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Employers urged to invest more in worker training

Published: Tuesday, 30 November 2010   Category: Employer News

Employers should not just stop at getting the best out of their workforce through graduate schemes, but should ensure all their workers benefit from ongoing training, whatever stage of their careers they may be in.

That is according to a new report from the Learning and Skills Network and the Pearson Centre for Policy and Learning, which has revealed that Britain's employers are lagging behind their European counterparts when it comes to training up their workers.

Indeed, the organisations' research found that the typical UK worker spends just 315 hours in workplace training over the course of their working lives, around half the time invested in workers in France and other countries in continental Europe.

Steve Besley, of the Pearson Centre for Policy and Learning, noted: "Globally, the UK already lags behind in skills training largely because government policy has failed to maximise investment in skills."

Just last week, the British Medical Association told the Daily Mirror that student doctors are now facing a shortage in graduate jobs within their chosen field once they qualify.

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