A new study carried out by the organisation shows that one in five firms use guides and handbooks, while other popular alternatives include supplier training, public sector training provided by bodies such as colleges or local authorities, and services from trusted advisers such as accountants.
Personal coaching and mentoring, online training services, ‘DIY' training including industry tips and analysing competitors are other popular options, while just three per cent use self-help videos.
Although 32 per cent of panellists believe the overall training and skills environment has improved recently, compared to 19 per cent who think it has deteriorated, costs are seen as the biggest barrier to providing training for employees, with 61 per cent of panellists reporting this.
Overall, 40 per cent say the availability of training is a barrier, 28 per cent indicate that the quality of courses is an issue and 22 per cent reported that time needed for training is an impediment.
Phil Orford, chief executive of the FPB, said that it is important that small businesses are able to access the right training for their staff at the right price, but this is often not the case at present.
"However, entrepreneurs are finding ways to provide the skills training their staff need that are more affordable than traditional routes such as expensive courses. This is particularly relevant given the training and guidance required in order to negotiate the minefield of red tape," he added.
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Source: The Sales Director News