Small business training ‘should be recognised’

Small firms should be recognised for the effort they put into on-the-job training for staff, the Federation for Small Businesses (FSB) says.

Companies which offer skills training to staff while they work are contributing to the UK’s workforce but are not rewarded for doing so, according to a survey from the FSB.

Respondents to the study stated ‘learning by doing’ is the most popular and effective training method for employees, but neither staff or employers are recognised for this form of training.

Half of respondents have given employees on-the-spot training from a superior, while 70 per cent said staff learnt by getting on with the job.

Dr Gary Packham, head of enterprise at Glamorgan University, who compiled the report, states it is efficient and effective to train staff in-house.

The FSB is calling for the work these companies do to be recognised with qualifications from the government, which can then be given to staff.

John Walker, national policy chairman for the organisation, says: ‘The role small businesses play in this area of training the UK’s workforce should be properly acknowledged and the achievements of small firm employees actually recognised under official accreditation.’

He adds that in the current economic climate it is ‘imperative’ small businesses continue to train their staff and are aided in doing so.

The government has recently pledged £350 million to promote its Train to Gain package for small firms.

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