It is worth remembering the added value of using external training providers. Not only are they able to co-partner with existing in house learning and development teams, but can often provide traction where those teams are struggling to gain the desired buy in from colleagues. Sometimes a ‘third eye’ and an independent voice to impart fresh insights and perspectives from other businesses can add great value.
Firms are committed to developing talent in-house: with only 42 per cent of training done externally, the majority use an in-house dedicated training and development budget (76 per cent), mentoring and coaching opportunities (68 per cent) or support employees to study part-time (73 per cent). However, there is a concern about future shortages: over two-thirds of businesses (69 per cent) are not confident about filling their high-skilled jobs in future (up from 55 per cent in 2015.