Taipei, More than 60 percent of employees in Taiwan have taken on-the-job training courses in an effort to become more competitive in the job market, according to a survey released Friday by 1111 online job bank.
The survey found that 62 percent employees have had on-the-job training, while about 39 percent are seeking to improve their formal education in their fields of work.
About 28 percent of workers in Taiwan think that on-the-job training would help them acquire knowledge not necessarily related to their jobs, and 24.8 percent want to gain certification to improve their job prospects, according to the poll.
There seems to be more aggressive on-the-job training in the financial sector than in the service industry, the job bank said, citing the results of the poll.
Among the employees who have had on-the-job training, 89 percent arranged the courses themselves, while 16.9 percent participated in programs organized by their companies, the poll found.
On-the-job training courses are offered mostly by private vocational cram schools, government-sponsored job training organizations, and colleges, the survey showed.
It found the only 24 percent of employers encourage their workers to take on-the-job training courses and either offer in-house training, provide subsidies for courses at other enterprises, or grant paid leave for such training.
Among those employers who tend not to encourage on-the-job training, the main reason is that it will affect their employees' work progress, the survey indicated.
However, a similar survey also released Friday by the Chinese Personnel Association (CPA) showed that 75 percent of employers in Taiwan have invested in on-the-job training for their employees.
Commenting on the discrepancy, the job bank said many employers in the CPA poll usually offer only one-day orientation programs for new employees and do not have any follow-up courses.
The 1111 survey, conducted Feb. 21-March 8, collected 1,070 valid samples. It had a confidence level of 95 percent and a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.
The CPA survey was conducted Dec. 14, 2017 to Jan. 1, 2018 through subjective sampling, collecting 385 valid questionnaires.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel