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The Cost Implications Of Untrained Staff

We all know it’s nice to feel success and pride in your job, and that you are performing well and contributing to the growth of the company. In most cases that’s due to the training you receive. When there is no training on offer for employees, it can often be the case theta they soon become unmotivated and bored, due to the lack of advancement and development. This unmotivated work force will soon turn into a high employee turnover.

Most companies that I’ve worked for consider in-depth training to be a waste and that it is better to learn from  another colleague or a previous employee, whilst I agree that this can be useful, especially if they have easy, quick ways to complete certain tasks that may help you in the future. In order to grow at the company and be innovative with new ideas, it is important to give each individual the chance the free-think, brain storm and learn new techniques to implement new ideas.

Rate of Production

When the workforce is untrained in their field, it is obvious that it’s going to cause issues with production and rate of assembly. Unskilled employees could be spending a considerable amount of time asking for help with their job, more explanation, demos, or even just switching off task due to boredom and lack of knowledge. Not to mention the fact that manager and supervisors have to spend more time watching other employees to ensure they are doing things correctly. This means that both managers and employees waste even more time.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says that untrained workers are more likely to receive injuries from the work place. It is caused by lack the knowledge and skills required to use equipment and supplies safely – this could cause endless health and safety problems!


We all know that training is the key method for improving, and you can never know enough, therefore it won’t come as much of a surprise to you that an organisations training affects its company value. Well trained, competent, happy and motivates staff are hard to come by and do enhance your non-financial assets to the maximum. Training affects employee retention and is a valuable commodity that, if viewed as an investment rather than as an expenditure, can produce very high returns. 


Apart from the obvious trade specific training available for your job role, i.e. renewal streetworks training, however, if your sector in office based sometime it can be harder to find something to specialise in. Have you thought about a financial based role, perhaps you and your boss should look at undertaking some continuing professional development courses/day sessions? There are colleges and universities that conduct these types of courses up and down the country, at all times of the year. For example you could look at taking an AAT, accountancy course in able to change fields within your company or it may allow you to take on even more budgeting responsibility within your existing job role. These curses are may be something that you call upon if you are out of work for any reason, because they will give you a boost back into work that employers are looking for when hiring.