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UK firms spend more on training and learning beyond the classroom

A new report shows that the education reformation not only continues, but expands and becomes a part of the very foundation of driving businesses forwards. According to research from Bersin by Deloitte, all sectors in the UK see an increase of spending on training and learning beyond the classroom.

The UK Corporate Learning Factbook 2016: Benchmarks, Trends and Analysis of the UK Training Market, paints an interesting picture. All sectors of the economy increase their spending for training. But the one which nets the biggest increase is the IT sector. Companies in the UK tech industry have spent on average 11% more for trainings in 2015.

This is still quite below the overall national average for the UK. Usually, other companies spend about 1068 British pounds per employee for trainings. The UK tech industry only spends an average of 488 British pounds per employee.

It gets even more interesting. The report also shows that tech companies have delivered an average of 20.4 hours of trainings per employee. This is six hours more than the national average. This means that technology companies are better on delivering quality trainings with fewer resources.

Quality trainings drive the companies forward

It seems to be working, since the tech industry continues to expand rapidly. The tech companies in the survey report an average of 31% increase in staffing. The national average for the UK is 11%.

What’s more, tech companies are spending more of their overall budget on headcount than any other industry in the UK so there’s less for L&D. But how it’s still so effective? The report suggests that the reason might be the overall shift in the training industry.

Instructor-led trainings are still preferred, but not in a classroom. In fact, classroom or instructor-led trainings in the UK have dropped by 45% since 2009. Now only 32% of training hours are in this format, the report shows.

Tech companies are instead focusing on new options. Among them are e-learning, virtual classrooms and even on the job activities. Tech companies are leading the pack when it comes to leaving the classic classroom format. They spend only 24% of their training hours like that. Instead they opt for e-learning – 42% of the training hours.

The report shows that tech companies are applying their usual leaner culture to trainings, as well. This allows them to run more successful and efficient trainings for lower costs. Somethin any company from any sector would love to do.