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UK workforce want to use right to ask for training

Over half the UK workforce want to use right to ask for training
According to a new YouGov survey Seven in ten (71 per cent) working people would like to see a new legal right to request paid time off for training and 53 per cent say they would be likely to use it.

The poll shows that people aged 18-24 are the strongest supporters, with four out of five (82 per cent) agreeing that 'employees should have a legal right to request paid time off for training'. Three in five (59 per cent) agree that 'if there was a legal right to request paid time off for training I would ask for more training'.

The Government recently announced it would introduce a new right for employees to ask for training at work. The survey reveals that those earning less than £5,000 and those whose salaries are between £25,000 and £30,000 are most likely to be in favour of the right (at least 77 per cent) while those earning between £20,000 and £25,000 are most likely to say they would use the right (62 per cent).

People with no formal qualifications are also very supportive; 76 per cent support the right and 56 per cent say would be likely to use it.
Women (75 per cent) are stronger supporters of the right to request training than men (67 per cent) although there is no significant difference in the likelihood of them using the right. Full and part-time workers are also similarly supportive.

TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber commented: 'The Government must ensure that any new right to request training is strong enough to make a genuine difference. Otherwise, the one third of employers who refuse to train their staff will continue to shirk their responsibilities and overlook those that need training most. Meanwhile business groups will continue to moan about the lack of skills possessed by the UK workforce.'

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Asif Yusuf

 

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