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MPS urged to bring back ‘quality controlled’ ilas

first_img Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article MPS urged to bring back ‘quality controlled’ ilasOn 1 Mar 2002 in Personnel Today The controversial Individual Learning Accounts system should be revamped andreintroduced, the directors of the Learning and Skills Council have said. In a submission to the Education and Skills Select Committee, they calledfor an improvement in quality controls and a coherent national framework sothat the system could be reintroduced. The initiative, which entitled people to grants of up to £200 towardseducational courses, was the Government’s flagship training enterprise until itcollapsed amid acrimony last year. The Government closed down the system in November after an investigation ledto suspicions that there was widespread fraud and misuse of the training funds.Director of learning programmes at the LSC Geoff Hall told MPs that despiteits problems, the ILA scheme was still the most successful attempt to attractnew learners. “ILAs attracted more than a million people into LSC colleges and othertraining providers. The easy access to learning and reduced cost of feesappealed to many as a simple way of improving their prospects,” he said. Hall called for the system to be updated and reintroduced, saying the LSCfully supported the concept of learning accounts. “We want to build on thewide recognition of ILAs. They might have been damaged by recent events but webelieve they can be successfully re-established so long as this is donecautiously.” Commenting on the LSC’s submission, training consultant Paul Kearnsquestioned the value of ILAs. He said: “Large numbers of people using atraining system is no indication of its effectiveness and doesn’t justify itsexistence.” www.mpa.gov.uk By Ross Wighamlast_img

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