and development has become an increasing priority for employers now that
employees are looking for far more from their careers than just a good salary.
It is vital that you are able to put a solid plan in place for the training, learning,
development and future career prospects of your employees for the following
ensure that employees have the skills needed to excel and do their jobs
ensure employees have the capability to support the future growth of your business
keep talented employees committed to your business and less likely to lose
interest and look for employment elsewhere
doubt that your employees are your company’s biggest asset and investing into
their development and progression is vital to sustain the success of your
business. Many businesses invest a lot of time and effort into the recruiting
and hiring process to ensure they are bringing in the right people into their
business, but often the emphasis on caring about their skills and what they
have to offer stops there - but it doesn’t and shouldn’t have to.
article, we explore what employee learning and development is and the four key
benefits of offering training and development opportunities to your employees.
What is employee learning and development?
can help your employees to learn precise skills that will have an immediate
impact on their performance at work, whilst focusing on their development by
putting a more expansive plan in place for their future within the business,
will improve their productivity and commitment to you as an employer.
in skills and knowledge for the here and now will help your employees increase
their performance and confidence as they go about their daily tasks, but investing
in the long term will help employees feel more positively about change within
the business, and it will give them a skillset that will be more useful for the
future of your business as it grows and develops.
What are the benefits of employee learning and development?
1. Improved employee performance
employee who receives the necessary training is more able to perform in their
job with a greater understanding of their responsibilities within their role,
and this will in turn help to build their confidence. This will enhance the
employee’s overall performance, which can only be a good thing for your
business, and it will mean they will be less reliant on other members of your
team as they will be able to complete the task in hand without seeking
2. Improved employee morale and productivity
investing in your employees, it shows them that they are valued within the
business and that you are prepared to invest in them to help them develop. It
will also demonstrate that you are committed to keeping them within the
business for the long term. Employees who feel appreciated and challenged
through training and development opportunities may feel more satisfaction
toward their place of work, increasing commitment to their jobs as well as
3. Addressing weaknesses
your employees will have some weaknesses when it comes to their workplace
skills and providing training may help bring these weaknesses to light but more
importantly, help to overcome them. A training programme would allow your
employees to strengthen the skills that need improvement, and this will help
you as an employer to create overall knowledgeable staff who can take over for
one another as needed, work independently and without constant supervision from
other members of your team, freeing them up to focus on other tasks on their to
4. Reduces employee turnover and enhances company
employees are more likely to feel valued if they are invested in and less
likely to change employers, so you are likely to see a reduced turnover rate. Training
and development is seen as an additional company benefit and will also be something
your potential employees will look for when they’re searching for their next
opportunity, so make sure this is something you shout about when it comes to
recruiting new members of the team too.
strong training and development strategy will help your employer brand and your
company reputation overall, and it will showcase just how much you care and
value your workforce which is important to the modern job seeker. If you want
to find out more about what an employer brand is and why it’s important to
develop yours, click here to read of
What does the research say?
the above benefits, research released by
MPA Group in 2019
revealed that nearly a third (30%) of workplaces don’t offer employees the
opportunity to learn new skills or invest time in development, with a quarter
(25%) of office workers investing no time in learning new skills or further
education to enhance their professional life.
asked how much time per week companies allow workers to invest in training and
research and development, over a third (35%) said less than two hours a week,
with just 3% of employees allowing workers to invest seven hours a week – the
equivalent to one average working day.
budget (52%) was named the biggest barrier for workplaces allowing staff
members to spend time upskilling, while 28% said staff development was not a
are any businesses most valuable assets, so it is important that all
businesses, no matter what industry, allow workers to invest time in learning
new skills or training that will support their career,” says Mike Price,
Director at MPA.
will this support staff morale and satisfaction levels, it can have a huge
impact on your business, particularly investing time in research and
What methods of training and development are out there?
training and development can come in many forms, from on-the-job learning and
mentoring schemes to in-house training, online courses and individual study.
There won’t be a one-size-fits-all strategy for this, as each of your employees
will need to train and develop on different skills and at different levels, so
you need to consider what would be appropriate to each employee. However, there
will be a common approach you can take with all of your employees:
a personal development plan for each of your employees setting out the development
needed, how the development will be achieved, when the development is expected
to be achieved and how the achievement will be measured
performance conversations to uncover ongoing training needs and relevant
interests, and then make sure you check on an employee’s progress with frequent
training and development could include:
your employees to work alongside or shadow more experienced members of the team
move your employees to a different department to learn new skills
external / online training courses
with study for higher level management and other qualifications
will bring a different set of skills to the workplace when they are recruited,
so once they are fully trained in their role, further development is important.
As we have gathered in this article, offering your employees suitable training
and development opportunities can help you to keep them motivated in work,
build loyalty, provide them with excellent career progression and prospects,
fill identified skill gaps within your organisation and help you stay ahead of
Here at JVP we know how hard you work to create
an amazing workplace where employees are engaged, motivated, and feel valued.
It’s why we’re so passionate about employer brands, because we know the
difference it can make when it comes to attracting the best talent.
To discover how our employer branded job
advertising and recruitment marketing solutions will help you to quickly attract
the best people, whilst removing the hassle and high costs from the recruitment
process, call the JVP Group team on 01745 774 955, or click here to schedule a
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