A firm hold of accountability
Smaller training firms had suggested it was a "bit of a nuisance", but Ms Booth is keen to see all providers undergo the same scrutiny. "It shows that the Government is taking work-based learning seriously by ensuring that all providers take responsibility (by planning ahead) for more than a year," she says.
Graham Hoyle, chief executive of the Association of Learning Providers, says for many firms giving their strategic plans an LSC focus put them through a "learning curve" .
But there were doubts over the extent to which providers would be able to expand. "Some proposals for growth have been cut back by the LSC because it can't afford them," says Mr Hoyle.