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The Facts and Figures: Employee Training

Offering employee training can be seen as a significant outlay for a company, with the cost at the forefront of the employer’s mind.

However, there are important positive outcomes that can make training a worthwhile investment in the organisation as a whole.

We’re taking a look at the facts and figures that make the business case for employee training, with evidence-based conclusions. This kind of incentive can have a much bigger impact than initially apparent, with a wide-reaching effect.

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How Training Impacts the Employee Experience 

When you provide training to an employee, they realise that you’re interested in their future growth and development. This simple act can change their perception of the job, the company and their future within both.

A study conducted by LinkedIn found that 93% of organisations across the globe are concerned about employee retention, while the same study also found that providing learning opportunities to employees is the number one way organisations are working towards improving retention.

Results of LinkedIn’s 2023 Workplace Learning Report also suggest that job-seeking motivations vary across different age groups of employees, with the youngest employees (aged 18 to 34) more likely to value opportunities for career growth within the company, as well as opportunities to learn and develop new skills. 

With 89% of L&D professionals agreeing that proactively building employee skills will help navigate the evolving future of work, training can be an effective tool to build employee retention and engagement, while also helping employees navigate the ever changing world of work. When employees feel engaged, they take 41% fewer sick days and increase their productivity by 17%.

Employers often worry that by training their employees, they’re setting them up to seek higher level jobs elsewhere. This doesn’t have to be the case, however, as training employees well and providing training can help to create a strong retention strategy. In fact, it’s reported that employees who made an internal move at the 2 year mark have a greater chance of staying within the company by 75%, compared to 56% of those who didn’t have the opportunity to make an internal move. 

As well as providing training, it’s essential to also show clear routes for progression within the organisation as the employee becomes more qualified. If employees are lacking in knowledge, then this can also have a serious impact on their colleagues. 

Under-skilled managers, weak links and costly errors can do significant damage to the bottom line of any business. 

Poor management can easily drive away otherwise engaged employees, so consider whether this could be remedied with future training. 

Two in five employees have left a job at some point in their career due to poor management, based on a survey conducted by Visier, so it’s safe to say this is a major contributor to a poor employee experience. 

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Driving Productivity and Profitability Through Training 

Unsurprisingly, training your people to be more effective at their job has a positive effect on the bottom line. 

Management consulting company McKinsey & Group found that organisations that prioritise developing their employees manage to deliver top-tier profitability and are more likely to become large-scale business giants. These types of organisations exist in all sectors and can average more than one billion dollars in economic profit. 

They also found that these companies have a 28% higher return on investment capital, compared to other organisations that aren’t people-focused or performance-driven. As a workforce becomes more adept and efficient, it’s only natural that costs are reduced and profits are increased. 

Upskilling people can be a more worthwhile investment than upgrading the equipment that they work with, according to the National Centre on the Educational Quality of the Workforce

Developing talent in-house can also be more cost-effective than resourcing higher level employees from outside of the organisation. Alongside recruitment costs, the salary required to tempt an experienced employee from another organisation can be higher than the amount required to develop an existing employee to take on this role. 

This gives you the flexibility to focus on the education and experience that is relevant to the role within your organisation. Outside hires may have more experience or work in a way that’s not entirely relevant to your industry, which takes yet more resources to reskill them in your line of business.

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Balancing Training and Responsibilities 

While many employees want to learn, the biggest deterrent is finding the time to do so. Striking a balance between day-to-day roles and training can be difficult for employees. To ease this issue, it’s essential for training to be convenient and for managers to support the employee through the training. 

The manager can have a huge impact on the acceptance of a training programme, as well as its further success. As well as influencing the culture within the workplace, they also have the potential to encourage training requests and identify skills gaps. Findings suggest that ‘managers’ support affects training application by the mediation with motivation to learn’.

86% of millennial employees reported that they would be kept from leaving their current positions if training and development were offered by their employers, according to a Lorman Learning Services study

Along with that, 85% of employees also want to choose training times that fit their schedule, while 89% want training to be available to them anywhere and anytime they need to do their job.

Making learning more convenient and offering support through managers creates an ideal approach in which employees and employers benefit. 

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Reducing the Cost of Employee Training 

Training doesn’t have to be a huge investment for a company, as this can be funded in a multitude of different ways. If you’re already paying into the apprenticeship levy you have ring-fenced training funds set aside to use. 

These can be suitable for those working in entry-level roles or more experienced colleagues looking to improve their knowledge.

Studying online will generally be more cost effective for employers, as there are no travel costs or time away from the office. Online learning can reduce the cost of training by 18% and also reduces time off for learning by 15%.

Through online learning, BT were able to deliver a training programme to 23,000 employees over the course of 3 months at a cost of £5.9m. It’s estimated that if delivered in person, this would have cost £17.8m and taken five years to complete. You can find out more about these case studies in our whitepaper - download it here


The business case for training is strong; it’s no longer a question of whether you can afford to provide this, it’s now a question of whether you can afford not to. With productivity, engagement and overall profitability taking a hit if you don’t provide training - it’s essential to implement a robust training scheme.


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