Members respond in force to our training practices and preferences survey

When we asked our members how they approached training in 2000 and how they expect to do so in 2001, they responded in numbers. Find out how over 1,500 TechRepublic members handled training last year and how they expect to address it now.

Training is a popular topic among TechRepublic members. After all, keeping your skills current is critical to advancing in the ever-changing IT world. We received further evidence of this concern when we surveyed our members about the training they received in 2000 and how they plan to approach training in 2001. Here’s what over 1,500 TechRepublic members had to say about their training practices and preferences.
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Members prefer live instruction
We asked respondents to identify which training medium they like best. Fifty-six percent of respondents preferred live instruction as their training medium of choice, followed by books at 18 percent, and online resources at 12 percent. Figure A provides a breakdown of the various training mediums.

Figure A

Most organizations view training as either important or crucial
Without the commitment of your employer, training can be difficult, if not impossible. Thankfully, most of our respondents reported that their employers understand the significance of training. In fact, 28 percent reported that their employers considered training to be crucial to the success of the organization (see Figure B).

Figure B

Self-study the most common training method
Self-study was the clear leader among the training methods that TechRepublic members used most during 2000, garnering 50 percent of the response. This trend should continue in the new year, as 51 percent of respondents reported that they would use self-study as their primary training method in 2001 (see Figure C).

Figure C

Organizations share burden of training costs with employees
Training can be expensive, but many employers will often pay for an employee’s training expenses. Our survey found that who pays for training is split right down the middle between employer and employee (see Figure D). Members also expect this trend to continue in 2001.

Figure D

Members expect spending on training to increase
Figure E presents a rundown of how much TechRepublic members spent on training in 2000 and how much they anticipate spending in 2001. These results indicate that the number of respondents who will spend more than $1,000 on training is expected to increase by 10 percent from 2000 to 2001.

Figure E

Most respondents concentrate on software training
Figure F offers a breakdown of training areas for both 2000 and 2001. Thirty-one percent of TechRepublic members reported the majority of their 2000 training focused on server software, and 35 percent expect server software to be their primary area of concern in 2001.

Figure F

What do you think of these survey results? Do you find information like this helpful when making career or training decisions? What information do you find most helpful when choosing training material? Let us know what you think. Post a comment or send us a note.

About Bill Detwiler

Bill Detwiler is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and Tech Pro Research and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop supp...

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