ERIC Number: ED434215
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
Training Practices for Small Businesses. Practice Application Brief No. 6.
Brown, Bettina Lankard
Although large companies are more apt to provide training than smaller companies are, size is becoming less of a predictor of training than complexity of the environment, degree of market competition, and internal makeup of the company. The increasingly technological nature of the workplace has prompted many small businesses to increase their spending on training. In most of the 6 million U.S. small businesses with fewer than 50 employees, training is usually offered in house on an informal and sometimes random basis. Forms of employer-provided training include the following: on-the-job training by mentors and co-workers; seminars and speakers; classroom instruction; one-on-one training; training partnerships with other businesses and suppliers; and vendor training provided by suppliers. Because many small companies lack technology specialists or time for technology specialists to train other employees, approximately one-third of all small businesses resort to outsourced training delivered by training companies or educational institutions. Trainers in small businesses face time, space, and staff restrictions because of limited funding for their efforts, as well as attitudinal obstacles. Small businesses can enhance employee training by adopting mentoring, coaching, and peer review practices. Innovative compensation practices have proved effective in prompting employees of small businesses to seek and continue training. (Contains 16 references.) (MN)
Descriptors: Education Work Relationship, Educational Needs, Educational Practices, Educational Trends, Job Training, Needs Assessment, School Business Relationship, Small Businesses, Training Methods, Training Objectives, Trend Analysis, Vocational Education
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Publication Type: ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career, and Vocational Education, Columbus, OH.