Governemnt attacked for learning scheme fiasco
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An independent report has slammed the Government for its handling of theIndividual Learning Accounts, which folded in November last year. The scheme, which entitled people to grants of up to £200 towardseducational courses, was closed after it was revealed that some registeredtraining providers had been taking money while providing sub-standard courses. MP Edward Leigh, who led the National Audit Office report into the failureof the personal development initiative, said the Department for Education andSkills cut corners because it attempted to implement the scheme too quickly. “There was no proper financial planning or business model and securityarrangements were risible,” he said Leigh accused the department of failing to establish a proper risk-sharingrelationship with Capita, its private sector partner in the scheme. He added: “The department seems not to have kept its eye on the schemeas demand for courses increased sharply, accompanied by a rising tide ofcomplaints.” The NAO report also criticises the DFES decision not to apply qualityassurance to courses, relying rather on market forces to weed out pooreducational providers. “The unskilled and unqualified workers whom the department most wantedto attract into the ILA scheme were surely those most in need of assurance thatthe courses they were taking were worthwhile and not run by theunprincipled,” he said. By Ben Willmottwww.nao.gov.uk/publications/nao_reports/index.htm Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Governemnt attacked for learning scheme fiascoOn 5 Nov 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.