Small businesses 'lack management training' for decision makers

by PM Today Staff / 12/11/2017 2:28:44 PM

Senior decision makers working for small businesses in the UK believe they’re being held back because of a lack of proper management training, according to a new survey.

A poll of managers and directors of small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) found that, while most were given responsibility for managing people, budgets and major projects at an early stage in their careers, they were unprepared for the new tasks.

Some 88% of those surveyed said they thought employers could do more to equip their staff with management training and skills and 83% said the Government should place greater importance on business management education.

Even more (91%) said they thought schools and universities should do more to prepare students for leadership roles in the world of work

East Kilbride-based business management software company MindGenius polled 200 small to medium sized business owners, directors and managers.

Almost three quarters (72%) said they were given immediate responsibility for managing people in their most recent roles but only 22% said they were given ongoing training and support.

One in four said they were given no training or support at all to manage people while one in three said they were given no training or support to manage budgets.

Some 40% reported that they were given responsibility for managing a major project at the very start of their careers and, of those, half were given no training or on-the-job advice for managing major projects.

“These results confirm what we’re told anecdotally by many of our clients that, in the UK, we place a high level of importance on technical competence but significantly less on management skills,” said Ashley Marron (pictured), chief executive officer of MindGenius, which produces Barvas, a cloud-based management tool for SMEs.

“The reality, in most industries, is that people who demonstrate a high level of technical proficiency are invariably placed in management roles for which they are ill-equipped.

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