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Welfare Reform on the Web (October 2004): Education - UK - Training

BUSINESSES TO GET FINANCIAL SUPPORT TO HAVE STAFF TRAINED

D. Turner

Financial Times, Sept. 29th 2004, p.4

Government is planning to give all low-skilled staff access to education and training by extending its employer training pilots nationwide. Under this scheme, businesses are helped by government-funded "brokers" to find the right training for workers, and are reimbursed as much as 150% of the costs for small businesses and 75% for large businesses.

COLLEGES "NEED MORE POWER FOR VOCATIONAL DEGREE EXPANSION"

M. Green

Financial Times, Sept. 3rd 2004, p.4

At present universities franchise out degree courses to further education colleges. A report by an independent review group has called for more direct funding for foundation degrees in colleges, provision of some courses by exam boards, and more financial contributions to costs from employees.

A CONSULTATION ON THE NEED FOR A PROFESSIONAL BODY FOR STAFF IN SCOTLAND'S COLLEGES

Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning Department

Edinburgh: Scottish Executive, 2004

The consultation asks staff to consider if a professional body would be an effective way of maintaining and enhancing the quality of teaching and learning in Scotland's colleges. It also seeks views on whether registration with the body should be mandatory, whether members should adhere to a Code of Ethics, and whether allied professionals, such as community learning and development practitioners, should be able to join.

RETAILER LAUNCHES COLLEGE TO TRAIN SCHOOL-LEAVERS

M. Green

The Financial Times, Sept. 24th 2004, p.2

The article reports that the entrepreneur Philip Green will fund a college to train 16-18-year-olds in retail skills in partnership with the Department for Education and Skills.

TACKLING MANUAL SKILLS SHORTAGES

Anon

Labour Research, Vol.93, June 2004, p.17-18

The government has responded to calls to encourage young people to enter skilled manual trades by opening up Modern Apprenticeships to children as young as 14 and adults over 25.

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