KPMG report critical of government skills initiative

The joint Chartered Institute of Personnel
and Development
and KPMG quarterly report
on the UK labour market outlook has revealed that employers are reporting
particular concern about the quality of training given by the Government’s
skills agencies

It also found disappointing awareness among employers of concerns about
Train to Gain, the Government’s
flagship skills initiative.

Gerwyn Davies, co-author of the report, at the CIPD, said employers would
only invest in training if there is a clear business case for them to do so, ‘so
financial incentives might form a part of the developing policy mix’.

Sara Caplan, from KPMG said: ‘Our survey shows that we still have a long way
to go in the UK in persuading employers that upskilling their workforce to at
least level 2 is vital for our economy. The new Skills Envoy, Sir Digby Jones,
has his work cut out in gaining more employer support, to avoid the possibility
of legislation being introduced to force the issue.’

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