The Relationship between Career Training and Employee Productivity in Sugar Firms in Kakamega County, Kenya
Joshua A. Ombayo, Dr. Robert Egessa, Simon M. Shiamwama

Human resources are an essential concern of modern organisations. Career management has been recognised as an integral part of human resource development in such firms. Whereas it is expected that employees will take charge of their career development initiatives, organizations are being forced to be proactive by embracing career intervention. One strategy in use in career intervention is employee training. In this respect, the purpose of the study was to determine the relationship between career training and employee productivity in sugar firms in Kakamega County, Kenya. The study was anchored on the theory of Career Decision Making developed by Krumboltz. 1976. The study adopted a correlation research design which has the ability of establishing relationships among variables. The study was scheduled between February-December 2013. The study population comprised of 700 managers and 2320 operational level employees. A sample size of 10% was extracted from the universe of 3020 employees which gave a total of 302 employees. The employees were stratified, and then randomly picked so as to participate in the study. The tools for data collection were questionnaires for consenting employees as well as document analysis. Validity and reliability of research instruments was established through test re-test method and careful scrutiny of the instruments by supervisors. The data collected was analysed using descriptive statistics and presented in the form of frequency distribution tables, pie charts, graphs, means, modes and percentages. Pearson’s correlation coefficient was also used to test for relationships among variables. This study revealed that the more the operatives were exposed on training the higher the level of productivity. The study recommends that Sugar firms should incorporate quality and frequent training of operatives to increase their productivity level.

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