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Adult apprenticeships

Apprenticeships for adults offer a good return for the public money spent on them overall. However, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills could improve value for money significantly by targeting resources on areas where the greatest economic returns can be achieved.

Published:
1 Feb 2012
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Review of the data systems for Public Service Agreement 7

Comprehensive Spending Review 2007 covering the period 2008-2011

Review of the data systems for Public Service Agreement 7 led by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: ‘Improve the economic performance of all English regions and reduce the gap in economic growth rates between regions’

Published:
17 Jun 2010
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Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Support to business during a recession

“Once the downturn was apparent, the Government and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills were under considerable pressure to act quickly and offer targeted support to businesses. The Department did well to balance the needs of businesses with protecting the taxpayer. However, it did not set out clear objectives, nor did it consistently record costs.

 

In the current fragile economic climate, the Department should consider the potential impact on business confidence as support begins to be withdrawn. In particular, it should consider action that could be taken to reduce any adverse effects and, if recovery falters, the circumstances in which support might be extended.”

Published:
26 Mar 2010