Four out of five UK workers want work-based training

UK workers are hungry for skills development, with four out of five expecting their company to provide work-based learning, according to research.

The study, by Manpower employment agency, found that 77% of British workers expect to be trained as part of their job.

If they don’t get it, two-thirds (67%) say it would make them consider changing jobs. This could spell trouble for business as only 39% of the 996 respondents said they did receive formal training in their current job.

Greg Teare, operations director at Manpower, said: “It’s great news that employees expect formal training. This indicates that people are becoming increasingly concerned with career development.

“The UK currently has a large skills shortage, and work-based training is key to addressing this.”

Workplace training is a key tenet of the government’s Skills White Paper. At the launch in March, education and skills secretary Ruth Kelly said the government would “put employers’ needs centrestage in the design and the delivery of training so that better skills can support more businesses”.

A National Employer Training Programme will provide a network of brokers who will work with employers to identify their business training needs and then source that training for the organisation.

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