It is a pity that The TES saw fit to print such a selective review of the Coopers and Lybrand report on training and enterprise councils in the first three or so years of their operation up to the middle of 1994 (TES, April 5). In fact, the report was a balanced and positive report about the achievements of TECs in their early years, and not the criticism that you claim which is based upon two highly selective and unrepresentative quotes.
The report identifies TEC successes in: * "improving value for money - improved outcomes for Youth Training and Training for Work have been achieved at lower costs"; * "embedding Investors in People"; * "helping to change attitudes to training - TECs have contributed to a growing recognition of the importance of training linked to business performance"; * "adopting a new culture of businesslike responsiveness, customer service and flexibility"; * "identifying and playing appropriate roles in local economic development (as leaders and contributors)"; * "maintaining all the major programmes (at lower cost) without loss of quality or provision"; * "tailoring Government programmes to meet local needs and introducing their own local training initiatives".
Coopers and Lybrand also identified areas where the TECs were making progress, but where more yet remained to be done. The quote you present as a general comment that TECs have done "little more than roll forward existing initiatives" was a specific comment on the work of six TECs in relation to a very small part of their repertoire of provision, and completely misrepresents the overall report.
CHRIS HUMPHRIES Director of policy and strategy TEC National Council Westminster Tower 3 Albert Embankment London SE1