In this paper, Cedefop analyses European attitudes and experiences with workplace training and looks at 25 case studies of companies in nine EU Member States with varying approaches to employee learning.
The results show that employers only get the full benefits of training their staff if they integrate training within a wider frame of continuous professional development. In training employees, companies should not only focus on short-term financial benefits, but aim to improve organisational performance.
Training activities can go a long way toward motivating employees and encouraging them to commit to the goals of the organisation. The message is that improvements to employees’ work situation are desirable in their own right, so long as employer gains from training are sustainable.
Training has been found to be of benefit to employees and to improve overall economic performance. But does it also benefit the workplace?