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Friction fears over new ‘right to train’ scheme

Plans to create a ‘right to train’ for workers could create friction and bureaucracy in some businesses, the government has been warned. 

The Department of Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS) has proposed that all employees be allowed to request work-
related training.

The proposed ‘right to train’ has been supported by a number of management and HR organisations, including the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

A recent CMI survey found that the majority of employers support better training, with 60% believing that a ‘right to train’ would improve staff morale.

Ruth Spellman, CEO of the CMI, said: “There is an urgent need to increase levels of skills training, particularly those associated with leadership and management.

" We believe that the DIUS proposals will have a positive effect.

“The bottom line is that we need more, better qualified managers in the UK.”

However, Ms Spellman also warned that a detailed request and consent process could generate tension among staff, as well as creating more red tape.

Two-thirds (67%) of the small to medium-sized organisations polled by the CMI believe the official proposals will create more paperwork.

“A clear majority of small and medium-sized businesses feel that it will create additional bureaucracy for employers.

"We urge the government to make the scheme more flexible for smaller organisations,” Ms Spellman said.

“The key to the successful implementation of the proposals is that parameters are set, making it clear that the training must be aligned to business needs.”

“The most effective training for individuals is when it is aligned with the strategic goals of the organisation, is demand-driven and timely, so that the benefits are maximised for all.”

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