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Denham urges employers to train staff more

Published: Wednesday, 02 January 2008   Category: Graduate Job sector Reports

Skills Secretary John Denham has urged employers to make 2008 a good year for employee training, which could mean students continue to improve their skills after starting graduate jobs.

Changes are needed to ensure the country reaches the target set by Sandy Leitch for 2020 who said it is crucial for the UK to improve its skills level to avoid being left behind in the global market by India and China, according to Mr Denham.

"I call on employers to engage with the structures we are putting in place to enable them to make skills training integral to their business, and to forge closer partnerships with further and higher education providers to deliver the higher level skills that are key to delivering the workforce we need to compete globally," said Mr Denham.

Mr Denham also said that £11 billion was pledged for employment, training and education initiatives last year.

The Leitch Review of Skills was published on December 5th 2006.

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