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HindleA wrote:
A piece on LearnDirect from a couple of days ago

https://medium.com/@Joe_Dromey/learning ... 1502747326

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...this is not just a failure of a private business. It is a devastating failure of public policy and it points to wider systemic problems. Government created the conditions in which this scandal happened. It was government which privatised LearnDirect in its effort to streamline the state. It was government which de-regulated the training sector, and pushed competition, in the belief that this would drive up standards. It was government which reduced controls on quality of apprenticeships in a headlong rush for quantity. It was government which slashed funding for adult skills, in its effort to slash public spending.
I recommend reading the entire article.


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https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/aug/16/downward-spiral-walnut-whip-brexit-twitter-nestle

will the horrors never end


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Court documents passed to the Guardian by FE Week, which worked on a joint investigation with the Financial Times, show Learndirect was concerned about the potentially damaging effect of the inspection report on its business, which is largely dependent on government funding.

https://www.theguardian.com/education/2 ... o-suppress
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So not privatised at all then is it
'privatisation' is the reason we don't have nice things


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Department for Education pulls all Learndirect contracts and funding
Move comes after privatised adult training agency accused of paying owners millions despite ‘catastrophic’ decline in standards

The Department for Education said on Tuesday that it would withdraw all funding from the organisation, which is responsible for almost 73,000 trainees, by July 2018 and that it had already banned it from taking on new apprentices.

Learndirect, which was privatised by David Cameron’s coalition government in 2011 and is majority-owned by the private equity arm of Lloyds Bank, has said it could collapse into administration if the DfE withdrew its funding, which was worth £158m in the year to July 2017.

https://www.theguardian.com/education/2 ... nd-funding
From the Guardian a few hours ago. Send Dave the bill. The entire Tory lot need to compensate the nation for their disasters.


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Angela Rayner, the shadow education secretary, called on the government to step in and protect trainees and apprentices and ensure they could complete their courses.

“It is clear that something has gone seriously wrong since the coalition government privatised this service, and the future education and training of thousands is now at risk,” she said.

“If necessary, ministers should be prepared to step in directly and ensure that trainees and apprentices are protected, their courses are completed and adult education is placed on a sustainable footing. Relentless cuts and incompetence by successive Tory governments have left adult education in a mess.”
Sorry for posting so much of that article above
I like Rayner's priorities
'what happens to the apprentices'?


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This article was amended on 16 August 2017.
The Department for Education, rather than the government has pulled all Learndirect contracts and funding.

https://www.theguardian.com/education/2 ... nd-funding
What's the difference? The Department for Education is a government body. Has government been privatised too? Have I? I wasn't consulted, if that's the case. No surprises there though. I'll keep you informed, if I can.


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are you talking to me?

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Looking forward to the day I'm not obliged to see David Davis' smug mug whenever I'm stupid enough to have a peek at the news.

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are you talking to me?

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Looking forward to the day I'm not obliged to see David Davis' smug mug whenever I'm stupid enough to have a peek at the news.

He hasn't stature enough for smug


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Unison mag reduced in size,more importantly three crosswords reduced to one.It probably happened some years ago given the time lag before I notice,but definately no consultation.


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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/08 ... sh-border/
"open and sensible" brexit

(which appears to be brexit but without the brexit bit)

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@cja
https://www.theguardian.com/education/2 ... -contracts


(As to why clarification)


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Be o.k.they'll change their name to "It's not LearnDirect honest" or something


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https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/aug/16/wax-on-wax-ouch-pubic-grooming-has-a-high-injury-rate-survey-reveals

Hilarious btl. :D

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A cobra meeting on the Big Ben issue,getting ridiculous.


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A cobra meeting on the Big Ben issue,getting ridiculous.


Remember when the likes of Guido used to take the proverbial out of Brown over his supposed fondness for them?


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