Older workers 'not benefiting' from training

04-08-2006

HR departments believe that older workers are not getting enough out of training, according to new research.

A study from training company Thales found that 66 per cent of HR professionals felt that employees aged over 50 were not as willing to learn as other members of staff.

The survey of 100 HR professionals also found that 43 per cent of respondents felt that managers were not applying the skills they picked up on training courses to the workplace, Personnel Today reports.

"Employers need to consider why they are experiencing a lower return on investment from training allocated to the more mature workforce," said Rachel Kay, business development manager at Thales.

Figures released in June from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development found that 70 per cent of employers were actively seeking to employ people aged between 55 and retirement age to aid with recruitment difficulties.

Employers were also targeting younger workers aged between 16 and 24, with 74 per cent of organisations seeking employees in this age group.



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