A strong desire amongst job-seekers to improve their employment prospects should offer an opportunity to focus on providing the best quality training, according to a new report.

The National Audit Office’s (NAO) report on the government-backed Train to Gain scheme found a number of areas that needed improvement, including “inconsistent” management.

Amyas Morse, the head of the NAO, said that while employers had seen a number of benefits from the scheme, it remained to be seen whether public money is reaching those areas with the greatest need.

However, the NAO says that improvements are now being made in the management of the scheme.

Further change has been seen in the scheme’s communication, something which the NAO said had previously led to confusion amongst employers and learning providers.

The Train to Gain scheme was founded by the government in order to link employers with training advisors.

These “business brokers” would then talk to employers about how to organise and implement training within their organisation.