Staff investment positively impacting on skills training: report

According to a workforce data survey published by the Education and Training Foundation and the Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP), training providers continue to invest in their staff which is having a positive impact on the quality of delivery.

The largest proportion of the workforce (59%) were professionals including teachers, tutors, trainers, assessors, examiners, advisors and employment consultants.  A third (33%) of those staff had an assessor role in 2012/13 and of these, 92% held a specific assessor qualification.  All of those people classified as teachers in the work based learning sector were recorded as having a formal qualification.  Two-thirds of teaching staff were qualified at level 4 or above.

Commenting on these findings, AELP chief executive Stewart Segal said: “In an environment where training providers have to deliver more for less, it is clear that they are continuing to invest in their staff.  This is reflected in the quality of provision which continues to rise.  The 2014 CBI/Pearson skills survey of employers and the SFA surveys highlighted a very high degree of employer satisfaction with services offered by training providers and we believe that investment which providers have made in the recruitment and professional development of their staff is a major factor.”