Study: $126 Billion Spent on Employee Learning and Development in 2009

Business leaders dedicated substantial resources to employee learning in 2009 – $125.88 billion – despite uncertain economic conditions, according to the newly released 2010 State of the Industry Report from the American Society for Training & Development (ASTD). “The findings in our latest State of the Industry Report clearly demonstrate that executives and business leaders know their investments in employee learning and development are keys to survival, recovery, and future growth,” says Tony Bingham, President and CEO of ASTD. “Training and the reskilling of the workforce is a strategic driver for companies worldwide. We are encouraged to see that, despite economic uncertainty, business leaders know learning matters.” The 2010 State of the Industry Report collected data from 304 companies with an average of 13,728 employees. Of the $126 billion spent on employee learning and development, two-thirds, or $78.61 billion, was spent on the internal learning function, and the remaining $47.27 billion went to external services. Other key findings include: The ASTD 2010 State of the Industry Report provides data covering the strategic and operational activities against which organizations can benchmark their learning investments and practices. For 14 years this report has provided insightful, actionable information for learning executives and business leaders to use when making decisions about how to leverage and build their talent. To schedule an interview to discuss the report’s findings, please contact Kristen Fyfe at

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