Training proving problematic for small businesses

Small businesses are struggling to provide employees with the necessary amount of training, a new study has indicated.

Research conducted by the Forum of Private Business (FPB) found that cost is an issue for six out of ten companies surveyed.

Almost three in ten said the quality of courses available was a problem, while 22 per cent lacked the time to send staff for training.

Phil Orford, chief executive of the FPB, said that for the sake of small businesses and the economy, it is important that firms are able to access the right training for their staff at the right price.

“Unfortunately, while there have been some improvements recently, this is often not the case at present," he stated.

"But entrepreneurs are finding ways to provide the skills training their staff need that are more affordable than traditional routes such as expensive courses."

Mr Orford said this is "particularly relevant" given the training and guidance required in order to negotiate the minefield of red tape.

Posted by Steve Moore

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