Regeneration--Potential or Missed Opportunity? What Is the Contribution to the New Learning Agenda?

J. Diamond

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Regeneration initiatives, especially in urban areas, have claimed that they are concerned with the development of local skills especially in relation to training, employment and 'capacity building'. A central feature of these initiatives is the partnership arrangements that draw together the post-16 sector, local agencies, the voluntary sector and training providers. The article highlights some of the issues raised by those involved in the process. It suggests that there is an inherent contradiction between a skills agenda defined by agencies external to a local community and one that seeks to draw together local residents and activists. In particular, there may be a mismatch between a skills agenda that enhances capacity building as defined centrally and one that is defined locally or within a neighbourhood. These potential areas of difference raise important policy and practice issues for those involved in adult or community education. The article discusses the significance of these tensions by placing them in the context of the regeneration agenda and in its relationship to other policy issues such as accreditation, curriculum design and delivery.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)32-41
JournalJournal of Access and Credit Studies
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2002


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