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TECS TO LOSE GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS IN REFORM PLAN

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A white paper to be published this month will announce that training and enterprise councils' contracts with the go...
A white paper to be published this month will announce that training and enterprise councils' contracts with the government will cease in March 2001.

This signals the end of Tecs in their present form. But the emphasis of the white paper is likely to be on evolution, rather than abolition, according to The Financial Times (p8).

The Local Government Association has warned that local delivery and flexibility of post-16 training must be maintained, saying that a 'centralist top-down structure' would 'inevitably fail to reflect the demands of the local job markets or the needs and wishes of young people'.

Tecs' enterprise functions are expected to become the overall responsibility of the department of trade and industry. How this will operate at local level may not become clear until the DTI publishes a green paper on proposals for a new Small Business Service later this summer.
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