So it turns out that a large number of workers are severely unhappy with the lack of training and development opportunities their employers offer. It seems that it’s causing a lot of people to sit and question their role, and ultimately their value in the company.
At CV-Library, we put together a survey to determine just how unappreciated workers were feeling regarding the degree of training and development opportunities their employers had available. Out of the 2,300 people that responded, results revealed that 95 per cent of employees were less likely to leave their job if training was available to develop their skills within the company. This is mainly because we have the innate desire for personal progression, which skills training will reward us with, as opposed to maintaining the feeling of being tied to the mast of a sinking ship.
It isn’t surprising to hear that training and development schemes in order to advance a person’s career are not the only advantages to learning new skills. Our survey also revealed that 93 per cent felt more valued when their employer presented them with these beneficial opportunities. This is obviously completely important when running a business as it will result in a friendly working environment, which is not only rewarding for the employees, but the company itself.
Apparently, out of the range of skills employees felt they needed to learn, skills that lie in technology are currently the most desired. No, scratch that, required! The annual survey from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) from May 2015 revealed that many working people felt incapable at work regarding analytical and technological skills. This is a shocking discovery in today’s day and age which relies so heavily on technology. Our survey further supported CIPD’s findings, as figures showed that 87.9 per cent of workers believed training was essential to stay ahead of technology. Surely this is obvious!
What is being done?
It is interesting to note that the most satisfied with current development opportunities, according to our survey, were social workers, medical professionals and those in customer services. Now, these are jobs which require specific ‘people-skills’. Perhaps communication skills are more valued or easier to teach than those regarding technology…
Despite all this, 94.3 per cent of employees and employers alike, believed that adult learning and development opportunities needed to be more widely available. This is encouraging news.
In addition to this, two thirds of people that responded to our survey would actually take a lower salary in return for a recognised qualification. 70 per cent would even fund their own learning if it meant they could gain additional qualifications that could potentially land them their dream job in the future.
I think it’s fair to say that developing skills is a life long process that is valuable for anyone at any stage of their career and it is definitely an issue that many businesses today are approaching head-on. Learning opportunities are vital to the development of the individual and ultimately for the company too, as without a satisfied and efficiently-skilled worker, the business is unlikely to progress.