Study finds staff training is a victim of the

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					Client:        University of Teesside
Source:        Darlington & Stockton Times (Cleveland) (Main)
Date:          04 September 2009
Page:          15
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                                    Study finds
                                    staff training
                                    is a victim of
                                    the recession
                                               by Graeme Hetherington
                                               graeme.hetherington@dst.co.uk
                              BUSINESSES       across TeesValley       OneDoor,' a partnership between
                              are reducing levelsof stafftraining           Teesside University and
                                    and development amid            five further education colleges,
                              continuing concerns about the         was recently launched to provide
                              economic downturn.                          a helping hand for businesses
                                 New research released by                    and individuals who
                              OneDoor, the higher-level             may benefit from access to
                              training network in the TeesValley, higher-level training, innovation
                                  has shown more than half of            support, business mentoring,
                              businesses are finding it difficult,        careers guidance and financial
                                     increasing concerns the                 subsidies.
                              downturn could dramatically              The network can provide
                                                                    businesses
                              reduce opportunities for training £10,000andwith funds of up up
                                                                                 individualswith
                                                                                                  to
                                  the workforce.                       £500, to help
                                 The study, conducted by the to training and meet the costs
                              department of academic enterprise The scheme innovation.
                                                                    of
                                                                                    is a partnership
                                    at TeessideUniversity,discoveredbetween Teesside University,
                                          that 57 per cent of the   Redcar and Cleveland College,
                              300-plus respondents admitted Darlington College, Stockton
                              to wanting to deliver staff training Riverside College, Hartlepool
                                   and development, but felt PE College and Middlesbrough
                              that it was not a financial priority. College.
                                                                       For more information, visit
                                 Laura Woods, director of the       onedoor.co.uk or call 0845-4630101.
                              project,said: "The results of this
                              survey demonstrate that regional
                                       firms are keen to develop
                              their workforce and prepare for
                              potential future growth beyond
                              the recession. However,as with
                              so many decisions affecting
                              businesses at the moment, financial
                                         considerations are taking
                                  priority.
                                 "Most of the participating
                              businesses recognised the need
                              to improve the skills of their
                              workforce to safeguard future
                              growth and ride out the recession.
                                      In response to the findings,
                                    we would advisebusinesses
                                  and individuals to utilise
                               networks such as OneDoor to
                               prepare for a more positive future."