their involvement in learning beyond school depends on a capacity to use and develop their own resources for finding learning opportunities.

OPEN DOOR TO OPPORTUNITY

C. Hayman

Community Care, no. 1361, 2001, p. 25

Looks at the role of foyers in helping young care leavers gain educational qualifications. Foyers offer accommodation and access to learning and employment within a balanced community where staff seek to create a positive and purposeful atmosphere.

OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL IN A WORLD OF CHANGE

Department of Trade and Industry and Department for Education and Employment

London: TSO, 2001 (Cm 5052)

Proposes extension of the links between education and business, programmes to improve adult literacy and numeracy, reform of vocational education, and ensuring that employers invest more in training.

PROPOSED REFORM OF 16 HOUR RULE STILL FALLS SHORT

P. Bivand

Working Brief, no. 121, 2001, p. 16-17

Reports that the government has published proposals that would allow Job Seekers Allowance claimants with low basic skills to study for more than the 16 hours a week they are at present allowed without losing benefit.

SCOTLAND CAREERS AHEAD

D. Boyer

Working Brief, no. 121, 2001, p. 13-15

Gives an overview of the all age careers advice and guidance service proposed for Scotland.