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Continuing Education: Discussion Paper

Volume 416: debated on Tuesday 13 January 1981

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asked Her Majesty's Government:Whether it is to be inferred from the DES discussion paper

Continuing Education published in October 1980 that the further education of young people such as apprentices and laboratory technicians may soon cease to be subsidised, and that the fees of university students who have earlier held substantive jobs in order to gain work experience are to be charged at the full economic rate, equivalent to that for overseas students, rather than at the home student rate.

The full economic cost basis is proposed in the DES discussion paper ContinuingEducation: post-experience vocational provision for those in employment in relation only to the development of provision additional to existing opportunities for those in employment seeking in mid-career to update, increase or broaden the skills and knowledge relevant to their work. The paper is not concerned with the initial education and training of young people for their first substantive jobs, nor with the educational provision for those with experience of work but who are no longer employed. The fees charged would not be standardised nationally but negotiated between provider and client with regard to the type of provision.