Firms lukewarm over learning account plans

Manufacturers are sceptical about the take-up of individual learning accounts, a research project has found. Government, employees and firms will all contribute to individuals’ training costs under the lifelong learning programme. Firms interviewed by the Engineering Employers’ Federation saw the system as being primarily geared towards the individual staff member’s needs, rather than the company’s. […]

Manufacturers are sceptical about the take-up of individual learning accounts, a research project has found.

Government, employees and firms will all contribute to individuals’ training costs under the lifelong learning programme.

Firms interviewed by the Engineering Employers’ Federation saw the system as being primarily geared towards the individual staff member’s needs, rather than the company’s.

Lack of time is the biggest difficulty in releasing people for training, particularly if the course is not linked to a pressing business need. Small firms were especially concerned about this.

But engineering employers said retention and recruitment could be helped. `Potential employees may view an employer who contributes to ILAs more favourably, and existing employees could see this as an incentive to remain,’ the report concludes.

Increased bureaucracy could come from the limits the Government is planning to impose on the type of training an employer could fund through an account, which is controlled by the individual.