The Government is looking at establishing legal status for union learning representatives to give them greater influence in the workplace, according to the White Paper on enterprise, skills and innovation published by the DTI.
The Government wants to see employers give greater recognition to learning representatives, who encourage learning in the workplace by direct contact. The TUC has trained about 2,000 union members as learning reps, but there is no requirement for companies to work or consult them over training strategy.
NTO review is backed by body’s national council
The NTO National Council has declared its support for the Government’s plans to undertake a comprehensive review of the way NTOs are structured and organised. The decision to begin the major review, which will look at the workings of the 73 NTOs representing most employment sectors in the UK, was made last month by lifelong learning minister Malcolm Wicks.
Report set to help plug construction skills gap
An analysis of the skills needs and trends in the engineering and construction sectors has been published. It offers an assessment of the sectors’ skills requirements to improve the match between the needs of employers and the supply of skills. NTO National Council chief executive Andy Powell said the report’s significance lies in the involvement of employers in identifying skills gaps in their sectors.Contact www.nto-nc.org or DfEE Publications, 0845 602 2260