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Employee training plans 'reneged upon'

Published: Monday, 30 June 2008   Category: Government policies | Life after graduation

The government has performed a u-turn over plans to give workers paid time off work for training purposes, a leading trade union has claimed.

Employees, potentially including recent graduates looking to develop their skills set, were set to be given remuneration for time spent taking courses geared towards professional development, reports Personnel Today.

However, according to skills minister David Lammy, employers will be under no obligation to pay their worker's salary in such cases.

The deputy general secretary of Unite, Graham Goddard, has accused the government of giving in to employer pressure.

He said: "A right to request time off for training is meaningless; the biggest barrier to workers accessing learning or training opportunities is lack of time.

"That's why Unite has demanded to make paid time off for training a legal right - this lets employers and business off the hook and will do nothing to address the UK's chronic skills shortages."

Unite is the largest trade union in the UK, with over two million members across the public and private sectors.

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