Universities and Skills

Peter Jones, Dragon's Den

Skills Academy launched to help Young Entrepreneurs

The Government has unveiled details of a new National Skills Academy (NSA) for Enterprise which is aiming to equip young people with the skills to set up in business. The new academy will be launched early in 2009 and will be headed by Peter Jones from the BBC television programme Dragons’ Den. The NSA for Enterprise will deliver the UK’s first NVQ level two and three qualifications in enterprise and entrepreneurship, with courses designed by employers and training specialists. It is expected to deliver vocational courses to 11,000 young people aged 16 to 19 within its first three years, offering training on–site, online and at a variety of dedicated NSA colleges to equip them to work for businesses or set up their own. Established businesses will also be able to take adv... »

Employees may be Granted Right to Request Training

Businesses may be forced to consider employee requests for time-off for work-related training under new regulations which could be introduced by 2010. The Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS) has launched a consultation on the new laws, which would give employees the right to request time-off work for training. The entitlement would be available to all employees after 26 weeks with their employer. “We have still not persuaded every employer of the importance of skills,” said Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills John Denham. “A third of employers still don’t train their staff”. “We need to find new ways to bring the drive for skills into every workplace and to every worker. This is why we are consulting on a new ... »