UK firms neglect employee training

UK firms neglect employee training

Universities and schools are doing a better job of preparing UK employees for the working world than businesses themselves, according to research from Opinium, on behalf of training specialists, Filtered.

Over 2,000 adults in employment across the UK were surveyed and discovered that a mere 25% revealed that they’d received training on the skills they need, despite 60% claiming that they needed key workplace skills in order to perform their roles successfully.

In addition, 80% of participants surveyed felt confident in their preparedness for work following university, and 58% after leaving school.

Things such as self-management (time management, planning, organisation and self-motivation); attention to detail; problem solving and creativity; and literacy were among the most important skills to UK workers.

Only a quarter had ever received training from their employers in these specific areas and a further 41% had not received any form of training from their bosses. 85% of respondents also revealed that they had been offered no compulsory training by their workplace.

Marc Zao-Sanders, Co-Founder and MD at Filtered believes that “firms that are neglectful of training will be unable to keep up with market changes and the competition and this will ultimately affect performance.

“Whether it’s a move to integrate new technologies or changes to process, businesses need to be responsive and that will largely be through an informed and aware workforce,” he says.

Zao-Sanders also stressed the importance of training employees as it allows workers to “perform better in their role for the benefit of the business as well as the individual.

“It can be reassuring and even inspiring for staff to know that their employer is investing in them. Training can quite easily be the difference between a happy and unhappy workforce,” he concludes.

Comments (1)

  • Nisha Postlethwaite
    Nisha Postlethwaite
    Sat, 13 Dec 2014 6:27pm GMT
    Businesses that want to survive in the competitive markets of today must train and develop their existing employees and yes, it has it has so many fantastic benefits - I often see this first hand - employees feel valued and are more motivated, productive, and likely to remain at the business and their potential increases . Upskilling staff will also allow for more flexibility in terms of work rotas. Businesses must focus on updating existing staff’s skills to ensure they have the most up to date skills in the industry and to retain their top talent.

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