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SMEs e-learning needs

On-the-job informal training is predominant, and not enough time is spent on traning, according to the Australian Flexible Learning Framework’s what matters: e-learning for small business research findings.

The research report examined the current state of e-learning in small business, and the obstacles and opportunities for the increased uptake of e-learning solutions. It featured surveys with 300 small businesses, and in-depth interviews with a further 10 small business owners or managers about their training practices and perceptions of e-learning.

Key findings included:

· On-the-job informal training is predominant in the small business sector.

· Training is important to small business and most agree that they don’t spend as much time on training as they like.

· E-learning can be an effective solution for individual small businesses with similar needs, who are geographically dispersed, and want training delivered when and where required.

· Many small businesses who are not using e-learning are unaware of suitable e-learning tools or had not considered it as a viable training option.

Framework Benchmarking and Research Business Manager, Annie Fergusson, said the latest research provided an excellent foundation for moving forward with e-learning in small business.

“The research highlights opportunities for the Framework to work alongside industry bodies and training providers to increase the understanding of e-learning, its benefits and practical application to the small business sector,” Ms Fergusson said.

“If we understand the attitudes that stand in the way of small business engagement in e-learning, we can look at ways to address and overcome them.”

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