There's no rule of thumb that companies follow in determining what to budget for training. According to a 2002 report by the American Society of Training and Development, which surveyed more than 375 major corporations, companies spend 1 percent to 3 percent of their total payroll on training. On a per-person basis, the average spent on training is more than $700 per year. At leading-edge companies, that figure doubles to more than $1,400 per employee per year. Viewed as a percentage of profits, training budgets represent 5 percent to 20 percent of total corporate profits.

Our research indicates that U.S. companies will spend about $60 billion on learning initiatives in 2005.

According to a report by the Society for Human Resource Management, training budgets should include:

• Trainer salaries paid to internal training staff members

• Seminars and conferences

• Hardware, such as audiovisual equipment, computers, copiers, etc.

• Off-the-shelf materials, including prepackaged materials in any format for e-learning (such as books or manuals)

• Custom materials tailored to meet a designated training program

• Facilities and overhead, such as costs for leasing a classroom/building

• Outside services provided by outside consultants.

Another ASTD study indicates that, on average, companies spend nearly 21 percent of all training expenditures on outsourcing.

Two trends will reshape the training function. Both deserve your consideration as you budget. First, the outsourcing of learning activities will increase. Of the $60 billion expenditure noted above, about 65 percent will be allocated to outside vendors. Second, e-learning will become an even bigger element for delivering training. In 2000, expenditures in the U.S. on e-learning totaled about $2 billion, according to International Data Corp. The estimate for 2005 is $18 billion.

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Most important, make sure you design a program that can immediately

link training initiatives to specific corporate objectives. A 2002 study by

Knowledge Asset Management and ASTD found a clear relationship between training expenditures per employee and company financial performance. Companies with above-average training investments posted a cumulative five-year return of 137 percent, compared with 55 percent for organizations with average or below-average spending on training.

Indeed, never has training been as important to companies as it is now. As you seek to convince your top management of this, be aware of the implications. With heightened training comes increased accountability and an expectance of innovation and the ability to measure training's impact. You need to be able to address that part of the equation too.

SOURCE: Tom Casey and Carey Guggenheim, Buck Consultants, June 6, 2005.

From China, Guangzhou
Hi Saba
First of all let me welcome you to the board.... It is really nice to put this information on the Forum
There is lot of discussion going on ROI on training, this figures will help some of the members who are interested ROI on training...
It is hightime that the spend on training be considered as Investment than expenses... Some of the companies have actually considered HR as their Asset [TCS & Infosys] and i think that others should follow immediatly, specially in the HR driven organisations / industry

From India, Ahmadabad
Thank you Ajmal for the complements, infacts while reviewing your articles I was reallly motivated to send the article and will continue in future too....
From China, Guangzhou
you Ajmal for the complements, infact while reviewing your articles I was motivated to send the article to the forum and will continue in future too....
From China, Guangzhou

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