Unions push for return of training levy

Skills shortage brings wage rises for host of qualified engineers

Two of Britain’s largest unions are pushing for a return to the training levy despite the Government’s commitment to individual learning accounts.

The GMB and T&G unions have called on the Government to impose on companies a bill equivalent to 2% of their payroll.

The Government quietly scrapped the training levy as part of its training policy before the general election, and replaced it with individual training accounts for a million people.

These would instead be Government funded and demand a direct contribution from the people being trained.

Unions have rejected this policy: ‘We are seriously concerned that the policy measures envisaged by the Labour Party may be too modest to meet the training challenge represented by the UK skills gap.’