To ensure optimum productivity within your organisation, it is essential to ensure that all employees are equipped with the necessary knowledge and skill set required to perform their roles. Your employees are one of your most important and valuable assets, hence training your people is a good way to achieve business growth.
In this blog article I am going to share five effective training techniques that you could potentially use to develop your employees. Prior to choosing a specific method you may wish to consider the following:
- What are the training goals and objectives?
- Who is being trained?
- How much time has been allocated for the training?
- Do you have a training budget available? If so, how much?
- What training resources do you already have available?
1. Classroom or Instructor-Led Training
Some may call this ‘old school’ but I prefer to call it traditional. This conventional way of training remains one of the most popular methods because not only is it fun and interactive, it is highly effective.
There are different forms of this type of training, the use of a blackboard or a Mobile Dry Wipe Board is one of the most established techniques whereby you write something on the board and request feedback from the trainees. Due to its efficacy many large organisations will often use this technique.
This training technique is very personal and ideal for presenting a large amount of information to large or small groups. This method also ensures that everyone gets the same information at the same time making it truly cost effective.
Interactive training methods are a fantastic way of breaking up a training session to keep attendees engaged, making them more receptive to new information. Interactive training activities include group discussions, demonstrations, Q&A sessions and role play to name but a few. These types of activities can make training more fun as trainees can interact freely whilst still learning essential knowledge and skills that will lead to improved job performance.
Interactive training is a fantastic channel for long standing employees to pass on their knowledge and experience. It also provides instant feedback to trainers on how trainees are progressing and how quickly they are learning.
Also recognised as experiential training, this method includes apprenticeships, coaching, drills and cross training.
Apprenticeships allow employers to mould and shape new inexperienced employees so that they are a good fit for current and future jobs. These courses tend to combine supervised on the job training with classroom instruction, within an educational setting. Providing young workers with the opportunity to learn a trade and earn a moderate income at the same time.
The objective of coaching is to improve an employee’s performance, so this technique very much focuses on the needs of the individual employee and is more informal than other training methods. A superior will usually serve as the coach, as and when appropriate to correct errors, answer questions, provide support and help direct towards goals.
Cross training provides employees with the opportunity to learn other jobs, which not only enhances their skill set, it is also beneficial to the organisation.
Hands-on training is ideal for training employees on new machines or procedures and enable trainers to immediately establish whether a trainee has grasped a new skill or procedure.
Computer-based training is becoming increasingly widespread as technology becomes easier to use. Despite advances in technology human interaction will always remain a fundamental part of organisational training.
Computer-based training formats include text-only, CD-ROMs, multimedia and virtual reality. These types of programs are easy to use; however, they usually cannot be customised. They are ideal for helping employees foster new skills or for refresher training. This type of training is relatively cost effective as the same equipment can be used by large numbers of trainees and can be very flexible because employees can learn in their own time and at their own pace. This type of training is also measurable.
5. E-Learning or Online-based Training
Companies with employees in various locations across the country are having to rely on other technologies to provide training such as e-learning. Web based training, tele or video conferencing online colleges, email and webinars all fall into this category. Many organisations use online resources to deliver their training requirements because they are useful for training across multiple locations and they save money on travel expenses. These methods of training are ideal for self-directed learning and refresher training.
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