Further education gets business boost

Businesses
are to help decide what courses further education colleges should offer, the
Government has announced.

Estelle
Morris, education secretary, said learning and skills councils will review
areas to "put learners’ and employers’ needs first" as part of a £43m
initiative.

If
areas lacked the institutions needed to meet business needs, then new ones
would be set up, she said.

Morris
announced the changes as part of a plan to overhaul further education:
"There is not enough good quality overall and standards are not as high as
learners deserve.

"There
has been a history of weak accountability. Too many colleges were allowed to
coast for too long."

By Quentin Reade

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