Employers will come under increasing pressure to change their approach tostaff development, which at present favours high-fliers at the expense ofunqualified employees. This is the conclusion of an Industrial Society report, which predicts theGovernment’s forthcoming review of workforce development will lead to greaterintervention to encourage UK businesses to broaden workplace training. The report emphasises that managers and graduates are up to five times morelikely to receive work-based training than employees in unskilled jobs orwithout qualifications. It also reveals that the UK average for training hours per year is 99.5 perparticipating person, which is 35 hours below the Organisation for EconomicCo-operation and Development average and well behind all other Europeancountries. “This Government is determined to snap firms out of their persistentlow skills mindset. Under-investment and under participation in workforcedevelopment is the primary cause of our low productivity. With the productivitygap high on the political agenda, employers can expect significant interventionin workforce training in the near future,” said Andy Westwood, deputydirector of policy at the Industrial Society. The report Not very qualified – Raising Skill Levels in the UK Workforce,dismisses claims by employers’ bodies that a large proportion of workplacetraining is not counted because it is informal and does not lead to a recognisedqualification. It stresses that the Government review will have to consider the economicimportance of many low skill, high productivity jobs and accept upskilling maynot be the cure-all for every business. The report states that action by the UK’s network of business supportorganisations such as National Training Organisations, Regional DevelopmentAgencies and Business Links is as important as new polices attempting todeliver higher skill levels. www.indsoc.co.ukBy Ben Willmott Previous Article Next Article Low skills workers high on list for developmentOn 13 Nov 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.