Government training scheme makes little difference

A flagship government scheme to boost workplace skills training had little if any impact in the pilot areas, an evaluation study said.

The government-commissioned review estimated that training increased by less than one percentage point.

The Institute for Fiscal Studies said it was likely that those who did train under the National Employer Training Programme would have done so anyway. However, the report says that the additional training generated by the policy might increase.

The Department for Education and Skills said that since the IFS study was undertaken the scheme had reached nearly a quarter of employers in the pilot areas.

Chancellor Gordon Brown announced last month in his pre-Budget statement that the programme will be rolled out nationally.

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