Editor's message: Organisations will benefit from a competitive advantage if they develop their workforce - from apprentices through to future business leaders.
Access to learning and development opportunities not only enables employees to improve their knowledge and skills, but can also increase their engagement. It can also be a useful tool in retaining staff in a time of skills shortages and a strong labour market.
Investing in learning and development to remain competitive, or to implement a specific initiative such as a programme of leadership development, are key reasons for organisations to increase spending in this area. For organisations seeking to cut back on training spend, there are alternatives to simply reducing the output of their training activities - including making more use of online and informal learning methods.
Whatever the learning and development initiative, don't forget to pay attention to the most appropriate method of learning delivery, and evaluate the outcomes to ensure that your organisation receives value for money and meets business needs.
Rachel Sharp, HR practice editor
Updated to include information on the forthcoming How to introduce and manage mental health first aid in the workplace.
Two-thirds of businesses are worried that they will not be able to find sufficiently skilled people to fill high skilled roles, according to industry body the CBI.
Updated to reflect the Budget 2018 announcement that the co-investment rate will be reduced to 5%.
Updated to include a reference to the Government's response to the consultation.
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