Publishing training in crisis after SSC snub

first_imgTraining in the publishing industry is in crisis after employers opted tosnub the Government’s Sector Skills Council (SSC) framework. They have taken the decision after the Publishing National TrainingOrganisation’s (NTO) bid for Sector Skills Council status was rejected. The publishing industry has been fighting for SSC status since they werebrought in last March to replace the NTOs and to help employers meet theirsector’s skills needs more effectively through greater funding and expertise. The Publishing NTO has refused the Government’s offer to lump it in withother NTOs to create a wider SSC or give it ‘Expert Body’ status. Employersclaim that both moves would give the industry significantly less influence andfunding over the development of staff skills. Skills development in the industry could now be left to individualemployers, as the Publishing NTO is to fold. Joanne Butcher, chief executive of the Publishing NTO, believes the sectorhas been treated unfairly because the publishing industry is substantiallybigger than some of the sectors already granted SSC status. Ken Smith, training and development director at Emap Communications, agreed:”All the work done to improve skills is lost. We will have no funding,influence or clout. It will create a short-term, commercial view ofdevelopment, ignoring the wider long-term training responsibilities.” Keith Brownlie, group HR director at publishing group Informa, said theGovernment has misled the sector. “I am angry and upset by theGovernment’s decision. The Prime Minister gave us assurances that the sector isimportant,” he said. “We were looking to encourage a broader range of skills sets, but it[the decision] has created a ‘go it alone’ mentality.” By Paul Nelson Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Publishing training in crisis after SSC snubOn 25 Mar 2003 in Personnel Todaylast_img

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