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Welfare Reform on the Web (January 2002): Education - UK - Training

ABUSE PROMPTS SUSPENSION OF TRAINING SCHEME

C. Adams

Financial Times, Oct. 25th 2001, p. 12

Government has suspended the Individual Learning Accounts Scheme after evidence emerged that people had been subject to fraud and mis-selling. Unscrupulous providers had been offering poor quality, low value training.

(See also Times, Oct. 25th 2001, p. 19; Independent, Oct. 25th 2001, p. 12; Guardian; Oct. 25th 2001, p. 11)

EMPLOYERS GET ROLE IN REFORMED LEARNING SCHEME

J. Kelly

Financial Times, Nov. 6th 2001, p. 4

Government is inviting business to share in the development of a new scheme to replace Individual Learning Accounts which were abolished due to fraud and abuse. Companies could help run "pooled accounts" for their workers or benefit from grants if they encouraged employees to take up a similar successor scheme.

LEARNING WHILE YOU'RE EARNING

Anon.

New Review of the Low Pay Unit, no. 71, 2001, p. 14-16

Discusses availability of work-based training in the UK. Managers and professionals are up to five times more likely to receive work-based training than those in unskilled jobs. Provision of training varies with employer size: only 59% of employers with one to four employees provided training in 2000/01, compared with 90% of those with 100 or more employees. Goes on to outline government initiatives to promote work place learning, including Individual Learning Accounts, Learn Direct, and the establishment of a network of Learning and Skills Councils to replace TECs.

QUALIFICATIONS, BASIC SKILLS AND ACCELERATING SOCIAL EXCLUSION

J. Bynner and S. Parsons

Journal of Education and Work, vol. 14, 2001, p. 279-291

Paper uses longitudinal data from two UK birth cohort studies to examine the changing role of qualifications and basic skills in employability. Demonstrates that for the younger cohort, unemployment rates at different ages were consistently higher for those without qualifications than for the older cohort. Logistic regression analysis, using extended experience of unemployment as the outcome variable, show heightened significance for possession of qualifications and numeracy skills as protection against unemployment. Those without these attributes are therefore likely to experience increasing difficulty in obtaining employment, and increasing social exclusion.

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO ILAs?

D. Boyer

Working Brief, no. 128, 2001, p. 15-17

Many Individual Learning Accounts are lying dormant, not yet used to pay for any kind of adult training. Many of those who have used an Individual Learning Account were already well qualified and not in need of assistance.

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