This suggests that employers will be expected to fully fund all Level 2 training and/or to come to some agreement on a co-investment approach with the workforce and trade unions. Unionlearn has been working on a number of pilot projects encouraging co-investment. But we are concerned that many more employees who want to get on at work will have to to fund their own training. At a time when inflation is high, pay is being squeezed and hundreds of thousands of job losses are on the cards, paying for training is likely to be a very low priority for cash-strapped workers. With the FE sector taking a cuts hit of 25 per cent, the options are limited.
That is why we believe the reformed UKCES (and skills sector councils) should be looking towards the social partnership model of countries such as Germany, where licences to practice, levies and apprenticeships funded by employers are not seen as interference and red tape, but vital components of an industrial strategy towards growth and a skilled workforce.
Tom Wilson is director of unionlearn, the TUC's learning and training organisation
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