Lack of Time Found To Be the Main Roadblock in Employee Upskilling

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  • The top challenge employees face when participating in training programmes is the lack of time where they are “too busy with work” (49%) and being “unwilling to attend courses outside of work hours” (34%). Employers also cite “attending courses as disruptive to day-to-day operations” (58%) as the main obstacle when implementing training programmes for their employees.
  • In order to increase participation in training programmes, employees desire more support from their employers through “paid leave hours for training” (61%), “providing a temporary cover at work” (52%) and “short refresher courses” (43%).
  • Employers believe that the top three methods to ensure their employees are equipped with the necessary skills are through “more flexible arrangements for employees to work and learn” (43%), the “cultivation of a self-driven learning culture” (39%), and the “introduction of more training methods” (39%).


SINGAPORE – Media OutReach – 2 November 2021 – The pandemic has placed a heightened emphasis on the need for developing the skills and competencies of the workforce, in order for companies to emerge stronger and more resilient. Yet while many companies recognise the need for enhanced workforce learning programmes, NTUC LearningHub (NTUC LHUB)’s recent Workforce Learning in Workplace Transformation (WLWT) report[1] unveiled that more must be done to encourage employees to upskill, in order to accelerate workplace transformation in the endemic world. In particular, the report uncovered that time constraints form a consequential barrier to employee participation in training programmes.

 

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