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Classrooms or Computers: What Do Workers Value More as a Source of Professional Training?

Classrooms or Computers: What Do Workers Value More as a Source of Professional Training?
From Recruiter - August 3, 2016

The UKs recent economic success has certainly been due in part to the countrysability to attract individuals with highly specific competencies, qualities, experience, knowledge, and ideas. But even the most skilled of employees need supportand thats where training and development come in.

British organizations that have experienced growth over the last two years are significantly more likely to train workers than are companies for whichgrowth has either been steady or in decline. Investing in the continued professional development of employees is beneficial not onlyfor company morale, but also for the corporations bottom line. For that reason, employee training is becoming more of a priority, especially in the UK.

Training courses are a great way to improve the effectiveness of a companys workforce. That being said, it can be difficult for managers to negotiate the various categories of training courses and programs that are available to them. Some managers prefer employees attend online training programsbecause they seeeLearning as an inexpensive alternative to classroom training. Others think its a better idea tosend employees to take lessons in quite environments away from the noise and pressures of the workplace environments where they can create networks with other learners by sharing experiences and insights.

But what about the employees themselves? What do workers really think about professional training? Would they prefer a classic classroom-based approach, or are theymore likely to appreciate online courses?

Activia Training, a UK-based training provider, has conducted asurveyof more than 1,000 workers across the UK about the sources of professional training they value most. The question was straightforward, and the respondents were given three responses from which to choose their answers:

Quite surprisingly, more than half of respondents (52.7 percent) considered classroom-based training the most valuable source of professional development, while a small 18 percent valued online training the most.

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