The national body in England that assumed responsibility for the planning and funding of all post-16 education and training in 2001. The council oversees a network of nine regional organizations, which coordinate the work of local ‘partnership teams’. The LSC has combined the functions delivered previously by two separate sets of institutions, the Training and Enterprise Councils (TECs), an employer-led system of vocational training, and the Further Education Funding Council, which oversaw vocational education. An important feature of the regional LSCs is that, although employer representatives form the largest group, they no longer constitute a majority as they did on the TECs. Increased representation has been given to government agencies, voluntary organizations, and trade unions, which represents a step back towards tripartism in government training policy. The LSC currently runs three sets of programme/initiative directed at 14–19-year olds, adult learners, and employers. [See Skills Broker and Train-to-Gain.]
Subjects: Human Resource Management — Education.