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UK businesses need to embrace e-learning, says CIPD

UK businesses are at risk of being caught short in the globalised economy because their workforces aren't exploiting the potential of e-learning. A recent report from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) said businesses were 'not taking full advantage of the flexibility of e-learning and the networking opportunities it affords'.

The report found that the proportion of organisations using e-learning (74 per cent) had not changed greatly from when the previous study was undertaken in 2011. The proportion of employees completing their e-learning courses remained low at 31 per cent. The proportion of organisations ranking e-learning among their most effective learning and development methods (15 per cent) was found to be 'creeping upwards' only 'very gradually'. The 2011 study anticipated that e-learning would account for an increasing proportion of training time, but the new report found that there has been very little progress since then.

Perception of the effectiveness of e-learning has improved, but it is still lagging behind other more conventional training methods such as coaching by line managers and in-house development programmes.

The authors said that 'e-learning should be embraced as a vital tool for developing talent and capability' and urged organisations to 'consider how e-learning methods could be exploited to support your employees in terms of engagement, productivity and efficiency'.

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