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Welfare Reform on the Web (August 2006): Education - UK - training

Employers’ perspectives on improving skills for employment

Committee of Public Accounts

London: TSO, 2006 (House of Commons papers, session 2005/06; HC862)

The Department for Education and Skills (the Department) spends around £6.7 billion, through the Learning and Skills Council, on employment-related education and skills training in England. The priority for government funding is training up to level 2, which is designed to improve employability and to provide a basis from which people can progress to higher level learning. Employers are expected to pay much of the cost of training above level 2, which has a greater impact on productivity. Collectively employers spend more than £23 billion, including the costs of training and employees’ time. The Comptroller and Auditor General’s Report,Employers’ perspectives on improving skills for employment’, drew directly on employers’ views on how they obtain advice on which training to use; what training best meets business needs; how they can be encouraged to support employees in training; and how they want to influence the development of training. The Committee of Public Accounts examined the Department and the Learning and Skills Council on the issues raised in the original report.

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