LSC speeds ahead on training excellence centres

The
Learning and Skills Council (LSC) has exceeded government targets after
creating more than 200 centres of vocational excellence across England.

The
centres are designed to ensure regional training provisions are tailored to
meet the needs of local employers and workers.

In
2001, the Department for Education and Skills (DfES) asked the LSC to establish
150 centres by the end of March 2004, but it has already managed to exceed this
figure.

The
news coincides with a review of the centres already in use, which shows rising
numbers and increasing employer satisfaction.

The
report found that 81 per cent of centres reported or forecast increases in the
number of learners while two-thirds forecast increases in satisfaction.

By Ross Wigham

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