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Skill Guide Helps Business Navigate Their Way Around Work Based Learning

As part of its strategy of working closely with business to encourage increased investment in skills, the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) has collaborated with the Institute of Directors (IoD) on a guide to be distributed to over 50,000 directors in time for the New Year. Titled Skills: Transforming Business, this will be a comprehensive guide to improving the skills of the workforce to meet the challenges of leadership, profitability and growth within a business.

The LSC exists to make England better skilled and more competitive and manages the investment of public funds in post-16 further education. It is committed to transforming the FE sector so it better meets the needs of individuals and employers and encourages more private investment in training and development. “This Guide is a great resource for directors of any type or size of business looking to reap the benefits of improving the skills of their workforce – whether this is increased efficiency and quality of product or simply better morale,” says Chris Banks, LSC Chairman. It is a demonstration both of the LSCs continued commitment to providing information relevant and meaningful to business, and of the IoDs acknowledgement of the LSC as the leading authority on skills in England.

“Skills are the backbone of a successful economy and a measure of a nations ability to survive in a global marketplace. Acquiring the right skills is also, quite simply, a way to improve our quality of life”, furthered Banks.

Written by independent business journalists, Skills: Transforming Business contains comment from leading industry figures and experts, real life case studies of varying size and sector, and advice on skills-related topics such as management, training, and how to put skills at the heart of your business strategy. It provides directors with a map of the skills landscape and shows them how to use the training support available to improve the motivation and productivity of their staff.

“As well as tackling problems internally, businesses are being called upon in the guide to participate in the development of new skills initiatives. Looking to the future, businesses must ensure that further education colleges and providers can deliver training that meets their skills needs. What better way than to get involved themselves?” commented Miles Templeman, Director General of the IoD.

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