UK workers want regular training and are less likely to quit their jobs if employers invest in them.
90 per cent of UK workers believe that regular training in a job is vital to furthering their career, according to a report published this week.
A survey of over 2,000 British employees – carried out on behalf of Staff Skills Training – has also revealed that 42 per cent ‘strongly agree’ that regular training is important. For older workers aged over 55, learning and development is even more crucial, with a huge 95 per cent agreeing that training is vital.
These workers were also asked if they believe employers who provide on-going career development are less likely to have a high turnover of staff – and a solid 86 per cent agreed. Again, the over 55 age group was even more stoic on the matter, with 90 per cent agreeing or strongly agreeing with the link between training and a content workforce.
However, time spent training – and away from their actual jobs – is an issue, with 55 per cent agreeing that it is an obstacle, particularly when considering whether or not to attend an internal or external training course. Interestingly, this factor is even more prominent for those aged 18 to 24, with 64 per cent seemingly concerned about spending time away from their desks for courses.
Chris Morgan, CEO of Staff Skills Training, said: “The results of this survey underline what our many years in learning and development have shown us repeatedly. Staff want on-going training, both to help them in their existing positions, but also to boost their own individual career development.
“At the same time, we know that companies which invest in their staff through learning and development programmes are less likely to have a high turnover of staff because their staff are more content and feel valued.
“But there’s no denying that in our time-poor society, the thought of spending hours away from your desk and To Do list is a concern to staff.”