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Denham urges more training

02 Jan 2008

Denham urges more training John Denham, the secretary for innovation, universities and skills, has urged businesses to ensure that employees are trained properly in 2008, meaning students entering graduate jobs could be trained up to a better level.

Mr Denham has called on employers to make 2008 the year of employee training in order to help the country reach the targets set in the Leitch report.

"In 2007, we launched a substantial package of investment to realise Lord Leitch's vision of a partnership between the state, the employer and the individual, to create a country better able to compete at the highest level. In the coming year, I look forward to working with employers and providers to bring about the culture change we need to ensure this partnership works to its full potential," said Mr Denham.

He added that he is now calling on employers to "engage with the structures we are putting in place" and to "forge closer partnerships" with further and higher education providers.

Last year £11 billion was pledged for education, employment and training initiatives last year, according to Mr Denham.

The Leitch report was published in 2006 and set the UK the target of becoming a world leader in skills by 2020.

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