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Lack of Training Leaves Staff Demotivated

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The Campaign for Learning has warned that one of the key demotivators for employees is the perception that learning and training opportunities are available to others within their organisation and not them.

The findings are being highlighted in advance of this month's Learning at Work Day on 26 May.

The Campaign for Learning, which co-ordinates the day, believes that staff who could benefit most from workplace learning are overlooked.

Linda Siegle, Chief Executive of the Campaign for Learning said: "This divide in training can have far reaching consequences for organisational performance. Not only do employers miss out on developing talent within their own workforce, but it can also have a detrimental effect on the business through demotivated staff. A commitment to all staff in the terms of learning is not only equitable, but makes business sense too."

With only one in three jobs in the next ten years being filled by young people entering the workforce, Siegle maintained that it will become even more important for employers to invest in their staff.

She said: "Hidden talents exist throughout organisations and learning is the way to tap into it and use it for the best advantage of the business. Recruitment from within might not just be the most cost effective solution to your skills gap, it could soon be the only solution."

And far from having to force unwilling learners back into training, the Campaign for Learning believes most employees with the support and interest would jump at the chance to learn more at work.

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