Small and medium-sized companies are to be given special incentives to train staff under a Labour government.
Labour is looking at ways to encourage SMEs to take part in the Government-run Investors in People (IIP) scheme, which has so far targeted bigger firms.
The incentive to help with employer’s initial costs could be some form of tax relief or national insurance rebate, says a spokes- man for shadow training and employment minister Stephen Byers.
The plans follow indications of a growing commitment from design consultancies to set training budgets for the coming year (DW Salary Survey, 25 October).
Labour has not yet set a formal target for the scheme, which would come out of the existing budget, the spokesman adds.
Byers will also announce other elements of a new training strategy next month which will include a reappraisal of the role of Training and Enterprise Councils.