Committee concerned at contract failure

Session: 2007/2008

Date: 05 March 2008

Reference: EL 01/08

The Committee for Employment and Learning today expressed serious concern over the failure of a key training contract within the Department’s new vocational training programme, Training for Success. The Committee learned of the contract failure during its ongoing scrutiny of the programme.

The Committee was briefed by Departmental officials at its meeting this morning on the withdrawal of Carter and Carter from the contract to deliver important training provision to apprentices wishing to take forward careers in the automotive industry

The Committee’s Chairperson Sue Ramsey said:

“The Committee had been made aware some time ago that there were potential problems with this particular contract. We have had numerous discussions with the Department on this issue and there was a certain inevitability to the position we now find ourselves. The Committee’s main concern now is ensure that the Department put in place appropriate measures with robust providers to ensure that no-one in the Training for Success programme or those finishing off their apprenticeships under Jobskills are now disadvantaged and receive only the highest quality training in this sector”

The Committee’s scrutiny of the early stage roll-out of the Training for Success is expected to be completed by May 2008 when its findings will be reported to the Assembly.

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