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Monday, 29 November 2010

Employers 'must do more to develop staff skills'

More needs to be done by the UK's employers to boost staff skills, according to a new report.

A study published by the Learning and Skills Network and the Pearson Centre for Policy and Learning suggests that employers are not contributing enough to skills training in the UK and the government should do more to make them foot the bill.

The report, entitled Fair Shares: The Role of Employer Contributions to Skills Development, claims that while the government's new skills strategy "clearly demonstrates" how more money will be obtained from individuals for training in future, it fails to define how greater investment will be obtained from employers.

Raj Patel, director of research and policy at the Learning and Skills Network, said that past government policy has diminished the "critical role" employers can play in investing in skills.

"Whilst the coalition's new strategy seeks to shift the balance of responsibility away from the state, it needs to be clear about how business will contribute their fair share - or we risk a further decline in UK competitiveness," he explained.

It comes after Martin Hill at Dell Education Services recently said that developing the skills of staff should be a priority if businesses are to achieve growth in the coming months.

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Source: The Sales Director News

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