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Construction businesses flock to government training service

12,000 construction sector companies have joined the government’s training service – Train to Gain, the Learning and Skills Council claimed this week.

Managed by the Learning and Skills Council, Train to Gain was set up two years ago to help employers tackle skills shortages in the UK.

100,000 comapnies have joined the service, but the Government wants more employers to join up.

Chairman of the Learning and Skills Council Chris Banks said: "Only two years in, Train to Gain is growing in momentum and helping us combat the skills deficit – but we still need more businesses to get involved.

"A hundred thousand businesses have benefitted from Train to Gain but there's lots of work to be done if we're to strengthen our economy and compete globally.

"Employers across the board need to take advantage of the range of training and funding opportunities available through Train to Gain. And more importantly, we all have to recognise that training can help to shape a better future for companies, their employees and for the entire nation," he said.

Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills, Lord Young, said: "Successful employers see up-skilling the workforce as one of the most powerful things they can do to drive their businesses forward. Employers who have invested in the skills of their people in the past will be better placed to respond to the economic challenges, and they will also be better placed to take advantage of the opportunities in the next period of growth.

"Now more than ever, employers need to ensure they are getting the best from their staff by taking advantage of the range of training and funding opportunities available through Train to Gain."

The government announced a £1bn expansion of Train to Gain in December 2007. The Sector Skills Council for Construction has already agreed a sector skills compact which will see many more employers use Train to Gain and Apprenticeships to engage their staff in learning.

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