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first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. NetworkOn 1 Feb 2002 in Personnel Today This month’s networkA warm welcome for Sector Skills Councils What an excellent collection of thoughts on the demise of National TrainingOrganisations (NTOs) and the rise of Sector Skills Councils (SSCs) (TalkingPoints, January). When I was director of training at the ConstructionConfederation, one of the key issues in construction was that many NTOs failedto get right the need for transparency in their mechanisms for deliveringcorrectly researched Labour Market Information (LMI). Delivering bland LMI is simply not enough for stakeholders and others tolatch onto and direct their efforts to make a real difference in supporting andimproving businesses. What I hope will happen with the new structure is that SSCs will bindthemselves more closely to the Regional Development Agency and LSC structureand hopefully, with the support of industry, they will deliver a moreworthwhile effort to resolve the skills timebomb. The survival of the Construction Industry Training Board and ECITB – areperhaps proof that being truly employer-led, accountable and professionalreally works. The ECITB is excited by the challenge. SSCs are a welcome move. Keith AldisCustomer relationship director, ECITBNo real surprise that flawed system failed I read with interest your Comment in the January edition ‘We can all learnfrom our mistakes’ regarding the ILA’s but were you really surprised that thesystem failed? For many years there have been various groups promoting self interest, noreal quality checks on many training providers and no real feedback from thosewho took courses. The result is widescale abuse of a new system that had norealistic checks and balances in it and so some individuals within trainingproviders saw it as a ‘get rich quick opportunity’. It is sad to see such avalid initiative vanish so quickly; but surprised at the outcome? I think not. I read in the same issue that the DfES & NTO are still trying tochampion NVQ training. This is being done without looking at why employers areunhappy to acknowledge them. Until they address the quality and validity of theNVQ system, including the assessors, there will be valid scepticism about theirtrue worth. Tony LongmireTechnical director, LGH Group Lack of women could lead to Net exports One journalist told me yesterday that the issue of Women in IT is greeted asjust another PC issue about being nice to women. Does it really matter that theproportion of women in IT has fallen to less than 20 per cent? At the moment, during a downturn, 11per cent of IT employers are telling usthey have vacancies that are hard to fill. The lack of women reduces therecruitment pool and when the industry starts to boom again things will getcritical. Training professionals should get involved now. Anne Cantelowww.e-skillsnto.org.uk Previous Article Next Articlelast_img

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