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Investment in skills is boost for business

Date 29 Nov 2007

The Government has outlined how an extension of the Train to Gain scheme will offer skills brokerage and ‘responsive training' to help employers identify and then meet their skills needs.

The doubling of funding in the Train to Gain Service is part of an investment programme announced this month by Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills John Denham, which will see more than £11 billion a year invested in education, employment and training.

Skills Minister David Lammy said: "I am delighted to see that businesses are recognising the importance of skills and they are rising to the challenge by investing more in the skills of their workforce. We've listened to employers to ensure that this extended programme is even more effective in offering training when and where they need it.

"In particular, the increased investment in developing the leadership and management capacity in our SMEs will build a sense of mission at the heart of our communities, making their companies more profitable."

Chris Roberts, Regional Director of the Learning Skills Council North East, said: "The expanded Train to Gain Service will enable employers of all sizes, in all locations and across all sectors to take the future of their business into their hands through access to high quality training advice and support. In this way it will play a key role in reaching out to the one in their businesses that still do not offer staff any training - and so will in-turn transform the nation's skills base, productivity and competitiveness between now and 2020."

For more information on the changes to the Train to Gain scheme, visit

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