Ministers take a view on the way ahead

12th January 2001 at 00:00
The Executive has considered the possibility of the careers service being merged with the Scottish University for Industry or Learndirect Scotland whose job is to put individuals and businesses in touch with learning.

Intriguingly it has not ruled this out, saying that the idea has "considerable attractions, given the close complementarities of information and guidance and a common mission of promoting a lifelong learnng culture".

Ministers' reason for not proceeding now appears more to do with the fact that the University for Industry, which is being officially launched next Wednesday, is in its infancy rather than any objection in principle.

The organisation told the Duffner committee that while it would provide basic information and advice it would refer clients to qualified careers staff for more specialist help.

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