Employee Survey Shows Weak Commitment to Training in 2009

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A new survey of 300 mechanical, electrical, facilities, utilities and plumbing professionals indicates a lax attitude toward training among MEP employers.

A new survey of 300 mechanical, electrical, facilities, utilities and plumbing professionals indicates a lax attitude toward training among MEP employers.

Of those responding, nearly 45 percent said their employer did not have a budget for training, while another 15 percent said their company's training budget is going down in 2009. What's more, 55 percent of respondents funded their last professional certification training and testing costs on their own.

When asked about the last time they were trained in a work-related safety procedure or process, more than 25 percent of respondents either couldn't remember or hadn't been trained yet.

Ninety percent of respondents were over the age of 31, and 62 percent were currently employed when the survey was conducted in late December 2008.

"Like many areas of business, training initiatives are seeing budget cuts," said Jeff Dickey-Chasins, VP of Marketing for MEP Jobs, the job board conducting the survey. "Companies hoping to differentiate themselves during a time when many prospective employees are shopping for jobs should focus on promoting their dedication to continuing education and training."

For more information and additional survey results, contact Jeff Dickey-Chasins at jeffdc at mepjobs dot com

About MEP Jobs:
MEP Jobs (http://www.mepjobs.com) is the leading online job board and resume bank for professionals in the mechanical, electrical, facilities, controls, utilities and plumbing industries. MEP Jobs focuses exclusively on the specialty trade contractor segment, including contractors, manufacturers, wholesalers, facility managers, service organizations and executive search firms. MEP Jobs was founded in 1996, and is a service of Industry People Group.

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