In Training Surveys

Eight million people across the country are keen to learn new skills – or build on the ones they already have – through additional training or study, the latest figures show.

Data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) reveals that just under half of the working age population has undertook some form of training over the past 12 months.

This varied across the different occupations, industries that people worked in and the size of their organisations, the ABS confirmed.

"Around half the people working in professional occupations – such as school teachers, accountants and doctors – undertook work-related training over the year, but for occupations such as labourers, only one in five had undertaken any training," explained the group's Myles Burleigh.

"By industry, just over half of those working in education, public administration, mining and health care had undertaken training, while for people employed in the agriculture, forestry and fishing industry it was around one in six."

In companies with over 100 employees, almost half of workers were shown to have been involved in training, although this figure dropped to one in five for businesses with fewer than 20 members of staff.

Meanwhile, women were shown to be more engaged in personal interest training than their male counterparts.

The most common reason cited for personal interest learning was personal development – this was the motivation for 59 per cent of those questioned.

For 37 per cent of respondents, they simply enjoyed or had an interest in the area they had decided to study.

Workplace training can bring benefits to both employers and employees alike. Offering a training evaluation survey to anyone who has been involved in the session is a great way of seeing where improvements can be made.

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