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'Training should be encouraged' in graduate jobs

Published: Thursday, 20 November 2008   Category: Government policies

The World of Learning has called for new legislation granting UK employees the right to take time off work for training purposes.

According to senior conference and marketing manager Alison Church, the current economic climate dictates that it is "more crucial than ever" that continued professional development is encouraged.

She says "The UK's economy is based on the skills of the people that work within it, so without doubt the more educated and better trained staff are, the more likely they are to make a valuable contribution to their companies."

Ms Church adds that investment in the workforce can result in "highly trained and motivated staff".

Research carried out by the World of Learning indicates that almost seven in ten learning and development experts are in favour of law changes which would entitle workers to additional time off for training.

The government has expressed some interest in legislating in this area, with skills secretary John Denham indicating in June that up to 300,000 workers would be allowed paid leave from work for development purposes by 2010.

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