Research from IT training portal,, has revealed that over two thirds of IT professionals claim the main barrier to training is pressure of work.

This is despite over 50 percent valuing training over other company perks including pensions and company cars.

However a number of online training companies are attempting to shoe horn training into such busy lifestyles using the internet. Worldoftraining has unveiled a database of over 20,000 IT courses and events, while Methods to skills (M2S) has launched its fully online IT training programme.

Online learning specialist,, has also reduced the cost barrier by obtaining approval as a provider of learning materials to the government’s Individual Learning Account (ILA) scheme. The ILA is a training account held by an employee that receives a financial subsidy from the government and can also receive tax free contributions from an employer.

Ian Clague, managing director of blueU, said: “We have received assurance that ILA holders can receive subsidies from public funds in order to take our courses – a course costs £200, of which £150 is redeemable.”

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