November is National Career Development month, when the National Career Development Association throws the spotlight on the benefits to employers and employees alike of nurturing skills.
For those still in education, getting on the career ladder is that all-important first step. For those already in employment, continually developing and learning is essential for a fulfilling and successful working life.
Employers investing in training and development for their teams will also reap the benefits, in terms of productivity, performance, employee retention and business growth.
As recruiters here in Wiltshire, the 24-7 Staffing team are all about encouraging our clients and our candidates to explore professional development.
For candidates, extra and enhanced skills open up greater employment opportunities. Having additional skills and qualifications can give a candidate the edge, particularly now, against the current backdrop of the Coronavirus pandemic, where competition for employment is fierce.
Serco, for example, offers an extensive range of free, online training courses which can be accessed by employees. Similarly, LEPs (local enterprise partnerships such as Swindon & Wiltshire LEP) have free resources available.
For forward-thinking businesses, investing in training and development makes them more attractive places to work for ambitious candidates. Indeed, for Millennials and Generation Z in particular, opportunities for training and development can be as important as the rest of the employment package, including the salary.
Five reasons to invest in training and development
- People are an organisation’s biggest asset so investment in your workforce will always bring far-reaching benefits. Your team will feel more motivated, engaged and empowered, with the result that they are more efficient, productive and adept at what they do.
- Investing in your training and development helps with employee retention. Employees are more likely to stay with you for your longer, if they feel they have opportunities for personal and professional development.
- Your business is a more attractive place to work if there is a culture of development for employees, so you will be able to draw in quality candidates. Currently, against the backdrop of the pandemic, the numbers of jobseekers are abundant. However, before Coronavirus struck, the pool of talented labour was small, and businesses were vying for quality staff. In the cyclical employment world, this situation will soon come around again.
- Investing in your team helps with succession planning. If you have internal vacancies, by nurturing your team members you are more likely to be able to recruit from within.
- By investing in your team, you are futureproofing your business. Not only are people an organisation’s biggest asset, they are also its biggest advocates. Look after them and your business and its reputation will continue to flourish.
If you are a jobseeker or taking the opportunity to learn new skills and enhance your career, here are details of some free training opportunities happening in Wiltshire.
To talk to the team at 24-7 Staffing about current vacancies, or if you are looking to source quality candidates for your business, please do get in touch.