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Welfare Reform on the Web (November 2006): Education - UK - Training

Home grown advisers

H. Gregory

Young People Now, Oct.4th-10th 2006, p.14-15

Describes a ground-breaking scheme introduced by Connexions Black Country to employ unqualified young people as trainees. They can earn a salary while gaining the qualifications and skills they need to become personal advisers or enter youth work.

The organisation of 14-19 education and training in England: beyond weakly collaborative arrangements

A. Hodgson and K. Spours

Journal of Education and Work, vol.19, 2006, p.325-342

The current government approach to the organisation of the 14-19 phase of education could be characterised as “weakly collaborative“. Dominant policy drives towards autonomy and competition for learners, reinforced by policy levers such as performance tables, targets, funding and institutional inspection. At the same time there are aspects of policy which stress choice of provision and progression which require some level of planning and institutional collaboration. However, the policy levers supporting collaboration are relatively weak. This article calls for the creation of a more coherent and inclusive 14-19 education system served by stronger collaboration between a range of providers in a local area.

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