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Exclusive: Staff lose out on training as budgets are cut

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Nearly two-fifths of staff have had no training in the past year.

UK businesses still seem to offer a mixed bag when it comes to the frequency of training. A poll of more than 1,200 employees revealed just as many staff receive learning opportunities once every year as those who do every week. Of equal concern though are the near two-fifths (38%) of staff who said they have received no training at all in the past 12 months, and the 20% who said budgets for learning have been cut due to the recession.

Our exclusive research with Harris Interactive reveals men are more likely to receive training every week than women (25% vs 17%). When given the statement, 'Learning is key to our ongoing success, and we are increasing our spend on it', only 15% of staff said this best summed up their company's attitude to learning. More (26%) thought the statement, 'It's key to our success and we will continue to invest in it,' best characterised their company. (See Learning report, p43).

Date compiled: 15-17 July 2009. Interview method: Harris Interactive online panel. Sample size of 1,203 included all GB adults 16-plus working full time or part-time. Harris Interactive is a member of The British Polling Council. For more information contact Nikki Bateman, research executive at nbateman@harrisinteractive.com

In the past 12 months, how often have you participated in learning
opportunities?
4% not sure
10% once a week
4% once every 2 to 3 weeks
8% once a month
10% once every 2 to 3 months
13% once every 4 to 6 months
13% once a year
38% were not involved in any training