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UK Businesses Falling Short on Digital Skills Training

UK Businesses Falling Short on Digital Skills Training

UK small businesses are ‘not doing enough’ to boost employee digital competence, according to a report by Barclays. The survey of both employees and employers found that small firms are only spending an average of £109 annually per employee on digital skills training – leaving themselves at risk of falling behind foreign competitors. Over a third (34%) of the businesses surveyed admitted they found it difficult to implement the right training to digitally up-skill staff, and 45% said they felt their older employees were slower to pick up the required skillsets than younger recruits. The report highlighted  fears that UK small enterprises will be left behind in the ‘digital revolution’ with 40% of small businesses having revealed that they rely on graduates and younger employees for t... »

Apprenticeships: Making the Case for Training

By James Hammill, Head of Apprenticeships at Kaplan Think about the different ways you can use Apprenticeships to benefit your business – Apprenticeships aren’t just for organisations who are thinking of hiring a young person.  Many businesses use Apprenticeships to train and up-skill existing staff.  This can be a great way to increase productivity and motivate employees. Explore the funding on offer – Apprenticeship funding is available for employers who wish to train existing employees or hire people via Apprenticeship training programmes. This varies depending on the age of the apprentice.  For 16-18 year olds, 100% of training costs will be funded by the government.  Apprentices aged 19 or over will receive a proportion of the funding for their training. However, employers should be a... »

Investing in IT

Super SMEs invest way through recession

Small businesses that continue to invest in IT, marketing and staff training are more likely to survive the recession, according to new research. Research from communications firm Plantronics found that 21% of small and medium–sized enterprises (SMEs) have either been unaffected by the economic slowdown or their business was booming. Of these so–called “Super SMEs”, all had increased or maintained their levels of investment in IT infrastructure, staff training or marketing. Super SMEs were also three times more likely to have a disaster plan in place, should the economic climate deteriorate further. Plantronics general manager Paul Clark said: “During times of economic uncertainty, SMEs tend to view investment in IT, staff training and marketing as luxuries in... »