This lesson provides statistics about training practices based on comprehensive
BLS Reports on Employer-Provided Formal Training
1995 Survey of Employer Provided Training-Employee Results
(202) 606-7386 USDL 96-515
(202) 606-5902 For release:
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
(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.
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