Union boss calls for training levy to focus employers’ minds

A
leading trade union official has called on the Government to force companies to
provide training for staff.

According
to the Financial Times, Derek Simpson, joint general secretary of the largest
manufacturing union Amicus, wants a training levy to increase skills and
productivity.

Simpson
said countries like France and Germany, where investment in training was much
higher,  had greater levels of
productivity.

He
said the training levy would penalise "short-sighted employers" that
failed to invest in training and development for staff.

By Ross Wigham

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