The National Training Organisation has called on the Government to provide a productivity fund to provide cash to train unskilled workers.
The announcement came as the Government announced its new white paper on enterprise skills and innovation, which will include a consultation paper to decide the future role of NTOs.
The consultation will apply to NTOs across the UK and will end on 12 April 2001.
NTOs currently identify training needs for their particular sector or area and encourage employers to adopt training schemes to prevent skills shortages.
The Government estimates the UK would generate £10 billion more output over the next ten years by each raising its productivity by just 0.1 per cent. It also claims that the UK would increase its gross domestic product by up to £40 billion by raising the numeracy skills of all adults to the standards expected of 11 year-olds.
Hawkes said, “Targeted support to tackle those sectors of the economy that need to boost productivity and skills will be essential if we are to inject the necessary impetus to drive up productivity.”
By Richard Staines