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Gloucestershire based training company inundated with requests for Age Legislation Courses


For Immediate Release 29th September 2006

Gloucestershire based training company inundated with requests for Age Legislation Courses

Learning4business, a Stroud based online learning provider, has been flooded with requests for training to help businesses understand the implications of the new Age Discrimination Legislation which will come into force on Monday.

The Employment Equality (Age) Regulations which will come into force on Monday 1st October and are the final piece in the jigsaw of European directives aimed at ensuring equality and diversity in the workplace. The regulations will make it unlawful to discriminate against workers, employees, jobseekers and trainees because of their age.

This flurry of activity is in spite of a recent survey of 400 companies, carried out by insurance firm AXA, showing that of the businesses that are aware of the changes, 44 per cent have failed to prepare for them. AXA have warned that firms need to review their working practices before the new regulations come into effect in October 2006.

Ruth Howell, Sales Director at learning4business said,

“There has been a lot of speculation that companies will not be prepared for the new legislation when it arrives on Monday. I am surprised by this as we have received a large amount of requests for information on the legislation and these companies seem very keen to ensure that they and their workforce remain discrimination free.”

Among the companies who have signed up for Age Legislation online course is Manchester based financial services company London Scottish Bank. Mike Taylor, Group Head of Learning & Development for London Scottish Bank said “With 65 branches and 1,500 employees we take employment best practice and legislation very seriously. We will be taking positive steps to ensure that our company and our employees are fully compliant with the legislation and we will be watching the effects of the regulations over the coming months with interest.”

Ruth Howell, Sales Director at learning4business is quick to offer reassurance to companies who may be alarmed by the impending laws, “There really is no reason for companies to panic, there are plenty of organisations and businesses that can offer advice and training to help them cope with the new laws. What is important however, is that businesses ensure that all there employees understand and adhere to the advice that they are given.”


Notes to Editors:

1. Contact: Sarah Watson on 01453 756000 or e-mail

2. The associated photograph is Ruth Howell, Sales Director, learning4business

3. Learning4business is one of the leading UK e-learning designers and publishers; our large and wide-ranging customer base enables us to provide access to learning for hundreds of thousands of people. Our success has been delivered through quality learning products and knowledge of our customers’ needs.

We specialise in the design, publishing and provision of self-directed learning delivered by Internet, Intranet or CD Rom, and currently have over 80 courses aimed at varying levels of management, supervisory and general staff. These courses deal with a variety of subjects ranging from Health & Safety to Workplace Legislation to interpersonal and generic management skills


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