The Independent, August 30th 2005, p.11
Some trainee teachers are sitting basic tests in maths and English at least 10 times before they pass and become qualified. Figures released by the Government's Teacher Training Agency show that more than 1,500 teachers who finished their post-graduate certificate of education (PGCE) course last year had to re-sit the numeracy examination at least three times and 856 had to take the literacy test three times.
Young People Now, July 6th-12th, 2005, p. 5
Apprenticeship and vocational training completion rates have risen since 2002/03 but remain low. This short news item responds to recent DfES statistics in "Further Education and Work Based Learning for Young People - Learner Outcomes in England". The Learning and Skills Council aims to improve on these figures, and intends to withhold a quarter of funding until training is completed, but the Association of Learning Providers suggests that drop out may be motivated by more lucrative job offers.