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Average Training Received per employee (Days)


Hi everyone.

Me and my team are going crazy over this and I was hoping someone could please tell me the correct formula to allow us to calculate the average number of days training staff receive within our organisation.

Many thanks.

2 Responses

  1. Average no. of training days

    I’m not sure why this is a problem or the purpose of working out an average but I’ll have a stab at answering your query.

    Firstly, the calculation is simple. Take the total number of person training days (ten people on a one day course is 10 days) and divide this by the total number of employees. That will give you the average training days per employee.

    Looking a bit behind the question, what constitutes a person training day? This could include time being coached, doing elearning or attending college. It all depends on why you are collecting the data and what you want to use it for. If it is to do a quarterly update to management on learning activity then the main thing is to be consistent in what you include, to include as much as you can reasonably measure and to make sure you don’t confuse activity with success.

    When you look at the data it can be useful to try and spot patterns and identify what they might be telling you. For example, you may find that one division consistently has more training than another. Which has got it right? Or is the difference legitimate because turnover is different or the type of work they do requires different levels of training? Look out for some people getting large amounts of training and others getting none – this can be masked by simply looking at an average. Look out for trends (eg more doing elearning over time). But remember all these data are only clues and indicators, making sense of it and using it for management decisions requires further insight and professional judgement.

    Hope that helps


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