Investing in Learning
The Learning Age will require new ways of supporting learners. Investing in learning benefits everyone so it should be a shared responsibility. We will encourage employers and individuals to take greater responsibility and will target public funds for student support on learners in greatest need.
|1. Principles for public funding|
|2. Sharing investment with individuals|
|3. Individual learning accounts|
|4. Support for students|
|5. Sharing investment with employers|
|7. Priorities for early action|
|8. On-line consultation|
ILAs in action....
Denise McManus is a Senior Customer Adviser for Liverpool Victoria Friendly Society, an insurance company based in Bournemouth. She supports new staff in the firm's call centre after their initial training period. Aiming to encourage its employees back into learning, the company is pioneering individual learning accounts, with the help of Dorset TEC. Staff are offered a career development interview with the Careers Service and £200 to go into their own learning account for agreed learning as long as they invest £25 themselves. As an incentive, staff get an extra £50 bonus on completion of their studies.
For a while, Denise was seconded to the company's training department where she designed and delivered training. She enjoyed this work so much that she has now decided to use her learning account to pursue a Certificate in Training Proficiency. She would like a professional qualification to further a career in training.
Thirty people at one site enquired about registering for learning accounts within three days of Liverpool Victoria's offer being made.
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