Funding rethink puts training in jeopardy

Engineering training providers are in danger of closing as the Government restructures over-16s training, the Engineering and Marine Training Authority has warned. Some of the 100 training associations set up by small engineering firms face cuts when the Further Education Funding Council is replaced by national and local skills councils in April 2001. `As FEFC […]

Engineering training providers are in danger of closing as the Government restructures over-16s training, the Engineering and Marine Training Authority has warned.

Some of the 100 training associations set up by small engineering firms face cuts when the Further Education Funding Council is replaced by national and local skills councils in April 2001.

`As FEFC funding has been cut, the training associations have been faced with large bills. Many are in danger of going to the wall,’ said EMTA’s Sue Peacock.

Although EMTA welcomed the new councils, it warned that engineering employers would need to serve on the councils. Otherwise, said Peacock, `they will go back to being supplier-led’.