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Title: Employability Enhancement Through Formal and Informal Learning. An Empirical study among Dutch Non-academic University Staff Members
Authors: Van der Heijden, Beate
Boon, Jo
Van der Klink, Marcel
Meijs, Ely
Keywords: Professional learning
Issue Date: 4-Feb-2009
Abstract: Although learning is generally perceived as a way to improve employees’ current job performance, so far no research has been conducted to explore the possible relationships between formal and informal learning, on the one hand, and employability, on the other. Though contemporary views stress the importance of the job as a powerful learning site, considerable research evidence underpinning these views is lacking. This paper goes into the impact of formal and informal learning upon employability. The influence of employee characteristics and organizational factors is also taken into account. An e-questionnaire was used to collect data among 215 Dutch non-academic university staff members. Our findings emphasize the necessity of Human Resource Development strategies that encompass a mix of formal and informal learning opportunities. Especially participation in networks appears to be an important predictor for employability. With the outcomes of this study we aim to contribute to the further development of theoretical insights regarding employability enhancement through learning possibilities embedded in the workplace. It seems that strategies that focus exclusively on enhancing informal on-the-job learning should not be encouraged. Our study is limited to one context and further research is required to investigate the generalisability of the findings to other occupations and/or countries.
Description: Van der Heijden, B. I. J. M., Boon, J., Van der Klink, M., & Meijs, E. (2009). Employability enhancement through formal and informal learning. An empirical study among Dutch non-academic university staff members. International Journal of Training & Development, 13(1), 19-37.
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