The value of skills training – delivered in-house or potentially in specialist training rooms – cannot be underestimated, it has been claimed.
Professor Bernie Callaghan, dean of the Faculty of Business and Law at the University of Sunderland, claimed that once skills training is embraced by an organisation, the pace of the business can speed up.
Writing for the Journal, he said having a training strategy means priorities are clarified, managed and evaluated over a period of time.
"This is infinitely better than the stop-start momentum created by one-off initiatives which end just as they begin to make a real difference," Professor Callaghan stated.
"Despite the effects of the recession, businesses of all sizes still have to compete for skilled talent."
Professor Callaghan said a well-trained workforce gives an organisation a "huge commercial advantage".
"For those companies which have cut back on skills training because of the downturn, this is the perfect time to think again," he told the news provider.
The impact training can have on production, motivation and morale is "remarkable", Professor Callaghan added.
"When staff have the confidence and commitment to apply their learning to improve the workplace, it makes for a more competitive, positive business," he noted.
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