Trainers fear managers just don’t buy benefits of learning and development

More than half of training specialists have major concerns about their organisation’s learning and development provision, a survey by Personnel Today’s sister publication IRS Employment Review showed.

The most common concern (cited by 40% of respondents) was the inadequate buy-in of learning and development provisions at management level, followed by insufficient evaluation of the training function (36%), the study of 95 organisations revealed.

Obtaining adequate resources for learning and development and synchronising training across the organisation were also cited as issues.

The most common form of management training was found to be external conference and seminars (97%), followed by induction programmes (93%), informal help from colleagues (93%) and instructor-led classroom training (92%).

More than half of respondents run a tailor-made leadership programme and 62% use executive coaching or mentoring to improve leadership skills. Appraisals and development reviews were also used as a development tool by 82% of organisations.

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