Training and development

Rachel Sharp Editor's message: Although there are few specific legal obligations on employers to provide occupational or work-related training for employees (see Training obligations), most organisations see the business benefits of doing so. Induction and other forms of on-the-job training will help new recruits and promoted employees to get up to speed in their role, and organisations also need to develop the skills and capabilities of their workforce to remain competitive.

The Government has introduced various initiatives to encourage employers to educate and train their employees. The apprenticeship levy, expected to come into force on 6 April 2017, is designed to give employers a greater incentive to take on apprentices and to put investment in apprenticeships on a sustainable footing for the long term.

Rachel Sharp, HR practice editor

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