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Personal
gain motivates the urge to learn

Managers
are likely to rate personal career plans as the primary influence on their
development needs, in preference to the future needs of the organisation.

This
is one of the findings of the Roffey Park Institute in Management Agenda 2001,
an annual survey of more than 200 managers.

It
found that while 38 per cent of managers rank their career vision as a
motivator, only 29 per cent feel the needs of the organisation is the primary
driver.

“Organisations
have to realise that there is an element of self-interest which could be to
their detriment,” said report author Caroline Glynn. “Managers have taken on
board the idea which has been pushed at them for the past couple of years that
they have to be employable, and they are gathering what they see as the
relevant skills.”

The
survey also illustrates the growing role of the training professional as a
consultant.

External
training and on-the-job development are seen as key elements to individual
growth. Only one-third refer to their training manager or line manager to keep
up to date with the courses or opportunities.

www.roffeypark.com

Builders
set LSC agenda

Construction
body the CITB has set its cap at the incoming Learning and Skills Council.

This
month it will publish its Workforce Development Planning Brief  2001-2005 to draw attention to skills needs
in construction.

The
sector needs to recruit and train 370,000 people in the next five years, it
says.

The
CITB hopes around 40-50,000 people a year from other sectors, such as
agriculture, mining and the armed forces will retrain. It is also looking for
22,000 people to enter the industry each year through new entrant training and
10,000 through construction-related courses in formal education.

The
CITB will also use the brief to call on the LSC to fund shared use of
facilities in schools and colleges to assist post-16 education and training.  

www.citb.co.uk

Brokers’
needs unrecognised

Manufacturers
and their business partners and brokers are at odds over training requirements,
according to The Channel Partners Survey published by performance improvement
company Maritz Learning Systems.

A
least one-third of the partners (referred to as “channel partners”) felt their
training needs were overlooked, most acutely in the car and insurance sectors.

When
asked which areas of performance they most wanted to improve, the channel
partners ranked customer service as crucial, whereas manufacturers listed
product knowledge.

Both
parties are also slow to innovate training delivery methods such as distance
learning, even though they cite lack of time as hindering development.

www.maritz.co.uk

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