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London employers' support part-time study, says survey

London employers are more in favour of part-time study for their employees than has been thought, according to new research from London Higher.

The research report entitled 'Attitudes to part-time study - the perspective of London employers' found:

* 77% of employers surveyed believe that both they and employees benefit from an employee undertaking part-time study

* 90% of employers surveyed believe that undertaking a course of part-time study has a positive effect on employees

* Employers reported that 90% of employees who undertake part-time study complete their courses

* The majority of firms in London provide, often generous, funding to support their staff in their part-time studies

* Whilst employers are willing to fund job-specific, management, IT and health and safety courses, they are less likely to fund language and well-being courses

* 30% of employers surveyed suggest that government subsidies for part-time courses would make them more willing to encourage part-time study amongst employees

* Employers' policies towards part-time study are informal and often formulated on an ad hoc basis, if they exist at all

* 88% of employers surveyed who have tried finding part-time learning courses have been successful

The research was jointly funded by London Higher and the London Development Agency. London Higher is a membership organisation that promotes London's higher education.

A telephone survey was conducted of 385 employers in Greater London to explore their experiences, perceptions and attitudes towards Part-time Study.

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