Magazine article Public Finance

'It'll Be Better This Time,' Says FE Quango Head

Magazine article Public Finance

'It'll Be Better This Time,' Says FE Quango Head

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The head of a new further education quango has denied it is a waste of public money.

Peter Lauener, chief executive ofthe Young People's Learning Agency, which will oversee funding allocations for 16 to 19-year-olds from April, told Public Finance it was necessary to have a new statutory body that was 'focused entirely on young people', to manage die rise in school leaving age. From 2013, teenagers will be legally required to stay in education or training until 17, and from 2015 until 18.

Lauener said the previous rise in school age, from 15 to 16 in 1972, was not well planned and the government was 'trying to do it better this time'. He added: 'When we are making these enormous changes in society, if s right to have an organisation focused on that'

The 500-strong YPLA is mainly being staffed with former employees from die Learning and Skills Council, which is being disbanded from next month. Local authorities will take over responsibility for commissioning £7bn of further education and training for 16-19 year olds, with the YPLA overseeing their work. …

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