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Web links to Government Policy and initiatives

There are a wide range of websites that provide current information on national HRD (NHRD) strategies, policies and initiatives although in many cases these reflect a more traditional national vocational and education training (NVET) approach. Hyperlinks are provided to enable you to access a cross-section of this information.

UK initiatives

Leading initiatives currently include the Investors in People (IiP) standard, national vocational qualifications (NVQs), apprenticeships (previously referred to as modern apprenticeships), national training awards, and Train to Gain:

Provides information about the IiP standard. The site includes a large number of case studies taken from organisations that have achieved the standard. The frequently asked questions (FAQs) section is a quick and easy way of finding out about the standard.

Information on NVQs and apprenticeships.

An informative site about all aspects of apprenticeships from both the employer and employee perspective. The FAQs section  is a quick and easy way of finding out about this initiative.

Contains summary information about this initiative.

Not only provides information about this initiative but includes case study examples.

To find out about the role of Learning Skills Councils (LSCs) access: http://www.lsc.gov.uk 

Information on lifelong learning can be found at: http://www.lifelonglearning.co.uk and http://www.lifelonglearningprogramme.org.uk, with the latter site focusing on European Union (EU) funded initiatives.

Contains varying amounts of information on all of the above initiatives.

Other websites that are useful include:

International initiatives

There are a wide range of websites that provide information on national initiatives within specific countries and an illustrative selection is set out below.

Provides information on national initiatives relevant to a wide range of countries from around the world and is a useful starting point for any investigation.

Contains news updates on a wide range of NVET initiatives within the European Union (EU) including: lifelong learning, further and higher education, and adult learning.

Provides information on national initiatives relevant to European Union countries.

Contains information on Federal and State governments’ initiatives in the US.

Provides information on initiatives in Canada. It is also useful to access state websites as well (e.g. http://www.edu.gov.on.ca which focuses on Ontario).

http://home.deewr.gov.au is a new website set up in December by the Australian government and is intended to replace http://dest.gov.au  Other relevant websites include: http://www.det.wa.edu.au/education and http://www.det.wa.edu.au/training.asp.

Other useful websites in Australia include:

Provides information on NVET in China.

Provides information on NVET in Finland.

Other useful websites include:

Provides information on NVET in Sweden.

Other websites that are useful include:

The US Academy of HRD: http://www.ahrd.org.
The American Society for Training and Development: http://www.astd.org.
The UK University Forum for HRD: http://www.ufhrd.co.uk.