Jacques Delors, former European Commission president, has called on the UK Government to introduce individual training credits for workers from the start of their working lives.
Delors, speaking at a London School of Economics seminar on employment initiatives, said the education credits could be a payment direct to workers for the cost of retraining or payments to employers for staff taking time off, funded by both government and industry.
The comments struck a chord with the Engineering Council, which is preparing its response to a government consultation paper which suggests individual learning accounts.
Chris Senior, the Engineering Council’s continuing professional development executive, said the council would recommend to the Employment and Education Department by the end of July that tax incentives be extended to individuals for the purchase of basic learning aids.
‘We would encourage more tax support for individuals. It is already there for companies,’ Senior said.
He said industry and government should be urged to contribute to the proposed learning accounts, which would involve funds set aside for ongoing training.