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First released in 1991. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa corporation.

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Partnership or Control? The advent of the TECs has been cloaked in the language of partnership. But when élite groups insist on using and reus ing the word ‘partnership’, it is reasonably certain that a major shift in power is taking place in favour of one preferred group at the expense THE HUNT FOR THE HEFFALUMP RESUMED 39 of another. The word ‘partnership’, like the word ‘consultation’, has fallen upon hard times. The questions which need to be asked are: Who will drive this partnership? What is the relative power of the various participants?

Such a reasonable and qualified assertion is, however, omitted from the introductions to the resource packs on enterprise skills for schools and colleges produced under Professor Gibb’s leadership. , 1987:x). Although a table is produced by Johnson et al. to show ‘how the research findings on enterprise attributes guide the educational aims’ (1987:xi), there are no references to the literature which would enable such claims to be checked. Gibb, on the other hand, does refer to American psychologists such as McClelland and Rotter to provide a theoretical justification for including, for example, in his list of attributes ‘need for Achievement’ and ‘high belief in control of one’s own destiny’.

Eventually there will be 100 TECs throughout Britain, responsible for a budget of almost £3 billion annually, although the budget for each TEC is more likely to be in the range of £20 to £50 million per year. Local TECs will set up as independent companies, entering into a commercial contract with the Secretary of State for Employment to develop training and enterprise in their area. Handing over the main responsibility for training all our young people, the unemployed and all adults requiring retraining to local employers may be, as the Unemployment Bulletin (1989:1) argues, a smokescreen to disguise central government’s retreat from funding industrial training, but the advisability of such a move needs to be examined in detail and it is discussed in the final section of this chapter.

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