(American Society for Training & Development (Wikipedia) is a non-profit association for workplace learning and performance professionals and has an international as well as US membership base (more than 100 countries; 122 U.S. chapters; 26 global networks, and 12 global partners). The association’s membership work in various types of organizations, including government offices, and independent consultants and suppliers.)
More than $156 billion was spent by U.S. organizations on employee learning last year
Organizations continue to invest in organizational learning and development. In the ASTD 2012 State of the Industry Report sponsored by Skillsoft and Eagle's Flight, 461 organizations representing a diverse sample of industries, sizes, and locations report on their commitment to learning and development (L&D).
ASTD estimates that U.S. organizations spent approximately $156.2 billion (Chief Learning Officer says $200 billion) on employee learning in 2011. Of this total direct learning expenditure, 56 percent ($87.5 billion) was spent internally. The remainder was split between tuition reimbursement, which accounted for 14 percent ($21.9 billion), and external services comprising 30 percent ($46.9 billion).