Media: Training Snub `Disparages Sector' PUBLISHING: Government's Rejection of Industry's Proposals `Bizarre'
THE Government has been criticised for ``defeating its own objectives'' by rejecting training proposals mooted by the publishing media sector.
The Department for Education and Skills says the industry's call for a Sector Skills Council ``is not of sufficient size to be considered of economic or strategic significance''.
The decision, which industry insiders have branded ``absurd'', was made public on the same day that trade minister Stephen Timms paid tribute to the ``sheer size and economic significance of the publishing industry''.
Employer and employment interests across national newspaper, regional newspaper, magazine, book and journal, directory and database, and electronic publish-ing joined forces with ambitious plans to develop the relatively new Publishing National Training Organisation into a Sector Skills Council which already exist for other industries.
But in a letter Derek Grover, director of adult learning at the DfES, wrote that the publishing industry's proposals to form a Sector Skills Council did not meet their criteria because ``the sector is not of sufficient size to be considered of economic or strategic significance''. …