Learning and Skills Council sets goals for 2003

The
Learning and Skills Council (LSC) has unveiled its training and development
targets for the next 12 months and announced 47 local strategic plans.

The
organisation, which published its workforce development strategy at the end of
2002, aims to raise employee skills and boost productivity.

John
Harwood, chief executive of the LSC said: "At any one time the LSC is
working on hundreds of projects around the country. We provide support, both
financial and practical to schools, colleges and learning providers who are
developing people’s skills and enhancing their prospects for employment and
career progression."

LSC
priorities for 2003 and beyond


80 per cent of 16-18 year olds to be in structured learning by 2004


working with employers to address specific skills shortages


aligning further education provision with employers needs


increasing the number of Centres of Vocational Excellence to 400 by 2006

By Ross Wigham

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