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LSC service aims to tackle barriers to learning

A survey of nearly 500 SMEs, carried out on behalf of the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) by FreshMinds, found that whilst 81% of small businesses surveyed recognise that training is the key to success, 43% admit that they should focus more on training.

Of those employers, a quarter say that they don't have time to search for suitable training options, and one in five are bewildered by the range of training available.

Jaine Clarke, national director, skills for employers at the Learning and Skills Council, which manages the Train to Gain service, said: "Getting skilled is key to our future as a nation in a global economy. It is also key to our future individually as the need to better our own skills is becoming even more evident as competition increases.

"That's why we've invested in Train to Gain, designed to drive up the nation's skills by tackling historic barriers to learning, such as cost and time.

"We want it to be as easy as possible for people to access information and understand what help is available for them to get the skills needed to get on in life and business."

A new advertising campaign launched this week aims to promote to employers the business benefits of training their staff. This builds on the national skills campaign launched on 9 July by the LSC and the newly formed Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS). The campaign urges people to take control of their future by investing in skills, using the strapline, 'Our future. It's in our hands'.

David Lammy, minister for skills in the new Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills said: "In launching a major new marketing campaign today, we are responding to the challenge set out by Lord Leitch in his Review of Skills, to bring about a culture change in the nation's attitude to skills.

"Achieving our world class ambition means dramatically increasing the number of adults who improve their skills and achieve qualifications each year, at all levels from functional literacy and numeracy to higher education levels.

"To deliver our ambition, we must forge a new partnership between government, employers and individuals, with each taking responsibility for increasing their action and investment.

"We need to dramatically raise awareness and aspirations on skills. We need employers to see the value of and the need to invest in skills at all levels. And we need individuals to pay more attention to and take action to address their skills needs."

The Learning and Skills Council's Train to Gain service aims to help businesses get the training they need and provides advice to businesses through a network of skills brokers - covering any issue from sourcing courses or training providers to finding out if any funding exists.

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