Train lower-skilled workers in the basics, says CIPD

Employers need to look more seriously at the increasing skill demands made of workers who are not highly qualified, but whose contribution is nonetheless crucial, according to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

A new CIPD report, Basic Skills in the Workplace – Opening Doors to Learning, demonstrates that successful companies need higher levels of ‘basic skills’ in their whole workforce than ever before.

It argues that organisations should provide more training support to lower-skilled workers given that they receive less training than their senior colleagues.

Victoria Gill, CIPD adviser on training and development, said: “As the UK economy continues to enjoy a period of near full employment, the need to invest heavily in promoting learning remains as important as ever.

“But while there is undoubted evidence that UK organisations have the will and commitment to invest in training, it is also clear that this needs to be targeted more widely and wisely.”

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