A recent survey by the CIPD found that 78% of public sector managers said they had less money to spend on training budgets in 2011 than the previous year – and the same percentage believed this budget would fall further in 2012. (Click HERE for the source article).
This is no doubt posing real challenges. As I have written in previous blogs, you can't just stop training people, but you can't carry on as before. Instead you have to think more creatively about HOW you spend you training budget. (My analogy with wrapping presents may be of interest here.) There was maybe a glimmer of hope in the speech David Cameron gave yesterday on 'popular capitalism' and the launch of the Cooperatives Bill, when he acknowledged that it should be easier for the public sector to use local (often cheaper) suppliers.
For example, our local school was quoted for line painting on the playground by an 'approved' supplier, yet an aquantaince of mine could have done the same thing for half the price. He has been in business for a long time....he just didn't have all the required licences, so couldn't be considered.
Power Hour provides quality training materials at just £30, but we have no public sector clients...possibly because we don't have an environmental policy or monitor the faiths of our employees. But what a great way to keep on training for a FRACTION of the budget. In my opinion, a more flexible approach can't come soon enough. Not only for the 'small' suppliers like me, but also for the end-users, who might be missing out unecessarily on training.