This week’s training news

NTO council leads way

The NTO National Council is giving its staff five days off dedicated to
off-site learning in addition to on-the-job learning. It is also encouraging
its staff to open Individual Learning Accounts in which the company is prepared
to make a financial contribution. Andy Powell, NTO National Council chief
executive said, "By introducing a staff allocation of off-the-job learning
days we hope to ensure staff get time off to focus on key aspects of their

Crown rolls out online

Relocation services company Crown Group has rolled out an online training
programme for its 2,500 employees worldwide. Known as learningspace, based on
Lotus notes, it will enable employees to receive training on phone handling,
customer service and insurance.

TUCskills ‘revolution’

A report published by the TUC has revealed that 2,000 TUC-trained union
representatives have been involved in a "quiet revolution" at work,
encouraging nearly 50,000 of their colleagues to take up work-based training.
But the report also shows employers are failing to make full use of learning
representatives – 25 per cent have been refused time off for training on how to
become more effective.

Training take-up poor

Employers remain unconvinced about the benefits of training despite the
Government’s commitment to adult learning, according to a report from the
Association of Accounting Technicians. The AAT spoke to 200 employers and found
that 60 per cent are not committed to training.

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