Clause 99

Part of – in a Public Bill Committee at 11:45 am on 24th March 2009.

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Photo of Stephen Williams Stephen Williams Shadow Secretary of State (Innovation, Universities and Skills) 11:45 am, 24th March 2009

I rise briefly to support the amendment. It is common sense that consultation should take place with the YPLA and local education authorities as they are co-funders under the new arrangements for the provision offered by colleges and other training providers. It is good practice to consult with other bodies that are already concerned with quality assurance in higher education, such as Ofsted and the QAA. The only point that I would add to the amendment is consultation with representatives who offer a learner’s perspective on how the quality of the provision offered by colleges and other providers should be assessed. The National Union of Students or some other mechanism could be used to ascertain the opinions of learners of the training courses that are delivered to them. I support the amendment, but I would add that point.