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UK lagging behind in utilising latest technology for staff development

Filed under: Cyber Security — Stephanie on April 30, 2013

Around three in every four businesses currently utilise e-learning. However, a mere 15 per cent cite it as among the more effective education practices available. Observers believe these numbers should ideally be closer, if businesses in the UK want to keep pace with globalisation impact and benefit from the advantages that e-learning provides – such as increased flexibility when it comes to staff development and improved connectivity. These figures were reported by the 2013 CIPD/Cornerstone OnDemand Learning and Talent Development survey, which monitors change in learning and development practices in the workplace. Those seeking cyber security jobs – or any other profession requiring ongoing education – should take into account the approaches adopted by the companies advertising job vacancies.

CIPD Learning and Development Adviser, Dr John McGurk, who penned the report, said the research data suggests that businesses in the UK are failing to take advantage of how flexible e-learning can be, as well as the opportunities it provides in networking.

There has been an improvement in how e-learning is perceived (including methods like webinars, serious games and online virtual learning) over the last five years. However, it will likely be some time before it is regarded as effective a method as in-person training, such as an in-house development programme. Although the Learning and Talent Development survey in 2011 suggested that e-learning would see an increased share of training hours, the findings this year indicate that there has been very little change during that time.

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