Learning cash suspended as abuse revealed

first_img Comments are closed. Learning cash suspended as abuse revealedOn 6 Nov 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article The Government is to suspend its Individual Learning Account programme afterevidence that the scheme has been abused by some training providers. The initiative, which entitles people to grants of up to £200 towardseducational courses, is to be put on hold following allegations that someregistered training providers have been taking the money while providingsub-standard courses. Education and Skills Secretary Estelle Morris said the scheme was beingsuspended from 7 December as a result of concerns over the exploitation of thescheme, which are being investigated by the National Crime Squad. She said, “There is growing evidence that some companies are abusingthe scheme by offering low value, poor quality learning. “We are keen that this does not undermine what has been a successfulprogramme, and so are acting quickly to protect the interests of individuallearners. We have, therefore, decided to prevent any further take-up of ILAs. Existing account holders will continue to be supported provided courses arebooked with the ILA centre by 7 December. Liz Smith, head of learning services for the TUC, said, “It isimportant to be clear that this does not mean a reduced commitment bygovernment to lifelong learning, and the TUC and union views will be importantin shaping better ways of ensuring effective delivery in the future. “In the meantime, we will be discussing the implications for unions thatare using ILAs with the Department for Education and Skills as a key part oftheir workplace learning activities and will assist in making any necessaryadjustments to programmes and targets.” last_img read more

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