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Training 'valued by graduates'

Published: Monday, 08 December 2008   Category: Life after graduation

Graduates value training and development opportunities in the workplace highly - especially coaching and mentoring, a new study has indicated.

Research conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) indicates that one third of respondents see training as their first choice of benefit other than salary.

Some 46 per cent claimed that training and development was their preferred workplace benefit, while 98 per cent said they saw strong mentoring as being important to their professional development.

Michael Rendell, PwC partner and global head of human resource services, said providing one-to-one development to new graduates "can help ease the sometimes bumpy transition from university to the workplace".

He added: "Instead of reacting to cost pressures by cutting training budgets, organisations should ask if they are spending where it will be most appreciated and bring the greatest benefit to long-term business health."

Alison Church, the senior conference and marketing manager at the World of Learning, recently said it was "more crucial than ever" that continued professional development is encouraged in the UK workplace.

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