Training must meet local needs

16th January 2009 at 00:00

Legislation is planned to compel colleges and training providers to work together to meet employers' and individuals' demands for skills.

The Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills said it wants more areas to follow the example set by the London Skills and Employment Board, which oversees skills provision to ensure it meets the needs of the local economy. It wants to see greater efficiency and shared services by introducing a formal duty to co-operate.

A report on its FE and skills system reforms said: "Colleges and providers have a key role to play both individually and collectively at sub-regional level to ensure that within a geographical area provision accurately reflects employer and wider community demand.

"We know colleges and providers work effectively together in a wide variety of ways and we want to build on this by encouraging them to establish self-organised networks to meet the needs of employers in relation to skills training."

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number


The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now