Employee Survey Shows Training Budget Cuts

A new survey of 300 mechanical, electrical, facilities, utilities, and plumbing professionals indicates a lax attitude toward training among employers.

Of those responding, nearly 45 percent said their employer did not have a budget for training, while another 15 percent said their company's training budget is going down in 2009. Fifty-five percent of respondents said they funded their last professional certification training and testing costs on their own.

When asked about the last time they were trained in a work-related safety procedure or process, more than 25 percent of respondents either couldn't remember or hadn't been trained yet.

Ninety percent of respondents were older than 31, and 62 percent were currently employed when the survey was conducted in late December 2008.

"Like many areas of business, training initiatives are seeing budget cuts," said Jeff Dickey-Chasins, vice president of marketing for MEP Jobs, the job board conducting the survey. "Companies hoping to differentiate themselves during a time when many prospective employees are shopping for jobs should focus on promoting their dedication to continuing education and training."

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