Employers signal good year ahead for training budgets

Employers are confident of increasing their spending on learning and development over the coming year, according to a survey by IRS.


While four in 10 of the 79 public and private sector organisations surveyed said they had seen their spending increase since 2002, more than half are expecting an increase in spending over the next 12 months.


Many of the organisations anticipating pay increases cite takeovers or staffing increases as the reason, while others put it down to changes in the regulatory environment.


The findings reveal a growing interest in ensuring that training is effective and good value for money, with just one organisation reporting that it doesn’t evaluate it’s training processes.


‘Happy sheets’ were judged to be the most effective means of training evaluation, and four in 10 organisations described their evaluation process as good.

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