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Teaching Methods

Volume 461: debated on Thursday 21 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps his Department is taking to encourage place-based learning. (135216)

There are two major areas of workplace training supported by Government to achieve an increase of employer engagement in training. Firstly, the number of young people participating in apprenticeships is at a record level with more than a quarter of a million now in learning involving 130,000 employers across 80 sectors. Secondly, from August 2006, “Train to Gain” was rolled out nationally. It is a new service to help businesses get the training they need to succeed including offering free training for low skilled employees. It offers employers impartial advice and easy access to quality training, matching training needs with training providers and ensuring that training is delivered to meet employers’ needs. In its first year it has engaged more than 40,000 employers and over 150,000 learners in learning.

Both these approaches follow a structured training programme leading to qualifications with learning in the workplace being a key factor.

To encourage further training, the Government launched the “Skills Pledge” on 14 June. The Skills Pledge—open to all employers—is a voluntary public commitment by the leadership of an organisation to ensure that all staff are skilled, competent and able to make a full contribution to the success of that organisation.