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The implications of new technology for the skill and training needs of small‐ and medium‐sized printing firms

David Smallbone (David Smallbone is Head at the Centre for Enterprise and Economic Development Research, Middlesex University Business School, Hendon, UK.)
Salinder Supri (Salinder Supri is Research Officer at the Centre for Enterprise and Economic Development Research, Middlesex University Business School, Hendon, UK.)
Robert Baldock (Robert Baldock is Senior Researcher at the Centre for Enterprise and Economic Development Research, Middlesex University Business School, Hendon, UK.)

Education + Training

ISSN: 0040-0912

Article publication date: 1 June 2000

Abstract

Investigates the implications of digital technology for the skill and training needs of small printing firms. The picture that emerges is one where the emphasis is on re‐training due to technological change. The bulk of this training takes place in the workplace, with initial training typically being supplied by an equipment or software supplier as part of the initial purchase package. The skills gained by the key workers selected for initial training are then passed on informally to other staff in the firm. There is rarely a high level of commitment or a systematic approach to training that might be expected given the scale of the investment costs that many of these firms have incurred. Only a few proactively‐managed small‐ to medium‐sized enterprises are recognising the need to constantly update their workforce skills.

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Smallbone, D., Supri, S. and Baldock, R. (2000), "The implications of new technology for the skill and training needs of small‐ and medium‐sized printing firms", Education + Training, Vol. 42 No. 4/5, pp. 299-308. https://doi.org/10.1108/00400910010347768

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