Hold that train of thought

8th July 2005 at 01:00
Anyone who has attempted to travel anywhere, by road, rail, bus, tube or car could be forgiven for thinking that government transport policy is to dissuade us from venturing further than walking distance from home.

But rest assured that the Government is, in fact, so committed to transport that the world of lifelong learning is being galvanised into action to make sure we all get a better service GoSkills, the fledgling sector skills council for passenger transport, has a five-year plan to "identify key workforce needs and issues that need to be addressed if the passenger transport sector is to continue to develop, grow and contribute to the UK's economy".

The plan is "underpinned" by a "market assessment" and a "qualifications mapping project". Exciting stuff.

So, good news for FErret and his fellow train commuters then. Er, no.

The plan - titled "Moving skills forward" - says: "We do not, at this stage, propose that the railway industry should come within the scope of GoSkills."

No, that would be silly.

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