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Training 'is not a sticking plaster'
Training "is not a sticking plaster"
Keywords: Training management, Partnering
Employers should stop using training as a sticking plaster and should begin to work with colleges strategically to predict and plan development, says Chris Hughes, chief executive of the Further Education Development Agency.
He told business, education and national training organization leaders at the Skills and Enterprise conference: "Employers must begin to see the bottom-line value of collaborating with colleges to develop their workforce in the long term".
He continued: "Colleges want to position themselves as strategic partners. Too many companies are still not aware of the services that colleges provide. For example, employers rarely use colleges for short or in-house training. Colleges should work hard to establish better links and communications with businesses, and continue to devise innovative and flexible ways of working with employees.
"The challenge to national training organizations is to ensure that the standards that underpin work-based training can deliver a competitive workforce."