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ESI International Report Alerts Organizations to Protect Project-Focused Training Investment with Learning Adoption

Process Outlined for Government Agencies to Gain Value Out of Each Learning Event

Arlington, VA - June 12, 2012

ESI International, the world's leading project management training company, today announced the release of a new research report titled “The Most Effective, Least Expensive Way to Protect Your Training Investment.”Based on ESI research and best practices gleaned from over 17,000 government learners, the report describes how focusing on learning adoption can greatly help agencies get the most out of their training investment and succeed in lean times.

“Our research reveals an issue that is critical to gaining true value from your training dollars,” said ESI VP of Government Markets, Bill Damaré. “Managers are often out of the loop or unable to provide learners with the resources they need to apply newly learned skills to the job. Empowering them to put new concepts into practice can greatly benefit current and future projects, which directly impacts the agency’s mission.”

In a survey of more than 17,000 government learners conducted between October 2010 and March 2012, ESI learned that 72 percent of students predicted they would apply new skills to the job following training. However, 60 days later, only 43 percent reported success in doing so.

The study identifies the common points of failure associated with a lack of learning adoption and outlines practical ways to gain more value from each learning event.

“In a time when dollars are being scrutinized and training spend is often cut from budgets, it is more critical than ever to ensure that agencies receive measureable impact from every training dollar spent,” continued Damaré. “Aligning training goals with agency goals, and working with managers to ensure that learners are able to bring new knowledge and skills to their jobs are clear ways to achieve measurable value from learning events.”

Download The Most Effective, Least Expensive Way to Protect Your Training Investment.

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About ESI International

ESI International is a global project-focused training company, helping people around the world improve the way they manage projects, contracts, requirements and vendors through innovative training in project management, business analysis and contract management. In addition to ESI’s more than 100 courses delivered in more than a dozen languages at hundreds of locations worldwide, ESI offers several certificate programs through our educational partner, The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1981, ESI’s worldwide headquarters are in Arlington, Va., USA. To date, ESI’s programs have benefited more than 1.35 million professionals worldwide. For more information visit