Train to Gain ‘is working’

The majority of employers believe the Train to Gain programme is successful, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills claims.


The majority of employers believe the Train to Gain programme is successful, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills claims.

The majority of employers believe the Train to Gain programme is successful, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills claims.

A poll carried out by the Learning and Skills Council shows that more than 90 per cent of employers and learners say they are happy with the flagship scheme and three-quarters of firms believe it has improved the performance and skills of their workforce.

The survey also finds two-thirds of employers say that the Train to Gain initiative has resulted in an improvement in their long-term competitiveness, despite it still being in its early stages, while 61 per cent claim it has boosted productivity.

Furthermore, 80 per cent report improved quality standards, with the same proportion noticing more self-confidence among learners.

Kevin Brennan, skills minister, comments: ‘Behind these figures are real businesses with improved performance and real people with a brighter future and better life chances.’

The findings contrast with a poll from the Federation of Small Businesses last month, which claimed 88 per cent of respondents have not made use of Train to Gain and 78 per cent believe the scheme should be more flexible.

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