Scottish Govt Invests £2.2m For Worker Training
The positive impact on having well-trained members of staff is so great that the Scottish government has pledged a considerable amount of money to make sure workers get the education they need.
Earlier this week, first minister Nicola Sturgeon revealed £2.62 million will be given to Scottish Trade Union Congress (STUC) Learning, which will help union members provide training so their employees can have adequate skills.
In Ms Sturgeon’s speech at the STUC Annual Congress, she noted the “huge contribution” the government makes towards workplace training, aiding around 3,000 people a year to develop new talents.
“By doing so, it enhances the learning and the life chances of workers across the country, and it also brings benefits to the organisations they work for,” she stated.
The first minister commented that the investment is worthwhile because the unions “are so good at identifying workers’ needs” and are dedicated to boosting their career prospects.
STUC allows workers to attend courses at times that fit in with them, so they are more inclined to commit to the training.
The government argues this investment is not just important for workers, but also for companies, as it addresses the skills gap in many industries and helps improve their business and productivity.
Grahame Smith, general secretary of the STUC, added this extra finance will help 9,000 people in the country.
“We appreciate the confidence the Scottish government has shown in the work we do to give workers the opportunity they would not otherwise have to develop personally and professionally,” Mr Smith remarked.
There are a huge number of courses that are valuable to the workforce, particularly CIEH licensing law awareness for people working in the hospitality industry. This course teaches students about all aspects of being a personal license holder, including their legal and social responsibilities. Attendees will also learn about alcohol licensing, which will enable them to take their career in the bar industry further should they want to expand on their experiences.
Becoming skilled in technology is also incredibly important, and many employees feel as though they are falling behind as technological advances are made so frequently.
According to a joint report from the Scottish government and the STUC, many workers are anxious they could lose their jobs as a result of these changes, particularly when it comes to automation.
Mr Smith stated this “represents a major challenge to how work is organised”, adding it is uncertain how it will impact the quality of work produced and employees whose roles are being taken over by automatic programmes.
Staff members who have a good grasp of technology, however, make themselves more indispensible to their employers. By completing a course in Microsoft Outlook, spreadsheet programming or social media, for instance, they can provide important skills to the business.
With these talents, their bosses are likely to find them more useful to retain and, therefore, they have a better chance of being kept in their roles, despite the current trend for automation.
A good understanding of information technology is important for any job, so those who do not know yet what they want to do in the future will set themselves up well by taking a course in this.