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Millions of workers 'training in the workplace'

Published: Wednesday, 12 November 2008   Category: Life after graduation

Learning does not stop in the workplace for many Brits, with the Association of Colleges (AOC) reporting that millions wish to learn new skills in order to move up the careers ladder.

A new study reveals that 21 per cent of adults claim they will secure a qualification during the next 12 months, with around a third of these doing so in order to combat the economic downturn.

The AOC research reveals that 3.2 million people are hoping to change career during the next year, news which may encourage graduates thinking about trying their hand at something new.

David Collins, president of the AOC, said it was understandable that the current economic situation would "trigger people to reassess their situation and to come to bold decisions about their future".

"Quite rightly people will be looking at the qualifications they have got and those they need to get to fulfil their future aspirations."

Skills secretary John Denham commented that colleges played a "vital" role in the training and re-training of members of the UK workforce.

Last month, he announced that an additional £100 million in funding would be made available to provide re-training for workers made redundant as a result of the credit crunch.

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