Strategy on Adult Basic Skills

Cabinet Office written question – answered at on 25 October 2005.

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Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Shadow Minister (Education)

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will make a statement on the implementation of the Strategy on Adult Basic Skills for the Civil Service.

Photo of John Hutton John Hutton Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Cabinet Office, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (Cabinet Office)

Since the civil service strategy was launched in 2001, all main government departments, as well as many small departments, agencies and non departmental public bodies (NDPBs), have developed action plans for implementation of the strategy. Departments have made significant progress against these action plans, including: embedding skills for life training in in-house courses; developing specific literacy and numeracy courses and working with unions, through union learning representatives, to support staff. The Ministry of Defence Civil Service in Northern Ireland has recently won a national training award for their skills for life activity.

The Cabinet Office, in its corporate work, has continued to work closely with Department for Education and Science (DfES) to support departments in implementation of the strategy. In addition, Cabinet Office as employer has addressed the strategy and taken action including providing information on an internal website; providing advice and support to staff; and the distribution of marketing materials and literature to raise awareness.

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