Training Design for In-house Trainers
Training your employees to do the best possible job they can as well as help them polish their skill sets to remain competitive members of the workforce is important to any company that wishes to see booming success. In house training provides an avenue for businesses to help show their employees that their continual growth is important to them while also building a stronger and greater team. But where do you even begin when you start to design your training program?
In house Training Design Strategies
Addressing the “W”s
Before any tactics or methods of training can be discussed, you must sit down and write down (this is not mandatory but highly recommended) what you want to reap from the in house training. What is your goal? It can range from developing new skills or teaching new means of completing old skills to team building. Next, think about who the training will be tailored to. New employees? Current employees? Just a particular department? It is important to recognize who will benefit from the training you have in mind in order to save yourself from wasting your time and money, but also your employees’. Third, when? This doesn’t necessarily mean nailing down permanent dates, but thinking of timing and frequency. How much time are you going to allocate for training? What time frame would you like it to be completed in? Keep in mind that more frequent and shorter training sessions tend to be more effective.
Finding the Right Methods for You and Your Company
Much like any teaching, there are a multitude of different ways to approach in house training. These methods include traditional classroom, interactive, hands-on, and computer based training. In designing your program, tailor it to play to the best learning aptitudes of the audience and what your goals are. For example, if you are training your IT department, you may lean towards a computer based method of training in order to provide a certain sense of familiarity to help grow skills. However, on the flip side, if you have older employees who may not be well versed in technology and you would also like to develop another skill, computer-based training such as virtual simulations may be ideal for you in order to take two birds with one stone. In the end it is up to what you would like to do.
However, it is recommended to take bits and pieces of each of the different methods and blend them together in order to engage a comprehensive spectrum of learners that most likely make up the student group. Additionally, keep in mind your own budget and what different facets of each method requires moneywise.
Collect Training Feedback and Remain Flexible
Your training program should not be inflexible, rather it should be able to be molded and improved upon based on the feedback you receive from the group you are training. The training is, after all, provided in order to help your employees grow and in turn, help your company grow as well. Take into strong consideration what your employees have to say to further optimize your in house training.