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Under-valued British training network could provide key solution to skills gaps, inquiry concludes

An under-valued network of employer-led training organisations established almost 50 years ago could help to remedy the serious skills gaps and shortages that are hampering the UK's economic recovery. This is the conclusion of an independent Commission of Inquiry into the role of Group Training Associations (GTAs) chaired by Professor Lorna Unwin of the Institute of Education.

GTAs, which are not-for-profit associations, are already well-established in some parts of the country, particularly the North of England and the Midlands, but they have only a patchy presence in other regions. The time is now right for these associations to become active in areas of the UK where they do not exist or have only a limited role, the Commission believes.

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