ERIC Number: ED437545
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Learning and Training: Enhancing Small Business Success.
Kilpatrick, Sue; Crowley, Suzanne
Owners or managers of 181 Australian businesses employing fewer than 20 people in the construction, manufacturing, property and business services, and retail industries in 3 metropolitan and 3 nonmetropolitan locations were interviewed by telephone to identify how they used training to enhance their small business's success. Of those surveyed, one-third had had someone attend a relevant course in the past 12 months, 30% had learned from a consultant or mentor, and more than 60% had attended a business-related meeting or seminar. Small businesses with partners or employees with postschool qualifications were more likely to engaging in ongoing learning activities. The low rate of participation in training, especially by owners, and their preference for informal learning methods are consistent with a picture of small business owners who are supervisors of more formalized training and unaware that training policy could be relevant. The study demonstrated a relationship between success and learning on the job and resulted in 11 recommendations concerning developing a learning culture, learning and training design, and future policy directions relating to the provision of learning/training opportunities for small business. (The report contains 58 references and 13 tables/figures. Appendixes constituting approximately 30% of this document contain the following: 72 additional tables; discussion of the relationship between training and small business; small business training questionnaire; location selection data; and list of reference group members.) (MN)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Education Work Relationship, Educational Attainment, Educational Attitudes, Educational Change, Educational Needs, Educational Policy, Educational Quality, Foreign Countries, Job Training, National Surveys, Needs Assessment, Organizational Climate, Outcomes of Education, Participation, Policy Formation, Postsecondary Education, Public Policy, Questionnaires, Small Businesses, Success, Tables (Data), Training Methods, Training Objectives, Vocational Education
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Australian National Training Authority, Melbourne.
Authoring Institution: National Centre for Vocational Education Research, Leabrook (Australia).
Identifiers - Location: Australia
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A