Measuring up

28th March 2003 at 00:00
16-18 PARTICIPATION

* Target: by 2004, 80% taking part in learning

* Progress check: Latest estimate 76.4%, an increase of nearly 1% over last year and the highest level since the mid 1990s

LEVEL 2 (GCSE EQUIVALENT) AT 19

* LSC target 85% to achieve such by 2004

* Progress check : appears static at 75%

LEVEL 3 (A-LEVEL EQUIVALENT) at 19

* Target: 55% to achieve such by 2004

* Progress check: up from 50.4% to 51.6%

MODERN APPRENTICESHIPS

* Target 175,000 (28%) of 16-21 year olds to sign up for the first time by 200405

* Progress check: on target. Latest estimate is 99% of 2002-03 target (149,000)

INVESTORS IN PEOPLE

* Target 1 Enrol 10,000 organisations with 10-49 employers. Achieved early.

* Target 2 Enrol 45% of organisations with 50+ employees. Achieved on time

ADULT BASIC SKILLS

* Target: 750,000 by 2004

* Progress check: 60,000 higher than 240,000 predicted for October 2002

* Forecast will exceed July 2003 target of 470,000 by more than 5,000

ADULT LEVEL 3

* Target: 52 per cent by 2004.

* Progress: 48.8 per cent in 2002

INCREASED FLEXIBILITY PROGRAMME

* Target 33% of pupils taking one of the new vocational GCSEs.

* Progress check 64% take-up to date means initial results are "very encouraging"

14-19 PATHFINDERS*

* LSC funding is pound;5mpound;8mpound;10m in 200203 - 200405

* 25 schemes announced for 200203

EMPLOYER TRAINING PILOTS

* Target 5,000 employers and up to 25,000 employees who lack basic skills to enrol for level 2 qualifications (GCSE- level)

* Progress check: initial results "very encouraging" - 1,300 companies and 6,000 learners recruited in four months

FOUR PRIORITY SECTORS

* Pilots in construction, retail, health and manufacturing have engaged 20,000 learners in 42 out of 47 local LSCs.

* Unit cost at pound;800 (level 2) and pound;1,100 (level 3), 'significantly lower' than conventional routes

CENTRES OF VOCATIONAL EXCELLENCE

* Manifesto target of 180 centres by Dec 2003

* Progress check 157 already established

* Forecast 275 by March 2004 and 400 by 2006

QUALITY OF PROVISION

* 75% of learners in provision which is "acceptable or above"

* ALI inspections show quality of Work Based Learning (WBL) is improving

* jointly funded and managed with DfES

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