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LSC: Skills development important for business success

Published: Thursday, 03 April 2008   Category: Work Experience

Businesses looking to make the most of their workforce should question whether they are developing the skills of those in their employ.

Such is the assertion of the Learning and Skills Council, which states that increasing numbers of businesses are recognising the need not only to fill grad jobs, but also to support the progression of their staff.

Jaine Clark, director of skills for employers for the LSC, reports that progress is being made not only among big businesses with established development programmes, but also elsewhere.

"Increasingly small businesses are seeing that skills are important to them. What they need though is a way of understanding how to go about accessing the support that they need," she asserts.

Those considering careers in the small business environment may be interested to read that a survey conducted in 2005 by the council suggested that 69 per cent of such organisations saw skills gaps as having a negative impact on their business.

Problems encountered included increased workload for staff members and difficulties in introducing new working practices.

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