Employer characteristics and employee training outcomes in UK SMEs: a multivariate analysis

David Devins, Steve Johnson, John Sutherland

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Workforce development is becoming a higher priority for government, both as a means of addressing social exclusion and raising competitiveness. However there is limited evidence of the contribution of training to the success of individual firms and even less evidence of the impact of such training activity on small to medium‐sized enterprise (SME) employees. This paper draws on a survey of 1,000 employees to investigate the impact of a training intervention on employees in SME workplaces. It explores issues associated with the equity of provision of training in the workplace and the impact of training on the employability of SME employees in the labour market. The results suggest that training interventions lead to positive outcomes for the majority of SME employees, particularly those working in organisations with relatively formalised training practices. It concludes by suggesting that there should be a greater focus on the employee dimension in research and policy regarding training in SMEs.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)449-457
JournalJournal of Small Business and Enterprise Development
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2004
Externally publishedYes


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