Transport and logistics firms have maintained their training spend despite the recession but still need to offer employees more, according to new research.

A survey of 600 Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) members found that despite the economic pressures generated by the recession, almost two-thirds (63%) said training opportunities and funding at their place of work had either stayed the same or increased during the past three years.

However, 40% of respondents to the survey, which was conducted in March and April of this year, believe their employers are unable to offer the level of training they are looking for.

Ailsa Watson, project manager of Aspire, the CILT’s careers foundation that commissioned the survey, says: “Investment in training must be regarded in the same way as any other corporate investment.

“There should be an expectation that there will be a financial return on that investment. Even in the toughest of economic environments, time and again we see an adequate training investment resulting in business survival, and onwards to commercial profitability.”