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Brazilian employees are increasingly taking charge of their professional training and skills development in order to manage their careers and stay competitive, according to the latest findings from the Kelly Global Workforce Index.
The survey also shows that employers who invest in staff training not only reap productivity benefits, but have a better chance of retaining their employees.
More than three-quarters of respondents in Brazil are either actively seeking or considering some form of additional education or training. In addition, more than two-thirds are motivated to take up training to improve prospects at their current employer, rather than leaving the organisation to work with a different firm or start their own business.
“Employees are increasingly managing their skills development in order to secure their future and stay relevant in a rapidly changing business environment,” said Carla Rebelo, Brazil country manager at Kelly Services. “The good news for employers is that most of those who are seeking to upgrade their skills are doing it so they can advance in their existing roles.”
Results of the survey also showed that continued education and training is identified by most respondents as the best way to develop skills. 63% said the training provided by their employer is effective in upgrading skills.
The skills which are cited as most critical to job success are organisation/attention to detail, teamwork and active listening. Slightly more than half nominate bilingual skills as a pre-requisite for job success, with English, Spanish and Portuguese the priorities.