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EDUCATION MATTERS: Workers lead call for better skills' training.

Six out of ten people in the West Midlands believe their colleagues do not have the right skills to do their job properly.

The proportion is higher than in any other part of the country. A third of people in the region also believe they need to be trained better.

And two thirds of workers say the Government should do more to encourage bosses in the West Midlands to create suitable annual training programmes for their staff.

The findings come from the Association of Colleges ahead of a major conference in Birmingham this week.

The survey also found that more than half of workers in the region said they would have chosen different subjects at school or college if they had been properly advised.

According to the research, nationally 53 per cent of workers say many people at their place of work need more training and 30 per cent believe they themselves need more skills.

More than 60 per cent claim the Government should encourage employers to create annual training programmes for staff.

Sue Dutton, acting chief executive of the AoC, said: "While employers and colleges can do more to respond to individual's needs, an impartial and effective careers service is needed to make sure more people make the right training choices first time around. The Government's aim to raise the age of those in education and training to 18 gives MPs a good opportunity to take another look at careers guidance."

The AoC Annual Conference starts at the International Convention Centre tomorrow and finishes on Thursday. Among the speakers will be humanitarian campaigner and former rock star Sir Bob Geldof.
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