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The UK Commission employee skills survey makes interesting reading

The latest employee skills survey carried out by the UK Commission makes interesting reading and makes strong links between training and productivity and competitiveness. 41% of the organisations surveyed did not carry out any training in the last 12 months. 44% of private sector businesses did not provide any training last year. According to the Commission organisations who do not train their staff are twice as likely to go out of business. The most common reason for not training staff was that employees are already proficient at their jobs but organisations also cited lack of time, cost and lack of information as barriers to training. For those organisations who did provide training more than half their employees still received no training at all. 84% of the training carried out was job specific, 34% was management training, 32% supervisory and 3% personal development.