MENA job seekers opt for training and career development; Bayt.com
Respondents deliberately look for companies with clear training and development programs during their job search
Bayt.com has discovered that job seekers in the region require clear training and development when researching potential companies.
Taken from Bayt.com's ‘On-The-Job Training in the Middle East and North Africa' research, 91.4% of job seekers prefer companies that offer career programs.
Furthermore, 69.3% revealed that, aside from salary, when considering a job opportunity, training and development mattered the most. Other key factors were a work/life balance (12.3%), the type of work and responsibilities (10%) and office environment and culture (8.4%). Plus 85% of respondents said they would leave their current to find better training and career development opportunities.
Bayt.com also discovered that 77.3% of respondents' workplaces provide training and development opportunities, and 83% agree most entry-level jobs have strong training programs. Also, 70.7% say that fresh graduates and interns could benefit the most from on-the-job training, while 16.3% said that all career levels (fresh graduates, mid-career professionals, and senior managers) could benefit from on-the-job training.
Among the respondents, there was a high expectation (82.1%) that employers should provide on-the-job training, as well as a promotion plan in place prior to starting the new role.
When it came to the most effective training approaches, 80.7% of respondents said that online courses and learning resources are the most effective, followed by 12.7% who said that about conferences, workshops, and industry events, 3.8% who voted for traditional classroom-style learning, and 2.8% who voted for shadowing and peer-to-peer learning.
Finally, Bayt.com found that 66.6% believe direct managers are responsible for providing training, where as 26.4% say it is the responsibility of the HR department.