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Contract will run for a further three years

Chris Banks has been reappointed as Chairman of the Learning and Skills Council for a further three years.

In writing to re-appoint Mr Banks the Prime Minister acknowledged Chris leadership of the LSC over the last three-and-a-half years and his strong personal commitment to equal opportunities and to improving the life chances of many of our most disadvantaged citizens.

Innovation, Universities and Skills Secretary John Denham said: “Chris Banks has provided the dynamic leadership over the past three years that has helped lead the transformation of the Further Education system. I look to him to provide the strong leadership to ensure that the LSC meets the new challenges we have set for it, including driving forward an expanding apprenticeship programme.

“Improving the skills of the nation has never been more important. The LSC will invest £11.6bn in 2008-09, £12bn in 2009-10 and £12.6bn in 2010-11 of public money for the benefit of young people, adults and employers. Chris Banks will be instrumental in ensuring value for money and driving forward the Leitch Skills agenda.”

Mr Banks was first appointed as Chair of the LSC in June 2004. In line with the code of practice for ministerial appointments to public bodies, his reappointment was made subject to a satsifactory performance assessment.

Chris Banks said of the part-time post: It has been a privilege to lead the LSC over the last three years and I am delighted to have the opportunity to continue this important role as we move into this next crucial phase of the organisation.

Since the LSC was established in 2001, we have overseen record levels of young people and adults taking part in learning and achieving more than ever before. In, fact the LSC has met or exceeded every Government target it has been set, and I would like to pay tribute to the people in the LSC and within the Further Education system for what has been achieved; and to their commitment and determination to build on this success.

He added: There is still much to do and I look forward to playing my part in ensuring that in the next 3 years – as we undergo another period of huge change – we maintain and accelerate performance and focus on the best outcome for learners, employers and our communities.

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