WAMITAB - the leading awarding organisation for qualifications in the waste and resource management, cleaning, street cleansing, facilities management, and parking industries - has released details of its first ever Skills Survey.
Launched in the autumn last year, the survey invited employers to contribute their feedback on the importance of training and workplace skills development.
The main results of the survey were:
• 81% of respondents stated that green issues are very important to their business.
• 76% of respondents had invested in training in the last 12 months.
• 72% of respondents planned to invest in training in the next six months.
• The most popular forms of training were short courses and technical qualifications.
• The greatest motivators to invest in training were to develop staff and address the skills gap.
• Cost and lack of time were identified as the biggest barriers to investment in training.
Mark Hyde, commercial director for WAMITAB, said: “We are greatly encouraged by the response to the WAMITAB Skills Survey. The importance that companies place on qualifications and training was highlighted by the fact that the majority of participants revealed that their organisations had invested in this in the past year, and intended to do more in 2014. Respondents also told us that they preferred a combination of training styles including classroom-based, distance and online learning. Flexible options are important to organisations and their staff, as it breaks down barriers to learning, making the improvement of skills accessible and achievable for all. This feedback will help WAMITAB and its partners to continue developing relevant qualifications and training programmes that deliver the results that employers and their employees want.”
The full report is available on the WAMITAB website www.wamitab.org.uk.