date: 22 July 2010
embargo: For immediate release
Commenting on the Skills for Sustainable Growth consultation, launched today (Thursday) by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said:
'Ten million workers received no training last year so the Government must use every possible lever to encourage more employers to offer staff training.
'The consultation rightly focuses on the needs of learners in delivering training. The Government can achieve this by honouring the right to request time off for training, which gives workers the flexibility they need to improve their skills.
'We welcome the recognition that unions can play a key role - particularly through our network of 25,000 learning reps - in encouraging employers and workers to take up training.
'But while no one disputes the economic imperative for a better skilled workforce, modern research facilities, apprenticeship schemes and employer incentives to train their staff require investment as well as good will.
'It's therefore vital the Government's commitment to skills is not undermined by self-defeating budget cuts.'
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