Boost for training

3rd July 2009 at 01:00

Eight out of 10 employers maintained or increased their investment in training over the first six months of 2009, and 90 per cent report that they will hold or increase training levels for the remainder of the year.

A survey of 1,000 members of the Institute of Directors found that employers were more likely to cut expenditure on hospitality and staff bonuses than training budgets.

The recession was influencing the type of training undertaken: 46 per cent of respondents were focusing on short courses designed to meet immediate business needs, rather than "investment" training, such as degrees and professional qualifications that address longer-term strategic aims.

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