UK plc needs to provide more vocational training

UK plc holds vocational qualifications in high regard and recognises the role industry has to play in the provision of such education, but is failing to take sufficient action, according to new research.

The poll, commissioned by Foundation Degrees, shows that HR directors are leading the way in the drive to develop staff skills, with 98 per cent calling for industry to play a leading role in the provision of vocationally-orientated education, as
opposed to 84 per cent of other directors.

However, at present, only 25 per cent of business leaders say that their company is involved in the design and delivery of vocational training.

The poll shows that two-thirds of company directors believe their sector is feeling the effects of skills shortages, while more than half of respondents claim their own businesses have suffered directly.

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