What we do
The LSC is committed to improvement of the further education and training sector to raise standards and to make learning provision more responsive to the needs of individuals and employers.
Our agenda for change programme sets out what we will deliver as our part of government reforms detailed in the 2006 White Paper FE – Raising Skills, Improving Life Chances.
You can find details here of some of the key initiatives in which we are involved. The area is split into Initiatives targeted to 14-19, Adult Learners and Employers.
The Joint Advisory Committee for Qualifications Approval (JACQA) is a committee that has been created to advise the Government on the eligibility of public funding of 14-19 qualifications in England.
The new European Social Fund (ESF) programme spanning 2007-13 was launched in October 2007 and the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) has secured £850 million of ESF for learning provision in the first half of the programme between 2008 and 2010.
FERSG is working with FE stakeholders to develop a national voice for the high quality work of the sector.
The LSC is committed to raise the skills of the nation, giving employers and individuals the skills they need to improve productivity, employability and social cohesion. Our work as partners in two key qualification and reform programmes, the UK Vocational Qualifications Reform Programme and Foundation Learning Tier, supports this by increasing the choice for individuals.
‘Our future. It’s in our hands’ is an exciting new communications campaign from the LSC and its partners, to inspire people across England to take control of their future through learning and play an active role in achieving their full potential.
'There will be a learner-focussed system of recognising both anticipated and unanticipated learning outcomes arising from non-accredited programmes. Quality systems in relation to RARPA will be robust, fit for purpose and meet each learner's needs. Providers will use the Approach as a tool for quality improvement and to increase recognition of learner achievement.'
Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. The UK government is committed to developing a sustainable, innovative and productive economy that delivers high levels of employment and a just society that promotes social inclusion, sustainable communities and personal well-being.
National Skills Academies are employer-led, world-class centres of excellence delivering the skills required by each major sector of the economy. The National Skills Academy network will be the new gold standard for industry training, aiming to improve productivity and tackle skills shortages across England.
The Activity Costs Information website is designed to support the ongoing work by the LSC and its partners to establish an evidenced-based methodology for reviewing rates for employer-responsive provision.
The governors area' is designed to be a destination for governors looking for information on the LSC, and programmes and initiatives relevant to them.