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Graduates need training to keep skills relevant, says survey

Published: Wednesday, 13 May 2009   Category: Life after graduation | Employer News

Human resources management firm Kelly Services has released the results of a survey which shows that 90 per cent of workers aged between 18 and 29 believe their skills will become obsolete within years if they do not receive sufficient training.

The survey, entitled the Kelly Global Workforce Index, questioned 100,000 employees in 34 different countries and the company says that employers which invest in training will see higher profitability in the future.

A third of all respondents also said that their employers were not currently providing the training they need in order to retain relevant skills and 69 per cent believe it is a joint responsibility between the worker and the manager.

Commenting on the survey, senior vice-president for Asia Pacific at Kelly Services Dhiren Shantilal said: "It is only very recently that we faced skills shortages across many industries, and unless skills and training are enhanced, such situation may occur in future."

The British Chambers of Commerce recently told HR magazine that funding is lacking for employers who want to make the most of their staff by investing in training during the recession.

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