Are employers losing by not providing entry level training?

Talent can be developed through training.

Talent can be developed through training.

It is commonly known that training helps build a stronger and more skilled workforce. For employees at the the entry level, training is expected, and many need it in order to develop into highly effective workers. 

Training is valuable for workers and organizations alike. Through training, employers can teach their staff about everything from how to use technology, to safety and compliance policies that are required by federal law. The more skilled workers are, the better the results will be for the entire company. 

Why, then, are employers reluctant to provide training to entry-level employees?

This issue is discussed by Jessica Stillman in an article for Inc. Stillman describes how an Accenture study found that only 48 percent of employers are providing training to employees coming in at the entry level. Those responses were according to graduates of the classes of 2012 and 2013. However, eighty percent of 2014 grads expected that their employer would provide formal training.

Stillman goes on to explain that executives see HR issues as a top concern, yet companies are not making the necessary investment in their talent to see the results they would like. As a result, some employers may expect workers to acquire skills on their own.

While some may believe that cutting training can help save on costs, according to Accenture's report, this isn't the case, as turnover may have a higher price. 

However, there are steps that HR can be take to help retain new employees. One way is to view candidates for the potential they exhibit rather than the skills they currently possess. Talent can be developed through training. HR solutions software can manage all the details that go along with screening the right candidates for entry level positions.