Level the Playing Field

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Mike Gardner, Managing Director, WMG Associates argues the current system for awarding European and government funding for training disadvantages learning providers.

Training quality in the UK is suffering because the private sector is unable to compete on a level playing field for European and government funding for the provision of business related training courses.

Smaller providers are often unable to access central funding meaning they are unable to compete fairly against colleges and other public sector suppliers when tendering.

Funding of up to 75% is available for training from sources such as the European Social Fund and ERDF and this is currently channelled through local Learning & Skills Councils.

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However, the entire ethos of funding allocation is currently ba...

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