New research from digitally-powered professional learning provider AVADO has shown that the average UK professional has gone two years without any training, with more than one in ten (13 per cent) having no training in over four years. As a result, nearly two thirds (63 per cent) of UK employees say they would switch employers to secure more regular training opportunities. Two fifths (41 per cent) of professionals say they're less productive in their job without regular training and a quarter (26 per cent) are worried they’ll be passed over for promotions.
When they do receive training, only half of workers (53 per cent) say it allows them to keep pace with developments in their industry. When asked what is holding them back, staff say taking time out of the office is the most common reason that training isn’t more regular (37 per cent) while the cost to their employer also plays an important part (29 per cent). Nearly a quarter (23 per cent) also highlighted that there was lack of suitable courses available to them.
To make training more useful and exciting in the future, 43 per cent of the UK employees would like the option to access courses online and one in five (18 per cent) would be keen to use virtual reality. In addition to this, 84 per cent say they’d like to take control of their own professional development by choosing the content that’s most relevant for them and completing it when it suits them best – and would feel more loyal to an employer who allowed them to do so.
“One of the biggest challenges facing businesses today is digital disruption, as a result we are seeing organisations trying to transform rapidly, without implementing effective training to ensure their people have the necessary skills to adapt to new ways of working,” commented Mark O'Donoghue, CEO at AVADO. “With that being said, the world of work is changing fast – employees now change jobs more frequently than ever and the rise of the gig economy means more staff are on short term contracts or self-employed. Yet the world of training hasn’t kept pace and, as a result, many workers aren’t getting the professional development they need to learn new skills in order to be productive and effective in their jobs.”
According to O’Donoghue online learning is making it easier than ever for businesses to offer staff regular and relevant training at a time and place that suits them. Moreover, innovations such as VR and AI are set to revolutionise training even further. “By embracing this new way of learning, businesses can make sure training is not only more collaborative, engaging and effective but has a real impact on individuals and the how the business operates,” he said.