GMB general secretary John Edmonds has launched a scathing attack on theGovernment’s training initiatives.Edmonds ridiculed them as “a handful of measures no one has ever heardof”. And he described Tony Blair’s so-called flexible workforce as morelike that of a Third World nation.Edmonds said one in five people is illiterate, with even more lackingnumeracy skills.”The Government’s response to this massive problem has been lowprofile, patchy and inadequate, and that means the industry has to do ititself,” he told last week’s Anuman conference in London.Most companies train only 10 to 30 per cent of staff, he added. He urged HRmanagers to be forthright in their demands. “Every company needs toappoint a crusader who is going to point out the training needs without fear orfavour so it keeps training on the agenda,” he said.Edmonds urged the Government to look to the Army where “training,training, training” is recognised as the only key to success.”The Army knows how to do it properly. But I am afraid that theprogrammes the Government has put together show such a lack of imagination thatthey are likely to be off-putting to an extent that is amazing.”Most backward of all is the Government’s attitude which says, ‘Wecannot put another burden on business’. That is why we cannot create theflexible workforce for a modern economy. I have never known a company to gobust because it trained too much.”Speaking afterwards, Edmonds also called on the Government to producelegislation requiring organisations to train staff. Anyone failing to comply,he said, should pay a financial penalty.A spokesman for the DfEE said requiring employers to train could becounter-productive.By Helen RoweGovernment training initiatives• University for industry• Individual learning accounts• Lifelong learning development plans• Strategic lifelong learning partnership Union calls on HR help for training crusadesOn 1 Feb 2000 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.