Select Committee on Education and Skills Minutes of Evidence


Memorandum from the Department for Education and Skills (ILA 17)

SLIDE 1

FOUR KEY PHASES

      Initiation

      Interim Arrangements

      Developing the National Framework

      Implementation

SLIDE 2

THE COMMITMENT

      Manifesto Commitment, May 1997:

      "We will invest public money for training in Individual Learning Accounts which individuals—for example women returning to the labour force—can then use to gain the skills they want. We will kick start the programme for up to a million people, using the £150 million of TEC money which could be better used and which would provide a contribution of £150, alongside individuals making small investments of their own. Employers will be encouraged to make voluntary contributions to these funds."

SLIDE 3

INITIATION

      Securing financial institutions' support

      Market Feasibility Study

      Market and Communications Strategy

      Consultation with financial institutions and key stakeholders

SLIDE 4

INTERIM ARRANGEMENTS

      Early work with Training and Enterprise Councils (TECs) to secure £150 million from TEC resources to fund the first million £150 incentives. English TEC share £127 million

      The Learning Age Green Paper setting out key principles

      Range of consultative and development work with TECs and other key stakeholders

      Series of early TEC pilots to test a variety of different ILA approaches

      Budget Statement 1999

      TEC pilot evaluations

SLIDE 5

DEVELOPING THE NATIONAL FRAMEWORK

      Consultation with providers and other key stakeholders including Learning to Succeed Consultation

      Start of procurement process

      Brand identity development/name visual identity

SLIDE 6

IMPLEMENTATION

      Capita selected as provider

      Statutory Framework in the Learning and Skills Act and Statutory Instruments

      National Framework implemented

      Customer evaluation

SLIDE 7

KEY FACTS

      Over 2.6 million accounts opened; over 1.4 million courses booked

      91 per cent of ILA learning met or exceeded expectations

      85 per cent of ILA redeemers said the ILA had increased the training/learning options open to them

      51 per cent ILA redeemers said they had little or no prior knowledge of the subject(s) they were studying with ILA support

      Around 46-50 per cent of ILA redeemers would not have been able to pay for their course without their ILA

      22 per cent had not participated in any training/learning in 12 months preceding ILA use

      16 per cent of ILA redeemers had no previous qualifications

      54 per cent of ILA redeemers more interested in learning

Department for Education and Skills

January 2002


 
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