Report Segment: Skills Nuances
Decisions about training are influenced by the availability of government funding. This can impact on who gets trained (e.g. 14 – 19 preferences) and what type of training is undertaken (the level; content and depth of the courses). Keith Bevis identifies two other influencing factors: the promotion drive from the training providers themselves; and management drivers (Bevis 2007 page 9). The latter may not just be about what’s best for the company; it could be driven by what a supply chain customer is insisting on (e.g. process innovation) as evidenced by Bevis in the UK automotive sector. This could constrain the company, limiting its horizons and search for different ways of doing things (i.e. ‘pure’ innovation!) and finding new customers.