In today’s electronically driven economy, keeping up with technology advancements is critical to the success of any business. Upgrading the knowledge and proficiency of everyone who touches that technology ensures that the workforce as a whole becomes a valuable commodity to the employer. Put simply, technology is king, regardless of industry sector or business size.
Research shows that over 60% of all employees in the UK are required to use a computer and the internet for their work at least once a week and more than half of all businesses provide members of staff with a portable device such as a laptop, smartphone or tablet. However, shocking figures recently released by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) revealed that 7.82 million adults in the UK, that’s 16% of the total adult population, have never even used the internet.
It is common practice for businesses to train employees in the disciplines of sales, marketing and health and safety but, often, competency in basic and intermediate IT skills are overlooked with most employers assuming that these skills improve organically over time. In reality, as software packages and in house systems become more advanced, the skills gap grows ever wider.
So, what can be done to bring the UK’s workforce back up to speed?
Increasingly, UK employers are recognising the value of refreshing and advancing the IT skills of their workforce to improve operational efficiencies and promote innovation from within their ranks.
Recognising this ever increasing demand for world-class training solutions, a leading provider of IT training is now offering exclusive franchises in the UK.
New Horizons is the world’s largest independent IT training company. With a network of over 300 centres in 60 countries, they are Microsoft’s largest training provider, delivering more than 40% of all authorised Microsoft training worldwide.
Along with an award-winning training programme and comprehensive support package, new franchisees are offered an exclusive territory in a major city along with training programmes for all employees. In addition, the package includes ongoing training events and annual conferences, a wide variety of live online events, self-paced e-learning resources and a wealth of tools that franchisees can use to train their employees.
You can find out more about the New Horizons franchise by visiting www.newhorizonsfranchise.co.uk