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‘Getting on in Business, getting on at work’ promises a package of free training in the workplace in Skills for Life

On the 22nd of March 2005, the Department for Education and Skills published the White Paper ‘Skills: Getting on in business, getting on at work’.

This White Paper builds on the Government’s first national Skills Strategy, published in July 2003. The White Paper develops the Government’s strategy for ensuring that employers have the right skills to support the success of their businesses and that individuals can gain the skills they need to be employable and personally fulfilled.

Key points are:

  • Employers’ needs will be met through the delivery of a new National Employer Training Programme (NETP).
  • There will be a package of free training in the workplace in basic skills and Level 2, designed for employers and delivered to suit their operational needs.
  • From 2006/7 there will be a national entitlement to free tuition for a first full Level 2 qualification and new extensive support for learning at Level 3.
  • Skills Academies will be the employer-led linchpin of a new network of specialist colleges and training providers. They will prepare young people and adults for successful employment in each major sector of the economy.
  • Adults will be helped to make decisions about their careers and training needs by a new one-stop telephone and on-line advice service.
  •  will build the capacity of colleges and other training providers to deliver benefits for employers and individuals.
  • The QCA’s proposed Framework for Achievement – a clear, simple qualification structure for individuals and employers – will be developed so that it supports the 14-19 and adult reforms. to view the document in in the publications section of the DfES website.

General enquiries about the Skills Strategy can be emailed to the Public CommunicationsUnit , or by contacting the unit on 0870 000 2288.

Source: DfES

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