Training managers predict greater investment in IT courses this year

Investment in IT training will increase this year, according to a survey of training managers by Star Consulting.

Investment in IT training will increase this year, according to a survey of training managers by Star Consulting.

The training services company found that improving training quality and demonstrating a return on learning investment were the two main concerns for IT training managers. Seventy-two per cent of those questioned said improving training quality was one of the most important issues for 2005.

Management and "soft" skills training was the biggest growth area, according to 46% of respondents.

E-learning and blended learning programmes were predicted to be more widely employed over the coming year. More than 50% of training managers expressed a strong interest in these areas.

Most respondents used an internal training department or a preferred supplier list, but 26% outsourced through either a managed service provider or a training broker. Forty-one per cent of training managers said their budget was increasing, compared with 2004, when only 15% received an increased budget for training.

Despite wanting to demonstrate return on investment, interest in tools to analyse the results of training programmes was relatively low.

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