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Paper  5 -  30 November 2001Meeting

ASSOCIATION OF HAMPSHIRE AND ISLE OF WIGHT LOCAL AUTHORITIES

30 November 2001

LEARNING AND SKILLS COUNCIL FOR HAMPSHIRE AND

THE ISLE OF WIGHT - LOCAL STRATEGIC PLAN 2002 - 2005

Report by the Planning and Partnerships Manager

Background

The creation of the Learning and Skills Council represents a comprehensive reform of post-16 learning in England, integrating the planning and funding of all post-compulsory learning below higher education. This includes training and education provided by further education colleges, publicly funded work based learning for young people, local authority sponsored adult and community learning, and from April 2002, school sixth forms.

Launched in April 2001, the Learning and Skills Council is a national organisation with 47 Local Councils, which aims to combine the advantages of a national programme and national resourcing with local flexibility and initiative. Subject to a period of transition, the Local Councils will have considerable local flexibility and opportunity to analyse their local challenges and then deploy those resources to meet those challenges. Hilary Chadwick, Chief Executive, attended the Association meeting in January to outline the five key tasks of the Council. These are to:

* Raise participation and achievement of young people
* Increase the demand for learning by adults and equalise opportunities through better access to learning
* Engage employers in improving skills for employability and for national competitiveness
* Improve the quality of education and training delivery* Improve effectiveness and efficiency

Local Strategic Plan 2002 - 2005

As part of this Local Council's first step in the strategic planning process we have issued an outline Local Strategic Plan 2002-2005. Defined targets have been set which will serve as the principal benchmarks for progress over the next three years.

A final plan will be presented to Local Council members on 12th December before going out for wider consultation on 17th December. The final plan will be published in March 2002.

Working in partnership

No single agency can deliver the improvements that the Council is striving for. Success will only be achieved through partnership. The Outline Plan and the consultation process that the Local Council is now engaged in provides an opportunity to bring together the key agencies and agree a set of common goals for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight which can be shared and adopted.

MIKE STONEMAN
Planning and Partnerships Manager, Hampshire and Isle of Wight Learning and Skills Council

Date: 12 November 2001
Annexes: 0
Contact: Mike Stoneman (01329 228598)

Last update: 21/11/2001
Author: Nick Goulder, Policy Manager

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