Thanks to Xpert HR's Employment Intelligence for highlighting the growing interest in training. Useful link to the Government's document (PDF, 236K) on how it is aiming to help support businesses through this recession.
On the matter of unemployment and training, the report says:
an additional £1.3bn to continue delivering effective support for the unemployed to find a new job
a National Employment Partnership bringing together the Government and major employers to tackle rising unemployment
refocusing Train to Gain to provide support in pre-redundancy situations, expanding the Rapid Response Scheme to target small and large scale redundancies and extending local employment partnerships to focus on the short term unemployed.