Franchises panned

February 20, 1998

MPs attacked the quality and value of franchised further education at an evidence session for the select committee inquiry into further education funding this week. Committee chair, Labour MP Margaret Hodge, said that businesses received millions of pounds of public money to carry out training for their staff which they could provide with their own resources. Several inspections have shown that the provision is often poor. "Is it really value for money?" she asked.

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