Skills training needs improvement

Despite the best efforts of governments over the past decade, the UK is still suffering from a skills shortage.

A new report published by the Institute of Directors states that  some 47 per cent of company directors reported that some of their employees have gaps in their skills.

The report, based on a critique of government policy in the 2000s allied to research carried out among employers, set out to offer an ‘employer’s eye view’ of the skills system.

It analysed the latest skills strategy and concluded that, while the new government’s approach to skills policy should be broadly welcomed, there are some worrying signs that it may repeat policy mistakes of the past.

“Good intentions can easily result in unhelpful and unnecessary interventions. Employers will always be best placed to know what training they need: it is better to let competition decide what works in business, not government policy.”

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