When it comes to your corporate strategy, training is a key element, though it is often overlooked. Training has the potential to upskill employees at every level, better equipping them to perform and excel in their roles. It can improve productivity throughout your organisation, and can hugely benefit employee retention as staff feel invested in and valued.
By recognising the importance of training, you have made the first step to integrating it into your corporate strategy. Here we take a look at different types of training and how they can be beneficial, as well as actionable ways to make training a priority.
When considering courses, look for those that are widely recognised, with good reviews, a good reputation and if possible, are accredited. This means it has been approved by a professional organisation in the relevant industry.
How you train your teams will then depend upon a range of factors, such as how many people require the training, budget, time and course length, and even the accessibility of training. Here are some of the most common types of training:
Online courses can range from webinars to e-learning. There are many reasons why online learning has become a favourite option in recent years:
However, it is worth noting that some online courses need to be completed within a set time-frame, so it is worth devising a training schedule to keep on track
Classroom training is a more traditional method of learning, but one which works. Here’s why:
What’s more, the face-to-face, personable nature of classroom learning is believed to improve knowledge retention.
Thanks to the power of technology, you can now partake in virtual instructor-led training (VILT). Virtual training will generally involve online chat or webcam participation. It offers:
Much like classroom learning, VILT will have set course dates/times for you to choose from, though you won’t have to travel a mile.
Full-venue events will either be in the form of a trainer coming to your workplace to teach, or your entire team attending a venue for the training. The benefits of this approach are:
Full-venue events are particularly beneficial for company-wide training, bringing multiple offices or departments of your company together.
A hybrid of classroom and online learning, blended training generally entails e-learning along with workshops. It is the best of both worlds in that it:
At ILX our blended learning courses comprise of access to online resources, a training expert throughout the course, and include a two or three day workshop.
No matter how you choose to implement training, know that upskilling your workforce will improve outcomes, allow for innovation, and future-proof your company.
Making training a priority as part of your corporate strategy is paramount for continual improvement and gaining a competitive edge. Aligning training with your company goals is the recipe for success.