[holding answer 23 February 2007]: The design, print and distribution of the Building for Skills pack cost the Learning and Skills Council £23,708. The pack included the “RIBA/LSC Further Education Awards 2006” document, and the “Building for Skills: A prospectus for the Learning and Skills Council's capital programme” document.
The “Awards” document formally recognises design excellence and celebrates the inspirational buildings that are now starting to characterise the further education sector. The prospectus—jointly produced by the Department and the Learning and Skills Council—sets out how the Learning and Skills Council's capital programme will underpin the Government's 14-19 and skills reform agendas by investing up to £750 million annually by 2011 in modernising the college estate. The investment in FE capital has been shown to contribute to an increase in participation and success rates, thereby supporting and equipping learners with high-quality skills for productive, sustainable employment and personal fulfilment; and ensuring employers have the right skills for their business to succeed in a competitive global economy.