Learning is not equal to training

5th December 2003 at 00:00
In "Be ruthless with failing trainers" (FE Focus, November 21), Joe Clancy reports that adult skills minister Ivan Lewis is urging funding chiefs to "close down work-based learning schemes which fail to deliver the goods".

But later in the same piece he refers to "work-based training".

I suggest there is a significant difference between work-based learning and work-based training. By definition, work-based learning is learner-led.

For the past 10 years my own university's national centre for work-based learning partnerships has pioneered schemes which enable anyone to get academic credit from a degree to a doctorate, on the basis of submitting learning from their work which can be assessed against academic criteria.

This seems different to work-based training which I associate with on-the-job training.

If more training schemes were designed with learning in mind, they might be more successful.

Dr Peter Critten Principal lecturer Middlesex university business school The Burroughs, London NW4

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