Don't ditch 'trust' for 'service' 2

January 10, 2003

How refreshing in its clarity was sixth-former Ryan Butler's comment: "Can't people be trained on the job, with companies paying for them to go to university, rather than government?" (Analysis, THES , January 3). Compare this with the imprecise management-speak of Judith Norrington, director of curriculum and quality for the Association of Colleges:

"Irequires some effective partnerships and recognition of further education in those partnershipsI" and Universities UK chief executive Baroness Warwick's "...coordinated initiatives by all stakeholders..." Dare I hope that avoiding the excesses of this new lexicon might be the new year resolution of colleagues engaged in delivering a raft of measures designed to enable and empower clients wishing to access educational modalities? Or, for those who read only Laurie Taylor and the Letters page, why not make it part of your costed portfolio of goal-oriented strategic objectives for going forward?

Jenny Ryan

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