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Education and employment minister Baroness Blackstone has announced ...
Education and employment minister Baroness Blackstone has announced

the appointment of David Sherlock as chief inspector of the Adult

Learning Inspectorate (ALI).

Mr Sherlock is currently the chief inspector of the Training

Standards Council. ALI, which starts operation in April 2001, will

bring together the inspection of adult education and work-based

training into a single new inspectorate.

Baroness Blackstone said:

'I am very pleased to welcome David Sherlock as the chief inspector

of the ALI. As chief inspector of the Training Standards Council he

has shown commitment to raising the standard of work-based training.

He possesses the energy and determination to deliver the aims and

objectives of the new inspectorate.

'It is essential that we secure as rigorous an inspection regime for

adult education as OFSTED provides for schools. David has already

worked closely with both the Further Education Funding Council and

OFSTED, and will use this experience to work with further education

colleges, employers, LEAs and other training organisations to set a

new agenda for improving the quality of post-16 education.'

Mr Sherlock said:

'It,s a great honour to be the country,s first chief inspector of

adult learning. The Learning and Skills Act signals a change of

direction. What is best for each individual learner may be a course

in a public sector college, a training programme with a private

sector employer, or basic skills and e-learning in the community.

Adult learners should be able to make reliable comparisons between

these different kinds of provision, so that they can find the best

possible deal.'

Nick Reilly, chair of the ALI said:

'David Sherlock was selected from a very strong group of candidates

for the chief inspector's role which is testament to his skills,

experience and leadership. I have been very impressed with the work

he has done at the Training Standards Council. He has built up the

respect of employers, training providers, colleges and a wide network

of organisations with which he will work in the future.

'I am confident that with David at the helm, the ALI will add a lot

of value to the new world of post-16 learning and help to achieve the

ambitious targets that are essential to raising both the capability

and the inclusiveness of the nation.'


1. Mr Sherlock, 56, has been the chief inspector of the Training

Standards Council since it came into being in 1997. He has

considerable experience in both education and inspection. Between

1975 and 1993, he was deputy director of the National College of Art

and Design, Dublin, principal at London,s Central St Martin's College

of Art & Design, as well as development director of the Royal College

of Art, London. Mr Sherlock was also a partner in a design

consultancy, Design Ergonomics, which worked with major companies in

healthcare. Mr Sherlock has not undertaken any political activity in

the last five years.

2. The appointment ison a full-time basis. Salary£80,000 to£95,000

per annum.

3. The inspections currently undertaken by the FEFC inspectorate will

be undertaken by OFSTED and the ALI, and the work currently

undertaken by the Training Standards Council will be undertaken

solely by the ALI. The ALI will also inspect learndirect provision

delivered through learndirect centres. The responsibilities of OFSTED

will be extended to the inspection of all 16 to 19 year-olds,

education in schools and colleges. Where both the ALI and the schools

inspectorate OFSTED have an interest in one college the inspection

will be conducted jointly by a single team of inspectors. They will

produce one report under a common inspection framework.

4. Nick Reilly was appointed Chair of the ALI on 4 July 2000.

5. The creation of the ALI, which will be based in Coventry, was

contained within the Learning and Skills Act which received Royal

Assent on 28 July 2000.

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