New Government Skills Strategy welcomed but training providers need to respond to the challenge!

New Government Skills Strategy welcomed but training providers need to respond to the challenge!

The Training Foundation welcomes many aspects of the Government's Skills Strategy White Paper but says that, for it to achieve its goals many providers need to raise their own quality bar.

Nick Mitchell, Chief Executive of the Foundation, commented: "We welcome the efforts to break down many of the inflexibilities in the current regime and this should result in training which is better targeted and more closely aligned to real individual and employer needs. The recognition that relevant and useful skills do not necessarily demand a qualification is overdue and welcomed."

Mitchell adds, "We are particularly delighted by the Paper's recognition of the vital importance of training skills in the mix. As it points out, there has been limited practical and financial support to colleges and training providers to build their skills training capability to date. It is therefore encouraging to see a firm commitment to all such providers to ensure that they have sufficient competent, qualified trainers and teachers to deliver good skills training. It remains to be seen how the supply community itself picks up this baton; too many trainers are still lecturing rather than training."