No change in skills policy

26th August 2005 at 01:00
I read with great disappointment your article "Current colleges to house skill sites" (FE Focus, 19 August 2005), which failed to explain the Government's position on the issue.

The prospectus that we published in July this year offered an illustration of the range of potential models and indicated that we would expect each sector to take into consideration the provision that is currently available.

The idea that such a vitally important initiative wouldn't, where appropriate, look to build on the best of existing practice is inconceivable.

There has been no change in our policy on skills academies. The objectives remain clear and we expect expressions of interest to include new and innovative ideas and to demonstrate the step-changes in investment, performance and reach that are needed to deliver these objectives.

Bill Rammell

Minister for lifelong learning, further and higher education

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