Jobless schemes 'deeply flawed'

5th July 1996 at 01:00
Training leaders this week called for radical policy changes to boost education and training and tackle unemployment.

Policy papers launched at the training and enterprise councils' national conference in Birmingham highlight deep flaws in the effectiveness of current programmes.

One, Skilling the Unemployed, criticises the benefits system, which it says "rewards passivity".

The document, drawn up by the TEC national council and being circulated to TECs for consultation , points to "insufficient opportunity for meaningful work experience which unemployed people say they want".

The paper calls for more integrated budgets for programmes designed to help the unemployed and a review of benefit rules. More "real job opportunities" are needed, including skills training.

A paper on foundation learning for 14 to 24-year-olds calls for common performance measures, quality assurance, inspection systems and common funding to allow TEC-funded training to be compared with colleges and schools.

The papers, along with others on lifetime learning and the role of the business community in economic development, represent the highest-profile attempt yet by TECs to set a training policy agenda.

The conference also saw the launch of a TEC and TUC agreement to promote joint action on workplace training.

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number

Comments

The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now