(Solution) CIPD 5HRO2 role of government, employers and trade unions in ensuring future skills are met. (1.3)



The government supports skill development by introducing policies and reforms to improve education. In the UK, the government supports apprenticeship programmes through apprenticeship levy and funding (Crowley, 2022). Another way the government has supported learning is through the reformation of vocational and technical education under the Skills for Jobs White Paper. The introduction of Sainsbury Review of Post-16 skills has made the government to reform technical education to help learners achieve skilled employment (Crowley, 2022).


Employers have always supported learning in the workplace to ensure people have required skills and knowledge to reach goals and objectives. Employers ensure this by adopting formal learning and job-based approaches. Formal learning include feedback intensive programmes and supporting e-learning. Job-based approaches include assignments, secondments, shadowing, coaching and mentorship programmes. Employers also partner with universities to ensure graduates have skills needed at work.

Trade Union

Trade unions carry out learning surveys and provide members with impartial information about the type of learning they need to take (TUC, 2021). Trade unions have been supporting learning through funding. For example, Union Learning Fund (ULF), apprenticeship funds and Collective Learning Funds (CLFs) are available in the UK through the trade union to ensure learning is affordable (TUC, 2021). Union Learning Representatives (URLs) works closely with members and employers to ensure members receive better skills and learning.

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