At the Burgess Hall, St Ives on 14
January, over 150 people took part in the last round of
consultation towards the Learning and Skills Council's (LSC)
three-year strategic plan for Cambridgeshire.
The draft plan lays out the LSC's targets
and priorities for action to provide high quality post-16 learning for
Some lively discussion took place as
delegates met in small groups to look at the detail, making a key
contribution to the LSC's development of its final plan. Delegates
reminded the LSC of the importance of taking full account of local
employment needs, as well as championing lifelong learning for all,
whether or not this involves recognised qualifications.
Reflecting on the points raised, Learning
and Skills Council Cambridgeshire's Chair, Sal Brinton said, "Our
role is a influencing and strategic one and we rely on our partners to
work closely with us to deliver this plan. This is why the comments we
receive now are so essential, as is the support of our partners as we
implement the plan itself, from April 2002 onwards.
"We fully recognise that, while we
have a duty to contribute to the meeting of national learning targets,
this can only be done by addressing local issues and ensuring that
local people can access the learning they want and deserve.
"Our draft plan includes milestones
by which local people can judge the success of what we do. These are
key measures that we expect to be judged by over the years
All residents of Peterborough and
Cambridgeshire are invited to comment on the draft strategic plan,
which has been distributed to training organisations, Councils,
businesses, voluntary and other organisations throughout the area.
A copy of the plan can be found on the
LSC's website at www.lsc.gov.uk/cambridgeshire
or by calling Jane
Lewis on 01733 894238.
Comments on the plan are sought by
letter or email and should be sent for the attention of Maggie
Magennis at Learning and Skills Council Cambridgeshire, St
John's Street, Peterborough PE1 5DD; email: maggie.magennis:lsc.gov.uk
before noon on 1 February 2002.