SMEs want training geared to meet business targets

The range of initiatives
brought in to improve workplace development have had a minimal impact on small
to medium-sized  businesses (SMEs) ,
according to research.

poll by the Learning and Skills Development Agency found that 70 per cent of
SMEs reported that  training should be
better designed to meet business targets and be embedded in the context of the

survey of 85 SMEs, employing between two and 250 staff, also showed that
employers backed the idea of workplace training with 66 per cent citing
development as the employer’s responsibility.

majority (90 per cent) agreed that training was necessary for business growth
and 83 per cent said it led to improved productivity.

By Ross Wigham

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