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Employee training 'must benefit businesses'

Published: Friday, 20 June 2008   Category: Work Experience

The Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development (CIPD) has stated that any training workers request should help contribute to the company they work for by meeting business needs.

Speaking in response to a consultation by the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills, which proposed workers should have the right to request training, the CIPD claimed that employers should be able to decline requests if they do not benefit the business in some manner.

John McGurk, CIPD skills adviser, said the proposal "recognises the need to share the burden of training between the government, employers and employees".

However, he added that training must be a "two way street" and benefit both the learner and the employer providing the training.

Commenting on the benefits of employees requesting training, Freda Line, CIPD diversity adviser, stated that in particular it may benefit elderly workers, who she asserts are often excluded from training opportunities.

In related news, the BBC recently claimed that ministers expect some 300,000 extra people to undergo training each year as a result of the proposed law.

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