Transfer of learning

Ana-Inés Renta-Davids (Department of Pedagogy, Rovira I Virgili University, Tarragona, Spain)
José-Miguel Jiménez-González (Department of Pedagogy, Rovira I Virgili University, Tarragona, Spain)
Manel Fandos-Garrido (Department of Pedagogy, Rovira I Virgili University, Tarragona, Spain)
Ángel-Pío González-Soto (Department of Pedagogy, Rovira I Virgili University, Tarragona, Spain)

European Journal of Training and Development

ISSN: 2046-9012

Publication date: 27 August 2014



This paper aims to analyse transfer of learning to workplace regarding to job-related training courses. Training courses analysed in this study are offered under the professional training for employment framework in Spain.


During the training courses, trainees completed a self-reported survey of reasons for participation (time 1 data collection, N = 447). Two months after training, a second survey was sent to the trainees by email (time 2 data collection, N = 158). Factor analysis, correlations and multiple hierarchical regressions were performed.


The results of this study demonstrate the importance of training relevance and training effectiveness in transfer of training. Results indicated that relevance, the extent training courses were related to participant’s workplace activities and professional development, positively influences transfer of training. Effectiveness, training features which facilitated participants to acquire knowledge and skills, also has a significantly positive influence in transfer of training. Motivation to participate and learning-conducive workplace features also have a positive influence in transfer of training.


This study contributes to the understanding of transfer of learning in work-related training programmes by analysing the factors that influence transfer of learning back to the workplace. The study has practical implication for training designers and education providers to enhance work-related training in the context of the Professional Training for Employment Subsystem in Spain.



This research was support by Associació Catalana d’Universitats Públiques (ACUP) and Obra Social “La Caixa” within the research programme “Recercaixa, 2012”. The funder was neither involved in the research process nor in the submission process.


Renta-Davids, A., Jiménez-González, J., Fandos-Garrido, M. and González-Soto, . (2014), "Transfer of learning", European Journal of Training and Development, Vol. 38 No. 8, pp. 728-744.

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