Study: Training Leads to Promotion, Employee Retention

There's a bright future ahead for those taking training courses.

Investing in training could be a good step toward a promotion, according to a survey by The Training Camp.

The November 2003 survey showed that of the more than 500 IT employees polled (including contract workers), 87 percent were promoted after taking a training course or certification program.

In addition, 82 percent of survey takers returned to their current job after participating in a training course or certification program. Over half of those polled were lucky enough to have company-sponsored training.

“Managers in the past have been reluctant to foot the bill for certification and career development in the IT realm, for fear that employees will take those skills elsewhere or demand high wages when they return,” said Ed Denzler, CEO of The Training Camp.

Most respondents had taken the MCSE (mixed and single) and the CCNA (+ CCDA mix), and the most in-demand skill at their companies is Windows Server administration followed closely by security. The Training Camp has seen an increase in demand, as well, for Cisco and Linux.

“Ultimately, the employees are paying for their training by bringing the skills back to their companies and providing a solid ROI,” said Denzler.

The most valued benefits organizations can offer are training, health insurance and flexible work schedules, according to the survey. Most IT professionals don’t mind, however, doing without a company-paid gym membership, travel insurance or a mobile phone.

About the Author

Kristen Kazarian has been Associate Editor at MCP Magazine for nearly two years. Before this, she worked at Weider Publications as a copy editor for JUMP Magazine and a licensing permissions administrator. Kristen has been in the publishing field for more than 12 years.

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Reader Comments:

Mon, Oct 15, 2007 lorato sejaro botswana

employees who are highly trained and whose career development is effectively manageg by the organization shows a level of commitment and can make a significant contributions to the quality of goods or services the organzation offer.

Thu, Apr 15, 2004 Anonymous Anonymous

IT UNION !!!!!

Thu, Apr 15, 2004 georgefawzy tanta-egypt


Thu, Mar 25, 2004 Anonymous Anonymous

A training company reports that paying big bux for training is a good thing. Whatta surprise!

Yes, continuous education is good, and I know of no tech-workers who have ever stopped engaging in it. Still, companies should pay for it. But these days they're both whining about a shortage or projected shortage 5 or 10 years in the future, AND adamantly refusing to fly people in for interviews or cover relocation costs, and refusing to give training with some substance to it to new and current employees... Down-sizing, body shopping, guest-worker abuse and off-shoring continue unchecked. And compensation has fallen 21% as this depression stretches into its 5th year.

Executives have it in their power to reform. The question is whether they will do so.

Tue, Mar 2, 2004 Anonymous Boston

My company doesn't pay for training but I did get a raise when I got my Security Plus - so maybe they sort of do pay for training. has great study guide for those looked to get certified cheaply.

Mon, Mar 1, 2004 John San Jose, CA

If you've been in this game long enough you will have worked for employers who pay for the training and ones who don't. That is one of the questions I always ask in the interview. If your company didn't want to pay for your training AND they made you take unpaid leave for it, I suggest you get your resume out there buddy! Of course you should have been able to find training courses on nights and weekends. Or you could have purchased self-study materials. Microsoft Press books are relatively inexpensive compared to training classes and they have helped me learn many OS's and applications. I've also been able to pass the exams using the Microsoft Press books. Best of luck to all of you.

Mon, Mar 1, 2004 Anonymous Montana

It must be nice to work for a company that would pay for your certification training. Not only wouldn't my company pay for the training, they wouldn't pay for my salary while I was gone. I added extra onto my loan to cover my pay.

Mon, Mar 1, 2004 Anonymous vancouver, bc

I tend to agree that taking courses offers opportunities that otherwise would not appear. Usually someone who takes the time to study and write and exam shows eagerness to have certifications and this reflects well on the company. During the study & exam process, you are also more able to find new things out and are forced to understand concepts, even if you do not use them. This is great though, because all too often companies merge and the skills become usefull very quickly, making you a very promotable resource.

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