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Employment prospects not looking brighter in 2010 say British workers
Employers not interested in developing skills through training, according to new research
Hopes that Britains economic prospects will pick up in 2010 are not shared by the majority of UK employees, according to research released today. The survey, conducted by Home Learning College the UKs biggest provider of award-winning vocational distance learning shows that 74% of British adults do not see their employment prospects improving in the coming year*. In fact, 10% think things will get worse before they get better.
When asked about their current job, a quarter of respondents said they feel bored, unfulfilled and unappreciated. The negative impact of the recession on staff development is also highlighted by the fact that 37% say their employer takes no interest in enhancing their skills through internal or external training.
Lack of appropriate qualifications is seen as the key factor stopping around a third of people from getting their dream job. Lack of experience and lack of confidence were also cited as playing a role in holding back career progression.
Despite a lack of training support from employers, 40% of British adults are very or quite likely to study for a new qualification in 2010 under their own initiative. Over a third (37%) name career change as the driving force behind this desire to learn. A further third aim to enhance their knowledge and skills in order to secure a pay rise or promotion, while 30% plan to study purely for pleasure.
Dave Snow, Academic Director at Home Learning College, believes that employers should do their best to harness this interest in self improvement among their work force. He comments: A 2009 report from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) revealed that 46% of managers have lost key members of staff by offering inadequate levels of training. When post-recessionary recovery depends on retaining talented employees, investment in vocational training becomes a necessity rather than a luxury.
If we are to gain a firm hold on the road to financial recovery in 2010 then business leaders need to start demonstrating a commitment to staff training and development. Only then will employees feel more positive about their career prospects and be more engaged at work.
Targeted, professionally accredited training doesnt have to cost the earth, either financially or in administrative terms. In fact, distance learning represents an effective route for ensuring valued team members remain motivated and productive, while minimising their down time from existing work commitments.
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