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LEARNING PARTNERSHIPS CRUCIAL TO COMPETITIVENESS

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Strong partnerships between colleges and Training and Enterprise Councils are crucial to secure Britain's economic ...
Strong partnerships between colleges and Training and Enterprise Councils are crucial to secure Britain's economic growth and competitiveness, education and employment secretary Gillian Shephard said today.

Addressing the Association for Colleges annual conference in London, Mrs Shephard praised the further education sector for raising both educational participation and attainment. She stressed the importance of the National Targets for Education and Training if Britain is to maintain its competitive edge, saying they would only be realised if local agencies worked together:

'Competitiveness is not the opposite of co-operation. Partnerships between colleges and local businesses, TECs, schools and the Careers Service are essential to help drive up standards and produce the well qualified people we need.

'TECs and colleges have different functions, but they have much to gain from co-operation. The successful introduction of the new Modern Apprenticeships, now with 52 participating industrial and commercial sectors, will be a significant catalyst'.
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