date: 16 February 2011
embargo: for immediate release
Commenting on the government's announcement today (Wednesday) that it will not extend the right to request training to employees in small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs), TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said:
'This u-turn is a setback for all those who have argued for a skills-driven growth strategy.
'With a third of employers not providing any training to staff, and SMEs less likely than bigger firms to encourage new skills, this right is just the lever needed to get more people learning at work.'
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Issued: 16 February, 2011