Few businesses invest in CPD for their staff

A quarter of UK employees invest no time in learning new skills or continuous personal development to enhance their professional life, according to new research.

The study looked into how many UK businesses are offering workers dedicated time to work on upskilling, training and research and development, and how much time UK workers are investing in further education and new skills. The results found that nearly a third of workplaces don’t offer employees any opportunity to learn new skills or invest time in development and that almost one in ten workers last invested time in learning new skills for the workplace five years ago.

When asked how much time per week companies allow workers to invest in training and research and development, over a third said less than two hours a week, with just 3% of employees allowing workers to invest seven hours a week – the equivalent of one average working day.

Lack of budget was named the biggest barrier for workplaces.

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