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TUC: Better access to training is key

Published: Monday, 19 January 2009   Category: Career Advice

UK professionals must have access to training during the recession and beyond, it has been claimed.

According to Brendan Barber, general secretary of the Trades Union Congress (TUC), learning new skills will give people a better chance of entering or returning to the workplace as soon as possible.

He suggested that investments in the professional development of workers could also help safeguard jobs, comments which may interest those currently on graduate training programmes.

Referring to a report published by the Innovation, Universities and Science and Skills Select Committee, he said recommendations should be followed and the government should consider skills as "a key part" of national economic planning.

Mr Barber suggested this could help UK workers take up new jobs in high performing sectors, such as the creative industries and low energy manufacturing.

Last week, the National Union of Students' president Wes Streeting said the government needed to make "radical changes" to its skill policy.
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