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Simplification of UK skills system 'is crucial'

Simplification of UK skills system 'is crucial'

The skills system must be simplified if companies are going to make the most of the talents of their employees, it has been suggested.

According to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), there is currently a productivity gap between UK firms and their international competitors, which is being made worse by poor leadership and people management skills in Britain.

The organisation added workers must be encouraged by firms to apply their abilities and remain loyal to their employer.

Commenting on the statement, Steve Huxham, chairman of the Recruitment Society, said the CIPD is not necessarily correct to say there is not enough invested in management development in the UK.

However, he explained the body is right when it comes to suggestions the skills system should be simplified.

Mr Huxham stated: "What you should do is identify the need at all levels whether it is in apprenticeships, supporting management development, [or] vocational learning. [They should] just keep that very simple and guide employers in how to do it."

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