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Graduate workers 'to be allowed training time'

Published: Wednesday, 18 June 2008   Category: Government policies

The Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills has published a consultation on how new regulations regarding training at work entitlements will operate.

Graduates are set to benefit from new legislation allowing time off work for career development, subject to a successful passage through parliament.

The secretary of state for innovation, universities and skills John Denham said he believed around 300,000 employees per year will take advantage of the new provisions, which will apply to those workers who have been with a company for 26 weeks.

He stated investment in skills was "key" to ensuring we come through with a stronger economy where individuals made the most of their abilities.

Commenting on the challenges faced by the government in implementing the scheme, Mr Denham added: "We have still not persuaded every employer of the importance of skills.

"A third of employers still don't train their staff, in other organisations training does not involve everyone.

Concluding, he claimed that employers who do not train staff "run real risks with their businesses".

Graduates could benefit by taking part in job-specific programmes leading to a qualification, or by undertaking training to develop particular skills.

Speaking to the BBC, the Confederation of British Industry director general John Cridland said UK employers "clearly valued the importance of skilled staff", spending £38.6 million per year on the development of their workforce.

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