From training to retraining: The benefits

Here, we look at how different ways to learn new skills can be beneficial to you and your employees.

As a small business owner, you and your employees can always learn something new. Whether that’s learning how to manage your books better, a new marketing technique, or refining a sales process, there is always something fresh to familiarise yourself and your staff with.

Earlier this year business energy provider Love Energy Savings surveyed more than 1,400 people and found that almost half of them (49 per cent) didn’t believe that their employer was offering them enough learning and development opportunities through training, emphasising the importance of considering offering training opportunities.

Learning can take the form of refresher training, for you or your staff. In the advancing worlds of industry, office and social workspaces, every member of staff, no matter what role they have, can benefit from some effective training.

Skills training

Training can take the form of investment in learning and skills development, which can bring considerable benefits, both to the individual and the business in which they are employed.

Reported outcomes of training include a more skilled, confident, satisfied and loyal workforce. More than 80 per cent of those studying for their line of work reported positive outcomes. Results from a survey conducted by NIACE and UKCES, have shown that 61 per cent of respondents felt it necessary to improve their skills to support their career.

Health and safety

Training can also be offering in health and safety. According to the government’s Health and Safety Executive, an estimated 621,000 UK workers suffered from a serious injury in the last year alone.

Though the causes of these incidents are unknown, this figure alone can be enough motivation to consider some intensive safety, workplace and refresher training for your staff members, especially in industries such as haulage, where the potential for dangerous incidents at work is at all-time high.


Of course, the option is open for business owners to change direction entirely and retrain. Faced with the pressures of modern commerce, wanting a fresh start in a new industry can be understandable for business owners, for reasons such as a better work-life balance, or just to challenge themselves. Popular avenues for learning new skills can include becoming a personal trainer, a business coach or even a chef.

Training and retraining can ensure the learning of new skills that can have the potential to change your professional life forever. Whether you are looking to further your career in one sector or change direction entirely, good luck in your learning adventure!

Ben Lobel

Ben Lobel

Ben Lobel was the editor of from 2010 to 2018. He specialises in writing for start-up and scale-up companies in the areas of finance, marketing and HR.

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