Help shape equal access

Training and HR professionals are being asked to voice their opinions on new
plans for better access to training or education courses.

The Learning and Skills Council has called for people to comment on its new
plans on equality and diversity which are currently in a draft strategy fro

March 2004 is the deadline for the existing strategy and this call for
feedback comes at the same time as the LSC publishes its Equality and Diversity
Annual Report.

The LSC has a legal responsibility to ensure promotion of equality of
opportunity as stated in the Learning and Skills Act 2000.

"Our principle job is to plan, fund and improve the quality of
education in this country for people over the age of 16, making it accessible
and relevant to everyone," said new chief executive Mark Haysom.

"I welcome the fact that we are required to demonstrate that equality
is central to what we do," he said.

Director of equality and inclusive learning Kit Roberts reinforced the

"We believe every person wishing to learn should be able to do so
without facing any barriers. We want to obtain a full range of views from the
public and partners to help us deliver the right approach over the next three
years," he said.

The public consultation will last until March 30.

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