What’s shocking is the fact that the median annual training hours in Government is in single digits – 6.8 hours – whereas other industries are between 10.7 and 17.9 hours per learner. Why is this? The Federal government is certainly hiring (although I am certainly aware that many state and local governments have let staff go). One would think it might still even out, as people who survive the “downsizing” have to pick up additional duties which may require additional training.
Although most of the categories did see a decrease in training hours, I think it is interesting to note that that 3 of the 8 categories had actually increased training (insurance, technology, and retail)! Perhaps with the economy such as it is, businesses are implementing technology to run leaner with fewer workers (hence the high unemployment rate), and have a bigger need for insurance – requiring this industry to further train/educate their workforce, and/or sell more policies?
Anyway, getting back to the Government statistics – as Government is clearly lagging in training hours, could this mean that government workers are less educated about their job and agency roles vs. private sector? Or is it that Government workers when they were hired were highly skilled? Is there less new hire orientation going on? Has the training department staff been slashed to where they can’t keep up with training programs? What are your thoughts??