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ERIC Number: EJ1103270
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2046-9012
Barriers to Employee Training in Small and Medium Sized Enterprises: Insights and Evidences from Mauritius
Padachi, Kesseven; Bhiwajee, Soolakshna Lukea
European Journal of Training and Development, v40 n4 p232-247 2016
Purpose: Training is an important component of successful business concerns. However, although there is growing acceptance amongst scholars that small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are engines that drive economies across nations, through their contribution in terms of job creation and poverty reduction; extant research portray that these organisations often lack the resources required to undertake training. Mauritius, as a small island developing state, is not an exception. Similar to other economies, the Mauritian business landscape is characterised by a larger number of SMEs, representing 97 per cent of the business stock and accounting for nearly 47 per cent of the national workforce. To ensure a smooth transition along the business life cycle and fulfil their objectives, it becomes important to gauge into the training practices of these SMEs. This paper therefore aims to investigate into the barriers which SMEs face in the provision of training to their employees in the Republic of Mauritius. Design/methodology/approach: Through a survey questionnaire, the study attempted, inter alia, to mainly identify the importance and perception that owner managers of SMEs attach to the concept of training and, consequently, identifies the various barriers faced by the SMEs to impart training. Findings: Data obtained were analysed using SPSS 20.0 through descriptive statistics and inferential statistics. The analysis of the findings showed that training practices among SMEs in Mauritius rhymes with extant general literature. Originality/value: Research pertaining to SMEs is still in a state of infancy in the Republic of Mauritius, without mentioning that it is practically non-existent as far as the training function is concerned. This paper thus attempts to provide both policymakers and researchers' scientific data regarding the barriers which SMEs face when indulging in training.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Mauritius
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