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Posted on 31. May, 2012 by in In brief

A lack of training in some sectors of the economy is leading to persistent skills gaps that are becoming increasingly problematic, according to a recent survey by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES)
But despite training being the key to solving such skills gaps, most employers with hard- to- fill vacancies said they responded by spending more on advertising and recruitment(39%) rather than investing more in training existing staff(8%) or by starting or expanding a trainee programme (7%)

Skills minister John Haynes called on firms to see training as an investment rather than a cost and to provide more focused training opportunities where staff have the chance to put their learning into practice as quickly as possible.

Source: Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (www.cipd.co.uk)

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