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Basic Skills Agency annual conference

Over 250 people attended the Basic Skills Agency's annual conference, Basic Skills and Employability 2007, to debate how to deliver basic skills training that works for employers and for learners.

The Agency said the Leitch report's call for a 'demand-led approach' to training - in which employers will play a key role in helping employees to achieve 'economically valuable skills' - provided the backdrop to the event, but the day focused squarely on 'lessons learnt' and on practical ways of developing and improving training.

Pat Collard, joint director of the Basic Skills Agency, said: "If the UK is to become a world leader in skills by 2020 we need to start identifying effective practice and getting more employers involved in skills training.

"During the conference we focused on four key themes - engagement, delivery, contextualized learning, and getting the systems in place to monitor and measure success. Our experience shows that employers and training providers need to address all of these to deliver effective basic skills training in the workplace."

During the day the audience was asked to debate questions on the four key themes and to capture their thoughts in order to develop a resource for training providers - available on the Basic Skills Agency's website from 13 April.

The material will also form the basis of a book which will be available at the end of June 2007.

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