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Vocational Training

Volume 458: debated on Monday 19 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what mechanisms are in place (a) to verify and (b) to audit the (i) information on application forms for government-funded training courses, (ii) employment status of applicants and (iii) assessments of standards achieved undertaken by training agencies. (125666)

I have been asked to reply.

It is the responsibility of the learning providers themselves to verify learners’ eligibility or participation on publicly funded post-16 training courses. However, the Department works closely with the Learning and Skills Council (LSC), which is responsible for funding post-16 learning providers, to ensure that appropriate eligibility criteria are in place and that audit arrangements are robust and fit for purpose. The LSC also provides additional guidance to providers on the eligibility of learners and audit requirements as part of the evidence requirements for funding purposes.

It is the responsibility of awarding bodies to mark exam papers and to check the coursework marks given by those learning providers who deliver accredited qualifications. The awarding bodies are regulated by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority, who are required to monitor and report publicly on qualifications and the performance of awarding bodies.