Thursday, August 28 - Workers returning from holiday want to jump ship

PUBLISHED: 16:24 28 August 2008 | UPDATED: 09:34 10 June 2010

NEW research by the Government has shown that almost half of Exmouth s residents returning to work from their summer holiday consider handing in their notice.

NEW research by the Government has shown that almost half of Exmouth's residents returning to work from their summer holiday consider handing in their notice.

In response ht eLearning and Skills Council are urging employers to take action through the new Train to Gain scheme that aims to increase staff retention and productivity by investing in their staff through training.

The Learning and Skills Council's (LSC) Train to Gain service offer businesses impartial advice on their skills requirements; matching training needs of companies with training providers, sourcing potential funding and grants and finding courses that suit them and their employees.

Chris Minett, Skills Development Director at Train to Gain, said: "This summer we are really bringing home the importance of training to employers.

"It boosts morale, demonstrates a company's commitment to their employees and ultimately helps to increase profits.

"Research by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills highlights that the failure rate among companies that didn't train their staff was 2.5 times higher than those that did. "

She continued: "The research also indicates that despite the help on offer from Train to Gain a third of SMEs don't invest in any training at all. With the South West having one of the highest SME base in England (70% of all employment) it is crucial that employers act now to keep hold of their valuable employees."

Devon company Pasta King contacted Train to Gain to source training advice. Fifteen members of staff have since undertaken different training courses, including NVQ Level 2 in Food and Drink Manufacturing Operations.

Paul Haigney, Operations Director at Pasta King, said: "The training has had great impact on the way our employees approach their work, making our processes more efficient and productive. It has also given people greater confidence and helped to boost their self-esteem.

The investment in training has also definitely helped to increase our turnover, which has rocketed in the past two years to nearly £10 million. Increasing our skills base has undoubtedly helped to secure our continued success."

Train to Gain will be targeting South West businesses and organisations throughout the summer to encourage them to invest in training with the help of Train to Gain.

More information on Train to Gain can be found via - www.traintogain.gov.uk or call 08456 047 047 to speak with a Train to Gain Skills Broker.

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