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Train to Gain - NAO Report

The National Audit Office released their report Train to Gain: Developing the skills of the workforce last week, evaluating how effectively Train to Gain has been designed and implemented and assessing the first three years of its performance.

In spite of the headlines that the press and commentators have highlighted, there are some positive findings.

The report highlights the way that Train to Gain has reformed the way that training is delivered to employers and learners in employment.  Employer responsiveness, and engagement of hard to reach employers is viewed positively, particularly how providers have responded to the requirement for an increased focus on what employers want.

However, the NAO have concluded that over its full lifetime the programme has not provided good value for money, with the LSC being criticised for inconsistencies in communication and contract management.  The NAO want to see resource focused on the areas of greatest need and on training with the highest quality providers, with the LSC firmly enforcing the Minimum Level of Performance process and withdrawing contracts from all training providers who are unwilling or prove unable to secure appropriate levels of training quality and learner success. 

The NAO recommend that the Skills Funding Agency establishes consistent performance and contract management from the start and learns lessons re balancing the stimulation of demand with effective financial controls. It also highlights effective consultation with providers as a priority. 

Visit the NAO website to download the summary or full publications, and the official press release and read the finding for yourself. 




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