Kedge Martin, CEO of Rutbusters
Kedge Martin, CEO of Rutbusters

New research reveals over a third of UK’s senior managers slam their businesses for failing to train them

At least a third of senior managers and executives surveyed at British businesses have slammed their organisations for the poor training provided to them in new research* published today from executive mentors Rutbusters.

Ms Kedge Martin, CEO of Rutbusters, said: “It paints a bleak picture of the training of the UK’s 10 million professionals and senior executives, with our research finding at least a third reporting their organisation has little or no programme and another third seemingly damning theirs with faint praise.

“On the positive side, at least a third of executives and senior managers were upbeat about the training for them. And the effectiveness of training for young people such as graduates and apprentices was reported much more positively, with only just over 10% reporting negatively on it.

“It is particularly worrying that there are such high levels of dissatisfaction with the low provision of training at banking, financial services and tech businesses – core areas for the future of our economy. It can be no coincidence that our research found these sectors are also those where executives are most likely to report being burnt out and unhappy, which is hardly surprising if they are getting insufficient training for such demanding roles.”

She added: “Ongoing training for employees is essential, yet at many businesses there is the paradox that the more senior people get, the less they are seen as needing training. In fact, it is quite the opposite.

“Providing suitable high quality training and mentoring to senior executives and managers is especially important in today’s business environment, with the UK in the midst of a productivity crisis, and many businesses facing both the huge challenges of Brexit and ongoing technological disruption.

“Effective training provides benefits for both the organisation and the individual. Each and every employee needs to be an asset to the business; skills and knowledge need to be updated to ensure that every member of the team can perform their tasks in the most efficient manner.

“Besides making people more effective in their role, ongoing training has been shown to improve work satisfaction, motivation and employee loyalty.”

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