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Chamber's training shake-up.

Birmingham Chamber of Commerce and Industry has announced a major shake-up of its training side.

It is set to concentrate its help on start-ups and is pulling out of mainstream training provision.

Chief executive Sue Battle said the switch would affect around 20 people who the chamber would be looking to redeploy.

But she said she could not rule out redundancies.

The chamber said the changes were designed to align its training activities more closely with its business objectives.

It stated: 'The delivery side of the chamber's training activities will concentrate upon encouraging new and emerging businesses with individual support for those starting up in business for the first time.

'These latest developments signal a move away from the direct delivery of NVQ training to focus upon assisting companies with workforce development and Investors in People.'

Ms Battle said: 'Birmingham Chamber, through Birmingham Chamber Training Ltd, has a long and proud history of direct involvement in the training market. That involvement continues, albeit through different engagement models which reflect the nature of the chamber's relationship with local businesses. '
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Date:Mar 15, 2004
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