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TECS GET OVER£2M TO ENCOURAGE LIFETIME LEARNING

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Thirty-eight Training and Enterprise Councils and a further seven TEC consortia will receive£2.4m to support local...
Thirty-eight Training and Enterprise Councils and a further seven TEC consortia will receive £2.4m to support local schemes which encourage adults to invest in lifetime learning. Announcing the new funding, education and employment minister James Paice said:

'If we lack skills, we lose out. That is true of us individually, and true of us as a nation. Only a highly- skilled and flexible workforce, willing to learn and re- learn, will be able to beat our world competitors. And on a personal level, people who continue to learn throughout life undoubtedly remain more active and an invaluable resource in their communities.

'These initiatives will help to raise people's awareness that learning pays, and that each and every one is capable of improving skills, and taking a step towards our goal: a learning society. '

The government cash - boosting the £1.5m allocated to TECS for this work last year - follows hot on the heels of the government's recently published lifetime learning policy framework and takes the important initiative one step further.

The many and varied schemes, which cover the length and breadth of England, include:

-- Developing accessible, effective information, advice and guidance services

-- Motivating more people to go back to learning after a long absence

-- Making it easier for potential learners to get access to learning they want and need

-- Supporting employers to do more to invest in the training and development of their employees

TECs will match the government funding for the local schemes which include:

IN LINCOLNSHIRE: Encouraging 'champion' employees within small companies to develop individual learning plans and to cascade their learning within the organisation;develop provider networks through shared use of IT and resources and develop a strategy to motivate non-learners and encourage the use of Records of Achievement.

IN NORTH LONDON: Addressing the priority areas of adults in work and adult education by exploring the mechanism of 'Learning Clubs' to promote and enable lifetime learning through Records of Achievement/personal portfolio development.

IN SANDWELL: Creating a local 'Access Centre' where individuals will be given specific help from a range of options such as communication skills or basic skills training.

A full list outlining the funding allocations is available on request from LGCNet. Tel 0171 833 7324.

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