Train to Gain

Train to Gain is a free Skills Brokerage service, managed and funded by the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) that helps employers find the training they need for their employees. A dedicated Skills Broker will analyse individual business needs and will work with each individual employer to help them plan a tailored training programme.

Because Train to Gain Skills Brokers do not work for any training organisation, the advice they give to employers is impartial. The aim is to make sure employers find the training they need to increase productivity and develop more competitive businesses.

How does the service work?
Skills Brokers visit businesses and conduct a thorough audit of training needs before working with employers to develop tailored training solutions. These could involve sourcing training programmes that are delivered on-site to minimise disruption to employees.

The service is free to all employers and some training may also have subsidised funding from Government - for example Skills for Life and first full Level 2 qualifications, Apprenticeships, Advanced Apprenticeships and some Level 3 training. Each Skills Broker is an independent specialist trained to national quality standards who acts 100% in the interests of your business and will provide you with independent and comprehensive advice about training and funding available.

What is the purpose of Train to Gain?
Train to Gain is a fundamental part of raising skills levels in businesses across England. Skills shortages continue to have a negative impact on UK productivity and competitiveness in the face of fast-growing economies. This is recognised by all organisations who work in learning and skills and it is vital that employers continue to invest, or start to invest, in their workforce to develop their skills - or risk losing their competitive edge.

Train to Gain successes
By the end of 2010 it is expected that over 500,000 learners will have achieved a first full Level 2 qualification through Train to Gain. The service will also increase the opportunities for adults aged 19+ to move from a low skills base to Level 2 and beyond, ensuring ease of access and financial support for those who are eligible. Gaining first full Level 2 qualifications and Skills for Life qualifications are key aims for Train to Gain.

For further information including useful links, funding and latest news visit the Skills for Justice Train to Gain page.


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