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Learning At Work Survey 2015: How Important Is Work Provided Training?

Headway Recruitment asked a range of questions in an anonymous survey that was put together in support of the national ‘Learning at Work Week’. A total of 332 people filled out the survey. From our survey results* it’s fair to conclude that training, provided by employers, is extremely well received by employees. The overwhelming majority of our respondents consider it to be a significant factor that contributes to them learning new skills, which ultimately help them perform at a higher level in the workplace. They also see it as an important component in developing their careers. Furthermore a full range of ages, including; young, middle aged and senior employees, all responded in favour of more training. Similarly, both private sector and public sector employees, as well as employees of all levels, from juniors to directors, all recognise how important training is for their personal development Read the summary of our findings below: How important is training to employees? We asked: īHow important do you regard training to be to improving your work skills and helping your career progression? 94% of respondents answered that training is either ‘Vital’ or’ Very Important’, 4% saw it as being ‘moderately important and less than 2% saw it as being unimportant, to varying degrees. Of these respondents, 97% of 30 and under, believe training is ‘Very Important’ for improving there working ability and 87% of these respondents believe that training is vital for their career progression. In comparison, 91% of directors, whom averaged 45 and above, believe that training is’moderately important’ for them at the mature stages of their working career. How much training are employees getting? We asked: Have you completed any activity you could describe as training at work, within the last 12 months? and How many sessions of training have you received within the last 12 months? 73% of respondents answered ‘Yes’ to having had something they would count as work based training within the last twelve months. Of the respondents who answered ‘Yes’ to having some training in the last twelve months; 4% had received just one session, 68% had received 5 or fewer training sessions in the last twelve months, whereas 28% had received more than 5 training sessions. 27% of respondents stated that they had received no training in the last twelve months. Is training effective? We asked: īHow would you describe how the training went? A combined total of 88% of respondents were confident that training was a valuable exercise; 36% of respondents answered training went’Extremely well, I learnt essential new skills’ and 44% answered that training went ‘Very well, I learnt at least some valuable skills’. More than 10% of respondents believed training backed up what they knew, answering that training went ‘OK, it reaffirmed some things I’d already learned in the workplace’, whilst less than 2% of respondents found training to be not worthy. Do employees want more training? We asked: Would you like to receive more training in the workplace? 92% of employees answered ‘Yes’, whilst 8% answered ‘No’. Of the 8% of those that answered ‘No’, more than 83% had received at least 6 training sessions in the past twelve months. What kind of training do employees receive and which do they prefer? We asked: Which description best fits the method of training you have received at work? and if you could choose, which type of training do you think would be the most effective for you?Ą Of the respondents, an overall majority of 57% answered that they had received ‘Group training in a classroom or meeting room’. This was also the most popular method of training with 38% stating that it is their preference whilst at work. *Notes: Our survey sample consisted of a split between age groups and public & private sector workers that approximately matches the national average. 32% of respondents worked at companies with more than 100 staff. Percentages have been rounded up and down to the nearest whole numbers.
Mark Gill

By Mark Gill

Recruitment Director with a proven record of providing world class hires at all levels of office and management positions within the Leeds Bradford region. We use our unique Headway Recruitment Platform incorporating psychometric testing to find the top candidates. If you want access to the full local talent pool get in contact with the team at Headway. We help companies achieve growth through our unique approach. This ensures the candidates we place are the perfect fit. Companies are then best placed to get the best from each individual as they understand their motivating traits. Proud to be recognised as preferred supplier for several businesses in the Sunday Times top 100 firms to work for.
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