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Nor, Train to Gain is the Governments latest attempt to close the yawning vocational qualification gap with our European partners.
As a nation, we are underskilled, underqualified and employers are comparatively phobic to providing vocational training to employees. Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â
The Racing Industry, on paper, is a repeat and consistent offender. I part wrote a labour market submission for Cambridgeshire and Suffolk before I was cruelly consigned to the nightmare of professional punting. Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Stable staff are massively underqualified on paper as an occupational group.
For those WITH a higher qualification level than those listed, there are a small amount of NVQ Level III’s and IV’s available free of charge. But they must be in a Sector Specific discipline: (i.e. Food Distribution in the East Riding) and in areas of employee shortage. Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â
Interestingly, the Health and Social Care Industry is the worst national offender. Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â It seems that if you can push a wheelchair and cook stew, you can get a job in a Care Home and no-one particularly wants to back it up with a certificate.
All qualifications come with a high level of Basic Skills support; in terms of literacy and numeracy, England in particular is on a par with countries like Romania. This is a cause of much sniggering in the coffee bars of Brussels.