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85 per cent of MENA professionals would leave jobs for career development.

On-the-job training has proven its importance for professionals across the world and certainly for those in Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, who largely agree on its many advantages.

According to a new poll, On-The-Job Training in the Middle East and North Africa by Bayt.com, 91.4 per cent of respondents deliberately look for companies with clear training and development programmes during their job search.

"The Bayt.com 'On-The-Job Training in the Middle East and North Africa' poll has allowed us to collate information on what MENA professionals believe is important when it comes to their learning and training options. The majority of respondents have made their professional improvement and career development a top priority, which also influences their job search behaviour and preferences. At Bayt.com we aim to nurture this drive to improve and we want to be there every step of the way for MENA professionals, as an organisation we are proud to provide the necessary tools and technologies to nearly 30 million professionals who are registered on Bayt.com so that they can enhance their profiles and CVs on our portal and look for job opportunities that meet their expectations and career goals. It is inspiring to see that professionals all over the region are invested in their careers and purposefully search for jobs that will enable them to cultivate their skills and grow as employees over time," said Suhail Masri, Vice President of Employer Solutions, Bayt.com.

In fact, nearly 69.3 per cent agree that aside from salary, what matters most to them when considering job offers is the availability of training and development opportunities at work. This was followed by 12.3 per cent who said they care most about work/life balance, 10 per cent who care most about the type of work and responsibilities, and 8.4 per cent who care most about the office environment and culture.

Moreover, 85 per cent of respondents claim that they would leave their current job to find better training and career development opportunities in another role.

Current AssessmentPerhaps influencing the overall perception of on-the-job training as a necessity in the workplace, the Bayt.com poll found that 77.3 per cent of respondents' workplaces provide training and development opportunities, and 83 per cent agree that most entry-level jobs have a strong programme for training and development in place for the employee. What's more positive to hear, when asked about the quality of training and development programmes at their workplace, 77.1 per cent said they are satisfied with the available opportunities at their workplace, with 69.4 per cent saying they are 'very satisfied' with this aspect.

Benefits of On-The-Job TrainingA total of 63.3 per cent cited increased productivity as the greatest advantage, while the remaining 28.7 per cent cited increased productivity in addition to increased employee satisfaction, improved employer brand and culture, and improved succession planning.

While 70.7 per cent of MENA professionals believe that fresh graduates and interns could benefit the most from on-the-job training, 16.3 per cent said that all career levels, from fresh graduates, mid-career professionals, and senior managers, could benefit from on-the-job training.

On-The-Job Training PreferencesWhen asked about their expectations for on-the-job training, 82.1 per cent of respondents said that they expect their employer to have a succession or promotion plan in place for them before starting a new job. With upward mobility in mind, 88.2 per cent of MENA professionals also said that it is essential that they have a mentor or coach during their first few months at a new job.

In regards to the topics or focus of training opportunities that professionals in the MENA region care about the most, 80 per cent of respondents voted for job-related and technical training opportunities at work. This was followed by 12.2 per cent of respondents who voted for leadership development training, while 7.8 per cent voted for basic soft skills development.

When it came to the most effective training approaches, 80.7 per cent of respondents said that online courses and learning resources are the most effective, followed by 12.7 per cent who said that about conferences, workshops, and industry events, 3.8 per cent who voted for traditional classroom-style learning, and 2.8 per cent who voted for shadowing and peer-to-peer learning.

Bayt.com also asked who is responsible for providing training and learning options; 66.6 per cent agree that it is the responsibility of the direct manager to provide on-the-job training for employees, while 26.4 per cent of respondents said it is the responsibility of the HR department, and seven per cent said it is the responsibility of the employees themselves.

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