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National Enterprise Academy

Volume 489: debated on Tuesday 17 March 2009

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what arrangements the Cabinet Office has put in place for people in Oxfordshire to access the National Enterprise Academy. (262950)

I have been asked to reply.

The National Enterprise Academy is one of the newest of a growing network of National Skills Academies, which enable employers to take control of the design and delivery of learning in their sector. The NSA plan to transform enterprise education and training for young people.

The National Enterprise Academy was approved to enter the National Skills Academy business planning process in October 2008. The Learning and Skills Council expect to receive a business plan for appraisal within the next few months. Subject to approval, initial plans are to establish the National Centre and regional hub for the South East in Buckinghamshire with effect from September 2009. The academy will then develop a further nine regional hubs across England by March 2012, making provision available to students across their region.