A national battle plan is needed to boost skills

April 2004
IT Training;Apr2004, p5
Trade Publication
Shockingly, more than one in ten workers in Great Britain are incompetent at the jobs they have been employed to do, according to a study by the Learning and Skills Council (LSC). Sociologists could have a field day in our celebrity-obsessed culture, where being a reality TV star is top of more career wish lists. More than a third of employers admitted that they had shot themselves in the foot by not providing staff training. At the same time, a fifth of job vacancies remain unfilled due to skills shortages, and business is being lost to more savvy competitors. The LSC is responsible for all post-16 education and training outside universities, including funding school sixth forms, further education colleges, work-based learning and adult education. The survey says that four out of every five employers are trying to address skills deficiencies, but even where training was provided, only half of all employees benefited. Businesses need a strategy for staff development and training to remain competitive.


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