Document Type

Conference Proceeding


Faculty of Business and Law


School of Business / Centre for Innovative Practice




This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Proceedings of the 27th AIRAANZ Conference: Susomrith, P. , & Coetzer, A. J. (2013). Access to Training and Development in Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises: Employee's Perspectives. In Work, employment and employment relations in an uneven patchwork world: Proceedings of the 27th AIRAANZ Conference (pp. 226-234). Fremantle, Australia: Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand. Original article available online here


This paper provides an overview of a proposed study that aims to identify the perceived factors that prevent employees from initiating requests and participating in formal external employer-funded training and development opportunities within small and medium enterprises. While training and development has the potential to improve an employee's remuneration and increase their employability, the level of training and development in small and medium enterprises is well below that of larger organisations. Although the small business owners retain the final decision regarding employee access to training and development, the outcome is also dependent upon employees' decisions to intiate requests to participate in the available training and development opportunities. There is scant research into employees' perceptions of the factors influencing the participation in employer-funded training and development opportunities. This paper intends to address this gap in knowledge by conducting 20 semi-structured interviews with employees in five Australian small and medium enterprises. It is anticipated that the collection data will provide information on the factors that prevent employees from requesting and participating in training and development opportunities.

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