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NEW QUALITY INSPECTORATE WILL STRENGTHEN TRAINING PROVISION

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Education and employment minister James Paice today announced a wide-ranging consultation to drive up standards of ...
Education and employment minister James Paice today announced a wide-ranging consultation to drive up standards of training provision funded through Training and Enterprise Councils. The consultation proposes the introduction of an independent quality inspection regime to assess standards of TEC-funded training provision. It also proposes a new self- assessment framework to help training providers to strengthen and simplify internal quality assurance methods.

Mr Paice said: 'The government is committed to a rigorous regime of quality assurance across post-16 education and training. The proposals announced today will help to promote both quality and confidence in publicly-funded training provision and, through clear published information on performance, will help to inform people about the range and quality of opportunities available.

'They will also promote convergence in the quality assurance arrangements for all post-16 education and training by providing information comparable with that already available on further education and schools.

'In addition, the proposals will reduce the burden on providers by cutting out duplication and encouraging greater collaboration between the agencies involved in quality assurance.'

The consultation process has two phases. Phase 1 seeks views by 25 October, on priority issues, such as how TECs and training providers will be involved in the implementation process. Phase 2 seeks views on other issues by 31 December 1996.
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