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Lesson39TrainingPractices - LESSON 39 TRAINING PRACTICES...

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LESSON 39 TRAINING PRACTICES This lesson provides statistics about training practices based on comprehensive research work. BLS Reports on Employer-Provided Formal Training 1995 Survey of Employer Provided Training-Employee Results Technical Information: (202) 606-7386 USDL 96-515 Media Contact: (202) 606-5902 For release: 10:00 A.M. EST Thursday, December 19, 1996 BLS REPORTS ON THE AMOUNT OF FORMAL AND INFORMAL TRAINING RECEIVED BY EMPLOYEES Employees who work in establishments with 50 or more workers received an average of 44.5 hours of training in the period May-October 1995, according to a survey of employees conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S.Department of Labor. Of these total training hours, 70 percent, or 31.1 hours, were spent receiving informal training, while 13.4 hours were in formal training. The survey also found that in the May-October 1995 period, and estimated $647 per employee was spent on wage and salary costs of training, with about 65 percent of the amount spent on informal training. The 1995 Survey of Employer-Provided Training (SEPT95) was sponsored by the Employment Training Administration of the U.S. Department of Labor and involved two major components: (1) a survey of establishments and (2) a survey of randomly-selected employees in the surveyed establishments. In an earlier news release (July 10, 1996, USDL#96-268), BLS reported on findings from the SEPT95 establishment survey, focusing on the amount of formal training provided and selected costs of formal training. This news release provides results from the employee survey, including information on the amount of formal and informal training received and the wage and salary cost of the time that employees spent in both formal and informal training. Over 1,000 employees were surveyed from May through October 1995. Each employee had a personal-visit interview and provided information on his/her age, sex, race/ethnicity, occupation, education, earnings, and tenure, as well as information on his/her past training and its benefits. In addition to this background information, employees were asked to answer a series of questions on the new skills or information
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they learned each day over a 10- day period. Information was collected on the nature, length, and type of each learning activity. These learning activities were then categorized by BLS as either formal training, informal training, or self learning. (See technical note for additional details on data collection and measurement methods.) Training by type and delivery method While working for their current employers, 84 percent of employees received some kind of formal training and 96 percent received some kind of informal training. (See table 1.) During the six-month survey period, employees received an average of 44.5 hours of training, of which 13.4 hours were spent in formal training and 31.1 hours in informal training. (See table 2.) In other words, 70 percent of the training was conducted through informal instruction.
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