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NUS backs re-training programme

Published: Friday, 16 January 2009   Category: Work Experience | Graduate Job sector Reports

The National Union of Students (NUS) has backed a new report from the Innovation, Universities, Skills and Science Committee calling for re-training within the UK's workforce.

In Re-skilling for recovery: after Leitch, the committee claims such training is more important than up-skilling, especially with many people being forced to work in other sectors as a result of the downturn.

NUS president Wes Streeting said the union agreed "agreed wholeheartedly" that the government needed to make "radical changes" to its skill policy.

He added: "A greater commitment to lifelong learning is required if the workforce is to be flexible enough to weather the storm of this recession."

Mr Streeting said the government's Train to Gain scheme spent £200 million under budget last year as money was diverted into the higher education budget.

Earlier this week, the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services claimed university leavers were at a disadvantage in the graduate jobs market if they were under-equipped with IT skills.

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