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Welfare Reform on the Web (February 2003): Education - UK - Training

LOSING THE INITIATIVE

G Marsden

Private Finance, Nov 22nd-28th 2002, p.24-25

The Individual Learning Accounts scheme was intended to help motivate people to acquire skills by giving them £150.00 of public money when they contributed £25.00 towards training costs. The scheme had to be closed because of widespread fraud and abuse. The author points out that the civil servants involved lacked IT expertise to deal effectively with the private sector company running the scheme. They also failed to put proper risk management and monitoring procedures in place.

THE SKILLS GAP

J Carvel

Guardian Society, December 28th 2002, p.4

Refugee women with good professional qualifications are being denied the opportunity to work in Britain despite acute shortages of their skills. A report by the Greater London Authority says that refugee women are eager to fill vacancies in the capital's schools and hospitals, but are blocked by Home Office regulations and lack of facilities to convert overseas qualifications.

WIDENING PARTICIPATION IN LEARNING THROUGH ADULT RESIDENTIAL PROVISION: AN EVALUATION

J Winterton and R Winterton

London: Department for Education and Skills, 2002 (Research report; RR383)

Evaluates an initiative to develop adult residential provision aimed at widening the participation of hard-to-reach learners. The project was based on the premise that it is necessary both to widen participation of individual hard-to-reach learners in existing provision and to attract groups of such learners through specifically designed provision including outreach and residential learning. The project targeted individuals who had undertaken little or no post-16 learning via any route.

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