MPs urged to bring back ‘quality controlled’ ILAs

first_imgMPs urged to bring back ‘quality controlled’ ILAsOn 19 Feb 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. The controversial Individual Learning Accounts system should be revamped andreintroduced, the directors of the Learning and Skills Council have said. In a submission to the Education and Skills Select Committee, they called foran improvement in quality controls and a coherent national framework so thatthe system could be reintroduced. The initiative, which entitled people to grants of up to £200 towardseducational courses, was the Government’s flagship training enterprise until itcollapsed amid acrimony last year. The Government closed down the system in November after an investigation ledto suspicions that there was widespread fraud and misuse of the training funds.Geoff Hall, director of learning programmes at the LSC, told MPs thatdespite its problems, the ILA scheme was still the most successful attempt toattract new learners. He said: “ILAs attracted more than a million peopleinto LSC colleges and other training providers. The easy access to learning andreduced cost of fees appealed to many as a simple way of improving theirprospects.” Hall called for the system to be updated and reintroduced, saying the LSCfully supported the concept of learning accounts. “We want to build on thewide recognition of ILAs. They might have been damaged by recent events but webelieve they can be successfully re-established so long as this is donecautiously.” Commenting on the LSC’s submission, training expert Paul Kearns questionedthe value of ILAs. He said: “Large numbers of people using a trainingsystem is no indication of its effectiveness and doesn’t justify its existence.www.mpa.gov.ukBy Ross Wigham Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img