Training gap worst in small and medium-sized firms

Small and medium-sized engineering companies are spending too little on training, according to an annual survey, The People Skills Scoreboard. Companies with fewer than 100 employees spent around £200 per employee last year on training, compared to an average of £700. Michael Sanderson, chief executive of the Engineering and Marine Training Authority, said: `The Scoreboard […]

Small and medium-sized engineering companies are spending too little on training, according to an annual survey, The People Skills Scoreboard.

Companies with fewer than 100 employees spent around £200 per employee last year on training, compared to an average of £700.

Michael Sanderson, chief executive of the Engineering and Marine Training Authority, said: `The Scoreboard shows that investing in training improves business performance. The trouble is that if you are the proprietor of a small engineering company, you probably have more pressing things to worry about.’

The training gap is being made worse by a shortage of apprentice-level workers with basic skills, warned David Giachardi, policy director at the Engineering Employers’ Federation.

`The problem is a lack of potential employees with basic abilities such as computer skills,’ he said.