Learner rap for councils

8th September 2000 at 01:00
INFORMATION on lifelong learning frequently misses the mark with nobody taking responsibility, Bill Lucas, chief executive of the Campaign for Learning south of the border, has warned.

A survey of UK local authorities, including 18 of the 32 in Scotland, found that 53 per cent promoted themselves as learning organisations and 47 per cent had run local campaigns for learning. But Mr Lucas told a conference on public sector management in Peebles last week that many councils showed remarkably lttle interest in how their workforce learns. "This can't go on," he said.

Mr Lucas urged authorities to adopt initiatives such as personal learning days and family learning weekends, and make individual learning accounts available to staff (only one in five councils surveyed intended doing so).

Margaret Sutherland of Scottish Enterprise Dunbartonshire said one of the challenges was to get current managers and leaders to "unlearn some of their attitudes to people management".

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