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Concerns grow over LSC staff shortages

Concerns are mounting over the £7bn transfer of 16-19 education as it has emerged local authorities will not receive the full extent of Learning and Skills Council (LSC) staff’s expertise and skills.

The Greater London region is to see a large number of LSC vacancies, and councils will be transferred vacancies as opposed to staff if roles remain unfilled. Local authorities say this will result in fewer expert commissioning staff than is needed for the transfer to run smoothly.

"If there is a danger that gaps in provision will result because of the transfer, it makes all the more sense for the Young People’s Learning Agency to commission services nationally," said a spokesman for the Association of Learning Providers (ALP).

Speaking at the House of Lords, Lord Young, junior minister at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, admitted the Government had to deal with the "vacancy situation".

"We must and will ensure that local authorities have the skills to conduct these functions," said Lord Young.

(Pictured: Lord Young, DBIS junior minister)


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