LSC transition carries risks

7th August 2009 at 01:00

I want to correct inaccuracies in your article "Transition period might be rocky, warns LSC chief" (FE Focus, July 24). The National Council is establishing three committees of council. Les Walton will chair the Young People's Learning Agency committee; the chair of the adult skills and apprenticeships committee is yet to be announced (referred to incorrectly as the SFA committee); and Chris Banks will chair a third committee, the chair's committee, which will oversee all LSC governance issues. In relation to the LSC's capability effectively to manage the Machinery of Government transition process, as with any large-scale transition there will be risks. We must be clear about these in order to mitigate them, which is the purpose of the section on risks in our annual report. This section also explains how we are responding to these risks.

We also have a communications programme to keep all staff informed, and work closely with the union to understand and mitigate their concerns.

Geoff Russell, Chief executive, Learning and Skills Council.

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