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MPs Quiz Lifelong Learning’s Chief Executive at the House of Commons

David Hunter, Chief Executive of Lifelong Learning UK (LLUK), will be holding a series of talks with MPS on Monday the 9th January 2006 at the House of Commons Education and Skills Committee, to address the improvements and vital roles of staff at further education colleges.

Joining Mr Hunter on the committee’s first meeting for 2006 which is to be held in the Wilson Room at Portcullis House, will be Chief Executive Mark Fisher of the Sector Skills Development Agency (SSDA) and Terry Watts who is the Chief Executive for Proskills- the skills council for the process and manufacturing sector.

As part of its inquiry into further education, the committee will be taking evidence where MPS will be expected to raise questions about the Sector Skills Council’s (SSC’s) overall role in identifying skills gaps and shortages, as well as looking into how colleges can respond to more effectively to the needs of employers.

Investing in Employees

Mr Hunter commented: “It is widely recognised that, while colleges already work closely with employers, they will only improve the quality of education and training on offer by investing more heavily in their own employees. The select committee’s inquiry is a welcome opportunity to both highlight the importance of workforce development in FE and explain the role of the Sector Skills Councils in meeting the skills needs of the economy as a whole.”

With more than one million employees across the UK working in community learning and development, further and higher education and information services, LLUK is one of 25 leading sector skills councils that is set up by employers to raise skills levels among a diverse workforce.

The sole objective is to encourage teachers, trainers, librarians and other staff to gain a variety of new skills and qualifications, as well as offering a better service to young people and adult learners.

Kavita Trivedi

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