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Call on Government to support companies in improving employees' skills

Employers' commitment to training is fading despite staff enthusiasm for learning new skills and industry leaders are calling for more government support on skills development.

HE@Work's annual Employee Training Index shows fewer than half (48%) of employers offer training specific to job roles - a drop of 26% since 2008. And only two-fifths (40%) of staff think training is important to their employer.
HE@Work commissioned OnePoll to survey 4,500 private-sector employees and found 92% think learning and development is important to them and three-quarters would like more training than they currently receive.
Simon Roodhouse, director, HE@Work, said: "Companies need to be incentivised to continue to offer training at all levels which will have benefits for the whole economy. More government money for part-time and work-related higher education should be made available so people on reduced hours working can apply themselves to improving their skills."