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John Denham: Train to Gain is here to stay

Rt Hon John Denham MP, Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, announced Train to Gain was here to stay as he unveiled further funding for its implementation among colleges.

Mr Denham used his speech to college principles at the annual AoC conference to signal an additional £30 million for colleges to boost their capacity and flexibility for Train to Gain. In the wake of the economic downturn, the Government has already pledged an extra £350 million increase in Train to Gain funding, particularly for SME’s.

However, keen for 100 per cent of colleges to embrace the programme, John Denham also revealed radical changes aimed to minimise bureaucracy, and increase flexibility for Level 2 qualifications. Focusing on the needs of local businesses, he highlighted the Government’s intention to improve the delivery and flexibility of funding for businesses regarding leadership, risk management and customer service work-based learning courses.

Train to Gain remains a flagship policy for the Government, which aims to deliver qualifications to more than one million learners by 2011.

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