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Congress Suggests Employment Led Strategy

The Trades Union Congress (TUC) has responded to the new skills white paper published earlier this spring.

TUC has welcomed many of the suggestions made in the white paper such as the trade union’s role in learning and funding for the development of the union academy, and the Government’s commitment to raising the number of trained union leaders to 20,000 by 2010.

The group also liked the idea of a network of union representatives, and that Trade Union Learning and Modernisation Funds can be used flexibly to strengthen the trade union capacity in training.

However, TUC has some concerns over the white paper’s recommendations, specifically that its balanced is skewed towards employers” needs verses the lifelong learning needs of individuals. TUC suggested an “employment led” rather than employer led strategy towards employee skills learning. They also suggested incentives so employers will actively engage in skills development.

Kate Watkins

Comment on the Skills White Paper in the FE Blog

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