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SHAKE-UP OF WELSH FURTHER EDUCATION PLANNED

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The Welsh Office today publishes plans for an overhaul of further education in Wales, which proposes a shake-up in ...
The Welsh Office today publishes plans for an overhaul of further education in Wales, which proposes a shake-up in careers advice and a single body to control post-16 education.

The Financial Times (p9) reports that the plans, designed to iron out gaps in and duplication of services and save up to£20m a year in administration costs, are understood to be under consideration for the rest of the UK.

The main recommendation is for a National Council for Education and Training in Wales to replace various bodies responsible for sixth forms, further education, vocational training and careers advice.

It would have a total budget of£200m a year. The report also suggests a national framework to link academic and vocational qualifications and a new all-Wales careers service.

Peter Hain, the Welsh education and training minister, will say today that the reforms would 'break down the Berlin Wall' between education and training and academic and vocational qualifications.
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