Staff training is a way forward for employers in Malta
Skills shortage in Malta is one of the most pressing issues facing the country with lack of skilled employees leading to stunted growth and investment of businesses and organizations.
Training is one way to bridge this gap and the new misco survey has looked at the issue in depth, hoping to give employers and employees the tools to make their decision-making process more impactful.
The report, which included a survey of 360 respondents, looked at training practices within organizations in the hope of helping employers facing the challenges of the skills shortage in Malta.
Here are their findings:
1. Employers need to place more emphasis on employee training
Training is one of the main pillars of human resources that benefits the entire organization, according to misco, and helps bridge the gap between what employers expect of their staff and the skills of their employees.
Yet 71% of organizations said they always prefer to employ staff who are already trained and technically qualified.
Training your staff offers a multitude of opportunities and benefits, as misco has found. This helps establish a long-term strategy for developing employee skills, increasing employee retention and satisfaction, hoping that employees might very well become future leaders.
Training boosts employee engagement, helping to build workplace relationships, teamwork and collaboration. It is a useful tool to help new employees in the organization while improving the relationship between management and the current staff themselves.
Even better, it dramatically improves efficiency, productivity and effectiveness, reducing the need for supervision and increasing employee self-confidence.
And organizations agree, with more than 55% saying it helps improve the performance of their current workforce.
2. Individuals must take responsibility for the development of technical and soft skills
While on-site training should always be encouraged, employees should also take some responsibility for developing their own skills.
This will definitely help you in the job market, as the survey found that 90% of employers would prefer to hire people who already have the soft skills needed for the job.
About 10% still prefer to train their employees themselves, but it could really make a difference when looking for your next opportunity.
This does not mean, however, that Maltese employers always find what they are looking for. About 55% said it was relatively easy to find people with the skills they were looking for, but 29% said it was difficult to do so, highlighting the importance of on-the-job training.
3. What are the most important skills for organizations?
But what soft skills are organizations looking for? Well, misco was able to dig deeper into that as well, by asking respondents to rank the five most important soft skills for their organization.
The top 5 were:
- Verbal communication skills (54.8%)
- Decision-making skills (45.2%)
- Teamwork skills (45.2%)
- Customer service skills (38.7%)
- Interpersonal skills (29%)
4. What skills do employees lack?
Respondents were presented with the same list of skills, but instead were asked which skills their employees lacked the most.
Decision-making was the most mentioned skill, with just under 42% agreeing it was the skill most employees lacked.
However, working on priorities (38.7%), a strong work ethic (35.5%), self-organization/time management (29%0 and enthusiasm (29%) also feature among the top five.
As misco notes, all of this data points to a need for organizations to start training and developing their staff.
5. So how do you measure a skills gap?
Before training even begins, an organization must investigate and analyze a skills gap, explains misco.
A skills gap analysis can be done in any form or method, as long as it provides a result on what is being investigated.
Currently, management feedback (28%) seems to be the most popular. However, management requests (22%), formal training needs analysis (20%), a standard annual training plan (15%) and employee requests (15%) also performed well. .
The majority prefer in-house programs (77%), but there is a fairly even split between accredited (55%) and non-accredited (45%) programs.
6. Not enough time to train?
Time seems to be a major issue for employers implementing training programs in their organizations. 47% of respondents said there was not enough time available to train employees, more than double the second most popular answer, budget (23%).
At the same time, lack of interest (16%) and lack of suitable programs (12%) are also stumbling blocks for some.
7. So what training do employees value?
The most popular choices were face-to-face and on-the-job training, emphasizing the importance of human interaction in employee development.
misco has also found that a method like coaching and mentoring is also a popular choice, as the nature of a training methodology changes over time.
However, a combination of face-to-face and online training was also preferred, perhaps due to the increase in flexible working.
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