E-learning is going to become a major development tool in most organisations over the next two years, according to a survey by the Industrial Society.
The survey shows that 29 per cent of respondent organisations offer e-learning and nearly half of those which do not, intend to do so in the next two years.
But the survey also highlights a divide within companies over who uses e-learning facilities. Technical staff and management ñ senior and junior ñ use e-learning resources the most.
Karen Price, chief executive of e-skills National Training Organisation, said, "We are very aware of the digital divide and we are trying to encourage employers to set up learning hubs within the companies."
Only 18 per cent of organisations which offer e-learning make it available to all staff, with 6 per cent incorporating some form of e-learning in their induction programmes. It is more commonly used in the development of administrative skills and manual skills than to enhance behavioural or leadership skills.
Price said, "These figures reveal that the message of the benefits of e-learning isn't getting across to employers. They must consider the potential of e-learning in terms of reduced costs."
The key benefits of e-learning include its minimal disruption to working life and that individuals learn in their own time.