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TRAINING AND ENTERPRISE COUNCILS PERFORMANCE INDICATORS PUBLISHED

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Lifelong learning minister Malcolm Wicks has published the latest ...
Lifelong learning minister Malcolm Wicks has published the latest

performance indicators for Training and Enterprise Councils (TEC) and

Chambers of Commerce, Training and Enterprise (CCTE).

Commenting on the publication of TEC Performance Indicators for

1998-9, he said:

'I am pleased that the numbers of young people and adults achieving

an NVQ has continued to increase. I am also pleased to note that

there has been a marked increase in the number of companies which

have gained recognition as Investors in People.

'We are beginning to see evidence that the culture of lifelong

learning is becoming accepted as the means of raising skill levels

and responding to change in the workplace and that lifelong learning

is the means by which everyone can improve their life-chances. The

development of new Learning and Skills Council - bringing training

and further education closer together, with a strong role for

business and other partners - will enable us to consolidate and

extend this progress in the future.

'However, we must not lose sight of the stretching national learning

targets which we are expecting to achieve by 2002. We will be looking

to TECs to continue their excellent progress towards meeting these

over the next eighteen months.

' We want to harness the expertise that TECs have acquired and build

on the substantial contribution TECs have already made to education

and training in the new Learning and Skills Councils. I hope that

many of the talented individuals working within the TEC movement will

continue to play their important role and seek to transfer their

skills to the new structures as they are established.'

NOTES

1. This is the seventh annual series of performance indicators to be

published.

2. The Year 2000 targets for Investors in People recognitions are

meant to be achieved by 31 December 2000. The results for 1998-9 show

that this deadline is likely to be achieved.

3. The figures this year show that:

There has continued to be a steady increase in the proportion of

young people achieving an NVQ

NVQs per 100 leavers has risen from 62 in 1997-8 to 66 in 1998-9

NVQ2s per 100 leavers has risen from 41 in 1997-8 to 42 in 1998-9

NVQ2+s per 100 leavers has risen from 55 in 1997-8 to 59 in 1998-9

NVQ3+s per 100 leavers has risen from 14 in 1997-8 to 16 in 1998-9

There has been a slight increase in achievement of NVQs by adults.

NVQs gained per 100 leavers has risen from 32 in 1997-8 to 35 in

1998-9.

There has been a progressive rise in the number of companies which

have gained recognition as an Investor in People. For both

medium/large and large companies progress towards the Year 2000

target is over the half way mark.

For medium/large companies with 50+ employees there has been an

increase from 46% in 1997-8 to 64% in 1998-9. For large companies

with 200+ employees there has been an increase from 44% in 1997-8 to

56% in 1998-9.

There has been a decrease in the proportion of adult trainees

gaining a job. This has fallen from 46 per 100 leavers in 1997-8 to

34 per 100 leavers in 1998-9. This is due to TECs/CCTEs concentrating

their efforts on disadvantaged/harder to help trainees during this

year.

4. Equal Opportunity Indicators

The equal opportunity indicators are produced from data contained on

the DfEE's individual trainee databases.

The results this year show that the achievements of disabled

trainees are at least equal than non disabled trainees.

adult disabled leavers who gained a job = 32%

adult non disabled leavers who gained a job = 32%

young disabled leavers who gained at least 1 whole NVQ = 44%

young non disabled leavers who gained at least 1 whole NVQ = 43%

The achievements of trainees from ethnic minorities do not match

those of white trainees. A gap of 3 percentage points persists for

both qualifications and jobs. TECs will continue to address this

disparity as they implement the equal opportunities strategies

they have developed.

adult ethnic minority leavers who gained a job = 29%

adult white leavers who gained a job = 32%

young ethnic minority leavers who gained at least 1 whole NVQ = 39%

young white leavers who gained at least 1 whole NVQ = 42%

Note: In cases where the equal opportunity denominators are 25 or

less, TEC results are not available. This is denoted by N/A.

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