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Training is the investment your staff are looking for

Gone are the days when a free pizza and drinks on Friday afternoon was enough to win over your workforce. New research suggests that employees are actually longing to be offered training and skills development opportunities.

A new report by RMIT Online has revealed that employees were more likely to stick with their employer if additional workplace training (up to the value of $1,000 a year) was made available to them.

TAFE Queensland Head of Commercial Business Robert Petherbridge said while training and skills development opportunities could still be seen as an employee perk, the benefits for employers were just as advantageous.

“This report cements the knowledge that we have always known — a skilled workforce and employees who are able to continue to learn and develop new skills will stick around and remain loyal to the business,” Mr Petherbridge said.

“Skills development is also crucial in our recovery from COVID-19 and the devastating effect it has had on employees and employers.”

While the RMIT Online report noted that some employees had access to no training whatsoever, it also highlighted that many of those who were given an opportunity to undertake training left feeling disappointed because the training was not relevant or they did not learn anything new.

These results were further substantiated by the Where next for skills? report by PWC. According to the report, 72 per cent of employers hadn't offered their staff any skills training in the past 12 months despite 49 per cent saying that skills shortages would inhibit their growth.

“Training is an investment not a cost and it's important that employers get it right, and get it right the first time,” Mr Petherbridge said.

TAFE Queensland delivers custom, flexible training options for businesses big or small.

“We believe that a skill, no matter how big or small, once learned can be a thing that changes someone’s life for the better. Investing in your employees skills will not only benefit them but the business too,” Mr Petherbridge said.

“No two businesses are the same and that there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to training. Our customised training is designed to give you industry-standard training that is relevant to your business and staff.”

“Queenslanders want to learn and employers can play a larger role in skilling their staff. Naturally, training staff can help an employer ensure they have the right skills and capabilities in the organisation. However, training can also help attract and retain employees.”

“Putting off a Business Health Check or failing to look at a Training Needs Analysis can be a serious and expensive mistake to make.”

Got questions? We have teams across Queensland who can help you develop a customised training program.