Few employers support formal staff training: research
Last Updated (Tuesday, 30 November 1999 00:00) Written by Jorja Davey Friday, 23 March 2012 01:08
23/03/2012 - Employers are finding it increasingly difficult to secure adequately skilled staff and new research shows more need to offer formal training to their existing workers.
The survey by management consultant Accenture found that almost half of workers are under pressure to develop additional skills to remain successful in their careers.
However, only 26 per cent say they have acquired new skills through formal training organised by their employers during the past five years.
Accenture executive director of talent and organisation James Arnott says many employers are facing challenges to find the skills they need in their workforces.
"In order to attract and retain top talent, they should provide more opportunities for development of in-demand skills and better opportunities for career growth," Arnott said as the research was released on Thursday.
"Our study highlights that workers are prepared to improve and expand their skills but they're not receiving sufficient support from employers."
The survey of 1053 employed and unemployed workers found that 59 per cent had learned new skills in the past five years.
While 48 per cent had added technology skills, few had updated other in-demand skills such as problem solving (35 per cent), analytical skills (22 per cent) and managerial skills (21 per cent).
Only just over half of respondents believe their employers fully utilise their capabilities, and 36 per cent believe their bosses look only at job experience and education to match employees to jobs.
"Employers that are looking to drive business growth and productivity need to do more than invest in training," Arnott said.
"They need to better understand their current employee mix and become more creative about how they leverage existing skills within their workforces."0 Comments