In April 2001, the Learning and Skills Councils (LSC) were responsible for funding and planning post-16 education and training in England, and the equivalent bodies in Wales being the Education and Learning Wales (ELWa) Regions.
These organisations were established as a replacement for the Training Enterprise Councils (although they also took on other responsibilities) and their aim is to increase the standards and range of learning opportunities for businesses, communities and the individual.
The LSC has 47 local offices known as Local Learning and Skills Councils (LLSCs) and ELWa has four regional offices.
LLSCs are based on local authority boundaries. In practice this results in a variety of constitutions including single counties; county / unitary authority groupings; and groupings of either unitary authorities, metropolitan districts or London boroughs.
The ELWa regions had the same boundaries as the former TECs; they matched the National Assembly Economic Regions.
In April 2007, The Department for Children, Education, Lifelong Learning and Skills (DCELLS) replaced the ELWas.
The Department aims to improve children’s services, education and training provision to secure better outcomes for learners, business, and employers as set out in its strategic document, ‘The Learning Country’.
It helps empower children, young people and adults through education and training to enjoy a better quality of life.
On 31 March 2010, the Local Learning and Skills Councils (LLSCs) were abolished in England. Currently there are no replacements for the LLSCs.