The Automotive Academy has welcomed today's government White Paper on
skills, in which it was praised as 'a good example of a sector acting to
meet its own training needs'. But the Academy has warned that
appropriate and flexible funding arrangements must be put in place to back
the proposals up.
The White Paper announced the creation of sector specific skills academies
for young people, supporting the work that organisations, such as the
Automotive Academy, are already doing for the current workforce.
Today's White Paper sets out:
plans to improve adult skills in England with free vocational training for
adults to acquire higher technical skills
plans for a network of skills academies for 14-16-year-olds, in different
sectors, in partnership with employers. This will ensure they do not enter
work without basic standards of education or training.
a new National Employer Training Programme (NETP) to give free training in
the workplace in basic, and level two, skills
the introduction of a new one-stop telephone and on-line advice service
for adults wanting help making careers and training decisions
Dr Alan Begg, Automotive Academy chief executive, said: "We are delighted to
be recognised as a leading example in skills development. We have a
responsibility to make sure we have the right people with the right skills
at the right time, and these new programmes will help this to happen.
"However, if we are to meet the flexible training needs of our sector, we
must have flexible funding arrangements in place to match."
The DfES white paper, 'Skills: Getting on in business, getting on at work'
can be accessed at www.dfes.gov.uk/publications/skillsgettingon