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A third of firms will not train staff

More than 30% of employers refuse to provide training to develop the skills of their staff, according to the Trades Union Congress.

A TUC report found that 35% of employers were refusing to train their staff in new skills, despite government incentives to encourage workforce development.

Across all industrial sectors, more than 8.5 million staff were going without training, and of those who did receive training, only 11.5% gained a nationally recognised qualification, the TUC said.

The TUC findings suggest that IT professionals may have more access to training than other groups. Survey results published this month from IT industry skills council E-Skills UK revealed
that despite fears of an increasing skills gap, 20% of firms said they would not train staff in the coming year.

David Pardo, director of IT training consultancy Pardo Fox, said, “Given how fast IT skills can become obsolete, you would expect that training would be more important in IT than in some other areas of work.”

He said the IT training market had experienced “continuing modest growth” over the past two and a half years, but added, “Even now it is still not back to the peak it hit in 2000. Employers exaggerate the amount of training they provide.” he added.

TUC general secretary Brendan Barber said, “Employers should stop complaining so much about the skills levels of their staff and spend more on training them.”

The government should legislate to make sure that workers receive paid time off to train, he added.

 

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