The Learning and Skills Council (LSC) for Surrey, in conjunction with Connexions Surrey and the Surrey County Council, have announced the formation of a new body to plan education, training and learning support for all young people in Surrey aged 14 ““ 19. Amongst its tasks is to increase participation amongst young people in education, and to improve the chances that these young people will successfully move on to either higher education or employment.
Over the months to come, the board will meet to advise on training provision and education in Surrey. In particular, they will advise on the broadening and development of the curriculum in Surrey, which it is hoped will allow the young people of the county access to the suitable course to which will enable them to develop their talents and fulfil their potential.
The LSC and Connexions
Speaking on the new board, Rob Douglas, Chair of the LSC in Surrey, said: “We have always worked well together in Surrey; this board serves to help us guide and direct our respective staff in delivering a coherent message across the county that will provide clarity of purpose to everyone involved in 14-19 learning. We are particularly keen to ensure that employers feel that the education system serves their needs and the LSC seeks to represent that perspective on the board.”
The Independent Chair of Connexions Surrey Jenny Griffiths was keen to stress that the interests of young people were central in this: “Connexions believes passionately that our young people deserve the best educational system that we can achieve and that their views should be heard at every stage in its development. The Joint Advisory Board shares this view and will challenge proposals to ensure that they truly reflect the wishes and needs of our young people.”
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