How small firms train employees

Second article in a three-part series on where and how small firms are finding staff
By Terry Wagar and Lynn Langrock
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 10/06/2003

This article, the second in a series on human resources management in small firms, addresses the topic of employee training and is based on an original survey of more than 350 small businesses (less than 100 employees) in the Halifax area. The survey excluded workplaces that were in the not-for-profit sector or were branch facilities of larger organizations.

The businesses participating in the study were quite small, with 63 per cent having 10 or fewer employees, 30 per cent having 11 to 50 employees, and seven per cent having between 50 and 100 staff. About 11 per cent of the firms were unionized; 20 per cent were in manufacturing, 41 per cent in the retail or wholesale trade sector and 39 per cent in other business services. To read the other articles in the series, click on the "Related articles" link below.

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t most small businesses, the responsibility for training falls on the owner or CEO, new research shows.