In the LSC by the seat of their pants

5th March 2004 at 00:00
Looking at how the Learning and Skills Council is knuckling down to getting rid of 200 staff at its head office in Coventry, you'd be forgiven for thinking that the quango had a keen eye on new ways to save the taxpayer's money.

But it seems the LSC is playing musical chairs with its staff, inviting them to rush for a smaller number of jobs in the new streamlined organisation, after matching their skills to the positions that will be left in the new set-up.

Perhaps we should presume that the forthcoming redundancies are part of this outfit's much-trumpeted attempt to cut the bureaucracy left behind by its predecessor, the Further Education Funding Council, in 2001.

So, what's happened to the LSC's staffing numbers since the bad old days of the FEFC? Actually, the number of staff increased from 4,694 to 4,797 between 2001-02 to 2002-03.

When the music stops playing, some of those left without a seat to sit on at the LSC will be wondering why so many people were invited to the party in the first place.

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


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