Effective Training Plans

COMING UP WITH AN EFFECTIVE TRAINING PROGRAMME

As we start the new year, different plans and resolutions are being put in place. Generally speaking, the way the year goes is dependent on how you plan for it. This is why setting up an effective training programme is of great importance. Given the ever – restricting financial constraints in our economy, isolating your specific needs is vital to creating an appropriate training budget plan.

For anyone involved in skills development within an organization, focus areas including defining, outlining and delivery of an effective training programme are critical. This is however only half the effort. One still needs to put together a plan that is acceptable to relevant stakeholders as well as enlisting a capable training provider.  In this regard, below are some of the steps to take when coming up with an effective training programme.

ISOLATING CURRENT TRAINING COSTS AND AREAS OF IMPROVEMENT

The starting point to creating a training budget is to assess existing costs. Most organizations employ some form of staff training. The question to note is whether that company is making use of an effective training programme. Failure to do so can result in an inefficient staff, typically demotivated as well. As one can imagine, it is not rational to commit funds to training and not see any positive change in production.

To avoid this, managers need to assess and define which types of training should be mandatory and which ones they can do without. This refining process can be rather cumbersome and could be the undoing of the whole programme, if not done right. In order to ensure success, most organizations thus look to training companies for competency assessments.

This allows the organization to identify skills gaps and help with shortlisting of placements. In addition to that, it also frees management to focus on their core business, knowing that their staff is benefiting from an effective training programme.

REVIEW TOTAL COST OF ENGAGING AN EFFECTIVE TRAINING PROGRAMME

As the saying goes, ‘nothing worth having is free’, so too is the case with staff training. To enjoy the full benefits that come with an effective training programme, there is need to invest in a quality training provider. This means aggregating all the related costs in the first place. Examples of such costs include; resources and materials, transporting facilitators, accommodation and accreditation / administration fees. While these add-ons may seem supplemental to the core training, an effective training programme needs to be holistic and comprehensive.

Going for ‘inexpensive’ training providers that offer overnight solutions may be a temptation. However, in the end you can only get results of a similar quality as your investment.

DETERMINE THE TRAINING FORMAT AS WELL AS FREQUENCY

While engaging a good training company not negotiable, it is recommendable that one has an idea of the nature of training one requires beforehand. At present, there are various platforms by which companies can offer training for their staff. These platforms are progressively evolving, for example, Bizzco has recently launched a new online training platform. This learning portal, presented in partnership with SupplyChainSmart, allows users to access training anywhere, anytime on both mobile devices and computers.

Just as the training format is important, so too is the frequency of the programme sessions. An effective training programme is delivered in an appropriate distribution. This is to ensure that staff receive adequate information in a manner that is easy to understand and absorb. Management has to evaluate the man-hours required for optimum production. This then informs the number of individuals that can be committed to training sessions per time.

ENGAGING THE RIGHT TRAINING PROVIDER

As can be seen, there is a lot of planning that is required in order to have an effective training programme. This is not where the story ends though. When you finish with all the background work, the next step is to find a credible training provider. This ensures that all your hard work does not go to waste.

Things to look out for in a training provider are a comprehensive training schedule, flexible learning modes and varied learning areas.  In conclusion, ensuring productivity and profitability requires adequate and quality staff training. This is why an effective training program is of utmost importance. Allow for the best results for your company by effectively planning for and engaging a skilled training company.