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'Train to Gain' criticised by committee

Published: Thursday, 02 August 2007   Category: Life after graduation

Graduates starting new careers may not receive extra training for job related skills - if the government takes the advice of a select committee.

The government's new skills programme 'Train to Gain' allows staff to learn vocational skills at work, such as management and computing.

Plans for the scheme, which sees companies subsidised by the government, has been criticised by the Commons Education Select Committee in a report which claims that the support may go to businesses and employees that do not require it.

Expressing worry for the fall in adult learners the report said: "We are particularly concerned about the potential negative impact on the most disadvantaged individuals, including disabled people and those with the very lowest level of skills.

"There needs to be an urgent review of how best to support the development of soft and enabling skills for older learners.

"This is important in promoting equity and equality."

A study by Learndirect, the adult learning specialists, suggests that up to 14.6 million workers may have cost their firms money through a lack of basic literacy and numerical skills.ADNFCR-1068-ID-18232546-ADNFCR

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