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Friday, 18 November 2011

Workers 'need employer assistance' to boost skills

Many staff hoping to boost their skillsets are struggling to do so without the support of their employers, according to a new poll of staff.

Research carried out by Accenture has found that 55 per cent of staff feel pressure to develop additional skills for career success, but only 21 per cent have gained these skills through employer training programmes.

The data, published in the Accenture Skills Gap Study and compiled following a poll of 1,088 workers, found that few have boosted vital attributes such as problem solving and analytical skills over the past five years.

Furthermore, only 53 per cent of workers who are currently unemployed say they understand which skills are likely to be in demand in the next five years.

David Smith, managing director of Accenture Talent and Organisation, said there is an "escalating talent crisis" and employers should not assume that workers have the resources or knowledge to acquire all the skills they will need.

He noted: "Our study shows that workers are prepared to improve and expand their skills, but they're not receiving sufficient support to develop those skills. In addition to investing in training, employers will have to become more transparent about their talent requirements and more creative about leveraging the skills they already have."

Recently, Judith Armatage, the Recruitment and Employment Confederation's director of professional development, said the recruitment industry is starting to adopt a mindset of continuous improvement, which is reflected in a surge in demand for training, mentoring and qualifications.

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Source: The Sales Director News

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