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UK businesses 'clinging to outdated training methods'

25 April 2012

UK managers may be undermining their company's effectiveness through an overreliance on outdated methods of training.

A report from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has suggested that businesses remain focused on classroom and trainer-led instruction, despite doubts about its effectiveness.

Only 16 per cent of learning and talent development professionals polled by the institute named formal education courses as an effective way of delivering training, while 11 per cent named e-learning.

According to the CIPD, continuous collaborative and connective learning are becoming far more important in the modern business world, meaning many UK firms will need to catch up.

Dr John McGurk, learning and talent development adviser at the CIPD, said: "We need to lift our awareness of the emerging science on learning and in some cases we need to slaughter some of the sacred cows which have informed practice."

Earlier this month, the National Outsourcing Association said many firms are benefiting from delegating professional development functions to external providers at present.

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