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Technical and Vocational Education Initiative

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An initiative set up in 1983 and aimed at supporting school and college provision of technical and pre‐vocational courses for 14–18‐year‐old pupils. Funded by the Department of Employment (DoE), and operating through locally organized advisory teams, TVEI also promoted core skills, including those in communication, numeracy, and information technology, which were the forerunners to today's key skills. Although the TVEI was formally linked to the Manpower Services Commission and later the Training and Enterprise Council through their common connection with the DoE, local TVEI teams often worked very closely with their local authority advisory service for schools. In many areas they extended their remit to provide training and policy advice on equal opportunities issues. Their funding began to be withdrawn from 1991, which brought the initiative to a gradual end.

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