Archives for November 12th, 1999

IT SKILLS TRAINING GETS BOOST

Headlines, PublicNet: 12 November, 1999

An extra 50,000 adults will get free basic IT skills training next year. The aim is to increase employability, particularly among those who have gained least from the education system. The scheme will operate in conjunction with the BBC Webwise campaign.Vouchers for the IT courses, giving directions to the nearest learning centre, will be available in job centres and supermarkets. The number of learning centres is set to rise to 1000 by 2002.

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PATHFINDERS STRUGGLE TO MAKE JOINED UP GOVERNMENT WORK

Headlines, PublicNet: 12 November, 1999

Persuading professionals in different organisations to think how services can be delivered differently is a barrier to joined up working. This is the view of people in six Pathfinder – New Deal For Communities – projects launched in September 1998. The authors of the report ‘Pathfinders’ Experiences’, published by the Department for the Environment Transport and Regions, canvassed the views of residents, local authority officers and other professionals who were involved in the projects.Because the New Deal for Communities is concerned with deprived communities in defined locations and focuses on worklessness, health, crime and education, it cuts across existing structures and cultures. The Pathfinder teams experienced difficulty building partnerships with the necessarily wide range of bodies. A particular problem was that decision making processes were all different. One approach that proved successful in overcoming this was a Partnership professional support team with representatives from a council, a NHS trust, police, Employment Service and Further Education.

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